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Showing posts from October, 2013

kale and sweet potato clam chowder

I've only had chowder two other times before this and it was the creamy, loads of bacon and carbs kind. All the delicious stuff right?  Well this time using milk instead of cream and more sweet potatoes then the mighty white to make a much more lighter healthier version. One that doesn't sacrifice flavor or all the things that make chowder, chowder. 


2 pounds small hard-shelled clams, scrubbed
2 slices smoked bacon, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup corn kernels, from 2 cobs or 1 cup frozen
1 large handful of kale, rinsed and chopped
1 celery stock, chopped
2 1⁄2 cups vegetable or seafood stock, low or no-sodium 
2 1⁄2 cups Natrel lactose free milk
1 1⁄2 cups sweet potato, chopped into 1inch chunks 
1 cup mini-red potatoes, quartered
2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper
juice of one lemon
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1⁄4 bunch scallions, sliced
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp fresh chopped parsle…

Discuss This Food Allergy Research At The Dinner Table Tonight!

My mom and I went to a reunion this summer with her first cousins, ladies I had not met before. On the way to the restaurant, I was telling my mom about my summer research into intestinal flora and fecal transplant.

The poop had definitely been circulating in the news all summer, with the popular science journals joining in:
Why Smokers Gain Weight When They Quit Smoking: Changes in Intestinal FloraGut Infections Keep Mice LeanColorectal Cancer May Be Triggered By Mouth BacteriaBacterial Molecules May Prevent Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseHuman Microbiome Livestream channelSome of My Best Friends Are Germs (New York Times - excellent summary)We ran into the cousins in the parking lot and introductions and hugs were passed around. Just as I'm opening the door to the restaurant, my mom says "so FAB, tell my cousins what you were just telling me about transferring pooh into people's colons." 
Not the ideal way to be introduced. 
But you can see the difficulty. This is an astoni…

Examples of Food Allergy Backlash

I've been pretty busy over the last couple of weeks. So, instead of writing a long blog post, I think I'll just leave a few things here that I've recently run across.

Stores are increasingly putting signs up about allergens. Not all of them are friendly.
This is from an album entitled "Guess What Mark Is Allergic To." His oh-so-helpful co-workers put these notes on food at work.

Someecards has a card for us now.

From Your Food Allergy Is Not My Problem.

Do you guys feel there's more or less of this kind of stuff happening now?

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Pamela Kennedy is Raising Money for SAMH This Weekend

2nd Year Mental Health Nursing student is raising money for SAMH by taking part in the Great Scottish run on 6th October 2013.
Pam's motivation for this challenge is the memory of her uncle Gordon who completed suicide in 2012. Pam says 'Everyday Gordon felt it was a challenge to live with the psychotic disorder schizophrenia which he was diagnoised with in his early 20's. Most importantly, Gordon had a heart of gold and touched the lives of those he came in contact with. He was a true inspiration and I am proud to call him my uncle.' To donate go to  Pam's Just Giving page

Welcome to the Class of 2013!