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Paleo and Nut-Free Strawberry Coffee Cake Recipe PLUS Mediterranean Paleo Cookbook Review & Giveaway

This weekend my housemates and I shared a big breakfast. As I walked into the kitchen the smell of vanilla, baked butter, and warm brown sugar kissed my nostrils and I sighed heavily... coffeecake was being baked in the  oven. Unfortunately, I could only smell it. When I first graduated college, I took on the chef position at a quaint bed n' breakfast in town. Every morning I would watch the sun rise while sipping on a cup of tea and waiting for the coffee cake, muffins, scones, or madeleines to bake. Any of the leftovers from breakfast were typically split between the employees and my mid-morning break would often consist of inhaling delicious pastries. Imagine my disappointment  when I discovered that gluten and dairy are the cause of my indigestion, bloat, and eczema! When I got Caitlin's book Mediterranean Paleo Cooking in the mail, I knew what I wanted to make: coffee cake. The beautiful photography [...]

October 24th, 2014|Categories: Announcements, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stop the PMS Nightmare

Did you know that periods aren't supposed to be painful? In most cases the debilitating cramps, irritability, weight gain, acne, abdominal bloating, cravings, and mood swings may actually be caused by hormonal imbalance, food allergies, magnesium deficiency, or too much sugar in your diet. Your body is sending you a message. Start listening! Maybe you all knew this, but for me this is big news. I always thought that women have to be in at least a little bit of pain, and if I wasn't I felt uneasy.  An old wife's tale from my country was that if you have painful periods you will have easy births. So I welcomed the pain and felt relieved. As a teenager, while laying in bed in the fetal position, holding a heated water bottle to my abdomen and moaning, I couldn't be happier. My mama fed me chicken soup and tried to make [...]

July 26th, 2014|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My Expat Life: Necessities vs. Luxuries

My dear readers many of you have expressed interest in learning more about my life in Moldova before I came to  America. Your  support has meant a lot to me as I am learning how to process my childhood and the impact it had on who I am. Today I am guest posting for one of my favorite bloggers, Ariana at And Here We Are, who like me is an expat. The topic of the post is necessities vs luxuries. “So what was the biggest culture shock you experienced when you came to America?” is a frequently asked question that I always I struggle to answer. During my freshman and and sophomore year I would shrug my shoulders and smile, not even knowing where to begin. Once I became a junior, I decided I needed to have an answer. To continue reading follow me on the And Here We Are blog where I [...]

May 30th, 2014|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dairy and Gluten Intolerance on an Alaskan Cruise

Which one of the below statements do you think is false? During my Alaskan cruise, I... A) didn't see a single whale. B) had the ability to avoid gluten and dairy in my meals. C) ate a big fat soft serve ice cream cone. Instead of giving away the right answer, I'm going to be mean and keep you in suspense for a few more paragraphs. Trust me, the answer is a little surprising. Clean Eating, Hypochondria, and Alaskan Cruises As thrilled as I was about going on an Alaskan cruise with my husband's family, I was also very nervous about the food situation...  Last fall I got chicken pox. Although my body fought the virus like a champ and less than ten days later I was pretty much all better, there was one thing that changed. My gut. It was never really the same. I've been cautious with gluten [...]

May 17th, 2014|Categories: Travel|1 Comment

Traditional Detox: Not What You’d Expect

Yesterday I asked my readers on Facebook what foods come to mind when they think "liver cleanse". Here are some of the responses: fruit, lemon water, milk thistle, dandelion salad, kombucha, beet juice, cabbage, olive oil, citrus, nettles, tumeric. These are all wonderfully cleaning foods, but we are missing a few key players. This list is missing  meat, eggs, and dairy. Are you shocked? Stay with me and I can explain  why I am adding such "heavy", "clogging" foods to a detox food list. Image source My Story A few  years ago I decided I needed to seriously detox my body. I was newbie to the whole foods movement and after reading that, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood (Source), I became concerned. I couldn't stop thinking about all the toxins I was carrying around with me all the time. My poor liver [...]

April 15th, 2014|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Avocado Pear Smoothie

"Ewww, what is that?" Ian, my housemate, is not impressed by my concoction. The rest of my housemates eye it suspiciously, but don't say anything. I take the first sip while they all watch me shaking their heads. "This is delicious guys! I swear! Who wants to try it?" "Sure why not." Nick takes a sip."Mmmmm, that's actually not bad! What did you put in this again?" Not everyone in my house has embraced a whole foods diet, because many of them have the misconception that healthy food is bland, or worse, tastes bad. Thus, many of my recipes are viewed skeptically, especially when they're green. Honestly, I don't blame them - I used to think the same thing about eating healthy. But not anymore! I've learned that the healthiest food is by far the most delicious if you learn to read the signals your body is giving you accurately. In this case [...]

April 8th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Elk Burger Lettuce Wraps

Yes, you heard right.  ELK burgers. Last week, I went hunting and killed a giant Elk and carried it home on my back. Seriously though, we did get Elk meat from a wild Elk that was shot in the woods, not by me, but by one of my husband's friends. I am not that kind of awesome, sorry guys! But I am the kind of awesome that is thrilled when the husband brings home Elk burger out of the blue! I admit, I was disappointed  at first to have to eat a hamburger with no bread or cheese. However, I changed my mind after the first bite of these babies. This burger was juicy, full of flavor (but not gamy!), and the sauerkraut, fresh tomato, and avocados just sent my taste buds to heaven. Here is a simple way to enjoy Elk burgers (or even a regular old beef burger, really) [...]

March 27th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meat Loaf Recipe

Dear Meatloaf, I'm sorry I so grossly misunderstood you when we first met over ten years ago, my first year in American college. I thought you were kind of ugly, dry, and bland. I was slightly appalled at the idea of eating just a wad of ground beef slathered in ketchup. I called you meat bread and would publicly refuse to eat you.  But once I started cooking for myself and incorporating some of the American foods I saw others making, I decided to give you another chance. After all, Clayton liked you so much - how could he be so wrong? But I cheated a little. I couldn't accept who you were, but like all true love, I know you could be something better. I mixed you with pork and wrapped you in bacon. I replaced the ketchup with a homemade tomato glaze, sauce and switched out your breadcrumbs bread [...]

March 12th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Seven Things I learned from Grain Brain

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted on The Kitchen Rag Facebook that I was reading Grain Brain, you asked me to share what I've learned from it.  The book focuses on how our diet impacts the development and degeneration of our brain. The author, Dr Perlmutter, is not only a board certified neurologist who has been awarded the Linnus Pauling award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders, but he also holds a degree in nutrition from the American College of Nutrition. He is one of the few conventional doctors to deny the validity of the low fat theory. The points he makes in his book have caused quite a bit of negativity from his more conventional colleagues. But the seed has been planted, and his book has been on the New York Best Seller List since it was published late 2013. Dr Perlmutter has http://thekitchenrag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/grain-brain1-1024x1024.jpgbeen invited to speak [...]

March 8th, 2014|Categories: Books Reviews|Tags: |2 Comments

The Privilege of Driving

"Hey Sir, can we get a ride to Mereseni? The man looks inquisitively at me and my best friend and then opens his back door for us. "We are in luck today.", Dana whispers in my ear. We jump in the back seat, throwing our backpacks at our feet. I know what you are thinking. "Bad idea." Two seventeen year old girls  hitchhiking home from school with a stranger.  Maybe in America that is a cultural taboo, but in Moldova this is a normal way to commute. The buses that come from the capital city are typically full, so they either don't take any more passengers, or they do, which is sometimes even worse. You get to experience the epitome of Moldovan travelling - standing inside a human sandwich topped with grocery bags and sometimes even animals like chickens, pigs, goats or some other creature. If you have a big space [...]

March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |6 Comments
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