New 30

Mostly notes to self, no diabetes, no celiac, no kids, just food.

Slight nightmare: it seems everyone in my Whole 30 group wants to keep going. Except for me. Even Joe. Wants to keep going. Meanwhile, I had a giant Bloody Mary with my mom on day 31.

So to Joe, I said, nah, come on, let’s pick a new thing to do for thirty days, like, I know. How about for thirty days we agree we will each drink a pint of lemon water before we drink anything else, like even before we drink tea. Water with a big squeeze of lemon? Cold or hot, our choice? Or it could even be lime? Or apple cider vinegar?

And he was like, or how about thirty days of TM?


1 = I have Microbiology in deepest Aquidneck Island at dinner time. 2 = someone’s getting braces put on, so there should be smushy food. 3 = the season premier of SURVIVOR, which Jack and I love, which means we need dinner to be super-easy to clean up by 8pm, which means grill something. 4 = XC meet in remote location, so dinner has to be set up earlier in the day. 5 = I will probably want to kind of give up by this point, so dinner has to be something easy and intuitive LIKE A POTATO. 6 = perishable items I have to remember to slice and dice and eat. 7 = things I should try to fit in somewhere.

photoSo for my next thirty days, taking a cue (and many recipes) from Jenny Rosenstrach’s** new book, I am re-committing to making different things, including MEAT things, for dinner. While dear Joe carries around his mason jar of coconut flakes and almonds, I’ll be on a sort of Whole 30 plus whiskey plus cheese plus peanut butter, but will be self-improving via chicken parm meatballs.

This post is both notes to self AND a semi-public commitment. Like if we know each other in real life and you ask me what we are having for dinner, I will be able to answer instead of pretending I don’t have a blog or saying, “apples with peanut butter.”

**As if her public cooking diary isn’t enough for one household, she is also married to George Saunders’s editor.





  1. mollyjade · September 22, 2014

    My kid doesn’t even eat solids yet, and I’m already reading books about feeding him. I just finished It’s Not about the Broccoli and have all kinds of lofty plans.


  2. Scott E · September 22, 2014

    “And he was like, or how about thirty days of TM?”

    I was so expecting “TM” to be something dirty as I clicked the link. Because Joe is a man, and men think about that sort of stuff every two-point-three seconds. It’s a fact. Boy, was I wrong.

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  3. Laddie · September 22, 2014

    The meatballs look yummy. Good work for managing to have good food for dinner amidst the chaos of fall activities (and TV shows!).

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  4. skchrisman · September 22, 2014

    God, how I love your posts. They take me places! Thanks for all the cool links, yo!
    I’m reading about all this yummy food as I drink my VegaLite protein shake. Mmmmmmmm.

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  5. Lisa Dreasher · September 22, 2014

    Cauliflower cake? Please report on that recipe!


  6. type1tot · September 22, 2014

    I think you should veer off whole 30. It’s good to have a healthy diet/life, but also you should challenge your system (live a little). Love George Saunders. Do you think he could write if he devoted so much energy to his diet?? Oh wait, he has that wife. You need a wife!!! Your h would be cool with that, right?
    And re lemon water: every too skinny, too perfect person wakes up and drinks lemon water. Might as well. But remember to chase it w coffee or something less perfect so I don’t have to hate you too.

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