22 April 2008

{a healthier you}

My husband and I have definitely made strides to be more green. We have consciously made efforts in not only what we purchase, but what we dispose of. One book I really like is Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano. It has great tips on what we can do to protect ourselves and our planet. Sophie was even featured on Oprah (I's Oprah, but still!). She was featured in honor of Earth Day (which is today). Of course there are many ways to "go green", and one quote I love from her is that "there are many shades of green. Which one are you?" Each little thing is helpful. One fabulous tip Sophie has is a recipe for Veggie Spray. This is a great option for those who are not able to buy organic produce! Washing an apple under water won't wash away pesticides. Having tried this spray - I love it. Give it a try on your veggies and's a start to a healthier you!

INGREDIENTS ~1 cup water ~1 cup distilled white vinegar ~1 Tbsp. baking soda ~20 drops of grapefruit seed extract

~Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce, and rinse thoroughly after 5 to 10 minutes.

08 April 2008

{in the mood for seafood}

I thought I'd share a couple of fun recipes and since we're in Alaska - I thought I'd focus on seafood. I by no means should get credit for them, cause they have either been around for generations or updated by noted chefs. But, food is food - and should be enjoyed! My husband and I have enjoyed the most amazing sushi and fish in general while here. I've never tasted anything so fresh in my entire life.

Scallops Provencal is Ina Garten's recipe

I love this recipe because 1) I love seafood and french food - so the two mixed are even better! 2) I pretty much adore Ina Garten and consider her one of my top favorite chefs. Her recipes are good, beautiful and surprisingly attainable to replicate. Below is another one from her.

Blini with Smoked Salmon

Grilled Shrimp This simple dish is great!! Rachael Ray is the ultimate "home" cook.  

Halibut in Artichoke and Tomato Broth This is a wonderful recipe by Giada de Laurentiis

Individual Baked Alaska

Now, sure, these aren't actual "alaskan recipes" but they're yummy! And most of all I hope they inspire you in your next cooking venture!


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