Blueberry Cobbler (Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan)

Admit it.  Blueberries are ah-mazing.  These little sweeties are jam packed filled with nutrition, fiber, and yet manage to bring dessert quality flavor with very few calories.  From traditional blueberry pies to frozen blueberry sorbet, these luscious little loves are the perfect summer treat. This blueberry cobbler is a healthy twist on a classic dish.  […]

Challenge-Ingredient Announcement

Blueberries are a wonderful thing.  In spite my recent blueberry recipe ,when it came time for Shea and I to choose a challenge-ingredient for the week, blueberries still ranked high on the list. As mentioned previously, these beautiful tiny treats certainly pack a punch.  One cup of raw blueberries carry only 84 calories, yet offer […]

Zucchini Brownies (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan). Ingredient-Challenge Monday

When grown in the proper environment, zucchini plants can easily produce several dozen squash per plant.   Because zucchini flourishes in an organic environment; preserves well as a frozen vegetable and pickles well, zucchini is often a top choice for home-growers. Throughout growing season, my husband often asks: “Do you have to put zucchini in everything??” […]

Ahi Poke (Gluten Free, Dairy Free), Ingredient-Challenge Monday

Ahi Tuna.  While this ingredient is definitely a different approach to our Ingredient-Challenge Mondays (which generally uses a fruit or vegetable as the central focus of our challenges), Shea and I felt this highly nutritious food fit well into the ultimate goal of our challenge group: to bring variety to our table while increasing the […]

Bakesale for Natural Disaster Victims

This past Friday, I shared with you my personal reasons for wanting to offer this challenge to you.  Updated information identifies the drought mentioned in my Friday post as not only the worst drought since the dust bowl, we are now in the driest seven consecutive months since we began recording rainfall back in 1895.  […]

Vegan Jalapeno-Rhubarb Chutney, Ingredient-Challenge Monday

What an amazing weekend this was!  Not only did we enjoy a fabulous Easter filled with great friends and fantastic gluten-free and dairy-free food; I was fortunate to review the amazing Elana Amsterdam’s new cookbook (pre-release!) and announced our new website, which is dedicated to our bi-weekly challenges.    Beyond having a centralized location where […]

Sugar- Free Raw Vegan Lemon Cheesecake, Ingredient-Challenge Monday

When Shea (aka Dixie Chik Cooks) and I agreed that lemon would be the Ingredient Challenge for this week, my mind started wandering.  I love lemon.  Lemon bars, lemon meringue, mint lemon julep (sans alcohol), lemon mint cake, lemonade, strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, lemony citrus shortcake cookies, mmmm strawberry lemon cupcakes…so many ways to use […]

Killing the kid, 1in133 and ICM challenge ingredient.

This week, I nearly killed my son.  No, I am not speaking in that figuratively frustrated parental tone…quite literally, I nearly killed my son. I would never intentionally hurt any of my children, and most would say I am an aware parent who would do anything she could for her children.  And then, I nearly […]

Vegan Ratatouille With a Twist and Braised Orange Roughy with Fennel, Ingredient-Challenge Monday

A few weeks ago, I became overwhelmed with the need to add fresh fennel to our menu.  I suggested this as an Ingredient for our Ingredient-Challenge Monday group, and while it took a couple of weeks to get everyone on board, I am so excited to have fennel as our featured ingredient today! So excited, […]

Vegan Tofu Mint Chocolate Mousse, Ingredient-Challenge Monday

When it was decided that this week’s Ingredient-Challenge Monday would feature tofu as the secret ingredient, I must admit I was a bit hesitant.  Don’t get me wrong, I have eaten tofu many times in the past.  I have had it fried, enjoyed it in soup, used it in smoothies, etc… I have no doubt […]