@vacuvita <3

Long ago, in a Indiegogo campaign beyond memory, I backed a project called Vacuvita. It was an integrated food storage system.

I moved twice during that time, and pretty much figured it was one of those lost things, like Atlantis.

But after three-and-a-half years, it rocked up this past November.

It was worth the wait. Continue reading @vacuvita ❤


Real Good Pizza, greater

I’ve been going through this Real Good Foods Pizza by the case.

For purely empirical reasons of course.

I’m not that selfless, but it’s the perfect thing to eat on those days when there’s nothing much around to eat, and you’re hungry, and this is just about as good as anything you could imagining wanting to eat anyway. Those days, for, example, when you might just have ordered in a pizza, pre-celiac, pre-primal, pre-keto. Continue reading Real Good Pizza, greater

Pizza. Finally. #NotJustGood, it’s @RealGoodPizza_

three boxed pizzas on a half sheet pan

If I ever wind up on death row, I’ll get the best wood-fired traditional pizza ever as my last meal and hope the execution happens quickly before the celiac makes me wish it already had.

There are other gluten-free pizza options, and, let’s face it, I’m not interesting enough to do anything likely to get me a parking ticket, let alone sentenced to death row. So I need alternatives, people.

Continue reading Pizza. Finally. #NotJustGood, it’s @RealGoodPizza_

DaCrema da Crop

My doctor recommended CBD for pain relief. Cannabinoid oil. Yes, from cannabis.

In particular, she mentioned this company, because they use no solvents to extract CBD from industrial hemp. It is legal in all 50 states. It doesn’t make you high. You won’t get the munchies. It can erase pain

I vape it

I put it under my tongue

The lip balm is amazing.

DaCrema Botanicals.


They  follow up each order with a personal email. Then they randomly send me free samples. And information about the status of hemp in the US. No disclaimer here; it just happens. I decided to write about it today because I was so grateful to open up my last order.

I give the free samples to friends with chronic pain, but I hoard the lip balm. Sorry.

In the photo above, I ordered the syringe with the concentrated CBD. The rest they just sent. LIP BALM! (Although the sub-lingual drops are also like gold around here. Got through the flu on them–otherwise falling over  because legs buckle, stabby pain from the chest down, (and other fun MS stuff.)



Pennsylvania Dutch crack — red pepper jelly

hot chile jelly

Red pepper jelly is a staple of the classic PA Dutch repertoire. Sweet or  hot. Clear with a reddish tint to it.

On cream cheese with crackers, oh my. These days I have it on cream cheese on a red pepper square.

The old Ball Jar canning book — the BLUE one–careful how you say that — which everyone had when I was growing up, had a good recipe for this, so I went looking. Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch crack — red pepper jelly

Primal pizza – Mantambre a la pizza

So, after seeing this tantalizing meal on the Food Network, I went for a spin on the internet.

This is a popular snack food in Argentina. There are many recipes out there for how to make it.

Meat pizza.

Flank steak, cut in half horizontally, or pounded thin. Continue reading Primal pizza – Mantambre a la pizza

Pear, meet jar

jam in jars

I’ve had a pretty crappy summer with some mishaps at work that made me stressed, overheated, and angry. So I slept most weekends, or sewed things to calm down. What didn’t happen was canning much in the way of jams and preserves. It’s a hot business that keeps you on your feet for a couple of hours. Was not in the mood, to put it mildly.

Now that the weather is crisp (finally) I got guilted into doing some canning.

Guilted by remarks like this:

“oh, my family really looks forward to those jams you make for the holidays”

“we save those jams you make for the weekend and eat them with cheese and crackers and a good wine”

“what flavors of jam are you making this year?”

I suspect a plot. Continue reading Pear, meet jar

Memorial Day, American cheese

It’s gone from chilly to steamy swamp where I live.

Health crisis. MS symptoms all over the place.

I wanted a burger on Memorial day — bison, in my case, in the James Beard fashion with salt, pepper, and some pulverized yellow onion, with juice. Plus, I caramelized some other white onions, with a splash of balsamic at the end, and added that to the raw meat for extra moisture. With two cheeses on top. Real cheddar, and melt-y American over. Grilled on a two-burner stove grill pan, medium-rare, flipping once before cheese.

That was yummy.

The star of the day, though was sweet potatoes. I made a salad, using the recipe I usually do, mayonnaise-mustard based with some pickle. Continue reading Memorial Day, American cheese

More Thrive love — yeah, I have trouble with math too

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OK, they forgot a zero or their algorithm went south. I expect I’ve saved several hundred since January.

I know it’s the internet meme to have your cat sit in the empty Thrive box for a post photo.

I live in a “pet-free” zone. So, here’s the best I can do:


I also try to do unboxing photos with each exquisitely packaged order. Instead, I rip into the box like a deranged wolf looking for the meat sticks.

Hey, nobody’s perfect.

Update: 5/7/16 — next order on the way:

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That’s more like it.

Continue reading More Thrive love — yeah, I have trouble with math too

Long weekend

I mean loooong weekend.

To which I was very much looking forward.

I knew I was getting my garden plants. I was also expecting a furniture delivery: tall leather upholstered headboards I’ve been lusting after for three years. They finally went on sale. A month later, I was really getting them. Thrilled.

After a year and a half in this apartment, I wanted to take advantage of my “extra” day to get my balcony all fixed up so I could sit out there and have a nice glass of wine and relax. Perhaps while looking at my new plants.

I moved two Christmases ago, and was still so knackered by early spring, I skipped the pot plants last summer. Now, I had pots, a plan, plants out for delivery –and was ready.

Here’s what happened. Continue reading Long weekend

More eggs baked in meat

It’s a compulsion. I can’t help myself.

No, not really, it’s leftover from this:


Prosciutto baked to a crisp with some seasoning. The crispiest crunchy thing I’ve been able to achieve with meat-crackers. The even get crisper and more shatter-y as they cool. Meat Doritos. Take these things to a chips and dips event and they will be devoured by the glutenous. Eat your share first.


Healthy gut bacteria can reduce symptoms of Celiac in children following a gluten-free diet

Good health,  good gut environment. There seems to be no end to these findings.

Do you know a child with celiac? Are they having trouble avoiding discomfort–despite following a gluten-free diet? (Cross-reactions are possible with other foods that are molecularly similar to gluten.)

Probiotics might help.

Read more from ProThera (Klaire Labs).






KO for BO, aluminum-free

I’ m three years into a concerted search for a natural product to rival my favorite antiperspirant. That product  is “clinical strength,” marketed for women, and is pretty much like aluminum-siding  your underarms. You don’t sweat, you don’t smell, and you can even skip a few days like they say on the commercial. It’s pretty much my last holdout in the supermarket toiletries aisle.

I know this can’t be good for you. Particularly since it’s used close to lymph nodes, breasts, and other cancer-prone body parts. So, every once in a while I try to find something more natural.

Something that actually works. Continue reading KO for BO, aluminum-free

Furniture scratches? Nuts.

This idea via #ThriveMarket, and a blog post on how to get rid of scratches in furniture using — a walnut.

A beautiful table my father made me (coincidentally of walnut wood) looks great, but scratches easily. I keep getting a fine network of superficial scratches that are very obvious with anything I put on top. Continue reading Furniture scratches? Nuts.

Study on Old Order Amish reveals link between metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome

This is hardly news — it’s another feather in a pile that weighs a ton.

If you have read Dr. David Perlmutter’s book BrainMaker, you may have been struck by his account of a gut war going on between two bacterial strains: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes.

This battle has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic. Continue reading Study on Old Order Amish reveals link between metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome