Sunday, October 12, 2014

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta -- If You Are Thinking of Giving a F#ck About Your Diet!



I was at the gym the other day when Rachael Ray was on. I never see her show, but glad I saw it this day because the authors of the Thug Kitchen cookbook were on.   I particularly love them because they swear a lot.  The delicious subtitle of their book is "Eat Like You Give a F#ck."  Good times.

So, I tried this.  It is insanely creamy, but has a good lemony fresh bite to it.  Warning: I doubled the recipe, but wouldn't recommend using 6 cloves of garlic if you double it.  Still it's a groovy recipe and if you want to check out.  And, there are plenty of yummy gluten free pastas to use if you want to do the gluten free/vegan thing. 

Here's the recipe:

http://rach.tv/1xHFROK


Buon Vegappetito!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

5 Minute Fish Tacos + 3 Ingredient Saladissima - More Trader Joe's LOVE!



I admit it.  I am addicted to the Roasted Corn found at Trader Joe's.  The uses for it are endless!  Throw it in your next cornbread recipe!!!  Throw it in in soups, chilis, stews or salads.  It has a lot more depth of flavor than most frozen or canned corns. I most often strip cobs of corn into my dishes, but rarely have time to run out and roast them when I'm whipping up a quick lunch or dinner.  Roasted corn is the BEST.  The fact that you don't have to sweat over it or burn your fingers accidentally is the piece de resistance.

The above salad is THREE INGREDIENTS, folks!    All found at Trader Joe's -- coleslaw, roasted corn and frozen tilapia.  Can you add tomatoes, cheese, avocado, etc.  OF COURSE!   But isn't it nice to have a simple recipe at your finger tips.  Also, you really enjoy the flavors even more when you have fewer ingredients.

If you feel like having a fish taco instead, just throw it in a warmed up tortilla. My favorite tortilla is not found at Trader Joe's, but is found in most stores, including Whole Foods and Pavilions: Mi Rancho Organic Corn Tortillas.  I get the slider size and throw on gas stove flame, flipping a few times to get them nice and toasty.

To make the Saladissima:

  • Tilapia Fillets
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Frozen Roasted Corn
You can be supremely lazy and put a pre-made dressing on it, which will be yummy too.  This is what I do:
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lime
  • Salt
  • Herbs  (see below)

Throw Tilapia Fillets on George Foreman Grill (or whatever device you would use -- I like the grill because it makes the outside crunchy).  Throw some frozen corn in microwave to thaw + warm.  While those are heating up, throw the cabbage in a bowl with a little Red Wine Vinegar, olive oil (very little needed), lime juice, salt and herbs.  About the time you are done with that, the corn will be done, and soon thereafter the fish!  Voila, 5 minutes to Saladissima!

And, again, if you want tacos, just put the salad in a tortilla or shell!




At the Duty Free on my way back from Italy, I found this priceless gem, a mixed herb concoction of dried garlic, parsley, peppers + more.  I highly recommend picking a bunch up for yourself and friends if you happen to be coming back from Italy.  Pop into the Duty Free if only for this reason!



Buon Tilapia Appetito to All!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Fall! Trader Joe's Bliss Offerings




Fall isn't my favorite season. I'm a Spring chick.  Love me some Spring!  But, Trader Joe's is easing my transition into Fall with two new offerings, one of which I was recently wishing could be found in their frozen vegetable section: Roasted Corn! 

I usually dislike corn that is not fresh.  Last week I was adding corn to a salad and wishing I had had time to roast it first.  It would have been so much better.  Well, this is a phenomenal substitute for fresh grilled corn.  It has the smoky flavor, and the just perfectly cooked (i.e., not overcooked, mushy, or soggy) kernels.



And, then this vegetarian delight:  Spinach & Kale Balls.  They taste shockingly like my homemade spinach gnocchi.  They are light and delicious. 




Throw that all together with some lettuce, yellow tomato, avocado, fresh lemon, herbs and salt and you have a "Welcome to Fall, Bridget" Salad.



Yum.

Buon Fall Appetito!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

60's Labor Day!



The theme was 60's and I knew I had to use the peaches that were at their absolute peak of ripeness.  I thought grilling them and serving with ice cream would be most amazing for a Labor Day barbeque.   But what's 60's about that?  Maybe add Cool Whip?  Not groovy enough.

The peaches were actually in this vintage large glass perfect-for-trifle vessel that I had recently purchased.   So, a trifle it was.  I merged a couple recipes I found and did this!

Trifle-a-Go-Go

Ingredients

6 peaches sliced
1.5 pints raspberries
1.5 pints strawberries sliced
2 packages of instant vanilla bean pudding
2 tubs of Cool Whip
Sponge Cake and/or Angel Food Cake (I used both but one or the other is great)
Raspberry Jam
Frangelico

Optional (and not photographed here)
Grilled half peaches
Grated chocolate


Prepare the pudding.  I added Frangelico (several tablespoons for me, but to taste for you) to cut the sweetness and add another layer of flavor. 

Set aside some of the most beautiful specimens of fruit to decorate the top of the trifle.

Spread sponge cake with a layer of raspberry jam (not necessary but one of the guests at the party had made homemade raspberry jam so I thought it would be great to add).  Lay it down as first layer.  Add layer of fruits, being careful to lay some up against the side of the glass to make it pretty (you can see I forgot to do this with the first layer of fruit -- oops!).  Then add layer of pudding.  Then Cool Whip.  Then I did a layer of angel food cake, fruit, pudding, Cool Whip.  Then repeat it all over again...until you reach the top!

Refrigerate for a few to several hours to let it all seep together.

I did add half a grilled peach to the top of everyone's serving -- again to cut the sweetness of all these ingredients. It put it over the top for me.  Then a little shaved bittersweet chocolate just to make it look a tad more adorable...and then....

Put on the Beatles and chow down!

Buon Groovissima Appetito!



Friday, August 29, 2014

Laziest Delicious-ist Thing to Do with Your End of Summer Tomatoes




If you are lucky, when you make this recipe, you will have a guest who matches the soup and the bowl you serve it in... you know, if you are lucky!

This recipe is absolutely the easiest gazpacho recipe you will ever see.  And, have you tasted the yellow tomatoes that are out these days?  Deliciosa.

The recipe is from the August 2014 Food & Wine: Golden Gazpacho with Avocado.

I threw in some cilantro as well -- if your guests don't think it tastes like soap.

Buon End of Summer Appetito Everyone!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lazy Most Scrumptious Vodka Tonic (or Gin & Tonic)

 
My friends made me the best Vodka Tonic I have ever had.  Yes, we were sitting poolside under the Super Full Moon.  Yes, the company was hilarious and lovely.  Yes, the Vodka was perfect too. But this Tonic Water is nothing short of inspired. 
 
Perfect Lazy End of Summer Drink...whether you mix with gin, vodka... or your alcoholic weapon of choice that buddies well with tonic...YUM!
 
 
 

 
 
Check out their equally inspired site:  Fever-Tree Tonic Water

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lazy Selfies for Your Future You

I am not big on selfies because I've had a hard enough time getting good pictures of myself that were posed.   

But this was an important selfie for me to take.  I was on vacation, laying next to the pool. It was warm so even though I had only about 10 minutes earlier gotten out of the pool, my hair was quickly drying as I enjoyed my book.  It was a perfect day.  Nearby were very dear friends also lounging, sunning, reading, quietly resting, eating, drinking, preparing to jump in the pool...It was pure bliss.  Every once in a quiet while we would break into conversation, one person would read an excerpt of their book or magazine article, or offer to get everyone food or drink.

It was one of my favorite days ever.



Moments before I took this photo I thought I would like to document myself in my supremely relaxed state.  And, while my eyes look squinched, I know it's because of the sun making its way through the umbrella above me, not due to any true tension. 

I love seeing this photo now because I remember precisely how I felt when I took it.  I remember how thick and warm the air was, how my wet hair  and swimsuit cooled me, how the cicadas sang loudly in perfect unison in the olive trees surrounding the villa, how the lounge chair was perfectly supportive yet soft, how my book lay on my lap, and in the distance I heard the tiny clinks of someone making food in the kitchen.  Every single need was met and I was surrounded by love.

So this photo is a touchstone for me.  If I find myself getting tense, losing ground, or needing an internal shift,  I can look at this photo because that moment is still inside me.  Right now.  It's still there.

All our moments are -- if we want to tap into them for extra juice in a very different moment -- well I call that a perfect Lazy Woman way to cause a shift.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lazy Woman Health Tip of the Century -- Thanks to Katie Hendricks!

 
 
 

I went to a Hendricks Institute workshop with Katie Hendricks this weekend.  I'll be writing a HuffPo article about the UNBELIEVABLE course soon, but in the meantime had to share this life-affirming, love-generating workout tip.

I'm sure you've seen mentions on the interwebs of how studies are now showing that sitting is more harmful to our health than even cigarette smoking. 

Most of us have to sit for at least a good portion of our days in front of a computer.  Well, during our workshop Katie perched on one of the above screwy-looking stools: the ergoErgo stool (which I found conveniently located at my local Container Store, but that you can find all over on the web).   She was constantly moving - rocking, twisting, bouncing slightly even.  Her spine, joints and even abs were getting a gentle workout the entire time.

Now the Hendricks work is centered around creating "flow" in our lives and hearts, so it is no surprise that Katie would be able to eloquently speak to all of the benefits of getting our asses out of chairs.  What got me was Katie talking about having excellent energy even at the end of a long day because of the movement.  It does, people, it GIVES YOU ENERGY to rock and roll and frolic on this thing all day long! 

I got back late last night from the workshop.  But I wasted no time getting my orange (they come in black and blue also) tuffet.  I have been delightfully energized all day long, and will have no problem continuing my work even later into this night.

I can't more highly recommend getting some sort of tuffet-like perch for yourself.  Some people sit on big exercise balls.  That didn't appeal to me. I'm pretty certain I would fall.  In her office, Katie has a Swopper, which I may end up with down the line, but I wanted to try this first and see if I could deal without a back to my chair.  Didn't miss it one bit today, and I can't imagine I will in the future.  But I really dig how this looks, feels and works on me and for me.

My posture is better than it ever is in a chair, which is icing on the cake.  My abs are getting a gentle little workout, as you naturally pull them in when you rock around.  AND, for those of you chicks with tight hips and blocked sexual energy....watch out!  This is a delicious little opener. 

So it's a Lazy Woman's answer to many common ills -- not to mention aging!  Greasing the joints with movement is a recipe for lazy aging.

Lazy Woman Extraordinaire: Kathy Eldon's Guide to Loss



Kathy Eldon has always been one of my heroes.  Now, I identify her as an honest to got Superhero of Love.  Check out my Huffington Post piece about her. 

She's a superhero and she's also Lazy, i.e., she has her priorities straight -- following her heart and inner guidance every step of the navigation through an extraordinary loss. 

Click on the link for inspiration for yourself or perhaps others who might benefit greatly from her book In the Heart of Life.



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Lazy Beauty Tip

I stumbled on a lazy beauty tip in Italy:  be easily amused and enthused....


Huffington Post Article: Oh To Be Easily Amused & Enthused


Me and my friends being easily amused by someone taking our photo in front of the Vatican late one night....bliss!

 


Saturday, July 05, 2014

What Puts the HAPPIE in the 4th of July?

 

 
 
My grandma made amazing pies and jams.  She lived in a tiny town in Michigan and no matter what time of year I went to visit her, it felt like the 4th of July.  I was there for the Bicentennial and it felt very similar to how my small town Fourths feel today.  There is nothing like starting the day with a Mayberry-like parade full of people of all ages, shapes, sizes and talent ratios.  Joy!
 
But grandma's most memorable contributions to the 4th of July -- and every day -- were her homemade baked goods and jams made from ingredients plucked from her garden.  Sadly, somehow her pie and jam recipes (that everyone promised would never disappear) have fallen into a family communication abyss, so my quest for the perfect fruit pie  (and jam) recipe continues.  This year I was determined to make a pie that would make my grandma proud. 
 
When I lived in New York I made pies for a while for restaurants.  I was a purist: only butter in the crusts and definitely no tapioca in the fruit pie fillings.   Shortening and tapioca were considered cheating.  Let the pure natural ingredients of the butter and fruits tell the perfect pie story.  But sometimes this makes for soggy crusts or fallen flutes, so I had to work hard to make perfect pies worthy of sale. 
 

My friend Bob loves Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for his birthday and we celebrated late this year, on 4th of July.   So, the quest for the perfect pie was even more crucial. I googled "best pie crust for fruit pies" and found Ruth's Grandma's Pie Crust.  It is quite possible that this is also my Grandma's crust recipe!  My dad had thought grandma only used Crisco and no butter in her pies and now I'm certain he is correct.  It is divine, crispy, flaky and oh so easy to work with.   It freaks me out to use shortening, but la di da, because it makes for a perfect fricking crust!



 

 

I loooooved last year's pie filling but I really wanted this pie to be beyond perfect so I thought I'd try something new.  I googled "best strawberry-rhubarb pie ever" and found "Grandma's Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie."  My grandma strikes again!  This recipe calls for tapioca, and I am pretty sure now that my grandma used tapioca.  The notes from other fans said that they put in 1/2 again as much or double the tapioca.  Well, I did double it, but I also, shockingly (never done this for any recipe before) doubled the fruit because I saw it wasn't going to fill the pie.  So, my twist on this recipe is double both plus I put in grated fresh nutmeg as taught to me by Beth Setrakian of Beth's Babies.   She is a genius baker and freshly grated nutmeg in a fresh fruit pie is a kiss of deliciousness.

 

Before it popped into the oven:




Hot out of the oven and driven over to Bob's (hence the little wads of foil to keep it stable), the finished product:



Another fun recipe for the 4th that kind of popped into my head turned out to be a hit at the post-parade lunch:  one can of frozen limeade (melted in fridge ahead) + 2 bottles of Ginger Beer + 2 large bottles of Seltzer Water + one bag of frozen mixed berries.  Drinkers can add Vodka to make it super yummy.   Check for sweetness though...you may want to add more seltzer water.  Very refreshing!

 
Buon Summer Appetito to All!
 
And, here's to GRANDMAS!!!!!!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Lovely Lazy Zhena


More loveliness from Zhena.  Her book trailer is a huge unbelievable WOW (filmed by the inimitable Mikki Willis) that really gives you the heart and soul of her book. 

Check it out:
http://vimeo.com/97392698


Just watching the video will give you a lovely lazy respite from your day....

Password: elevate

Love!!!!
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zhena Muzyka: The Essence of Lazy Woman

Please check out my recent HuffPo article about Zhena, a woman who can be a guiding light to all of us in how she lives life to the fullest no matter what the circumstances.  


Prepare to be inspired by her new book.

Lazy love to all!



Monday, April 21, 2014

My Inner 5 Year Old in Dinner Party Heaven



When my co-author Judie O'Neill casually told me about the title that had come to her in the middle of the night -- The Lazy Woman's Guide to Just About Everything -- I was in the middle of writing a book about throwing dinner parties with ease.  Immediately I realized that a book with her title would be my book on steroids, and was a far better idea.

Still, we put plenty of dinner party tips in the book even though everyone accuses me of being anything BUT lazy when it comes to entertaining.   I protest though.  They are lazy because I define lazy as "less stress + more joy." These parties fill me with joy and I create them with as little stress as possible. On my birthday this year I spent the day at the spa and had a dinner party that night!  

It's all about setting priorities, and just ticking off the to do lists that make the priorities a reality.   I love trying to make the most delicious meal I've ever made.  But my #1 priority is the table because my feeling is that if things look great, people won't notice the things that don't taste quite right.  I never hit a home run with every single thing I serve. But who cares?  They are too distracted by colors and candles!

I usually set my table two or three days ahead.  I shop for the food but don't start cooking until the table is set.  Then I know that I have "built it" and therefore they will come.  


These photos were actually taken the night I set the table for last week's party -- three days ahead!  I added several finishing touches the day of the party, which I also always do, but I would rather be caught with the food not finished than a table not fully set.

The reason goes back to my 5th Christmas.  As I walked sleepily toward the living room I heard the hushed whispers of my parents. I was worried that their hushed tones were cause for concern because the house was very dark.  Too dark.

I got to the doorway of the living room and saw the most magnificent thing I had ever seen in my life. Just to the right of the entry way, glowing wondrously in the dark was a children's sized buffet, ivory with gold trim.  On top of the buffet were silver candelabras holding the tallest more glorious gold candlesticks.  It seems like a see of gold and light to me. 

I burst into tears because I had never seen anything so magical.  I was stunned to touch it and find out that everything was plastic.  It didn't make it any less luxurious.  It was still the most elegant buffet I had ever seen.  My mom didn't even have an adult sized one as cool as this.  It was as good as solid gold.  

When we gathered around the Hot Fudge Sundae station last week, with those candles lighting up everyone's faces, I was sent right back to my 5th Christmas. 




I don't need a fancy buffet.  In fact I think the top of this metal bar table actually IS plastic (I thought it was wood when I bought it!) and it doesn't make a damn bit of difference because once those candles are lighting the faces of my guests I get to feel like my parents must have felt that Christmas morning.  

I am forever grateful to the love of my mom and dad for creating magical moments like these, and my greatest LAZY joy is creating them for others.









Monday, March 24, 2014

Best Hummus Ever -- Easy Peasy and Springy Green!!!

 

I love making hummus and am always trying new recipes, but mostly I wing it on my own.  But for my Indian dinner party on Saturday, I was looking for some creative hors d'oeuvres.  I forgot to grab a picture of mine, which was an even more lucious green than pictured here.  I served it with carrots and pita chips instead of regular pita because I love the crunch of the chips.

I doubled the recipe for 8 people but had plenty left over for two more people to have some the next day.  I didn't double the olive oil (I did 1.5) and I didn't double the peppers which leads to the only warning about this recipe.

If your guests do not like spicy food, they may not like this.  I didn't double the peppers because I had one pregnant woman coming and one person who doesn't like spicy foods in general, but it was still a little too spicy for both of them.  For the rest of us, it was perfect though!  I think it would have been too overpowering if I had doubled the peppers though. It would have definitely overwhelmed the delicate sesame flavor.

Also, in the video below Manjula adds water when it was a little dry.  I added more lemon juice which I highly recommend. 

Finally, this is the first hummus I think I have made without Tahini.  You put in whole toasted sesame seeds and the olive oil instead.  It's much lighter and more refreshing.

And, man oh man is this easy to throw together in a food processor -- 10 minutes all in!  And it's super healthy with all that spinach and very little oil. 
 

Click here for Manjula's Recipe  and to watch her make it!  Or click here for youtube video only to Watch Manjula Make the Hummus!!!

Namaste!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LAUGHTER Comes in Very Handy When Your Ass is Being Kicked



The second time I came up from behind to pass this guy I had to take a picture of him because he won BEST MARATHON BIB!  If you can't read it, it says "ADELE NAZEEM" in honor of the Travolta Oscar epic snafu. 

I wish I had had the fortitude to take more pictures the entire way, but I was listening to music and accidentally calling and Face-timing people so I thought it best to keep my sweaty palms away from my phone as much as possible.

There was a guy running in a Gumby suit.  It looked hilarious but made me want to cry for him because it was so hot. 

But had to share this most entertaining best signs along the route by the hilarious and fun spectators:

  • Remember 4 months ago this seemed like a GREAT IDEA!
  • Don't forget:  you PAID for this!
  • I don't know you. You are a complete stranger. BUT, I know you can do it!
  • 1 out of 100 people crap their pants.  Smile if you are 1 in a 100.
  • Smile if you pee'd a little.
Thank God, the last two did not apply to me -- only I'm sure via the miracle train I was on that also had me not have a single injury or blister!

And, just for good measure, the most heart-warming moments: 
  • Little girl - 3 or 4 years old -- with her teeny tiny hand held out for us to high-five her.
  • Little girl -- 5 or 6 years old -- blowing bubbles on us.
  • Women and men alike who held my gaze toward the end and really meant it when they said "Bridget, you've got this!"
  • People standing alone just constantly applauding the runners, like it was their duty. 
  • The Taiko drummers who were doing marathon drumming with all their hearts and souls - non-stop, high energy -- with beaming smiles on their faces!  BEAMING!
So the purpose of this post:  if you ever wanted to run a marathon, do it because there is a lot of laughter out there to feed your Energizer bunny battery. 


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Cruciferous Deliciousness -- New Goodies from Trader Joe's!

 
 
There are some very exciting new items at Trader Joe's.  I just yesterday discovered the Cruciferous Crunch Collection, have been delighting in the ease of the quinoa (which I am trying to increase in my diet, so this really helps!) and the shaved Manchego which I have had for a while.  I'm used to eating Manchego with bread or crackers or olives. It's one of my favorite cheeses.  But, it is very subtle for salads.  I hadn't found the right salad use for it yet, but today I invented one that really hit all the marks for flavor, but also is incredibly healthy.



Ingredients to Taste
 
Cruciferous Crunch
Quinoa
Manchego
Beets
Cucumber
Walnuts
Balsamic Vinegar (for a little sweetness)
Red Wine Vinegar
Olive Oil
Maldon Salt (for another crunch)
 
 
I had avocados and dried cranberries, etc. which I had thought it might need to balance out all that cruciferocity but this salad has the perfect amount of bitter, savory, tart, sweet and crunch without them.  It was delicious and I have to say very energizing.  I was having a major energy crash due to having eaten too little after a good cross-training workout.  Solved.  There is nothing better than being ENERGIZED by a meal that tastes unbelievably good.
 
Buon Healthy Appetito!
 



Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy 70th Birthday Judie O'Neill!!!!!



This is Judie blowing out her birthday candle yesterday which was her actual birthday commemorating what looks like her DE-aging!  She looks literally fantastic amazing oh my god so beautiful!

And, recently in honor of this new decade beginning, she started a wonderful blog.  YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT!!!! 


Click her to go to Judie's blog STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN


You will see when you do that this is beginning of a truly great adventure -- and she will be doing it in consummate Lazy Woman fashion!!! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDIE!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Unbelievably Lazy + Delicious Hot Fudge Sauce



It happened again.  I found the best recipe by googling "best hot fudge sauce ever"!

Seriously easy.  Hauntingly delicious.  You will not be able to get the memory of the flavor out of your brain.  Yes, it's that good.

Do you see how it hardens just a little bit on the ice cream?  Not too much, just the right amount of ice cream hugging goin' on.

This would make awesome Christmas presents.  Put in pretty jars with a bow.  My friends will very likely be getting this next year...if they are lucky, if they are very, very lucky!

The recipe: Best Hot Fudge Sauce EVER!

Buon Chocappetito!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lazy Beauty Tip: Solve Eczema + Perioral Dermatitis NOW!





For over 10 years I have waged an on-and-off battle with perioral dermatitis.  In the last year it's been a bloody war.  Most of 2013 you would find my skin very red and clearly inflamed around my nose and mouth.  It even ventured up to around my eyes.  I didn't want to see people, and definitely didn't want to be in front of groups of people doing presentations as I often.  I would see people staring at it and then start itching their own skin.  So, not only did I feel unattractive but I was making people itch!

This is a common condition for perimenopausal women, solved mostly by Western drugs that have their own side effects.  I have also tried every homeopathic, herbal remedy known to man.  Nothing worked more than for a short respite from extreme irritation.   Younger people can get it as a result of sodium lauryl sulfates or other allergies.  This was not my case, even though I did eliminate all known causes and allergens.

A few friends quoted Louise Hay's "You Can Heal Your Life" book which is a personal favorite of my own, telling me I must be like all skin irritations: you are angry.  I searched and searched for any unrecognized deep-seated anger and didn't find anything.  Not that I'm not ever angry, or that I don't have recurring anger, but none of it is hidden or gravely under-expressed.

When perimenopausal women get it, they can also watch the fluctuations from bad to worse as their hormones shift like moving targets.   After investigating every avenue and knowing my hormones were not going to completely stabilize anytime soon, I thought I was doomed to endless years of bad skin.  This, I thought, was my just reward for having had an acne-free puberty.

Well, my genius accupuncturist, Marsha Connor, O.D., was not going to ever give up this fight.   Just over two weeks ago  I was in her office bemoaning the fact that I felt like it was unsolvable.  We had tried it all.  she gave me a sample she had received from Kamwo Dermcare.  It is meant to treat eczema, but because perioral dermatitis shares similar causes (in Chinese medicine, damp heat) she thought it might work, and that it was fortuitous that a sample had arrived and that I was the perfect patient to test it. 

I put it on immediately in her office and instantly felt relief.  This had happened before.  It feels good, but the relief is fleeting and it never goes away completely.  But by the following day I knew this was different.  Slowly over the course of these two weeks it has retreated, day by day.  Today my skin is almost completely perfect.  In one or two more days it will be perfect.  It's nothing short of a miracle after what felt like an endless battle.

I have a friend who has had chronic eczema.  Again, nothing has helped her solve it long term.  I called her a week into using Kamwo, when I could see there was no question I was going to be completely healed.  I sent her a photograph of my face and she was blown away.  She bought it immediately and only a few days into her treatment she already sees a dramatic difference.  She too is seeing the remarkable day-by-day retreat of symptoms, like the eczema army is laying down its swords.

So, if you know anyone plagued by perioral dermatitis or eczema (or acne as they also have a remedy for that, which would at least be worth a shot, and likely a very hopeful one) have them go to the Kamwo site: https://www.kamwostore.com/Dermcare-Eczemacare-A-p/kdc15101.htm.  The remedies are so inexpensive too - $15.95 for a large jar (likely a several months' supply).

Here's to LAZY solutions to the problems we think will never end.  Let this be the year that you bump into lazy solutions to chronic issues with grace and ease!








Monday, January 06, 2014

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lazy Way to Deal With Pain -- Physical, Emotional or Spiritual

The holidays have a knack for bringing up pain, even if only in the renewed awareness of those that we have lost.  I read a book recently by Sharon Anne Klingler that has been helping me prepare for my first marathon, both physically and emotionally. 

The book is called "POWER WORDS" and the author gives us Power Words, Trigger Words and Uplifting Words, to be used according to our need.  Inspired by this book I stumbled upon one for myself that has been very helpful to me. 

I wrote an article about it for the Huffington Post.  I hope it comforts you in some way: http://huff.to/1c1SiMo.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Best ____ Recipe EVER!



When I search for recipes I always google the "best [fill in the blank] recipe ever."  Usually within the first five hits, I have the magic one. 

Last week I wanted to make a warm wintry soup.  I wasn't in the mood for mushroom, and had just recently made squash soup.  But I really craved both of those ingredients actually.  So, I was delighted to find that the Best Winter Soup Ever had both of these yummy ingredients, plus kale, white northern beans and tomatoes, among other yummies.

This really is the Best Winter Soup Ever.  It hails from Alton Brown.  It isn't often anymore that a recipe gets a full 5 stars.  This one does:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/winter-vegetable-soup-recipe/index.html

And, oh my god look what I found when I was googling the recipe!  A video from none other than Brown saying that this is the BEST THING HE EVER MADE! 

Even he knows!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSeol9RNyhU

Buon Winter Appetito!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Super Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake...um, yeah, it's perfect for the Holidays!

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My uncle's favorite dessert is Pumpkin Cheesecake and since he drove a long way to our Thanksgiving celebration he deserved his fave.  So I looked for the top-rated Pumpkin Cheesecake and it was Paula Deen's (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe/index.html).

It was amazing.  I didn't quite have enough graham cracker crumbs so I substituted about 1/3 cup of the 1 3/4 total in pecans for the crust.  Yum, and the texture didn't suffer one bit.  I brought the crust up about halfway up the sides. 

It is not a disgustingly heavy cheesecake as one would imagine by looking at the ingredients and its chef source. It is light -- really light.   And it really is pumpkin-y even though I thought it didn't seem like enough pumpkin to make a difference. But it is yummy light pumpkin-y delight!  For Christmas I would add a warm cranberry sauce over it for color and holiday sprucing.

For Thanksgiving it was perfect exactly as it was. 

Only warning about cheesecakes if you've never made one before -- don't overbake it. It should be shaking in the middle.  The baking completes once you take it out of the oven.  It's not intuitive, so just thought I should mention just in case!

And, don't be scared of the recipe.  It's unbelievably fast to throw together.  The baking time is what takes long.  This is LAZY DELICIOUSNESS.

Buon Holiday Appetito!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Looking for Thanksgiving Light Fare for Pre-Feast Time?


 
 
 
 
If you are looking for some great light fare for Thanksgiving Day, this is a spectacular soup that you can make as spicy as you wish by adding extra chipotle peppers.  It is unbelievably easy to make, particularly with Trader Joe's pre-bagged squash cubes. 
 

It's not just for Thanksgiving, of course. It's perfect for any day you want to warm up.  Don't skimp on the cilantro and lime.  They really add yet another layer to this already many-layered flavor fest.
 
And, it's super healthy.  It's even vegan for those who bend that way!
 
My favorite thing is it's another reason to use these amazing peppers that I was introduced to when I received it as part of a Christmas present. Yummalicious. 

 
 




 The recipe from a cool blog I had never been to before, and one I hope to frequent:  http://www.coffeeandquinoa.com/2012/11/mexican-butternut-squash-soup/

Happy Thanksgiving Lazy Women!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Biscuits





OK people.  Biscuits are apparently not my forte.  They don't rise, it turns out.  I thought they would.  And, even more so than pie crust, you need to touch the dough as little as possible.  The first batch are the ones in the heart shape.  The second batch -- in the center -- I decided to hardly touch to make them as flaky as possible.  So I just made them generic lump shape!

They are incredibly flavorful.  They don't necessarily taste like pumpkin, but they are more interesting than plain old biscuits and you dust them with parmesan.  They are easy, particularly since you barely touch them! 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pumpkin-parmesan-biscuits-recipe/index.html





I wanted to do a Buttermilk Biscuit too so these are groovy and, again, I decided to not touch them.  Very flaky and lovely.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/southern-biscuits-recipe/index.html


Happy 20th Anniversary Food Network!

Crise de Foie: Not a Good Way to Start the Holiday Season




An old French friend of mine years ago would often weakly moan the morning after an evening out "I'm having a crise de foie."  He explained that his liver was in "crisis" because he had had too much fatty food and drink the night before.  It was a foreign concept to me but I was certain I never wanted it to happen to me.

I'm not into fatty foods, other than ice cream and fries which I rarely allow myself and never at the same time.  I hate oily, buttery or mayonnaisey foods and always have.  The only time I ever use butter is on restaurant bread.  Even for my baked potatoes I used whipped goat cheese. 

As a child I detested mayonnaise so much that I would order tuna sandwiches without it.  Once out on a "date" with my boyfriend at age 7 I ordered this crazy item at the restaurant.  My dad was there, of course, since my boyfriend, though very mature for his age could not drive.  Useless Patrick!

I ordered my mayonnaiseless tuna sandwich and Patrick ordered his normal one.  After a long while, apparently when the arguing in the kitchen subsided and someone finally gave in to the insane request, the two sandwiches were delivered to our table.  A few minutes into eating, my dad recounted a few years before he died, it became obvious that neither of us was happy.  We had each gotten the wrong sandwich. But, being on a "date" neither of us wanted to appear difficult or less than perfectly polite, so neither of us admitted aloud our disgust with our overly or underly mayonnaised sandwiches. 

Last night we had an 80th birthday dinner at Cafe Stella in Silverlake.  It is very French, from the slightly distanced way the staff treats you ("I'm a little too cool to be full on friendly to you, but I will be perfectly delightful and professional so that you will keep ordering and be inclined to return.") to every last morsel you put in your mouth.  It was exquisite food and transported us all back to Paris. 

I ordered Truite Almondine, because in my humble opinion French restaurants and/or chefs know how to prepare it best.  It was the best I'd ever had.  With the first buttery, melt-in-you mouth bite, though I knew I wanted lemon to cut the butter a little.  But I hesitated to ask.  I was transported back to the the late 60's in the restaurant with Patrick Woodward and my dad.  Don't want to ruffle any chef feathers, I thought.  But also, in my defense, every time I looked up from our lively discussion at the table our waiter was nowhere in sight.

The salad was also brilliant. The dressing one of the best French mustard based dressings I have had. But, I had forgotten to ask for "light" application.  It didn't stop me from eating the whole thing though because it was ridiculously delicious.  Still, it was far richer than what I am used to with my lemon only salads at home.  At most I put on the lightest amount of oil, so for my system this was the fat equivalent of taking a morning shower under Niagara Falls. 

A chocolate pot de creme drizzled with caramel finished off the evening.  It was inspired.  Seriously, who ever thought of drizzling a deeply rich chocolate pot with caramel?  Unreal.

Later that evening as I prepared for bed I was thinking about my French friend.  I was experiencing my first "crise de foie."  I could hear my liver yelling from deep inside me "What the hell were you thinking?"

I am fine today. Never mind the fact that I had the best drink I've ever had, the "Ginger Rogers" (gin, fresh ginger, etc.) at the Chateau Marmont earlier in the evening, champagne just before that and a Stella Artois with dinner.  That's an enormous amount of alcohol for me.  More Niagara Falls on my sweet innocent liver.

It was worth it though. It was a divinely yummy evening.  But, really?  Was it the best choice the week of Engorgement Day?  

It was my first crise de foie.  So, I'm just going to eat very light for the next three days -- another very French thing to do, for women at least - and pretend I'm French.  I'm also going to run 734 miles.

If you want to pretend you are French, I could not more highly recommend this LA gem: http://cafestella.com/.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Looking for Thanksgiving Fun? Try a BLOW TORCH!

 


I had been thinking recently how I'd love to use my blow torch again soon.  I was also contemplating what I'd be making for dessert on Thanksgiving.  My uncle likes Pumpkin Cheesecake so I should do that for him.  I like Pumpkin-Pecan Pie or Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie.  But, the other day as I worked out I was listening to NPR and they did a most delightful spot on the pie.  They mentioned Bon Appetit's recipe for Bruleed Bourbon-Maple Pumpkin Pie. 

I was working out so I wasn't listening as carefully as I should have been but I do believe I heard the chefs say that they made it three times before they really got it right.  So, I'm guessing this is going to be a challenge, but I don't care.  Can you see that photo???? UNBELIEVABLE!  MUST MAKE!

In case you want to pull out your blow torch (or go buy one for the event) here is the recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bruleed-bourbon-maple-pumpkin-piehttp://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bruleed-bourbon-maple-pumpkin-pie

The very best part of this story though is that i told my 95 year old friend Adelaide about how excited I was to use my blow torch on Thanksgiving!  She then suggested that I might want to let a turkey loose in the yard and run around chasing it with a blow torch.  In my mind's eye I saw myself running around doing exactly that.  As a vegetarian, of course, my fantasy was that the turkey was always a good 20 feet ahead of me.

Good times.  Good Turkey Day Times.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Deeeeeescrumptious Chocolate Cake Doesn't LOOK Lazy but it IS!



I love making everyone's birthday dessert wishes come true.  For my friend Robin she said she wanted anything chocolate and joked about a many layered chocolate cake from Le Bernardin.  I found Eric Ripert's recipe for a molten cake but it had parameters on how far in advance of baking it could be made, so that was out.  Then I think I googled "best chocolate cake" and found Ina Garden's recipe for what she says is "the best chocolate cake that [she] has ever made."  How could I not try making that!???

The recipe called for oil instead of butter so I was suspicious but soldiered on, because it's Ina.  Ina is never wrong.

Well, Robin was very happy.  So that is ALL that matters.  End of story....with one teeny tiny footnote.

I'm going to tell you why it wasn't my very favorite chocolate cake ever, while still encouraging you to make it.  If you like cakes that are a little more spongy in texture, i.e., more big holes to be seen, then you will love it.  You push down on it with a fork and it bounces up very quickly.  I prefer cakes that are more cakey, i.e., a bit smaller holes.  They are not in any way heavy but they bounce back a wee bit more slowly. 

And, yes it was still an awesome cake and I totally get Ina's adoration for it.  What I loved about it:  it's light, very dark chocolatey, and super duper easy to make.  It doesn't even require cake flour. 

It is a lazy fancy cake to make because -- I'm not kidding you -- you can't screw it up and it's fast to throw together.  Not all cake recipes are this forgiving or carefree to assemble.

NOTE:  Make 1.5 times the frosting recipe.  Just trust me, even though it's insane because that means you are going to use 3/4 of a pound of butter. But one recipe's worth does not make a great looking cake -- unless perhaps you are a professional baker.  Even then, though, the coverage is thin with one recipe. 

I always decorate my cakes with fresh flowers and signs but I added extra lavender to obscure the not-so-beautiful-cause-there-wasn't-enough frosting coverage.

Still.  Make it.  It's deeeeeescruptious.

Ina's recipe: http://bit.ly/1bWQXGf

Buon Chocappetito!





Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lazy + Best Chocolate Chip Cookie EVER



This cookie is so good it tastes like it was plucked off of a vine created by God, so I had to dress up the plate to help celebrate its glory!

I always like to try new recipes so when I was yoked with the very serious responsibility of creating a "bazooki" for a friend's birthday recently, I thought it was the perfect time to try a new chocolate chip recipe.  A bazooki is a chocolate chip cookie served with ice cream, whipped cream and hot fudge sauce, or some variation on that depending on the recipe.

I googled what I always google when searching for new recipes.  I insert the word "best" or "most amazing" in front of the needed recipe.  So, this recipe is aptly named "Best Chocolate Chip Cookies."  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/.

My variation on the recipe was the following: 

1.  Instead of 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, I added one cup of chips, one cup of semisweet chocolate chunks (from Trader Joe's) and about 2/3 cup of Trader Joe's new Peanut Butter Chips.
2.  Instead of 1 cup walnuts I added two cups of mixed nuts -- toasted slivered almonds, pecan pieces and walnut pieces. 

Oh. My. God.

And, this recipe does something new -- you dissolve the baking soda in hot water which I really do believe makes a difference in the texture.  As Dora, the recipe contributor notes they are perfectly crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. 

Buon Choco-Appetito.





Gratitude. Lazy Lovely Loving Gratitude



On Facebook lots of people are participating in a gratitude exercise, writing about something they are grateful for each day. I assume it goes until Thanksgiving and I'm along for the ride.

It's funny because even though I have been expressing my gratitude every day when I meditate, this little exercise is definitely expanding my sense of gratitude.  That's never a bad thing.  When you stand in gratitude, it's hard to not be standing in joy. 

Today I am grateful for my mistakes.  It was a big week, and I ended up dropping a lot of balls due to the very extra-ordinariness of the week.  On Monday I met iconic author Anne Lamott, a dream come true.  She inspires me every day to be a better writer.  On Tuesday I re-met Gloria Steinem at a glorious Ms. Foundation fundraiser which also celebrated Steinem's 80th birthday, another dreamy evening.   Steinem has been a beacon of light on my own path since I was 11 and my stepmom gave me a subscription to Ms. Magazine. 

After these two big long days, I had an important business trip where I would be required to kick some major ass on little sleep.  Then, yesterday, the day after my late night return from that trip I had a college reunion event, a hike.  It was a chock full week of kick-ass work and fun.

So back to balls dropping....I hadn't caught the destination of the hike.  There are a lot of great hikes off the Angeles Crest Highway, where we were set to meet.  I didn't pay attention to the destination since we were going as a group, and that wasthe point: fun and frolic in nature with old friends.

One of the balls I dropped was the nagging thought that haunted me all week:  Must make sure to get a couple cellphone numbers for peeps on the Saturday hike....just in case. So when I missed the meeting place, I realized I only had home phone numbers and emails. I shot an email and assumed it didn't even go through.  They actually did get it, after a delay, and tried emailing and calling but coverage was spotty so we missed each other. 

So I ended up on a hiking wild goose choice, searching for the "3 mile loop" hike my friends were enjoying.  Tulle, Lucy and I traipsed around the mountain on two different wrong path for a few hours. 

I was really mad at myself at the beginning of the first hike of the day.  Bad Bridget.  Balls dropped.  Bad.    Then I realized it was probably the absolutely perfect thing to be alone in the absolute quiet, just me and Tallulah and Lucy in nature, contemplating life, reviewing my connection to God, nature, myself.  It was, indeed, perfect.   I actually needed it, and didn't know how very much.  It's like drinking water and realizing you've been dying of thirst for hours. 

We were on our way back to the car at the end of the second hike when we met two of the people from the group hike (who needed to leave early) at the all important junction of two paths.  So close.  I had seen that path and thought it was the wrong one, but in fact it was perfectly wrong and right.   So, we started back up that mountain on the "right" path and found the group. Hallelujah!

Lucy and Tulle were particularly grateful for the reunion because there were two other dogs so they were let off their leashes to roam free.  This pic is of them scaring the crap out of me as they ran up and down the ledge.  The other side: sheer rocky cliff.  This was the end of the hike so I knew I could manage the adrenaline rush this incited!

 
 
So, today I'm grateful for the reminder that as maddening, crazy or mean it seems that fate and destiny and life may be that everything really is absolutely perfect just the way it is.