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Posted by on May 21, 2012 | 1 comment

Donzo

This morning I woke up in an amazing mood.  In fact, every day for the last four weeks I’ve woken up giddy.  I could be imagining things, but I’m pretty sure the sun has been shining a little brighter, Misha has gotten less mischievous, midtown traffic has lightened, and the bugaboos at work have gotten less annoying.  Either that or studying and working full-time was making me more of a grump bucket than I’d realized.  The important thing is that my glass half empty days are all behind me now.  Powered with 8 hours a sleep a day and recognizable food, that was not purchased on campus, I’m officially a ray of sunshine.  While completing this degree was not tons of fun, I learned a lot in the process.  The biggest lesson has lead me to the decision to avoid taking on projects that I’m not passionate about from start to finish.  Dragging yourself to complete a project you have lost interest in is an energy sucker.  That said, I am looking forward to finding ways to make use of my shiny new Nutrition degree. 


Now that I’ve got more flexibility in my schedule I’m spending hours on Pinterst, catching up on Drag Race, and experimenting in the kitchen.  I’ll be posting about the fabulousness that has been going on in the kitchen soon.

In other important news, I’m in the process of adopting a new kitty.  His name is Gary; and, he is super cute. 

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 | 2 comments

Roasted Eggplant Dip

 1 Eggplant
 4 Sweet Mini Peppers
 1 Onion
 3 Cloves of Garlic
 2 Tbs Olive Oil
 1 Tsp Salt
 1 Tbs Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop all the veggies into large chunks.  Combine ingredients and toss with olive oil.  Bake 45 minutes.  Use food processor or blender to combine the roasted vegetables. 

My only issue with the dip is that it looks an awful lot like poo.  Aside from that, it’s great.  The recipe is super quick and easy.  Try it with tomato slices or peppers. 



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Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 | 6 comments

Reconnect With Your Food and Grow Your Own

by Mike Lieberman

Growing our own food is something that people have done for hundreds and thousands of years. It hasn’t been until the past 100-200 years that we’ve put that responsibility in the hands of others.

I think this is one of the reasons for the disease and health issues that are currently plaguing our country. We have come to accept processed “foods” and produce are stripped of nutrition and contaminated with chemical sprays.

In the past few years, I’ve become more conscious and aware as to my food choices and why they matter, not only to my own personal health, but to the health of the environment as well.

We have become disconnected from our food source and pick our food off of store shelves.

This is why I started urban gardening and growing my own food. I wanted to re-establish that connection with my food and you can too.

When I first started in the spring in 2009, I didn’t have any experience and was able to grow on the fire escape on the fourth floor of my New York City apartment. I’ve since moved to Cali where I’ve started a balcony garden.

In these small spaces, I’ve been able to supply myself with fresh organically grown produce. Now that I’ve been growing my own, I feel much more connected to my food since it is the result of my work. Plus it’s much fresher as it gets eaten within minutes of being picked.

In growing my own food, I’ve also gained more of an appreciation for food because growing your own isn’t always easy. Luckily we live in times where if we can’t grow our own or our crop doesn’t survive, we can hit up a supermarket.

I don’t think that everyone should go out and start growing all of their own food, but definitely think that growing at least one veggie or herb will start to make a difference in your relationship with food.

What are you going to start growing?

Mike Lieberman prides himself as a living, breathing demonstration of how one can live sustainably, anywhere. On his sites he documents what he is doing through urban gardening, creating raw vegan recipes and demonstrating simple ways to go green. Lieberman thinks that most people believe that living sustainably and making eco-friendly decisions is difficult and cannot be done — that it’s an all-or-nothing-type game. Through his writing, he wants to show you that it’s simple to make these decisions. Some or all of these steps can easily be done in your daily lives without any disruption, and he would like to show you how to do them. Follow him on Twitter @CanarsieBK and check out his online portfolio on CanarsieBK.com.

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 | 0 comments

Salsa Time

My potted garden is coming along nicely.  Aside from watering them on the days that it hasn’t rained, I haven’t had to do much.  Haven’t had any bug issues yet, so I haven’t had to look for any organic pesticide alternatives.  I think I’ll wait one more week before I try my hand at this salsa recipe.  All the fresh ingredients are going to be fantabulous.  I can’t wait. 

4 tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1/2 white onion
1 bellpepper
2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Toss into food processor
Enjoy
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