Kale and ginger smoothie

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We are one week from 2014 and it is already flying like a freight train. Can we download it and register with each other? Can we relax with a coffee by the fire and talk about life? Can we have a talk by the fireplace with Julia? Let's do that.

In our chat by the fire, we can talk about the state of the union … errr … our lives. We could balance our budget for work and play, and talk about next year. We can talk now and how we really are. How are you my furry friends? Would you like more coffee? Our Fireside Chat coffee maker is always full. Is magic.

During this conversation, we would put each other on top of each other. Like whoa. And that's what I'm about to do. I have good news … and I want to share it with you in the most natural way. With coffee, fire, messy hair and pajamas.

First, starting on January 1, my second cookbook, , it is signed, sealed, delivered! I submitted my manuscript to my editor, and from here it goes through a series of editions. Once the final manuscript is approved, it is sent to the printers and then available for your hands and coffee table. Once things settle down, I'll write a series on my blog about what it's like to write a cookbook. Would you read it IIIIIII I hope so!

My second lot of news is one day a week, I will post a recipe on my good friend Kiersten's blog, Oh my vegetables. Kiersten and I joined for months about the process of writing a cookbook. She is currently at the end of writing a vegetarian cookbook for freezer recipes. Advance, freeze, reheat, devour. Mmm! I have always loved your blog, and I feel it is completely surreal that I have the opportunity to share my recipes on your site.

Which brings me to my third piece of news. I'm actually contributing to KIERSTEN’S COOKBOOK !! WHAAAAAAAT! Me, me, Kare, Meg and McKel are developing recipes RIGHT NOW that will go to the Kiersten Freezer Vegetarian Cookbook. I'm in the cloud going crazy nine. !! I love that this cookbook is collaborative, with multiple voices and all kinds of cooking styles… the synergy is so thick you can cut it with a knife! IMO, this book will be top notch. Top shelf, plain malt, 70 years old top… freaking out… notch!

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So, for my first OMV post, I'm sharing with you my kale-ginger detox smoothie. Kiersten had the brilliant idea to publish a series of shakes for the post-break dance back to normal. And her good friend Rikki Snyder took all the pictures! Are they not wonderful? She is a photography ninja.

Phew! That would conclude my here and now Part of my Fireside Chat, and now it's your turn, my friends. Tell me anything and everything. Tell me about your best friend. Tell me about your dreams, hobbies, favorite wine variety. Put it on me thick and good!

And here's that smoothie I've been talking about:

Kale Ginger Detox Smoothie

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

Total time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1 shake


  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and frozen

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced

  • 1 cup kale leaves loosely packed

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons honey or more to taste

  • 1/2 cup ice


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until completely smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Smoothie shake

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