The Kitchen Remix-Mary Ellen’s story

Last summer, Stephanie Ours and I met through a mutual friend.  She had just moved from Denver, CO to Naperville, IL.  While I  had a whole list of things to do, still had not showered after my workout, and had a few kids who needed naps I was drawn to the get-together with the invitation, “Hey, I want you to meet a lady who just moved here from Colorado.”

Before I met my husband, I lived in Colorado for a while and was excited to have another mountain woman in the neighborhood. After a few minutes of knowing each other, Stephanie and I quickly established that we both missed Colorado, loved Labrador Retrievers, and liked cooking healthy food.  I also sold her on the idea of trying the fitness studio where I teach classes, The Dailey Method.

What drew Stephanie and me together initially, was a similar morning routine.  For nearly 25 years, I have started my morning with a run outside.  Over time, my running has evolved from recreational to competitive to something more of a meditation to start my day. My running time has always been my thinking, dreaming, and planning opportunity.  It is sacred that this ritual ends at Starbuck’s for a coffee and then a walk home before the “to-do list” of my day begins.  Stephanie had a similar routine, so we decided to partner up on a few of our morning runs.

Never did I imagine that bringing the new neighbor on a run through the town would develop into a meaningful friendship.  Like good runners, we discussed family, religion, politics, and most importantly, we realized, health and food.

For the past ten years living in Naperville, I was the mom making funky muffins mixed with veggies and fruits and sharing them with the neighbor kids.  I was getting pretty well known with my oldest daughter (now 8 years old) and her friends as the mom who would serve broccoli and smoothies on play dates.  My friends’ kids were trying my brown rice and vegetable specials, vegetarian meatballs, and white bean hummus.  They were sampling fruits, learning to pronounce quinoa, and asking me to give their moms the recipe for my magic spaghetti sauce.

I think my lovely friends accept me and maybe sometimes just tolerate me. My dear friends Heather, Monica, and Laura, and so many more, listened to me and seemed to love me patiently, as I talked about organic produce, health issues, cooking homemade meals, and living a “greener” life.

This past year my New Year’s intention, inspired by a couple fantastic women (Julia Maher and Joanne Mirelli), was to embrace Naperville and to seek its holistic community.  They helped me channel my frustration into something good, constructive, and positive.  Dr. Devorah Curtis, another friend and client through the Dailey Method in Naperville, helped guide me to reach a little deeper into my soul and believe this dream could be a reality.

Stephanie and I quickly became friends and decided to start a health blog in an effort to share our recipes, readings, and information about healthy food and clean eating.  As our project started to unfold, a fabulous business concept was manifested and people started seeking us – The Kitchen Remix.

Here it is friends:

The Kitchen Remix  is a life style change.  It is not a “diet”.  There are no gimmicks.  There are no memberships or dues.  There is no deprivation, self-loathing, or guilt.

Just like so many of the songs from the 80’s and 90’s being “mixed” today into cool, current tunes, The Kitchen Remix plays off of the good and seeks to find what is already working in your kitchen.  Our goal is to help serve our community with health information, great recipes, and motivate people to eat delicious, nourishing food.

The Kitchen Remix is mindful and understands the demands of work, home, and activities that often sway us to make poor food choices.  We are going to encourage others to try a new “tune”, like home cooking and juicing.  It adds a new mix, like more fresh foods, enticing aromas, and exciting spices to your routine.  It is about learning new culinary skills and changing your health and life.  It is getting those old tunes back in your body and letting Mother Nature dance with you.

What do we do in a Kitchen Remix?

We are the “Super Nannies” of your Kitchen.  We are going to be honest in our assessment and then support you all the way.

  • We provide a questionnaire to assess your needs and lifestyle.  Maybe you want to eat healthier, introduce more nutritious meals to your family or develop better skills in meal planning and food preparation.  Maybe you feel stuck and have no idea where to start or just need help to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.
  • The Kitchen Remix visits your home.  We talk, we learn about your lifestyle, and we make recommendations.
  • Our services include pantry and refrigerator cleaning and organizing, grocery shopping, education, and training.  It may involve meal planning and food preparation.
  • We follow-up, support, and coach.  The Kitchen Remix is committed to training and educating to help you find optimum energy, weight, health, and beauty potential.
  • Our blog and social media pages will serve as constant support to all our fans on their journey to health.

So who needs a Kitchen Remix?

11 Comments

  1. Toni Becker
    March 25, 2012

    Mary Ellen and Stephanie,
    Kudos to you both! Since I’m old enough to recall lingering “melodies” of pre-preserved and pre-packaged foods, I’m grateful that you are singing out. I knew the younger generation would begin the pendulum (or in this case, the metronome) swinging us back to the basics. For far too long, generations have employed a laissez-faire attitude concerning food consumption. I see and hear it all the time, “Oh, a little bit won’t hurt you; it’ll make you big and strong!” The whole notion of you-are-what-you-eat (or drink) seems applicable only to matters of prestige, popularity, and convenience (watched any commercials lately?). I applaud you in your endeavor to shift our thinking back to natural and life giving foods. Your efforts will reap benefits not only for our immediate generation but will also rewrite the continuing verses of the song of life!
    Eagerly awaiting the recipes and advice (never too old to learn new “tunes”!).

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    • admin
      March 26, 2012

      I should let everyone know that this is my mom. She is the a main reason for my healthy lifestyle. She has always set an amazing example. Right now we are twisting her arm to do some guest blogging. She is a wealth of information on health, nutrition and yoga!

      -Steph

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  2. Sue Boucher
    March 25, 2012

    I need all the help and advice I can get.I am a non-compliant Type II diabetic who has been forced to now take medicine nightly with dinner to help control my blood sugars. After 10 yrs. of being “Diet Controlled” I must take charge. I look to your suggestions and words of wisdom.

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    • admin
      March 26, 2012

      Sue,
      I hope our blog is a source of inspiration for you and that you enjoy our upcoming recipes! Please let us know if you have any specific questions or if you have any favorite recipes that we could “remix” for you.

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  3. April Warren
    March 25, 2012

    Having the privilege to know both of you before this brilliant idea, I am excited to try all your recipes. I am a healthy eater but always feel the need to push further. Whenever we spend time together chatting you inspire me to start again on my forever mission to offer healthy foods to my family. So I start to look, take an expensive trip to organic stores, and I find myself going back to the same healthy foods my 5 kids will eat. I have learned the hard way that just because I can run my own business and spend time being a pretty good cook, it takes way more knowledge to be successful AND healthy in the kitchen. Having a place to go for recipes and ideas will certainly help me get to the next level that I cannot achieve on my own. I can’t wait!!

    Beyond the kitchen, you two are some of the loveliest women I’ve known. Where have you been all my life?? Sign me up now!!

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    • admin
      March 26, 2012

      April,

      Thank you for all your kind words and support! We hope the blog is helpful to you and your family and we would love to do a Kitchen Remix at your house!

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  4. Sara Gdovin
    March 25, 2012

    Looking forward to following your blog! We all love recipes and the recent Facebook post for the avocado/spinach recipe was a hit here in New Zealand!

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    • admin
      March 26, 2012

      Yay Sara! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you enjoyed the dip!

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  5. Gretchen Jorgensen
    April 2, 2012

    I am SO excited to see that you are going to spread the wonderful wealth of information that you have to everyone! I have always looked at Steph and family as THE perfect example for doing things the right way in nutrition. As I look forward from 40 this year, diabetes is getting worse, had my first abnormal ekg and signs of all those horrible cholesterol numbers this morning..I’m not sure there can be any more ‘hints’ that changes are needed immediately. I am looking forward to your recipes,blogs, and truth about the foods that can heal. You are truly an inspiration…blog on!

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    • admin
      April 10, 2012

      Gretchen,
      Thanks for the kind words! I hope our blog helps inspire you in the kitchen and in life. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. If you want any one-on-one advice, give me a call! -Steph

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  6. Alex Zoloto
    April 22, 2012

    I am so excited to try some of your recipes! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. It’s great for people to see that eating (and drinking) clean can be easy, fun, and delicious 🙂 I look forward to more!

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