Category Archives: Meal Ideas & Recipes

Avocado-Black Bean Brownies

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 the perfect brownie recipe I had? Simple: Jess’ doctors recommended she eat a bit lower on the Glycemic Index and with all the white flour and sugar in my regular recipe, it just wasn’t going to cut it.

I played around a bit with this recipe and I think I have it where I want it, but if you want to play some, I’d welcome the ideas. This still contains some sugar, as I didn’t want to go the artificial sweetener route, but way less than a standard recipe. Continue reading

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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 that I would be attending a showing of No Impact Man with a bunch of locals, I decided to make a batch of cookies to share. Sadly, the last time I did this I learned that a few of the people attending the movie couldn’t eat gluten, so I decided to roll up my sleeves and make these gluten-free as well. Continue reading

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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 we have both moved to the area we seem to constantly run into each other and I end up hearing another request for a post about squash blossoms. Continue reading

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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 say so myself! So, first of all you need all of this stuff: Continue reading

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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 bit of a controversy: Continue reading

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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 time with their advertisements. So, in this post I’m gonna go through a couple of things Continue reading

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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. It was my own hellish version of “Chopped.” Continue reading

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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 powder,” I’d go ahead and make the whole thing from scratch and winging the whole thing. I admit, this could have gone horribly wrong, but amazingly it came out great. Continue reading

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Vegan/Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I always feel bad for people with gluten allergies. They miss out on some of the best food, one of them being cookies. The “cookies” they get usually are like stones.

This recipe was made to try and please everyone… you can bring ’em to a party and be safe in knowing that pretty much everyone can eat them! Continue reading

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ghost Cookies

Last weekend I was going through all the things I had leftover from the Farmer’s Market and I found a Ghost Chile (Naga Jolokia) pepper in my fridge.

At the same time I had been craving some sort of cookie and thought I’d give a pumpkin cookie a try. C’mon in and let me know what you think!! Continue reading

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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, no matter how long it takes! Continue reading

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Pumpkin & Roasted Pepper Dip

This week I went to my first ever Slow Foods gathering and left as part of the new governing board. Holy cow, right? I ddn’t see that coming!

I’d really like to say that it is due to my skills, but I think most of it had to do with this dish that I brought to the potluck dinner. Continue reading

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Easy Spiced Apple and Pear Cake

Mmmm… apples! Those red beauties are my downfall during the autumn months. Unfortunately I ended up with a ton leftover… what’s a guy to do?

Luckily rescue came in the form of a cake recipe by Gayle of Kosher Camembert. Step inside for a very easy cake recipe that is very tasty! Yum!! Continue reading

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Puff that Parm!

For anyone questioning what good Twitter is, I think I have an answer. Without it I wouldn’t have stumbled upon this awesome way to play with Parmesan cheese.

If you buy fresh Parm (and who doesn’t), then instead of throwing away the ends check out this post and see what you can do with ’em! Continue reading

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