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America’s favorite summer food, strawberries

Hello and welcome to the official relaunch of Cooking with Fey! I hope you all saw my intro post last week that explained the concept of this series, my goals to help you with nutrition and making healthier lifestyle choices.

In today’s entry I’ll be discussing America’s favorite summer food, strawberries, and it’s nutritional value to your lifestyle. At the bottom of this post you can find recipes to start using this tasty ingredient in your kitchen.

So let’s dive right into the amazing nutritional value of incorporating strawberries into your diet.

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Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium. Strawberries are also powerhouses of antioxidants that fight free radicals inside the body.

Why should you care about things potassium, folate or manganese? Well, potassium helps the body maintain a normal blood pressure, and manganese helps the body maintain its healthy bone structure, absorb calcium more efficiently and balance hormones in the body. While folate, which is one of the B-vitamins, is important for tissue growth and normal cell function. Further, folate is especially important for pregnant women and our active aging populations.

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Oh, and those antioxidants that I mentioned earlier? Not only do they fight free radicals in the body, but they also have been shown in studies to delay cognitive issues like memory less, fight cancer and decrease your chances of developing heart disease or diabetes. Now that’s a lot of awesome benefits for one little berry!

For those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, the anthocyanins found in berries (like strawberries) have been linked to improved cardiovascular health and function (2008, Favorable effects of berry consumption on platelet function, blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol).

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So what’s not to love about this spectacular little red berry? Nothing! So put on your apron and let’s get cooking!

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Until next time!

Cheers,

Fey

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Studies on strawberries have been conducted at:

  • Harvard’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital
  • Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • David Handley, small fruit specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Pharmacokinetics of anthocyanins and antioxidant effects after the consumption of anthocyanin-rich acai juice and pulp (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) in human healthy volunteers.)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693743

 

If you’d like to learn more about how amazing strawberries are for you, here are some articles I found helpful when researching this topic:

  • Alvarez-Suarez JM, Giampieri F, Tulipani S, et al. One-month strawberry-rich anthocyanin supplementation ameliorates cardiovascular risk, oxidative stress markers and platelet activation in humans. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Volume 25, Issue 3, March 2014, Pages 289-294.
  • Basu A, Fu DX, Wilkinson M et al. Strawberries decrease atherosclerotic markers in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Nutr Res. 2010 Jul;30(7):462-9. 2010.
  • Basu A, Wilkinson M, Penugonda K et al. Freeze-dried strawberry powder improves lipid profile and lipid peroxidation in women with metabolic syndrome: baseline and post intervention effects. Nutr J. 2009; 8: 43. Published online 2009 September 28. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-8-43. 2009.
  • Bialasiewicz P, Prymont-Przyminska A, Zwolinska A, et al. Addition of strawberries to the usual diet decreases resting chemiluminescence of fasting blood in healthy subjects-possible health-promoting effect of these fruits consumption. J Am Coll Nutr. 2014;33(4):274-87.
  • Burton-Freeman B, Linares A, Hyson D et al. . Strawberry Modulates LDL Oxidation and Postprandial Lipemia in Response to High-Fat Meal in Overweight Hyperlipidemic Men and Women. J. Am. Coll. Nutr., Feb 2010; 29: 46 – 54. 2010.
  • Cassidy A, Rogers G, Peterson JJ, et al. Higher dietary anthocyanin and flavonol intakes are associated with anti-inflammatory effects in a population of US adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jul;102(1):172-81.
  • Ellis CL, Edirisinghe I, Kappagoda T et al. Attenuation of Meal-Induced Inflammatory and Thrombotic Responses in Overweight Men and Women After 6-Week Daily Strawberry (Fragaria) Intake: a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Atheroscler Thromb. 2011 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]. 2011.
  • Fernandes VC, Domingues VF, Mateus N et al. Organochlorine Pesticide Residues in Strawberries from Integrated Pest Management and Organic Farming. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]. 2011.
  • Gasperotti M, Masuero D, Guella G, et al. Evolution of ellagitannin content and profile during fruit ripening in Fragaria spp. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Sep 11;61(36):8597-607.
  • Gasperotti M, Masuero D, Mattivi F, et al. Overall dietary polyphenol intake in a bowl of strawberries: The influence of Fragaria spp. in nutritional studies. Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 18, Part B, October 2015, Pages 1057-1069.
  • Giampieri F, Alvarez-Suarez JM, Gasparrini M, et al. Strawberry consumption alleviates doxorubicin-induced toxicity by suppressing oxidative stress. Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 94, August 2016, Pages 128-137.
  • Giampieri F, Forbes-Hernandez TY, Gasparrini M, et al. Strawberry as a health promoter: an evidence based review. Food Funct. 2015 May;6(5):1386-98.
  • Giampieri F, Tulipani S, Alvarez-Suarez JM, et al. The strawberry: Composition, nutritional quality, and impact on human health. Nutrition, Volume 28, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 9-19.
  • Huang Y, Park E, Edirisinghe I, et al. Maximizing the health effects of strawberry anthocyanins: understanding the influence of the consumption timing variable. Food Funct. 2016 Dec 7;7(12):4745-4752.
  • Jenkins DJA, Nguyen TH, Kendall CWC. et al. The effect of strawberries in a cholesterol-lowering dietary portfolio. Metabolism, Volume 57, Issue 12, December 2008, Pages 1636-1644.
  • Negri AS, Allegra D, Simoni L, et al. Comparative analysis of fruit aroma patterns in the domesticated wild strawberries “Profumata di Tortona” (F. moschata) and “Regina delle Valli” (F. vesca). Frontiers in Plant Science. 2015;6:56. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00056.
  • Pinto Mda S, de Carvalho JE, Lajolo FM, et al. Evaluation of antiproliferative, anti-type 2 diabetes, and antihypertension potentials of ellagitannins from strawberries (Fragaria — ananassa Duch.) using in vitro models. J Med Food. 2010 Oct;13(5):1027-35. 2010.
  • Prymont-Przyminska A, Bialasiewicz P, Zwolinska A, et al. Addition of strawberries to the usual diet increases postprandial but not fasting non-urate plasma antioxidant activity in healthy subjects. Clin Biochem Nutr. 2016 Nov;59(3):191-198.
  • Reber JD, Eggett DL and Parker TL. Antioxidant capacity interactions and a chemical/structural model of phenolic compounds found in strawberries. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2011 Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]. 2011.
  • Rengarajanm T and Yaacob NS. The flavonoid fisetin as an anticancer agent targeting the growth signaling pathways. European Journal of Pharmacology, Volume 789, 15 October 2016, Pages 8-16.
  • Sandulachi E, Tatarov P, and Croitor D. The Estimation of Dependency of Fresh Berries Physico-Chemical Properties on Storage and Processing Conditions. Annals : Food Science and Technology Year: 2010 Vol: 11 Issue: 1 Pages/record No.: 13-15. 2010.
  • Shukitt-Hale B, Bielinski DF, Lau FC, et al. The beneficial effects of berries on cognition, motor behaviour and neuronal function in ageing. Br J Nutr. 2015 Nov 28;114(10):1542-9.
  • Tomas-Barberan FA, Garcia-Villalba R, Gonzalez-Sarrias A, et al. Ellagic acid metabolism by human gut microbiota: consistent observation of three urolithin phenotypes in intervention trials, independent of food source, age, and health status. J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Jul 16;62(28):6535-8.
  • Tulipani S, Armeni T, Giampieri F, et al. Strawberry intake increases blood fluid, erythrocyte and mononuclear cell defenses against oxidative challenge. Food Chemistry, Volume 156, 1 August 2014, Pages 87-93.
  • Zasowska-Nowak A, Nowak PJ, Bialasiewicz P, et al. Strawberries Added to the Usual Diet Suppress Fasting Plasma Paraoxonase Activity and Have a Weak Transient Decreasing Effect on Cholesterol Levels in Healthy Nonobese Subjects. Am Coll Nutr. 2016 Jul;35(5):422-35.

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Cooking with Fey Revival!

Hello and welcome everyone to the revival of the Cooking with Fey segment! This revival will be a little different than the original series, in that I will outline a new food and how to use it in recipes each week. My goal is to publish a new entry to this series every Friday, so check back each week for new publications and info!

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And don’t worry, each Tuesday will still be a new Fey Fitness workout tutorial. This series will just be in addition to the great content you’ve already been getting each week!

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Also be on the lookout for fun collaborations between myself and other bloggers. My goal is to make this a fun way to learn about nutrition and make healthier food choices that easily fit into your current lifestyle.

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If you have comments and input please let me know! This blog is all about keeping the comment relevant to you and your needs, so feel free to reach out to me so I can better do that.

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That’s all for now, I just wanted to let you in on this exciting opportunity so you can mark your calendars for next week’s post!

 

Until then, have a wonderful day!

 

Cheers,

Fey

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Belly Fat Be Gone! Foods to Combat the Bloat.

Hello everyone and welcome to another blog entry of Fey Fitness! Today I wanted to take a moment and talk about belly fat.

I’ve had a few clients lately talk about nutrition and healthy eating lifestyles and express concern that they feel that they are carrying a little too much around their mid-sections. Now, we may all feel like this after a big meal or a weekend abroad on vacation, so if you are also concerned about your middle and would like to start making healthier food choices to combat this trouble area try incorporating the following foods into your diet to help banish that fat!

Supplements:

  • Conjugated Linolic Acid (CLA) 3,000mg in the morning and 3,000mg at night before bed.

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Breakfast:

  • Old Fashioned or Steel Cut Oats
  • Egg Whites
  • Berries! (Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry- mix these bad boys in with your oatmeal to banish belly fat and boost the nutrient content)
  • Low-sodium cottage cheese
  • Bananas (Try not to eat this at night. There are some fitness gurus who say a banana will disrupt your sleep if eaten late at night)
  • Citrus Fruit (Oranges, Grape Fruit)
  • Pineapple
  • Coffee (but go easy on the milk, and no sugar)

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Lunch and Dinner:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Basically, if it’s a leafy green, eat it! J
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots or Parsnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Baked or Steamed Potatoes (don’t get too heavy handed with that butter though! And try substituting Olive Oil for butter for healthier fats)
  • Miso soup
  • Tempeh
  • Sauerkraut or KimChi
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Leeks
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Lean Turkey or Chicken
  • Fish – Salmon, Tilapia, Swordfish, Tuna, Sardines
  • Whole Grain Breads (Avoid bleached flour. Instead, eat bread made from brown rice, quinoa, wheat,  barley, millet, farro, sorghum, and amaranth)
  • Tea (Matcha, Green, Oolong, Roobios, White, Jasmine)
  • Season with herbs as much as you can to avoid fatty or high calorie sauces. Try: basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage, tarragon, mint, oregano, and black and red chili peppers.

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Snacks:

  • Almonds (unsalted)
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin Seeds (unsalted)
  • Sunflower Seeds (unsalted)

 

If you have specific health and wellness concerns please discuss those with your healthcare provider before beginning any new or drastic dietary change. They will know your unique situation and health needs better than anyone. Or feel free to reach out to me and I would be more than happy to help!

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My goal is to empower you to feel confident and informed so you can get the most satisfying workout possible. So please let me know how I can better help you achieve that goal. As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

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Fey

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Meal Planning for a Healthy Diet

Hello and welcome everyone to today’s blog post on eating healthy. This is a huge topic so I thought I would start off small and just touch on the topic of meal planning. Meal planning is amazing. It’s saved my butt so many times and kept me on track to meeting my fitness goals. How, you ask? Because meal planning means I have everything I am going to eat for the week mapped out and ready to go so it takes the thinking and guess work out of what I eat in a day.

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My typical strategy is to make all my breakfasts and lunches on Sunday, package them in Tupperware containers, and then nab them each morning as I race out the door. Dinners I tend to cook in smaller batches that only last for two or three days.

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Now, this might sound dreadful, but not to worry, I’m not eating the exact same thing every single day. When I cook on Sunday I make several smaller meals all at once and bake them all in the oven together or on the stove top. For example, say I got a bunch of chicken thighs on sale at the store on Sunday. I’ll take aluminum foil and put some chicken, carrots, onions and cumin in one packet and wrap it like a Christmas present. Then, I’ll take another packet of aluminum foil and place some chicken in it with asparagus, mushrooms, shallots and garlic. I’ll keep adding different veggies and spices to each packet so that I can pop all of that in the oven together and have instant meals to eat throughout the week. But did you notice how each aluminum foil packet was different? They all may contain the chicken I bought on sale, but there is enough variety in vegetables and spices to keep it interesting and so I won’t get bored eating chicken all week.

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I do something similar with breakfasts. I adore oatmeal- really, it’s my jam. So I’ll make a week’s worth of oatmeal, then add various fruits, spices or other ingredients to keep it interesting. Like this week, I added the following items to my oatmeal: cranberries (because why not), chia seeds, coconut milk, cinnamon, fresh mango, diced apple and raisins. See? Even a tiny addition can really change the flavor and texture of a dish.
However, if you’ve never done it before, here are some handy tips on how to meal plan. (I also did some digging and found an interesting read on the MyFitnessPal Blog that I’ve linked for you to read as well.)

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First, take stock of the upcoming week. Whip out those phones and open your calendars. What do you have going on? Are you racing from work to soccer practice with the kids? Do you have late meetings? These are things you need to take into account when meal planning. If you are running with the kids to practice directly after work, you’ll probably want to make meals that are more portable and easier to eat from the stands while the kids practice. If you’re staying late at work, does your office have a refrigerator where you can put your lunch and dinner to eat later? Nothing kills good intentions better than having to get fast food for a meal rather than eating something nutritious and homemade. Also, look to see if you’ll have time to make dinner each night, or if you need to make a large dish that will last several days (like I do).

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Next, poke around in your kitchen to see what you already have. I like saving money, so anything that I already have at home that I don’t need to buy twice is great. Try to think of meals that can incorporate what you already have to save money. Google is a great resource for finding yummy recipes using what you already have on hand. Another great thing for new cooks is that most recipes will tell you how many people the dish feeds (or how many days of leftovers you can expect), this is valuable information when planning your meals for the week.

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Now it’s time to go to the store. If you don’t have a bunch of recipes memorized like I do, feel free to bring your recipe food lists with you to the store so you make sure you get everything you need for the coming week. I try to buy seasonal produce that’s on sale to further stretch my money. I do the same thing with the meat section. I head straight to the “Manager’s Sale” section and inspect the meats there for anything appealing to me. Remember those chicken thighs I was talking about earlier? I got those on sale for 50% off! The feeling of getting a pound of organic, non-GMO chicken for less than $5 is a great feeling.

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You’re almost done! You’ve looked at your week, taken stock of the kitchen, gathered your bounty from the store, and now you are home. So let’s get cooking. Now you just need to cook all this great food and you’ll be done. Granted, depending on your recipes this may take a bit, but your Future Self will be so grateful to Past You for being able to open the fridge and see all this amazing food sitting inside ready to be eaten.
And you’re done! Let me know what you thought about this post in the comments.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

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Cheers,

Fey

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Cooking with Fey Series Announcement and Life Update!

Hello and welcome everyone to today’s episode of Cooking with Fey. You may notice that we aren’t in my kitchen for today’s video, and that is because I have a channel announcement for you all.

As you may know, I have a day job and work as a personal trainer at night. Well, I’ve been getting a lot more personal training clients recently and I had to make a very difficult choice, to take on more clients on the weekends or keep filming my cooking videos. So after a lot of thinking and pondering, I’ve decided to put the Cooking with Fey series on hold for a while. I don’t plan on cancelling the series forever, but for the next few months I want to really focus on my second job and gaining more clients.

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The end goal to all of this is to become successful enough with my personal training job that I can quit my day job and stop working seven (7) days a week. At that time I plan on starting up the Cooking with Fey series again. My current plan is to quit my day job and move into personal training full time by the spring of 2018, but depending on how many new clients I am working with might push that timeline forward. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that business continues to grow and I can resume the series sooner rather than later.

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I really appreciate your patience and flexibility with me while I work towards this goal, and work up the courage to quite my day job. It’s a big step for me and one that has a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for me and my husband. So please bear with me while I work through this leap of faith.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

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Fey

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Atrial Fibrillation Approved Grocery Haul for December 3rd, 2017!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Cooking with Fey!

Today I thought I would share with you a grocery haul that is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation. When shopping for groceries with Atrial Fibrillation, try to stick with fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed meats. The goal is to eat food in as close to it’s nature state as possible, so try to avoid foods found in boxes or cans.

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You’ll also want to try and limit your salt or sugar intake. I’m trying out some Greek yogurt mixed with fruit to add more protein to my diet, and ward off those pesky sugar cravings. Salt is another thing to avoid. By reducing your intake of boxed or canned food items you can decrease your salt intake fairly easily and naturally. When cooking, try to cut back on how much salt you would normally use and see how your meal tastes. You might be surprised by how easy it is to reduce your salt content in food without sacrificing flavor.

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Leafy greens are a must, as they are a great source of micro-nutrients your body needs. Broccoli is an amazing addition to your diet for the vitamin content as well, so try roasting or steaming this yummy food to add to your lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Meat, like chicken, is a great source of protein to help your body repair and maintain muscle tissue, like your heart. So be sure to get between 40-60 grams of protein each day to help your body performing at its best.

If you have any specific questions please leave them in the comments down below and I would be happy to answer them.

As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

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Fey

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Heart Healthy Meals for Weightlifting!

Hello and welcome everyone to another episode of Cooking with Fey! Today I will be showing you what I typically eat Monday through Saturday when I am in a “bulking phase” to gain more lean muscle mass. (Note: As a lady, this meal plan will not turn you into a big bodybuilder like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It just means you are going to be trading excess fat for more muscle.) These foods are all perfect for those of us with atrial fibrillation, and are healthy enough that anyone can copy this meal plan and have great success with it.

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I try to eat protein at each of my meals, and munch on some vegan protein or nuts if I’m feeling like a snack in between my three main meals. Don’t be afraid of snacking, just make sure that you are eating healthy and nutritious foods for your snack and not junk like microwave popcorn or chips.

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Also for your meals, make sure you are eating at least one cup of vegetables. I can’t stress enough how amazing fresh vegetables are for the body, and how few clients I see actually eating them. Just swap out some rice, pasta, or bread with leafy greens at each meal and your body will thank you.

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As always, please like and subscribe to this channel to stay up to date on new content, and head on over to Instagram (@fey_fitness) to give me a follow or to YouTube at Fey Fitness.

My Patreon page is now live, so please go show some love there as well. I’d like to make some upgrades to my videos to enhance your viewing pleasure, and any support would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Fey

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P.S. Starting November 17th through November 27th, I will be traveling out of the country and not have access to a regular internet connection. This means that I will miss the next two Sundays of Cooking with Fey videos. For this I am very sorry, but I’ve been planning this trip for the last 13 months and want to be sure it’s as fun as I imagined it would be. But not to worry, I will return with a new Cooking with Fey video on December 3rd! So stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

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