Grape Cucumber Gazpacho

 

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While it still feels like summer, we are slowly making the transition into fall…my favorite season. Not only for the rich colors, but also for comfort foods – most notably: soup. While I tend to lean towards soups that provide warmth in a bowl, this blend of cucumbers and grapes is refreshing and loaded with flavor. Since we live in the Napa Valley where the grape is king of agriculture, I’m always looking for ways to use them beyond a glass of wine (although, that’s just fine, too:)

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Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse

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As if that isn’t a mouthful enough…here is a super easy, rich and healthy dessert.  It truly takes 5 minutes to make and just a little longer to ‘set’ but this cocoa coco chia pudding/mousse is sublime!

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Preserved Lemons with Rosemary

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Are your neighbors’ trees weighted down by the bounty of citrus this winter?  Make a deal and grab some!  Lemons are used more often than salt or pepper in this house, both for taste and health properties. Click to continue reading »

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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