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The verdicts are in

The verdicts are in. I have tasted all the interesting things I purchased Friday night in the produce section. (I haven’t yet tasted the frozen breaded okra – but I have tried all the produce, so I’m going to call it.)

Okay, this has nothing to do with the produce I bought. I bought this jar of chili paste a while back. I didn’t know what I’d do with it. In fact, the cashier at Trader Joe’s said she would have no idea what to do with it. I was kind of hoping it’d be some sort of substitute for the curry paste I’d been buying – that had shellfish in it.

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Pom poms

Last time I went to Trader Joe’s, I decided to try a few new things from the produce aisle, including a pomegranate. I’ve had pomegranate before – pomegranate-flavored Greek yogurt, pomegranante and blueberry breakfast cereal, even pomegranate in a salad. However, I’ve never actually purchased and prepared a pomegranate. A friend had posted this YouTube video on Facebook recently, which made it seem possible for even someone as clumsy as me to prepare one.

So, I gave it a go:

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Adventures in produce

A friend recently chastised me for publishing photos of my food on Facebook.  Coincidentally (?) another friend posted a list of “losers” on Facebook – one category of which was the loser that photographs their dinner.

I guess not everyone is interested in food.  I am.  I’m interested in food ALL THE TIME.  I’m especially excited about food when I’m going to the effort of eating “real” food – food that actually has an expiration date and/or is created by nature.

However, given the limited interest my pictures of food seem to generate on Facebook, I’ve decided to put them on my blog!  Because, let’s face it, my blog is all about me and what I am interested in!

In that vein, I’ll start with my trip to Tony’s Finer Foods last night.  I went late, after work, because I knew snow was in the forecast and I’d be too lazy to shovel the alley so I could get my car out of the garage for a trip this weekend.  Plus, I have two new FAVORITE things, one of which seems only available in “fresh” form at Tony’s.

I grew up in small town Nebraska, where my exposure to “produce” seemed limited. On occasion I get adventurous and try various items available in the “big city”. Tony’s has a particularly diverse produce section, due in part to the large Hispanic and Korean population in this area.

To make my post EXTRA fun, we’ll make it a game.  How many of these items I bought, rather randomly, can you identify?  (Many of these items I have never purchased or eaten before, so this weekend will involve research on “what do I do with this thing?”)

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Guess the produce #1 – I’ve never had this before, but could not resist his little grumpy face

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I’ve totally been slacking on the blog!  I know!  No excuse, but I’ve been busy lifting, pressing, pulling, and squatting heavy things.  I haven’t even been playing with yarn much!

I’ve started stage 6 of New Rules of Lifting for Women.  For the most part, I’m still listing my accomplishments each stage.

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Do I even lift?  Why yes, yes I do – and I have proof!

Weight-lifting calluses

Weight-lifting calluses

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I’ve been exercising.  For real.  Actually consistently “making exercise”, as my former roommates call it.

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I was diagnosed with edema in 2008. I’d noticed my huge legs and “cankles”, but honestly just thought it was fat. I was definitely overweight, and thought the disappearance of my ankle bones was yet another sign I was TOO FAT. I started seeing my physician pretty regularly that spring as he’d insisted we could no longer put off dealing with my high blood pressure, we could no longer “wait and see”, we had to deal with it. In April of 2008, he put me on Norvasc (Amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker), with little improvement. A few weeks later he tried changing me over to Dyazide (triamterene and hydrochlorothiazide). When I went back to follow up, I asked him about my puffy legs. I’d finally realized maybe something else was going on – as at this point, one leg was MUCH larger than the other. I’ve never been “fatter” on one side.
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