My Health Story

My Progress Story Now: 2014 | New England Daughter
My Progress Story Now: 2014 | New England Daughter

Anyone who knows me will already know that I think about health a great deal. I’m not a doctor or any kind of fitness trainer, but I read a lot and I experiment with the best tool at my disposal: myself. Growing up I was a very active kid. I played a sport every season that I was in school: soccer in the spring and fall, basketball in the winter, swimming and riding my bike every day in the summer. I much preferred to be running around in the woods to just about anything inside. I ate the hearty and...

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Chicken Tomato Curry

Chicken Tomato Curry - New England Daughter
Chicken Tomato Curry - New England Daughter

On and off for the last few years I have tried to make Indian Food based purely on how I think it must be made when I eat it. I’ve failed abysmally. There was always something missing in my curry, some taste that should lie on the center of the tongue that I could never seem to bring out no matter how much curry powder, ginger, or turmeric I added in hopes that the flavor might bloom. None of it was horrible, but all of it was missing something integral. Until now that is. The other night I was indecisive...

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Cooking Cure Spring 2014: Breakfast Days 1, 2, and 3

Cooking Cure 5 Breakfast Recipes
Cooking Cure 5 Breakfast Recipes

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. So busy that I’ve neglected my lovely blogging space since the holidays…the Thanksgiving holiday to be exact. I should also tell you that I’ve been discouraged. Discouraged by the weather, discouraged by my lack of a nice camera to take prettier pictures for you all – honestly even a point and click would be amazing, but mine is broken and I cannot seem to take a decent photo with my phone to save my life – and discouraged by my food choices. I’ve gotten into a slump, eating the same things every day...

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Choose Your Own Nut Butter Bread: Peanut, Almond, or Other

Choose Your Own Nut Butter Bread: Peanut, Almond or Other | New England Daughter
Choose Your Own Nut Butter Bread: Peanut, Almond or Other | New England Daughter

During my super low carb ketogenic phase I was really desperate for anything that resembled bread. Okay, maybe not desperate (says the former carb addict), I wasn’t searching for it, I didn’t really even think it was possible. Gluten free? Sure, there were a million kinds of substitute gluten free flours that were just as carbtastic as my long buried King Arthur knock off, sometimes even more, but how do you make low carb bread? It seemed so much like the antithesis of the thing that it couldn’t be possible. So it was to my utter surprise when helping to...

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Thai Inspired Chicken Coconut Soup with Lime

Thai Inspired Chicken Coconut Soup with Lime | New England Daughter
Thai Inspired Chicken Coconut Soup with Lime | New England Daughter

Until last night, I was in a soup rut. Impossible you might say, and I might have agreed with you except that the last soups I’ve made, regardless of what I’ve put in them, have all tasted the same. Our routine at home lately is simple: cook a chicken, eat that or use the chicken to make other meals for a couple of days, and then make stock in the slow cooker once most of the meat has been consumed. Soup follows stock. We’ve made a few potato based soups (these were great), chicken and vegetable (so so, but lacking...

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10 Friday Favorites: Edition 1

Friday Favorites: Edition 1 | New England Daughter
Friday Favorites: Edition 1 | New England Daughter

This is the first edition of my Friday Favorites. While I may not compile one every Friday, my hope is to frequently share the things that I am reading and finding with you so that you can also benefit from some of the amazing bloggers and resources out there. Avocado Spring Rolls by 101 Cookbooks This is a recipe that I couldn’t wait to try as soon as I saw it. Avocado? Toasted Hazelnuts? Count me in. Rice maybe a sometimes food for me and I’ll leave out the tofu, but I don’t think I’ll notice do you? Hibiscus Cranberry...

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Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon

Spicy maple glazed salmon for two with cayenne, ginger, and maple syrup.
Spicy maple glazed salmon for two with cayenne, ginger, and maple syrup.

I have never been a seafood person. Beyond tuna from a can or haddock fillets coated in batter (and let’s be honest, what I really liked was the fried bread part) I couldn’t stomach anything that comes from sea, lake, or river for the longest time. Things change though. I got more adventurous with food and started to experiment with fish, first stealing bites off of other people’s plates, then ordering conservatively for myself. I’ve even had tuna tartar, and what do you know, it tastes like steak! It was only a matter of time before I started cooking fish...

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Fall in My Garden is Tomato Season

Tomatos, Nasturtiums, Greens, and Berries.

Grow Write Guild Prompt #12: Describe fall in your garden in 5 to 10 words: Fall in my garden is tomato season. Whether I begin my tomatoes indoors in the spring, sew them straight into the ground come May, or buy seedlings closer to June, my tomatoes never ripen until we’re well into fall. Thinking of tomatoes as summer produce, this is somewhat disconcerting. Instead of slicing them up for fresh salads, making gazpacho, and eating them like candy off the vine in the summer sun, I’m instead rushing to pick them off the vine – many still green –...

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Dinner: Beef and Barley Soup

Making Beef and Barley Soup

We’ve been having a whole chicken every 2 weeks or so which means making stock and then soup when it’s done. Today it was beef and barley. It would have been better with beef stock, but I thought it was tasty. Beef and barley soup reminds me of eating scotch broth as a kid. Anyone know where I can get it by the way? I haven’t seen the Campbell’s soup version in stores for a long time. It’s probably for the best, but I do miss it. This is not quite the same taste as that, but though my recipe...

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Blog Launch: Food, Recipes, Health, Gardens, and Herbalism

4seasons

It’s autumn in New England and I’m finally launching my blog! Needless to say I’m excited. This blog has been a long time in coming. I’ve been cooking and baking in our family kitchen from my girlhood and won a few prizes for baking in country fairs, but it wasn’t until my post-college bohemian apartment days when I had my own kitchen that I started getting requests, questions, and praise for my cooking and baking. “How do you do that?”, “I never would have thought to add lemon!”, and “This is way better than from the store.” It didn’t take...

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