‘Tis the seasoning which makes us jolly…

Let this serve as a warning to all of you who want to tell me something confidential – I have never, ever, in all my life, been good at keeping secrets. I always find just one person to tell – just one, and then the pressure is off. Luckily, Joe is this close to being obligated by law to be that person, and he has no trouble at all keeping secrets.

With this in mind, you can imagine how difficult the holiday season is for me; What?! There are gifts for me underneath this sweet-smelling tree and I am being forced to gaze upon them for weeks without knowing what is inside? Given how uncomfortable this makes me, I am quite afraid of what real torture would be like. But, considering what I have already divulged about my secret-keeping powers, I don’t think anyone would have to resort to tooth-pulling or finger-chopping to get information out of me.

Luckily for me, my uncle Denny didn’t have his Christmas gift to me wrapped by Amazon.com, so when I opened it last week, I received the immediate gratification of knowing what was inside. I added The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook to my wishlist after reading Clean Eating magazine on the flight back from Washington. Tosca Reno, the author of the book, seems to get It, and says what all the health magazines have told me over and over and over again – eat well (whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, lots of water) and exercise. This is infinitely far from rocket science, people. (But why is it so hard?…)

The book is jam-packed with tons of great recipes like Power Oatmeal Pancakes, Summer-roasted Salmon, and Stuffed Peppers. It even has an entire DESSERT section! Yummy! It’s not necessarily for beginners though – some thought has to go into piecing together individual recipes from different sections to form a complete meal. Regardless, I’m ridiculously excited to start cooking, and I’ve got two whole weeks off of work (HALLELUJAH!!) during which I have all the time in the world to experiment in the kitchen…

And as for all of you who I will be celebrating with this holiday season – don’t worry, I’ll still join in on the rich spinach dips and the nutmeg-y egg nog-gy toasts. Everything in moderation, right? Ooh yeah.

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