About Us

Welcome! We’re Sonja & Alex, a husband and wife from Indianapolis. We’re a writer + photographer recipe developer couple who believes in the power of REAL GOOD FOOD for all. We’ve found that real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our bodies, communities, and the world.

We don’t ascribe to a specific diet: not clean eating, vegetarian,
gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, or otherwise, though we do eat mostly plant-centric meals with occasional seafood or meat mixed in (we say flexitarian). Instead, we’ve found joy in celebrating real good food with the human connection of family and friends around the table.

This website features recipes we create, cook, and photograph together in our home kitchen, along with tips on how to integrate healthy habits into everyday life. To learn more about us and our work, see below.
Real good food: good for your body, community, and world.
Who We Are
Sonja Overhiser is a writer, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate known for her passion for cooking and eating well. In 2010 along with her husband Alex, she created the
A Couple Cooks food blog, a collection of whole foods recipes and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating. She is co-host of the
A Couple Cooks podcast, which features conversations in food with personalities from local farmers to celebrity chefs. She loves a strong cup of coffee, trips to the farmer’s market, travelling in Italy and Greece, and has a hidden talent of salsa dancing.

Alex Overhiser is a food photographer, recipe developer, podcast host, and the web designer behind A Couple Cooks. Alex’s food photography is nationally known and has been featured in online and print publications. In addition to A Couple Cooks, Alex maintains freelance gigs in food photography and web design. He loves a locally roasted cup of coffee, hiking, and his smartwatch.

Sonja and Alex are married and live in Indianapolis, Indiana in a historic home with their spunky Pomeranian, Luna. As A Couple Cooks, they are devoted to their community and engage in events to advocate for healthy living in Indianapolis, as well as campaigns around the country and world. Through A Couple Cooks, Alex and Sonja have been featured in print and on TV, partnered with national brands to create recipes, featured top authors, chefs, and thought-leaders in interviews, taught cooking classes at restaurants and community centers, traveled to Cambodia to write a benefit cookbook for a culinary school, and worked with local farmer’s markets and restaurateurs to promote good, sustainable food.
Can healthy food taste good?  YES! When we got married 8 years ago we subsisted on frozen and fast food. After we read the book Food Matters by Mark Bittman, we were inspired to try cooking with non-processed ingredients and found this new way of eating was truly delicious. We started this website to document the recipes we were cooking, and it grew from there.

Do you both really cook?  YES! Both husband and wife are in the kitchen getting our hands dirty. Cooking together is our form of quality time together. Along the way Alex started taking photographs and Sonja started writing down recipes. The rest is history.

Are you vegetarian?  Sometimes? We eat mainly vegetarian at home, but we allow space for seafood and meat on occasions like special events, going out to eat, and holidays, which makes our way of eating more accessible in social situations.

What does flexitarian mean?  That was it! (up arrow)

Who are some of your inspirations?  Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman are the people who inspired us to start eating whole foods and mostly plants, and we have huge respect for what they do. Julia Child is our other inspiration: she had such a passion for cooking, people and life! She was an amazing woman who taught us to cook through her cooking shows and cookbooks.

What kind of camera do you use?  Our gear has been in near-constant change over time. We currently shoot with a Canon 5D III and a selection of prime lenses. Though, more and more we shoot with our smartphones.
Our Work
Publicity: A Couple Cooks has garnered a worldwide following and has been featured in some of the most prestigious online and print publications. A Couple Cooks was recently named as one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Food Blogs of 2015 and Huffington Post’s 10 Healthy Food Blogs. Our work has been featured online in Huffington Post, Food52, People.com, Williams-Sonoma, BuzzFeed, and The Kitchn, and in print in Midwest Living, Sophisticated Living, Driftless, Indianapolis Monthly, and Edible Indy. Sonja has shared our recipes on IndyStyle on WISH TV, and was nominated as an Indianapolis Woman to Know for her work with the blog.

Professional Services: Our professional services include freelance recipe development, photography, and content development. We also work with brands we trust to create original recipes and content for our site and social media.

Healthy & Whole: Our Healthy & Whole series seeks to inspire a lifelong passion for home cooking, entertaining, and a sustainably healthy lifestyle. It’s a collection of words of wisdom contributed by us and healthy eating experts including leading bloggers, nutritionists, chefs, and authors.

Calendar:We have an A Couple Cooks 2016 daily calendar sold in stores such as Kohl’s and Amazon, and we wrote a benefit cookbook for a non-profit program in Cambodia in 2012.

Advocacy: In Indianapolis and beyond, we’re active in partnering with organizations to encourage good eating and sustainable food, such as Indy Winter Farmer’s Market, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, Growing Places Indy, and Slow Foods, Indy.

Contact:For more information on working with A Couple Cooks, contact us for a media kit!


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    kari beth
    September 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    thank you so much for your blog. i LOVE to cook and bake (bake more than cook, but that is neither here nor there). however, i am a follow-the-recipe-step-by-step kind of chef, if you will. so, i love when i stumble across a blog or site that share recipes of food that i like to cook. easy, simple, and tasteful.

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    September 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I looooove y’alls blog and all the eats! :) Thanks for sharing your passion for healthy eating with us!

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    February 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

    The two books you mention are my two favorite food books. No wonder I’ve been loving your site so much the last month or so.

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    Sneh | Cook Republic
    February 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Just followed you guys here via Twitter. You have a beautiful blog, quick healthy recipes with photos to drool over .. you just made my Wednesday a bit more special :-)

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      February 22, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Thanks! Just discovered your blog as well – talk about great photos!

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    March 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog from Annie’s Eats. My family has also started to cut out processed foods from our kitchen and replacing them with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Your photos are beautiful and I look forward to reading more!

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      March 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      That’s awesome that you are getting rid of processed foods! Pretty soon you’ll completely forget how you ever kept them in the pantry :)

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    March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My husband, Adam, and I also work together (at a small engineering firm). We also have joined forces and just love to cook and photograph together, which is how our blog began! It is very cool to see another couple enjoying good food, blogging and photography. Your photos are phenomenal!! So glad to have found you and we wish you the best of luck with your blog and marriage :)

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      March 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Thank you! It’s so great to hear about another couple that works and cooks together too :) And your blog photos look amazing! Best of luck to you as well!

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    March 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I have just found your website! I am a college student and am excited to try some new healthy dishes. My housemates and I really love the granola recipe you just posted, it is one of our favorite snacks. Thanks for a great site and great food.

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      March 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

      It’s so great to hear that you and your housemates are cooking healthy recipes – keep it up! Thanks for writing!

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    Debbie B (DebaRooRoo)
    March 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Can’t wait to read more! Love your photography :).

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    March 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I absolutely love your blog! Great photography and delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing! Also, I wholeheartedly identify with your approach to eating less meat and less processed foods. Plus, making meals from scratch is just so fun!

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    April 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I recently began reading Michael Pollan and absolutely love his mantra, which you shared…in an effort to help with changing the foods I eat I started looking for good sites for recipes and love what you two have got here! Tried the Mexican Pizza and plan on trying out a lot more of your recipes! Thanks, Alex and Sonja!

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      April 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      That is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much, and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our recipes!

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    April 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Really, could you guys be any cuter??!! Love your beautiful, cheery blog.

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    Spinneys Cauldron
    June 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hi You Two
    Just to say loving ya blog, love the philosophy .. me too Nature provides us with all we need & more :) .. so exciting the science & healing properties behind all deliciousness ..

    Happy flavour exploring & cooking creativity .. ENJOY

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    Anita Menon
    August 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    You guys have such a beautiful space here. Beautiful photographs and great recipes. I have had a fabulous time browsing through some of your posts

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    August 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Just became a follower of your blog. My husband and I just passed our three year anniversary and have also been working together to cook healthier (yet tasty) meals these past 3 years. I love your site and the beautiful photography. I’m sure I’ll be linking to you all on our site shortly. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You guys are kindred spirits. :) Thanks for finding us and sharing your light!

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I read your “About” section and did a double-take, because, really — you guys could be us (me and my husband, that is). We read the same literature (Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals was another influential tome) , took the same decisions, and are trying to eat simply, cutting out meat and fish as much as possible, buying whole grains and local produce, experimenting with simple and easy-to-cook recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less, at the end of a work day!

    I started putting together my recipes on Tumblr at http://www.thedailyvegetarian.tumblr.com. Hope you will visit. I’ll be sure to keep up with your beautiful blog!

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      November 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Oh, how encouraging! It’s so great to know of others of a similar mind! Thanks for writing, and we’ll check out your blog! :)

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    November 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Just found you via Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn, and I about died when I saw you live in Indy! Born and raised Hoosier, graduated from Butler in ’10, but now I’m out on the West Coast in sunny San Diego. I love to cook, but have been looking for simpler recipes with an emphasis on veggies. Can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. Thanks for representing Indy so well!

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      November 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Oh, how funny! So glad to meet another Hoosier (though I am from Minnesota myself, so don’t consider myself a true one!) :) And we have many Butler grad friends – you are in great company :) So glad to meet you and let us know if you try anything out!

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    December 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Just happened upon your site. Can’t wait to try some recipes!! They all look amazing!!! and P.S. you guys are adorable. :)

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    Tod Esquivel
    December 30, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Love your site and energy!

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    Devan Peterson
    January 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I just found your site and I am so excited to try things from it! I have been attempting to cut processed food out of my diet but it’s been difficult because my husband hasn’t fully jumped on board yet. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been able to find a plethora of simple, delicious recipes. It’s hard for either of us to want to put in two hours of complicated cooking a night after we’ve been busy all day. Your blog is very encouraging! Thanks for doing what you do and being willing to share!!!

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      January 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

      We are more than happy to help! That’s awesome that you are working on removing processed food from your diet. Hopefully a few of our recipes help convince your husband :)

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    March 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Wow! I just stumbled upon you via Pinterest. Your recipes look so delicious and easy to make. So many of your ingredients are already in my kitchen! As a vegetarian, it’s hard for me to find practical recipes that do not take me hours to make. Thank you both for your creations!

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      March 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

      So glad you found our site! You are exactly the type of person we hope to inspire and provide recipes. Hopefully you enjoy some of them!

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    Suzie knows Indy
    March 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Alex and Sonja: So glad to find your blog. – especially that you’re home grown folks right down the street from us. I am a 60’s girl and have come full circle to ‘seek the best fuel’ for my body (and my very willing husband). Our story-We lived on a smal farm, grew, canned, and froze our own veggies, along with raising chickens and goats. We had 3 sons, moved and fell prey to stock our pantry with the wrong foods. For the last 2yrs, I have come full circle on my journey to cook with wholesome unprocessed foods. (love international cuisines) Thanks for your encouragement to your fellow man, your healthy recipes, and your non condemning approaches. “The food we eat comes to us from nature, from living beings and from the cosmos. To touch it with our mindfulness is to show our gratitude” quote by Thich Nhat Hanh.
    Are there any groups that meet in Indy w/common food interest?

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      April 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Suzie, thank you for such a nice note! We’re excited to hear that you’re back to enjoying unprocessed foods – and that you’re in our neighborhood!

      Actually, I’m not sure of any Indy groups that meet to discuss food – but, we’ve met lots of wonderful people passionate about food at the farmer’s markets! We love the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market downtown – it’s a great place to meet people! The summer markets are great as well – there are lots depending on your area :)

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    Laura Plumb
    April 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Your Blog has such élan. It feels like the recipes you offer: clean, natural and sparkling with delightful goodness.

    I’ve been sharing it regularly and included a link in a recent post on mine ~ http://food-alovestory.com/2012/04/14/the-fleeting-beauty-of-spring-barley-asparagus-soup/ ~ Hope you approve!

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    Jema Watts
    May 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Hello from southern Indiana. I was out searching and found your blog via another blog through Pinterest. Looking for low carb recipes, looks like I have found just the place. Beautiful blog by the way.

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      May 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you!

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    Tammy D
    May 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So, that is a really nice picture of the two of you. Who took it? (I may already know the answer, and may have spoken to him this evening…)

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      May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Our tripod is going to have to work harder than that to get his name on the blog…

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    June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    How do I follow your blog? I LIKED your facebook page already. Is there a subscription? Very cute blog and can’t wait for your cookbook.

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      June 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks! You can click on the green “Mail” icon on the right sidebar to sign up for an email subscription.

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    July 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome blog guys! Great recipes, impressive (and appetizing) photography; truly inspiring. Keep up the awesome work!

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    September 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Greeting from Ireland. I am delighted to have found your blog. My family have been growing our own veggies for years but I was tired of the same old preparation methods. I started searching on-line for inspiration when I discovered your blog. I love your philosophy and your recipes (batch of your granola recipe in the oven as I type). My husband and I have also reduced our meat intake so your recipes will be invaluable to us. Your recipes and photographs have made me very excited about cooking vegetables again (especially our own).

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    Valentina Hortus
    November 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hi guys :)
    So happy to see a blog of open minded folks like you. It is really inspiring to read recipes that are wholesome and nourishing in such a relaxed way. Some of your articles are real food for thought and very inspiring.
    That said, blog on! I’ll be passing by here often! :)

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    January 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What a beautiful blog! I am always looking for recipe inspirations. Looking forward to following your posts.

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      January 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks, Wendy – we’re so glad to have you as a reader! Let us know if you try anything out and what you think!

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    February 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    What an excellent website. Personally I’m a meatatarian, but also a big fan of whole foods, and farm to table, and you have some great recipes, in a non judgemental environment. I don’t need recipes or ideas for cooking meat or fish, its the veggie dishes, and ideas that I love here. Thanks for doing what you do!

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    April 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Great blog! Happy to have found you :-)

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    May 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Just read the article about you in today’s Indianapolis Star. I love finding blogs that are local! I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

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    May 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I was just on nextbyathena.com and saw the post with your dark chocolate cranberry pistachio clusters. They sound wonderful, so I decided to check out your site. So glad I did! I am looking forward to trying your recipes. I am extra excited to learn you live in Indianapolis, because I do too. Whatever is in season for you, will be in season for me! Thank you for your wonderful ideas and beautiful photographs!

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    June 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Please sign me up for your blog. Tx u!

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    August 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    This blog looks awesome! I’m curious, you mentioned in your about section that you read a book that changed the way you eat and how you thought about it, what book was it? I’d love to read it myself!

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      August 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Hi! The book is called Food Matters by Mark Bittman. It’s a pretty quick read! Let us know if you read it :)

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    miss : maha
    August 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    hello ..
    its a great blog i luv it .. and i like the travel photos at amalfi Italy ..and i want to know what is you photography gear that you use in that trip ..

    best regards ..


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    September 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi!!! Love your blog!!! Amazing photography! What camera do you use? Congrats on the blog :)

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    September 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great blog, and love your photography.
    I wish me and my partner looked as happy as you guys when attempting to cook together!

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    Dana Dunbar
    September 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you for all your efforts in educating folks that eating healthy can be tasty as well as beneficial! My husband and I grew chemical-free heirloom vegetables for Indy area farmers’ markets from 2002-2007. We always had new and interesting recipes to share with our customers to encourage folks to eat more veggies. I think it really made a difference!

    My husband and I just purchased a hydroponic greenhouse just outside of Indy and will be growing a wide variety of greens and herbs all year long. We are hoping to help turn the tide of sourcing locally by having the ability to grow year-round on a larger scale. I will definitely encourage interested foodies to seek out your blog for inspiration!

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    Hilary Hamilton
    December 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    What book is it that you read that changed the way you thought about food?

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      December 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Hi! The book is called Food Matters by Mark Bittman. It’s a pretty quick read! Let us know if you read it :)

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    January 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I just came across your blog a couple of months ago when I started to focus more on healthy eating. I love love LOVE your recipes. They are amazingly seasoned and so easy to make!

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    Ayesha Cheema
    May 6, 2015 at 10:02 am

    LOVE your blog Alex and Sonja! And love the healthy mantra you live by, it shows on your faces :)

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    September 22, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Do you ever go to Blooming Foods Co-op in Bloomington? Co-ops are great. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already@@

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      September 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Hi! We have been to Blooming Foods — and I agree, co-ops are great! :)

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    November 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    My daughter has been sending me your recipes with the question “please?” which indicates that she would like me to make the recipe when next she visits! As a nutritarian, I subscribed today when I realized that many, many of your recipes can be adapted to my “food for life” lifestyle. Thanks!

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    December 1, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Russell’s mom here:). Really enjoyed the dressing/stuffing recipe as part of our Thanksgiving celebration at his new home.

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    December 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Just discovered your blog & just ordered 3 calendars (Great idea) from Amazon as Xmas gifts for my English speaking friends here in Switzerland! Can’t wait for them to arrive & start cooking!

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      December 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      So fun! Thank you so much for ordering them — we hope you like them!

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    February 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Sonja and Alex! I received your calendar cook book for Christmas this past year and have fallen in love with your recipes! They’re fun to make and seasoned beautifully. Now that you’ve gotten me on the health food track, I thought I’d take it a step further and ask if you had nutritional facts available for any of your recipes? Thank you so much!

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      February 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying the calendar. We actually don’t have any nutritional data for our recipes. However, you can always copy and paste a recipe into an analyzer like this: http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php Let us know what you are cooking!

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