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February 14, 2011 13 Comments

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Socium Girl  Orange Pickled Fennel

San Francisco-based Sodium Girl (the one in the Supergirl getup above) understands better than most what it means to "eat to live." After a life-threatening lupus diagnosis in January 2004, Sodium Girl took her health into her own hands, and by regulating the sodium in her diet, managed to reduce her dependence on medications and lead a healthier, happier life -- without losing out on good food. She's making it easier for us to live healthier and happier, too, with flavor-packed recipes like Baked Eggs over Roasted Tomatoes and Citrus Herb Couscous, Oyster Po' Boy PopsOrange Pickled Fennel (pictured above), and Twice Cooked Sardines and Green Grape Gremolata (for when that guest "who opts for the chicken feet, the tuna heart, or the creamed corn ice cream" comes over and "hummus and crudités are just not going to do," she says).

Interested in getting in on all the sodium-free action? Join Sodium Girl in her Love Your Heart Recipe Rally this Friday, February 18, 2011, which she's hosting in honor of Valentine's Day and National Heart Health Month. Of course, don't forget to share those heart-healthy recipes here on food52!

For more of Sodium Girl's delicious recipes, see her profile page and fan her here, and check out her blog.

Read Sodium Girl's profile Q&A below:

What do you cook when home alone?
Chili...too often! It is my favorite low sodium, quick fix

Your most treasured kitchen possession:
Immersion blender

Your ideal meal:
French fries followed by a juicy steak and more french fries

Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
I cannot wait to learn how to cure my own meat - sodium free

The number of bottles of wine you own:
Currently 6

The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
The more the merrier

Kitchen pet peeve:
A dirty sink

Your favorite cookbook:
Working my way through Thomas Keller's "Ad Hoc"

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Comments (13)


over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Why don't I look as cute as you do when I wear my Supergirl costume? :)


over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

Haha good thing that lycra doesn't show just how sweaty I was...96 degrees and boiling!

Thanks to you all for your sweet notes and I hope to see you on Friday for the really! These bloggers really to the challenge to the max!


over 4 years ago JoanG

Congratulations Sodium Girl!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

So nice to see you in the spotlight, Sodium Girl! Will mark my calender for this FRIDAY!


over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

Woohoo! Welcome mat is being rolled out as we speak!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you here, SodiumGirl. Congratulations!


over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

Hi all! What a lovely Valentine's Day surprise! Thank you for your kind comments and definitely give the Recipe Rally a look this Friday.

This holiday, my heart belongs to Food52 and you!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Go sodium girl!


over 4 years ago susan g

Another variation on a favorite phrase: "Eating well is the best revenge!" Love seeing what you're doing.


over 4 years ago gingerroot

So great to meet you here in the spotlight, Sodium Girl! I have to say, between lastnightsdinner's winning seafood pasta and your Twice Cooked Sardines and Green Grape Gremolata, I may just have to pick up a tin and give them both a whirl. Cheers!


over 4 years ago gingerroot

And keep my eye out for fresh ones too...


over 4 years ago Sodium Girl

Gingerroot - can't wait to see what sardine surprises you come up with. I'm working on a few new recipes so I'll let you know what I discover! (I've been using them in place of anchovies for cesar salad!)


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Nice to meet you, Sodium Girl! I need to make your pickled fennel since it sounds perfect for me.