Freeze It Fresh : Apple Plum Crisps : Refined Sugar Free

Apple Plum Crisps

Twelve Apple Plum Crisps in the freezer are a new addition to our freeze ahead dessert repertoire.  I love the combination of apples and plums for the rich color plums bring to the table (so to speak).  Not having the time this fall to put complete pies up as usual, I opted for the simpler application of fruit crisps, making … Read More

Chocolate-y Glazed Chocolate Zucchini Cake : Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar Free

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

My dear friend Sheila shared her Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe with me years ago.  It’s moist, fudge-y and rich!  But Sheila, like many other friends have since gone gluten-free choosing to go more clean with their diets by using less dairy and sugar. I had been staring at our gigantic zucchini dreaming of her Zucchini Chocolate Cake all week. … Read More

Zucchini Almond Muffins : Gluten & Dairy Free

Zucchini Almond Muffins

In the midst of preserving the harvest, putting up Garlic Chili Pickled Green Beans and making homemade sauerkraut with these humongous garden fresh cabbages…. our Portland kiddo’s with their fun little guy Gideon along with his little sister, (whose name I cannot disclose because she’s still a bun in the oven) paid us a visit. We had so much fun … Read More

Fresh Strawberry Pie With A Gluten-Free Almond Oat Crust

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Finally, I found some tasty organic strawberries with wonderful flavor. I’ve been dreaming of making this Fresh Strawberry Pie with a gluten free crust,  just in time for a 4th of July celebration. In fact, truth be told, I ate dinner tonight just so I could have dessert. Fruity, sweet and fresh, I savored every bite.  Here’s the recipe. Fresh … Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (gluten, dairy and refined sugar free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am experimenting with gluten-free baking. Why? There is an increasing number of friends and family choosing (for health reasons) to go gluten-free. And while I love my crusty homemade artisan bread, I can’t deny how lethargic I feel when I eat more than a modest amount. There is something to this gluten-free business but if one isn’t careful, it’s … Read More

Meal in a Bowl : Tofu Red Curry Sauce with Vegetables

Tofu Red Curry Sauce with Vegetables

A few months ago, while on a visit to Portland, my daughter and I dined at the Thai Elephant for lunch.  With aromatic steaming bowls of curries in front of us, we oooo’d and aaaah’d over each mouthful.  I can’t shake the mouth-watering memory so I tried to reinvent it with this dish.  My husband loved it and while I … Read More

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These family friendly tasty bars are quite the treat for the lunchbox, after school snacks, or just to take along while out and about.  I tucked some in my hubby’s lunch to enjoy while out on a fishing excursion with a friend. This recipe makes 24 large bars, enough to munch on fresh out of the oven once cooled, then freeze … Read More

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

It was a drizzly February day, the perfect weather for great aroma’s to fill the house.  Good thing we have grandchildren in town to share these homemade cookies with!  They were quickly assembled and made with coconut oil, coconut sugar and maple syrup.  The whole wheat pastry flour was ground fresh (from white wheat) in our NutriMill grain mill. Peanut … Read More

Better Breakfasts : Mixed Berry Whole Grain Pancakes (and Waffles)

Mixed Berry Whole Grain Pancakes (and Waffles)

Our last meal while on vacation in Scottsdale, AZ was a delicious brunch enjoyed in an outdoor venue, with awesome friends, along a fun street full of unique shops. There were many elements that made the occasion memorable (it was 72 degrees, back home it was 28), one of them being the delicious whole grain pancakes they served to our … Read More

Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti

Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti

When it comes to cookies, there are those that like them soft and gooey and then there’s the folks that like them crunchy and chewy. That’s the group I’m in and that’s what I love about biscotti. These twice baked cookies are easy to make despite their fancy name. You can get away with less sweetener compared to a traditional … Read More