As Nourish Comes to an End (Part One)

Our year-long mother and daughter pandemic project is coming to an end. It was important that we created this collection of recipes and stories of how we found balance in eating amid an eating disorder. Balance, I have learned, is not something you find; it’s something you create. And that is exactly what we were ultimately able to do. I realize that our story is unique to our set of circumstances, yet at the same time, I strongly believe that all of us can improve our way of eating to better ourselves, and equally importantly, to better the world.

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Cheese Blintzes

Originating in Poland and similar to the French crepe, a blintz is a soft pancake wrapped like an envelope around a velvety cheese filling. For extra sweetness and flavor, we drizzle our blintzes with a vibrant strawberry sauce that you may recognize from our cheesecake recipe.

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Banana Cookies

Like banana bread in a cookie form, these fan-favorite treats are soft, fluffy, and an excellent use for overripe bananas. For extra sweetness or calories, add ½ a cup of chocolate chips to the batter.

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Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the world’s most popular rice dishes and a superb way to use up leftovers. We stick to the classic Chinese-American recipe of crispy rice mixed with chopped vegetables, scrambled eggs, and a variety of seasonings.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

What’s not to love about zesty lemony custard topped with a fluffy meringue? It was an innovative female pastry chef and teacher in early 19th-century Philadelphia who first paired lemon custard and meringue and created this all-American dessert classic.

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What Recovery Means to Me (Part Two)

Recovery. It means something a little different to everyone. I’ve been on this long and winding journey to conquer my trifecta of mental illnesses for the past eight years, yet only recently have I begun to experience certain feelings and freedoms that I’d associate with being “in recovery.” Feelings like excitement about life and the future, joy from my hobbies and pastimes, and desire to live independently, meet new people, and put anorexia, depression, and anxiety behind me once and for all. Freedom from the disordered thoughts that consumed my mind for too long. Freedom from urges to restrict, count calories, and hurt myself. Freedom from the assumption that my worth is dependent upon a number on a scale. Freedom from self-loathing and body dysmorphia. Freedom to eat whenever and whatever I please and genuinely enjoy food too. Freedom to be my authentic self and feel proud of who that person is.

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Pesto Pasta

Pesto is a wonderful Italian sauce traditionally consisting of basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, salt, and hard cheese all blended together. Prepared with garden-fresh basil and tossed with angel hair pasta is our favorite way to enjoy it.

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls, synonymous with cinnamon buns, are a classic American pastry that are fun to make and delicious to eat. A drizzle of homemade vanilla icing adds a touch of sweetness to the fluffy dough.

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