Vitamin C Booster Cranberry Orange Smoothie

The day after a big (holiday) meal, I like to have a light breakfast to ease back into the swing of things. It takes me a bit to get my appetite back, but I’m pretty sure that has something to do with the late night pie snacking that accompanies the holidays. This smoothie is the perfect thing for recovery, because … Read More

Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates

These are my favorite appetizers ever… and I really mean ever! I’ve been making these for special occasions and holidays for years and I’m not alone in my enthusiasm because everyone loves them. The spicy chorizo and creamy filling is sandwiched by sweet Medjool dates and it’s all wrapped up with smoky – salty bacon; utterly addicting.

Five Spice Maple Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet, salty, and wonderfully spiced, these pumpkin seeds will make for the perfect snack on Turkey Day! Five spice powder lends a unique depth to these spiced pumpkin seeds. If you’re familiar with the Vietnamese soup – Pho, the spices are very similar. Star anise is what makes five spice so interesting – there’s a slight fennel/anise flavor. If you’re … Read More

Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies

While I was making Healthier No-Bake Cookies, I wondered what would happened if I left out the cocoa powder and turned them to a caramel version. And… here we are with Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bake Cookies which, (dare I say it?) are better than the originals because chocolate + caramel = better than just chocolate!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Grilling the pineapple caramelizes the edges, making a most delicious salsa! We have tons of cilantro in the garden right now, so we’re eating lots of Mexican inspired dishes. Really fresh cilantro has at least twice as much flavor, so I would encourage you to seek it out from a local farmers market or grow some in your flower beds … Read More

Nutella Pudding

I love Nutella (who doesn’t), so I’ve been developing all kinds of delicious ways to satisfy my cravings. A spoonful of Nutella is one of my favorite snacks, I mean… desserts. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get away with eating very much sugar – even organic sugar. So, I’ve been working on my favorite flavors without refined … Read More

Bacon Guacamole

We like to make many variations of guacamole, but Bacon Guacamole is definitely our favorite! I maintain that there's pretty much nothing that bacon can't improve. While that might be a slight over exaggeration, the flavors of bacon seems to match my every craving. There's nothing quite like that sweet-salty flavor. I love the smokiness of bacon paired with the buttery ... Read More

Curried Cashews

My husband declared these ‘better than my favorite potato chips’! They have that sweet-salty thing going on with just a hint of spicy, and the addictive depth of flavor from the curry spices. That’s why they’ve quickly become our new favorite snack. It’s a bonus that they are really quick and easy to make.