Cast Spotlight: Kim Jorgensen Gane

by Lovelyn on May 7, 2014

KimPortraitCrop8 (2)Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Kim!  I always love expanding our view of local a bit for motherhood stories you must hear when NWI was her closest LTYM show from St. Joseph, MI.  I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her to our community to take stage!  Meet Kim:

Q: What is something that you would be surprised to know about me?

A: I’ve never had a cavity in my life. So far, my oldest daughter, 27, and my youngest son, 11, haven’t either. This is not a sponsored post, but I’ve been a Crest kid for as long as I can remember. I try to do things as natural as I can, but my toothpaste is one thing I can’t ever consider switching. I guess I’d say I pick my battles. I’m sticking my fingers in my ears now, “I can’t hear you! La la la la la!”

Q: What’s my mommy superpower?

A: Hmmmm…tough one. I’d have to say, trusting my intuition is my #1 mommy superpower, otherwise my son wouldn’t be here. I listen, not only to my own body, like when I overcame infertility naturally, but to my son’s, to my husband’s. It’s something I must do every day of our lives, and it pays off. Wellness is something I’ve become passionate about because of it, and this post describes the basics for how we stay well, and how all three of us managed to get through the longest, coldest winter we’ve had in decades without illness.

Q: If you were invited to my house for dinner, what would I serve?

A: Depends on if my husband’s doing the cooking or if I am. We are former restaurateurs and can both throw down in the kitchen—trouble! Either way, we always have a variety of colorful vegetables on the table. My husband makes the best fresh, homemade coleslaw I’ve ever had in my life. I wasn’t really a fan before I tasted his. He slices purple and savoy cabbage rather than shreds it, and it ROCKS! So crunchy & fresh! If I can drag it out of him, I’ll definitely share that recipe in a book, My Grandfather’s Table (mostly memoir with a few bonus recipes), when it comes out, hopefully sometime in 2015. A cool Cinqo de Mayo calls for my former firefighter (paramedic, police officer … Eagle Scout … basically Captain freaking America!) husband’s Firehouse Chili. YUM! It took years to get him to write it down for me, but that recipe is on my website now.

If I’m in charge of the cooking, it’s likely a beautiful microgreen salad with chunks of buttery red pear, shallots, chopped pecans, creamy goat cheese and my homemade Honey Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette. In honor of spring, I’d serve that with grilled asparagus after I’ve slathered it in my rockin’ Lemon Dijon Marinade! I’m all about making veggies taste good, but I get my skills at roasting meat from my British maternal grandmother. A beautiful, perfectly roasted leg of lamb would be in order, of course with chocolate gluten-free cupcakes for dessert! I often make them mini and dip them in a dairy-free chocolate ganache, so a little bite will do ya—or four! Check out my GANEPossible Pinterest board for a ton of #MOREin2014 ways to make VARIETY & Veggies appealing to the whole family!

Here’s how I make my Dairy-free Dark Chocolate Ganache:

About 1/2 – 3/4 cup or so, depending on how thick you want it, So Delicious plain coconut creamer
Heat it either on the stove or in the microwave, but don’t let it scald and don’t heat to boiling
Remove from heat and immediately
Add to hot “milk,” 1 package dairy-free dark chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life if you need allergen free)
1/2 – 1 tsp pure #gf vanilla extract, and whisk to incorporate
Blend in 1 tsp. non-dairy butter substitute for a nice gloss

Gently grasp mini-cupcakes, still in the papers, at their base and dunk and swirl tops into the warm ganache. Set aside on their bottoms over parchment or wax paper to firm up, and ENJOY!

Kids LOVE to dip a variety of (thoroughly DRY or your chocolate will seize) cut up fruit into the warm ganache, too! Apple slices, pear slices, chunks of banana, fresh strawberries, plump blueberries, anything you can think of. Marshmallows, pretzels, and mini rice-krispie treats are fun, too! Don’t worry, the fruit gets eaten! Supply plenty of toothpicks.

Yours in wellness,
—Kim Jorgensen Gane,
See you May 8th!


Thanks, Kim!  I’ve never been so suddenly hungry at 10:30am!  Please join Kim and the 13 other ladies tomorrow night as the take the stage to give motherhood a microphone!  You won’t regret it.  Get your tickets HERE!

Kim Jorgensen Gane May 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

Thanks so much, Love! And THANK YOU to the ends of the earth for permitting me to be a part of LTYM. Belonging now to this amazing franchise Ann has started is a truly life-changing experience. The stories of every one of these women are simply remarkable. And, Love, you are, too. What a pleasure it’s been to get to know you. xo

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