November, it’s going to be a month worth remembering for sure and these morsels and musing are a nod to it all. It’s also a snapshot of the things I am loving and my thoughts for the holiday season which is officially upon us. There is a quick-cooking salmon recipe, gift-ideas, a link to our new shop as well as ways to give back and kitchen tips. Dive in, there are lots of goodies to be had in this post. PS: I love your feedback so please take the time to share your favorite posts as well as any questions or comments your may have. Your ideas help to dictate the content so share ’em with me!
- Currently Craving: An electric pressure cooker. Yes! This is at the top of my holiday wish list and it is an amazing kitchen tool to have on hand, especially during the winter months. From quickly braised meats to beans in minutes, this newer electric version takes the anxiety out of pressure cooking, cause I too have imagined an epic and disastrous kitchen explosion every time I go to use mine. Bonus: it’s on sale for only $68! This is a steal!
- Kitchen Hack: I vividly remember the first time I had a pomegranate. I was nine or ten years old and it was a big deal. I had never seen anything like this magical fruit. Studded with sweet and slightly tart arils, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. That was until my mom freaked out over the fact that we had stained the wallpaper with pomegranate juice. Who knew. We ate them in the garage moving forward. I still savored every last bite. Fast forward to my adult life. I can take the shortcut and buy the arils but man are they expensive and there is something more magical about buying the whole fruit. That being said, wrestling with a pomegranate is not much fun. Fortunately, you don’t have to! Simply cut the pomegranate in half through the belly by turning it sideways (stem facing towards the right or left). Gently massage each half to loosen up the membranes then grab a spoon. Hold half of the pomegranate, seeds down, over a bowl and tap the outside with the wooden spoon. The seeds will fall right out.
- Recipe Love: Quick and flavorful, that is my cooking mantra during the craze of the holiday season. It’s actually my cooking mantra most days of the year. With that (and pomegranates) in mind, I am loving this Roasted Salmon recipe with a DIY Dukkah Spice Blend. The Spice blend seconds as an inexpensive and amazing holiday gift. Just jar it up in these, add a bow and you’re set. Need a side-dish? Try this Citrus Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Almonds and Pistachios. Both the salad and the salmon would be delicious with the addition of fresh pomegranate arils.
- Quote Love: My instagram page houses some of my favorite moments, recipes and quotes. Are you following along? Join me! In the meantime, considering the volatility and uncertainty of the past few weeks, here are my thoughts on, Finding Peace + Giving Back, as well as a quote from Brian Andreas that reminds all of us to be curious instead of judgemental. All very important reminders this time of year.
- Kindness! Sprinkle it everywhere. I am carrying this with me through the holiday season and beyond. One way we embrace the holiday season is with our Kindness Elf. He gifts us an act of kindness each day to help remind us that there are people in need and that kindness is free and worth it. Each day we are offered the opportunity to start fresh and to choose the person we would like to be. Kind is at the top of my list.
- Let’s Shop: Hooray! The shop is up and running and it is showcasing a few of of my favorite things. Check it out–maybe you’ll get some of your holiday shopping out of the way!
- Book Nook: You can check out a few of my favorite reads in the “Book Nook” section of the shop. In the meantime, here are a few new and notable additions.
Have you had a chance to purchase my new book, Whole Cooking and Nutrition? If so, I would love to hear your favorite recipes and even see pictures of your creations. If you have not purchased your copy, this is your chance. With 150 easy to prepare recipes, practical cooking and planning tips and information of creating joyful eating experiences, this book is for everyone!
Eat Pretty Everyday is my friend and colleague, Jolene Hart’s new book that follows her break-out book, Eat Pretty. With 365 bite-size daily readings this book makes it easy to put wellness know-how to use in everyday life. Organized by the four seasons, the readings explore every aspect of what it means to eat pretty, offering simplified nutritional science, seasonal recipes, motivating goals and challenges, self-care exercises, and uplifting “mealtime mantras.” What’s not to love?
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