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Pumpkin Spice Tea Cake with Maple Candied Walnuts [Gluten & Dairy-Free]

This Pumpkin Tea Cake was created out of the desire to love-on some friends who often bring their own food to gatherings due to allergies. It is always hard for me to see friends unable to join-in and enjoy what everyone else is having, missing out on the connection of sharing the same experience. At […]

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Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout

Mushroom & Blue Cheese Ragout is one of those recipes that makes anything you serve with it, better. You can already tell by the photos, it’s not the tomato or meat based ragu we all love on pasta. Although when you taste this you might be tempted to pour it over pasta, or sandwiches, or […]

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Date-Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt

Always on the lookout to make recipes healthier as well as great tasting, awhile back I was looking for healthy desserts. You know something I could feel good about eating, but would also make my eyes roll all the way back in my head with sheer delight. Yeah, that kind. It would have to involve […]

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Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust Recipe [GF]: A Series on Hospitality

Last week I hosted a brunch, invited a few friends to join me, and made this Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust for the occasion. I am better, life is better, when I’ve had time with good friends around my table—it is pure joy. It wasn’t always that way. At one point in my […]

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Super Bowl Party Food Roundup ~ 16 Recipe Ideas for the Big Game

It is Super Bowl week and whether you plan to watch the game or just tune in to enjoy the commercials, there is always plenty of food to keep things interesting. But, like a box of doughnuts in the break room at work, Super Bowl parties can be resolution killers—suddenly, the last three weeks at […]

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Double Chocolate Truffles

  Holiday baking is a big deal at our house, a time when chocolates, cookies, and Christmas Stollen are penciled into the calendar just like parties. As much as I love our tradition of baking and candy making, it isn’t without a fair amount of compromise to our food philosophy of avoiding refined flour and […]

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Orange Ginger Tea Cake: Gluten & Grain Free

  While browsing some of my favorite blogs yesterday morning, the mere mention of crystallized ginger rearranged my entire day. I had to make something with warming, chewy, gingery-ness—to go with a cup of tea, preferably. Inspiration hit and I was out the door with my grocery list faster than you can say almond flour. […]

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Black Bean Confetti Salsa and Memorial Day Menu Ideas

  We have done more than our share of feasting on board the Celebration Express lately, so this Memorial Day we will be laying low. Thankfully, there are Sprouted Wheat Buns in the freezer for BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and all the ingredients I need for Celery, Apple, and Fennel Slaw tucked away in the […]

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Spice Up the Weekend with Jalapenos and Bacon: Feature Fridays

  There I was, cruising food sites, minding my own business, when these Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos jumped up out of nowhere. You heard me…Bacon…Wrapped…Jalapenos. Look at them; can you imagine better cradles for cream cheese? Or a better way to introduce pork, chilies, and fire? Obvious as it might seem, there is a step-by-step recipe […]

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A Bridal Shower Menu Collection and the Privilege of Friendship

When close friend’s kids are old enough to get married, it feels a lot like when your own kid’s birthday candles exceed two hands and then both hands and feet, you wonder where the years went. It is the milestones of life—showers, weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and many others, which remind us of the […]

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