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Recipe: Spiced Apple Cider Soft Caramels

This recipe makes so many caramels that if you don’t have a way of gifting them, cut it in half!  In making this recipe, I tried to cut some of the sugar and cream in traditional caramels, and still end up with a buttery, creamy texture.  I arrived at this recipe by accident – I […]

Recipe: Minted Green Tea Yogurt Filled Raspberries

Anyone who’s ever had green tea ice cream knows that it’s an earthy flavor and with a little creamy sweetness, it becomes delicate and light.  I suggest using Matcha green tea because it’s finely ground and powdery. If you have large berries (or are using strawberries), use an egg carton to keep the berries upright.  […]

Recipe: Homemade butter

You might be thinking “why should I bother to make my own butter, it’s easy enough to purchase”.  And you’re right, it’s easy to purchase but I can make a case for churning your own: To make flavored butter at it’s freshest. To ensure that the butter is organic and hormone free by purchasing cream […]

Recipe: Homemade Almond Milk

Though I don’t have anything against cow’s milk, I don’t really enjoy drinking it.  The only time I’ll have milk is on cereal (and that happens about twice a year).  I’m not opposed to it; I eat cheese and yogurt, I just don’t like drinking milk.  And I know I’m not alone. However, I do […]

Recipe: Minty Fava and Asparagus Salad

This is a spring salad if ever there was one.  The only non-seasonal items in here are from items that don’t grow in this region (lemons, olives).  This spring green salad (emphasis on green) is light and refreshing but a little different than the standard.  It looks creamy but has a light, delicate flavor.  Some […]

Recipe: Lentil and Spinach Coconut Curry

This light and fresh curry is perfect for a quick meal.  It’s a dish with a lot of flavor but relatively few calories.  You can use any type or color of lentils you want, but larger varieties will need to cook for a longer period of time.  All varieties are chock full o’ protein, fiber, […]

Recipe: Kabocha Flan

Flan is a traditionally French dessert, a creamy, caramel-y custard (similar to crème brulee).  The main difference is that flan has a soft, liquid caramel on top vs. the hard, caramel shell of crème brulee.  In Europe it’s often made with a pastry crust, but the type we’re used to in the United States is […]

Myth: Smoothies are a good, low cal, on-the-go snack.

TRUTH: Not entirely a myth but let’s discuss. I’m going to start with the bad and finish with the good. Why I don’t promote smoothies: In general, drinking your calories is not the healthiest option.  Drinks are often sweetened with sugar (or artificial sweeteners).  If not high in sugar, they often contain excess fat (i.e. milkshakes, lattes, etc) or […]

Recipe: Crispy Corn Raviolis with Light Basil Pesto

Making ravioli can be a tedious process when you’re making the dough.   I prefer to use wonton wrappers to reduce the time it takes and the number of steps.  Using fresh corn and basil when they’re in season (or right now, when the corn is going out of season) is the best time to make […]

Recipe: Ginger Toffee Pie

If you’ve never had it, Banoffee Pie is a rich, creamy decadent dessert.  It originated in England and is made as a pastry dessert with bananas, cream, and toffee (sweetened condensed milk aka dulce du leche).  We’re nearing the 40th birthday of Banoffee Pie and I thought a tribute to its deliciousness is in order.  Unfortunately […]