Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Quick check in plus weight loss update


Ginger Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberries

OK, it's been forever! I am the biggest slacker ever when it comes to blogging, but life has been so busy and I have not been cooking much at home. I'm coming in to say hi because yesterday was my sons 18th birthday! The cheesecake above (infused with ginger and lemon) was topped with a ginger caramel sauce and fresh raspberries. I also made some raspberry coulis. The crust was gingerbread crust.. sooooo delicious! Andrew usually requests cheesecake for his bday instead of cake and I'm more than happy to oblige.


Raspberry infused Ginger Ale

Andrew's favorite soda is ginger ale.. you know the real stuff in the green bottle? I like it too, but at $5.99 a 4 pack, it is a bit pricey. Since I was making a ginger caramel sauce for the cheesecake, I figured I might as well make a ginger syrup and make our own sodas. They were super spicy and delicious, especially with the raspberries.


18 years old!


Tofu Rancheros
Andrew's bday breakfast consisted of these delicious tofu ranchers. Frozen tofu was scrambled and served over corn tortillas. I made a decadent cheese sauce to drizzle over the top.

This is the type of stuff I've been eating... fast and easy. Tofu salad on toast with salad.. also soups and veggie burgers. I'm boring myself!

I had an unfortunate fridge mishap a month or so ago and lost all the food in my fridge and freezer. What a total bummer, especially since I had just stocked my freezer with 2 cup portions of a lot of food. Oh well... stuff happens in life you can't control!


My sweet Jorda!

Finally, I'm very happy to report that I've lost 50 lbs since April! I attribute it to the stairs at my job. My prep area is downstairs and my service area is upstairs.

oh.. and to the 2 quarts of green smoothies I drink a day!

One last thing, I have some major reviews to publish soon! Cookbooks, products... I have two weeks off in November and I will be catching up on everything then!

.... but I was soooo excited to receive Urban Vegan's cookbook! It looks fabulous and you should all go buy it NOW!

85 comments:

  1. WELCOME BACK, DEAR MEL!!!


    Awesome food, great new photos of your loved ones, and CONGRATULATIONS on your continued success!!

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  2. Holy shit! 50 pounds?! You're awesome, and your blog is still my absolute favorite food blog on my google reader (of the 96 food blogs I subscribe to)...
    Keep it up and congrats on growing quite the handsome young man all the way to adulthood :-)

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  3. 50 lbs! Way to go, Melody! And though I miss your blog posts, I'm happy to hear things have been busy at work :-)

    Can't wait to get all caught up when you have some time off. Congrats on everything!

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  4. Congratulations on that weight loss!

    Tofu Ranchero is one of my favorite dishes...looks like a great version!

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  5. Wow! I was just thinking about you today!! I am so happy to hear you are well and HOLY CRAP 50 pounds!!! :) Congratulations!! You are such an amazing, inspiring women, Mel! I just love hearing from you and that cutie Jorda! Happy Birthday to your son!

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  6. Awesome job on losing 50 lbs!! You should be very proud.

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  7. 50 pounds?!? That is huge! Congratulations! You must have had to buy a whole new wardrobe!

    All the food looks fantastic, especially the tofu and cheesecake. Have you ever posted your cheesecake recipe?

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  8. Yea! I'm glad to hear from you and so glad you've lost 50 pounds! That's a lot! The tofu rancheros and cheezecake both look amazing!

    And thanks for the reminder about Urban Vegan's cookbook!

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  9. 50 pounds! that is awesome. congrats! reading about your 2 quarts of green smoothies has made me miss drinking them dearly..oh its been a while. must get on those smoothies again!

    oh and that ginger soda looks absolutely deliciousss. yumm.

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  10. Yay for posts--I have missed you! And your food is NEVER boring:-)

    Happy birthday to your son--18 is a big deal!

    And holy crap! 50 lbs in less than 5 months?! You are amazing--congratulations!

    Courtney

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  11. Anonymous6:21 PM

    Yay! Your back. Man have we missed you. I kept checking your blog. The food is beautiful as always. And congrats!

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  12. wow! 5o pounds! I am inspired to drink those smoothies.


    Happy birthday to your son.

    That cheesecake looks awesome. Will you adopt me?

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  13. All looks great as always. . . and a huge CONGRATS on the weight loss! Feels great, doesn't it?? :)

    Happy B day to your son, too!

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  14. i totally feel you. life gets crazy sometimes and it's okay. hope you get out of your food rut soon--life tends to get in the way of exploratory/fancy cooking. sounds like you've been making some amazing stuff though. i'd hire you to make me food any day!

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  15. Holy mole, girlfriend, I thought you vanished for good into cyberspace. WONDERFUL to get an update!

    Happy Birthday to Andrew and Congrats to you, Mama, on kickin' 50 pounds to the curb!

    Missed you.
    xo!

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  16. Many comments from me:

    1. Fifty pounds! Wahoo! Well done! (And what hard work, I'm certain!)

    2. I had an apartment that I lived in once where our fridge died, and we lost all our food. Then we moved to a different apartment in the same building a couple of months later, and the same thing happened again. I feel your pain. Throwing out food is the WORST.

    3. Please please please please please can you email me your ginger soda recipe? I've tried making my own, and it's just not spicy enough, no matter how I tweak it! I need help from a master!!! Please, please, pretty please???? :)

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  17. Congratulations...sooooo...much! Both on your weight loss, and on getting that handsome young man of yours to his 18th birthday! What great milestones!

    Otherwise, I miss your blog. All the same, I understand the need to take a break sometimes. Still, I hope to see more posts from you in the near future!

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  18. So glad you're back! Everything looks fantastic as always.

    Congratulations on weight loss and happy birthday to your son!

    Can't wait for your cookbook!

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  19. Missed you a lot! Glad you're back :)

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  20. Happy Birthday to Andrew and congratulations on such a fantastic weight loss!!

    It's nice to see you back :) You totally have my craving cheesecake and ginger beer!!

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  21. Yay, welcome back.

    And congrats to you Melody. 50 pounds is totally amazing!

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  22. 50 lbs??? That's amazing! A big congrats! And welcome back!

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  23. everything looks so delicious and congrats on your weight loss!

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  24. Robyn6:57 PM

    Nice to see you back Melody! 50 lbs!!! You must be so happy!

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  25. So glad you had recently put up an update...You have lost 50 pounds since we last communicated....how AWESOME! I'm so happy for you and your blog just looks fabulous!

    xo....Penni

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  26. Congrats on the weight release, dear Mel!

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  27. It's great to see you back! Congratulations on the weight loss! That is so fantastic! I'll be looking forward to your next posts!

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  28. 50lbs!?! Congrats! That cheesecake looks delicious.

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  29. Melody!!! Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME!! Great work on your fabulous weight loss, and getting your son all the way to "adulthood". You are an inspiration!

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  30. Wow, congrats on the weight loss! Green smoothies are great, aren't they?

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  31. Welcome back! I love reading your posts! CONGRATULATIONS on losing the 50 pounds!!!!!!!!

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  32. The food look soooo good!

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  33. Congrats all the way around (weight loss and birthday). The food looks great.

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  34. WTG on the 50 lb wt loss Mel!!
    That cheesecake looks amazing :)
    And happiest of birthday's to Andrew! How on earth did my godson grow up so fast???!!

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  36. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Love your work... Keep it up!

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  38. Yum.. you food looks so good, fresh and delicious!! I am also a pitbull owner and he's a sweetie pie nut ball!! :)

    Congrats on the 50 pounds that amazing!

    I'm officially one of your followers now, and look forward to reading your blog!!

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    Take care

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  39. I love everything you are making, but I don't see the recipes... where are these posted?
    Thanks!

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  40. I love everything you are making, but I don't see the recipes... where are these posted?
    Thanks!

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