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Appropriate for North Hollywood (NoHo), but actually short for “no hormone” chili. I was really excited about using bison meat, but sadly, my local farmer’s market store said it’s currently “out of season” for them. I substituted lean grass-fed beef instead. I made it on Saturday for a big group of friends and it was delicious! I recommend this recipe for your next party / superbowl gathering…

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Bison is the only red meat in America to which no hormones have ever been added, as stipulated by federal law; no hormones, and no unneeded antibiotics–ever. So for these hormone high holy days, I offer a slow cooker recipe I call, “Keep Your Damn Hormones Chili.” My best friend prefers to call it “No-Ho Chili,” which works, as well.Keep Your Damn Hormones Chili
By Marion

*3 tbs olive oil
*2 medium onions
*3 cloves garlic
*2 pounds ground bison
*2.5 tbs chili powder
*1 tsp cumin
*1 tsp allspice
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp coriander
*2 15.5-oz cans red kidney beans
*1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
*1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
*1 4-oz can tomato paste
*1.5 tbs red wine vinegar

1. Sautee bison in large frying pan until done. Remove with slotted spoon, and transfer to slow cooker.
2. Wipe out frying pan.
3. Add olive oil to frying pan.
4. Pulse together onions and garlic in food processor until chopped.
5. Transfer to frying pan and add spices. Sautee on medium heat for five minutes or until onions are soft.
6. Transfer to slow cooker.
7. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and set for 6 hours on low or whatever suits your schedule.

(I add a dollop of organic plain strained or Greek yogurt to mine before eating. Also, all the beans, spices and oil are organic in my version, but that’s your call).

I’m also excited about finding THIS LINK. Very Julie and Julia minus all the kitchen time. Yummmm.

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Nasal Irrigation. It doesn’t make for great date conversation, but who I am to withhold such helpful info in my blog? (Shameless, I know.)

Check out this NYT article:

Well, OF COURSE it does. If you’ve done it, then you know it is INSTANT temporary relief. I use my NeilMed Sinus Rinse everyday (usually before bed so that I can sleep better). I can’t imagine that anyone who suffers from allergies, congestion, etc. wouldn’t use a nasal irrigation system. I prefer this system so that I don’t have to tilt my head and play with gravity:

SinusRinse

This version just shoots the water into your sinuses (based on the pressure you use to squeeze the bottle). I should be their spokesperson, don’t you think?

Other fun links ‘o the day:

Silence noisy facebook friends

Today is National Wear your PJs to Work Day

How Long Will This Last? (Food expiration)

How Long Can You Refridgerate or Freeze Food?

Expiration Dates for Beauty Products

Growth Waves: Texas and the New South

OK class. Read. Discuss…

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Pictured above: Stonyfield Farm Organic lowfat Vanilla w/ a few “Honey Bunches of Oats: Just Bunches” crumbles and dried wild blueberries.

It’s not necessarily low-cal or low sugar, but I’m pretty sure it’s packed full of nutritious goodness for your body.

Rating: 9 brown cows (minus one for sugar content).

I didn’t know anyone else shared my deep affection for peanut butter until I came across this blog. Her photos make me salivate, and they gave me all kinds of topping ideas for oatmeal and yogurt! Yum!

banana bread big

I use 1/2 regular 1/2 whole wheat flour, cut the sugar a little, and add chocolate chips and walnuts 🙂 Recipe compliments of my mom, modifications compliments of me!

I walked into the kitchen and saw a bowl of lemons (freshly picked from a co-workers tree). I immediately started making fresh squeezed lemonade.

A coworker walked in while I was shaking up my concoction.

“Look! Someone brought lemons! Now we can make lemonade!” I chirped.

“Well…that’s the spirit. I like your outlook…” she replied, dryly.

Oh…um…yeah. I guess am literally a “make lemonade” person even when I don’t realize I’m a WALKING CLICHE. Underneath this red hair, I am still a blonde. A “make the best of what life gives you” bubbly blonde. Ugh. Makes me want to go brood somewhere and listen to emo music…KIDDING!  “Happy Happy Country Country” anyone?

Chocolate Mint Tea

you will need:
-hot water
-mint tea (I used Plantation Mint)
-hot chocolate powder (I prefer no sugar added)

Brew a cup of mint tea. Pour in hot chocolate. Stir. Drink. It’s an easy, quick treat that’s especially good for a freezing cold office (like ours…brrr…I’m considering buying fingerless gloves).

This creation was inspired by the Moroccan mint latte at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and improvised using our ever-depleting  stock in our office kitchen cabinet.

RICH Mint Hot Chocolate

Another option is to make a cup of hot chocolate and drop in an Andes mint. It’s heavenly.

I love this!

Not only do I LOVE vinegarette based salad dressings, candied walnuts, and apples, but I love this earnest cook in her tiny kitchen!