brown butter maple rosemary almonds

There are few snacks that pair as well with a glass of wine, a beer or cocktails, than nuts. Especially when they’re seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of salty heat & coated in nutty, browned butter; lemon zest; maple syrup & fresh rosemary.

smoky carrot hummus

You all know hummus right? Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice, spices & garlic all blitzed together to make a delicious dip-like paste. Super simple. Middle Eastern in origin (so it’s said – also spread to North African & Mediterranean), hummus gained considerable popularity in western culture, especially of late & now we’re seeing many…  [Read More]

roasted pumpkin, cauliflower & spinach curry

I’m ready for autumn, or fall as it’s called here. Falltumn. Actually I’ve been ready for falltumn since…March. It’s not just the respite from the unrelenting Florida heat I’m looking forward to…it’s the food & the cooking of soups, stews & roasts; being able to open windows & doors to let some fresh air in;…  [Read More]

cucumber lime margaritas with sweet chili salt

There are cocktails & then there are margaritas. In its simplest form a margarita is tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar & an orange liqueur such as triple sec or Cointreau served in a salted rim glass. Yesterday I made cucumber lime margaritas with a sweet, salty chili mixture encasing the glass rim. The margaritas were fabulous!…  [Read More]

sensational dairy-free chocolate ice creams

Take the dairy & sugar out of ice cream & what do you have left…eggs…& maybe flavoring masquerading as vanilla? These ice creams are without the ingredients that actually make ice cream so good & they were delicious. So I have to say I was impressed – hence the title “sensational”, they deserve it. I’m now…  [Read More]

day 2 & coconut fruit breakfast

There’s all sorts of opinions out there on breakfast. What’s good, what’s bad & everything in between. A lot of what a person has for breakfast is determined by time, ingredients on hand, dietary restrictions, taste (of course) & money. The old adage “eat like a king for breakfast…” has never held much merit for me…  [Read More]

sesame ginger dressing & 100 days to healthy

If you’ve ever eaten at a quasi-Japanese restaurant, chances are you’ve tried a simple garden salad with a really good ginger dressing. I love that dressing. My hubby & I eat copious amounts of salads (and Japanese food when we can) so I finally made a version of the dressing a couple of weeks ago & the results are…  [Read More]

green juice

Almost every day I drink fresh juice consisting mainly of vegetables with a little fruit added for flavor and creaminess (oranges). I have the juice for breakfast and sometimes lunch too, switching-up the ingredients from time to time. Contrary to what people think who don’t know about juicing but have an opinion about it anyway, no,…  [Read More]

power juice

To some making fresh juice every day is a bit of a pain. I get that. Although the more times you do it the more adept you become at it. Drinking fresh vegetable-fruit juice each day makes me feel better. I’m certain of it.  It takes me about 10 to 15 minutes start to finish.…  [Read More]

tomato cilantro salsa & pineapple lime margaritas

I know it’s only Tuesday but that means Monday is behind us and it’s ok to be planning for the coming weekend. The weather is warming up here in gloomy Minnesota which makes me think salsa and margaritas. This salsa recipe was shared with me by a Mexican friend of mine, he cooked it, I…  [Read More]

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