Delicious Chili!

ChileI love a bowl of warm spicy chile.  I found this gem of a recipe on Pinterest and it is a keeper.  I have already made it multiple times this winter.

The recipe freezes well and makes  a yummy baked potato topping.

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Foot Binding- Parallels Between Nineteenth Century China and Today

I recently read Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 10.48.58 AMthe book, Snowflower and the Secret Fan.  The book unfolds in nineteenth century China.  At that time, foot binding was common practice.  Small feet were symbol of status and beauty.  Below is a basic description of foot binding as related in the book.

  • Foot binding began at age five or six
  • Dumplings were given to soften bones
  • Toes were bent beneath the soles of the feet
  • Bindings were wrapped painfully tight around the feet
  • The young girls were made to walk back and forth in their room until their bones finally cracked
  • The process of tightly re-wrapping the bindings, walking, and eating dumplings continued until the feet were molded to the correct shape.

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Frozen Raspberry Jam

Frozen Raspberry JamThis recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!  I made several jars last year and gave them away as Christmas presents.  I’m told that my jam is better than “Grandma’s Jam”.  The secret to this recipe is fresh raspberries.  I’m lucky enough to live close to a raspberry farm where the raspberries are sweet, juicy, and delicious!  I picked several pints and made the jam the next day.  Delicious!

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Fresh Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa BlogI’ve made salsa a few times this summer and this recipe is hands down my favorite.

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Apricot Jam and Leather

Apricot Jam BlogI’m not sure what it is about this summer in Utah but there are apricots galore.  My neighbor has a few trees that are overflowing so he invited me over to pick a few.  Within 45 minutes I had a huge bag full of apricots.

Once the apricots were cleaned and pitted I went to work on making my jam.  The recipe is quite easy and goes as follows:

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Melissa’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Melissa's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies Blog

An associate gave me some cookies and I was blown away.  Thankfully she was willing to share the recipe.  I have been looking for a soft, chewy, delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe for years and I’ve finally found one.  You won’t be disappointed.  I like to keep a few scoops of frozen dough to bake on a rainy day.

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A Dietitian’s Journey to Becoming an Intuitive Eater

Untitled designAs a dietitian I’m frequently asked for “dieting” advice. My answer is always the same, I don’t believe in dieting; I believe in a mindful approach to eating. I’ve written a blog about the science behind why dieting does not work, but below you’ll read my personal journey which led me to ditch the diets and embrace all types of food.

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