Wine cork versus screwcap: The debate rages on (infographic)

I wrote about corks versus screwcap for wine closures back in 2010, and the argument continues five years later. Strangely enough since screwcaps have proven their worth over and over again. But…ah… the romance of cork still wins over the hearts of wine lovers. This infographic, shared by Tim at WineTurtle.com, reveals the depth of the remaining confusion. Read more »

Slow cooker recipe: Lamb or beef stew (paleo and AIP diet friendly)

Lamb Stew

Stew meat is one of the most affordable cuts of meat out there. Cooked quickly, it can be a tough, chewy mess but combine it with veggies, broth/stock, herbs then slow cook it for hours, and you’ll have magical deliciousness. Add in the ease of a slow cooker or Crockpot, and you have super simple, quick deliciousness. Even better.

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Cure food allergies by eating great food (part 4)

Kale Sprouts

“There are good days and bad days…” Dear Food Diary, Day 64 today. Looking back, it’s been easier than I thought. You kind of get used to not eating out, cooking a lot, prepping for the week ahead, and introducing novel items into the daily diet. Kale sprouts? Nope, didn’t know about those before (great sautéed with bacon). Pre-packaged sausages hide all sorts of things you shouldn’t eat (and, after research, don’t really want to). Make your own sausage! Kombucha, a fermented tea, is freakin’ amazingly tasty. Sans caffeine, I’m not tired, cranky or bitchy. I weigh less now than I have in probably 20 years – my skinny jeans aren’t called “skinny” anymore. But, although there’s plenty of fun associated with these insights, none of these reasons are why I started on this journey

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Celebrating three small, passionate Pinot Noir producers in Mendocino County

Passionate Pinot Noirs from Mendocino

It strikes most wine drinkers at some point in their wine paths: Pinot passion. The multi-dimensional, seductiveaspects of this finicky, oft-loved grape are difficult to avoid. And, when it happens, all you can do is succumb to its wiles and enjoy the comfort it brings. Mendocino County, a wine region rich with redwoods, coastal climate and definitely Pinot Noir, has birthed three disparate yet dedicated wineries, proudly wearing their Pinot passion like a badge of honor. And created some gorgeous wine.

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Project Leaky Gut: Curing food allergies with AIP diet (part 3)

Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist Tea

Weeks 3-5: Project Fix Leaky Gut “I can see clearly now…” Today is Day 36. I can proudly say I haven’t cheated at all on what has been called a “horrific” diet. Whenever I get weak (and that has happened on innumerable occasions), I visualize shrimp, crab and lobster. Dunked in delicious drawn butter. That gets me back on track.

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Recipe: Spicy homemade sausage patties

Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage

For as long as I can remember, I have followed a personal rule: If an ingredient list has more than three lines, I don’t put it in my body. More than that, you get into the dangerous territory of unpronounceable chemicals and other crap I don’t want floating around anywhere inside. So I am an ingredient reader. Have you ever read the package on pre-made sausage? If you haven’t, then don’t. It ain’t pretty. So, when I went on an AIP protocol diet to cure my food allergies, I researched how to make my own sausage patties. It was so super easy, I was embarrassed I’d ever bought it before.

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Book review: Powerful Paleo Superfoods + Spinach Walnut Pesto recipe

Spinach Basil Walnut Pesto

On my journey to heal my leaky gut and cure my food allergies, I’ve been gorging on paleo cookbooks. There seem to be plenty on the market these days… it’s quite trendy to “go paleo.” I’m enjoying the process of exploring the paleo tenets, mostly consuming quality meats, eggs vegetables and fruit; avoiding gluten, dairy, legumes (beans, potatoes, soy, etc), sugar, and processed foods of any kind. It’s a challenging diet regime when you’re surrounded by temptations and laden with sugar addictions. Powerful Paleo Superfoods, written by Heather Connell, provides a fantastic intro into the paleo lifestyle. Her 6-page introduction represents one of the finer, more condensed overviews of this popular diet, and proceeds to outline why each item on her list of “superfoods” should be on your plate. In an easy to understand, not-so-science-y fashion. The recipes are simple to follow, use normal ingredients found at the grocery store and the photography is pretty fantastic. With permission, Heather allowed me to reprint this recipe for Spinach Basil Walnut Pesto. I use this on fish and chicken.

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Wine review: Faust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Faust 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

In the German legend, Dr. Faust trades his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and pleasure. It’s moral lesson to all, as tempting as this is on many, many levels. Imagine the parties? But while you will trade about $50 for the Faust Cabernet, made by the legendary winemakers at Napa Valley’s Quintessa winery, plenty of pleasures are found within the bottle.

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