Pumpkin Pecan Spiced Oatmeal

This weekend I declared I was done with pumpkin. I’d just had enough of it and tried all of my favorite recipes that ask for it. I then realized I still had 8oz or so left in the fridge that I was vowing not to waste, and adding a little vitamin A to breakfast never…

Bacon Gruyere and Collard Greens Quiche

Oh delicious quiche, I could make and eat you daily.  The gruyere and bacon and collards are a wonderful exploration of flavor and complement each other well, and the supporting eggs and cream just make it over the top good. My mother declared it the best she’s had, and she never ever says that about…

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies (Made with Coconut Sugar)

There is a great little sprouts grocery store down the street that sells oatmeal cookies I am addicted to, they just happen to have refined sugars and flours, so I tried my hand at making a batch using Smitten Kitchen’s wonderful recipe as a base. (I adore her cooking by the way.) They turned out…

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Pie Crust

Pumpkin pie is a major love of mine. I remember a coffee shop that served it year round in Santa Cruz and I would buy a slice every time I was there studying, which was often. I was nervous about messing with the recipe I always had growing up from the back of the Libby’s…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I obviously have apples on the brain at this point in the season. I’ve done almost everything you can with them. Made raw cinnamon applesauce, spiced apple cider, and now apple cinnamon oatmeal. I guess we still have apple pie or strudel or crisp left.. Mmmmm. Speaking of apple cinnamon oatmeal, did anyone else absolutely…

Warm Spiced Apple Cider

Apples are all around us lately and I love it. I saw the unfiltered apple juice at trader joes and decided to add my own mix of fruits and spices and see what happens. The results were warm, a little spicy and smell amazing.A big favorite and liked by all. Realtors should have this on…

10 Day Real Food Pledge Starting Today

Over at 100 Days of Real Food, there is a wonderful 10 day Real Food Pledge. A few months ago, I don’t think I could go a day without refined sugars and carbs and processed foods, but these days, it’s gotten easier. And it sort of happened by accident, as a fun cooking exploration. I…

Make Your Own Healthier Mexican Mocha (Or Warm Spiced Mocha)

Mmmmmm. Does the phrase Mexican Mocha mean anything to you? The basics are usually cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne added to a rich mocha base, a little chocolatey spice for your morning. Coffee shops in Texas almost all have some version of this. California was a little hit or miss. I realized how easy it’s been…