Monday, February 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|In my family's California garden as a toddler in the 70's|
It sounds like the urban farmer lifestyle today, but they were ground breakers in the early 70's in the suburbs. Nestled between California's San Joaquin Valley "food basket of the world" to the east with the first wineries in California just blocks away, Livermore was a sleepy cow town. Grinding their own wheat. Raising rabbits and ducks for food. Buying 1/2 a cow or a spring lamb. You know back when grass-fed was the norm? I don't think I ate a commercial jam until I was in my 20's. Instead hot, hot summers were spent making plum and apricot jams from the huge number of trees my father planted in our Bay Area backyard.
And my kids, like I did, resist.
This little company from Baltimore also had family beginnings and their hope this year is for all families to bring it back home:
"As the mother of three athletic boys, Tesse had to figure out a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Pouring on a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, so over the years she made and perfected her own. When oldest brother, Greg, realized how great the dressing was, he said “Mom, let’s go into business together and make it for the world!” As Tessemae's All-Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company's mission."
The story even goes one of the son's college roommates would routinely steal his tupperware of dressings delivered lovingly by his mom and I believe it. They are zesty. They are delicious. Most importantly, you can taste than they are real. I am bursting with new products that are coming soon. If you know me, you will know that which makes my palate sing...coming soon!
In the meantime, the sauces are now in Safeway for us on the west coast. Safeway! They are also in Whole Foods. Mosey on down to the refrigerated section. Yes, you heard me right.
These are REAL sauces with REAL ingredients so no preservatives.
|The ONLY bottled dressing in our home! The wing sauce and bbq sauces are divine!|
The Lemon Chesapeake has become my favorite on kale salads.
Full flavored and clean!
For us clean eating, paleo, organic, vegan, lactose intolerant or gluten-free types? This will be a revolution. I have no doubt this company will soon earn a cult-like following. I am not joking. Their natural, sugar-free BBQ sauce? Crazy good....and totally paleo, Whole 30 and Whole Life Challenge acceptable. And more importantly to my BBQ-fiend of a daughter? Teen approved and delicious!!
Their product line includes BBQ Sauce, Zesty Ranch, Southwest Ranch, Italian, Balsamic, Hot Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Lemon Garlic, Honey Mustard, Mild Hot Sauce, Cracked Pepper, Soy Ginger (not Paleo), Lemon Chesapeake, Lemonette, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Red Wine Vinaigrette, BBQ Sauce,
It got me making tuna on carrots flavored up a notch with followed by a vegan dinner (gasp).
|Super fast & easy Paleo appetizers tonight: Spicy peppered tuna on a carrot "cracker." |
Thinly slice a carrot or two. In bowl mix can of tuna with Tessemae's BBQ or Hot wing sauce.
Crack in some fresh black pepper. Add a drizzle of sesame
Never heard of Tessemae's All Natural before? Get ready PNW and west coast, Tessemae's will become your new favorite. On the east coast, lucky you. It's been there for a while! Somewhere else, the good news is you can still buy some on their website.
|Seattle Tessemae's Blogger & Social Media Influencer Dinner|
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 4:02 PM
Monday, February 10, 2014
I'm lucky. I know it. My husband CG loves to cook. Now cleaning up? Not so much. Tonight I didn't mind though because he made our family this.
Tonight's dinner was delicious, fresh, and a perfect blend of zesty bold flavors with crisp salty textures. You could pair it with broccoli or a fresh salad and call it done:
5-6 Tilapia Fillets
1 tbsp Avocado Oil
Cracked Black Pepper
7-8 slices Prosciutto (yes at least 1-2 of these are attrition from wife tasting- impossible to resist )
1 Bunch Parsley
1 Bunch Cilantro
2 Shallots, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1-1/2 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1-1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 9:52 PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Is This the Message Biggest Loser Wants To Send: Did Winner Rachel Frederickson Go Too Far? (video) #biggestloser
Okay Biggest Loser fans?
Did Rachel go too far?? Size 20 to size zero? I will be honest that I thought she looked great before she left the ranch and was already at 19% body fat.
On the finale, I was for the first time shocked in a negative way. She was gaunt. Bony. Channeling concentration camp chic. Bob and Jillian also seemed shocked. I am so hoping it was all for the $250k and she will put back on 20 lbs in muscle. Reports put her anywhere from 5'4" to 5'6" and whatever it is, 105 lbs seems too low. Is this the message that Biggest Loser wants to send?
|Source: Trae Patton/NBC|
Another thing to consider is that she was already very fit/muscle bound, so I can image her body fat is sooooo low that it could stop her period and cause infertility. It happens. It has happened to people I know. Would that be worth $250,000? I dunno...
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 1:05 PM
Monday, February 3, 2014
My friends, I am not a natural runner. I never have been, even when I was super fit and running track my freshman year of high school. I didn't last the season. I hated running in the Army. Despised it especially in formation. I never learned to love it, but I am hoping to this time. Moreover I want to increase my aerobic base and burn some calories so I can eat more yummy food without guilt. It will always totally be about the delicious for this foodie, right?
I plan to lay out a weekly training plan every Monday for those of us who can jog 2 miles (as always check with your doctor first and modify according to your fitness level), but find the idea of running 13-26 more than daunting. Yeah I am going back in forth between the idea of half or full marathon. Either way, this will be a slow and easy gradual ramp up. Listen to your body!
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 9:35 AM