Top Ten: Theater

One of the reasons I always knew I’d end up in NYC is because I love theater. I was a drama club geek since grade school. I do get the performing bug every once and a while, but unfortunately for me, community theater tryouts aren’t easy to come by in a city where even the amateurs are professionals. I am very spoiled as an audience member though. I’ve seen so many incredible shows in New York.

Recently I was organizing my Playbills and programs and reminiscing about all the shows I’ve seen in the past decade or so. It was hard to narrow it down to 10 but, here are some of the show’s I’ve seen since moving to New York that have stuck with me all these years.

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1. Beckett Shorts

When: 2008

Where: New York Theater Workshop

Why: My sister and I went to see this my first winter in NYC. I had studied Beckett a bit in college, mostly his more well-known shows like Waiting for Godot and Endgame. This was a performance of four shorter works by Beckett, two of them without any dialogue. The unsettling score was by Philip Glass, but what made this show unforgettable was Mikhail Baryshnikov. The four roles he played demanded such extremes in physicality from complete stillness to frantic flight. What he can express through his face and body transcends language.

2. Company

When: 2011

Where: New York Philharmonic

Why: This is one of my soundtracks and a show I’ve always identified with. In my 20’s I related to the character Amy who was terrified of getting married. In my 30’s I connected to the protagonist Bobby the token single in his circle of friends who at times wants to be in a relationship but always finds himself afraid of fully committing to someone else. I’m sure in ten years I’ll connect to Joanne. The cast was incredible lead by Neil Patrick Harris. This was supposed to be a blocked concert but everyone was off book. This is a rare case where if you weren’t able to see one of the four live productions the one weekend it was performed you can stream or watch it on DVD.

Spring Awakening 

When: 2007

Where: Eugene O’Neil Theatre

Why: Even if I love a show I rarely see something more than once since Broadway tickets aren’t cheap. I did see this one twice though because it was so powerful. It was adapted from a 19th-century German play and featured a rock score by my junior high crush Ducan Sheik. The angst and discovery of self-identity and sexuality that everyone goes through in adolescence were explored by an incredible cast of young actors who would go on to achieve fame in theater, film, and television including Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Lea Michele (Glee), and John Gallager Jr. (American Idiot).

South Pacific

When: 2010

Where: Lincoln Center Theater at The Vivian Beaumont

Why: Rogers and Hammerstein were my gateway drug to musical theater. I’ve had the opportunity to see a number of their shows on stage, but this production was my favorite. It also introduced me to Opera singer Paulo Szot who I’ve seen now in Carmen at the Met and performing his cabaret act.

Time Stands Still

When: 2010

Where: Manhattan Theater Club

Why: This was a drama about a couple dealing with the aftermath of covering the Iraq War. James played by Brain D’arcy James is dealing with repressed PTSD and Sarah played by Laura Linney is dealing with a physical injury sustained by a roadside bomb but also questioning her professional and personal life as she adjusts to moving back into her old life. Subtle acting is the hardest to pull of and Laura Linney is simply brilliant.

Merrily We Roll Along

When: 2012

Where: New York City Center

Why: Another Sondheim, but unlike Company, Merrily We Roll Along wasn’t a hit when it premiered. City Center’s Encores is a fun series where every year they revive former Broadway shows some hits and some flops for two weekends only. I’ve seen a number of great productions there including Damn Yankees with Sean Hayes, Band Wagon with Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Bells Are Ringing with Kelli O’Hara. This was my favorite City Center show though and featured Lin Manuel Miranda as Charley.

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When: 2008

Where: Lyceum Theatre

Why: This was a show made for musical theater fans. Writers and stars Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell entered the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 which this show about writing a musical to submit to the competition. It eventually went Off-Broadway to the Vineyard Theater in 2006 and then to the Great White Way two years later. The show expanded on their journey during each incarnation. Co-stars Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell were hilarious. This was one of the most fun shows I had ever seen.

The Heidi Chronicles

When: 2014

Where: Music Box Theatre

Why: This was a revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s play about a young woman whose journey happens to coincide with the second and third wave feminist movements. Elizabeth Moss played the titular character and although the play originally debuted in 1988, the monologue Heidi delivers towards the end of the show is still timely.

Sojourners 

When: 2015

Where: Playwrights Realm at The Duke

Why: Playwrights Realm is an Off-Broadway theater that produces two shows from up and coming playwrights every year. I’ve seen some fantastic shows there over the years including The Wolves, The Rape of The Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias, and The Moors. This play by Mfoniso Udofia though really stuck with me. It’s about a young Nigerian couple who have immigrated to Houston, TX in the 1970s. The author is writing this as a series of plays about the various characters in this play and their children. I had the opportunity to see one of her other plays in this series this year, Her Portmontau at New York Theatre Workshop.

Lucky Guy

When: 2013

Where: Broadhurst Theatre

Why: This show received mediocre reviews, but I don’t really let critics’ opinions impact my own. I really enjoyed this show which Nora Ephron had written shortly before she passes away. It was the story of journalist Mike McAlary and the ups and downs of his career before his death. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but I really enjoyed that this was a story about an average working class person who faced the various high notes and low points that we all do. It featured a great ensemble cast which included Tom Hanks, Courtney B. Vance, and Maura Tierney.

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Duolingo

 

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Image from Duolingo 

 

I am not someone who naturally pics up on learning other languages. In school, I’d have to work my tail off to keep up because other languages don’t come easily to me. Over the years I’ve come to understand my strengths and weakness. I can memorize vocabulary words easily but stringing out sentences in the correct tenses requires more thought on my part. I can understand conversations and translate text in a language I’ve studied, but struggle with speaking and pronouncing words incorrectly.

That is why I love Duolingo. I’ve written about this app before, but I continue to sing it’s praises. This app allows you to practice the language of your choice in 5-10 minute lessons so there’s no excuse to not fit in practice. You work on your vocabulary, comprehension, listening, speaking, and conversation skills. It holds you accountable and encourages you to go back to practice on previous lessons when it thinks you may be rusty.

I have been a bit of a Francophile since childhood and I’m dying to improve my French skills. So one of my first challenges is to continue with the good Duolingo habit I’ve got going.

January Challenges

IMG_5989Last year I did a 365 project around cooking. It was fun, but I wanted to do something different this year. I wanted to focus on a number of things I want to achieve but do it in baby steps. These aren’t really goals they’re challenges. I plan on tackling five challenges each month. Sometimes I may repeat challenges if I don’t feel I did the challenge justice. Sometimes I may do something related to a previous month’s challenge even if I want to push myself further.  I may do challenges that are unrelated to other ones. We’ll see. I have ideas, but I’m allowing myself to be flexible. I’ll go into these specific challenges in more depth in other posts this month but they are:

1. Duolingo: Practice my French every day this month.

2. Read 4 Books: I have a challenge to read 50 books by the end of the year so I want to get into a good rhythm.

3. Eat Whole Food: The holidays are horrible for me. It’s sugar central! I want to get back to basics and detox in a healthy way.

4. Write Every Day: I used to write every day whether it was a blog post, working on an essay to submit for publications, or just journal/brainstorm.  I want to get back to that place.

5. Plan for 2018: I want to plan out what I want to work on and towards this year.

 

Cookbooks for Your Collection

Last year I challenged myself to try 365 new recipes. I shared my resources of different books and blogs I used for the project. I wanted to share a more in-depth list of cookbooks I love. You may want to add some of these to your shelf.

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General Cookbooks 

Specialty Cookbooks

Celebrity/Pop Culture Cookbooks 

Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbooks

Low Sugar & Low Carb Cookbooks

Entertaining/Dinner Parties 

Cocktails

Goodreads Challenge

 

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Goodreads 

 

I’m not doing a 365 challenge like I did in 2017. Instead, I’m doing several mini challenges which I’ll roll out on the blog and Instagram throughout 2018. One challenge that I’ve done the past few years is the Goodreads reading challenge. In 2017 I had a goal of reading 40 books in a year. I ended up reading 46. This year I’ve upped that goal to 50. If you are looking for something new to read here are the books I picked up in 2017 along with my Goodreads ratings on a scale of 1-5 stars, five stars being I loved it.

Fiction:

Cold Comfort Farm 🌟🌟🌟

Cybele’s Secret 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Handmaid’s Tale 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Jamaica Inn 🌟🌟🌟

The Secret History of Twin Peaks 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Signature of All Things 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Something Wicked This Way Comes 🌟🌟🌟🌟

State of Wonder 🌟🌟🌟

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wildwood Dancing 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Non Fiction: 

All The Single Ladies 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

American Heiress  🌟🌟

The Art of Memoir 🌟🌟🌟

Celebrate Everything 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Food for the Soul 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Heroine’s Bookshelf 🌟🌟🌟

Just Enough Research 🌟🌟🌟

Reflections 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Steering by Starlight 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cookbooks: 

21 Day Sugar Detox 🌟🌟🌟🌟

21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook 🌟🌟🌟

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Autoimmune Wellness Handbook 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cooking Price-Wise 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gone with the Gin 🌟🌟🌟

Juice 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Simple French Paleo 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thinner in 30🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Virgin Diet  🌟🌟🌟

Memoirs/Biographies: 

How to Be a Woman 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hunger 🌟🌟🌟

My Lucky Life In and Out of Showbusiness 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

My Kitchen Year 🌟🌟🌟

The Princess Diarist 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Negroland 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Graphic Novel: 

Adulthood is a Myth 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Spirituality:

Chakras 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Crystals, Colors, and Chakras 🌟🌟🌟🌟

For This We Left Egypt 🌟🌟🌟

The Little Book of Hindu Deities 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Myths of the Asanas 🌟🌟🌟

A Religion of One’s Own 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sadhana of the Heart 🌟🌟🌟

What’s Your Dosha Baby 🌟🌟🌟

 

356 Project: Resources

Thank you for those who were following my challenge of 365 recipes in a year. You can see all of the recipes and links to them in my 365 posts. I wanted to give an easy guide to cookbooks, blogs, and websites that I tried this year. I’ve included them here along with the specific recipes I tried. The original recipes I came up with are throughout the previous posts for this project.

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Cookbooks 

21 Day Sugar Detox

  • Broccoli and Bacon Salad
  • Herb Almond Spread
  • Lemon Sole with Almonds and Thyme
  • Lemon Vanilla Meltaways
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Rosemary and Salmon Cabbage
  • Zucchini Pancakes

21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook

  • Apple Ginger Green Smoothie
  • Braised Balsamic Cabbage
  • Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
  • Shrimp Scampi and Creamy Garlic Fettuccini

Aim True

  • Apricot Quinoa Salad
  • Apricot Vinegarette
  • Cherry Coconut Sorbet
  • Coconut Creamed Spinach
  • Great Green Monster Smoothie
  • Strawberry Daiquiri Smoothie

Audrey at Home

  • Aglio Olio e Peperoncino

Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

  • Apple and Date Cookies
  • Avacado Caeser Salad
  • Balsamic Beef Stew
  • Beef and Butternut Squash Stew
  • Blueberry Banana Smoothie
  • Burger with Portobello Bun
  • Butternut Squash Bake
  • Cherry BBQ Sauce
  • Chicken Sage Sausage Patties
  • Cinnamon Sage Steak
  • Curried Cauliflower
  • Cranberry Apple Crumble
  • Dry Rub Herb Steak
  • Garlic Beef and Broccoli
  • Garlic Chicken Livers
  • Ginger Apple Cider Vinigarette
  • Hearty Vegetable Soup
  • Herb Roast Chicken
  • Lamb Meatballs and Garlic Spinach
  • Macaroons
  • Mango Dream Smoothie
  • Marinated Salmon
  • Pear and Fig Spice Cookies
  • Pineapple Dream Smoothie
  • Raspberry Dream Smoothie
  • Rosemary Carrots and Parsnips
  • Salmon Salad
  • Sauteed Market Greens
  • Sea Salt and Kale Chips
  • Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Sauce

Autoimmune Wellness Handbook 

  • Butternut Squash Bake
  • Lemon Pie Date Balls
  • Rosemary Pate

Cooking Price Wise 

  • Beef Burgundy

Eat Pretty

  • Broiled Citrus Salad
  • Lemon Beauty Smoothie

East Yourself Calm 

  • Quinoa Porridge

The Fashionable Cocktail

  • Debutante Cocktail
  • French 75

French Market Cookbook

  • Beet Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  • Green Bean and Red Rice Salad

Gone with the Gin 

  • Invasion of the Toddy Snatchers
  • Sloppy in Seatle
  • Wait Until Dark and Stormy

Juice

  • Almond Buttercup Smoothie
  • Almond Chia Smoothie
  • Carrot Bread
  • Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh
  • Chocolate Date Shake
  • Citrus 1
  • Citrus 2
  • Citrus 11
  • Detox Salad
  • Greens 3
  • Greens 5
  • Greens 7
  • Greens 11
  • Greens 14
  • Lentil Dal
  • Lime in Coconut
  • Peaches and Cinnamon Smoothie
  • Roots 2
  • Roots 3

The Little Big Book of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Apple Jimcha Slaw
  • Broiled Grapefruit
  • Chicken with Blackberry Hoisin Sauce
  • Corn and Barley Chile Rellenos
  • Endive Boats
  • Mini Blackberry Tarts
  • Orange Blossom Salad
  • Salmon with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce
  • Shrimp Tequila Lime Tacos

Love & Lemons

  • Carrot Ginger Millet Salad
  • Hazelnut Butter
  • Strawberry Chia Jam

My Kitchen Year

  • Spaghetti Bolognese

One Good Dish

  • Eggplant Cutlets

The Plantpower Way

  • Chocolate Cherry Chia Smoothie
  • Divine Vibration Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter Salted Chocolate Cookies
  • Portabello Mushroom Burger

Plenty

  • Asparagus Mimosa
  • Black Pepper Tofu
  • Buttermilk Eggplant
  • Crispy Parpadelle
  • Eggplant Mango Soba Noodles
  • Eggplant and Mushroom Meatballs
  • Mushroom Parcels
  • Pistachio Orange Blossom Salad
  • Puy Lentil Galettes
  • Roasted Pepper Salad
  • Smoked Eggplant Tahini
  • Tomato Party
  • Zucchini Hazelnut Salad

Silk Road Vegetarian

  • Vegan Chopped Liver

Simple French Paleo

  • Honey Carrot Soup
  • Honey Lavender Peaches
  • Seared Scallops with Persillade

Vintage Tea Party Treasury

  • Earl Grey Truffles

Whole New You

  • Ginger Lime Roast Carrots

Blogs & Websites

40 Aprons

  • Whole 30 Sweet Potato Apple Breakfast Bake

Adore Foods

  • Strawberry Poppyseed Madalines

Adventures in the Kitchen

  • Broiled Ceaser Salad

Aggie’s Kitchen

  • Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Ginger Smoothie

Alaska from Scratch

  • Huevos Rancheros Casserole

Asian Inspirations

  • Balinese Green Bean Salad

Autoimmune Wellness 

  • Cherry Carob Cookies
  • Mini Carob Shells with Cranberry Fig Ice Cream
  • Stonefruit and Black Tea Smoothie

Babble

  • Strawberry Chia Pudding

Bakeaholic Mama

  • Maple Roasted Parsnips

Beyond the Bite

  • Paleo Pumpkin Sausage Soup

Bite Delite

  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Quail Eggs

Bittersweet Blog

  • White As Springtime Snow

Blue Apron

  • Falafel Salad with Sweet Potatoes
  • Ice Box Cake
  • Lemon Pasta
  • Radish Salad
  • Salmon and Apple Farro
  • Whipped Cream

Bon Appetit

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Salad with Mint and Hazelnuts

Center Cut Chef 

  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Chelsea’s Messy Apron 

  • Turkey & Cranberry Salad

The Chunky Chef 

  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ciao Florinia

  • Healthy Garlic Scallops

Closet Cooking

  • Trout Almondine

Cooking Classy

  • Pesto Salmon with Italian Veggies

Cooking Light

  • Garlicky Kale, Sausage, and Tomato Pasta

Cooking with Books

  • Peach Lavender Honey Smoothie

Cookstr

  • Eggs in a Nest

Cute Fetti 

  • Butternut Squash Fries

Daily Om

  • Avocado Protein Pudding
  • Cauliflower and Egg Crust Pizza
  • Cinnamon Macha Chia Pudding
  • Goddess Salad
  • Loaded Baked Sweet Potato
  • Protein Brownies
  • Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
  • Slow Cooker Enchilada Bowl
  • Slow Cooker Millet
  • Smoked Salmon Sushi with Cauliflower Rice
  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
  • Vegan Chocolate

Delish

  • Cauliflower Stuffing

Dinner Then Dessert

  • Panda Express Mushroom Chicken

Divalicious

  • Parmesan & Sage Baked Butternut Squash

D.M.R.

  • Lemon Thyme Bars

Eat the Gains

  • Rosemary Roasted Radishes

The Enchanted Cook

  • Spicy Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Everyday Jenny

  • Shredded Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers

Exploregram

  • Minty Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

Feasting at Home

  • Berbere Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils

Fed & Fueled 

  • Sweet and Sticky Orange Ginger Wings

Fit Slow Cooker Queen

  • Slow Cooker Ethiopian Cabbage

Food 52

  • Dutch Oven Popcorn
  • Persimmon Ice Cream

Food and Wine

  • Clove and Cider Glazed Ham

Foodie Fiasco

  • Healthy Mexican Lasagna

Genius Kitchen

  • Vegan Bacon

Gimme Delicious Food

  • Broccoli Crust Pizza

A Girl Worth Saving

  • AIP Pumpkin Mug Cake

The Grant Life

  • White Chocolate Sauce

Greatist

  • Sundried Tomato Pesto

The Green Blossom

  • Roast Plum Toast

Family Circle

  • Greek Salad with Cumin Chicken

The Frugal Foodie Mama

  • 3 Ingredient Crock Pot Beef Tacos

Happy Go Lucky

  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Happy Hearted Kitchen 

  • Roasted Carrot Soup with Parsnips and Apple

Healthy Spirit Body

  • Flourless Sweet Potato Brownie

Hiliah Cooking

  • Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Huge in Japan

  • Parpadell with Butter Sauce

I Breathe I’m Hungry 

  • Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

The Improving Cook

  • Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup

James O 

  • Black Yukon Sucker Punch

Jessica Gavin 

  • Spiced Chai Tea Latte Popsicles

Jo Cooks 

  • Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Kelley and Cricket

  • Crazy Good Peanut Noodles

Kitchn

  • Oven Poached Eggs

Landeelu

  • Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Laura Hames Franklin

  • Breakfast Steamer Basket

Lavender & Lemonade

  • French Madeleines

Lifeway

  • Mango Tumeric Smoothie

Living Well Kitchen

  • Sweet Potato Bisque

The Magical Slow Cooker

  • Slow Cooker Acorn Squash

Martha Stewart 

  • Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Mel’s Kitchen

  • Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Minimalist Baker

  • Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
  • General Tso’s Tofu Stir Fry

Miss Frugal Mommy

  • Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

My Magic Recipe

  • Maple Poached Pears

My Plant Based Family

  • Slow Cooker  Spaghetti Squash

My Recipes 

  • Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme
  • Roasted Asparagus and Baby Artichokes

Natasha’s Kitchen

  • Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Nellie Bellie

  • Chocolate Cake

Not Enough Cinnamon 

  • Chocolate Covered Banana and Peanut Butter Bites
  • Paleo Bounty Bars

Nutritionist Meets Chef

  • Orange Mango Tumeric Shake

Oh She Glows

  • Summer Glow Buddha Bowl

Paleo Grubs 

  • Coconut Shrimp

Passionately Raw

  • Hawaiian Breeze Smoothie

Pinch of Yum 

  • Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

Pocket Change Gourmet

  • Garlic Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Primavera Kitchen

  • Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet
  • Shrimp and Sweet Potato Skillet

Pulse Pledge

  • Tumeric Lime Chickpeas

Rancho Gordo

  • Cranberry Bean and Cabbage Soup

Real Everything 

  • Crispy Orange Pork
  • Garlic & Herb Perfect Pork Chops

Real Life Dinner 

  • Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken

Real Simple

  • Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Recapo

  • Kapha Smoothie

The Recipe Critic

  • Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

Reel Fancy Dinners

  • Horne Brothers Sandwich
  • Leeland Palmer

Ritely

  • Lavender Lemonade

Sally’s Baking Addiction

  • 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

San Antonio Magazine

  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad

Savory Lotus

  • Caramel Apple Parfaits

Savory Nothings

  • Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Savory Spin

  • Beet Pizza with Dip & Veggies

She Likes Food

  • Baked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

The Skinny Fork

  • Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodle Bowl

Simple Green Moms

  • Healthy Black Bean Casserole

Spicy Southern Kitchen 

  • Honey Bourbon Steak Tips

Subbu’s Kitchen

  • Mutter Paneer

This Savory Vegan 

  • Creamy Hummus Pasta

Supergolden Bakes

  • Vegan Espresso Martini Chocolate Mousse

Sweetpeas and Saffron 

  • Anti-Inflammatory Broccoli, Ginger, and Tumeric Soup

Tastes Lovely

  • Paleo Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Tasting Room

  • Oysters with Pomegranate Mignonette Sauce

Unbound Wellness

  • Hot Carob
  • No Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Unicorns in the Kitchen

  • Persian Saffrom Milkshake

Vegan Richa

  • Baked Lentil Split Pea Falafel Bowl with Tahini Dressing
  • Ethiopian Chickpea Berbere Pizza

Vegetarian Ventures 

  • Smoky Pumpkin & Black Sesame Seed Hummus

Weight Watchers

  • Chocolate and Pear Quesadilla

Well and Good 

  • Sunchoke and Asparagus Salad

The Wholesome Dish

  • Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips

The Yummy Life

  • Snow Pea, Grapefruit, & Orange Salad

365 Project: Recipes 346-365

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Just in time for the end of the year. Here are the final recipes from my 365 challenge.

346. Lemon Dijon Slaw

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Source: Original

Notes: I mixed shredded cabbage with a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and three parts dijon to one part vegan mayo.

Rating: LOVED

347. Huevos Rancheros Casserole

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Source: Alaska from Scratch 

Notes: This versatile dish can be served for breakfast or dinner.

Rating: Liked

348. Navy Bean Soup

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Source: My Recipes

Notes: I substituted Navy beans for Flageolet beans.

Rating: Liked

349. Wait Until Dark and Stormy

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Source: Gone with the Gin 

Notes: This book has twists on classic cocktails that are all movie themed.

Rating: LOVED

350. Herb Egg Wrap

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Source: Original

Notes: This was an egg, mozzarella, mushrooms, and kale and tucked in a brown rice wrap.

Rating: Liked

351. Cider and Clove Ham

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Source: Food and Wine

Notes: I used the leftovers for sandwiches.

Rating: Liked

352. Pink Lemon Drop Martini

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Source: Original

Notes: This was 1 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz lemon liquor, 1/2 oz of vermouth, and topped with pink lemonade.

Rating: LOVED

353. Dinomint Smoothie

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Source: Original

Notes: This smoothie was dinosaur kale, spirulina, mint, and pineapple blended with protein powder and coconut milk.

Rating: Liked

354. Invasion of the Toddy Snatchers

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Source: Gone with the Gin 

Notes: This was a variation of a Hot Toddy.

Rating: LOVED

355. Steamed Balsamic Breakfast

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Source: Original

Notes: I’ve been playing around with different ways to poach eggs and the steamer basket is my favorite. I also steamed kale and mushrooms and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Rating: Liked

356. “Peanut Noodles”

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Source: Kelley and Cricket

Notes: This is a paleo version of one of my favorite Asian dishes.

Rating: LOVED

357. Sloopy in Seatle

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Source: Gone with the Gin 

Notes: This is an espresso cocktail. It wasn’t as good as an Irish Coffee.

Rating: Okay

358. Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Source: Original

Notes: Gluten-free baking is always trial and error. This was error. These came out way too thin and burned as a result.

Notes: Pass

359. Chocolate Clementine Shake

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Source: Original

Notes: This was two clementines, chocolate protein powder, kale, and filtered water.

Notes: Liked

360. Garlic and Herb Ghee Steak

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Source: Original

Notes: I melted ghee and garlic in a pan then cooked a steak with parsley and tarragon.

Rating: Liked

361. Sweet and Tangy Chicken Salad

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Source: Original

Notes: I mixed vegan mayo, dijon, siracha, and horseradish and tossed with chicken and dried cranberry.

Rating: LOVED

362. Palacsinta

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Source: Original

Notes: I adapted my grandmother’s recipe to make this gluten-free. I used rice flour and date sugar in place of white flour and processed sugar. This is like making pancakes or crepes but so much lighter. My grandma recommends letting the dough sit for a couple of hours and adding a cup of seltzer before putting the batter in the pan. You can fill them with meat, Nutella, or your favorite fillings. I do what my grandma did which was fill some with cottage cheese and some with jam.

Rating: LOVED

363. Asparagus Skillet

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Source: Primavera Kitchen

Notes: This was an easy low carb dinner.

Rating: LOVED

364. Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

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Source: French Market Cookbook

Notes: I substituted quinoa in place of red rice.

Rating: LOVED

365.Coconut Curry

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Source: Orginal

Notes: I sauteed chicken and cauliflower in coconut oil. When cooked through I added 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of coriander, 1 tsp of curry powder, 1/2 tsp of cloves, tarragon and a can of reduced fat coconut milk. I let it boil and covered and reduced to a simmer for 10 minutes. I added 2 tsp of tapioca starch to thicken the sauce.

Rating: LOVED