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January 25, 2018

Quick, easy and cozy dinner coming up! This potato leek soup has just a few ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's inexpensive and maybe something new for your quick go to meal. Serve this up with a salad and a crispy hunk of bread. There is not usually leftovers but it's great the next day for lunch.

 Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 medium chopped onion

1 pound leeks (white and pale green parts) well rinsed and sliced

4 medium Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3-4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (depending how thick you want the soup)

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated

salt to taste (I use ~1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and leeks and cook over low heat stirring occasionally until golden brown and fragrant.

Add potatoes, 3 cups broth, fresh ginger and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool, about...

January 12, 2018

Yum is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this treat.  Rice pudding has been made in my house weekly since the holidays when I was looking for a dairy free dessert for a family gathering. It's a creamy dessert that can be made in under 30 minutes and enjoyed for days.

Ingredients

½ cup Basmati rice**

1 can  (13.5 oz) coconut milk**

2 cups water

2 Tbs sugar

¼  teaspoon cinnamon

¼  teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Combine rice, coconut milk, water and sugar in a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer ingredients for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all liquid is absorbed.

Turn off heat and add vanilla and cinnamon. The rice pudding will thicken as it cools. Great dish to make ahead of time for a large crowd, just double or triple the recipe. 

**Notes: The coconut milk has to be from a can to get the smooth, rich texture. I have used many different varieties of rice and it still comes out delicious. Basmati is my pe...

January 3, 2018

Happy New year! My tradition for the last 5 or 6 years (I've lost count) has been to put myself on an elimination diet that so many of my patients need to follow for the month of January.  This change in diet pushes me to try new foods, new products and recipes, and gets me cooking and feeling creative.  This year I have my own forum to share what I learn, as I just started this website a few months ago. I hope you enjoy taking the journey with me.

What is an elimination diet? Well, it's just like it sounds eliminating some food from your diet. Many of my patients have Eosinophilic Esophagitis or EoE for short , food allergens trigger the eosinophils and therefore the removal of the allergens via the elimination diet can reduce the eosinophils in the esophagus. This can be one food or several foods.

Last year, I avoided dairy, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts and fish/shellfish. This is a standard 6 food elimination diet for many children with EoE.  In June 201...

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