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March 2012

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Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one ;) In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

*These groceries are for 1 week, 2 people, and exclude previously purchased meat from the freezer.

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“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This post should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

Coq au Riesling, Asian omelette, bison… what could be tastier, or easier?

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1) Teen girl dies of ‘caffeine toxicity’ after downing 2 energy drinks

The day before she went into cardiac arrest, Anais’s family says she drank two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks, unwittingly guzzling 480 miligrams of caffeine — that’s nearly five times the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. To put it another way: By drinking just two large energy drinks, Anais drank as much caffeine as you’d find in about 14 cans of Coke. Keep reading…

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Recipe: Coq au Riesling

March 23, 2012

Coq-au-Riesling

Mmmm French food. Creamy, buttery, fatty. Coq au vin literally means rooster with wine. There are many variations, mostly changing up the type of wine – the most traditional being burgundy. I’ve always preferred white over red, so this spin on the French classic makes me quite happy. This is a very simple recipe, basically chicken + leeks/onions/carrots + wine. The eggs are thrown in for a surprising twist. The dairy (butter/cream/sour cream) serves to thickens the sauce. Somehow the the whole is much, much greater than the sum of its parts. Rich and satisfying, this dish is definitely in my top 5 homemade meals – you’ll just have to try it to see what I mean. Served with a side of braised cabbage.

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I was eating dinner at a nice French restaurant recently, and overheard the conversation at the next table. It was a family with a young boy, perhaps 6 years old. The only thing the boy would eat was French fries. I was like a kid in a candy store – could hardly decide between the snails, frogs, sweetbreads, or bone marrow. And of course, there were more conventional menu items available as well. It seemed like such a pity that this child wasn’t taking advantage of this opportunity to experience all these different foods.

I don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t have kids, but is quick to judge parents. At the same time, I wonder if there isn’t more that parents can do to help their kids enjoy food, and get the nutrition they require.

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