April 26th, 2013
This was the last bowl of my latest batch of homemade gluten-free granola, and boy do I miss it! Thankfully this granola recipe is so easy to whip up, that I don’t feel like I have to put aside too much time to create the next batch. Often I will mix up a batch before I settle-in to watch one of my favorite evening shows, and while I am laughing at Jessica Day and Nick Miller as they navigate their attraction to one another, or traveling through time and space with the Doctor and his companion, the intoxicating smell of oven-warmed granola is filling my home. Continue reading “Fig-Walnut Granola – Gluten Free”
March 27th, 2013
I have been enjoying homemade Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding for over a year now, but it is one of those recipes that seems so easy to make that I have been hesitating to put it up on the blog… Not because I think it is too obvious to share, on the contrary, I think people are quite surprised by the idea of making pudding out of avocados. My real road block was that I considered it such and easy recipe that I never actually measure the ingredients. I just mix and keep adjusting until it tastes good.
But, I have finally measured out the ingredients so that I can officially share the recipe with those of you who are excited about a super easy way to make some indulgent chocolate pudding. It only takes a few minutes to whip up and you don’t have to cook, simmer, stir or wait for the pudding to settle. The avocados are a perfect agent for pudding. Continue reading “Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding”
February 14th, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day! Lately I have been feeling the desire to take more photos and feel more creative, so here are a few images of what is making me feel the Valentine’s Day spirit today.
Oh, and definitely check out the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe below! This bread is super moist and so decadent. Perfect for a sweet breakfast, or loving afternoon treat, or all of the above!
December 14th, 2012
There is a relatively new gluten-free bakery in Santa Fe called Revolution Bakery which I have been enjoying exploring over the past few months. In addition to making some exciting baked goods, they are also serving lunches. When I first started going I always wanted to get something that included a gluten-free-alternative focus like their pizzas or a sandwich…but then I discovered this beautiful salad. Their version is a little different, but it inspired me to create my own and I have been enjoying it at home ever since. Continue reading “Winter Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette”
September 8th, 2012
I can’t say that I eat halvah all that often. Firstly it is not readily available in New Mexico, and secondly a lot of store made versions of halvah are way too sweet for me. After looking it up to share some details about halvah with you, I discovered that halvah is a traditional dish of many more countries than I thought. I had know it as a Middle Eastern dish, traditionally a sweet comprised of tahini (sesame butter) and a sweetener like honey. Apparently it can also be made with many other nut butters, flours and fillings and is traditional to so many other countries I won’t even list them all here. You can check out wiki if you want to know all the deets.
My favorite experience of eating halvah involved my international travels of 2009. As part of my trip, I visited Istanbul for a few days, exploring the art, architecture, culture and beauty of the city. I loved it, and apart from the difficulty of finding gluten-free options, the vegetarian choices were excellent. I was pretty excited to find helva (halvah) everywhere! Continue reading “Chocolate Halvah Fudge”
September 6th, 2012
Have you heard about coconut butter yet? I am still in the process of discovering it, but the uses that I have found for it so far are delicious. It is so easy to make too! Basically just buy some unsweetened, shredded coconut, and blend… Well there are some instructions, as you will see below, but it is way less expensive than some of the store bought options so why not try it?
My favorite use for it so far? Spreading it onto pancakes and waffles! Seriously. I am not a fan of butter but sometimes I just want something creamy between my gluten-free pancakes and my rich-amber maple syrup. Spread it on, and watch it melt between the layers of breakfast goodness. Continue reading “Homemade Coconut Butter”
August 18th, 2012
I have a confession. I am way too much of a perfectionist when it comes to this blog…and it is keeping me from blogging. Apart from the fact that the summer season keeps my schedule inundated with spa work and private massage clients, my main excuse for not blogging is the perfectionist block.
I have such high expectations for every element of my blog post, from the photos to the content I think I am just putting too much pressure on myself. My most recent block came from the fact that I told myself I was going to get a new camera with the prize money that I won in the Hail Merry t-shirt design contest. Little did I know, SLR cameras are expensive! So, I am needing to save up a little additional money for that special camera… In the meantime I am not going to allow myself to keep making these excuses. Continue reading “Peanut Butter-Banana Muffins”
May 22nd, 2012
Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the Hail Merry t-shirt contest on Facebook, and thank you to Hail Merry for inspiring me with your amazing snacks! I just received my first part of the prize in the mail today and am super excited for all of the extra goodies I didn’t know I was getting.
May 4th, 2012
I have entered a contest! I know that this is not a recipe, but I wanted to share a new adventure of mine. As some of you might know, I am not only a foodie, but I am also a web and graphic designer (and massage therapist). When I saw that Hail Merry was running a contest to find a new design for their t-shirts I thought it was a perfect way for me to get my creative juices flowing in both the foodie and design world. Continue reading “A T-Shirt Contest”