Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pumpkin-the Natural Serving Dish

PUMPKIN-THE NATURAL SERVING DISH Since the Holidays are coming up, I am always looking for ideas to make my festivities memorable for my guests. One way to do this is to have  unique dinner settings and decorations. One of my most versatile “secret holiday decoration weapons” is the PUMPKIN- as a serving dish. I can […]

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (vegan)

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS The best part of carving your Halloween jack-O-lantern is that you get an added bonus… the pumpkin seeds! Here is the base recipe to roast the perfect holiday pumpkin seeds. Some people like to spice them after they roast them, you can if you like. Remember a little goes along ways when […]

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Black Wild Rice

BLACK WILD RICE Here is a simple way to cook whole pure organic black wild rice. I have tried to cook it many ways but this seems to be fool proof; although this method takes the longest compared to other methods, it is VERY simple to make. With a little bit of patience, you too […]

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Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing

CORNBREAD AND WILD RICE STUFFING Start your NEW healthy (yet very flavorful) tradition this year with this cornbread and wild rice stuffing in place of bland white bread boxed stuffing. The ingredients are VERY healthy, all whole and will make your taste buds SING! This goes perfect with any sauce or gravy that your serve […]

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Pan Cornbread

PAN CORNBREAD I am passing on a GREAT way to make super moist and tasty cornbread without firing up the oven. My family has made cornbread for generations this way. Use this recipe in CORNBREAD AND WILD RICE STUFFING or break out the honey butter(1/2 organic butter and 1/2 raw honey) and slather it on […]

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Poached Eggs

POACHED EGGS In my opinion, poached eggs are the healthiest way to eat an egg. They are cooked without any added fat and if done right, do not need any additional seasonings or toppings like butter. Poaching eggs can be really simple to make and can easily be done for the masses. When making multiple […]

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Pumpkin Hash and Eggs

PUMPKIN HASH AND EGGS With the holiday season coming up, our lives are getting busier and busier. Not only do we have our normal family and work obligations but we get together with family local and a far. This recipe is great for those weekend guests, morning after the holiday dinner or for something quick […]

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Roasted Pumpkin (vegan)

ROASTED PUMPKIN This is an easy NO-FUSS way to roast pumpkin to use in other recipes. Pumpkin’s versatility is endless, I use it in place of potatoes for PUMPKIN HASH AND EGGS. Makes about 8 cups of small diced roasted pumpkin meat 1 small 5 to 6 pound organic baking pumpkins, wash well and scrub […]

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Loaded Cranberries (vegan)

LOADED CRANBERRIES The recipe is a rustic twist on the standard plain old cranberries that tend to be served at our holiday meals. It is bursting with fruit, slightly tangy and just sweet enough. Now that cranberries are back in season, be sure to pick your cranberries that are bright red, firm and of course […]

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Using Herbs and Spices

USING HERBS AND SPICES Boredom with the same food can be the number one killer of staying on a healthy track, so why not mix it up a little. There are a ton of herbs and spices out there besides garlic powder, salt and pepper. Fresh herbs can be grown in a window herb garden […]

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Hot Toddy

HOT TODDY The HOT TODDY has been in my family for generations. By definition, a hot toddy is an alcoholic beverage that is a mix of liquor, water, spices and is served hot. I have found that it is a soothing hot drink especially for when it is cold, a holiday party drink and makes […]

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Perfect Tuna Sandwich

THE PERFECT TUNA SANDWICH Nothing says comfort food like an old fashioned tuna sandwich. I remember grandma making them with her homemade chicken noodle soup and mom would always pair with hot tomato soup. I have had many a tuna sandwich, everything from just plain on white bread all the way up to a tuna […]

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Pickled Chilis and Garlic (vegan)

PICKLED CHILIS AND GARLIC Pickled vegetables can be a great addition to sandwiches, a deli tray, a bloody mary and to my favorite…. a MARTINI. The process is simple but the result is pretty complex. This is just one example of a combination that I like, you can create your own with just about any […]

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First Winter Snow 2012

FIRST WINTER SNOW 2012 As the rest of the country is in prime autumn, we here in the sierras are witnessing our first winter snowfall today. The past couple of days have been busy covering up patio furniture, stacking wood we just got, moving plants inside and putting away all the little decor around the […]

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Watermelon Salad (raw-vegan)

WATERMELON SALAD (raw-vegan) This is a superb recipe if you have the last of your harvest of heirloom tomatoes, some fresh basil, a personal watermelon and ripe oranges. SERVES 4 1/2 of a ripe organic personal seedless watermelon, medium diced, reserve any juice 2 ripe organic Valencia or blood oranges, reserve peel (reserve for your […]

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Grilled Lamb

GRILLED LAMB Who says Lamb has to be hard to cook? This simple recipe will be the hit of your dinner party! SERVES 6 3 to 4 pounds grass fed organic lamb boneless shoulder or leg (you pick), remove excess fat and silver skin with a boning knife, cut into quarters- large pieces (about 1 […]

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Grilling Vegetables

GRILLING VEGETABLES Grilling Vegetables is simple to do. For the perfect grilled vegetable, grill them while your grilled meat like GRILLED LAMB is resting… SERVES 6 4 pounds of mixed organic ripe hard vegetable like asparagus, zucchini, and summer squash, wash well, remove any blemishes and cut large vegetables like squash in half longways. Leave […]

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Chunky Guacamole (raw-vegan)

CHUNKY GUACAMOLE This is a SUPER easy recipe and is great for a fast appetizer for unexpected company, before dinner or a snack (like I am having right now). SERVES 4 1 large ripe organic avocado, pit and medium diced 2 small organic vine ripe tomatoes, medium diced 1/2 small organic yellow onion, medium diced […]

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Aspens Are Changing

ASPENS ARE CHANGING Yes, this is my favorite time of year! I love the colors and the crispness of the air that Autumn brings us. I am very fortunate to live in an area that has both of these attributes. Every year since I was much younger, I have traveled to the mountains in the […]

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Fire Kindling Bag

FIRE KINDLING BAG      As the days get colder and the nights drop below freezing, my fireplace is in full swing now. Yes, I do have a central heating system but it is only set at 50 for the nights if the fireplace isn’t doing it’s job or dies out before I can replenish logs […]

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