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Soup weather

butternut squash
what happened? That's right: I'm baaack! Thanks to everyone who reached out and said, "What happened? Are you alright? I didn't see a new blog post last week!" Yeah, I'm alright. My site was hacked last week, and I was channeling Snoopy shaking his fist at the Red Baron as I realized that the hackers had broken my streak of blogging weekly, which was going on two full years. To be comple...
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I can hook you up … with some good bacteria!

fermented cabbage
"I fed my sourdough this morning." "What? What sourdough? Who's got sourdough? I want some!" "Liza got it for me." "Oh! That reminds me, Liza, can I get some more kefir grains?" "And, Liza, I need more kombucha SCOBY, I killed mine...again!" "Murderer. No SCOBY for you!" Yeah, that's more or less a word-for-word transcription of a conversation among some colleagues of mine yester...
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Oxymorons, their opposite … and hot breakfast

whole grain porridge
If you're a working mom ... ha, what is the opposite of an oxymoron? I mean, if an oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two seemingly opposite ideas (living death, seriously funny, deafening silence) for greater effect, what's the opposite of that? "Working mom" really is the opposite—it's two words that are so similar in meaning that it's almost too redundant: all mothers work, whet...
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Fl!p Your (Airbnb) K!tchen

Breakfast for dinner
Airbnb has been around since 2008, and as usual, I'm a late adopter—this summer's trip to Scotland was my first time taking advantage of it. From Edinburgh to Inverness to Glasgow, then back through Edinburgh to London, we've stayed at five different Airbnb flats and had five Airbnb "experiences." They've all been unique, and they've all been wonderful. Part of what I love about staying in a...
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#healthcoachvacation

Roadtrip 2018
When I was growing up, it seemed as though my vacations never lined up with those of my parents, who taught at a small liberal arts college. There may have been some outcry about this in the community because one year, the college switched which week it was on break ... and the public schools did, too, with the result that we were still off different weeks, just in reverse order! This March,...
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Overwhelmed in the kitchen?

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Join me Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30pm at Argus Farm Stop on Packard for a hands-on introduction to meal planning. Argus is a next-generation farmers' market whose mission is to to grow our local agricultural economy. How? By providing a place where local farms can sell locally-grown produce and other goods conveniently to consumers—year round! Fl!p Your K!tchen is a natural fit for Argus's b...
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How do you come to the kitchen?

As I mentioned last week, explaining what I do as a health coach can be difficult: while the profession is certainly growing, it's still an alien concept for many. I often like to explain my work using stories, which seem to make more sense than a lot of theory and explanation, so for the rest of this month, it's story time! The second story I tell is titled, "How do you come to the kitchen?...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Helpline

Have you downloaded the Fl!p Your K!tchen Thanksgiving 2017 recipe packet yet? If you have and you have questions about the recipes or the strategy that will help you cook most of your meal ahead so you can spend your day with your loved ones, join me on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for an updated version of the Butterball Hotline! Because I'm all about planning in advance, it's happening TOMO...
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SOLE food | Your nickel’s worth

pixabay farmers' market
This is the final post in the SOLE food series, in which we stepped away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focused again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—...
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SOLE food | Organic

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This month, we’re stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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SOLE food | Seasonal

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This month, we're stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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We interrupt this programming…

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Fair Food Network, the awesome non-profit where I work part-time as a contractor, has been growing in leaps and bounds since I started there eight years ago. When I reduced my work there to that of part-time contractor in 2016, it became necessary to change my title. In the process, I joked that I should join the C-Suite as CHO, chief harassment officer, since most of my work involves chasing s...
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Happy New (School) Year | What’s new + good?

I've always felt that September is, in an odd way, the start of a new year, and so it was nice to hear this confirmed by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365. She identifies three "new years" in a twelve-month cycle: the start of the calendar year, the start of summer, and the start of the school year. The start of the school year has always been one of my favorite times of the year, not only because ...
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Guest Post | Kitchen Organization with Lisa Woodruff

As I like to say, there are no mistakes or coincidences in the Universe, only miracles. A very special guest post arrived just as we are scrambling to pack our daughter up for college, we dismantled my office to paint it—hahaha, yes, if you recall the kitchen painting episode last year, you'll wonder whether we are determined to test our marriage annually, taking on both offices and the back hall ...
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Laundry loads and mental (over)load

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A few weeks ago, I was tickled by a comic strip in The Guardian about "mental load." Yes, it's sexist, and it generalizes (a lot), and yet, based on the engagement a friend got for posting it on Facebook, it must have resonated with a lot of women. In defense of the artist, she does attempt to offer a solution toward the end. And it got me thinking: in this age of overwhelm, we all carry a h...
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Belly up to the [fill in the blank] bar

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It's a gray early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor—even I sleep in most Sundays (sometimes even as late as 7am :) ), but today is my first 5K—nope, just walking—and that's a story for another day.... As spring slips away and summer comes into full swing, we're playing "the single parenting game" at my house—this happens annually for anywhere from 2–4 months at a time. You can read more about this in...
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Granola | GOOD 70s hippie food

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Back in the 90s when I was working for a caterer in Boulder, CO, one of my coworkers also hailed from Vermont. The two of us would often talk about "back home." Jordan, a born story-teller, had spent some time following the Grateful Dead, and he would entertain the rest of the staff at lunch with his stories. One of Jordan's favorite routines was an impression of an old-timer from Vermont compl...
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Life and love in La La Land

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This week finds me back in Los Angeles, where we lived for four years before moving to Michigan.  It's odd to be back. I can't say I've missed driving here, and as the traffic stretches for miles around us, I'm mildly entertained by visions of the opening scene of La La Land, but alas...it's just traffic. I'm not a huge fan of Southern California for many reasons, but I have one unbreakable ...
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Crazy Wisdom covers release of FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN

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Thanks to Crazy Wisdom Journal for covering the release of Fl!p Your K!tchen and to the Crazy Wisdom tea shop and store in downtown Ann Arbor for carrying the cookbook! You can pick up a copy of the journal in many retail locations around Ann Arbor or read the article online. A few corrections/clarifications I'd like to point out about the article: The comment about cooking class st...
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About those resolutions…

Where do you stand on making New Year's resolutions? Do you set them each year and achieve at least part of them? Do you set them and never think about them again? Or do you not set them at all, knowing full well that the only one you can keep is to not set any? I personally fall somewhere in the middle: I have enough discipline to reach the big goals (like publishing a cookbook!) ... and yet s...
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Goodbye, Hello: New Year, New Practice

winter
As I get older, I feel the pull of the seasons more and more strongly, and the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 feel more true each year: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...." Winter is a time for nourishing, slow-cooked soups and stews featuring lots of root vegetables, for conserving our energy (read: naps!), and for turning inward, reflecting on the ...
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Fill Your Plate | Feed Your Life

One of the fundamental principles of Integrative Nutrition® health coaching is that we are not only nourished (or toxified) by the food we put in our mouths—our secondary foods; we are equally (perhaps even more so) nourished or toxified by our primary foods: the relationships, work, physical activity, spiritual practice, sleep habits, etc. that we choose to embrace. I love the work of Gene...
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A (video) taste of the Fl!p Your K!tchen™ project

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You can now order Fl!p Your K!tchen! More details about the book can be found on the blog. And check out this beautiful video created by Christian O'Grady and Victoria Zegler of FYT Productions and featuring some of the splendid photos of Chuk Nowak, the cookbook design by Sean McDonald, and "my" farmers, Tomm Becker of Sunseed Farm and Salomon Jost of Salomon Gardens. And now it's time to ....
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Baby Step #11 | SOLE Kitchen

Baby steps
This is the eleventh of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 ...
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Supper + Support | Spring 2017 series open for registration

supper + support
do you need a new cooking/eating + life style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Are there other lifestyle choices you want to make? Do you need support to make the shift/s happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health ...
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Guest Blogger | A Full Circle: The Conclusion from Growth to Ground

Part of my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system encourages you to minimize the amount of food wasted in your household. There are plenty of ways to “flip” your ingredients, but if they’ve really passed the point of no return (points to you if you got the Andrew Lloyd Weber reference), don’t throw them out! Whether you live in an apartment or have a spacious lot, I encourage you to learn to compost. Today’s g...
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The buzz in the kitchen

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Seventeen years ago, I spent Labor Day in labor: Happy 17th Birthday to my firstborn! This year, I'm spending Labor Day weekend on the final revision of Fl!p Your K!tchen. If my third "child" turns out anywhere near as smart, funny, and beautiful as my first, I will consider it time well spent! Just now, the buzz in my head is probably due to an overdose of caffeine, but I wanted to share with ...
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Why farmers go organic

Ever since we lived near (actually, right next door to!) the farmers' market in Torrance, I've loved supporting local small farmers. Moving to Ann Arbor gave me the chance to connect with local growers on an even deeper level and learn a lot from them about how and why they grow their crops in a sustainable fashion that doesn't harm - and even helps - the environment and nourishes our physical wel...
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Join me for the Fl!p Your K!tchen Launch Party!

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Join me for the launch party of my Fl!p Your K!tchen book – I can’t wait to share it with you! Signed copies will be available for purchase. If you preordered, you can pick your copy up that evening as well. It's FREE – if you're coming, you'll need to make a reservation. Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4-6pm GO Where Meetings Matter: 4735 Washtenaw Avenue | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 &...
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Baby Step #7 | Cure the sugar blues

Baby steps
This is the seventh of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 n...
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Supper + Support | Fall 2016

supper + support
do you need to develop a new cooking + eating style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Do you need support to make that change happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health coaching: nutrition information to help you disco...
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Ask us anything | The recording

Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of sharing an hour on the phone with Andrea Catherine Bachman of Grounded Here, LLC. We had a great conversation about who we are, how we came to our respective practices, and how our work shares many similarities - I hope you'll take the time to listen! You can listen to the recording here:
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Share the love!

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FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN How to cook 21 meals a week from scratch (without spending your life in the kitchen) Cookbook, cooking class, and time management tool all in one, Fl!p Your K!tchen creates a system by which you can easily put three made completely from scratch meals a day on your table and in your lunchbox. Discover how to establish and cook from a whole foods pantry…and why you should b...
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Happy (early) Father’s Day!

A big shout-out to all the dads and all those who act as our dads: thanks for all you do! So why is it that for Mother's Day, we expect to pamper Mom but on Father's Day, Dad is expected to man the grill? In some families, it's one of the rare days that Dad cooks (although that is changing, thank goodness). In case you're shopping for a gift for Dad and don't want to give him more "stuff...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and all those who act like moms! I hope you are completely spoiled today - my day started with a blissful hour of just me and my coffee cup and then moved on to the sweetest words I've heard in a long time: "Can I make you breakfast?" And then THIS happened: My junior chef flipped some salsa from the last Fl!p Your K!tchen photo shoot, some tortillas...
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Baby Step #5 | Try sea salt

Baby steps
This is the fifth of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I’ll post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 ...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook update

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What's New + Good? Lots! In fact, so much that I couldn't wait to share some of my good news about the progress of the cookbook and express my gratitude to those who have helped create it. Let's start with the stunning picture above! Chuk Nowak of Chuk Nowak Photography is responsible for the beautiful photos you'll see in the book - I was a bit nervous about my simple cooking standing up ...
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Mother’s Day Sale!

Mother's Day is May 8 - and Mom doesn't want more stuff she has to dust! Show your love by getting her a hands-on cooking class or sign her up for the online Fl!p Your K!tchen™ course instead. From now through May 8, you'll get 10% off when you enter the coupon code "mom10" at checkout in the online store
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How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete

Well, nobody could accuse me of being a pro triathlete...but I sure can prep meals like one! Check out my appearance in "How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete" in Outside Online - it really is me, although I seem to have had a name change...?
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Health coaching…in a client’s words

If you've ever been curious about what it's like to work with a health coach, here's an awesome peek into a (star) client's side of the health coaching equation! I wasn't really sure what I signed up for when I agreed to join a health coaching pilot program. I had no idea what a health coach was, but I went in with an open mind expecting to learn more about healthy eating, portions, calories in /...
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Introducing: Supper + Support

supper + support
Do you need to develop a new cooking and eating style? • Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? • Does the primary cook at your house need support to make that change happen? Supper + Support offers you a group experience that includes: • Health coaching: nutrit...
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“But I’m not the cook…” | Supper + Support

When I was studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I often envied my single, childless classmates: as we were introduced to a large number of dietary theories - from veganism to the meat-centric Atkins plan, from high carb to low carb, from high-protein to low protein, etc. - the institute's staff frequently reminded us that no one theory was right for everyone and that we should expe...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook now available for pre-order!

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Drum Roll, please! The Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook is now available for preorder - at a special price! Part cookbook, part cooking class, part time management coach, Fl!p Your K!tchen will teach you how you can – and why you might want to – cook and eat at home on a regular basis. Visit the pre-order page! Cover design by Sean McDonald | Photo by Chuk Nowak
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Join me at the Local Food Summit!

Registration is now open for the 8th Anuual Homegrown Local Food Summit, which will be taking place Monday, February 15 at Washtenaw Community College. This year's theme is "Local Food for Everyone." If you've ever taken one of my cooking classes or gone on one of my retreats, you know how much I love local food and the farmers who feed my family - and how much I urge you to support the local f...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen update!

Lots going on with the cookbook these days - first and foremost, the pre-order page will soon be available! In the meantime, deepest appreciation to my village: creativity coach Chad Allen for holding my hand, giving me all the great book publishing info, and asking all the right questions my peer coaches Paula Roelands and Scott Ricci for letting go of my hand and holding me accounta...
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“Intentional Leftovers” in the Crazy Wisdom Community Journal

The new Crazy Wisdom Community Journal is out...and I'm in it! Check out "Intentional Leftovers" on p. 66 of the January - April 2016 issue. Thanks again to Christian and Victoria at FYT Productions for the photo that accompanies the article! And yes - I'm following my own advice and making stock today from what's left of the Christmas turkey....
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What’s cooking in January 2016?

I'll be offering more hands-on cooking classes and a reprise of the Fl!p Your K!tchen menu planning workshop in January - you can see the full list on the Events page. The Simply: Home Cooking classes this winter and spring will focus on getting back to basics and will cover a lot of the material in my upcoming cookbook as well as the online Fl!p Your K!tchen™ subscription course. If you prefer...
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Taking it back to the basics

Fl!p Your K!tchen, the cookbook, will be published in time for the Holidays in 2016, and there are a number of ways you can come along with me on the publishing journey! One option is to purchase a subscription to an online introduction of Fl!p Your K!tchen™ - for yourself or as a gift for the Holidays 2015! Another option, if you live in the Ann Arbor area, is to take some hands-on cooking cl...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Subscribe to the online course!

Woohooo - my Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook will be published in time for the Holidays 2016! Why am I telling you this a year in advance? Because there's something you can do for the Holidays 2015 as well! The book not only provides simple recipes for home-cooked meals from whole, healthful ingredients – it also introduces my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system, which teaches you how to create 21 meals a wee...
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Come with me…

As I mentioned in a previous post, 2016 is going to be an exciting year for me: I'm dropping down to part-time at my day job to focus on growing my health and kitchen coaching practice, and part of that includes (finally!) the publishing of my cookbook, which I'm tentatively titling Fl!p Your K!tchen.  Several people have come forward with offers of help in testing recipes and editing, and I'm ex...
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Nourish Yourself for Fall…and into the Future!

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. JOIN US IN APRIL FOR OUR SPRING MINI-RETREAT. Full price - $200 per person 3/4 price - $150 per person 1/2 price - $100 per person The fine print: Payment in full is due by the day of the workshop.  If you decide not to attend, please do so by close of business on September 27, and we will return your payment minus a $25 cance...
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A “Knight Out” in the Kitchen!

Join me at Knight's Family Kitchen for our fall cooking classes - we meet the first and third Wednesday of every month! Classes run from 6:00-8:00pm – arrive at 5:45 for drinks & appetizers! To register for a class and get Knight's updates on upcoming events, visit Knight's Family Kitchen's website. Registration now open for the first two classes: September 2 – Knife Skills + Safety Have y...
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Announcing a New Collaboration!

I'm thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Knight's Family Kitchen! Happy for the opportunity to reach a broader audience with my services in partnership with Angela Knight, who is a real kindred spirit. Sharing Knight's announcement below: As Knight’s Family Kitchen approaches our one-year anniversary of being open for business, we are thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Liza Ba...
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Your Harvest of Health

  What does Autumn mean to you? How do you prepare for the season with its ever-shorter days and the hibernation instinct lurking around the bend? This year, I'm collaborating with my colleague Paula Roelands on a retreat that can help you transform your life and take your health to a new level with a weekend of rest, relaxation, and life redesign: Greet and celebrate the energy of autum...
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Absence makes the self care fonder

My husband travels to China on a regular basis - not only does he teach and write about Chinese literature, art history, and visual culture, he still has family in Hunan Province, so when he goes home, it's for an extended stay that combines guest speaking, research, and visiting family. Of course I hold it over his head that at this point, he owes me approximately 24 months of vacation, which ...
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New workshop: Spring into Healthy Eating + Positive Energy

I'm thrilled to be offering a new workshop in collaboration with Hands of Light Energy Healer Lucinda Kurtz from 11am-6pm on Sunday, May 3 - it promises to be a energizing and light-filled experience! Join us for a revitalizing day of healthful food and an opportunity to release old patterns that no longer serve you. Launch yourself on a new course of action by learning the basics of food selec...
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Flip Your Kitchen: Deconstructing Soup

…one of the biggest barriers we’re facing, in terms of people eating healthier food, is that most Americans don’t know how to cook that well. It is absolutely possible to eat well and cheaply and quickly from scratch, but you have to be a very skilled cook. ~Tracie McMillan Author of The American Way of Eating When I tell people I went to culinary school, a large percentage sighs, “Oh, I would ...
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