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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Hi, my name is Kim. I'm a blogger, a foodie, an artist, a Lyme Disease warrior, and a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am always learning, educating, and creating, and I am happiest when I am working with my hands. 

My lifelong battle with digestive issues, allergies, chronic pain, and other disturbing symptoms stemming from Chronic Lyme Disease encouraged me to start blogging in 2008. Inspired by the experiences from my own healing journey, this blog has become my place to share ways to eat, heal, and live well. I know that eating clean food, practicing non-toxic household practices, and taking part in positive community-building activities as helped me greatly in my healing process, and I want to share my experiences with you in the hope that it will benefit you or someone you love. Over the years, my blog has become a trusted resource in the gluten-free, allergy-free, whole foods, and Lyme Disease online communities, and I hope to contribute to the conversation for years to come.

Desiring a way to share my passions with my community in Minneapolis, MN, I have become involved with local foods events, cooking demos at local farmer's markets, and Lyme Disease awareness and fundraising events. A few years back I founded the MPLS Swappers, an organization dedicated to building community, sharing knowledge, and encouraging sustainable living practices through the exchange of homegrown, homemade, and foraged food in an urban environment. Sadly, we got busted by the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture (they thought we were going to kill people with canned goods) and we chose to cancel the swap rather than concede to their demands. But I am still way into making food and sharing it. 

In September 2012, I began a Masters of Oriental Medicine program at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. The program will give the me knowledge to practice a variety of healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, Chinese dietary therapy, tui na, and moxibustion. I also hope to complete a Clinical Nutrition Certification to increase my scope of nutritional practice. All things willing, I will be able to start practicing in 2015 with increased nutrition counseling a few years later. It's a long road, but I feel confident it is the right path for me.  

So, get comfy, stay awhile, and make yourself at home. I hope you enjoy what you find here. 

xo, Kim