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My New Roots

My New Roots
Eating out is a grand seduction. From the moment I step into a restaurant, I am totally open and utterly surrendered to the experience. The first thing I notice when I enter is the smell – I actually like it to hit me with an assertive thwack – like someone proudly shouting a rainbow of aromas to my face that something amazing is happening in the kitchen. I love sitting down at the table, gently touching the cutlery, unfolding the napkin and placing it in my lap, the first exchange with the server, opening the menu. It’s all very weighty, very important, very ritualistic for me. While I was on my cookbook tour, you can imagine that I ate out a lot. The dish arrived, its scent wafting up from the pristine white bowl and pools of amber oil intermingling with green globes of seasonal spring perfection. The lentils were raw. No, not al dente. I rarely, rarely send something back to the kitchen, but because I was so seduced by the idea of this dish and it completely fell flat, I just had to.

5 Easy Ways to Transition Your Diet As I talked about in my previous post, breaking old habits is challenging and difficult. Many times you want to make a change, but you aren’t exactly sure where to start. That’s why I’ve written today’s blog, to give you specific ways to begin transitioning your diet and jump-start your Beauty Detox. The goal is to maintain a cleansing environment by keeping a slightly alkaline state in the body. Here’s how you can start:

Recipe Index Breakfast & Brunch3 x Breakfast OatmealsTurmeric Breakfast Muffins Raw CashewgurtPebre & Taleggio Rye SandwichBaked Carrot Cake OatmealOrange & Vanilla Overnight OatsFat Almond PancakeBanana GranolaRaw Buckwheat, Apple & Walnut PorridgeGreen Breakfast BowlApple & Oat Biscuit – Vegan & GFRye & Beer Porridge with Rhubarb CompoteRaw Sprouted GranolaBaked Saffron PancakesApple, Ginger & Cardamom Compote Coconut & Banana Pancake Cake Baked Oatmeal with Pear à la So Good & TastyClementine Vanilla Bean Marmalade & Rosemary Almond Meal Biscuits à la RoostAçai Bowl Blueberry Coconut Super SmoothieLemon Spelt Bread Kaniwa & Coconut PancakesGluten Free Nut Crackers Spinach Muffins Gluten Free MuesliChestnut Spelt BreadSunday Morning Seed BreadBuckwheat PorridgeSpelt & Muesli SconesFlour Free Banana & Blueberry PancakesSuperfruit SmoothieChristmas Granola

roasted pear and chocolate chunk scones One of the saddest things you should probably know about me is that I’m a terrible host. I don’t mean to be; in my head, I’m the kind of person who would find out you were coming over, quickly gather some wildflowers from the side of the road, put them in an old Mason jar, pour-over some coffee from a local roaster, steam cream from an upstate dairy in a spouted glass and pull out something warm and enticing from the oven right as you arrived. In my head, I understand that none of these things are terribly difficult to pull off. In reality, were you to come over right now, you’d find a plate of pears (one with a toddler mouth-sized bite removed) and mostly-empty jar of something delicious, but alas, too delicious to have lasted until you arrived, on the table, a colossal explosion of wooden train tracks and fire station parts all over the carpet and a fireman in a time out (“What did he do?”

25 NYC Must-See Spots for the Design Conscious Twice a year we head to Manhattan to catch up on all things design. We like being well prepared for our travels and we’re currently deep in the trenches of our Manhattan research. Part of our homework involves following trusted publications, tracking design blogs and talking to our favorite NYC field correspondents. Although we’re always on the lookout for new venues, exhibits and events, we always visit some older favorites as well. These favorites are so important to the modern culture of Manhattan that we decided to round them up into a tidy little post.

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies I really think the problem with most healthy cookies is the lack of oil. I love some “muffin top” type cookies that are soft and fluffy and like muffins and I’ve successfully made some of those that are really good with very minimal added fat. Unfortunately, your average cookie needs something more. And with these cookies, it’s not too much. You don’t feel weighed down after eating a couple of these like you do with traditional cookies. It’s only a few tablespoons(plus the peanut butter) for a big batch of cookies.

Sweet Paul Guys... this giveaway is for these lovely and charming spice dishes from Designlump in Montreal! The set of four dishes will go to one lucky winner! Description: Spice dish (4 QTY). These sea blue porcelain dishes are great for spices, hors d’oeuvre, rings, paper clips, bobby pins... Each dish is slip cast and carefully pinched on the edge, each one of them is unique but sits well along others. Classy Camper Pictured above is the latest innovation in classy folding campers for chic nomads. Do the overlapping curves and peaks of the design remind you of anything? If you picked the Sydney Opera House as the design inspiration behind this camper, you're absolutely right. Belgian designer Axel Enthoven modeled the camper, fittingly called Opera, after the unique aesthetic of Australia's most recognizable building. Below is photo of the Opera as a prototype.

Kimberly Snyder's Official Glowing Green Smoothie (R) Recipe Please note: For maximum health and beauty benefits, it is necessary to NOT only drink the Glowing Green Smoothie but also follow the whole Beauty Detox program. Drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies. A serving of the GGS contains over 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week! Greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet.

Vegetarian Dishes & Sides I met Paula Disbrowe on New Year’s Eve three years ago. She’s tall and very pretty, with long legs, high cheekbones and a classic sense of style. Just a cake A cake with a little ganache. Or maybe a little too much. Nope. Not possible. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Three Ways Recipe Toasting pumpkin seeds is fun and easy - and a great way to get creative with your spice drawer. I've wrangled up a beautiful collection of quirky pumpkins and winter squash over the past week - white "ghost" pumpkins, blue Hokkaido, carnival and ambercup squash. Yesterday a few of them went under the knife and we enjoyed the delicious byproduct - a bounty of seeds ripe for toasting.

Oodles of Raw Noodles My title says it all - this post is dedicated to veggie noodles. I don't care for pasta, but I really love kelp noodles and enjoy them occasionally. Here are some recipes that I've been meaning to post for a while (meaning from the middle of summer - thats how behind I am, and a few recent ones). Faux Foie Gras Challenge Winning Recipe Foie gras, which is French for “fatty liver,” is made from the enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. Many high-end restaurants have pulled this “delicacy of despair” off their menus for good. But just because gourmets choose to skip out on the cruelty doesn’t mean that they want to miss out on traditional French food.

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