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One Simple Thing: Homemade Mayonnaise in Less Than Two Minutes

One Simple Thing: Homemade Mayonnaise in Less Than Two Minutes

| December 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following on last week’s mustard revelation, one of the best things I started to do this year was to make my own mayonnaise.  We don’t use a lot of it, mostly tuna sandwiches, sandwich spread, and cold salads, but one look at the ingredients panel of most mayonnaise containers makes me shudder.  And to add insult […]

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One Simple Thing: Examine the Next Thing You Trash

One Simple Thing: Examine the Next Thing You Trash

| December 22, 2015 | 5 Comments

The thought of replacing everything we discard with something that’s reusable, renewable, or refuse-able is a noble goal.  And the thought of taking it all on is absolutely overwhelming, even to me. Sure, I can spend hours sourcing cheese not sold in plastic, finding someone who recycles #7 plastics (think strawberries in a clamshell), and choosing […]

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Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

| July 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

I have often been pegged as a geeky gardener type.  Although I HAVE been seen pulling weeds in the moonlight in my pajamas, and my fingernails never quite come clean from April to November, I have to confess that I am really too lazy to be one of those über-gardeners who never set foot in the produce section. […]

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Friday Freedonist: Come on a Small Pleasures Safari

Friday Freedonist: Come on a Small Pleasures Safari

| May 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

I choose to make my life fun. That’s why I have so many games weaving through it. You can make a game out of almost anything, and flip something boring into something that makes you giggle. There’s the What Can I Make Out of X, Y, and Z for Dinner? game, the How Can I […]

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Recipe: Black Bean Chili with Alaskan Smoked Porter

Recipe: Black Bean Chili with Alaskan Smoked Porter

| January 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Well, yesterday I worked myself into a serious jones for chili while writing about Alaskan Brewing Company.  Enjoy this standard recipe from our house for a smoky-spicy vegetarian-or-not chili. (Can be doubled, and you’ll thank yourself if you freeze a batch for later) 2 T olive oil 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped 1 […]

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Edibly and Me: Nifty App for Discovering the Junk in Your Grocery List

Edibly and Me: Nifty App for Discovering the Junk in Your Grocery List

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am not much of a gearhead, but I stumbled over the Edibly app last night and thought it was fun to play with, and a pretty useful toy. It’s a work in progress, I believe, but holds great potential for reminding some folks — especially those who live by their smartphone — what to […]

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Looking Forward to 2014: Five Things to Do Differently Next Year (to have more fun, live even better, and do more good)

Looking Forward to 2014: Five Things to Do Differently Next Year (to have more fun, live even better, and do more good)

| December 29, 2013 | 5 Comments

I don’t generally make New Years resolutions, and fear not, I am not going to start today.  But the end of the year usually finds me gnawing on a straw in a coffee shop somewhere, staring off into space and mulling over what I may want to change up in the coming year.  (Yep, it’s […]

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The Hedonist Hill O’Beans: Why and How to Cook Yourself a Big Ol’ Pot of Beans

The Hedonist Hill O’Beans: Why and How to Cook Yourself a Big Ol’ Pot of Beans

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

During the Whole Foods Food Stamp Challenge month, Mr. GH and I were able to eat very, very well on the maximum monthly SNAP allocation of $367/month, even while shopping exclusively at Whole Foods Market.  There is almost no chance we could’ve pulled this off without beans. Many people see beans as really pedestrian fare, […]

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Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge:  Did We Succeed?  Or Didn’t We?

Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge: Did We Succeed? Or Didn’t We?

| October 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

So there I was, standing at the Whole Foods checkout counter with my third and last batch of groceries for our month’s Food Stamp Challenge. Here’s how the month had gone: Monthly SNAP Benefits:   $367.00 Shopping trip #1 8/31/13:       $177.00- Shopping trip #2  9/11/13:    $ 92.49- Shopping trip #3 9/22/13:     BUDGET: $97.51 In the store, […]

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Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge:  Post Mortem

Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge: Post Mortem

| October 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

The day after my Whole Foods Market Food Stamp Challenge ended, I found myself standing at the counter at my favorite coffee joint,  The Bean Cycle in Fort Collins, waiting for my 2% latte with an extra shot of espresso.  I noticed on the counter a stack of chocolate bars – not just any good […]

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