Eggnog Chia Pudding with Pomegranate Seeds

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Nothing says Christmas flavor more than eggnog and I’m always on the hunt for good recipes to use it with. Since this time of year is really the only time I indulge in such a rich beverage, I thought it might be fun to make it quasi healthy by adding chia seeds for a festive, creamy dessert.

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Smoky Pumpkin Pecan Bars

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We are in the thick of pumpkin season, my favorite time of year in the kitchen. So many versatile recipes – from sweet to savory – and this one, I do believe, is now at the top of my list.

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Building a Healthy Pantry

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Like most of us, at some point in life you have probably come home from work exhausted and in no mood to cook. But the other people you live with are hungry so that job most likely falls in your lap. What if you were able to whip something up from ingredients you had on hand in just 15 minutes…alas, help is here!

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Mexican Cauliflower Soup

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It’s just about time to move my Dutch Oven to the back and make room for my spring and summer utensils…but this soup deservedly gets my time and attention.  It’s a delightful spring recipe made with cauliflower and potatoes and lots of garlic.  The Mexican flavors take it over the top. Click to continue reading »

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 »

EASY Homemade Coconut Moisturizer

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Now you might not think that skin moisturizer falls into the food category…but this one does!  And it is the most hydrating, nourishing oil you could ever find – let alone make.  Using pure coconut oil and a powerful kitchen mixer, this is your best shield against the harsh elements      of the seasons.

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Sweet Potato Congee

Do you ever make the recipes suggested on packages?  Often times I look at them after I’ve already decided to make something else, but save them for future use.  Recently I wanted to try a different grain in my morning cereal, so  I grabbed my bag of Bob’s Red Mill millet and found this sweet and savory recipe…

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Apricot Blueberry Crisp

The Napa farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh fruit…and these two gems will disappear in just two weeks!  Apricots have been scare the last two years so I am stocking up on my supply for desserts, sauces and jam.  The very best come from our good friend, Michele Bera, who indulges us at market with her stone fruits from Vacaville.  And if you think blueberries are mild with flavor…then you have not tried Stokes!  In a word: explosive.

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