Yes, those are bits of vanilla bean floating amongst the marsala soaked pear halves…
So what exactly do I eat and cook? What’s this blog about?
My food priorities are from scratch cooking, fresh ingredients, organic and/or local when possible. Learning something new and maybe not having it quite work out right. Sharing old standby recipes with my twists. Eating paleo, carb conscious and gluten free (for allergy reasons) unless I get a terrible craving for Thai noodles or GF banana bread. Maybe tossing in a post about cookbooks, gardening, or places I like to go and what I ate there. Hence the mayhem. If that’s not your thing, check out some of my links: lots of good writing and good food there regardless of whether or not it fits exactly into my niche.
The range of pant sizes in my closet will attest to my massive swings in eating and health habits over the years. There is little I have not cooked, eaten and enjoyed but for health reasons at home I focus on eating lower carb, paleo and gluten free; I’ve been doing some version of this eating plan so since around 2002 and its had great health benefits for our household. Our eating and cooking focuses on vegetables, fruits, quality proteins. As a former vegetarian with a fair number of vegetarian friends there will be much to love in this blog that contains no meat. However, we do eat meat. We buy local and sustainably raised meat as much as possible. We love our local farmers and fishermen but especially Little River Eco Farm and Andreas Homestead where depending on the season we use eggs, turkey, chicken, pork (half hog shares and various products) beef (shares and cuts), and goat. Our local farmers market(s) also allow us to make the most of locally raised mushrooms, goat cheese, veggies, fruit, and flowers, which I feature in my recipes.
I no longer eat gluten after years of denial that I am allergic to wheat and rye. Following years of strict eating (oh and WAYYY to much judgement about what others were eating!!) I’m happy to aim for healthy living, eating, and exercising 80% of the time. So while I tend to stay away from grains, sugars, white potatoes, etc., there are still times when indulging in the wide variety of foods available to us on such a diverse planet is just simply good for the soul.