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My 3-Day Suja Juice Cleanse + a Giveaway for You!

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Suja Juice 3-Day Cleanse

If you know me or if you’re a loyal reader of A Big Mouthful, you’re probably wondering, “Am I reading this right? Adrienne is doing a juice cleanse?! This can’t be right.”

Your intuition is correct. Doing a cleanse is so far from anything I’ve ever done, it seems crazy.

However, I was introduced to Suja Juice earlier this year when I attended IFBC. Their juice was my favorite thing I tried at the conference, and I found myself thinking about it months later.

Since it’s around the holidays, I’ve been wanting to consciously decrease the amount of the typical kinds of foods we eat around this time of year and increase fruits and vegetables. Think of it as a body reset. Also, I like the idea of starting fresh for the New Year.

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What I’ve been up to + Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

I’ve been a little MIA from A Big Mouthful lately. No excuses, but I wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been doing lately.

Earlier this year, I launched Tacoma Foodie, my other blog.

Yes, there’s someone else. I’m not normally a cheater, but this is an exception.

Tacoma Foodie is my local restaurant blog where I cover all things food in my hometown of Tacoma, WA.

So there. I’m far from done with A Big Mouthful. I’ve just added a new member of the blog family. She’s been birthed and I’m back.

Also, I’ve recently gone pretty much gluten free.

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Happy New Year and a Marbled Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

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What a year it has been.

A year of new friends, careers began, hope and a renewed thankfulness for health, family and love.
I’ve never been the New Year resolution type. I’m in more of a constant state of self-improvement. You know, a work in progress. Though, of late, I have found it incredibly satisfying to focus less on myself, and more on improving the lives of those around me. My family, community, and friends.

If I have a goal for 2013, it’s to continue this journey of living as much for others as I do myself.

The more people I meet and the longer I’m here on this earth, I see the evidence of each person, individually, having their own unique gift to give to the world. Sure, it can be a trite saying, but it does seem to ring true. The choice, however, is whether or not to tap into these special things about us. Passions and skills should be nurtured, protected and expressed.

After all, it can be quite fun to see someone blossom into their own. Seeing a friend find her passion, and putting her all into it. Watching my love accomplish his dream and become a positive figure in a sea of negative influences. A family member standing up for what’s right and fighting for what he believes in.

These are the joys all around me. Read More »

Zucchini Ribbon, Cherry Tomato and Corn Pappardelle

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It’s Labor Day, the last hurrah of summer.

We’re spending the day in town. Casey’s getting ready for school to start this week — his first year of teaching. It’s exciting for both of us, and we’re glad this new chapter of our lives is starting. I have the day off of work, and I’m doing a bit of cooking and cleaning, and then we’re headed to a barbeque at my parents’ house.

Each morning feels more like fall. The air is crisp, and we’re no longer leaving the windows open 24/7. My cooking is starting to change, too. I’m starting to crave soups and comfort food, and I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes this year.

There’s still time for a few more summery recipes, and this is one of them. A pasta dish that celebrates the best produce of summer, without complicating it too much. It’s also light, yet filling, and easily made vegan if you need to. Read More »

A Jam Class + Strawberry Jam with Aged Balsamic and Black Pepper

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Making jam is something I look forward to each summer. This year, I’ve been busier than usual. The jam I had made earlier in the season is long gone, and it was looking like I wasn’t going to have an opportunity to get my hands dirty again before summer was over.

I hear from folks all the time how they love homemade jam, but they don’t know how to do it, or that it seems too hard to do on your own. When I heard my friends Dawn and Roxanne express interest in learning the process, I jumped at the chance to teach them.

And I jumped at the chance to get a new cookbook, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. Oh, it’s a beauty. Really. Page after page is filled with gorgeous photographs and interesting jam recipes with unusual flavor combinations, as well as old favorites.

Since strawberries are a great price right now, we settled on the Grown-Up Strawberry jam recipe, which features Drambuie. Right before they came over, though, Dawn realized that Drambuie has honey in it. Since she is vegan, that wasn’t going to work. Luckily, there were plenty of other fabulous choices. The Strawberry Jam with Aged Balsamic and Black Pepper stood out to me. I already had some lovely aged balsamic, so why not?

Not only was this a jam class for Roxanne and Dawn, but I was learning something new as well. I had never made jam before without the addition of commercial pectin. I realized the recipes in the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook don’t call for pectin. Uh oh. What to do? Read More »