st. patrick’s day

When I think about St. Patrick’s Day I think about a few things:

  • Corned Beef
  • Green Beer (although I don’t think I’ve ever even had it)
  • The Taster

Why the Taster? His red hair and Irish blood of course!


This year, between my travels and his, we decided on a rather low-key celebration at home.  On the plane ride home I was reading Vegetarian Times and found a few easy dishes that could be be quickly put together. Then I de-vegetarianized it by adding mini reubens. It had to be done.

On the Menu Tonight –

Salt & Vinegar Potato Bites - recipe via Vegetarian Times

Ploughman’s Platter - inspiration via Vegetarian Times

Rye Bread, Irish Butter, Irish Cheese, Pickles, English Mustard, Radishes and Carrots

Mini Reubens

Mini Cocktail Rye Bread Squares + Swiss Cheese + Sauerkraut + Shaved Corned Beef + Thousand Island Dressing

How are you celebrating St Patrick’s Day?

Here is a little history of what you’re celebrating. :)

expo west 2011 findings

Welcome to the crazy world of the Natural Products Expo West. There were many new and notable products – ranging from food, drink, body/cleaning products, supplements and crazy other products that aren’t even categorizable.

I must say that Expo is a completely different experience when walking the show rather than being at a booth.

(And I must admit that it was rather nice and much less stressful.)


Here are some of the Notable Products that I found:

  • Go Picnic: adorable, healthy snack packs for kids or adults!

  • Stonyfield Greek Style Yogurt: thick and creamy with more protein than regular yogurt, but less tartness. I’m still a sugar-hater in yogurt but this was delicious. :)

  • Larabar Blueberry Muffin: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this variety but I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe calling it a “Blueberry Muffin” threw me off a bit…

  • So Delicious No Sugar Coconut Ice Cream and Coconut Greek Yogurt: I sadly was not a fan of either of these products – the ice cream tasted like sugar alcohol and the yogurt was not thick like a greek yogurt. I’ll continue to buy the Coconut Milk Ice Cream that is sweetened with agave. :)
  • Jamba Juice & Zola Superfruit Shots: A quick swig of vitamins and antioxidants in delicious juice – perfect for kids.

  • Cakeheads Whoopie Pies: These were amazing (and adorable) with flavors like brown butter and pumpkin. I want some for my wedding. Seriously.

  • Two Mom’s in the Raw: Almond Butter Cacao Truffles – raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free and handmade. They explain themselves and tasted amazing.
  • Wafu Ginger Carrot Dressing: You know that dressing served at sushi restaurants? This is it. I can’t wait.

  • Three Twins Ice Cream: Organic, creamy ice cream with flavors like Dad’s Cardamom and Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi (a splash of balsamic vinegar adds a special little something) sold me!

  • Lunch Skins: I reuse my plastic baggies, but using these will eliminate them! (And they are much cuter!)

  • AcroYoga: Absolutely amazing – they were performing with a dreaded dj at the Aura Cacia booth.

Whew – that was a lot of eating. :) I can’t wait to start seeing these products in stores. Hope you enjoyed my Expo West findings!

national potato chip day & clam dip (giveaway)

It’s National Potato Chip Day! Potato chips always get a really bad rap. And I just don’t always agree with it. I mean, most of the ingredient lists are really simple, containing very few, real ingredients. Yes, there is oil. But I’m really not scared of oil and a little fat. Especially if it is something really satisfying. :)

So today I want to share a recipe with you that is a family classic. It’s something we have EVERY Christmas (it really wouldn’t be Christmas without it) and always makes me think of my Grandma.  This is her recipe, passed down to me through my Mom and Aunt and now I’m here to share it with you.

Clam Dip

  • 2 – 8 oz packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • juice from one lemon
  • 12 oz minced clams, reserve liquid
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • potato chips

Whip cream cheese with a fork until smooth and fluffy. *This is a very important step!

Add lemon juice and whip again until smooth.

Add minced clams, Worcestershire sauce and mix, adding reserved clam juice to taste.

Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour and serve with potato chips.



Don’t be scared. As bizarre as it sounds, I promise it’s tasty. Just don’t blame me when moderation goes out the window. It really is hard to stop. ;)

TERRA Chips would also like to send you some of their Blues Potato chips! (The clam dip is completely optional ;) ) TERRA Blues are grown at the La Joie Growers and have recently partnered with jetBlue – TERRA Blues will be served on every jetBlue flight! I like them because they are thick, crunchy and beautiful!  You can also enter to win a vacation to Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa here.

To win the chips – leave a comment below telling me your favorite kind of chips! (If you like me on FB, follow me on twitter or subscribe to my blog you can have additional entries, just let me know.)

I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday!

Disclosure: Terra Chips sent me product to review. Opinions are my own.


Edited to Add: Congrats to #8 – Janetha of Meals & Moves! Please send me your mailing address: