Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bites

Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bites
Oh. My. Goodness. These are dreamy and delicious, tasting decadent but they're healthy.  Quick to make in a food processor with an "S" blade and they don't require cooking, Chocolate Peppermint Protein Bites are holiday inspired, and they make a great snack to have around the house or to bring to a holiday party. I came home after an intense ... Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Almonds

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Almonds
Wind gusts of 70-80 miles an hour hit our city last Tuesday and the whole city went black.  Trees uprooted everywhere, falling on power lines leaving many homes without power.  Slowly we are regaining electricity, neighborhood by neighborhood.  But many, including our kids and their families still have homes that are dark and too cold for living in.  Our power ... Read More

Kale Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts and Apples

Kale Pomegranate Salad
Don't wait until Christmas dinner to serve this nourishing salad.  It has all of the ingredients to bring it to holiday status, but it's also excellent for everyday.  You can dress it and it will stay delicious and crisp refrigerated for days later. Holiday season is here in all its glory and unfortunately with it comes cold and flu season. ... Read More

Pear Crumble Pie

Pear Crumble Pie
I was first introduced to this pie during my young mom stay- at- home with our kids stage.  A dear friend had dropped by with this confection - for no reason, and it was still warm - fresh out of the oven. Surely she was thinking I would share with my family but, this Pear Crumble Pie was love at ... Read More

Have Yourselves A Make Ahead Christmas

Three Day Salad

A festive fresh green salad that you can make three days ahead?  Yes, that’s right. I’m all for getting things done in advance to simplify putting on a big dinner.  The brisket and gravy for Christmas Eve dinner is cooked to perfection and frozen, waiting for the big day to thaw then simmer away, giving off fragrant aromas. Cinnamon rolls … Read More

Rich and Creamy Hot Cocoa : Dairy & Refined Sugar Free

Rich and Creamy Hot Cocoa

Rich and creamy hot cocoa is a must when temps are dropping to single digits.  In the spirit of the season we had our little grandkids in for a Christmas overnight complete with crafts, movies and festive food.  That includes hot cocoa. Someone couldn’t wait to craft….. I had been dreaming about a flavorful hot chocolate made with DIY Almond Milk and sweetened with … Read More

Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Pie : Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar Free

Cooking Class: Holiday Pies

Pumpkin Pie is a favorite around here.  This is an old family recipe make over that I paired with an awesome roll out gluten free crust made with pecans.  It surprised me by rolling out smooth and held together really well in the process. We are excited to be guests this year joining wonderful friends and family for Thanksgiving and … Read More

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread : Gluten and Dairy Free

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

How is the planning coming on your Thanksgiving menu?  Are you wondering what to feed your guests who have food allergies?  There is a great array of real food to be enjoyed even with some dietary limitations.  The following cornmeal based recipe offers a delicious option for those guests who are gluten and dairy intolerant. This recipe originated from a … Read More

Fresh and Festive : Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Gratin with Crispy Sage Leaves

Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Gratin

Gratitude doesn’t seem to come natural. Thanksgiving is the holiday that we take stock of all the things we are grateful for. The Bible says we are supposed to “Be joyful always, pray continually; and give thanks in all circumstances…”  Now that’s amazing!  I find it easy to be thankful for the blessings but the disappointments and setbacks are another story.  Given enough time (or … Read More

Fresh and Festive : Celery, Sunchoke, Fennel Salad with Green Apple and Walnuts

Celery, Sunchoke, Fennel Salad

Allow me to introduce you to what might be a “new” vegetable on the chopping block.  The Jerusalem Artichoke, which is neither an artichoke, nor from Jerusalem.  Go figure!  The name has morphed over the years, currently also known as the Sunchoke.  They are tubers, similar to potatoes, but they have a sweet, nutty flavor.  In their raw form sunchokes will remind you of the water chestnut because of their crunchy texture and … Read More