Fall

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

It’s October and everything’s coming up pumpkin!  Quick post here for an easy homemade pumpkin pie spice blend that you can use all year long to give that warm spice feeling to everything from smoothies, coffees, sweetbreads, homemade granola, oatmeal, muffins, roasted squash/pumpkin or sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds and, of course, pumpkin pie! Why spend

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Recipes

Quinoa Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers (Gluten-free)

What is the biggest problem with veggie burgers? Texture, right? Achieving the perfect patty that is firm on the outside (and doesn’t fall apart!) and tender and juicy on the inside can be a dilemma.  A lot of times they have floury fillers and binders that may work, but don’t add much nutritional value and

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Desserts

No-Bake Energy Snacks (gluten-free)

And along comes fall!  We are actually having some fall-like weather here in southern Arizona so the whole back-to-school vibe is going on!  We are entering the season when Tucson shines!  Cooler, but still warm… Sunny skies, but not blazing!  Time to get outdoors and get back into shape!  I’m commiting to a better workout

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Ethnic

Eggplant, Tempeh and Root Vegetables with Harissa Glaze

Cooking Season has Arrived!!  Well, here in southern Arizona… ALMOST arrived!  Still, the evenings and mornings are getting a bit cooler (or is it my imagination?) and the kids are back to school.  Fall vegetables are just starting to show up in the markets, but yet, there are still some summer favorites hanging around (I’m

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Making homemade pickles is easy
Appetizers

Salt, to Taste… and Homemade Pickles

Are you confused by the salt to taste, or season to taste, recommendations in recipes? What exactly does that mean? And what if I don’t like much salt and you do?  How do I know what , “to taste” tastes like? If you are like me, I always ignored these recommendations until I learned a

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Gluten-free

Spicy Citrus Rubbed Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa

Since my Dad has moved in with us, he has been asking for tacos!  He is from the east coast and it seems everyone there thinks we must eat tacos all the time!  And I DO love me a good taco, so I thought fish tacos may be the ticket.  But the only fish I

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Appetizers

Caprese Salads – Two Ways

Ahhh summer is in full force!  I just returned from almost 3 weeks in different parts of Italy where they were having a record hot summer!  Just what someone from Tucson, Arizona needs on vacation!  But other than that, it was a great trip (I will be posting some photos on Instagram) and I once

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Desserts

Peaches and Cream

Ahhhh, June is here!  It’s officially the summer season for most of us here in the northern hemisphere and all the fresh fruits and vegetables will be spilling over on us in the next few months!  I can’t wait to bring you fresh, healthy summer recipes using all that amazing bounty! Here in southern Arizona,

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Appetizers

Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

So, I had this thought to do some shrimp cocktails for a small group of ladies that came to my house for a cabi party.  Call out to Ms. Ginger Etcheson my cabi consultant.  If you aren’t familiar with cabi, you should check it out.  Quality clothing, shown in private homes so all women can

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Breads

Veggie Donuts or Muffins

Happy Mothers Day!  I have to admit it is pretty fun for me to have a little one in my life again. Finding new ways to get veggies and other whole foods on his plate has spurred a new direction for my cooking at times.  These veggie donuts have been a real hit. They can

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