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Thursday
Aug282014

Black Olive & Cilantro Dressing on Egg & Avocado Salad

We eat a lot of salad, especially in the summer when I just want to eat lighter meals in the heat. Even though kids are heading back to school and talk of Fall fills the air, the heat will not leave our area for a couple more months. So salads are still on the menu. The best way to keep salads from becoming boring are to change up the dressing. Really salad dressing is the star of any good salad, at the very least an award winning best supporting actor. Making salad dressing is far easier than spending what feels like f-o-r-e-v-e-r reading ingredient labels on the multitudes of commercial dressings (why am I reading the labels? to avoid soy, rancid vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, added sugars, GMOs, food coloring, chemicals I can't pronounce, preservatives and who knows what else).

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Tuesday
Aug262014

Rustic Chopped Liver

Why rustic? Because it is chopped, not mashed, whipped, food processed, or otherwise adulterated. It is simply chopped using a sturdy wooden spatula. It is also pretty basic with herbs and spices like parsley and paprika shining through. My favorite part is the addition of butter.... mmmm butter.

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Thursday
Aug212014

Mayonnaise

I have tried so many different mayonnaise recipes since I began exploring this real food stuff 6 years ago. Most of the real food mayo recipes use olive oil and I just couldn't get on board with the taste no matter what kind of seasoning I added in. I have tried bacon grease mayonnaise, Mary's oil blend mayonnaise, and just about everyone of my favorite bloggers mayonnaise recipes. I finally started playing around with oils that I had never had in my kitchen before; such as avocado oil and liquid coconut oil, to come up with my go-to mayonnaise. 

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Saturday
Jan252014

2014- Ready to go! 

While this process has taken a few weeks to unfold, I am satisfied with my results. I have a list of 12 things on my 2014 agenda, ideally one thing a month that I can focus on and delve into.

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Thursday
Jan092014

2014- Looking Back

We are well into the second week of the year and I am still uncertain about what I want to focus on for 2014. I feel like my plate is pretty full so I don't want to add a bunch of stuff, yet at the same time, I do. I want to explore all kinds of interests, too many, and I am not sure which should be my priority. So for the time being I am taking my time to re-evaluate where I am and where I want to go. Actually I think I will start by turning back to my simple focus for 2013...

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