It’s finally here!!  The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for all Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol has arrived!  Life is about so much more than food . . . and this cookbook covers all the other things that happen when you change your food. The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook will show you how to restore your health with one flavorful, nutritious meal at a time AND inspire you with the stories of wellness transformation.

I hope you will love it!  I am so excited to share it with everyone!  CLICK ON THIS LINK to learn ALL THE DETAILS about the book and get your copy today.

Oh!  One special announcement!  Thirty lucky winners will be chosen at random from the first 300 ebook purchase to receive a GORGEOUS, FREE, TOTALLY HANDMADE, 100% UNIQUE APRON.  That's a 1 in 10 chance of winning a handmade apron!!  You are automatically entered in the drawing with your ebook purchase, no extra steps necessary.  Take a look at some of the beautiful designs & colors below:


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The print version is coming soon!!
The print version is coming soon!!


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Ten days!!  In ten days the cookbook launch!  Two weeks ago I was really excited.  Last week I was starting to freak out.  This week I'm just in the zone concentrating on all the last minute details that need to be arranged, so that my labor of love can be smoothly delivered to all of you.  I am sharing the third & final recipe sneak peak with you guys this week.  But first, I want to show a little gratitude to the two women that made this project possible for me:  Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo and Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom.

First of all . . . Mickey, my AIP soul-sister.  She has been incredible this entire year.  She provided inspiration and support from the very start.  And she blazed a trail!  Although I have not tackled every aspect of self-publishing in the same way she did, I would have been utterly lost without her guidance.  I am so lucky to count her as a friend and colleague.  I am also sooo grateful to the lady behind it all, my friend, Sarah Ballantyne.  I obviously could not have written a book about the Autoimmune Protocol, without her creating the Autoimmune Protocol!  It is staggering for me to think of all the lives she has changed, mine among them.  It is an amazing opportunity to work with The Paleo Mom Consulting and have the chance to use AIP and the work I do with my clients to inform this project.

So, now that I've let the gratitude flow . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!

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Avocado Lime Hand Pies
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Serves: 6
This takes breakfast pastry and makes it unusual and very adult!
  • Filling
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Crust
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup palm shortening
  • ⅛ cup turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Put all filling ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until dough forms. Dust rolling pin with tapioca flour. Roll out dough on parchment paper to ⅛ inch thickness. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Set aside. Reshape dough and cut again, repeating until all dough is used.
  3. In center of 1 round, place 1 generous spoonful of filling. Place second round on top of first. Press around edges to close crust and then flute with a fork. Poke top of round with a fork. Repeat until all rounds are filled. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 25-30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.



SO CLOSE!!  Just over two weeks from now my cookbook will be here.  To be honest, I'm kinda' freaking out.  I decided to calm my nerves, by sharing another recipe sneak peak with you guys!  First, let me tell you a little about what I learned with this project.  As per ushe, my favorite way to do things . . . a list.

What I Learned During My Cookbook Project: 

  • I learned how self-publishing works.  Wow.  It has been a crazy, intense project, and a big investment, but I had basically the best teacher possible helping me.  Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo, who is a huge self-publishing success, taught me almost every tip and trick along the way.
  • I learned how to manage a team and a project.  I do not believe a book, of any type, can be written entirely alone.  It's an enormous undertaking.  Luckily, I learned who the key players were that I needed, identified them among the amazing people I know, and figured out how to direct each of their contributions.
  • I learned how to stick to it.  Some folks might think that I already know a thing or two about sticking to it.  After all, I've been following AIP for nearly three years now.  I have never stuck to a self-driven project of this nature for this long, start to finish though.  It feels great to be nearing the finish line after a year of work.
  • I learned that it is an honor to have a voice at all.  I'm grateful to my husband and daughter for letting me put my voice out there.  Many people will never have the crucial family support for this kind of project.  I'm grateful to my high school English teachers, Tim Schaff, the late Dorothy Justice, and Gordon Gildroy, for teaching me to articulate myself in writing.  There are millions of women all over the globe who are illiterate, unable to make their voice heard.  I'm grateful to my readers for being an encouraging audience.  I am so lucky that what I have offered this far, has been well-received by all of you.  Basically, a lot had to happen to give me this opportunity and I have learned not to take it for granted.

So, now that you know how much I learned this last year . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!


Lemon Rosemary Brined Pork Chops
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I love brining! It is an easy, flavorful way to prepare a meaty main dish.
  • 1¾ cups filtered water
  • 5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 20 ice cubes
  • 4 bone‐in pork chops
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, salt, onion, garlic, rosemary, bay leaves, lemon and vinegar. Bring mixture to boil over high heat, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Place ice in a large bowl. Pour brine over ice and stir to melt.
  3. Place pork chops in a large freezer bag. Add brine and seal. To avoid spills, place bag in a large bowl and set in refrigerator for 3 hours.
  4. After brining, remove chops from bag. Rinse and pat dry. Discard brine. Grill over high heat for 2‐3 minutes per side. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.


LOVE OH MY GOODNESS!!  In a little less than a month my cookbook will launch and I wanted to give you a recipe sneak peak!  The final pieces of the design are being perfected and all the last details of getting it out to all of you are being put together.  I wanted to tell you a little about my team today, because it has been amazing to see a year long effort come together with their help.

I put so much trust into each member of my team and they have not disappointed me.  It's like they were able to see where my heart was going and magically make my vision reality.  First, my little sister, Jenifer, who I asked to collaborate with me on recipe development was perfect in helping prevent a "narrow" AIP cookbook.  I wanted to make sure we had recipes that would appeal even to folks who do not need dietary restrictions for healing and she delivered!  Next, my photographer, Toni, learned food photography just for me.  I'm sure you'll agree, her newly developed skill truly showcases nourishing food and it's incredible natural beauty.  Then, I added an editor, Anne, to the team.  Anne is meticulous!  She really gave all of the stories and recipes a professional polish (I admit I am terrible with that sort of thing!).  And last, but definitely not least, I found a designer, Chelsey.  You guys she is making this whole creation so gorgeous!  Somehow she knows how to make the photos and the words express something more special than I could have ever dreamed.  The cherry on top?  All of the members of my team are either autoimmune warriors themselves or huge supporters of the community, something that was deeply important to me.  I feel so lucky to have these women behind my project!

So, now that you know a little about the lovely ladies helping me out . . . let me share one of the delicious recipes with you!


Shallot & Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash
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Tired of sweet preparations for butternut squash? Me too! Here's a savory version to go with your next dinner.
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put diced squash in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Add shallots, rosemary and salt. Stir to coat.
  2. Spread squash in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast 30 minutes, stirring halfway through for even browning. Serve and enjoy!

I am getting so darn excited to share with the growing circle of people using food to heal!  The cookbook will launch in e-book AND print formats (through Amazon print-on-demand) in just a few more weeks.  Watch for announcements and THANK YOU for letting me have a voice in this community!  It is an honor.




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Avocado-Lime Hand Pies

Let's get something straight right away . . . I NEVER thought I would write a cookbook.  Never.  I have pretty much always wanted to write a book, but a cookbook?  No.  That was not my gig.  I'm a good cook.  I've been cooking since I was a kid & navigated my way through kitchens all over the world through adulthood, even tackled the dreaded, restrictive Paleo Autoimmune Protocol . . . all with great success & the happy tummies of friends & family.  I never intended to write a cookbook though.

Something happened very late last year that started to change my mind . . . I realized that a big part of the story I long to tell is in food.  What I ate had dramatically changed my life & I was showing other folks how to do that day in & day out.  My Facebook audience was growing & I was sharing photos of my meals several times a week.  The one comment I got over & over from nervous, but reassured folks was, "You make me feel like I can do this.  Your food looks real."  I was inspired by the vulnerability of those comments.  People were ready to change their lives & reclaim their health, they just needed to know that somebody just like them, a regular person in a regular kitchen making regular food, had actually done it too.

I started to put some plans together & I began talking to my AIP soul-sister, Mickey Trescott of Autoimmune Paleo.  She encouraged me over & over to consider it.  She is the sort of friend that always challenges you to press beyond your comfort zone.  My comfort zone was in telling stories, but not in finding a way to better share my skill in the kitchen with a fast-growing community that was anxious to learn how to heal with food.  She made things simple & accessible for folks & I saw how much the community appreciated that resource coming from a woman they could identify with on many levels.  The spark of inspiration that had started with the vulnerability of my readers was fanned into flames by my kind friend & quickly burned right out of my former "zone."

I started working on my own e-cookbook in January.  In February I asked my youngest sister, Jenifer, to join me in the process.  In her younger years she could not be trusted to boil water, but she had worked hard to develop her skills & I knew her creativity in the kitchen would be a wonderful addition.  Plus, who doesn't want to do a fun project with their sister?  And then I thought, how can I triple the fun?  In March, we asked our long-time friend & professional photographer, Toni of Toni Rae Photography, to work with us.  We started with over 100 recipes & have diligently tested & refined for months now.  The final cut came down to 60 delicious, inventive recipes that touch on all phases of the Autoimmune Protocol, from strict elimination phase dishes to recipes with ingredients from each of the four reintroduction stages (as laid out in Sarah Ballantyne's, The Paleo Approach).

My sister, Jeni, & I
My sister, Jeni, & I

For my vacation this year, I flew to Montana (my home state), along with 63 pounds meat.  I was thrilled to be kicking off my project there, but I live in Maryland now & that's where my incredible friends & farmers, Nora of Clark's Farm & Kelly of Hensing's Hilltop Acres, are located.  I knew that my cookbook needed to feature their amazing, top-quality, grass-fed, organic meats.  The moment I arrived I got busy cooking up a storm with Jenifer & Toni.  We cooked 10 recipes a day, eight hours a day, for six days!

Unusual vacation choice, I know, but it was an awesome way to spend time with the people I love.  Luckily, my entire family lives in Montana, so we had eager recipe testers & obliging dishwashers every day.  We had lots of fun, lots of bloopers, & very tired feet, but I am proud to say with Toni's remarkable skill we do not have a single shot that isn't REAL food.  (Since my early fan's fears about adopting this diet were eased by seeing photos of my real plates day after day, it was very important to me that we not use "fake food" in a single photo.)  We are working hard at perfecting the writing, editing, & design now & hope to release the e-cookbook by early December.

I hope you will find my e-cookbook to be another valuable weapon in your personal arensal for the autoimmune battle.  I hope it is helpful, inspiring, & eases any apprehension you have about whether or not life can still be delicious on a healing diet.  Thank you for letting me have a voice in this community, I hope my work will show you how much it means to me to be able to offer another one of my skills to you.

In September of 2012 I started the current incarnation of my blog with a post called, "A New Story."  I ended that post saying, "I want to tell you some new stories."  I am very excited to leave my comfort zone behind & announce "the next story."  I am working hard to make sure it is the tastiest story yet.