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Food Too Good Not to Share (and a first time for everything)

I grew up eating spaghetti and chili. What? For the uninitiated, the closest I can come to explaining is Skyline Chili, which I actually didn’t experience until fairly recently. Skyline does a fairly good job of imitating the legendary Fred & Red’s “Spaghetti Red” of my youth, although none will come close to the original.

The now-defunct, yet iconic diner formerly located in Joplin, Mo., will always hold fond memories for me and my family, oddly enough all of whom (except me) grew up in and around the area. I just visited there all my life. And with each stopover, I insisted on reliving that glorious dish, never straying from the same order each time.

Skyline 3-Way Chili

When we couldn’t make it to Joplin, my mom would make it at home and it was a family favorite, naturally. Years later, I served it to my Chicago-born-and-bred husband and he came to enjoy it as well (although admittedly maybe not as much as the rest of us). And, eventually, I discovered Skyline. Sadly, Skyline has no restaurants anywhere near Chicago and Fred & Red’s closed earlier this year after 89 years in business. Now I can’t even visit there when I go to see my dad in Joplin. Steak & Shake is a desperation substitute.

But, what am I thinking?! I adopted a PALEO lifestyle of eating. I wouldn’t dig into a plate full of spaghetti Imagetopped with greasy chili and mounds of cheddar cheese anyway!! Right? Right. So, you can imagine my delight when I purchased the wonderful “Well Fed” book by Melissa Joulwan and found not only a Chocolate Chili recipe that is to die for, and which is also available on her blog here, but the version in the book recommends it with spaghetti squash for a slice of heaven that brings me back home . . .

It marked THREE firsts for this paleo newbie:

  1. My first “followed-to-the-t” paleo recipe (I’d been winging it before now)
  2. My first meal sampled from the “Well Fed” book
  3. My first experience with spaghetti squash
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Finished dish with fresh avocado and green onions

I’ll sum up what I discovered in two words. Home run. Seriously delicious. The leftovers? Even better. And the hus’ loved it too. Here is a pic of my own concoction. Needless to say, I thoroughly recommend it. This Whole30 thing is a snap! 🙂

P.S. Would love to hear from you if you like your spaghetti 3-way, 4-way, 5-way or otherwise! And doubly so if you’ve had this paleo version that I think outscores them all!

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Where Am I?

Or more appropriately, where have I been? The answer, of course, is right here. Where I’ve always been. Working, going through the “busyness” of day-to-day life and wondering where the time goes. Isn’t that more true at the end of summer than nearly any other time of the year? Come Labor Day, we take a breath and wonder what happened to the hot days, warm evenings, family gatherings and the opportunity to visit new — or favorite — places on vacation or during a fun weekend getaway.

So, I am “HERE”, at the intersection of late summer and early fall with (can it be true?) less than 90 days to Christmas? Although spring is usually the season for renewal, I am going to make a detour on the downhill road to the end of 2012 and make some changes. Today.

I resolve to:

  • Slow down. This summer has been crazy, and I don’t want to pile a crazy holiday season on top of it. Instead, I will learn to only partake in those things that are the most important, feel guilt-free about forgoing what is not, and take time to appreciate what’s closest to my heart.
  • Step up. Okay, this may sound like it’s in opposition to the first point above. But what I want to do is to be more intentional about those things to which I commit. Eliminate the clutter and focus on activities that are most important, particularly in the area of serving others and community involvement.
  • Start a revolution. Well, maybe not literally, but within myself. Now is the time to take stock of my physical well-being and make a commitment to become healthier and at peace with my mental, physical and spiritual fitness.

The best way to do all of the above? One day at a time. Without specific intentions to make small changes every day, we will find ourselves overwhelmed at the prospect and slipping further into the chaos that got us to this place. I’m excited about what’s to come and am ready to give 100% to making it happen.

As you may have guessed by now, resurrecting this blog — and giving it a new face lift — is part of the process. Come along on this journey and share your thoughts along the way. And, if you’re wondering whether there’s a PR Twist to be had in this undertaking? It’s this . . . through PR whiz Gini Dietrich’s wonderful blog, “Spin Sucks,” I became introduced to Kate Finley. Kate also has a great blog and inspired me, not only through it, but through her commitment to a Whole30 diet and “30 Days of Fitness”, I realized this is something I could conquer! If you’re curious, check out Kate Updates and you may be inspired, too!

Ready to spring into fall . . .

Lisa

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