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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 132 :: the kindness of food

15 May

Feed Me Phoebe! 

Today, I am so excited to share a certain kind of kindness. The kind that comes when friends share their best advice with each other. Even more so, the kind of friends who inspire.

Meet Phoebe! 
Phoebe Lapine is an amazing woman who I met when we lived on Martha’s Vineyard. She had just published her first book In The Small Kitchen. Since then, we have both experienced The Adventures of The Thyroid (as I like to call it).

Phoebe was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties, and felt overwhelmed by her doctor’s strict protocols and confused when they directly conflicted with information on the bestseller list. Throughout her yearlong health journey, she created 12 of her own wellness directives which make up her NEW book!

Tomorrow is the official launch day of Pheobe’s new book:  The Wellness Project. In it, she shares the insightful and hilarious result of that year of exploration—part memoir and part health and wellness primer. Hint, hint: it comes with tons of recipes too!

I am honored to interview Phoebe and ask her to share her BEST TIPS and BRILLIANCE with The Promise Daily readers. Her wisdom is below… and if you ask me, healthy wisdom is the sort of KINDNESS that should be shared!

Q: How were you first diagnosed?
I was diagnosed when I was 22 by my childhood doctor during a standard yearly checkup. I’m so grateful that she did a comprehensive thyroid panel and caught the Hashimoto’s. But the only treatment she presented was medication. And the idea of being dependent on pills for the rest of my life was not something I wanted to sign up for. So I did what any super mature twenty-something would do in my shoes: I pretended like the conversation never happened and went on living my life!

In the years that followed, my thyroid slowly went completely off the rails. And that eventually led me to starting The Wellness Project. My instincts were right that the pills wouldn’t heal me on their own. It just took me a little while longer to figure out what other changes I needed to apply to my life.

Q: What is your best tip for someone who isn’t sure where to start with revamping their health? (easiest way to get started)

Start with baby steps, one change at a time. Go slowly, steadily, and with the first intention being to pay attention. Make your one change in isolation so you can really tease out the impact on both your health and your hedonism. Only then can you decide whether or not a health practice is worth the time money and energy we spend on it.

Q: Best physical health tip?

Go on an elimination diet. Hidden food sensitivities are at the root of so many symptoms. Figuring out your triggers will quiet a lot of the questioning around your diet, and certainly some of the shame surrounding your “shoulds.”

Q: Best spiritual health tip?

Set aside 10 minutes every morning to sit still and breathe.

Q: Best new recipe in your book!?

The turmeric braised chicken with leeks and golden beets. The recipe is so simple: you just throw everything in a baking dish, give it a hosing of white wine and lemon juice, and let it hang out in the oven. It’s the type of recipe that’s easy enough for the weekend and interesting enough to serve to company—basically, my requirements for any recipe!

Thank you Phoebe!!!
For your kindness and wisdom. You can catch more of Phoebe here: Feed Me Phoebe.

More tomorrow….


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Day 275: an all american feast!

2 Oct

I have shared my dear Grandma Mary with you on this blog.

And, today, I am sharing the recipe she was most famous for: Grandma Mary’s Baked Beans! 

We craved her baked beans! We couldn’t wait to taste her baked beans!  They were the star of every holiday dinner (and then, of course, they would hang around much later too).

Here’s my Grandma Mary with my grandfather:

And today I share a little bit of her with you.

It’s all in honor of an All-American (virtual) Feast for my friend Phoebe Lapine and the launch of her new television show Chef Race which airs TONIGHT on BBC AMERICA at 9PM EST.

Check out all 19 recipes below, from friends all throughout the land, who have come together to celebrate this fun and festive launch.

In a way, it is a fabulous, All-American Virtual Feast… one might call it a POTLUCK!

And, now… drum roll please… straight from the recipe card of Grandma Mary:

Grandma Mary’s Baked Beans

2 quarts beans – pinto beans
Cook until mushy done
Season with cooked bacon – don’t salt until after putting in 2Tbsp garlic salt.  (Taste to see if salty enough.)
3 tsp dry mustard
3 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 med onions
2 lbs brown sugar – use most if not all
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp vinegar – add more if needed to get that sweet & sour taste
Taste to see if it tastes ok – add what is needed

The All-American Potluck!

Feed Me Phoebe: Kitchen Sink (Gluten-Free) Mac n’ Cheese

Cooking With Books: Apple Pie Shortcake

The Naptime Chef: Baked Mac & Cheese with Marinara

Creative Culinary: Spiked Apple Crisp

And Love It Too: Coconut Flour Apple Crumble (Nut-Free)

Sarcastic Cooking: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Tomato

Umami Girl: All-American Macaroni and Cheese

Flavia’s Flavors: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

The Promise 365: Grandma Mary’s Baked Beans

Women on Fire: Red, White, and Blue Muddle Sunrise

One Hungry Mama: Dulce de Leche Apple Pie

Mother Would Know: Basil, Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pasta

Ronaldo’s Cucina: Cuban-Inspired Ground Beef

Chef Pippa Calland: Deviled Eggs

Stan Frazier: Shrimp Scampi

Sweet Dreams LA: Fuji Apple Bread Pudding with Southern Whiskey Butter Sauce 

Chef Robin Bodwin: Bread and Butter Jalapenos

Rawstachio: Elvis Sandwich 2.0

Chef Cody Utzman: Grilled Rib Eyes with Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn Salad

Day 166: jamie oliver’s chocolate buns

15 Jun

Today, Debbie presented me with my own namesake magazine!
Jamie: making you a better cook

As you know, I’m an impostor, a poser, a fake, a stand-in, a phony.
Will the real Jamie who knows how to make you a better cook please stand up?

Here he is from issue 18 of his magazine.

I can’t wait to dive into Jamie’s recipes, and see if I can find something that’s on this Jamie’s current eating list (sans sugar and dairy, hopefully some gluten free).

Although I must admit, in my quick perusal the “chocolate buns” recipe caught my eye and sweet tooth.  I’m sure I’ll find something suitable in the mag with 82 “easy” recipes.

With this sort of help I think it’s time this Jamie goes back to the kitchen.

The Promise 365 started out with my attempt to cook every other night. On Day 12 I decided I was going to do this cooking thing …and we all know how that ended.  But now I’m armed and ready to get back in action.

I want to try a few raw recipes this summer.

And, I’m excited to dive into my friend Andrea Beaman’s cookbook: Health Is Wealth.

Plus, my friend Phoebe Lapine just launched her first cookbook In The Small Kitchen which I still need to buy. But, I’ll do it Phoebe, promise!!

With all this support hovering around me I have no more excuses.

Since this weekend is Father’s Day, I’ll take in my father’s borrowed words from Nike (the ones he would say to nudge me forward as a teenager):  JUST DO IT

So, here I am … in the kitchen … ready to go … any minute now … just you wait … here I come.

(Somewhere Jamie Oliver’s chocolate buns must be shaking in his British boots.)

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