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Avocado-Black Bean Brownies
Avocado-Black Bean Brownies

First, I should start off by apologizing for the huge gap between my last post and this one.  I don’t have much of an excuse other than I am a giant slacker and will attempt to keep up in the future.  Now, with that being said, I just made some of the best tasting brownies ever and the ingredients resemble salsa more than it resembles a pastry.  Why would I ever change...

Gluten-Free Spiced Pear Cookies
Gluten-Free Spiced Pear Cookies

Ah, Fall… gotta love this season.  Pears, apples, spices… all of them show up in full force to drown us in their comforting tastes and smells.  This weekend I was at the Farmer’s Market (as usual) and decided to pick up a few bags of some dried Asian pears (grown by a local farmer out here) mixed with roasted pecans.    Upon getting home and remembering...

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Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Last July I was introduced to the lovely thing that is a squash blossom by my CSA and since stuffing and frying them, I’ve been waiting all year to do it again.  The funny thing about this?  I posted a pic online when I made them and since then my uncle asks me for the recipe every time we see each other.  Now, usually we don’t see each other much, but since...

Yo, Gurt, make your own!
Yo, Gurt, make your own!

So, a few of you may have read my previous post about yogurt where I said that I would attempt to make my own next.  Well, that time has come!  The other day I bought a quart of milk from a local dairy for $3.00, and one “starter” yogurt for $1.34.  If all went well I’d have a whole quart of yogurt for less than $5.00.  Not too shabby, if I don’t...

Oreo Schmoreo
Oreo Schmoreo

Is there any cookie more American than the Oreo?  Something about that sweet filling and slightly salty chocolate cookie just appeals to many of us here in the US.  Now, it turns out, that’s not exactly the same worldwide. For example, while China loves them, they have a less sweet version, wafer version, and when the Oreo was launched in the UK in 2008, it caused a...

Yogurt – Not just a Yoda parody
Yogurt – Not just a Yoda parody

First and foremost, this isn’t a “how to make yogurt” post, mainly because I’ve never made it from scratch.  This post, however, is about the yogurt 99% of you eat: The stuff from the store.  Lately yogurt has become the “in thing” and not only do you have the normal everyday stuff, you have things like Activia and Danactive on TV all the...

A more stout chicken soup
A more stout chicken soup

It was Monday night after a long trip, I hadn’t gone shopping and suddenly it dawned on me: “I need something for lunch, tomorrow!”  This wasn’t good.  I didn’t want to leave the house as I was feeling very lazy and I didn’t even know what I needed.  Nope, this time I’d be eating whatever I could create from my pantry and fridge. ...

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Chili – Mark I
Chili – Mark I

Nothing helps fix a cold day quite like a bowl of chili, you know? The weather here in Northern Florida continues to stay in the 30’s and 40’s so I needed something pretty warm to keep me going throughout the day as well as fill me up right.  I was digging around my spice cabinet and decided that I would make chili, but instead of using a recipe or “chili...

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Vegan/Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Vegan/Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Yes, you read the title right, these cookies are both gluten-free as well as vegan.  No, they aren’t hard or brittle or taste like dirt, either.  In fact, I tested these out on a good dozen people and no one was able to tell that they weren’t a normal, everyday, chocolate chip cookie. Check out the photo below.  Do these look any different than your standard...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ghost Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ghost Cookies

Last weekend I was going through all the things I had leftover from the Farmer’s Market and decided to do my best to use ’em all up.  Among all the goodies I found a leftover Ghost Chile (Naga Jolokia) just sitting in my fridge, begging to be let loose on some poor sap’s tongue.  Unlike it’s poor brother, who was eaten by a co-worker after signing...

From Corn to Hominy
From Corn to Hominy

This past week I had an idea.  I ended up with a ton of Indian corn from the Farmer’s Market and I thought I’d make hominy out of it.  Nice, right?  Let’s just say I have a whole new respect for this stuff and will walk you through all of what it takes to make it. First up, you’re gonna need some corn.  Conveniently it comes on cobs, so you just...

Pumpkin & Roasted Pepper Dip
Pumpkin & Roasted Pepper Dip

This week I went to my first ever Slow Foods gathering and left as part of the new governing board.  I’d like to say that it is due to my skills and what was needed, but I think most of it had to do with what I brought to the potluck dinner that night.  Why do I say that?  Mainly because I brought this: Best last minute dip I've ever concocted. A quick bit of background. ...

Easy Spiced Apple and Pear Cake
Easy Spiced Apple and Pear Cake

Mmmm… apples!  Those red beauties are my downfall during the autumn months.  I unfortunately tend to overestimate the amount of apples I can eat and that is what happene this week.  I ended up with a ton leftover and will be tempted to get more at the farmer’s market tomorrow… what’s a guy to do? Luckily rescue came in the form of a cake recipe by...

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Puff that Parm!
Puff that Parm!

Ah, Parmesan… one of my favorite cheeses.  It’s always available when I need something to tang up my pasta or soup.  The issue: the rind.  What do you do with the leftover crust?  You could always dump it in some stock, but that’s about it.  Until today!  You see, my interest was perked by an innocent twittering by Lemonpi of the awesome blog.lemonpi.net: This...

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