A recipe tease, & odds and ends

I’ve gotten behind on posting recipes, so I’d love your input.

Which do you want to see next:

maple glazed walnuts





Maple glazed walnuts

mah chocolates



Homemade vegan & sugar free chocolates




ultimate roasted broccoli


Ultimate roasted broccoli



I’ve posted a new update on new fish recommendations here. They’re pretty significantly different, so do give them a look!

and the cookbook giveaway is still open until Feb 8th.


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Thankful for Edgar

edgarEverybody say hi Edgar! Edgar is my dragon co-pilot. Just for the record, he’s not a hippo, and he’s not a dinosaur, thankyouverymuch. He’s a dragon, and generally a happy dragon. To tell you the truth, I’m not a happy driver. Although I have lived in NY and MA, I never drove much when I was there. Since an accident in the snow a few years, it’s definitely a struggle. Traffic gets me kinda jumpy, and so does snow, ice and crazy people. So perhaps DC isn’t the place for me this winter, but here we are.

Seeing Edgar’s happy little face makes the drive more peaceful. I mean, if the dragon in your car isn’t mad or breathing fire, the guy who cut me off can’t be THAT bad, right? I appreciate his vote of support, and as strange as it sounds, I do think I’m more relaxed with him on my dashboard.

And no, I was not driving when I took Edgar’s pic.

Apparently the dragon love has gotten trendy, so if you need a smile, do check out this letter from a 7 year old asking the Australian Science Agency for a dragon for Christmas.

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Wintertime wonders…(recipes)

chocoraspsliceI’ve had a bad tummy bug that was limiting my munching, and it’s finally gone away. Now my appetite has come roaring back, and all I want to do is make up for lost time! What a difference it makes when I’m eating well. Here are a bunch of my Wintertime favorites….knowing tomorrow there will be different favorites.


Nightshade Skillet Meal (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free)

Coconut Curried Greens (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan option)

Kale and Beef in Chestnut Sauce GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free

Spreads by the spoonful/dipsmac maple

Hazelnut Buttah GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Macadamia Maple Butter (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan)

Arugula Winter Pesto (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Soups!!!sniffle stew

Yummy Red Lentil Dal(GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan

Sniffle Stew(GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free option and vegan)

Creamy Veggie Soup GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan

Sides:chickpea curry

Celery in Chestnut Sauce (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Coconut Curried Greens (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan option)

Green Beans, Roasted GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)


Hazelnut cookies GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Chocolate Raspberry Pie (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Sweet Potato Pie (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

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Thankful for Warmth/Raynaud’s survival tips

I was really grateful to be diagnosed with Raynaud’s a few years ago. No, not right way, but as soon as the dust settled, it was actually a relief. I was in such pain whenever it was cold, and it was truly unbearable. I’m sad to say I blamed myself for years, because I thought I was doing something wrong or just complaining too much.  As a teen I was at track meets with purple hands and feet, and sometimes my lips and face would turn purple! Since everyone else was okay, so I assumed that I just was whiny and needed to toughen up. (why do we do that to ourselves?) So it was actually a huge weight off to find out that there was a real reason the cold was so painful.

But then part 2 is, okay then, now what?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve been able to make a lot of changes by what I do and what I wear.

The best purchase I think I’ve ever made was a heated floor mat. I got a small one which was about 2 foot by 2 foot, and it was a complete fail. It was catted in about 5 minutes, and G would not share. So now I have a big one, and it’s often catted as well, but there’s room for the three of us. Yes, it’s pricy, but I honestly think it’s the best investment I’ve made in years in my health, and I think that’s made a bigger difference for me than anything else. I am pushing for heated floors for my workspace at home (eventually) but because that’s so expensive, it’s going to be a while.

I also have a ridiculous amount of clothes from Under Armour that I wear every day under my normal clothes. My favorite? The base 4 leggings. They’re supposed to be for going outside in “brutal cold”, I need to wear them even INSIDE daily, just to avoid the numbness and tingling. And for super duper cold days?  They have extreme coldgear leggings, which are thicker and not as comfortable, but they’re such a huge help for my circulation so I don’t mind being bulky.

It’s annoying, but such a big help! It’s kinda painful to spend $90 on a pair of pants, but I wear them every day so it kinda-sorta evens out. The UA site also has an outlet which I tend to stalk to get more stuff. I also really like that they have pants for short people like moi and that they have the leggings numbered by coldness rating. I did try out the leggings from Nike and I found the site really hard to navigate and didn’t like how those leggings fit, either.

I’ve got the UA gloves, but I’m not crazy about those and still looking for something that may work better. Suggestions are welcome.

The combination of wearing leggings/warming shirts under my clothes and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAusing the heated floor mat daily makes all the difference in the world. I honestly can’t imagine how I managed to deal with the pain and numbness  all those years…and I can’t believe it took so long to realize how simple the solution was!

So weeks like this one aren’t super comfy, but they’re doable. Between all that stuff and an ungodly number of blankies, I’m all good.

I know most people don’t have to go to such extremes, but honestly, I can’t believe that it took me so many years to realize that this was a necessity for me and take it seriously, and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there. *knock on something* so far, I haven’t had a single attack this year and it’s been a cold one, so I’ve been tremendously grateful.

And, as an added bonus, I was grateful that most of the roads were clear of ice today, and that I’m home safe and sound.

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Time for a cleanse (a bookshelf cleanse)


UPDATE: we have a winner!

Dairy Free and Gluten-free Kitchen by Denise Jardine & Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Fingers Crossed :)

Thank you

No, no, not a diet cleanse, a book cleanse. 2014 has just been a few weeks long, but I’ve committed to simplifying and letting go of what I don’t need. And I’ve realized I have so much and don’t need most of it.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Some people have bunch of shoes. Or jewelery. Not me. I have a ton of cookbooks, and a sagging bookcase to show for it. Most are ones I’ve bought, because I *had* to have them, and a few were review copies. I’ve thought of doing a book giveaway before but worried about offending authors. Honestly, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to stop buying books. When I really like a cookbook, I end up buying it (again) on kindle–it’s much easier for me because it’s lighter, and that makes a huge difference for me physically.

So let’s be clear. These are all great books and authors I love and respect! They just need homes where they’ll be properly appreciated. All are new or like new condition–I’m keeping all my pre-kindle books with the sticky finger marks and chocolate splatter on the pages.

So here’s the deal: Which TWO books do you want to win? Leave me a comment and let me know. The winner will be chosen at random.

One entry for each:

  1. let me know in the comment field which books you want to win, and make sure you enter your email into the comment field. It won’t be displayed, but that way I can be in touch if you win.
  2. Share this on twitter and leave me a comment here to let me know
  3. Follow me on twitter at @CherylHarrisRD and leave me a comment here to let me know
  4. Share this on FB! and leave me a comment here to let me know
  5. Follow me on FB on my GF Goodness page or my Harris Whole Health page 

Open to US only (sorry, shipping fees are a beast) and this contest will be open until Feb 8th 10pm EST.

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Thankful for teamwork: thankful thursdsays

Ah, the first of my Thankful Thursday posts! It’s a bit of a roundabout thankful, but that’s sometimes how life works.
I’ve been having some pretty intense GI stuff since Christmas, and so days have been really…something. I’m really glad, and proud, that I’ve been able to take good care of myself. I know in the past I’ve had times where I was angry at body, as thougbig orange flutterh my body were some sort of derelict employee whose job it was to cart ME around.

But this feels peaceful. I’m doing the best I can. I’m giving myself compassion. I’m making time to get 9-10 hours of sleep. I’m doing everything I can. I’m not blaming or shaming, and I’m not falling into the hole of “why me”. My body and I are on the same team, united in figuring out ways to feel better.

I’m really thankful for that.

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Dec Sanity Retreat Round-Up & Thankful Thursdays

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, thank you so much to everyone who participated in the December Sanity Retreat, from my delicious co-hosts:

to everyone who read, commented, shared, or joined us in the Facebook group.

And so…(drumroll please)

the winner of the Nuts.com gift certificate is Ms. Pamela of aseafish out of water. Yay Pamela!

The winner of the fun stuff from me is Carrie of Ginger Lemon Girl and I can’t tell you what the present is because then she’d read it and spoil the surprise. ;)

I decided to blog my the things I was grateful for daily during December. It was interesting. I didn’t anticipate how hard it would be, between losing power for a few days, an autoimmune flare, dental issues, and kinda bizarre GI problems that made me  go on a low fat diet. Hopefully I’ll never had to do that again! So there were more than a few days that I didn’t feel very grateful.Of course, true to my nature, I posted on those, too.

I’m glad that I was doing the gratitude posting. It was a stretch for me. I’m a very private person, and I found it challenging to post on ME for so many days. I don’t think I’ll ever do daily posts again, but I’m grateful for it nonetheless for showing me ways I’m not yet comfortable showing up in the world.

So I’ve decided to do Thankful Thursdays for 2014. I’m giving myself permission in advance to miss a few, because I’m sure I will.

And here’s a roundup of our December fun:

My 31 days of gratitude:

If you focused on having a sane December in 2013, how did it affect your holidays?

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My Favorite Posts of 2013 (Pics!)

I really enjoyed posting gratitude for the December Sanity Retreat and I’ll be posting a roundup soon, but am so ready to get bn pureeback to food! As I looked through 2013′s recipes, it’s clear to me that I’m posting less food, but pickier about what I post, so I’ve had a hard time narrowing down my favorites on my blog and around the web. Here are my top 3 in a bunch of categories:

Main meal


Doesn’t quite fit anywhere else, but I couldn’t leave it out:
Hazenut Buttah (goodness on a spoon!)

Recipes from books out in 2013:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On other websites:

Chocolate Chestnut Cake–actually my recipe, but published in Simply Gluten-Free Magazine

Picturesfoxy beautyness

My thoughts:


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Resolving to lose weight? Aim higher.

All of the weight loss resolutions I’m seeing are starting to grate on me.

Did you know that I lost about ¼ of my weight and have kept it off the last 9 years? Probably not. I don’t mention the weight loss because it’s not particularly significant in my life. I was somewhat overweight according to the charts, and now I’m not. In some ways, it’s been one of the most trivial changes, which is why I don’t think it’s ever come up on my blog after almost 6 years of blogging.

You can read that again if you’d like. I lost a big chunk of poundage and have kept it off almost a decade and it’s pretty irrelevant to me. cheryl wedding


I was pretty awesome at my highest weight. And gorgeous inside and out. Do you think I would have looked happier at my wedding if I weighed less or my arms were more toned? I don’t think so.

What I am proud of and care about:

  • Dramatically changing and improving my eating habits. Yes, I’ve gone from the woman who ate frosting by the spoonful on many occasions to the woman who can’t get enough kale.
  • Ending a long-standing binge eating habit.
  • Learning to love and cook amazing food.
  • Getting physically active, even despite physical limitations
  • Meditating daily!
  • Taking great care of myself, and learning to love the person I am.
  • Maintaining loving relationships.
  • Finding much better emotional balance
  • Starting a business and watching it flourish
  • My love and my kittehs.
  • Managing all of my health conditions.

Those accomplishments are a result of a change in habits and attitude, not a rigid plan.

I am so much healthier than I was, in almost every way. When I changed my life, my everything else changed. And if my weight had NOT changed when I changed my life, it still would have been worth it.

Please understand…my intent isn’t to diminish others in their goals for health, including weight loss. But you can hate yourself thin; you can’t hate yourself healthy. Same goes for bullying, and often that seems the cornerstone of many diets–beating yourself into submission. Thanks, but no.

So before you plan those New Year’s resolutions, consider what you care most about. The number on the scale doesn’t define your health. You can aim higher than just seeing the scale move.

I’m also really loving Johnna’s post on dieting–check it out.

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Grateful for Mr. Dude: Day 31

c and e 2013I did save my favorite “grateful” for last, largely because I don’t quite know how to put into words how much he means to me.e mohawk

We’re very different. He’s much more conservative than I am–okay, that may not be clear from the picture, but it was for a Halloween party a long time ago, but I couldn’t resist! And we have wildly different views on many topics. We have heated discussions health topics and the statistical significance of different studies, the use of control groups and relative study power (I wish I was kidding here, but alas, no). More often than not, we have polar opposite interpretations. We’ve been together more than 13 years, and we’ve both changed and grown a lot during that time.

What hasn’t changed at all is that we love each other, and usually like each other, too.

No matter what, I know that Mr. Dude will come through for me and be there for me when I need him, even if he doesn’t agree with me. I know he’ll love me and support me, and that has been my North Star. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that no matter what, he’s got my back. It’s like having a cushy cloud to land on. It seems like he’s been with me for as long as I can remember, and I sometimes forget to express my gratitude to him because he feels like a part of me.

It’s very un PC to “need” someone, and it certainly wasn’t in my plan to be depend on anyone. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut because of health stuff, I did (and do) need him, and he’s been right by my side, doing his best. I don’t know if I could stay as patient as he (usually) does.

He’s also the papa of my kittehs, which counts for a lot, too.

I’m grateful for his love, his sense of humor, his compassion, his integrity, his kindness and that he loves my cooking. And his hugs! He gives the most awesome hugs.


Wow. I can’t believe I’ve kept up the gratitude blogging for 31 days, more or less, for the December Sanity Retreat! This week’s hostess is Valerie of City Life Eats and she posted on getting more present with reflection and breathwork. Hop on over to comment on her post and be entered to win a Nuts.come $50 gift cert!

Posts so far:

My 31 days of gratitude:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m delighted to be joined by wonderful hostesses with likeminded blogs:

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