February 2010

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares

February 28, 2010 Bars & Squares

In my office, people go bonkers for free food. There’s a certain group of people who will actually loiter outside conference rooms, waiting to pounce on leftovers from catered meetings. We’re talking soggy sandwiches from the deli downstairs, disgusting pasta salads, fruit picked over until there’s only honeydew melon left, and cookies that taste like […]

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Fruit, Nut & Seed Granola

February 25, 2010 Breakfast

The first stage of my Elimination Challenge is over! Two weeks of pure, whole eating are behind me, and now we move on to the re-introduction phase. There is a particular order and a few rules to follow when re-introducing foods, and the heavy hitters are first up: Wheat, Dairy, Eggs. You basically try to eat something from your designated re-introduction food group at […]

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Basil Pesto & Gluten-Free Pizza

February 20, 2010 Elimination Challenge

We’re in the home stretch y’all and the Elimination portion of the challenge is quickly coming to a close. Tomorrow I will begin to re-introduce foods to see if I have any reactions. But if I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t get my act together and visit the Voila Gluten-Free Bakeree  at the very beginning […]

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Spaghetti with Swiss Chard & Garlic Chips

February 17, 2010 Elimination Challenge

I was talking to Chris on the weekend about this whole Elimination Challenge business. He’s trying to do the same thing and generally clean up his eating, but not in such an extreme way. Although neither of us has read any of Michael Pollan’s books, we could both recite his mantra: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. […]

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Gluten-Free Pancakes

February 16, 2010 Elimination Challenge

  Today I hit the wall. The novelty of the Elimination Challenge has definitely worn off. I felt grumpy, tired, and very sad about how I would be spending Pancake Tuesday.  I thought about how there would be no butter slathered, nor maple syrup poured over my pancakes and it almost brought a tear to […]

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Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Wedges & Turkey Burgers

February 15, 2010 Chicken & Turkey

Do you have certain dishes that you make so regularly, you just assume everyone else eats them all the time too? That’s how I ended up in Lydia & Andrew’s kitchen last summer teaching them how to make Sweet Pototo Wedges.  Lydia claimed that she couldn’t make them. Um, huh?  Scrub, slice, toss, bake! That’s it! But […]

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Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Mint Cream

February 14, 2010 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

We interrupt this Elimination Challenge to bring you a special treat – flourless chocolate cupcakes topped with white chocolate mint whipped cream. Oh yes. I brought these to Aoife’s birthday party on the weekend and they were a huge hit. Too bad I couldn’t eat one All week long I was wondering if I would […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

February 13, 2010 Elimination Challenge

I’ve been eating a lot more veggies on this Elimination Challenge, some new for me and some I just don’t eat all that often. I have nothing against acorn squash, it’s just that when I’ve made it in the past, it’s been doused in butter, brown sugar and rosemary. Mmmm. I had seen this recipe […]

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Mango Salsa

February 12, 2010 Elimination Challenge

My mango kind of drove me crazy this week. When you’re trying to plan every meal to get you through a week with no sugar and no caffeine, dealing with a high maintenance fruit is perhaps not the best idea. I poked my mango every morning and every night waiting for the right day to pull the trigger on […]

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Hummus Cakes

February 11, 2010 Elimination Challenge

When I was strawberry picking at The Ridge last summer (a story for a separate Retro-Blog post, no doubt), Alexis’ Mother-in-law made us an amazing vegetarian dinner. Aletta is so thoughtful, she had a stack of Alexis’ old Vegetarian Times magazines, and had picked out Caponata Stew and Hummus Cakes to make. There was also homemade bread, apricot chutney, homemade […]

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