July 2013

How Much Is an Ounce? (And The Easiest Avocado Dressing in the World)

July 29, 2013

I was a very literal child. When I was hospitalized at age 4 for a routine tonsillectomy, the evening before the surgery my Mother said she and my Dad were going to get a bite to eat, and that they’d be right back. “Are you sure it’s just a bite?” I asked. That seemed unlikely […]

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Let’s Do Lunch?

July 25, 2013

I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been out to lunch or dinner in the past five years: exactly five. And four of those five times have happened in the last six months. Why did I stay away from going out to eat for so long? I feel ready to let that […]

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Slow Cooker “Roasted” Beets and Orange Dressing with Sage and Mustard

July 22, 2013

I didn’t come up with this method for cooking beets, but I just have to spread the word. It’s easier than anything, and it means that I can still have the sweet taste of roasted beets in salads without having to use my oven on a hot summer day. There’s plenty of places on the […]

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The Poetry of Simple Plant-Based Hor D’Oeurves

July 18, 2013

  Early on in my low fat plant-based eating, I decided to follow a rule that I’ve stuck with ever since. If I can’t eat it, I don’t make it. I no longer make traditional lasagne or brownies or cake and ice cream for other people. They are welcome to bring whatever they’d like, but […]

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Light Bulb Moment

July 15, 2013

I didn’t know how to know this for most of my life, but it turns out that finding myself doing something automatically is a sure and dependable measure of healing. This is something I learned in manual therapy, and it was strange to me.  I learned there to recognize that “ability” has to do with […]

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Old Fashioned (Gluten-Free) Oats

July 11, 2013

I’m a big fan of Engine 2.  Way back when I first read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and before Rip Esselstyn was the poster man for plant strong eating he is today, I was also a fan of  ”The Esselstyn Breakfast” in the recipe section of that book. It’s the basic template  for what […]

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The Beauty of Being Different

July 8, 2013

Silken Windhounds are not commonly known dogs in this neck of the woods. I had never heard of them, either, when my good friend the canine cardiologist at the vet school here on the Palouse recommended them to me as a good choice for my situation after my golden retriever died in 2009. A dog […]

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Frozen Fruity Tea

July 5, 2013

This is a riff on Susan’s Hibiscus Blueberry Cooler, for lazy girls like me who forget to plan ahead.  It’s so easy you can even make it if you’ve already laid down on the couch for a nap. I simply got up, chopped a round of watermelon into chunks and set them on wax paper […]

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Zen Chores

July 1, 2013

The slow life around my house involves chores that I always need help with.  Because the water in my neighborhood is exceptionally hard, I buy bottled water and have it delivered to my house in 5 gallon containers that sit on a ceramic crock with a spout I’ve had for nearly 20 years. Although I […]

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