October Unprocessed 2014

October 20, 2014

Portobello Steaks with Acorn Squash Risotto
I don’t know if I formally told y’all about October Unprocessed this year, but it’s in FULL EFFECT right now! Nothing processed for a whole month. If you can’t read an ingredient on the label, it’s not allowed.

Andrew Wilder from Eating Rules started this awesome movement in 2010, and now, for 2014, over 20,000 people have taken the pledge! Amazing!

I met Andrew at Camp Blogaway in 2012, and he’s been on my radar ever since. I love the concept of his site – I feel it really falls in with the values over here, where he promotes eating whole grains, and leaving high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats out of the diet. Cheating once every week is okay, and I completely agree with all of that. That doesn’t mean I don’t slip up though! It’s all about picking yourself back up and sticking with it even if things don’t go right the first time.

Portobello Steaks with Acorn Squash Risotto

I was thrilled when Andrew asked me to do a guest post again for 2014 – and I came up with Portobello Mushrooms with Acorn Squash Risotto. It’s a perfectly hearty and satisfying dish that screams fall. Head on over to Eating Rules for the recipe, along with all the recipes he’s been posting all month! I hope you enjoy!

To Healthful Choices this October,

Muhammara Dip & Syrian Metal!

October 19, 2014

Muhammara Dip
Got red peppers in your crisper? Walnuts too? Then, you’re right on track to make this wonderful dip. It’s super easy too – just toss everything in the food processor or blender, and whiz it around a bit. Done!

I first was introduced to Muhammara with Kimberly Snyder’s book, Beauty Detox Foods, and at first taste, I was in love! It’s so unique. It has a great texture and a flavor that will blow your mind!


A Little Update & Some Cute Kitties

October 9, 2014

What is up, beautiful! It’s been too long, hasn’t it? Things got a little crazy over here, and I just needed a “soul re-charge,” ya know what I mean? That unfortunately meant taking a break from this here blog. I’m not quite ready to post a recipe yet – and I stress YET! But I figured I’d flood you with some absolutely adorable kitty pics.

Here’s why:

I had my birthday last month – to the day, in fact. A few days after that, our garage kitty, Mama Berenis, went missing.
Mama kitty missing


Rockin’ Cajun Chicken Sandwich – and a chance to win a $50 Gift Card!

September 16, 2014

Chicken breasts seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

Old skool, dawg! It’s been a few years since I’ve written the original post for the Rockin Cajun Chicken Sandwich, and I thought it would be a good time to resurrect it! Working as an expo, and then line cook at T.G.I. Friday’s for 8 years, I learned a few recipes along the way.

Willya look at that photo! That’s an oldie right there… perhaps I’ll upgrade that beauty one day, though I have to admit that it is charming.


Send Me Your Scallops

September 2, 2014

Scallops with Champagne Grapes and Almonds

Did you know that scallops are effing expensive as hell? Geez man, $19.99 per pound for these beauties. Is it worth it? I’d say so. I mean, I definitely don’t eat them every week, or even every month. Shoot, honestly, I can’t remember the last time that I had scallops – it must have been at least a year ago! With that said, it’s nice to splurge a little every now and then, and send your money to the sea gods.


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