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Well Fed

December 13, 2011

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Dino-Chow is what Mel calls it. A way of eating that emphasizes eating real food – animals and plants. The first time Mel and I hung out she described it as not just eating stuff that isn’t bad for you but eating food that will actually make you healthier.

Mel hired me to design a “little” Paleo cookbook for her. It was supposed to be a fun side project for all of us but when I finished the initial designs we all knew it was going to be much bigger than a project on the side. Over the past 6 months Mel has been writing, cooking, editing and styling with her talented husband Dave who just picked up a camera and was instantly amazing at taking photos. Food photos, no less (which is notoriously hard to do). Meanwhile, it was my job to bring it all to life with what Mel endearingly calls “fairy dust”.

Together, this is what we made:

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I learned so much about food and flavor while working on this book. And while I don’t eat meat, I found a lot of these recipes can be made vegetarian (and still Paleo) by substituting with mushrooms or (non-Paleo) tofu. And the veggie section is nothing to sneeze at. And the best part is that Jeremy and I made some really fantastic friends in the process.

You can buy Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat and download a free 30-page sample of the book here.

Vegetable Stuffed Potatoes and My New Favorite Beer

August 31, 2010

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Jeremy and I got back late on Sunday evening from a long weekend in the pacific northwest helping a dear friend celebrate her marriage. When Monday evening rolled around and we had seemingly no food in our house and I was out the door for a meeting when I quickly took inventory and started crafting a dinner plan in my head. This is what I came up with.

Vegetable Stuffed Potatoes
4 medium-sized potatoes (we used red, but you can use whatever you like)
1 onion
1 summer squash
1 green bell pepper
1 cup of grated cheese (we used Raw Sharp Cheddar)
Taco Seasoning
Fresh Chives
(ingredients in green are local)

Serves 4 (or 2 with enough for next-day leftovers)

I instructed Jeremy to bake 4 potatoes by scrubbing and stabbing the potatoes with a fork, salt and peppering the skins with a little bit of olive oil and to bake in tin foil at 400F for about an hour. I went off to a meeting and by the time I got home they were done. You can also do this ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

When I got back I took the one good summer squash, onion and green bell pepper I had on hand and diced and sauteed them in a little more olive oil and sprinkled with taco seasoning. Yes, taco seasoning. I added about a 1/4 c of water to make sure it coated the veggies nicely and wasn’t too powdery. The water burns off in the pan and you’re left with perfectly seasoned vegetables.

Sidenote: I’m kind of notorious for under-seasoning my food. It’s just not something I’m good at yet. So lately, I’ve been letting my favorite grocery store, Native Roots, do the work for me. They sell little spice mixes (just enough for one or two meals, which is perfect) that they’ve mixed themselves.

Meanwhile, while I’m cooking the veggies (just until tender), Jeremy is cutting the potatoes in half and scooping out the insides into a medium sized bowl. After the veggies are done cooking I dumped them in the same bowl and mashed everything together. I add about half my cheese to the mix as well.

Then I lined up all the halves (you should have 8) into a baking dish (8×8 should be fine). I sprinkled the rest of the cheese on top and baked under the broiler for about 10 minutes – just enough time for the cheese to melt and get a little bubbly. I garnished the dish with some fresh chives and a little more salt and pepper.

Note: this dish could easily be made vegan by leaving out the cheese or using a substitute.

About the beer.
I’m usually a red wine drinker (shiraz and syrah are my favorites right now) but in the summertime it’s just too hot to enjoy a glass of wine. So I’ve appropriately switched to beer for the season. This Southampton beer is delicious – if I were fancy I would describe the flavors with eloquence, but I’m not fancy. So I won’t.

Weekend Roadtrip

November 19, 2013

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This weekend Jeremy and I hopped in the MINI with one small shared duffle bag, a bottle of water, and my go-to snack of raisin + goji berries + walnuts, for  a quick jaunt down to Austin, TX. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate the launch of Well Fed 2 (written by my client-turned-friend Melissa Joulwan, photographed by her husband David Humphreys, and designed by Braid). But I have to admit, after what felt like a draining week, I was really looking forward to spending 12 out of 24 hours in my little car (new! and with cruise control!) with my main squeeze and hours upon hours of TED Radio Hour to catch up on.

We paused between learning about success, exploration, and unfair wealth distribution from brilliant minds to load up on sugary kolaches (a pastry similar to a danish with fruit jelly loaded up in the middle) at the Czech Stop in West, Texas – which despite it’s name is actually just north of Waco. The Czech Stop is a dingy gas station, like most gas stations, with clean-enough bathrooms and brown brick tiled floors like McDonald’s used to rock in the 80s. But it’s something more too. It’s a huge bakery that allegedly employs most of the town. Jeremy and I dominated 4 kolaches between the two of us before even hitting the on ramp for I35 south. And we did a repeat on the way back up I35 north too. You might be thinking “Hey! That doesn’t sound paleo. Or healthy.” I was judging myself too and falling into a sugar coma when Jeremy reminded me that while West, Texas kolaches are far from healthy they’re totally worth it.

We spent the evening in Austin sharing dinner with friends, old and new. The next morning we grabbed a bite with Becky Murphy of Chipper Things (who you definitely need to be reading / following) and nerded out together over all the TED talks we had been listening to on the way down. Oh! And on the way to brunch I found my dream house – a hobbit looking fairy tale abode that happened to be directly across the street from an old victorian house that Elijah Wood owns (f’reals). Oh! And I saw a man walking a pig. So … the day was starting out pretty promising. We hit up IKEA on the way home and stocked up on tea light candles and decorative throw pillows. We made it home just in time to make dinner and catch our favorite Sunday night shows.

Kolaches, friends, hobbit houses, pigs on leashes, and Swedish shopping aside, it was so nice to hit the road. Only driving at 70MPH was I finally able to slow down.

P.S. These photos are from my Instagram feed. You can follow me over there right here.

 

Seeking in Sayulita

May 28, 2013

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Sayulita was a rad little town. It’s just touristy enough to be friendly and have stuff to do – but it’s also real enough to have little dogs and garbage in the streets. But even the most mangy looking dogs have collars and seem to be well fed. They like to romp around in the ocean and take shade under our beach chairs. In the mornings one rooster will crow and start off a chain reaction of roosters crowing as far as you can hear.

Jeremy and I stayed for a week in a super modern vacation rental with concrete countertops up on a hill. We went to the market daily to stock our place with avocados, mangos, unrefrigerated eggs, and soft Mexican cheeses. We had a salt water dipping pool and every evening a view of the sunset over the ocean. But even our super fancy house began to smell like what will always remind me of Nepal – which is a byproduct of shitty toilet paper in a trash can next to the commode.

The following week we stayed at the Haramara around the corner just outside of town for a week long yoga retreat. We had a beautiful open air casita with no electricity, gas lamps, a mosquito net and open bathroom – the lack of privacy took our relationship to a whole new level. The land was peppered with probably a dozen casitas and two large open pavilions for yoga practice – both overlooking the jungle and the ocean. We watched mama Chachalaca birds feed their babies and even witnessed a migration of thousands upon thousands of crabs try and reach high ground before a rain storm.

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By the end of our trip I became especially homesick and kept thinking about People Who Travel. I especially thought about Zoe – the young Australian we met in the back of Captain Darrin’s truck as we ventured out on our sailing adventure. She seemed to be in her mid-twenties and had already traveled a good deal of the world. She liked the small town of San Pancho (right next to Sayulita) and decided that she might be able to stay there for a while. And as I my craving for daily routine back home intensified I kept thinking about Zoe and what her life must look like – not necessarily the grand travels and adventures but the day-to-day in San Pancho. I wondered if the room she rents for $75 / month has air conditioning and how many articles of clothing she has. I wondered if she was mostly happy or bored or content or tired. I wondered if she missed home.

Since our trek through Nepal I’ve placed unrealistic expectations on my travels. I been demanding revelations, liberation, change, experience, adventure and worldliness on unsuspecting countries. I’ve been actively seeking out answers across borders but I’m beginning to wonder if the truth lies in quiet questions that have no boundaries. This I know for sure: I’m glad to be home.

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P.S. I’ve been working hard with my developer to migrate over to www.andkathleen.com which will be my new blog home within the next week or so! I’ll keep you updated on how you can follow me via RSS and Bloglovin so that the switch is as easy as possible. 

Plenty

March 19, 2013

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Jeremy and I recently went to a wine, chocolate and cheese tasting at a new favorite store here in Oklahoma City called Plenty Mercantile. Plenty is full of artfully curated home goods, wares and accessories – but more importantly they carry Kinfolk. What I love about Plenty, aside from the super sweet mom & daughter team that runs the whole shebang, is that they aren’t just creating opportunities for considerate consumerism – they’re creating experiences. So when I received an email from Plenty saying they’d be having a wine, chocolate and cheese pairing workshop for just $35 I immediately RSVPd for both Jeremy and myself.

Side tangent:
Since going mostly Paleo, Jeremy and I don’t typically eat wine, chocolate and cheese (delivered on gluten-y goodness, no less), but this is what moderation looks like for us. I was talking to Melissa (author of the paleo cookbook Well Fed and her blog The Clothes Make the Girl) yesterday about the topic of moderation and she said something very smart. She said that experiences like these are almost like consuming art – they don’t quite feed our bodies but they do feed our soul.

And feed our soul, it did. Jeremy and I couldn’t pretend to be classy by just taking a nibble of the truffles – we dominated those chocolates (from Dude, Sweet Chocolate – if you’ve ever had it you’ll understand). But even more than delicious pairings and good company, I was so proud of Oklahoma City and the kind of creativity that continues to pop up here. And I’m excited to be a part of it.

Disclaimer: I was not paid in any way to write about Plenty. I believe in supporting local businesses and brands I believe in without compensation – because they feed my soul. 

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