Weekend Special Trip To Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon

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We usually take a day trip to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in the Fall.  Sometimes we go there to hike, while other times we go for lunch.  This year we went for lunch at Auberge Sedona.  We had our dog, Ozzie, with us this time.  Our table was along the Oak Creek with spectacular views.  To Ozzie’s delight there was an abundance of squirrels nearby playfully leaping from one tree to the next!  Once in a while they would rest on the rocks, which left Ozzie mesmerized.

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All Pumpkin Recipes, Paleo Style!

With the onset of Fall, I’d  like to go over a few recipes in which pumpkin is the star of the show!  These can range from breakfast to dessert!   Give these All Pumpkin Recipes, Paleo Style a try!

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Paleo Pumpkin Bread

The crisp Fall air always makes me want to bake…and I don’t usually bake!  But I love the smell of a kitchen when Autumn treats are baking.  There is just something comforting about cinnamon anything wafting through the air! Continue reading

Salt Crusted Iron Skillet Scallops With Mushrooms and Spinach

Salt Crusted Iron Skillet Scallops With Mushrooms and Spinach

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This is a repost from November 2016.  The reason I am bringing it up again is that I recently had scallops in Chicago at a wonderful place call The Girl and The Goat.  They were really good.  It reminded me how simple they are to prepare and so delicious.   Give these seared scallops a try at your house!

Don’t think of this as a fancy dish!  It can be lunch, dinner on a random week night or serve it for company!  Scallops are pricey, it is true….BUT…I just served 4 people each 3 big salt crusted iron skillet scallops with mushrooms and spinach for under $20!!  The scallops were $16.89!  Add a roasted carrot to the plate and you are ready to eat!

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Weekend Special iPhone POTD Project Part 3

I hope you have been following my iPhone Photo of The Day Project!  It has been split up into smaller pieces so as to not be overwhelming!  This is the third installment of this project.  The purpose of this project is for me to have a broader vision.  For example, a photograph of a geranium plant with lots of blossoms is always pretty.  But a shot of a single bloom with a blurred background isolates the flower itself and allows the viewer to focus on the subject:  the single blossom.

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Instant Pot Sausage Ragù For Clean Eaters

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As an avid reader of the New York Times Cooking emails, this recipe for Sausage Ragù came across this weekend and practically screamed for me to try it in the Instant Pot!  Thanks to the pressure, this ragù has the all-day simmered flavor but only takes about an hour!  Although this is called Instant Pot Sausage Ragù For Clean Eaters, you should serve this to all your friends and family! Continue reading

Chicken Thighs With Lemon Herb Pan Sauce

 

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Need a quick-fix dinner?  One that the whole family will love?  Want it to be a quick clean-up too?  Well, here you go.  Slice a few tomatoes and cucumbers, add a few sliced green onions and some chopped cilantro, basil or parsley, drizzle with oilive oil and there is your salad along side the main course of Chicken Thighs With Lemon Herb Pan Sauce. Continue reading

Paleo Applesauce With St-Germain Liqueur

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Autumn is in the air, even in Phoenix!  And with Autumn comes comfort food season: Soups, stews, braised foods, chili, butternut squash, apple everything!  And now there is Paleo Applesauce With St-Germain Liqueur

So with a yummy pork dish the other evening my husband requested applesauce.  I found this terrific recipe that worked so well, I just had to share it with you!  But before I prepared it,  I made a couple of changes to make it paleo-friendly.   Instead of the Calvados called for in the original recipe I used St-Germain liqueur.  It was lovely with a floral hint!

If you are unfamiliar with St-Germain liqueur, it is made from the elder flower petals that grow in France. See the bottle below! The first time I had this wonderful, floral liqueur was at a restaurant called Buccans in Palm Beach, Florida.  It was a signature cocktail that sounded so good I just had to try it.  Simple and elegant, it was nothing more that a glass of champagne with St-Germain floated on top.  The floral scent was divine and was so good with the champagne.  Of course this would be good with any sparkling wine, too.  As soon as I got home from this trip I bought a bottle of this delicious St-Germain!  Love it! Continue reading

Miracle Marinade For All Meats and Shrimp

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This Miracle Marinade For All Meats and Shrimp is THE most asked for recipe in my whole collection.  Why, you ask?  Because it is soooooo good, takes only a few minutes to mix it up, and depending on what you are marinating, it can take minutes, or over night!  In a pinch for last minute guests, or a well planned dinner, this marinade has the flavor blast that will leave your guests begging for more AND the recipe!

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Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies

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These Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies only TASTE decadent.  In fact they are rather light in texture. They are gluten-free, processed sugar-free, dairy free and have no artificial ingredients.  Don’t be fooled by the lack of white sugar, butter and wheat flour! Chewy and fudgy, my Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies are sweetened with coconut sugar, use almond flour as a binder, have 2 kinds of chocolate,  ghee instead of butter, a couple eggs and pecan pieces to make these the best rich chocolate cookies anywhere!

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