Get $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order!

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I find beauty in all vegetables and fruits. This is why I get excited every Friday morning when I receive my Imperfect Produce box!

America wastes 40% of our food. 20% of America’s produce never makes it off the farm due to small cosmetic imperfections. This is a company I support, because it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Everything tastes just as good as what I find in markets, if not better, and it is equally as nutritious! I have made carrot cake, fajitas, frittatas, sheet pans full of roasted vegetables, stir-fries and numerous other recipes using Imperfect Produce and I can personally vouch: it’s all delicious. Check out their FAQ page if you’d like to find out more.

For the past month, I have been posting photos of my roasted Imperfect vegetables, and decided to share the love: I have decided to post a promo code so that my readers can try a box and receive $10 off!

It’s easy! Just sign up at Imperfect Produce, select which box you’d like to try and customize your box to suit your tastes — my favorite Imperfect items are the carrots and sweet potatoes. They are a fraction of the price I have paid in stores.

At checkout, there will be a box labeled, “Friend’s name.” Input my name as MILKANDMADELEINES and you will be credited $10.

Currently, Imperfect Produce delivers to areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers can also pick up their produce free of delivery charge from their Emeryville location. Check your zip code to see if they can deliver to your area. Let’s “go ugly!”

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My new low FODMAP lifestyle

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Recently I posted about my diagnosis with fibromyalgia along with my new diet restrictions as my doctor and I diagnose my food allergies (aka-a low FODMAP diet.) As someone who has previously enjoyed a diet full of tangy, crusty ciabatta bread slathered with home made roasted garlic, you can imagine my disappointment when I found out that sadly, these foods are a no-no as I figure out what has been hurting my tummy.

So…what exactly have I been eating?

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What’s New?

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Over the past two months, I have been fortunate enough to spend 20+ hours a week interning for a local media company, and let me tell you: it has been a ton of work, but it has made me so happy. I have felt an immense amount of accomplishment each Friday when I see my work in the newspaper next to some of the greatest names in local journalism. I have had some fantastic coaches, and the whole experience has been invaluable to me. As a quick “month of November wrap-up,” I’ll run some highlights:

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By…me.

For about 1 year, I felt as if my career was in limbo. But lately, the words that have made me the happiest have been “By Chrissi” at the top of each of my newspaper stories at the local media company I have been interning for.

Quite a few people have asked me, “Why writing?”

I have not abandoned my love of food. Yes, I have a degree in culinary arts. No, it doesn’t define me. I began college at the age of 18 in hopes of marrying my interests with my love of writing. For me, this is it.

Over the past year, I have had a lot of time to reflect on ways that I could integrate my hobbies into my career, and I feel like I have finally achieved that balance. Although I have become a bit anti-social due to some personal anxiety issues, (I tend to hide behind my computer screen, and would rather write than interact with people,) I know that this position will help me gain more confidence.

I love writing, fashion, art, dance, and food. No one is one-faceted, and that’s what makes everyone so interesting to me.

Tillamook Co-Op Lunch at Sunset Magazine

This week has been extremely busy as I settle into my new position as an intern for a local media (newspaper) company. It’s been a lot of work, but I am so grateful to have this opportunity in my life to learn from some of the most fantastic journalists, as I grow in my writing skills and gain knowledge. It’s been completely invaluable to me.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, I had a chance to join my fellow Tillamook Co-Op members and food bloggers at the Sunset Magazine Headquarters in Menlo Park, California for lunch!

The afternoon was spent dining on delectable Sunset dishes, meeting Sunset and Tillamook staff, and socializing with some of the Bay Area’s most fascinating food bloggers.

And a special hello to Miss Cheesemonger, a fellow foodie who we happened to meet at the Tillamook ice cream truck in the garden. She runs a gorgeous food blog, and even has her own online shop. Kudos to you!

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A handsome fellow serving endless scoops of Tillamook ice cream in three flavors: vanilla bean, marionberry pie, and chocolate

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Sunset Magazine Headquarters’ gardens

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Truths About Being A Writer

I loathe the blogger cliché of listing “confessions.” Mommy bloggers love over-using the word, “confessions,” as if they are penning some scandalous PG-13 rated memoir, a la Kris Jenner style. I am not a Mommy blogger, and I refuse to call this blog post a “confession.” I am simply going to reveal a few truths about my lifestyle, and what a typical day looks like at Milk And Madeleines.

Some people think that being a writer looks something like this:

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But for me, a day at work usually looks something like this:

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