Monday, November 29, 2010

giveaway + the {highly anticipated} chapbook tutorial

If you haven’t checked out my 24^3 Thanksgiving post yet…I’d love for you to click on over. Lots of good food and good times.

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[my fantastic sibs: they are way cooler than I am].

I promised a chapbook tutorial, so here you go. In case you were wondering:

chapbook: pocket-sized book filled with poetry, art, recipes, etc.

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Supplies:

  • blank 4 x 6 notecards (you can also use recycled paper cut to this size)
  • brown paper lunch bags
  • padding compound
  • binder clips
  • waxed paper
  • heavy books
  • scissors, glue, q-tips

Step 1: Make a cover. I used wordle.net and typed in my own content.

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Step 2: Print your content onto 4 x 6 notecards or paper. Arrange tightly in a stack, and attach binder clips to the side closest to the spine of the book.

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Step 3: Use a q-tip to spread a thin layer of padding compound on the edge of the spine. Be careful not to let it drip down the back or front covers of your book.

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Step 4: Let the padding compound dry overnight. In the morning, remove the binder clips, and press the book in waxed paper between a stack of heavy books for a few hours.

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Step 5: Cut a strip for the binding from a brown paper lunch bag, and glue it to the book’s spine. Let dry.

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Pretty easy! Let me know if you end up making a chapbook of your own. They make pretty fantastic gifts, and they can be green friendly if you use recycled paper.

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And on a more food-related note…

One of the appetizers served on Tgiving was Michigan apples + pumpkin dip, which is slightly addicting [recipe here]. I used a homemade version of Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese.

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Greek yogurt hit the blogworld about a year or so ago and is basically regular yogurt with the whey strained out, which makes it thicker. You can easily make your own Greek yogurt by draining regular yogurt through a cheesecloth lined strainer overnight.

If I use yogurt in a recipe, I prefer to use organic (free of hormones). Stonyfield is my go-to brand, and they were nice enough to provide this giveaway [lots of coupons for free yogurt!].

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:: Two ways to win ::

1. Comment in response to this post. What’s your fave kind of Stonyfield yogurt, or do you have a fave recipe that incorporates yogurt?

2. Earn an extra brownie point by mentioning the giveaway on your blog or tweeting about it and linking back to this post. Let me know you did so when you comment.

Deadline is Friday, December 3rd at midnight (EDT).

After a busy weekend, I’m craving a long run and some good tunes. What was your fave dish this Tgiving?

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Foodbuzz 24x24: a hipster(ish) thanksgiving

Thanks to Foodbuzz (and a lot of help from friends & family), one epic Thanksgiving celebration is complete.

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From peeling 60 billion potatoes from Visser farms

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to making chapbooks filled with poetry, art, and delish recipes [see menu here]…

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it was a pretty fantastic time of eating and hanging out with friends and family.

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This 24^3 event is titled a hipster(ish) thanksgiving because my hometown isn’t the most sustainable, food responsible city (but is growing!), and I consider it pretty hipster to eat local and organic food here.

I was really excited to support local farmers and businesses while creating an amazing meal and to share with my guests the importance of eating locally. Lots of vegetables were purchased from the farmers’ market…

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and we made homemade stuffing from locally baked bread from Ryke’s Bakery.

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We also served bread from the Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery, which runs entirely on solar power. It was amazing.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make my own marshmallows for the apple mallow yams.

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Perfectly toasted and delicious. If you haven’t ever made your own marshmallows, you should definitely give it a try.

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We tried a few unconventional dishes since Thanksgiving is usually pretty starch-heavy, including kale with garlic and cranberries

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apple slaw with local Michigan apples and cabbage,

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and maple roasted brussels sprouts.

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My family has a tradition of having our guests sign a tablecloth each Thanksgiving (to be embroidered later). It’s really fun to look back and see how many holidays have been celebrated over the years.

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Lots of new names were added to the tablecloth this year, so I suspect a lot of sewing will be going down later.

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And let’s be honest…every great Thanksgiving meal ends with pie. Homemade apple pie is a definite favorite for most of my family.

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But I prefer the always festive pumpkin pie.

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The only thing better than pie is pie topped with homemade ice cream. A local and sustainable restaurant, Mia & Grace, supplied this homemade Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream. Homemade ice cream trumps storebought ice cream any day in my book.

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Some of you may remember Patrick’s guest post, and his freshly roasted coffee (as in roasted yesterday!) paired nicely with dessert. Attention coffee snobs: this is the best coffee you will ever drink. Get yours here, and support rural farmers in Honduras.

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Although it’s been a crazy time since I finished my internship in May, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with good food + friends & family + supporting sustainability.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

if i could clone myself right now…

This week has been seriously crazy. I’ve had lots of counseling clients and meetings and also taught another class at the health club.

And then there’s this…

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Lovely little event that will be going down next Thursday thanks to Foodbuzz. I already spent $50 on local ice cream…priorities, priorities, people! This is the newly designed chapbook cover for Thanksgiving 2010. [I will also do a tutorial on making chapbooks, for those interested].

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My class this week was on shaping up for the holiday season. I always like to serve food at classes to a) prove that healthy food can be delicious and b) shamelessly entice people to come.

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image via 101 Cookbooks

harvest bars

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carrot ginger soup

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Here are some tips I found while putting together my class this week. They may be things you already know, but it’s always nice to have a list of strategies to keep you in your skinny jeans (taken from all over the place…not all my original ideas):

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  • use a small plate: for some reason, we always want to fill the plate, no matter our appetites. or maybe we just need the plate size to remind us not to overindulge.
  • don’t eat next to the buffet table: it is so easy to munch mindlessly while talking. move away from the food…
  • keep some food on your plate: this way, your friendly hostess won’t push you into eating more.
  • fill half your plate with veggies: perfect way to get in those elusive daily servings.
  • bring a healthy dish: and get a friend to do so, also.
  • never use food rewards: treat yourself to new running gear, an i-tunes card, or a massage instead.
  • enjoy treats {in moderation}: food should be enjoyed, but just don’t go overboard.
  • watch drinkable calories: yes, they do add up, and alcohol does give you the munchies because it can lower blood sugar.

Any other tips to add to these?

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p.s. there were a ton of questions on chapbooks, so I will dedicate some time to that subject in a future post…

Sunday, November 14, 2010

blended soups, hipsters, and chapbooks

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My quest to find the perfect butternut squash soup recipe (ala the amazing bowl eaten at Farm) continues. The latest recipe included apples, leeks, and walnuts. It was pretty delicious, but the acidity of the apples + leeks were a little much, so I added some coconut milk. Not just right but getting closer…

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The biggest news of late is that I will be tackling a local Thanksgiving meal or “a hipster Thanksgiving feast” for Foodbuzz’s November 24^3 event (24 bloggers, 24 meals, 24 hours). I’m really excited to have the opportunity to participate again (see last year’s epic 24^3 event), but this time I won’t have energy bar Dan’s creative expertise or culinary assistance.

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Between 15-20 people will attend, so we’ll see how it all goes down. I am requiring my guests to dress appropriately. And we may be compiling a chap book as part of the event. I also wanted to make my own paper to print the menu on, but my mom said I was getting a little carried away…(yes, I’m all about go big or go home).

Exhibit A: a handbound chapbook (filled with poetry and art, etc.). Last year I made 33 of these…

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I’ve also been researching different local products and delicious recipes to serve…if you have any creative Thanksgiving dish recipes, send them my way!

Exhibit B: delicious local bread from the Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery. 

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I’ll be purchasing the majority of food supplies locally, including an Amish turkey and lots of vegetables. This will be an epic Thanksgiving.

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What’s your fave Thanksgiving dish (if you celebrate)…any unusual dishes unique to your family?    

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

pumpkinhead

Ok, ok. I promise that when fallslashwinter is over, pumpkin will disappear from this blog. Until then, please indulge.

Pumpkin gnocchi with pumpkin sauce. Loved the sauce, but I need to work on the gnocchi texture, probably because I used whole wheat flour. Any tips for perfecting gnocchi?

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Super easy to make, and you also get to take part in some therapeutic dough rolling.

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This week has been busy with meetings, the obesity project, nutrition counseling, writing material for my next nutrition class, and discussions about protein powder/supplements and athletic performance (anyone have good resources on this? email me: healthnut.em@gmail.com).

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{ok, really?!!} I’m definitely more comfortable recommending something vegetable-based, but I’d love any feedback from those of you who use protein powder regularly.

My to-do list looks crazy. Seriously. There is a method to this madness, though…promise. [p.s. I am slightly obsessed with highlighters].

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Also, a shoutout to my friend Emily Benson, who interviewed me on her blog, Embracing Liberties. Check out her blog for some pretty entertaining posts and a definitively awesome writing style. Welcome to any new readers!

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Also, there will be commentary related to the result of Mark Haub’s research forthcoming. I may have a few things to say…

p.s. it is super nice today, and I just want to be outside!

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