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Raw-curious: A whos-who of raw food

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This installment of my raw food series discusses some of the people and brands that focus on raw living. In case you missed it, read some reasons why you might try a raw food diet and essential tools for raw cooking to make the process easier and more enjoyable. As a reminder, I'm not a dietician or medical professional, so please consult with your doctors before changing your eating habits or starting any new diets. Also, this is not a sponsored post or endorsement made in coordination with or paid by any of the brands or individuals mentioned here. 

Bobby Flay. Ina Garten. Emeril Lagasse. Rachael Ray. When it comes to a who's who of cooking, any fans of food could probably also rattle off these familiar names. Those four come to mind first for me, having watched the Food Network since what seems like "day 1"and more precisely, back when the OJ Simpson trial was dominating the news.

Really. I remember this because my mom was, and still is, a fan of anything involving law and politics. We upgraded our cable package so we could have the channels that would cover the Simpson trial 24/7 instead of just the highlights that would come on the evening news.

The Food Network was only included in these higher-priced packages at the timeFoodTV, as it once wasso the perk for little ol' me was that this was now my chance to watch it at home, not just at my grandparent's house. The Essence of Emeril, hosted of course by Emeril Lagasse, was my favorite. And when we got our first family computer (a Packard Belldid anyone else have one of those?!) and printer (a HP and still to this day I have an HP printeralbeit a more modern one ;), I remember printing some of his more complicated recipes that, one day, I hoped to be able to master.

Learning about raw food introduced me to a whole new set of chefs as well as brands, some of which I'd like to share with you. Have a favorite raw chef or brand that's not mentioned here? I'd love to know about them, so leave me a comment!

March 2020 Update – Finding an opportunity to reflect in difficult times

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This post will be a deviation from the normal content that I typically have here, but I hope you don't mind given the circumstances?

If you've followed any type of news recently, you know that we now find ourselves faced with a very serious global health crisis.

If you asked me a year ago, even a month ago, if this is how I would've imagined the year 2020 starting out, I would've looked at you like you had 8 heads and you were talking about a plot line from a new episode of The Walking Dead or a movie that I have yet to see.

No matter how you see this playing out or believe the media, our politicians, or any others are helping address (or not) the situation, it's clear that this is far from business as usual.

Raw-curious: Why you should try a raw food diet

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Originally posted on fuchsia-revolver.org but updated with new content. I thought that this would be an excellent post to reflect on and update as we are approaching the start of yet another new year and new resolutions for healthier, cleaner eating. You can also learn about the whos-who of raw food and tools that make raw food prep easy. I'm not a dietician or medical professional, so please consult with your doctors before changing your eating habits or starting any new diets. Also, this is not a sponsored post or endorsement made in coordination with or paid by any of the brands or individuals mentioned here. 

You may already know that once upon a time, I had a marketing internship at a raw food company. In spite of some of the personalities that I encountered in my month-long journey, working there not only gave me some business experience at the time, a first-hand look at what it took to get a small business off the ground, but also opened my eyes to the world of raw, organic foods.

Raw food is not just uncooked food—it's a little more specific than that if you ask anyone that follows a raw food diet. Typically, any food kept under 104 degrees Fahrenheit is considered "raw". I have also heard that anything under 118 degrees Fahrenheit is considered "raw", too.

Foodie Resolutions for 2017 (Yes, Really…)

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Well. It's been an interesting year, to say the least—part of the reason why I effectively took the better part of this year off from posting—but I won't get into that now. Instead, it's time for foodie goals! 

I went back and forth on what to do for 2017, and whether to do them at all. Ultimately, I decided that, yes, I needed to keep with my tradition and set some. Even though we're 3/4 of the way through the year now (I had good intentions to post this about a month or two ago but, you know, life and all...), I'm determined to make them happen in the months remaining—and have strategically picked some that I think are pretty doable.

My final foodie goals verdict for 2016 was 2 for 5 completed, including making homemade kombucha and aioli. Both were sort-of successful—as in, there were no catastrophes or other things that got in the way of making them—but there was definitely room for improvement on both:

  • I got too busy and, as such, my kombucha fermented too long before I bottled it. I tried it and let's just say that it was drinkable, but not pleasant (womp, womp). I have since gotten off a kombucha kick, probably because I drank too much of it for a while there, but recently had some delicious homemade strawberry-basil kombucha from Greenmouth, which might just change my mind about it again.
  • My aioli had an off taste to it, likely from the oil that I chose; if I remember correctly, it was canola or vegetable oil for general cooking purposes, but I think it had been opened for some time. It definitely was not a fresh bottle, whatever it was. For my next attempt, I'll definitely buy fresh oil; more specifically, I'll make the small investment in safflower or grapeseed oil for a lighter, more neutral taste.

In the interest of time, I'm narrowing down my list to three manageable goals for the rest of this year. Here's what they are.