Mini Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chip Muffins

[Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite baking staples–they add sweetness, density, and fiber to your baked goods. And they taste amazing! These Mini Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins are to die for–and all refined sugar-free, gluten-free,  dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free, too.  Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] [photo credit: […]

A Little News. . . and Giveaway

Well, I’ve been keeping this one under my apron until I knew it was definite, but finally I am able to share some news! [Note: photos are of recipes already on this blog. . . just click on the photo to be directed to the recipe!] I’m writing a new cookbook! As of this week, […]

Chocolate Mint Truffles

[You wanna piece of me?  Recipe at end of post.] When I thought about what foods evoke “holidays” for me, there was only one answer: chocolate.  As an avowed chocaholic (okay, serious, recidivist, chocolate addict), pretty much any special occasion has to include the beloved blissful brown bite, but wintertime holidays in particular bring this confection to […]

Baking for George, Brad, Angelina, Ryan and the Gang*

*Or, And Let’s Not Forget Jon, Carrie, Rachel, Keira, Philip Seymour, Seth, and Kirsten (Among Others) *Or, Why I Need this Peachy Protein-Packed Smoothie Today  [“Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close up. . . .”] So, where have I been the last couple of days?  I was a bit cryptic on Facebook yesterday morning […]

Chinese Scallion Pancakes: The Remake

The other evening, my friend Eternal Optimist and I went to see a movie (Friends with Benefits–surprisingly enjoyable, and I even liked Justin Timberlake in it!).  We both love watching the trailers before the film, but what struck us this time was how many of them were actually promoting remakes of old movies.  First was […]

Baked Granola “Haystack” Cookies

[A plate of detox-friendly cookies! In the background, the ailing azalea plant my cousin gave me. Any advice on how to keep it alive?] Are you a fan of granola?  For most of us, the mix of (usually) oats, nuts, seeds and raisins or dates is very alluring.  I must admit, however, that I first […]

Fine Cooking’s Strawberries and Cream Layer Cake, ACD-Friendly and Allergen-Free (for Iris’s Birthday)!

As a typical Libra, my baking proclivities tend to vacillate between “Almost-too-simple-to-require-a-recipe” (see LaRaw Bars, Quick Cranberry-Apple Compote, Almond-Crusted Root Vegetable “Fries“) or “So-elaborate-as-to-require-a-week’s-preparation” (see Meaty Spinach Pesto Lasagna, Raw “Linguine” with Bolognese Sauce and Hemp Parmesan, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce)–we Libras tend to be “All or Nothing” that way. Somewhere in […]

Why I Love Gluten-Free Baking* and How to Do It Right

* No, seriously.     [No Gluten, Get Happy: The easiest way to bake gluten-free is with no flour at all! How about  Happy Hemp Two-Bite Brownies?] Baking, gluten-free. Whew!  I think my hair just got a new ‘do after the breeze that whooshed by as hoards of you ran for the exits!  For those of you still here, […]

SOS Stevia: Dairy Free, Sugar Free Coconut Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required)

I suppose anyone who devotes one third of their blog’s name to “dessert” must really love the sweet stuff. (Uh, yeah).  A quick glance at my blog’s recipe index will reveal that, ACD be damned, I’m not willing to give up my sweet treats. You’ll also notice that stevia has been my savior ever since […]

Rutabaga Gratin

  My recipe this week, surprisingly, involves rutabaga.  (It’s only a surprise, really, if you know my history with this gnarly root–but we’ve now gotten past our differences, the ‘Baga and I). It all started in the Garden of Eden.  Well, okay, not literally, but it began with the promise of a portrait. And before that, it had its […]