tales from culinary school: the importance of protein

buttermilk chickenFor the past 18 months, my blog has been a journal of one amateur's exploration into food, fitness and wellness. But now that I'm becoming professionally trained (read about my culinary school announcement here), I feel like I can step up my content on food and nutrition a bit. Never before did I feel comfortable waxing on about complicated topics surrounding food because I knew I wasn't well-trained (now ask me about Photoshop, typography or color theory and I will. . .
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200 calorie hot fudge brownie sundae

sundaeI could die immediately after hitting "publish" on this post and be happy. This may be my greatest masterpiece. I'm not sure I can ever top this. Brownie. Banana soft serve. Hot fudge. Coconut whipped cream. 200 calories. Boo. Yah. The only problem with this dessert is that it's a wee bit complicated. You don't get to eat a 200 calorie sundae without a little work. You can't just go out and buy brownies, ice cream, hot fudge and whipped. . .
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my home gym tour

weights gymI'm seen a few fabulous folks post tours of their home gym, and I enjoyed seeing other people's workout spaces so much that I thought it might be fun to share mine as well. I let my gym membership* lapse back in December after deciding I wasn't really getting my money's worth. I really loved my gym. It was close (about a 90 second drive), never busy and had all the awesome equipment I loved. But even with all of. . .
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clean shepherd’s pie with garlic-chive potatoes

shepard's pieHolla, comfort food! This is the kind of food you should eat when you just had to pay a small fortune to the IRS. Or when it's 17° outside. Or when your eyelid swells up to the size of a grapefruit. Or when your dog decides the garbage is her plaything. Or when you try to edit PHP without really knowing it and break your blog. Or when you break your favorite pair of glasses. You know, for example. Not. . .
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what i ate wednesday—valentine’s day

upland dinnerI hope you all had the most amazing, filled-with-love day yesterday. Even if you are single, I hope you found a way to share your love with everyone you care about in life. I am, in fact, dragging ass this morning thanks to the lovey dovey dinner I had with Babyface last night. Lots of beer on a weeknight? Probably not my best idea ever, but they were delicious! Yesterday's eats were not my cleanest ever (lots of packaged foods,. . .
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bthr bloopers.

chicken tetraziniWe all want to put our best foot forward into the world. Bloggers are no exception. We want our best recipes, our best words and our best photographs to be what is out there for all to see on the interweb. We get so wrapped up in this picture of perfection, that I think sometimes we forget that it's important to share our mistakes and failures, too. No one is perfect, and trying to project the image that you are. . .
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things i’m digging

neti pot1. Valentine's Day Yes, I'm one of those people who loves everything about today. I love pink and hearts and candy and flowers and balloons and stuffed animals. I don't need Valentine's Day to celebrate love, but I think there is something very nice about having a full day dedicated to loving the one you're with. Even when I was single I couldn't hate on this day. I'm a sucker for some candy hearts. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! 2. My. . .
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operation immune system

I'm sick. Again. That's twice already in 2012. I've only had about two healthy weeks so far this year. This blows. Literally and figuratively. And not only does it blow because, well, I feel like hell, but also because I feel like my immune system should be doing a better job than this. In college, my immune system was a broken down puddle of nothing. I had a cold every, single month and at one point, had a cold so. . .
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