Miso “Ramen” Polenta

Miso “Ramen” Polenta

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] Back when I was on the restriction phase of the low fodmap diet I tried making polenta for the first time. This was a challenge to myself to branch out from the rice I was eating multiple times a day. The first polenta I made was simple – water, cornmeal, butter, and parmesan cheese – but it was so easy and so good I was hooked. After eating it a couple times with…

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Low Fodmap Diet – Week 4, 5, & 6 + A Fluffy Almond Cookie Recipe

Low Fodmap Diet – Week 4, 5, & 6 + A Fluffy Almond Cookie Recipe

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] [Jump to my fodmap diet update by clicking here] I am obsessed with almond flavored baked goods. If I had to pick only one pastry/baked good to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be an almond croissant. But right now I am not eating wheat grains or lactose which means I can’t splurge on one for days like Valentine’s Day where I used to celebrate with fun treats. As a result I decided to come…

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Low Fodmap Diet – Week 2 & 3

Low Fodmap Diet – Week 2 & 3

The picture in the heading was taken from near the top of Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. We went for a snow hike/snowshoe up there two weekends ago. It is so nice to get away to the outdoors when things are stressful especially in these recent political times. Get out and enjoy and support our National Parks and other public lands. They are truly treasures that we must cherish. Hiking all the way up over thousands of feet uses…

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Simple Cornmeal Pancakes

Simple Cornmeal Pancakes

[Jump to the recipe by clicking here] Since starting the low fodmap diet I have been eating a whole lot of rice. In general that is fine because I like rice but, with the discussion of arsenic levels in it, I don’t want to make it a twice a day part of my diet like it was the first week. If you would like to read more about arsenic and rice the FDA and consumer reports have some good information…

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Low FODMAP Diet – Week 1

Low FODMAP Diet – Week 1

To keep myself accountable, and to give some first hand experience to anyone else thinking of trying the low FODMAP diet, I decided I would post weekly about my experience: did I break the diet, what has been hard, what has been easy, what I have learned thus far, and my favorite thing I have made that period. (I originally planned to post every week but I realized while working on week 2 that answering these questions every week wouldn’t be that…

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Whole30, FODMAP, and Peanut Butter Banana Granola

Whole30, FODMAP, and Peanut Butter Banana Granola

[Don’t want to read about the diets? – Jump to the recipe by clicking here] If you follow food people on Instagram in January you are probably very aware of the #Whole30 craze going on right now. You can read more about it here, but the Whole30 is a 30-day “reset” program to get your body inflammation down. Now I have issues with it, and started to write my reasons until I realized some other bloggers did the same. Plane,…

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Big Beers and Breckenridge

Big Beers and Breckenridge

[To skip right to the festival review, click here!] When we first moved to Colorado the only beer festival we really knew about was The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), which happens in Denver sometime in October. This is probably the best known beer festival in Colorado and maybe even the United States/World. However, as we got to know people better in the beer community we were informed of another worthy of attention. This one was a much more intimate festival…

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Veganized Holiday Nutmeg Cookies

Veganized Holiday Nutmeg Cookies

[Jump to Recipe] I am a sucker for old cookbooks. Well not just cookbooks, also old gardening, house, picture, or etiquette books too; any book that contains old knowledge. Anytime I go to a garage or estate sale I always make a b-line to the shelves. I picked up The French Chef in Private American Families by Xavier Raskin, published in 1922, in a used book store a couple years ago for $10 and I am so happy I did….

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My Families Sweet Cornbread – Thanksgiving Recipe

My Families Sweet Cornbread – Thanksgiving Recipe

[Jump to Recipe] The menu for Thanksgiving at my parent’s house has been the same for as long as I can remember. It was always a huge spread, cooked up by my mom: turkey, gravy, anadama bread stuffing, butternut squash puree, mashed potatoes, green beans in some form, fruit salad, and cornbread. I had a special ritual in how I ate Thanksgiving dinner – I start with the butternut squash -> turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy -> stuffing ->…

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Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

Late Summer Salad with Shiso Vinaigrette

[Jump to Shiso Vinaigrette Recipe] [Jump to Late Summer Salad Recipe] I love any recipe that allows me to use small amounts of different ingredients that I wouldn’t be able to make a full dish on their own. Bonus points if I can wipe the dish up quickly. Salads fall in this category. They are a great way to combine all sorts of produce in one delicious dish. For this late summer salad I combined small amounts of late summer…

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