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rhubarb-fennel gin cocktail

Given the choice of all the summer fruits – berries and apricots; watermelon and peaches – I can say that rhubarb wouldn't even be in my top ten. It's close to the top of the list for the Hubs though so I find myself with big plants in the garden that unfurl from the...

lentil & pearl barley spring salad with pickled mustard seeds

Earlier this week I wrote about my trip to Hollywood for the launch of Albertsons new Signature product line. What I am most excited about is that with over 4000 products, it’s easy to stock the panty with whole food staples at a great price without sacrificing...

iced horchata latté

I haven't had a lot of experience drinking horchata. In fact, I have almost no experience at all. It's not something I grew up with or have had much exposure to as an adult. But when I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit it looked like something I would enjoy – like...

mom’s jam bars

My mom used to make these cookies and they were always one of my favorites. They remind me of a fruit crisp in cookie form. A crumbly blend of oats and brown sugar and butter. She filled hers with homemade apricot jam and they were {thankfully} on the standard cookie...

rawsome nut dip

I like dips. And really what's not to like? They are often full of flavor (think onion, clam or that completely addictive jalapeño artichoke dip from Costco). They are usually scooped up with something fun and crunchy (think crackers, chips or crispy veggies). And, in...

roasted strawberry smoothie bowl

The downside about being a bit food crazy is that my Facebook feed is filled with enticing photos all day, every day. I've gotten pretty good at scanning over them but every once in awhile there's something that brings my scrolling finger to a quick stop. Case in...

curried cauliflower soup

When the big snow storm hit the East Coast recently, I have to admit I was a bit jealous. I wished it was going to be us that were to be snowed in. My romanticized version included watching movies in front of the fire, snuggled up with the Hubs and my two furry...

cranberry ricotta tarts

Ah… the holidays. The time of year when social calendars overflow with opportunities to spend time with friends and family. Houses filled with laughter and so many people that the windows fog up on the inside. Expanded dining room tables, covered in special occasion...

chipotle yam and corn chowder

You know those big, kraft bags for leaves that they sell this time of year? The ones that come neatly folded in groups of five held together tightly by a plastic band? For my friends in the southern part of the country that are still basking in the sun, I know I'm...

honey poached pears with mascarpone

The thing about dessert is that it can be the nail in the gastronomical coffin. Chances are good that it has at least followed a main course. Possibly soup or salad. Maybe there's been appetizers before that. If it's a dinner party at our house, it's likely been all...

my version of the chili scramble from prasad

A couple months ago I went to Prasad in Portland, Oregon and I haven't been able to stop thinking about their chili scramble ever since. In fact, I wrote about it here a few weeks ago, with a teaser that I might be trying to replicate it. And so I did... try that is....

baked pumpkin oatmeal

Might as well jump on the pumpkin band wagon as it seems like all the cool kids are doing it! I was in Trader Joe's a few days ago and every end aisle facing the cash registers was filled with pumpkin products. Pumpkin tortilla chips. Pumpkin butter. Canned pumpkin....

no sugar, pumpkin spiced apple chips

The 6th Annual October Unprocessed is well underway and I'm doing my best to stick to my pledge. I don't approach this challenge with the absolutes that some do (hence the almond milk latte I had this morning) but I do use it as an opportunity to be more mindful of...

diy almond milk

I first met Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules at Camp Blogaway in May and then saw him again in July at the Orlando Food & Wine Conference. Here I got to spend more time with him and found out about his October Unprocessed campaign – a month dedicated to reducing or...

roasted beets with salted yogurt

My dad is in his late 80's and still grows a garden big enough to feed a small third world nation. Everyone tells him that he should cut back. Make the garden smaller. Grow less. Spend more time relaxing and less time planting, and harvesting, and weeding. My mom is...

fudge protein balls

A few weeks ago I spent a weekend at Camp Blogaway, a self proclaimed "bootcamp for food and bloggers". We had a host of great sponsors, including Canadian Lentils. I have to admit, I can't even remember the last time I cooked lentils. But when chef Christine Farkas,...

beyond meat vegan korean “beef”

I recently returned from Camp Blogaway where I not only made new friends, but got to try new things. One product I was particularly excited about was Beyond Meat, a line of meat substitutes made with non-GMO pea protein. Brand ambassador Priscilla Willis of She's...

chilled fennel and grapefruit soup

Our friend, Meredith Smith, is the winemaker for Sawtooth Winery and every now and then we're not only given a sneak peek but are actually invited to influence what wines get put into bottles. She brings various versions of a wine in unmarked bottles, we taste, make...