Monday, January 30, 2017

Tacos + A Loss for Words…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and while I’m a little embarrassed by it, as this is a forum to express myself, I’ve also just been out of words.  The past few months has been littered with exhausting work and play, developing projects, the creative process, a haunting election, and now the aftermath of said political hoo-haa. Of course, there are words, there are millions of them to be said and written and expressed, but I’m having difficulty putting them into sentences that reflect the times along with my broken little heart.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Roasted Beets with Burrata and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

You know how hearing a certain song can transport you back in time?  Instantly, you’re in the 7th grade, or on a family vacation, or having you’re first kiss all over again.  We produce our own life’s soundtracks through our experiences.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Noodles and a Marathon

(this is a marathon length post, so SPOILER)

It all started Alumni Weekend, last October 2015, 20 years after high school. I stayed with one of my oldest and dearest friends on Lookout Mountain, TN, where I was raised well, even after all the middle-of-the-night sneak outs and kissing boys, smoking cigarettes unwell. I drove into town from Atlanta with another high-school sister, my senior roommate, the only year I boarded away from home. When driving North to Chattanooga, you round a corner directly under Missionary Ridge and just beyond the bend, a great looming, vast city, bordered by mountains, hills, and ridges announces itself to you.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Holy Whole30…

So you’re asking yourself, what the hell is a Whole30?

Can I actually complete a Whole30? Just lean protein, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds for a month? No booze, sugar, grains, dairy, or legumes… 30 days?

Yes, you can do it. I swear, you can. If I can do it… anyone can. And it will, in fact, change your life.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Apple Pie

The weirdest thing happened…

I missed a season.  Seriously.  It vanished.  First came Spring then came Autumn.  Summer vaporized into a vortex.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Everyday Whole Grains; Part 2

As Steph recounted recently, French & Farrar had a wonderful day in the kitchen with Ann Taylor Pittman, executive editor of Cooking Light Magazine a few weeks ago.  She joined us at Steph’s house on a Sunday morning to cook a few recipes from her gorgeous and enlightening new cookbook, Everyday Whole Grains.  We had a blast.  With no pressure to feed a waiting party of people, the three of us were able to just casually cook, swap stories, and enjoy ourselves.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Greek Salad with Tomato-Water Vinaigrette

Here’s the deal…

I was spoiled rotten by a tremendous vacation to Greece this summer.  It was truly life altering for many reasons.  I was blessed enough to get a much needed escape.  I thickened some very cherished friendships.  I developed some sure-thing life-long new relationships.  And, I fell in love with the Grecian way of life.  It really is so transforming to get out of your constant.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Turkey Burger Salad with Basil Glaze & Vinaigrette

I love what the sun brings out in people. Our bare arms and short shorts, flip flops and personal days off. It brings out the best in our spirits and our goals; a sunny day brings a new chance to produce or encourage change.

I was in a terrible mood all day on Wednesday this week, for no reason (other than the obvious mom, family, career stuff). And I almost took that mood to bed with me until my husband miraculously helped me refocus.

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