No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars II – Naturally Sweetened With Dates

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Gluten Free Option, No Bake/Raw, Oil Free

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I was recently emailed by a blog reader named Kara who wanted to know if I could make a version of my Peppermint Patty Bars using dates as a sweetener. I thought it was a great challenge indeed! The original Peppermint Patty Bars are below, complete with a chocolate layer and large flake coconut on […]

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Coconut Whipped Cream: A Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Low Sugar, No Bake/Raw, Oil Free, Soy Free

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Did you know you can make a decadent whipped cream by using a can of coconut milk? Not only is it simple to make, but it’s easily the best-tasting whipped cream I’ve tried. I know whipped coconut cream isn’t new to many of you – people have been making coconut whipped cream for years and […]

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St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market, Fresh Restaurant, and Other Fun

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My goal for the last few weeks of summer is to spend more time outdoors. This hopefully means more trips to farmer’s markets, dining al fresco, swimming in lakes, iced tea on patios, and long late night walks. It’s been an intense, but satisfying, couple of months working like crazy on my summer book recipes […]

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How To Spiralize Vegetables (Without A Spiralizer!) + 2 Veggie “Pasta” Dishes

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Low Sugar, No Bake/Raw, Nut Free

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I’m sure many of you are familiar with spiralizer machines – famous for turning vegetables like zucchini into spiraled, curly, pasta-like strands. I first had zucchini “pasta” a few years ago at a raw food restaurant and I couldn’t get over how similar it was to regular pasta noodles. A spiralizer machine has always been in […]

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Speedy Three-Bean Salad

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Low Sugar, No Bake/Raw, Nut Free, Soy Free

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One of my favourite things to do is recreate a dish or meal that I’ve enjoyed at a restaurant or purchased in a store.   I’ve recreated the Detox salad and Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing from Whole Foods, the Adzuki Bean & Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad and Pink Flamingo Smoothie from Fresh restaurant, Endurance […]

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Easy Roasted Tomato Pizza with Basil Cashew Cheeze & 2012 VegNews Awards

Allergy Info: Gluten Free Option, Soy Free

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Clearly, I’m trying to consume as many tomatoes as I can this month. If there’s a record out there somewhere, I could break it. As much as I like to leave the oven off in August, I’m much more of a roasted tomato kinda girl when it comes down to it. Raw in-season tomatoes are […]

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Warm Quinoa Salad with 3-Herb Green Sauce

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Nut Free, Soy Free

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My weekend consisted of about 20+ hours cooking, baking, styling, and shooting cookbook recipes. It was intense, but luckily I always seem to have a lot of fun when there’s food involved. I managed to cap off the weekend by gouging my middle finger with a processor blade. Middle finger indeed. Side note – Have […]

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Portable Baked Oatmeal – Snack Size! Plus, 10 Other On the Go Snack Ideas

Allergy Info: Gluten Free Option, Low Sugar, Nut Free Option, Oil Free, Soy Free

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Strange, yet familiar, back-to-school feelings have been making their way into my brain lately. It has been 4 years since I graduated with a master’s degree in social psychology and I’m convinced I will forever feel like a student this time of the year. Sometimes, I wish I could do it all over because I’d […]

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How To Make A Balsamic Reduction + Peaches & Cream Dessert

Allergy Info: Gluten Free, Low Sugar, No Bake/Raw, Nut Free Option, Oil Free, Soy Free

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Since we’re on the topic of our fears this month, let’s talk about culinary fears. Most of us have a few – those dishes or techniques we’ve been wanting to try in our own kitchen, but haven’t found the nerve. Maybe it’s a pie from scratch, a fresh loaf of homemade bread, or learning how […]

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The Big Three Oh

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    On Saturday, Dave and Ewa hosted a birthday bash for Eric with about 50 of our friends and family. I can’t think of a better way to ring in a 30th birthday celebration. We all had a blast. I managed to lug around my DSLR for the entire day, despite my best efforts […]

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