Pie Makin’

My favorite pie is a tie between peach and strawberry rhubarb. I hit a home run with my first attempt at peach pie, but my strawberry rhubarb, has never been successful. My first attempt was in 1999, it was a stiff as a brick, and tasted like it too. My most recent attempt, last year,…

Bon Appetit ~ 3rd Attempt

My latest attempt of a recipe from Bon Appetit is from the August issue, Spaghetti with No-Cook Tomato Sauce and Hazelnuts. This recipe was easy and quick and I was really excited to try it. Plus a cold spaghetti dish in the hot summer of Arizona sounded perfect. Yet the ingredients caused higher hopes that…

Attempt #1 – June – Bon Appetit

Nana’s Brownies – from the June issue of Bon Appetit. In celebration of my non-fiction story “Grandma Known, Unknown” appearing in the anthology Dear Nana (available now!!) I felt this would pair perfectly. This issue was a challenge because nearly all the recipes had something in it that I couldn’t eat do to allergies. This…

Attempting Bon Appetit

‚ÄčI wanted to try something new, to set a goal. I also needed research material to gather depth on characters for my latest WIP, an adult fiction manuscript. I am without doubt a picky eater and have been my entire childhood (chicken fingers or nuggets only!!) If the restaurant didn’t offer those I wouldn’t eat….

How GREAT is This!?

As a social worker by day (writing wizard of imagination by night) I’ve seen and heard stories of varying health problems. Medical diagnosis that break a family apart or bind them together. Nothing is ever a happy story, only bad. Yet when I heard about the local branch of The Cancer Treatment Centers of America…

1 Pot Turkey and Rice Soup

Perfect for the fall, super easy, healthy and yummy! (No butter and no added salt!) 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 cup fresh tomatoes (preferably Off the Vine) diced 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 cup tomato sauce (marinara or tomato and basil) 1 tablespoon basil (dried) 1 tablespoon parsley (dried) 2-3 cans chicken broth (14.5…

Healthy Eating Tip for the Weekend

Don’t do it… Don’t go to the grocery store hungry…or full. I can’t tell you how many things I have bought both healthy and unhealthy because I went to the grocery store when I was hungry. A few days later I would open my frig up and question why I had an item that I…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

While you put together your grocery list for the weekend pick out a fruit or vegetable that you have never had before and incorporate it in one of your weekly meals or snacks. Look through your local grocery ads to see what is on sale that you have never had, or leave a spot on…

Appreciation Monday – Pfaumenkuchen – Part 2

I am appreciative for handed down family desserts! I used to stand in my Grandma’s kitchen in Minnesota and watch her make pfaumenkuchen, she refereed to no recipe card. I then watched my father make it, again no recipe card. Last year at this time I went from hand punching dough onto a cookie sheet…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

The health benefits to lemon water can fill a grocery shopping list. While it usually mentions warm lemon water, some prefer it cold (or can only drink it cold). If this is the case for you, you might like this tip. Take an ice-cube tray and squeeze fresh lemon into the squares, takes about 3…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

Try substitute your vegetable oil for olive oil. (This worked with two different brownie recipes I tried, couldn’t tell a difference). Try substitute your butter for olive oil. (I use this when the recipe calls for me to butter a pot or pan before adding main ingredient, or when requesting a small amount of butter…

Healthy Tip for the Weekend

I’ve recently jumped on the coconut¬† oil bandwagon to replace all butter. Yet not all coconut oils are the same. A few things to keep in mind that I have realized. Some coconut oil is not the best over other coconut oil because the coconut flavor is too strong. I find Spectrum Coconut Oil is…