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In our effort to eat cleaner and improve our athletic performance, my husband has become a disciple of Dr. Allen Lim, one of the authors of The Feed Zone Cookbook. Our copy of The Feed Zone Cookbook arrived last week and I was itching to prepare a recipe from it. It just so happened that we had an abundance of fresh picked blueberries from our weekend visit to Oak Hill Farms so I couldn’t resist giving this buttermilk pancake recipe a try.

This recipe is a bit different from my go to pancake recipe mainly due to the addition of 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar. All I had on hand was dark brown sugar which was a bit overpowering (i.e. a gingerbread like flavor). Even so, they were a welcome deviation from our typical morning oatmeal. I look forward to making these again with light brown sugar. While I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, I did have powdered buttermilk which I combined with water to “make” buttermilk (4 Tbsp buttermilk powder + 1 cup water = 1 cup buttermilk). While the recipe called for 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, I found 1 cup of reconstituted buttermilk to be quite adequate.

If you’re sitting the fence on whether or not to give this cookbook a try, check out this blog which chronicles a family’s endeavor to eat their way through The Feed Zone Cookbook. Even if you do not consider yourself an athlete per se, this is still a healthy way of eating as the cookbook offers scads of gluten-free recipes. Let’s get healthy!

On a side note, does anyone have a masticating juicer they would recommend? We’re looking to purchase one in the near future (primarily to make beet juice) and want to make sure we get a durable one…preferably without breaking the bank.

your's truly with Bobby & Jamie Deen

Let me start by thanking Jamie and Bobby Deen for coming to the Gulf Coast for my blogoversary. You boys are too kind! While naysayers would scoff and claim it was merely a “coincidence”, I choose to believe it was something more – divine intervention, perhaps? Ha!

my autographed copy of Take It Easy

Now the real reason they were in town – their booksigning at Page & Palette. So, the fabulous Ms. Eden and I just had to go to Fairhope last night to say hi. It would’ve been impolite not to.

Well, let me just say, you simply must get your hands on a copy of Take It Easy. If you hurry, you may even be lucky enough to score an autographed copy. I’ll wait while you place your order…


What a great turnout! The line was wrapped around the building, but it was totally worth the wait. Jamie and Bobby were quite charming and gracious and Panini Pete was serving dishes from Take It Easy such as the Hearty Three-Bean-and-Ham Salad, Extra-Special Grilled Cheese Toasts with Tomato, Ten-Minute Blackberry Cream Pie, and Quick Chocolate Crunch Banana Pudding…oh, so yummy! Two more of their recipes jumped out at me that I just can’t wait to make – Asian-Style Beef and Noodle Salad with Cucumbers and Quick Brownie-Raspberry Trifle (I’m a sucker for a trifle!).

Want to meet the Deen brothers? Check out their tour dates to see if they’re coming to a bookstore near you.

And for all my neighbors, I have something for you to look forward to – drumroll please…John Besh will be at Page & Palette on December 8th! That’s right, the John Besh so mark your calendars. Click here for more details and I hope to see you there.

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ~Voltaire

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