My Gumbo

No, I am not from Louisiana, but my husband is. I had heard of Gumbo before I was married, New Orleans food sounded yummy, but I had no idea what it actually tasted like. When we were first married I tried making gumbo from a box. I didn’t think it was that bad, but apparently it wasn’t gumbo. First I had to actually taste some gumbo. There was a restaurant in Anchorage called Little New Orleans, where my husband and I loved to go. I thought it was wonderful, he thought it wasn’t too bad. Then we went to the Double Musky Inn in Girdwood. And the food there, we agreed, was fabulous. But I really didn’t try making my own gumbo until we moved to Florida, or Lower Alabama, as the area we lived is known. I actually got to go to New Orleans! I don’t really remember my first foray, but I know I started with a recipe from the Double Musky cookbook. Yes, the recipe I used came from Alaska. I have tasted quite a few gumbos and my recipe has evolved over the years. And now I have finally written it down!

Migraine Diet

I had two migraines or one migraine and a rebound migraine this weekend. Plus several others over Christmas break. I had several years with very few migraines. When I was pregnant or nursing I didn’t suffer any. But they seem to be coming back with a vengeance. So, what did I do to deserve these horrible things? Sulfites? Nitrites? Caffeine? All the above? Or was it hormonal or emotional? I don’t know, but I am willing to do anything to not have migraines regularly. Except give up chocolate. If I have a migraine every time I eat chocolate, I will consider giving it up. I know caffeine is a big trigger for me. If I have a regular espresso drink in the morning by evening I will have a migraine. Is there too much caffeine in chocolate? Will I have to give up the occasional iced tea or decaf coffee? Will life be worth living? Might as well become a vegan, give up sugar and anything that might taste good. A bit melodramatic? Well, my plan it to try to live on green smoothies for a few days, until the hangover headache is gone. That lasted until lunch, when I want food. Veggie soups and salads also in the plan. Then I’ll add other food back in. No ham, bacon or sausage or any lunch meats, no chocolate, no caffeine, no alcohol, (getting depressed), no additives or preservatives, that means no fast food/junk food EVER. I know this is the diet I should follow all the time, but…but…but, bacon and chocolate… Big breath, it can be done. The thing is that stress also causes migraines and I am starting to feel stressed about this eating plan. Breathe. I really should just avoid things that I know are triggers for me. And perhaps start a food journal. Starting now.
Monday
Green smoothie:
almond milk, banana, blueberries, spirulina, chia seeds, spinach, coconut spread

Mexican Veggie Soup
tomatoes, black eyed peas, kidney beans, rice, elk burger, onions, celery, spinach, carrots

Mexican Veggie Soup

Tuesday

New Years Nibbles

Any reason to have finger food!  I have had a super-bowl party by myself, just to make finger-food.  Going to parties is particularly difficult for those of us with allergies.  Never go to a party hungry because there may not be anything you can eat.  So, I like to have a reason to make a party food spread at home.  Ah, the feeling of knowing that I can eat anything on the table I want!

Party Menu

  1. Chicken fingers
  2. Ranch dip
  3. hummus
  4. pitas
  5. cucumbers and carrots
  6. assorted  olives
  7. queso dip
  8. tortilla chips

I totally cheated with the chicken fingers and bought them from our neighborhood grocery store.  The Ranch Dip I have posted before, but the hummus and cheese sauce recipes I need to write down.  I make both of these things all the time.  They are easy and kid-friendly.