Unclean Bread

Unclean Bread

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Don’t get me wrong…this bread is DELICIOUS!  By unclean, I mean it is made with flour, wheat flour.  I was intrigued by this recipe I saw in the New York Times Cooking email I get several times a week.

It is a “no knead” bread that is really simple and the only time consuming thing about it is allowing it to rise for 12-18 hours!  The dough comes together in just minutes then literally sits on the counter for 12-18 hours before baking.  That is it.  Seriously.  This is why Lindsay at Pinch of Yum calls it Miracle Bread.  I saw her easier version of it a couple weeks later and decided to give it a go. Continue reading

Weekend Special From Las Vegas To Reno To Lake Tahoe To The Wine Country

Weekend Special From Las Vegas To Reno To Lake Tahoe To The Wine Country

What a week we just had!!  From Las Vegas to Reno to Lake Tahoe to the Wine Country, it was a week filled with good friends, good food and drink, and memories!  On our way to a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe, we began the trip with a stop in Las Vegas while my husband had a meeting.  This was a quickie…we arrived into Vegas at 10:30 in the morning and flew out to Reno at 7:00.  The picture above is of a slot machine handle, otherwise known as a “one-armed bandit” as we called them in the old days!  I spent the majority of my free time, walking the shops and reading while waiting to leave for the airport.

Our next stop was Reno to visit long time friends Tom and Linda.  Since we got in there a little late we enjoyed a glass of wine while catching up in their beautiful home there.  The next day we had a leisurely morning followed by a lovely lunch downtown at a patio along the Truckee River.  The wildlife sculptures on the wall that line a river walk were just wonderful! Continue reading

Honey Nut Dark Chocolate Bites

Honey Nut Dark Chocolate Bites

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Out of sheer desperation, I created these super yummy dark chocolate bites, yet they are simple-to-make and ready in a flash. Honey Nut Dark Chocolate Bites will come in quite handy during the upcoming holidays!

Before my desperation for these set in, I was visiting a kitchen shop in Truckee, California.  I am ALWAYS visiting kitchen shops wherever my travels take me, but this time I found a cute little silicone chocolate mold I could not resist. The cool thing about it is that the cavities are small…bite-sized small.  A pop one in your mouth whole small. The box pictured below is the generic box they use for their molds.  This shows star shaped but mine were shaped like itty bitty peanut butter cups.Honey-Nut-Dark-Choclate-Bites-2.jpgUnfortunately I do not know the name of the store where I bought mine, but I found the same mold on Amazon.  It is $6.99 there.  This was a good find at  at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, plus other shapes, too.  We’d better go stock up on these molds!!  Continue reading

Pumpkin Bars with Chunky Chocolate

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Pumpkin Bars With Chunky Chocolate

This post originally was published in November 2015 but I decided to run it again as it is one of my favorites and it’s nearly the official start of Fall!

After trying some other pumpkin treats, this one was amazing!  The texture is like a fudgy brownie, but has the warmth of Autumn spices throughout.  And those chunks of chocolate really add to the flavor. Continue reading

Spanish Salad Dressing

Spanish Salad Dressing

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From the amazing end of summer send off was this wonderful salad dressing, similar to a Catalina style dressing.  Although not clean in the Paleo sense, the only change to make it so is to substitute raw honey for the refined sugar.

Served over simple greens, this salad was the perfect end to a big lunch which included Tapas and Paella.  Of course, feel free to add any favorite salad ingredients and toss away! Continue reading

Saying Goodbye To Summer With A Spanish Tapas and Paella Sendoff.

Saying Goodbye To Summer With A Spanish Tapas and Paella Sendoff

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Susan and Maggie can really throw a party!  Saturday was our annual “Trendy Bistro Lunch” that featured a lovely menu of Spanish Tapas and Paella as well as Sangria and Flan with marinated strawberries.  What a feast it was!  As I was a guest and participant I did not have my camera, therefore I have nothing to show of the beautiful party we all enjoyed in the cool mountains of Prescott, Arizona on a lovely sunny day.

But,  I will share the recipes of the Tapas I made and will provide the accompanying pictures which ARE NOT MINE (except for the aioli)!  The rest will be pics from the internet that I scoured for recipes and as always made lots of changes to keep these fresh and clean, in the Paleo sense. Continue reading

Autumn Cooking Season Is Almost Upon Us!

Autumn Cooking Season Is Almost Upon Us!

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We had our first hint of Fall on Labor Day Weekend!  The Aspen trees are beginning to change a little and the early mornings are so chilly!  There was even a fire in the fireplace on Tuesday morning.  So warm and lovely.

My favorite time of the year is this beautiful season of Autumn.  I love wearing jeans and sweaters, crunching leaves under my feet, the smell of a fireplace and all those good cold season recipes!

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Weekend Special San Diego Visit

Weekend Special San Diego Visit

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Every visit to San Diego is special, truly it is.  It is especially true in late August and September. The summer vacation crowds have thinned, the afternoons are sunny and warm, the evenings and mornings pleasantly cool.  One can get into almost any restaurant with shorter wait periods at the premium times.  Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are much easier to navigate with fewer people around.The beaches are wide open and have plenty of room for everybody to have enough space. The San Diego beaches are legendary.

But this post is not about the beaches, or Sea World, or Balboa Park.  This little story is about observations I had while enjoying San Diego!  Some of the images are photographs and some are done using the Photoshop filter called Oil Paint and others have a filter that is more like a watercolor.  To see more of these filtered photographs and all of my images, visit my gallery by clicking here.

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TBT Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

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The heirloom tomatoes are peaking right now….the farmer’s markets are bursting with them.  The shapes and colors are wonderful and the flavor is so old fashioned tomato, not like hot house tomatoes. It is time for the summery heirloom tomato salad! Continue reading

Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Almond Ball Surprise

Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Almond Ball Surprise

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I LOVE surprises!  Do you?  Well here is a foodie surprise that will thrill your guests and family.  Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Almond Ball Surprise is a healthy dessert that is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and there are NO artificial ingredients.

I remember a few years ago before I began a “clean” or “paleo” food plan that there was a booth at the Farmer’s Market in Little Italy (San Diego) which said, “Baked Goods: NO gluten, NO sugar, NO dairy, NO grain, NOTHING artificial!”

I wondered then, what in the world IS THERE in these baked goods?  Well now I know.  Healthy and delicious ingredients like almonds, coconut, raw honey, fruit.  Almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, bananas, unsweetened applesauce, nut milks, eggs, among other naturally delicious foods make up these fantastic treats!

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