Hi, I'm Kim

Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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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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I am making something for you. And I mean it this time. Seriously.

you know you want it.

I can't hold it in anymore, so I'm letting the cat out of the bag...

I'm almost finished writing, photographing, designing, and self-publishing a lovely little printed collection of recipes! It will feature 16 recipes that are vegan-friendly and can be made free of gluten, rice, casein, eggs, soy, corn, tree nuts, peanuts, potato, tomato, citrus, shellfish, and cane sugar.  It will be printed in an unique, multi-purpose format, and will be available for sale through my Etsy site starting some time in October.  It will also be available from me in person, if you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro.   I will reveal more information as we approach the release date!

I know I've been talking about a cookbook the last, oh, year or so. I know you've been paying attention because many of you keep asking me where than cookbook is. I appreciate your questioning - it is inspiring and keeps me driven. That cookbook I kept talking about earlier this year is sitting on my laptop, split between two or three enormous documents titled with absurd file names. A lot of it is done, a lot of it isn't. I want to write a good cookbook. I've never written a cookbook before, so working through it takes time.  And in the last year, I've had a whole lot of life happen. Let's face it, I'm busy. I work a full time job that has nothing to do with this blog. I'm recovering from Lyme and sometimes don't feel so great. I have other hobbies and passions and interests and a social life. I spent a lot of time in the garden the last 5 months. And sometimes, believe it or not, I just want to blow a weekend and watch The X-Files or Arrested Development on Netflix.

Basically, I just haven't had the chance to finish what I started! I'm okay with that and I hope you are too. Instead of taking on the monolith that is the book of my dreams, I'm distilling the best ideas from my massive assortment of recipes and delivering them to you in a more easy-to-digest format. It has been fun to write and I think it will be more fun for you than a book that just sits on your shelf.

Here's a few more photos to wet your palette and pique your interest...in due time you will find out the details of what these lovely things are!  Yes, as we were told as children, good things come to those who wait.




Scones! Soup! Pistou! Pie! Dip! Crackers! Oh my! And that's just one third of the collection, friends.  Hungry yet?  

Conveniently, my posting these photos (of which I'm quite proud) coincides with the kick-off of Simply Gluten Free's gluten-free photo contest! So, I entered and I look forward to being included in her round-up on September 30 - and keeping my fingers crossed that through some miracle I will get recognition as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place (dreams are fun, aren't they?).

Anyway, back to my recipe project. Everything is made with love and I'm really happy with all the recipes included in the collection. Many friends have gone into allowing this to happen, and have helped me test recipes, have eaten food I've thrown at them, and have suggested amazing ideas that have continued to inspire me. I'm proud of the work I'm doing on this project, and I'm super excited to share it with you. I may be a bit distant the next couple weeks as I'm finishing this up and finalizing the last bits, but in a few weeks, I'll have something wonderful to share with all of you.  I can't wait!



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Reader Comments (14)

Oh my gosh YUM, can't wait!!!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Kim, You are truly inspiring! Keep up the wonderful work you have so much to offer to this world!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli / Red Marionette

HOORAY! I am so excited, Kim! Can I get one in person please and thank you? :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA-K

This news is so very exciting ! Everything you make looks so delicious .You fit so much living in to your life and you are so gifted . I just know it is going to be wonderful :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I cannot wait to put this book in my kitchen library. You have been a huge inspiration to and big help
with my own cooking journey. I bought my first basket of duck eggs yesterday and am
looking forward to baking your grain free breads. Keep the recipes coming!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie T

Oooo - those pictures look so good! I can't wait to hear more.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

That is so wonderful, congratulations Kim! Be sure to send me info when it is released so I can announce it to Go dairy free viewers for you :)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Kim, your photos are gorgeous! And we are okay wtih whatever you decide to do. :) You somehow manage to keep it all together and get 4,732 things done a day. . . so I think we should be willing to wait a little longer for your recipes! (but just a *little* longer!) ;)

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Okay, so I really want to know how you made that chocolatey delicious looking dish up there free of dairy, tree nuts, and soy. So intrigued...

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIris

FOOD PORN! Make more, make more! Ghaaaaa!!!!11!!one!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Boland

looking forward to it!!!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynette


I just found your blog and read all about your journey. Thank you so much for sharing! I can relate to much of your struggles and am probably just a few years behind you :). I just wanted to encourage you. You have come so far and are truly blessing others with your discoveries. Good luck with your book and I cannot wait to see and try all the yummy recipes in it :).


September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessi @Sweet and Salty Life

Thank you thank you everyone for your amazing support :) You are all so amazing and your support means the world to me. And just a clarifying point - it isn't a book, per say :) The details will be revealed shortly! I'm so excited to share it with you. xoxo

September 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

Cant wait!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris
Sorry, no comments/questions allowed right now.
Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo