The Strange But Good Truth About Uni

Some people might not agree with me on this one.

A couple of them are in my family.

Uni is delicious.  Uni refers to the edible part of a sea urchin.  I’d had it before in sushi dishes, but this week while my family was here I split a whole one with my mom at Ironside.

It’s spikes were still moving a little…

Madi and Mom with uni

My sister was creeped.


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Freedom for All 4th of July Recipes

Any holiday that involves good food is my favorite.

Bonus if it includes fireworks.

This 4th of July I have no clue what we will do… it’s my first not in Atlanta.  Usually I run the Peachtree Road Race… maybe I’ll run my own 10K?  Or maybe I’ll just have a marathon cooking session…

Either way, below are a bunch of recipes that I think would make for a tasty 4th, whether you are home or away, American or just like delicious food!

Oh yeah… and this happened:

SCOTUS marriage equality ruling


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Peanut Butter Stout Caramel Corn [Recipe]

Peanut Butter Stout Caramel Corn.

I don’t think this needs much of an intro.

San Diego has an amazing craft beer culture.  Vegas and I have made it our mission to try it all.  #sorryimnotsorry

But beer isn’t just for drinking – it also makes for some strange but good kitchen experiments.  I’ve used it in chili, hummus, and pumpkin bread… why not as a popcorn flavor?

Popcorn, pre-mix


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Bacon Dijon Deviled Eggs [Recipe]

I love the incredible, edible egg.

As long as it’s scrambled or over easy.

My egg-love is conditional.  I could eat runny yolked eggs all day, every day.  My second choice is scrambled.  Hardboiled eggs I can tolerate, but I don’t like the yolks when they’re hard.  And – despite being Southern – I’ve never cared for deviled eggs.

Not liking a food makes me want to try to perfect a version I DO like.  I had to make these Chive & Caper Deviled Eggs for a wedding shower a few years ago.  The party-goers liked them and I even thought they were tolerable… but I haven’t made any since.  Until this weekend.  Because Vegas happens to love deviled eggs.

Bacon Deviled Eggs… 

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Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes + WIAW

I lost Vegas.

Not literally, thank god. 

We’ve been doing a little 21 day reset.  Vegas said she’d give it a week and then see if she wanted to keep going.  She lasted a week like a champion… but then I lost her.

Actually, we both went a little off the reservation Saturday night.  I got back on track Sunday, but Vegas was done.  She’s still been basically eating whatever I eat… just with a side of caffeine and peanut M&Ms.  She had no complaints about the protein pancakes we had for breakfast (more on that below).

Strawberry Cinnamon Protein Pancakes… 

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Vegan Spinach Pesto with Lentils [Recipe]

The reset is going well.

Vegas is even feeling good today!

After our impressive display of gluttony in Greece, it’s been good to give our bodies a break and reset some habits.  We are almost a week in and things are looking good!

As the toxins leave your body, it can leave you achey, grumpy, and cause some acne.  We’ve hit that point.  Day 3 for me was rough.  I was tired and grouchy.  Most of the day I spent working from the bed.  Day 4 was the tough one for Vegas.  She had a headache all day and took her turn with the inability to get out of bed.


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Resetting My Diet + WIAW

All good things must come to an end.

Until I figure out a way to live in Europe.

I’m a firm believer in balance and enjoying life.  Enjoying is just what we did in Greece.  There were tons of good eats, alllll the drinks, and a nice break from the gym (though we walked a LOT).  Vegas and I had a blast and soaked up every moment.  Coming off of that I have no regrets, but feel ready to get back to a healthier diet.


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