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Apple Butter with Fresh Ginger

Apple Butter with Ginger

Apple Butter was always a real treat growing up.  What I never realized is just how easy it is to make at home.  And ironically, there isn’t any butter involved in the preparation. While thumbing through a popular cooking magazine, I noticed an advertisement for Vitamix blenders that included a […]

How to Make Whole Wheat Tortilla Pizzas

Before two kids were in the house, there was a lot more time to plan out and prepare a weeknight dinner.  So finding ways to cook something everyone likes (e.g. pizza), that’s healthy and kid friendly….and can be ready in under 30 minutes is a never-ending quest. Oh, one more […]

Garlic Bread with Cheddar and Parmesan

There are two great things about day old baguette.  One is croutons.  The other….garlic bread.  It’s stupid easy and will make you wonder why you ever bought something like this pre-made and frozen. For every foot of baguette, you’ll need 2 Tablespoons of butter and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli and Ham

As our son worked his way through more and more types of solid foods, macaroni and cheese was inevitable.  It is a pretty simple dish to prepare, after all.  The big stumbling block for me was the whole notion of cheese coming in powder form.  That’s not really cheese.  Not […]

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Maple Syrup

Breakfast is serious business. So there are times, like Saturday mornings, when I don’t mind putting a little extra effort into making some really delicious blueberry pancakes.  Fortunately, they really aren’t that hard to make.  And they are significantly better than anything you’ll get out of a box or shakeable […]

Baked Banana Nutella French Toast

French Toast on its own can be a real treat.  Throw in some bananas, nutella and fresh berries and it goes over the top.  I originally made this for Christmas Day brunch and recently had it requested for Mother’s Day as well.  This is also probably near the top of […]

Baja Style Fish Tacos with Tilapia

Baja Fish Tacos with Avocado and Tilapia

When I was working in Santa Monica, fish tacos were a staple at lunchtime.  The great thing is that there’s no shortage of places in Southern California to get some great tacos.  One of my favorite spots by far was Sharkees in Manhattan Beach for some killer Baja-style Fish Tacos. […]

Quinoa Egg Cups with Spinach and Ham

If there’s one thing I love in the morning, it’s a hot breakfast involving eggs, meat, vegetables and a side of fresh fruit.  However, I don’t have that kind of time and really love finding easy breakfast ideas with eggs.  These quinoa egg cups are also sturdy protein breakfast muffins […]

Loaded Veggie Quinoa Sliders

If you spend much time poking around in the food blog world, you may come away thinking that January is National Quinoa Month.  I’ve noticed that, in particular, there are a lot of vegetable quinoa burger recipes popping up. Great idea, I thought.  What I tried to take away from […]

Honey Roasted Almonds and Cashews

Maple Honey Roasted Almonds and Cashews

If you’ve ever walked past one of those holiday nut shops that’s making the cinnamon roasted almonds, you know the irresistible smells that it can create.  This recipe for honey roasted almonds and cashews can come pretty close.  Full credit for the original recipe goes to Simply Scratch and the tasty Honey Roasted […]