Category Archives: Just Keep Me Movin’

Dessert or Breakfast? Rustic Vanilla Crema & Berry Tart with Almond Crust (GF/DF/NS)

On lazy Sunday mornings with the Gent, I’m often guilty of making dessert for breakfast. “Guilty” is perhaps not the best choice of word, however, since this nutritionally dense, gluten and dairy free, protein-packed, low glycemic tart actually makes for … Continue reading

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Due North

Every year since the Midwestern Gentleman and I met, we have taken a late-summer vacation on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.  We’ve been particularly excited about this year’s trip, because we secured a phenomenally beautiful, hike-in campsite on … Continue reading

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Simple Strawberry Basil Sorbet (No Ice Cream Maker Required)

It’s strawberry season!  Last week, I dreamt that the Midwestern Gentleman requested strawberry-basil sorbet, and as synchronicity would have it, Berry Patch Farm opened its pick-your-own strawberry patches on Saturday. So, naturally, we went strawberry picking.  I hulled, rinsed, and … Continue reading

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Growing Edible Mushrooms

We had a beautiful but problematic redbud tree in our backyard. It had been poorly planted too close to the neighboring yard, and our neighbors gently complained every now and again about a large branch extending over their fence. Several of the … Continue reading

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Master Gardener in the Making

This Fall, I’ve been enjoying participating in the Master Gardener training program offered through ISU Extension.  This first month has been jam-packed with activities and classes, so I’ve scaled back on my recipe development to give myself a little breathing … Continue reading

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One Year Anniversary: Looking Backwards and Forwards

What IF…? Gourmet celebrates its first anniversary this week.  It has been a transformative year, and I am grateful for all the positive changes in my health that have resulted from following an anti-inflammatory eating plan and a sustainable exercise … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever & Garden Dreams

The calendar says spring, but Mother Nature has not been cooperating.  Last weekend, the promising glimpses of crocus and daffodil tips were once again hidden by a dusting of relentlessly white snow.  I’m so tired of the gray-and-white view from … Continue reading

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How I “Got Lucky”

A year ago this month I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease after two years of being sick enough to know something was wrong — truly wrong — beyond the usual suspects of overwork, lack of sleep, and “that … Continue reading

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Healthy Holidays: Hiking Camelback Mountain

When the Midwestern Gentleman and I left home on the Winter Solstice, our backyard looked like this, courtesy of “Snowstorm Draco.” After spending the weekend with the Gent’s family in the equally snow-blanketed Twin Cities, we flew to Arizona, where … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-changes: Identifying Food Sensitivities with an Elimination Diet

Hey, gang.  You may have noticed my blogging schedule has been a bit off lately.  There have been a lot of changes happening in my kitchen, and more recipes failing to thrill than I’ve experienced in many years of cooking.  … Continue reading

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