Coconut Cream Pie ala Cafe Gratitude

I had to wait a few days to let the chocolate dissipate from my veins, but now I’m ready to launch into my next favorite indulgence: coconut cream pie!  I hope this is one of your resolutions this year…because no one should deprive themselves of such a decadent health food.  That’s right: it’s good for you.

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Pumpkin Chili

I’m sure this time of year you have an abundance of pumpkin on hand, and whether its fresh or from a can, this recipe is a crowd pleaser.  It is what I call a ‘one-dish wonder’ and can be made in advance, or right alongside the other dishes you’re cooking up this week. Click to continue reading »

The Best Carrot Cake Ever

We all have our own favorite carrot cake recipe, but now you’ll have a new one:)  I made this for a crowd at the St. Helena Farmers’ market and it was a huge hit.  Super moist and rich, yet light.  The recipe comes from Fran Costigan’s “More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts, Naturally which has an abundance of healthful sweets that are not only delicious, but also vegan.

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Sauteed Radishes

I just harvested the last of my radishes to make room for my next crop of beets.  This winter proved pretty challenging for growing baby vegetables, but remember, I’m a newbie gardener so that could be said for just about anything;-)  Click to continue reading »

Daikon Radish Confetti Salad

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There are many types of radishes and all have significant health benefits.  The Daikon radish is high on that scale.  It is also one of those vegetables that on its own doesn’t scream at you with flavor, which means it will take on the seasonings you pair with it.

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Zucchini "Pasta" with Pesto

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I have fun with food.  Love bringing home fresh veggies from the farmers’ market and whipping up new dishes based on what’s in season.  I love gadgets, too – not the fancy ones, but those that make our lives easier in the kitchen.  Of course, there’s the food processor, and the blender, the Microplane, and the mandoline.  Now if you haven’t played with one yet…making noodles is a great way to start…

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

choc chipsAs discussed last time, baking has its challenges.  Baking gluten free takes that challenge and raises you by ten.  Gluten is the ‘glue that holds flour products together.’  It is elastic by nature and is present in all derivatives of wheat, such as bread and pasta.  To refresh, I am not gluten intolerant; I just feel better when I eat less of it.

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Truth in Labeling

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You want to know that when you select a food product labeled as having certain virtues that the company will stand behind what’s promised.
But while some food labels are federally monitored and clearly defined, others aren’t so strictly regulated. Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices website decodes commonly used food labels at its eco-labels center.

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Last Minute Holiday Goodies

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I am a list maker, and taker, in this case.  I collect them all – from “Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets” to “the Most Romantic Beach Destinations” (which, of course, is a constant research project.)  Since most of the work has already been done, I thought you might enjoy some of these suggestions when crossing your list and checking it twice, or trying to avoid shopping hangovers.

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Goat Cheese with Cumin and Mint

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I am part of something new and exciting this week.  Seven fellow food writers are joining together for a “Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner Party”  and you are invited to attend!  Each of us will be offering recipes every day this week comprising an entire holiday meal. You will have several options for each category, depending on taste and food combinations.  Yesterday we started with beverages at Whole Life Nutrition and Gluten Free Organics.  Today I will be presenting an appetizer, along with two more from Book of Yum and Gluten Free Organics.

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