Two amateur cooks explore the world of cooking for a Crohn's and Colitis diet

Marnina and I are proud to introduce the newest member of our I Be a fooDie team…. Gutsy!  Our new mascot Gutsy is a stuffed intestine created by our logo designer Shari Bodofsky.  While Gutsy may not enjoy long walks on the beach, he does enjoy educating and raising awareness about IBD.  We decided to unveil Gutsy in honor of IBD Awareness Week (Dec. 1 – Dec. 7).

We will be using Gutsy as yet another form of raising awareness about IBD. Marnina and I will take Gutsy with us whenever we see a gastroenterologist in hopes of sharing our blog with and educating healthy individuals, newly diagnosed patients, and patients who have had IBD for an extended period of time.  We hope that people struggling with IBD symptoms can use Gutsy as a reminder that despite the pain and discomfort, IBD can be manageable. That living with IBD is a journey and an adventure and not a death sentence.  Soon, Gutsy may have his own adventure section on our blog for kids living with IBD (for parents of kids with IBD to share with their kids).  Stay tuned to follow our new developments!

Gutsy will also make his presence known  in our blog’s pictures from time to time, and he may even cook a meal (as a well-known chef from the movie Ratatouille once said — “Anyone can cook!”).  For this blog, he wanted to introduce himself by showing off some activities he enjoys (see pictures below).

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Like most IBD patients, Gutsy enjoys spending time on the toilet.

Gutsy strictly follows his medication regimen. He always follows the doctor’s directions, even when it comes to prepping for those dreaded colonoscopies…

Gutsy reading the Crohn’s Advocate magazine. If you don’t already get the magazine in the mail, click the link to subscribe for FREE!

Gutsy enjoys making smoothies. Usually they don’t involve putting himself in the blender.

Every now and then Gutsy enjoys some pie. Don’t worry, he ALWAYS eats in moderation.

Gutsy cooking dinner. Hopefully he will digest it fully!

Gutsy reading a recipe. He is quite the cook!

We also want to leave you with a delicious post-Thanksgiving soup that is perfect for anyone recovering from heavy holiday meals.  After a Thanksgiving feast with family and a Japanese buffet this past weekend, we were ready for some lighter fare.  We decided on a  classic Greek soup called Avgolemono, which is a lemon-egg soup filled with orzo.  It is super quick, easy, and can be made with ingredients that are always on-hand.  You will want to double or triple the recipe….it is THAT good.

The finished product — with cilantro sprinkled on top

Greek Avgolemono Soup:

Yields about 4 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup uncooked orzo (or rice or pastina)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


1. In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a boil.

2. Add the orzo, rice, or pastina and cook until tender but still al dente, about 7 minutes (20, if using rice). Season with the salt and pepper and reduce heat to low; simmer.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and lemon juice until smooth.

4. Ladle about 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg-and-lemon mixture, then whisk to combine.

5. Add the mixture back to the simmering saucepan. Stir just until the soup becomes opaque and thickens as the eggs cook, 1 to 2 minutes. Add more salt and pepper, if desired, and serve.

Stay tuned for an exciting product review next week!

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Comments on: "I Be a fooDie’s New Addition" (4)

  1. i love the photo in the blender! glad you like him 🙂

  2. I love the humor of this post. Nice to meet you, Gutsy! 🙂

  3. said:

    Gutsy is not quite as cute as a teddy bear but I guess he is more appropriate. Mom

    Sent from my iPad

    • He reminds me of a digestive related sponge bob square pants. Very creative guys.

      By the way — I love that Greek soup. I always butcher the name, but its super good. I’m going to try out this recipe.

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