Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Today, I have a somewhat heavy topic to discuss. That is, the blessing and a curse...

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Today, I have a somewhat heavy topic to discuss.

That is, the blessing and a curse that is the anonymity of the internet.

Dun dun duuuuuunn!

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Don’t worry, I’m also sharing this sensational recipe for curried potato noodles with kale, which will become your new go-to side dish at dinner.

You may have seen on the Inspiralized Facebook that my mother and I were interviewed for an article in the New York Times about mothers attending their daughters’ bachelorette parties.

When my mother asked me if she was invited to my bachelorette party, I was caught off guard. I wasn’t caught off guard because I would never want my mother there, I was just caught off guard because I didn’t know any other friends of mine who had their mothers there and didn’t think it was “normal.”

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Now, let’s talk about normal for a second. What is “normal” for a bachelorette party?

Whatever normal is, I don’t care. It was my party – I’m celebrating a traditional milestone with my closest friends and sister. The bachelorette party is one of those fun times you get to be silly with your girlfriends, in anticipation of your big day. It’s basically an excuse to do something big and celebrate!

After that initial shock when my mother asked me if she was coming, my only reservation was my friends – would my friends be okay with it? I didn’t think twice about my mother being there, but I wanted to make sure it was a trip that my friends felt comfortable on, out of respect for their feelings and happiness.

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

When I asked my friends, they, in unison, said something to the effect of, “Oh my gosh, that would be SO MUCH FUN if your mom came!! She has to!”

My friends wanted my mother there, like I did, which was a relief and so I “formally” invited my mom. My sister bought her a cute “mother of the bride” t-shirt to wear while we were in Miami, which she really appreciated and loved.

While my mother stayed in a separate hotel from us (to be somewhere nicer and give us our space, if needed), she was there for every minute of the festivities – whether it was laying on the pool making us “Karen specials” (a drink we named after her – she makes a great grapefruit-vodka drink) or dancing at LIV, she was there.

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Not only did I feel safer having my mother there (you always know your mother will have your back), but she added so much to the trip – she gave marriage advice to all of us, we talked about being women, and my mother shared some of her funny stories from first meeting Lu. She even pulled a mom move and got us a better table at LIV (none of us girls would have had the – ehem – balls to make that request.)

So, enter this New York Times article regarding said bachelorette party and my mother being there.


After reading one of the comments on the article that equated my mother to a Real Housewife who is “partying and dressing like [she’s] still in [her] 20s”, I almost wanted to cry.

My mother has been married to my father for 31 years, raised 3 children and has never worn a stiletto in her life (or at least not that I’ve ever seen.)

Then, I saw someone comment, “why would anyone want to trade-in being a mother for the role of older sister? They need to grow up.”

My mother is my mother, my role model and not an older sister, she’s a best friend. If I couldn’t confide in my mother the way I do, my life wouldn’t be nearly as great as it is. I’ve had to come to my mother with terrible news, and if I wasn’t as close as I am/was with her, those situations would have turned into worse ones.

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

I don’t want my mom to just be a “figure” and someone I keep at a distance. She’s someone I can go to when I need help or if I’m hungover and want to recap the night and laugh.

Finally, I stopped reading the comments when someone said: “Now you have to include your mother, as well as all your friends, in all you do for YOUR wedding? So much for the event being about you and your soon-to-be-spouse!”

This person obviously doesn’t have a close relationship with her mother, like I do. It’s not about “having” to do anything, it’s about wanting her there and a part of the process. And as I mentioned before, having my mother there actually made it more about Lu and the union that is marriage. She told hilarious stories about Lu and gave us all tips on how to make a marriage work.

Long story short, when I saw the nasty comments rolling in, it definitely took a little away from the fun process of reliving my bachelorette through the interviews with the journalist. It took away from the day we had when a photographer came to my apartment to capture a sweet moment between us for the article and then we took a little stroll through my neighborhood and had lunch.

Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

It got me thinking about these poor people (especially teenagers) on social media who are struggling with much bigger issues than this, such as coming out about sexuality or struggling with mental illnesses or something like obesity. They’re getting taunted to the point of considering suicide.

I know I have to grow a thicker skin, but at the same time, do I? Why have we accepted that Internet bullying is “normal”? Why does it have to happen? Why are people so nasty (I personally have never and would never comment anything negative on someone’s page if I knew it would remotely offend them)? Why do people think saying something nasty will add value?

Definitely to each their own, and I know that I chose a career where I’m putting myself out there and should expect commentary, but at the end of the day, treat others as you would like to be treated.

My mother taught me that.

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 4 points


Curried Potato Noodles with Kale

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4


  • 1.5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 large russet potato or 2 medium red potatoes, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 2 cups diced kale stems removed
  • For the seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon country Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small mixing bowl, add in all of the ingredients for the curry seasoning. Whisk together and set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the garlic and shallots and cook for 1 minute or until shallots soften. Add in the potato noodles, toss well and then pour over with the curry seasoning. Toss to combine thoroughly, making sure to coat all the noodles and then cover and cook for 10 minutes or until cooked through but al dente, uncovering occasionally to toss.
  • Once cooked, uncover and add in the kale, the last half tablespoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine or until kale wilts, about 3 minutes.
  • Plate into a serving bowl and enjoy as a side!


with love, Ali

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Recipe Rating


  • Wonderful recipe and photographs! I think it's really sweet, that you're so close with your mother, everyone should have that. Really, try to ignore the negative comments, it's so hard, but they are not worth it. You are very blessed. Take care!
  • I am so sorry this happened. I get so upset when I see how insensitive and cruel some people are. What people say and how they act says more about them than you. There is no "right way." You invited your mother because you guys are close and she enhanced the special moment in your life. My cousin did the same for her bachelorette and it definitely added a whole new, fun dimension to her day. Other people don't do the same and that's okay!! Anyway, this is probably the longest comment ever, but just know that I really admire you and I think your relationship with your family is beautiful. And this recipe looks on point, as usual :) Xo
  • Ugh people can be so mean ... It's awesome that you and your mom have this kind of relationship !! If these people don't like it they absolutely should not go to your bachelorette party (oh wait , they weren't invited ) . Enjoy the pictures and the memories both of the party and the day of the interview and ignore the crazy that is comments on an article ;)
  • HI Ali, I don't get it either how people can be so cruel and insensitive. If people would only THINK before they speak. T is it True? H is it helpful? I is Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind? It is wonderful that you have a close relationship with your Mom and the rest of your family. I know negative comments can be hurtful. I feel hurt for you! I don't know what else to say- other than you are a super caring, respectful person. I love your recipes and your spiralizer. Big Hugs....
    • You are SO sweet and I love the "THINK" mantra. Totally true! More kindness in this world would lead to a lot of problems solved!
  • People can be such jerks and the internet is full of trolls. All that matters is that YOU enjoyed your bachelorette party. And your mom and your friends had fun as well. Ignore the meanies. Remember the great time you had and keep on doing what you do because you do it well.
  • Reading comments like that (on any article, specifically comments you don't agree with) are hard to handle sometimes. People suck! People are mean! Or perhaps, some people suck, and some people are mean. They don't know you or your Mom, so they don't know what they're talking about. As a "personality" (I don't have a better word for what you're called since you're not "just" a blogger ... yeah I can't come with something better), maybe you do have to have thicker skin ... or just don't read the comments. Sometimes, that's the only way :)
  • Love love love love this! As someone with a (very) small girl friend group, I couldn't imagine my mother not being at my future bachelorette party! You are allowed to react, be irritated, vent, and CARE about what people say. It's human. I'm so glad to hear you've come to terms with the bullying. Lots of love to you and your beautiful mom!
  • Ali: I thought your post was beautifully written. Both of my parents were my best friends. They've been gone for over 10 years now, and I'm lucky that I had them for as long as I did. I don't have to tell you to cherish your parents-they won't be here forever, and time flies faster than you think; but you already know that. I think you handled your bachelorette party perfectly. If others have a problem with it, that's their problem. As for the Internet, people think that they are anonymous and therefore there are no consequences. There are always consequences, even if it's only to your own soul. A surprising number of older people have admitted to being "trolls" and, like you, I absolutely do not know where this meanness comes from, but I see it everywhere, even in obituaries. Some of the comments would curl your hair, and quite obviously, these people have no concept of the "Golden Rule" or are totally ignoring it. I think jealousy and envy are a huge part of it. One of the best things I ever read was by Gloria Vanderbilt: "We are not put here to see through each other, but to see each other through." Don't let the trolls get you down!
  • Haters gonna hate, right Ali? Snark on the Internet has become a big passtime for a lot of people, and you just have to ignore it. People who make hurtful, mean comments without knowing the facts must be missing something in their lives, and maybe ought to take a hard look in the mirror. Be proud of that article, and thank your lucky stars every day for the blessing that is your Mother! Meanwhile, I'm making your Crab zucchini pasta with spicy avocado sauce for dinner tonight, and I couldn't be happier!
  • Ah Ali this is so sad. I can completely relate - my Mum is my best friend and while I'm not even engaged we often talk about my hen party (our equivalent here in the UK) and how she will be part of it. It was never even a question not to ask her (although over here I think it's much more common for mothers to be part of the celebration). I think it's lovely that you invited your Mum and she had such a good time. I agree about what life must be like for teenagers today. I would hate to be growing up now with so much criticism and transparency and judgement. Keep being you. Charlotte x
  • Don't read the trolls. They are TROLLS! You, on the other hand, are the best. And thank you for today's yummy-looking recipe.
  • Hi - I love your blog. As for the comments about your Mum attending your batchalorette (have I spelt that right? In England it's a hen night) well, sod them I say. My Mum came to my sisters hen night, there was never any doubt that she would be invited, and that was well before you were born!! Mum's attending the hen night is normal, perhaps that an English thing, but I have never been to a hen night where the Mother of the bride was not there, and on occasion the Mother of the Groom. Whatever is wrong with people that they feel it's appropriate to make such nasty comments. Ignore them, they are not worth giving the time to.
  • I completely agree with you. I have such a special relationship with my mother that I would never think of not including her in these moments. And she is not "a" friend, she is my mother and has her place like that, but she also is my best friend. And although she is my adoptive mother, people never guess that, considering the strong bond we have. I loved to see your photo with your mom!
  • I read the article yesterday when I saw you posted a link on Twitter. I found it very amusing! Personally, I am not the bachelorette party type, and the idea of having one should I ever make it to marriage makes me cringe, quite frankly. Ha! But, to each their own. It ain't my thing, and that's okay. I'd never make snide comments to someone that goes that route, nor chide someone's mother for being part of the festivities. All that matters is that you had an enjoyable few days with your mother, sister, and the friends you love. If I was in your position and someone made a comment equivocal to that Real Housewives comment about your mom, I'd be in tears myself! (No one talks ish about MY mama!) When people read an article that's a human interest piece, they only get one angle of a person or persons being featured, then form their opinion of them based on that, for better or for worse. I'm sorry you got such negative comments. But hold your head up knowing that their opinions are just opinions, these people clearly have nothing better to do than be cruel and hide being the anonymity of the Internet, and you are an awesome trailblazing food blogger and business woman in a happy marriage with an awesome mama, clearly! To invoke Beyonce, haters to the left, to the left. ;-) - Allison
  • Jealousy is ugly. They are shallow people with shallow relationships with their mothers. What you have is very rare and special. I never had that with my mom but I am happy for you. I don't get the rage. I think on the internet it's "easy" to be foul mouthed and rude because no one can see you. Congratulations to you, and to your mom for raising a girl who loves and respects her. I'd be honored if my daughter feels that way one day. Thanks for the great recipe - drooling!
  • So sorry, Ali - I so love your blog, recipes and I agree with everyone else, just wanted to post to support you. Like you said, the internet is a blessing *and* a curse, and the anonymity...well, it allows people to "express their feelings" freely without thought that what they say might hurt, or they know it's hurtful but they don't care. Your relationship with your mother is beautiful and she taught you well. :) I totally agree- treat others as you wish to be treated.
  • Ali keep believing in yourself and being true to yourself. This is a great example and lesson to ignore negativity; not always easy when directed at us but a process to practice! Know that when people are mean it's really themselves they don't like and they're projecting it outward--particularly at someone who's happy! There's certainly some jealousy there. Also always ask yourself, is it true? If it's not, ignore it!
  • Ali, I read that article when you shared the link and was so very disappointed in the comments. My daughter got married 5 years ago. I live 1700 miles from my daughter and missed a lot of the little planning pieces for the wedding. Her MOH invited me to the bachelorette party and I had a wonderful time, not trying to act like a 30 something but sharing in the love and excitement. You are fortunate to have a mom who you call a friend and she is equally blessed to have a daughter that delights in her company. I thought the article was a great reflection of the strength of your relationship.
  • Some people out there are just mean, I don't get it either. I thought it was so cool that your mom was at your bachelorette party. Thank you for continuing to be positive amongst the negativity.
  • Ali, no matter what issue or topic, there are always naysayers. I always laugh about book and product reviews online because there is always at least one negative comment. 50 people may have loved the book, but there is always the one or two who hated it! That said, cherish your relationship with your mom. And keep up the good work with your recipes - I love them all!
  • And that Ali, is EXACTLY why I enjoy your blog, recipes, book... It seems you were raised with the same values I was many years ago and I welcome hearing them from someone so much younger than I. Don't try to develop a "thick skin." Just enjoy being the good person you are from the good family you are a part of. And BTW keep the wonderful recipes coming. You are helping to keep my family healthy. I'd LOVE to see you during the Super Bowl!!
  • Ali, I couldn't agree more. I just had my bachelorette celebration this past weekend and My Mom was with me, Lindsey's Last Sail Before the Veil shirt and all and I wouldn't have had it any other way. It's sad because most of the people who take the time to write negative, see only the negative in life and feel the need to put others down. My Mom is my rock, my best friend, my mother and someone (like yours) I am privileged to have and be so close to. Wouldn't have it any other way!!
  • One of the best things about the web is the ability to delete! Pay no attention to the negativity. Those who really know you know your character. Life is precious. Keep your focus on the positive & continue to let your light shine!
  • Ali, This is beautifully stated, especially when you put it in the greater context of the "harder stuff" that others might be experiencing in their own lives. Thank you for sharing about your own painful experience so that others may be more thoughtful in the future about the impact of their words, written or otherwise! Also, my mom made an appearance at my bachelorette party, and I, and my friends, were so happy to have her there to share it with us!
  • Ignore the article- the New York Times put a negative spin on something great and encouraged the nasty comments and cyber bullying. They should be ashamed! It's your life and you can make the decisions that are right for you! Recipe looks great, thank you!
  • I read the article yesterday and enjoyed it while remembering the "happy pictures" you posted at the time. Do not let the nay sayers take anyting from you. Yes, your Mom will always have your back and we see here that you have hers. High Fives to you both. I love seeing the mother of the bride Tshirts and sashes around town and knowing a memory is being made in the love of friends and family. Keep ceasing the day and stay true to yourself as you have been. Thanks, for sharing your life and gratitude.
  • HI Ali I had to comment on this post- I love reading your blog and you seem like such a positive person- Its so upsetting there are such negative people out there and weak people can hide behind the internet and bully others- Shame on them. I also follow you on Insta and I remember seeing a pic of you and your Mom from your bachelorette party and I thought Wow, that's awesome that her Mom went!! I think it is amazing you have such a close relationship with your Mother and why wouldn't she be part of such an important time and occasion in your life?!! I rarely comment online, I read and I enjoy. But reading this made me sad and I will now try to comment more on blogs to promote happiness and support and try to make the internet a better place! Thanks for doing what you do and stay strong. I can tell your Mom raised an amazing girl!
  • Urgh people sometimes are just mean! One of the best pieces of advice I've been given is that you can't change how another person behaves but you can change how you handle their behaviour. If someone wants to be mean whilst hidden behind the anonymity of the Internet you won't be able to stop them but you can think 'gosh that person is unlucky to have such a negative view on that, but that's their opinion and I disagree so will let them live with I'll live with mine'. I wonder who is the happier person? My mum is my best friend and I wouldn't change that for anything. Most of my friends are the same. I went to a Hen Party just last weekend and both mums came along, I didn't for a second think they were out of place or trying to be something they weren't. They were just fellow hens drinking cocktails with the best of it. Don't let some mean people spoil anything. Leave them to their issues and think about how lucky you are to have such a fab and gorgeous mum xx
  • 1st be greatful you have a mother. My daughter was married 13 years ago this month. I was at her bachelorette party. It was a real eye opener and a lot of fun. I'm do happy. I was able to share. And on her wedding day we had her bridesmaids 2 hairstylists make up artists to our home (no men allowed ) music food etc to ready for the big moment I was fortunate to share that too. When she finally walked down the aisle there was such a happy sense of comraderie and a wonderful time to remember. In your heart u did what you wanted. Sticks and stones to them!! Congrats on your marriage and good memories you will never forget!!
  • I just feel pitty for these type of people. What kind of life must you have to invest so much of your time on earth to criticize and condemn people who are living their lives to the fullest? For each one of those people, thousands see your mom as the beautiful, vibrant, loving mother that loves to celebrate with people that are important to her, period. For me it was an inspiration. I have a daughter and cannot wait to be involved as much as she will let me in her life's joy! Shame they won't give their selves permission to enjoy their lives the way they see fit. I would and will say a prayer for them and continue living my dreams!
  • "Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart." anonymous. Your blog was well said. Just wanted to say I have your book and love it. Have a wonderful day !
  • Ali, It always makes me sad when people are so insecure that they have to be negative about such a fun time. It is hard not to take it to heart. Enjoy the relationship you have with your mom. I am sure she was "strict" enough and not your "friend" when you were growing up. My mom has been gone for 9 years today actually. We were the best of friends but she was always my mom. My biggest cheerleader, pusher, critic and she did this with love, grace and much better than I feel I do as a mom. Never let what other people think impact the time and devotion you have for your mother. That relationship is the first relationship you have in your life and the most important.
  • Ali, I read the article and all I thought was how fun and special to have your mother, sister, and close friends to help you celebrate your big day! My mother is my mom, but she is also my best friend. We don't live in the same city and we talk at least twice a day. I totally get what you said about having your mother to confide in and the special bond that you share. I didn't have a bachelorette party, but my mother was my Matron of Honor in my wedding. It was so special to me to have her in two honored roles: mother of the bride and the MOH. When I asked her, she asked me if I was sure that I didn't want one of my other friends to be the maid of honor. It was nice of her to recognize that moms don't usually have dual roles in a wedding, but she was willing to do it because it was what I wanted. In case you are wondering, my husband had his father as the Best Man. Needless to say, it was a beautiful ceremony and one that we will always remember and cherish. The picture of your mother and you says it all - you are both lovely and beautiful people and the bond you share is wholly evident in the way you look at each other. God bless you both and don't let other people's negativity mar what is such a special time in your life!
  • I have read horrific - HORRIFIC - comments on news articles about murders and many other tragic situations, and I always wondered how people could be so heartless. Bottom line: They are cowards and are hiding behind their anonymity. It's really sad that people can be so cruel. On a happier note, it's so interesting to me that you posted today about your Mom attending your bachelorette party; my local radio DJ mentioned the same topic on the air this morning! All the telephone comments I heard were IN FAVOR of the bride's Mom (and why not her soon-to-be MIL too?) attending the festivities! Final comment: What other people think of you is none of your business. :o) Let that sink in. It really doesn't matter, does it? Hug your Mom and live your life as happy and blessed as you can!
  • Ali, When I was writing for a national women's group I learned two things: 1-never, ever read the comments (except Inspiralized, of course!) and 2-the comments are usually a reflection of how people feel about themselves that they are projecting onto you. The thing to remember is, they're strangers. They don't know you. I know it's hard not to take it personally, but do your best not to. Your time with your girlfriends--including your mom!--was special for you, made more special by your mom being there. Every bachelorette/bachelor party is different. I think it's wonderful you got to spend time with a woman who is older and was able to give not only you, but your girlfriends, advice on being women, marriage, etc., and who was able to model for you having the giant ovaries (because let's face it, balls aren't really that tough) we tend to grow in middle age. That's a rare gift and you will treasure it always. Congratulations on weathering a tough storm. It will pass. And one day (hopefully soon!) you'll look back and say, "Remember those crazy internet people who thought their opinions mattered? Pfft!" And congratulations on your amazing bachelorette party. Oh - and the recipe looks fabulous, too! <3
  • Ali, I've never commented on the blog before, though I'm a huge fan. I sent my mom the article yesterday before reading it because I was SO excited that maybe having your mom at a bachelorette party is becoming a new trend! My bachelorette party was a few weekends ago and I invited my mom, future mother in law, aunties on both sides, cousins, and dear friends. All of my friends were so excited to meet my family, already knew and loved my mom, and my family loved getting to know my friends. It was one of the most special nights of my life, and I can't imagine not inviting my mom or the other important women in my life to the party. I read the comments after reading the article and was just so sad for the commenters, who must not have a special relationship with their moms. A bachelorette party should be what the bride wants to do - whether it's a dinner, spa day, or club - and with the people she chooses to invite. Moms included :)
  • It is such a sweet thought to have your creator, the reason of you being in this world beside you on one of your most memorable days of your life. It is sad that how foolish people are saying anything negative about that. But some people can not handle the power of free speech and internet. I absolutely love your blog not only because of it encourages me to eat more veggies but also you have come such a long way and during your journey you have always been brave and grounded at the same time. You are right Internet bullying should not be normal. Enjoy your success and family, you have worked so hard for it. God bless you and your family.
  • I am all about curried noodles! These sound fabulous! Her Heartland Soul
  • Oh Ali, This is so pathetic! My first response was "screw them and forget them" but after reading all the other comments, I do see the negativity in my reaction! Ha, ha! I have a wonderful relationship with my two daughters and they do turn to me for advice and confiding. We created our relationships and make them work like no other. Their friends may come and go throughout life but the bond we share will never die. My younger daughter just got married and her sister was the MOH and I and the MIL were all at the hen party--she married in England. We are all fun, open-minded, mature women who love each other so why not be together? Why exclude those that care the most about the bride? We all had a great time! I think the haters are probably immature girls or women who are still stuck in a lifestyle that they are somewhat ashamed to share with their mothers. If you're out trying to do something you have to hide, it's probably not the best thing to be doing so grow up! That doesn't mean you can't be wild and have fun. We are still fun! Shake and bake!
  • Bless you for standing up for your mom!! Sounds like you have a close and wonderful relationship. Don't let anyone take away your positive thoughts. She raised you right.
  • DITTO! Everyone has already said what I feel so eloquently but I just wanted to add my support.
  • My Dearest Ali, I have not read one comment about the Article. However, you know who you are, and you know who I am. As you said, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a close mother- daughter relationship. Nor do they know what special,intelligent, mature people you and you friends are. I am very lucky to have such a sweet, beautiful daughter of whom I am so proud. Follow your heart and do what makes you happy. Do not worry about what others will think. You have always held yourself to a high standard, and it has served you well. I had the best time, and thank you for including me. I will forever cherish sharing that special time with you I love you with all my heart, Mom
    • Mom!!!! Love you - going to call you later today :)
  • Ignore the haters!! Their mom didn't raise kind or gracious people!! kind is the new cool (per Instagram) and I agree!
  • I know you have gotten a lot of comments but I also just wanted to add my support. I'm so sorry people have been so awful. I think it's wonderful you have such a great relationship with your mom. You are so lucky to have that! I hope this blows over soon and it just continues to strengthen the great relationship you have with your mom. :).
  • long-time reader and I agree with all of the comments above!! Sometimes I have a hard enough time logging into facebook with my 300 friends --- I can't imagine being a successful blogger & having a story run in the NYT. You got this :) PS: I saw you had over EIGHT HUNDRED comments/tags on your inspiralizer video on the whole30recipe IG! EIGHT HUNDRED! Girl I hope your sales skyrocket! You deserve it.
  • Hey Ali, Do you think this recipe would work with sweet potatoes instead? I'm not sure because of the seasonings - afraid they may not blend well with the flavor of the sweet potatoes. Nothing is more special than the love of a mother and child. You obviously have that, and at the end of the day, that is truly what matters!
  • Although I didn't read the NYT article, your post today brought tears to my eyes. People are so mean for no reason and I think the way you speak about your mom is so beautiful and lovely. Who wouldn't want that kind of relationship?? Cheers to you and your mom and the special bond you share. Stay strong despite the anonymous jerks - you have a huge community here that LOVES what you share :)
  • I am definitely going to try this one, It might indeed become a favorite potato side dish. Just forget about those vicious comments, because it is anonymous they think they can write/say anything. It is best not to let them win, by thinking and writing about them [anymore] or they are the ones who win. I believe in Karma and it will come back to them don't you worry. I am so proud of you, you have come a long way since you started this website. It has been a pleasure to see you grow.
  • Hi Ali, I normally don't comment on the anything, but on an episode of NPR's "This American Life", one of the stories was about a young woman writer who was harassed by an especially vicious "troll". As the story unfolds, she eventually receives an apology from him, and in the story the troll is interviewed. He basically says he didn't know why he did it (he did it to a lot of people - as a sport), and he never really understood how awful it made her feel. My point being that you're assuming these people or their comments are legitimate - they aren't.
  • I have the Inspiralizer and the Cookbook. Your customer service is excellent. I am eating Paleo, so I haven't made many recipes as I will have to tweak for my diet. I think it is wonderful that you have a close relationship with your mother. However, I don't think it is wonderful that she encouraged a strip club and lap dances. Debauchery is not classy and cool as the article suggests. And, no, not everyone is doing it.
  • Ali, I went to a bachelorette party this past weekend that included the bride's dad's girlfriend (to be fiancée after my friend's wedding). At first I thought it would be a little weird but she turned out to be an essential and super fun part of the group. Like your mom, she got her own room but participated in all the activities with us (including a male strip club). I didn't realize how close the two of them had become over the past few years. The girlfriend was essential in my friend's wedding planning in ways her mother could never be (her mother was not invited but also made it clear she didn't want to be :). You can't and shouldn't judge other people's relationships because you simply don't know the dynamics. Your mom sounds awesome and your bachelorette party and wedding were beautiful. I'm with you on internet comments - I have no idea why people post the negative things they do. I rarely read comments on any website because I don't like to see the hatred and plain ignorance in many of them. I'd also like to point out this is my first EVER blog comment because of said aversion to comments. Keep being inspirational! :)
  • Wow....just Wow... I just read the NYT article-which was interesting, fair, non-judgmental--merely reporting on a trend. But the comments...people are SO mean!!!
  • Celebrate the wonderful fact that you're so blessed to have your mother in your life, and that you're so close to her! I'm 53 and have a 34 year old daughter. We celebrate so many things together!! I wouldn't trade any of those experiences for doing what some people think is socially acceptable! Bless you for having your mom there! I think she's a beautiful, sassy and wise Lady!!
  • We live in a fallen world that likes to criticize others to make themselves feel better about their life and who they are. Look at the news…always reporting the negative part of whats going on in the world instead of the good that people are doing or the positive things people are doing in the world. People don't want to hear the good they want to hear the bad so that they can say wow my life isn't that bad, see I am not as bad as that person and so and so on. Yet, in their hearts they are so mean, gruel and judgmental. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that those people who feel they need to make those nasty comments probably wish they had a relationship like you do with their Mom.
  • I was taught by my mom, "If you have nothing nice to say, keep your mouth shut." Thank you mom! People are just unbelievable and incredibly opinionated.If they are against something, they feel they must comment without filters and don't care if they hurt someone. They do it because it's "out there" and they can't see the results of their comments. I don't think people would say half of what they do it they had to say it to someone's face. If my mom & aunt were in town for my bachelorette party, they would have been invited and welcome, too.
  • You did not have to comment about anything that someone has written about your wedding, mother, etc. We are free to do as we wish as long as it does not infringe on someone else's freedom. You don't have to explain your choices. It was your wedding which it was obvious that it was unique and absolutely beautiful as you put your heart and soul into it. Jealousy is destructive. Being judgmental is dishonorable. Not to wish others true happiness in a world that is full of hate only adds to the negative energy. They are small, closed-minded, and truly not walking a healthy productive path in life. Continue to inspire others to be healthy with your head held high and accept only love from those that send it your way and wish the nay-sayers well on their journey in life as it is very sad living like that.
  • I think it is great that your mom, participated in your bachelorette party. I didn't have one when I got married almost 22 years ago but I planned my sister's 3 years before that. I invited our Mom and our Aunt. They were going to leave before the stripper got there, but they didn't and it was pretty funny to see them interact with him, I think he singled them out and everyone had a great time. So great to see the both of them in a different setting then we were used to. Great memories!!!
  • I would like to comment, if I may be so bold, on the terrible things people have said about your mom. I have not read them personally, only the ones you commented on today. Too much negativity for me!! But I would like to say something that I heard once that has changed the way I look at people in general. What other people think about me is none of my business!!! Our only business is to be joyful and if someone else tries to cast a shadow on that joyfulness, turn the other cheek; just look the other way. There is no such thing as a right or wrong way to go about anything, only personal preferences, and they are the business of no one but yourself. You are a beautiful, wonderful woman. When I see your face on the screen it always make me smile back at you. Very uplifting! Never change a thing. Always be true to the only person in your life who's opinion matters.....yourself.
  • If people feel better for making nasty comments, they must feel pretty rotten to begin with, because there's no way they'd really feel better for making them. It sounds to me like you did everything right, and everyone who was part of your wedding was blessed. The photo with your mom that you included makes it clear that she is someone who is still 'with it' without trying to be someone she isn't. If your mother was/is a 'real housewife', you wouldn't be who you are, plain and simple. I guess there's an art to letting nastiness like that slide off your back, but I sure haven't learned it yet. You will go far if you just continue to be yourself.
  • I live by the saying from "Bambi" (1942 movie) -Thumper's advice from his father - "If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all." People need to learn this!! Just ignore all the negativity!
  • Hi Ali, Unfortunately, "Hater's are gonna hate." They are just "doing their job, cause that's what they do." Don't pay any attention!!! I think it's fantastic that your Mom wanted to be with you for your bachelorette party and even more awesome that all of your friends wanted her there! Shows how wonderful (and fun) your Mom must be, and what a great relationship you two have together. Cherish all of it!!!!
  • Ali, I loved your most recent post where you reflected on the NYT article and the comments that followed. People just have very little "instruction" on how to behave in social media…if you think about it I didn't have a lot of "instruction" on how to behave in social situations growing up (I'm 52) but what I did have was IMMEDIATE feedback which helped check those random foot to mouth or embarrassing events. This feedback was provided by close friends, family and neighbors who I knew were just a phone call away from my parents. I would be mortified to disappoint my parents! Today, we all interact more with a much larger community and feel we are anonymous but we aren't and what is said can truly cause damage. I'm glad you've added your voice to the discussion on cyber bullying. Thank you. To all others…ask, "If someone called your Mom to report what they heard/saw, would you be proud of it?"
  • I went to BOTH my daughters' bachelorette parties and they wanted me there! We all had a great time and created beautiful memories together that I wouldn't trade for the world. Kudos to you for being sensitive to your friends, and your Mom, and having a fabulous time together.
  • (follow up) Well now I've read those comments you talked about and I too feel dissed...I didn't see anything "inappropriate" about my going along to these fun events with my daughters and their friends, and am not going to change my mind because of other people's opinions. How judgmental of people who should be minding their own lives!
  • I think you are so lucky to have a very close relationship with your mother. Lucky mom, lucky daughter! If everyone were so lucky, there wouldn't be negative comments:)
  • What other people do of say is about them not you. Letting other people's behaviour bother you is like letting them live rent-free in your head. Evict the non-, lying tenant immediately and get on with creating joy in your life. They're not worth another minute of your time.
  • Ali I just read your most recent post where you made reference to the comments about your mom attending your bachelorette party. You know you did what was right for you both, when you invited and she accepted your invitation. Feel proud, honoured and very lucky that you have that kind of relationship with your mom. Perhaps those people who made the comments are envious. I invited my Mom to my Stagette (Canadian version of Bachelorette party) and I'm proud to say she came and had a great time...great memories for me as she is now gone...cherish all those times with loved ones.
  • What a blessing to have your mom share this pivotal time in your life. To me this speakes volumes has to the type of relationship the two of you have. God bless!
  • Ali it's great that you took your Mum to share your special weekend. I live in the northeast of England and it is perfectly normal for you mum, aunties, even grandmas to accompany you on your "hen" weekend!! They usually end up being the most fun/entertaining in the party!
  • Recipe looks fab! As for including your mom in your are so blessed to have her and to have the relationship you do. I included my mom in everything (just lost her this past February...hardest day of my life). My mother didn't raise me though. I reunited with her when I was 16 so our relationship may not have been typical. BUT I was most definitely a "mother" to my girls while they were growing up, but once they got married and moved out.... we became fast friends. I'm still "mom" but we all love each other's company. Daily. I'm so blessed! And they'll tell you so are they :)
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