Roasted Garlic Bonanza

I know I haven’t been posting anywhere near as many recipes lately. I’ve been taking on more projects, and that’s been a mixed blessing. I enjoy my work, but I’m also someone who has the tendency to take on too much. Ah, to find balance!

So I’m delighted to share one of the recipes I make almost every year. I regularly grow garlic, and seriously, what do you do with 20 bulbs at a time? Answer: roast a bunch. There are several ways to do it, and all taste and smell amazing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAroasted garlic fullroasted garlic in oilMethod 1: partially peel, cut off the tips of the garlic. Cover 1/2 way with EVOO, bake at 350 until soft, browned and tasty. I think it took 1.5 hours. Cool, cover the roasted garlic completely with oil, refrigerate or freeze.peeled gar

roasted garlicMethod 2: Peel cloves entirely. Put them in a “basket” lined with foil, then lined with parchment and fill it up with olive oil. Cover with foil, crimp, and bake at 350 until it smells amazing. Cool, refrigerate and enjoy.

Bonus: either way, you’ve got an abundance of garlic infused oil, too. Refrigerate the oil to eliminate the risk of food poisoning.

It’s amazing slathered on veggies, chicken or bread, pureed into a dip, etc.

Chez Harris is a dedicated vampire-free zone.

I’m sending this yum over to GFW (Gluten Free Wednesdays) a carnival of gluten-free goodies co-hosted by Linda of Gluten-free Homemaker, Shirley of gluten free easily and Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Hop on over for some more good stuff!

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Season’s bounty–Thankful Thursday

This is surely the most luscious time of year, IMHO! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVery thankful for my favorite foods, and the time, energy, money and safety to savor them.

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Thankful for 10 years-Thankful Thursday

cherylErikC & Mr. Dude, ~1999-ish on vaca in LA

I don’t quite have the words to express my love and gratitude for Mr. Dude, my husband of 10 years today, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

SlopeDay-ErikCherylSlope day 2000. More than a little tipsy!

engagement partyEngagement party, ~2003ish

c and e marriedJuly 17th, 2004!

c and e1st dance! July 17th 2004

c and e armsnewly married!

c and e christmas…and 10-ish years later, testing out the delay function on Mr. Dude’s camera at Christmas 2013

I am very, very grateful for Mr. Dude’s love and support in the ~15 years we’ve been together, and the 10 years we’ve been married.

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Thankful for teaching-Thankful Thursday

This weekend will be the end of my 3rd semester of teaching Mindful Eating and Nourishment to nutrition grad students and coaching students at Maryland University of Integrative Health. It’s definitely been a whirlwind, and I’m so glad I jumped in. While I’ve done a lot of community and online classes, grad school is a really different rhythm, and blending the science with meditation practice has been both challenging and exhilarating. In many ways, it has really pushed me to grow—especially since it’s such a distance away, and I generally avoid driving whenever possible.muih bunny
I knew I’d enjoy teaching. I didn’t realize how much! Teaching helps me learn the material in a much different way than when I’m working one-on-one or teaching online, and the students are amazing as well. Of course, when there are 40 final projects on my desk next week, I’ll remember why I don’t teach more classes, but I’m so glad to have this opportunity.

The little bunny above was out rabitting during my class and hanging out by the door until he got everyone’s attention. Clearly he wanted attention, so I got a picture of him after class. He was so tiny!

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Summer recipes!

Summer is the perfect excuse to prowl through the archives, and find my favorite recipes that are great this time of year!


Nana Skillet Bread (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Salsa-Mole (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan)

Summer Rolls (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Main dishes:tkyburgers

Parchment Tilapia, Lazy Style(GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free)

Minty Chicken GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free)

Turkey Garden Burgers (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free)


Lemony Mint Quinoa (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan)

Simply Yum Quinoa (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan option)

Summer Lovin’ Salad (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free) (GF, CF, EF, SF, vegan sugar free)


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

Grilled Herb-y Peppers (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)


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

Garlic Scape Pesto (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan)

Plum Butter (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free, vegan)

Red Pepper Sauce (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan)

Dessert:sunshine pannacotta

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

Nanaimo Bars Redux (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free and vegan) (updated recipe coming soon!)

Sunshine Panna Cotta (GF, CF, EF, SF, sugar free)

I’m submitting this chocolate review to Gluten Free Wednesdays, a carnival of gluten-free goodies co-hosted by  Shirley of gluten free easily, Linda of Gluten-free Homemaker,and Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures. Hop on over for some more yum!

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Thankful for our trees-Thursday thankful


Most people fall in love with their houses. I fell in love with the driveway and trees. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m in love with the trees, and the delicious green-ness. It feels like such a treat to come home to my very own mini-sanctuary, and I’m thankful each day.

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A Vacation from the July Self-Care Retreat

Did you notice? It’s July. And there hasn’t been even a peep about the Julybig orange flutter Self-Care retreat.

I did actually start trying to coordinate, but I came to the conclusion that we’d be taking a break, in the name of self-care.

I’ve been having a pretty intense bout of insomnia for the past few weeks. I can assure you, sleep and mental and physical well-being are kind of a package deal.

There are a lot of changes going on in several areas of my life, and the good news is that they’re all my choice. Change is necessary, but it’s also often draining, and I definitely feel it.

And so…I’ll still be sharing quotes that inspire me for the month of July in our little Facebook group, and spending my time regrouping.



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Thankful for Rain–Thursday thankful

me and my kaleI love rain. It means I don’t have to water the garden, but there’s also something delightfully soothing and cleansing about it.

I was stuck for a good thankful, and then we had a lovely rainstorm! It was warm enough to go out and dance in the rain, too.

No pictures…it was too dark, and I was having too much fun, anyhow. So instead you get a picture of me and my kale!

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Thankful for Garden Goodness!

mah broccoliI’ve been trying to grow broccoli for about a decade. This is the closest I’ve come. I know he’s puny, but isn’t he CUTE!!!!!???? Durn little bugs and worms are trying to nom on his leaves, and I’m afraid he’ll bolt because of the heat, so I’m going to give him a new home tomorrow. In my belly. Most likely he’ll become Ultimate Roasted Broccoli–’cause that’s an awesome way to go. I’m thinking of taking down all my crucifers and regrowing them in August so I don’t spend the summer battling little bugs, and would love any gardening advice.

turtle 14I’ve had a fun visiting turtle, too. He’s not my biggest fan, but I think he (she?) is super cool.

No foxies…they left early this year. Maybe 4 was too big for the hole under the shed? They, or another foxy family are staying with our neighbors and having a grand old time. But that also means we’ve got little chipmonks again! No pictures, but they’re so thoroughly entertaining.

garden 2014Back to the garden. Lots of good stuff, and we’ll see what grows. I’ve got onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins…

toe 2014…and indoor lettuce. I am so not into providing the deer an open salad bar.

So far, the deer have been kind, except they ate my day lilies. The irony, of course, was that the first two were gorgeous, and I spent time admiring them. I wanted to take a picture, but I kept thinking, eh, tomorrow. I’m glad I enjoyed them while they were here…and it’s a nice reminder to cherish the moments.

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Thankful for Support

If you have ever had a small business, you know the drill. You’ve got clients, you’re super busy…and then there’s a week that is quiet. Like, creepy quiet. Everyone seems to get sick or have their car break down or go off to a funeral.

The first quiet day was fantastic. I was loving the time to catch up and take good care of myself. And then that sense of desperation hit. What if this is forever? Can I really make this work? What if I don’t hit my targets?

Is it me? Do I smell? (long sniff). Has G been doing voodoo magic so I stay home with him?

It’s easy to go from wonderful break to overwhelm in just a day or two.

Panic=a sense of hustling and earning worth=things aren’t fun anymore

I was really grateful to see it as it was playing out, and to hang out with my discomfort without harshly judging myself. I was grateful to realize that no matter what, it would be okay.

And so I’m thankful that I do know deep down that the quiet times aren’t personal, sometimes it’s just quirky timing. It’s okay to freak out, too, from time to time…it’s just human nature.

This week, I’m glad that *just like that* work is back to its normal comfortably busy, too.

I’m also grateful for the inspiration from Elizabeth Lesser in her amazing book, “Broken Open.”

“I pray that each of us stays awake as we fall. I pray that we choose to go into the abyss willingly and that our fall is cushioned by faith – faith that at the bottom we will be caught and taught and turned toward the light. I pray that we don’t waste precious energy feeling ashamed of our mistakes, or embarrassed by our flaws. After years of teaching, I know only only a few things for sure. One is this: We are chunks of dense matter that need to be cracked open. Our errors and failings are chinks in the heart’s armor through which our true colors can shine.”

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