Cooking Without a Recipe and Other Ways to Give Yourself a Break

Cooking Without a Recipe and Other Ways to Give Yourself a Break

Seeing as summer is here but my summer body isn't, I've embarked on a regimen of tightening the reins on my food indulgences, at least for a bit. As such, I optimistically stocked up on what would provide 2 generous servings of vegetables per person per meal this week. That meant I'd have to also kick it up a notch in the kitchen.

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Fertility Friday - Letting Go To Enjoy the View

Fertility Friday - Letting Go To Enjoy the View

"How far along are you?" The medical technician drawing my blood asked. "I lost the pregnancy last week." "OH!" she responded, looking confused and full of regret. She then immediately looked through my work order and said, "Aren't you in for HcG levels?" "Yes, but we're checking to see that they're dropping normally."

I've been meaning to write this for 4 weeks, trying to figure out the best way to present it, navigating through my emotions. I envisioned writing about my pregnancy announcement, and how everything was going well. 

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Fertility Friday - Please Enjoy the Music While Your Party is Reached

Fertility Friday - Please Enjoy the Music While Your Party is Reached

Cultivating patience while waiting is difficult. Even more of a triumph is to grow something new and sustainable during the wait. Like perceiving the time you’re given as gift instead of a curse, for example. I typically hear people wish for more time - more time to get things done, more time to do the things they enjoy, and some wish for more time for peace and quiet, a moment to just “be.”

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5 Reasons To Practice Mise en Place in Cooking and in Life

5 Reasons To Practice Mise en Place in Cooking and in Life

Since I learned how to cook 10 years ago, my tastes have evolved, and my cooking skills and nutritional knowledge have improved. One of the best things that has happened on my culinary journey has been learning flexibility and using ingredients in different ways throughout the week, as well as using what I have on hand. Sometimes I don’t have a solid meal plan for the week, but prepping some ingredients in advance by utilizing the mise en place method will help you shorten prep time during daily meals as well as teach you flexibility.

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Fertility Friday - Dear Fertility Doc, Do You Have a Soul?

Fertility Friday - Dear Fertility Doc, Do You Have a Soul?

As I’ve recounted in my fertility journey, the process to conceive using assisted reproductive technology (ART) can be daunting. Between appointments, hormones, needles, and working towards something you know might not work, the road is fraught with uncertainty. Even more challenging is when your doctor is robotic.

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What's Cookin' Wednesday - Pantry Farm Box Dinner on the Fly and Buying Bulk Spices

What's Cookin' Wednesday - Pantry Farm Box Dinner on the Fly and Buying Bulk Spices

This week I've been off my cooking routine, partly because we're still feasting off of Mexican food leftovers from Daniel's 40th birthday party in the park (so much fun!). I came home at 8 from tutoring the other evening and was so hungry. I almost got us takeout when I decided to buck up and make something with what we already had.

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What's Cookin' Wednesday - Grain-Free Stuffed Peppers with a Kick + Plan to Eat Review

What's Cookin' Wednesday - Grain-Free Stuffed Peppers with a Kick + Plan to Eat Review

Last week, Daniel's Uncle Pat brought us some ground venison, which he does regularly, and I was going to make burgers. That is, until I saw 3 bell peppers in the fridge and was inspired to make stuffed peppers. Daniel grew up eating this dish with rice, and we've made it like that before, but I wanted to add some extra veggies and something special to the mix. I roamed the interwebs for some inspiration and came up with the following, inspired by Cuban Picadillo and with another childhood favorite: El Pato.

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Fertility Friday - Fear, Interrupted

Fertility Friday - Fear, Interrupted

Did you ever think of a spreadsheet when you thought about getting pregnant? Me neither. After two years of waiting to do this frozen embryo transfer (FET), I know I’m ready, but I still get a pang of anxiety when I see the daily schedule of drugs I’m going to take. I try to switch from anxiety to hope and excitement, but it’s hard sometimes. I don’t want to be disappointed.

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Fertility Friday - What Are You Giving Birth To?

Fertility Friday - What Are You Giving Birth To?

The new year often prompts us to reflect on the past 12 months as we move forward with intention. Fertility is not only cultivated by women, but rather, it is a universal need that impacts every individual. We all seek to be a part of something, to create, to make a difference. It’s our strongest desire after our basic needs have been met. This primitive drive to create gets thwarted by distraction, wherein we mute the sound of our own voice with food, drink, drugs, and other vices that act as blockades, creating stronger resistance to the change we seek.

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Accidental U.K. Thanksgiving

Accidental U.K. Thanksgiving

I'm staying in Edinburgh, Scotland with my sister Leah who has lived here for 13 years. Last night, we had a small dinner party with two other ladies whom I hadn't met before. We made roasted, whole BBQ chicken using this modified recipe - I did not use Stove Top Stuffing, nor Kraft BBQ sauce. I also only cooked the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes), romanesco, beet root with onion, pan fried brussels sprouts with balsamic, and beer bread (a batter mix that you just add beer to - genius!).

Thanksgiving isn't a holiday here, but as we set the table, we realized that we had made somewhat of a T-day feast. Our guests were pleased and so were we. As we savored each course, we talked about working for government and engaging citizens through digital media, as well as what we want to be when we grow up :) Oh, and there was wine, baklava and mince pie for dessert. 

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Mental Health Monday and the Joy of Slow Food (with Chili Verde Dove recipe)

Mental Health Monday and the Joy of Slow Food (with Chili Verde Dove recipe)

Yesterday (Sunday), we decided to go slow and enjoy all the minutes of the day while taking in the smoky, rich aroma of Mr. B's chili verde. Daniel grew up cooking and eating Mexican food and most of his specialty dishes in this house follow suit. Usually I do most of the cooking, but when the mister cooks, it's something special; an event. So he chopped, braised, shredded and went to the store 10 times. In between reading and recovering from last night's festivities, I taste tested. All day long, we (I) lounged on our sectional, read and interjected here and there and just enjoyed being together.

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Spicy Blender Coffee

Spicy Blender Coffee

Blender coffee is a happy part of my morning; it's even my motivation to get out of bed on some days. Several months ago, I read about Bulletproof coffee, and I was instantly hooked. Then, I started experimenting to make a delicious blender coffee all my own, which coincidentally others have been doing, too. Don't want to drink coffee but love the ritual of a hot drink in the morning? Try Teeccino .

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How to Meal Plan When You Don't Have Time

How to Meal Plan When You Don't Have Time

You're busy, and hungry. In your wildest dreams, someone comes to your home to cook delicious, healthy meals and then pours you a glass of your favorite beverage, and tells you to relax while they clean the kitchen. While I can't teach you how to create this in your life without shelling out a lot of money each month, I CAN offer some tips and motivation into hacking your meal plan. 

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