Happy Intesti-versary!

I woke up yesterday morning to a ping on my phone. “Happy 6th Intesti-versary!” I rolled over and went back to sleep with a smile on my face. On April 4, 2011 I had surgery to remove my terminal ileum (part of the small intestine that attaches to the large intestine and absorbs vitamin B12),…

Cookie Craze

All this election tension has me stress baking like my life depends on it! In an attempt to steer clear of the sugar in chocolate I made some gingersnap cookies from Primal Palate over the weekend, which were quickly devoured by my improv team. Most of the grain and dairy-free desserts I’ve baked (see donuts, more donuts, and coconut…

Tastes Like Fall

Fall is almosttt in the air here in Southern California (it’s a chilly 79 degrees here at Warner Bros. today) and my peanut m&m’s addiction is as debilitating as ever. In an attempt to better hold myself accountable for what I put in my body, here’s my best attempt at remembering what I ate over…

This Week’s Eats

  I am four months into this elimination diet, and while it’s been strong going pretty much the whole time, I am feeling my momentum lulling just a tad. After a less than fun dining out experience tonight, I am renewed in my resolve to stick to the diet since it really, truly has improved my…

Produce in a Box!

Starting this elimination diet three and a half months ago was the biggest step I’ve made outside of medicine to taking back control over my health. I’ve seen many improvements in my health along the way, but I also see a lot of ways I can make my cooking/eating/health more efficient/economical/better overall. So, I’ve been looking…

‘Buch Hooch: Kombucha Success!

And just like that, my first batch of kombucha is done! I let the tea flavor with blueberries, raspberries, ginger, and combos of the berries for two days. I “burped” the bottles each day to let the air from the fermentation process out. If the air builds up too much, it can create a tiny bomb…

Delicious Donuts: The Elusive Paleo(ish) Treat

In the search for grain and dairy-free sweet treats other than my trusty Coconut Layer Bars, I’ve turned to donuts. The first attempt ended in an inedible crumbly mess, but at least it smelled good! I’m happy to say the second batch was much improved, but there are still so many adjustments I want to make in…

Kombucha Watch: Day Five

I took the scoby out of the cupboard for quick walk around the block this morning. Looks like everything is coming along nicely in the fermentation process and the scoby is healthy and growing in both jars!   In a couple days I’ll start taste-testing the kombucha to see if it is to my liking….

Kombucha: Let the Fermentation Experimentation Begin

It’s been almost a month since I received the best gift an amateur chef can get: a SCOBY. If it’s not immediately obvious why a girl’s best friend is no longer diamonds but a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (yes! It’s an acronym!) it’s because a scoby is the key to making some good…

Thai Coconut Soup for the Soul

Earlier this week when my stomach was upset I turned to the traditional cure of googling dairy free soups. Whilst adventuring across the internet, I came across this grain and dairy free Tom Kha Gai or Thai Coconut Soup. Even though I did not make the soup that particular tonight, I finally got around to it Friday…

Getting My Groove Back

As I thought might be the case, keeping up with the blog has been tough now that work is back in the full swing of things. Cooking has been going better since my so-so first week back at the office and in other good news… I got promoted!! With the new job comes new responsibilities,…

A Midnight Snack

In reality this is more of a 9:52pm snack, something to munch on while enjoying the Stranger Things finale. I was prepping brussels sprouts to roast with mushrooms for lunches this week, and I took off the first couple layers of each, tossed them with olive oil and salt, and roasted them for 15 minutes at 400…