Sunday, December 31, 2006

Ten Reasons I Love the South Beach Diet and Happy New Year Everyone!

It's the last day of the year, the time when people reflect on their lives, and I'm sharing my favorite photo of the year, vibrant red and yellow tomatoes from my garden. For me, the photo symbolizes some of what was good about my life and this blog over the past year, including cooking lots of fabulous fresh-tasting food, a new camera to photograph it with, and wonderful friends all over the world to talk with online about what we're growing and cooking.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Happy Birthday, Rand!

I'm interrupting my break to let you know that today is my brother Rand's birthday. If you laughed on my birthday when he posted a picture of me in high school, now it's time to get back at him, even though seriously, he's about the greatest brother you could ever hope for. Here are some classic shots of Rand, and best wishes for a very happy birthday!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Holiday Cooking with Herbs (plants, veggies, or flowers)

The weekend is officially here, and so is the holiday season, so here's a special event for Weekend Herb Blogging. Bloggers are still cooking with herbs, plants, veggies or flowers, but this time it's recipes with a holiday feel. To make it more interesting, remember that WHB is a worldwide event, and your definition of holiday food depends on what part of the world you come from. Pull up to the computer, and prepare to sample holiday foods from all over the world!

Menu for Hope More Than Triples Last Year's Total

The Menu for Hope campaign ended last night, and final total was $58,256.70, more than triple the amount raised last year! What an incredible effort by the world-wide food blogging community. Thanks to all you very generous people out there who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets, and a special thanks to the tireless Pim for coming up with this wonderful idea. Together we're all making the world a little better!


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Holiday Recipe from a Guest Blogger

If you've been reading this blog for a while you might remember me talking about my neighbor, Maria, who I predict will someday be a food blogger herself and who was previously was a guest photographer when she sent some photos from a fabulous dinner she had at Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah. Maria is a pretty faithful reader of Kalyn's Kitchen, and she sent this recipe as a contribution for Holiday Cooking with Herbs. Don't you think it sounds just delish? I'm posting it here so you can all try it, and also so I can link to it in the recap which will be posted the morning of December 23. (If I don't have your link by early that morning I won't be able to include you because I'm taking off for a Christmas break right after I post that day.)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Still More Kitchen Gifts: Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub

(Updated Dec. 2009: Kalyn's Kitchen is part of Holiday 2009 at, and this is one of the recipes being featured there. You can also find more herb blends in the Christmas Recipes on the blog. Welcome to anyone visiting from!)

This is the last in my series of posts about homemade herb blends to give as gifts. I started with Rosemary salt, yesterday I wrote about Kalyn's Herb Blend, and my final recipe is for this wonderful Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub. This is a blend with lots of herbs that compliment the flavor of chicken, plus the addition of paprika and a bit of cayenne pepper so you can create that slightly spicy rotisserie chicken flavor at home.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More Kitchen Gifts: Kalyn's Herb Blend

(Updated December 2009: Kalyn's Kitchen is part of Holiday 2009 at, and this is one of the recipes being featured there. You can also find more herb blends in the Christmas Recipes on the blog. Welcome to anyone visiting from!)

I'm doing a series of three posts about gifts from the kitchen. Yesterday I shared my way of making Rosemary Salt, a delightful blend of sea salt and rosemary that's delicious on so many foods. (Coming tomorrow is Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub.)

Monday, December 18, 2006

A Gift from the Kitchen: Rosemary Salt

(Update December 2009: (Kalyn's Kitchen is part of Holiday 2009 at, and this is one of the recipes being featured there. You can also find more herb blends in the Christmas Recipes on the blog. Welcome to anyone visiting from!)

We all know those amazing people who make incredible holiday treats like homemade candies and baked goods and give them out to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Even back in the days when I was more interested in sugary treats, I was never one of those people. Still, even though I'm not a baker or a candy-maker, I do like to make something from the kitchen for Christmas. For many years now I've created interesting blends of herbs and spices to give as little holiday gifts.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday Food Porn: Birthday Food at School and Macaroni Grill

I love Friday, not only because the week is over, but also because it's fun to temporarily forget about the South Beach Diet and show you photos of things I *may or may not* have eaten that week. I did confess yesterday that I had been eating far too many things recently that are high in fat or sugar, due to the combination of my birthday and Christmas treats at school. The interesting thing about how South Beach has changed my body chemistry is that now when I do that, I start to crave more healthy choices. (This is my own theory only, but for me it's true.) So even though today my body is screaming for veggies, and I intend to listen to it, I'm showing you memories of the week gone by. These are foods from my school Christmas party and my birthday dinner with Trudy and Georgette, which were both on the same day, and no, I didn't eat all these things!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Easy South Beach Recipes: Chinese Broccoli Salad

I know a lot of you faithful blog readers out there consider me the highest example of healthy eating, and I do try pretty hard, but this week I've really been eating a lot of junk I wouldn't normally touch. It's the holidays, and at school we're having treats every day. It's amazing how it works, but when I'm eating the wrong things, it doesn't take long before I start craving something simple, fresh, and light. This broccoli salad really fit the bill.

Monday, December 11, 2006

A Menu for Hope Starts Today!

It's that time again, when food bloggers and blog readers around the world join together to raise money for a good cause. This year A Menu for Hope III will be raising funds to benefit the United Nations World Food Program. I think it's so fitting that those of us who are prosperous enough to spend our time thinking about what we should eat are launching an effort to help others who worry about whether or not they have anything to eat. I'm honored to serve as one of the host blogs this year. Check out the fabulous prizes here, then head over to Chez Pim to see the entire list of Menu For Hope III Prizes.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Holiday Cooking with Herbs

In countries all over the world, people of many religions and cultures celebrate holidays at this time of year. Where I live, life will get a little crazy between now and December 31, with parties, decorations, and special holiday food.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Kalyn, you haven't changed a bit!

Besides being Kalyn's blog design consultant, confidant, listening ear, tech support, occasional substitute blogger, and wonderful friend, one of my other jobs as her little brother is to embarrass her on her birthday. This is a picture of Kalyn probably about the time she was named Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year. If there had been blogs back then she certainly would have had one. (I was probably somewhere in that same room wearing one of Kalyn's bikinis and her gigantic sunglasses. She and my sisters had a thing for dressing me up.) Have a wonderful birthday Kalyn. I love you. Rand.

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It's Been a Great Birthday So Far, and Please Help with A Menu for Hope

Monday, December 11 is when prizes for A Menu for Hope will be announced. I know it's human nature to procrastinate, so if you're in the central U.S. and meant to donate a prize, you still have time! Here are some links to lots more information. I wish I dared tell you about the two fabulous prizes that Rand and Bradley are generously donating, and the amazing prize that Blogher is donating, but you'll have to check back on Monday for that.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

South Beach Recipes of the Week: Vegetables

Did you notice the fabulous new cinnamon-stick blog header by my uber-talented brother, Rand? That means it must be getting pretty close to Christmas, and as much fun as Christmas can be, it also means a lot of tempting food. Maybe that's why this week I was inspired to feature veggies for South Beach Recipes of the Week, those delicious-looking low glycemic index recipes I find on my favorite food blogs. This is week #19 for SBRofTW, and these recipes are all great for anyone following a low-glycemic eating plan, but even if you don't care about all that, I bet you'll see some delicious-looking food here.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Weekend Herb Blogging #61 Recap and Holiday Announcements

Sunday is here, time to recap the tasty dishes people have been cooking and blogging about for Weekend Herb Blogging, where we have fun learning more about herbs, plants, veggies, or flowers each week. Next weekend will be the last Weekend Herb Blogging of the year, hosted by What's Cooking in Carolina.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A Menu for Hope

If you're been reading food blogs longer than a year, you remember last year's Menu For Hope campaign sponsored by Chez Pim where food bloggers donated amazing prizes and readers and other bloggers bought virtual raffle tickets for a chance to win them. Last year's campaign raised over $17,000 for earthquake victims. It's time to do it again, and this time we're hoping to raise even more, with donations going to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Slow Cooker Turkey Italian Sausage with Tomato Sauce

Turkey Italian Sausage with Tomato Sauce
Turkey Italian Sausage browned and them simmered in the slow cooker in low-sugar marinara sauce.  What could be easier?

It's Friday but I don't have any photos to share this week of those naughty things I may or may not have eaten, so instead I'm giving you a recipe for something I make all the time to eat for lunch at school. Speaking of Easy South Beach Recipes, it just doesn't get much easier than this. I use turkey Italian Sausage with less fat to make this more South Beach Diet friendly, and although I often use my own marinara sauce, this time I used Muir Glen Tomato Basil Sauce, which is organic and low in sugar. Use any brand of sauce you like, but do check the sugar if you're eating the lower glycemic index South Beach Diet way.

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