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Favorite Recipes of 2011

Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

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Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta

Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Arils

Do you like to play around in the kitchen?  Have you ever created a recipe so good it should have won a prize?  Well I’ve got a contest for you.  A handful of food blogger friends and I have teamed up with Pacific Natural Foods to be judges in the Everyday Chef Challenge – a fun and friendly recipe competition that any of you can enter.  There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including an 11-piece Le Creuset Cookware Set valued at $1000! Continue reading →

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October Unprocessed: Take the Challenge

October Unprocessed 2011

Andrew at Eating Rules is asking his friends and readers to commit to eating only unprocessed foods for the month of October.  Because I think Andrew is a terrific guy who really cares about helping people learn to eat better and because I’m trying hard to remove processed foods from my life, I signed up for the challenge. I will be writing about the experience and sharing recipes for healthier alternatives to processed convenience foods throughout the month of October.

It’s not going to be easy.  October is the only month of the year where it’s completely acceptable to binge on store-bought candy.  And in Fresno, it’s fair season as well.  I think the hardest part for me will be to go without a corn dog at The Big Fresno Fair.  I might have to skip the fair altogether to avoid temptation, although that would mean missing out on a ZZ Top concert.  Hmmm.  Maybe I’ll go get a corn dog at the last day of The Old Town Clovis Farmer’s Market this Friday to make up for missing out on one next month.  Or maybe I’ll have to break down and make my own corn dogs – Deliciously Organic featured a recipe earlier in the summer.

If you’d like to learn more about the October Unprocessed Challenge and perhaps sign the pledge, head over to Eating Rules to read all about it.  I’m hoping that some of you will join us.

I’ll be back later this evening with another sourdough update!

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Backyard Adventures

I drove up to Eugene, Orgeon yesterday to visit family and get out of the Fresno heat.  Well, I thought I’d be getting out of the Fresno heat, but I got up here just in time for an Oregon heatwave!  Oh well, it’s still cooler here than in Fresno and even at the end of summer, Oregon is still green and beautiful.  Hot or not, I’m really happy to be here. Continue reading →

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Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Homemade Kettle Corn

Homemade Kettle Corn

Creamy Guacamole

Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika

Smoked Tuna Dip

Smoked Tuna Dip

Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip with Lemon and Chives

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip with Lemon and Chives

Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

Beef and Three Bean Chili

Beef and Three Bean Chipotle Chili

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

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Share Your Healthy Eating Tips to Win a $150 Visa Card

Blood Orange Salad

Head over to Pinch My Salt Reviews to read my tips on finding balance and eating healthier this holiday season.  If you leave a comment and share your own story, you’ll be entered to win a $150 Visa card.  Please share your own story or healthy eating tips now – we can learn from each other!

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out my recipe for a Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Blondie Sundae and leave a comment to win a $100 Visa Gift Card from BlogHer! – Sweepstakes ends 12/15/2010.

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How Do You Plan to Stay in Shape this Holiday Season?

Artichoke 5K

Some of you may remember that I started jogging for the very first time last year.  Well, I managed to keep it up through the holidays, finished the Couch-to-5K program, and even completed two different 5K races without walking – one of which took me jogging through fields of artichokes in Castroville, CA.  It was a huge accomplishment for me and one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Morning Walk

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