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4th of July Menu

Still need some menu ideas for 4th of July celebrations? Look no further! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes along with others from the blog world!


Guacamole with Basil & Shallots

Roasted Vegetable Cheese Spread

Cheese Filled Endeive Leaves from MommyRD


Chicken Satay with Coconut Peanut Sauce

Grilled Pizzas from Fake Food Free

Prosciutto Chihuahua Panini from Eating for England


Artichoke Ravioli Pasta Salad

Greek Potato Salad

Arugula & Apple Salad

Lynn’s Cabbage Slaw with Mango from The Actors Diet


White Wine Mojito

Pomegranate Champagne – add some blueberries for the 4th!


Strawberry & Mascarpone-filled Cupcakes

Banana & Blueberry Popsicles – perfect for little ones – from Weekly Bite

What’s on your weekend menu? If you have some good recipes,  please share below with a link!  Have a safe & happy 4th!



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the last twelve months.

I’ve now had a blog for one. whole. year. It seems kind of crazy to think about last year when I decided to start a blog – I had no idea what I was getting myself into and absolutely no clue how I would feel about this new-found community. I certainly did not expect to be going on internet dates all over the country 😉

When I started my blog, I didn’t even read any “health or food” blogs, which looking back, was a good thing. I wanted to write about new foods that I find, health & wellness topics, and healthy recipes. I think for the most part this is what I have done. I may have gone a little over-board on recipes and I really can’t claim that they are all healthy but that is the direction it has kind of gone in and I’m ok with that.

I love all of the time, pictures, typing and thinking it takes to prepare a post but there are certainly days when I wonder what I’m doing and why I even bother. Throughout all of that, you are the reason that I blog and I want to thank you so much for reading and eating along with me!

Here are some of my favorite meals, foods and posts from the last 12 months:

One of my favorite veggies: artichokes

Is anyone perfect?

Coconut Ice Cream

Adventures in Spring Rolls

The Perfect Snack

Mastering the Art of: Eggs

Restaurant: NOLA

Apple Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Parmesan

Haiti: The People

Thai Coconut Lime Soup with Chicken

Zucchini & Corn Quesadilla

Soba Noodles with Shrimp & Cilantro


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california dreaming…

Hello Everyone!

I’m back from California and despite the perfect weather and sunshine, I have to admit that I was ready to be home, looking forward to my daily routine, reading all of your blogs and of course seeing the taster!

Expo West 2010 went very well. As with any big event, the glitches are quickly fixed and we served up more bread, tortillas and pizzas than I can even wrap my head around. After the show, I was fortunate enought to spend some time in LA with family and meet Lynn from The Actor’s Diet! (I had confused the dates and due to a last minute change Christy was unable to attend – next time Christy!) It was so fun to chat with her and meet the famous Julius. She is as beautiful as you can imagine!

I promised you some of the newest and most interesting products out there so here they are. Because we were so busy and the show is so huge I certainly didn’t see everything but here are some of my favorites.

Interesting & New Products:

  • Lara Bars: There are some new bar flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (there is a bit more added sugar with the chocolate) but unfortunately by the time I got to their booth they were all out of samples! I heard nothing but good things so am anxious to see them in the stores!
  • Coconut Water Sorbet: This coconut sorbet was delicious, sweetened with agave and will be so refreshing in the midst of summer – the lemonade flavor was perfectly tart, but I’m even more excited to try the Hibiscus variety.
  • Amazing Grass: I’ve been using the grass for some time but was explaining that I just can’t down it plain with water and would like to – enter in the newest variety that has a nice lime flavor and also contains matcha and mate in addition to the green goodness – trust me when I say you can drink it straight. They also have a new bar out, Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar that was delicious and I will be buying again.
  • Daiya Cheese: this new vegan cheese is out of this world. I obviously am VERY picky with vegan/dairy-free cheeses because I love cheese and refuse to eat mediocre cheese. With that said, it will be in my shopping cart this weekend.
  • Zhena’s Gypsy Tea: Coconut Chai with some almond milk and agave/stevia = perfection in a cup.
  • Hansen’s Natural Fruit & Tea Sticks: The natural version of Crystal Light – finally! These low-cal drink mixes are sweetened with truvia and are deliciously sweet – I know the kids at camp will love them!
  • YumNuts Naturals: Roasted, jumbo cashews with no added oils – perfect for afternoon snacking (Toasted Coconut was my favorite).
  • Hummus Chips & Dressing: I’ve had the hummus chips at other shows and always loved them but have yet to see them in the stores – this year they also had a new hummus dressing which is similar to a thinned-out hummus – perfect for any salad!


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cheese markers

My friends clearly know me well. And they know what gifts will get a lot of use. For example, these cheese markers from Pottery Barn. While I have only used them once since receiving them, I will be using them every time here after when I have any sort of  involvement with a cheese tray. Which, if you can imagine, happens quite often.

I love being able to label the cheeses with the variety, kind of milk used and the origin of the cheese. I can’t wait to use them again – Thanks Mary Beth!

What is your favorite kitchen-gadget of the minute?


Filed under blog friends, cheese, cheese tray, crackers, eating local, kitchen gadgets, product review

meat & potatoes

The taster was in food heaven. And I mean smiling was getting in the way of eating. I guess I need to make potatoes more often for him? Or perhaps it was the venison. Remember Mary Beth’s guest post on Venison? Well, we happened to be a lucky recipient of some venison. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant because it is not a meat I’m terribly familiar with, but it was delicious! Venison is a very lean meat, and was surprisingly SO flavorful!

Served along with some roasted fingerling potatoes and a side of asparagus, it made for the classic meat and potatoes meal, the type I suspect my grandparents had every night.

Sautéed Venison Backstrap

Season meat with salt, pepper and worcesteshire sauce. Sauté with sliced white onions and butter until cooked through.


Filed under blog friends, eating local, great meals, Recipes, vegetables

guest post: mary beth of live. work. design.

I was thrilled that Emily asked me to do a guest post for her while she’s traveling. Being one of Emily’s friends I am fortunate to sample some of the delicious food she prepares and features on A Nutritionist Eats. She’s got great ideas for making any meal healthier and more indulgent! She is keeps me tuned into what’s going on in her food world and that keeps me from ignoring my own!!

Being that I usually blog about design/decor/fashion over on my blog Live.Work.Design (this week’s all about Christmas!). I was really excited to do a “food” post and feature this dinner I made with the help of my fiancé, Andy. And what a help he was! – He shot the deer that provided us the venison for this meal! I have a serious love/hate relationship with hunting; I understand the sport of it, but I do not understand why anyone would want to put a bullet in Bambi’s Mother or Father (tear). None-the-less I am marrying a “hunter” and what better way to show him my approval than honoring his kill with a Grilled Venison Steak, served with Bok Choy Salad and Baked Potato.

1.5 cups olive oil

2 tbsp Mesquite seasoning

1 packet Fajita seasoning

1/4 tsp white pepper

1/2 cup minced garlic

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine ingredients for marinade. Tenderize two venison back straps with Jaccard. Marinate meat over night. Grill 2-3 minutes per side and serve!

The meat was really tender and had great flavor. Next time I will look up some kind of sauce to serve with it to keep the meat moist. Call me old-fashioned but it was really cool knowing Andy had hunted this meal for us (maybe it’s the Gather coming out of me). 🙂 And, the deer meat was 100% organic – the deer eat a diet of soybeans, apples and corn (pesticide free!).
Have you ever tried Venison? Any recipe suggestions?


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I’m Thankful For…

I have so many things in my life to be thankful for and it is one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season – it really makes me think about others – in a way that definitely needs to be done year-round.


Just to name a few 😉 But this Thanksgiving I have something very special to be thankful for! In about one week I will be heading to Haiti with the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin for a week-long trip. Words cannot even describe how thrilled I am to have this opportunity. I cannot even begin to imagine how this experience will open my eyes, changes some habits and remind me to be so grateful, everyday, for what I have. I’m sure I will have lots to share with you upon my return!

On a similar note, Holly is raising $$ to build a well in Cambodia – please go and show some love if you haven’t already – even if it is only $10. We are so fortunate to live in a place where we have access to clean water on a daily basis. So you can think about that….. 🙂


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