A tale of two soups, and a slow-cooker ‘two-fer’

Chicken Broth

Chicken broth, January 2014

My husband leaves the evening meal cooking to me, but he usually fends for himself for breakfast and lunch. Read More »

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Aromatherapy bath salts for gift giving or your enjoyment

Bath Salts

Bath salts, December 2013

Here’s an idea for a Christmas gift you can give to family and friends, or for your own probably-much-needed energizing or relaxation Read More »

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Homemade honey ‘Tootsie Rolls,’ with (or without) a kick

Honey-Chipotle Tootsie Rolls

Honey-chipotle tootsie rolls, December 2013

When we visit family in western Colorado, a favorite outing is a trip to Ouray, a quaint town in the mountains. Read More »

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Use leftover turkey in a rustic and nutritious soup

Turkey-Butternut Squash Soup With Celery Root

Turkey-butternut squash soup with celery root, December 2013

How have you been using your Thanksgiving leftovers? A couple of my less successful tries in previous years Read More »

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Herb bread for Thanksgiving dinner or stuffing

Almond Flour Herb Bread

Almond flour herb bread, November 2013

This nutty and textured bread can be served for Thanksgiving dinner or used for stuffing or dressing. Read More »

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Sweeten your food naturally with date puree

Date puree

Date puree, as a topping for baked yam along with a pat of butter, November 2013

Did you know you can use pureed dates as a substitute for maple syrup, honey or refined sugar? Read More »

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A flavorful dip or spread: roasted carrot hummus

Roasted Carrot Hummus

Roasted carrot hummus, November 2013

This nontraditional hummus is made with roasted carrots and tahini (sesame paste) but without the usual garbanzo beans. Read More »

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The heavenly aroma of apples and pork, then and now

Pork Chop With Applesauce Gravy

Pork chop and applesauce gravy with sides of whipped cauliflower and sauteed spinach, October 2013

Nowadays frozen dinners come in all different shaped and sized containers, but in my younger years they were “TV dinners” Read More »

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A side dish or dessert with Indian flair: carrot-cardamom pudding

Carrot-Cardamom Pudding

Carrot-cardamom pudding, October 2013

Indian cuisine is all about fragrant spices and seasonings. Once when invited to dinner at the home of my husband’s Indian coworker, Read More »

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How to make your own ghee

It’s easy to make your own ghee (also known as clarified butter). Here are simple instructions. Read More »

An accidental paleo-ite, and an on-track energy bite

Apricot-Lavender-Almond Balls

Apricot-lavender-almond balls, October 2013

You’ve probably heard about one of the latest diet trends, the paleo (paleolithic) diet. There are lots of interpretations of what it is and Read More »

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A bacon-ish, jerky-ish eggplant snack

Eggplant Jerky

Eggplant jerky, October 2013

To me, eggplant seems a little mysterious, with its smooth, thick exterior and porous interior. In Britain they call it by the exotic-sounding name “aubergine.” Its shiny purple skin beckons, so that before I know it I’ve put it into my grocery cart, bought it at a farmers market, or accepted it from a neighbor’s garden surplus. Read More »

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