kale chips

Take the Gas Out of Kale Plus Kale Chips Recipe and More

Why is it that sometimes the healthiest foods are the gassiest foods? Kale, kohlrabi, broccoli and Brussels sprouts should have warning labels - something...
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5 Simple Steps to Candy Grapefruit Peel

To candy orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, the trick is to boil the peels first to remove bitterness. This step is critical to create...
Homemade pesto with walnuts basil and herbs

Homemade Pesto with Walnuts, Basil, Sage, Oregano and Garlic

Looking for a new way to use your herbs?  A fresh take on pesto?  Something you can serve with pasta, crusty bread, salad or...
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Quinoa Recipes and Ideas

"Keen-wa" is easy to cook! Prepare it like rice. Vegetable broth or stock of some kind in place of water enhances its nutty flavor significantly....

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Some of the best birthday and father's days end up being the most simple. Instead of buying him  gadgets and trinkets to store on...

How To Make Pumpkin Crisps, Fries, Roasted Seeds and S’mores!

This season I'll be experimenting with candied pumpkin rind! I'll post my results soon. Also see my other post that shows you pictures and...
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Stuff those pumpkin blossoms for a gourmet treat!

Don't let those male flowers shrivel up before you have a chance to convert them into a gourmet treat! The farmers market had beautiful, huge...

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

It's fun to rev up traditional recipes and this one for zucchini bread gets a health boost from flax seed and other natural ingredients, plus a...

YUMMY Ginger Snap Cookies with Flaxseed

Let these 'in your face' ginger cookies snap back at you! Lots of ginger and spices leave an impression you won't forget. Not passed down from...

Roasted Chickpeas – Way Easy and Chock Full of Protein

A crunchy, satisfying snack food that's got plenty of vitamin B-6, protein and fiber. More often than not, our kids don't get enough protein to...
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Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes...

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Bake your favorite cupcakes. Use school colors for the icing on top. For the graduation cap, use mini peanut butter cups. Small graham cracker squares...

Herb and Lemon Scones

When I can't get my favorite scones from Petite Madeline Bakery in Oceanside, CA, I resort to a good alternative. Chopped fresh borage leaves melded...

Blue Hake with Fresh Lavender and Thyme

Our "recipic" for Herbed Blue Hake highlights how ground mustard seed and peppercorns are combined with lavender, thyme, onion, garlic and olive oil to produce a...