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Bonus breakfast recipe

My boyfriend’s dad is an attorney, and do you know what that means?  Harry & David gift baskets at Christmas!  Continue reading


How to be a bridesmaid

L. (The Bride): Do you want to go to Hot Doug’s tomorrow and then come pick up/try on your bridesmaid’s dress?
Me: Yes.

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Last meal in Bali

Indonesia and the U.S. are strengthening educational ties.

This makes me want to get on a plane and go teach film classes in Indonesia for a year.  When winter returns to Chicago, double that.  In the meantime, it gives me the excuse to post pictures of things I ate and saw in Indonesia.  The dinner above is from a seafood place on the beach in Bali.  The cab driver taking me to the airport insisted that I go before leaving the country, and arranged to pick me up in enough time so I could have one last great meal before flying out.  You pick your fish out of a tank, they kill it and grill it for you and serve it with a big pile of spinach.  I had a squid and some tiger shrimp.

It’s a big world.  Go eat and drink it in.

Braised chicken with lemon

This was tasty.


  • 2 lbs. chicken parts (could be split bone-in breasts, legs, thighs – whatever you like).
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5/8 cups chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch of spinach or chard, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Optional, 1 bunch of herbs like fresh parsley, rosemary, and oregano tied with twine (a bouquet garni)
  • 2 dried red chilis

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Consider the Ham Steak. It will feed you for a week.

Every couple of months I buy beautiful ham steaks from Pork Lady for around $10 for a little over 2 pounds.

Day 1:  Hack off some and grill it, serve with new potatoes and broccoli for an easy dinner.

Day 2:  Chop some into cubes, combine with green onion, feta, and eggs to make a crustless quiche or these egg muffins that my friend V. recommended.  Breakfast for a couple of days is handled.

Day 3:  Use the bone + white beans + kale + onion + garlic + chicken broth to make a hearty soup.

I also get my eggs from Pork Lady, and I love the way the eggs taste at this time of year.  When you get all your eggs from the same farm, you can see how they change over the course of the year based on what the chickens are eating.  In the winter, they stay inside and eat more corn and other meal, so the yolks are relatively paler.  This time of year they’re eating all the bugs and worms they want, and the yolks are silky, dark yellow, almost orange.  Amazing.

Breakfast in the new place

It’s been a chaotic month, people, but I’m glad to say that this morning I could eat breakfast in my own house at my own kitchen table with my own groceries.  Sometimes it’s the little things.


I had a physical last week with my primary care doctor.  I chose her a year or so ago out of a list of available providers from my insurance company, not knowing what to expect.  I got a competent friendly doctor who treats me like a person and not an illness, listens to me, makes good recommendations, and once yelled “OMG, YOUR EAR!” when I showed up with an ear infection and she looked into the ear.  It went like this:

Doctor:  “OMG YOUR EAR!…um…what I meant to say is that you appear to have a serious ear infection.”

Me:  “Wow, what did you see in there?”

Doctor:  “Gross! Pulsating redness!  Pus!  Antibiotics now!…um…what I meant to say is that I’ll be writing you a prescription for antibiotics.”

She’s the one who has helped me get my asthma under control.  She never brings up dieting and, while unaware of Health At Every Size before I presented her with a copy of the book last week, she’s always treated me the same way she’d treat a thin person showing the same problems.  Before last week she’d only seen me when I was ill (OMG YOUR EAR!), so it was good to get an exam and establish a baseline.  Some results:

  • I see an orthopedist tomorrow for my wonky knee that is consistently swollen to twice the size of the other knee.  (OMG YOUR KNEE!)
  • I have a recommendation for a sleep study to look into possible sleep apnea.  I need to call my insurance company to pre-authorize the care, but every time I do I get lost in a sea of voice mail menus and then after 15 minutes of listening to options and pressing the required button get told to try my call again later.  (OMG YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE!)
  • Blood tests came in.  Normal cholesterol.  Normal blood sugar.  Normal thyroid….OMG, ANEMIA!

This would explain weird bruises that don’t heal, some of the drowsy tiredness I’ve been feeling, and why I’m short of breath despite taking a steroid inhaler, a steroid nasal spray, and a rescue inhaler for asthma.  Prescription:  A woman’s multivitamin with iron every day, and I should feel better in about a month.

I picked up some vitamins and have started the regime.  I’m glad to have such a simple fix, but I’m a pill wussy from way back. The pills are giant and smell of cat food and it is imperative that they not touch my tongue or I will gag them back up.  Can anyone recommend a smaller vitamin?  Something with a coating that doesn’t reek of Iams?

Actual size.