Affairs of Living

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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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Who writes this blog?

Yours truly is a woman named Kim living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. For more info, check this out.

When did you start this blog?

Technically, I started Affairs of Living in March 2007. Back then it was a blog about living in the city, trends, books,  current events, stuff I ate, and all sorts of other random stuff I found interesting in my daily life. No one read it, other than me. Then I got sick and the focus of my life changed. In June 2008 I deleted all my old posts but kept the name of the blog, and started writing about food and my healing process.

How did you pick the name "Affairs of Living"?

I was influenced by the Foxfire Books.  The Foxfire Book, and the following eleven companion books, are a memorial to the people and the vanishing culture of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  The books share the words and wisdom of those who were born, lived their lives, and passed away there, in stories collected by high school students who wanted to be a part of their community and preserve their heritage. I received old tattered copies of the first two Foxfire books from my college advisor and mentor, and fell in love with them immediately. In the forward of the first book, it lists the topics covered, listing the last as "affairs of daily living". I was always taken with the phrase; it immediately struck me how many tasks and things we do merely to maintain our daily lives, whether that be in old Appalachia or in a modern day, urban environment. When choosing a name for my blog, it seemed appropriate.

For the record, I will keep those books forever.  If s#@& hits the fan and we all need to be self-sustaining once again, those books will get me through.

What's with your diet? 

I have a lot of allergies and intolerances, have medically necessary dietary restrictions due to Lyme Disease treatment, and am passionated about eating whole, real, nutrient-dense foods.  

How long have you had Lyme Disease?

I think I contracted it for the first time when I was 8 years old. Many of the health issues I had as a child and growing up - allergies, chronic back and joint pain, digestive problems, depression - are indicative of late stage Chronic Lyme Disease.  I think I was able to fight off most severe symptoms until the other tick bite I got in 2006, when it was all just too much and my body freaked out. I was sick for years before finally getting a proper Lyme diagnosis in November 2009. You can read more about Lyme Disease here.

You make a lot of vegan food.  Are you vegan?

Not anymore. I was a dedicated veg*n for 10 years, but health issues encouraged me to transition to the life of a responsible omnivore in 2006.  I haven't looked back.

Do you have Celiac Disease? 

Nope, but I am allergic to wheat and feel much better avoiding all gluten. I've been totally GF since May 2008. 

What are these strange ingredients in your recipes?

Check out my Ingredients Glossary!

Where do you buy your groceries?

Food co-ops and farmer's markets, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and the regular old grocery store. I am lucky to have access to so many great stores in Minneapolis.  If you aren't so fortunate, many well-stocked grocery stores carry specialty ingredients in their natural foods section, and even SuperTarget has a bunch of great stuff (GF pasta, Sunbutter, etc).  You can find almost anything online, so if you can't find it in your local community, get out your credit card and  click "add to cart".  I also try to grow my own food in gardens whenever I can.

How do you afford to eat organically?

I prioritize quality food in my budget. I buy in bulk as much as I can, save scraps to make my own broth, re-use leftovers in soups and stews, and make as much from scratch as possible. When there are sales, I stock up.  I split cases with friends for better prices. I barter and trade.

What's your day job?

I am project manager at a commercial photo studio. I produce photography for advertising campaigns and e-commerce.

I am a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University, and expect to graduate in 2015. For work, I am currently a cheesemaker for Punk Rawk Labs.

The recipe didn't work. What went wrong?

Sorry it didn't work for you, but I don't know what went wrong. Ingredient substitutions, oven temperatures, altitude, humidity and temperature in your kitchen, different appliances - all of these things affect how a recipe may turn out. All I can suggest is try it again and stick to the recipe.

Who is your webhost?

Squarespace. I love them. 

What kind of camera do you use?

Lately I've been using my iPhone 5! But most photos in the last couple years have been with a Canon Rebel T1i.  I have also used a Canon rebel XTi and a Canon PowerShot SD 1200 IS.   

Who does your graphic design and illustration?

Yours truly, darling.

I sent you an email and you totally blew me off. What gives?

Sorry!  I value each e-mail I get and care about all of my readers, but sometimes one slides through the cracks.  Send me another email, and be sure to tell me I forgot to respond. 

May I repurpose your recipe, images, or other content on my blog or website?

Thank you for asking. Please review my Creative Commons License here for all the details on what you can and can't do with my content.

Wanna trade links?

Nope, sorry. Please don't email me asking to do a link-for-link trade.  

I am represent a manufacturer of a product you might like. Will you review our product?

Nope, sorry. I will only review products that I find myself and want to share information about. Please do not email me asking about this.