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Mini Walnut Date Tarts

Mini Walnut Date Tarts

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets,Uncategorized

I used to think dessert wasn't dessert unless it's main ingredient was chocolate.   But I have changed my ways.   Don't get me wrong- I am still a chocolate girl.  But I am finding the joy in non chocolate desserts too. This walnut date pie with cinnamon and orange zest is warm and comforting.   I love the flavors, especially topped with a dollop of unsweetened homemade whip cream.   What better way to end Thanksgiving dinner. (more…)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Sea Salt

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Sea Salt

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets,Uncategorized

Halloween is upon us.    My kids are counting down the days. Halloween isn't  my favorite holiday  but I am not going to get all Debbie Downer on you.    While I don't like the excess of candy and sugar that is consumed, there are a lot of fun things about Halloween and a lot of family activities.  We love to   carve pumpkins we picked from the pumpkin patch, toast the seeds, make  fun Halloween decorations, bake this pumpkin bread and assemble these (more…)

Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Kid Friendly,Lunch & Dinner,Uncategorized

I am not going to lie -  I have a box of processed chicken nuggets in my freezer for those emergency nights we all have when there is just no time.   Or for when a babysitter is coming and I am showered and dressed to go out and I'm  not about to step into the kitchen. I know we all have those nights.  And there is nothing wrong with that.  But this recipe isn't for one of those nights. (more…)

Cucumber Salad with Mint

Cucumber Salad with Mint

Salad & Soup,Uncategorized

I made this salad the other day for a party and my husband, Eric, tasted it and said. " This is the way we should always eat cucumbers."   I couldn't have asked for a better response. This is one of my favorite summer salads.  I grew up making a different version of this which included a significant amount of white sugar and white vinegar making it not so good for you.   I set out to make a healthier, yet even more delicious version of that salad. In place of white sugar,  I used (more…)

Blueberry-Rosemary Soda

Blueberry-Rosemary Soda

Appetizers & Sides,Uncategorized

It's hot out there.   Even at 9,000 feet.   I can't image what it's like elsewhere around the country. This refreshing drink will surely cool you off. It's the peak of blueberry season and this is a great way to enjoy those plump sweet berries.   Combined with rosemary, lemon and honey syrup,  this is a wonderful drink to enjoy in the heat of the day. Rosemary is one of my go to herbs.  I recently  learned  that is a great herb to stimulate memory.  It has been a symbol of remembrance since ancient times.   And apparently Shakespeare knew this as a line in the play Hamlet is "There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance: pray you, love, remember.”  New studies…

Seedful Energy Snack

Seedful Energy Snack

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets,Uncategorized

These treats are very similar to my Powder Day Energy Bars but without any nuts.  Several good friends have nut allergies in their family  and I wanted to make something delicious for them.    Nut allergies are becoming more and more common and many classerooms do not allow nuts of any kind in kids lunches.   This is a safe  and delicious treat to pack in your kids lunchbox, to bring as a class snack, or to take on outdoor adventures! Seeds are amazingly nutritious and these energy treats have pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.  Seeds are the life force of a plant and provide lots of energy.   They pack a nutritional punch as they are…

Anytime Banana Bread

Anytime Banana Bread

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Uncategorized

My kids are ravenous when I pick them up from school.  It's as though they haven't eaten in days.    After swinging from the tree branch in front  of their school, they run to the car to see what I have brought for a snack.   They expect a snack.    Because, you know, the 8 minute drive home it just too long to wait.   The  meltdown and complete disappointment on their faces  when I forget to bring a snack is enough to remind me for months on end to BRING A SNACK! Who knows how much of their lunch actually made it into their bellies.  Was the breakfast they ate while rushing out in the morning was the last bit…

Spice Roasted Carrots with Dates

Spice Roasted Carrots with Dates

Appetizers & Sides,Salad & Soup,Uncategorized

Have you ever had a meal at a restaurant  that you just wanted to go home and recreate?   I left the restaurant Farmshop in Marin with the need to go home and make their spice roasted carrots.   It is rare that I have the opportunity to eat at a "grown-up" establishment and even more rare that I get to enjoy a dinner with my mother and my brother.     Reservations fill up even on a Monday night so we enjoyed dinner in the bar area which is covered wall to wall in beautiful olive colored tiles made from Heath Ceramics.   It was a treat!   The food was as gratifying as the decor and the company. I had a…

Powder Day Energy Bar

Powder Day Energy Bar

Snacks & Sweets,Uncategorized

This energy bar is a great treat  for any outdoor adventure but when I made them last month, Crested Butte was getting endless snow and I was thinking of all my friends relishing in the powder.    You don't want to stop for lunch on a good powder day so just wrap a couple of these in your pocket and you will be fueled for the afternoon. (more…)

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