The Reluctant Blogger

The salad you should be making soon (also, hi! I’m back!)
August 14, 2011, 11:35 am
Filed under: Dairy-free, Salad, Wheat-free

Well. I never intended to let more than two months pass between posts. It has been a busy couple of months (kind of a lame excuse – are there ever months that aren’t busy?!?), and I definitely let myself go down the self-pity road a little further than could possibly be healthy while on my [not really all that restricted] restricted diet – both factors that added up to days, then weeks, then months going by without writing anything here. But now I’m back, at least for today (though I have a few things I want to tell you about, so maybe I won’t stay away as long this time). Continue reading


Adjusting to a new diet
May 22, 2011, 8:49 am
Filed under: Dairy-free, Grilling, Salad, Vegetarian, Wheat-free
Backpacking "burritos" sans dairy and wheat

Backpacking "burritos" sans dairy and wheat

So, it turns out that food limitations are really hard. I’m sure that will come as a surprise. Ha. I knew going in to this that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I don’t think I fully grasped just how much more complicated eating becomes when you have to avoid some of the basic building blocks of the food we commonly eat in this country. Coupled with my insanely busy schedule this time of year and a maybe not so great attitude about these limitations and I’ve not had a lot to share here. That’s not to say we haven’t been eating, but popcorn has turned into dinner on more nights than I care to admit and there have been tears on more than one occasion. Continue reading

Dark Days Challenge Week 2: Beet Salad
December 12, 2010, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Dark Days, Salad, Vegetarian, Wheat-free

I was having a harder time coming up with ideas for week two.  Meat is a fairly easy option, but we generally only eat meat a couple times each week, and if I post about meat every week, this challenge will get boring very quickly!  My Full Circle box options this week included a lot of things from California and Mexico, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting a farm box (but I’m not complaining – Full Circle is the only convenient option for a weekly box where I live and my mother-in-law picks my box up for me every week), so I substituted most of their suggestions for beets and sunchokes.  (I didn’t substitute the satsumas, but I never claimed I was going to give up my citrus habit.)

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Mango Jícama Chopped Salad, Gourmet, January 2000
December 31, 2009, 10:47 am
Filed under: Dairy-free, Gourmet, Unbound, Salad, Vegetarian, Wheat-free

We try to get our friends out for a dinner party before the holidays every year.  We always have to schedule a ways in advance – in part because we live so far outside of the city (and they all live in the city) so coming out to our house is a bit of an undertaking, and in part because everyones’ lives are just so busy.  After a few failed scheduling attempts, we landed on the Saturday before Christmas, with the understanding that I’d make something from Gourmet, but without much more of a plan.  As the day approached, I was having a hard time nailing down a menu.  Nothing was inspiring me, and I was tempted to scratch the Gourmet plan and stick with something tried and true.  But I was determined, so the day before the party I managed to finalize the menu.  Feijoada – a Brazilian dish of black beans and assorted meats – would be the main dish, accompanied by salad and rice, with flan for dessert.

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