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Cranberries and rosemary in sugar

Sugared Cranberries with Rosemary – Holiday Sparkle!

Yaaaaaaaay¬†the holidays are here and these are a surprisingly delicious little holiday sparkle! They’re easy to make, packed with flavor and texture and great for garnishing cocktails, desserts or just eating right out of a bowl. My daughter loves the tart sweetness of these little cranberry beauties! 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 2 […]

Golden Turmeric Milk with ginger honey and cinnamon

Fresh Golden Turmeric Milk!

Today I bring you¬†golden turmeric milk, a delicious, healing tonic originating in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is praised for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can reduce swelling and, many say, help coughs and colds. Ginger aids in digestion and settles the stomach, not to mention the bright, spicy flavor of fresh ginger! Both turmeric […]

Best HOLIDAY pomegranate pear pie

Rustic Pomegranate Pear Pie + Gluten-Free Hazelnut Crust!

It’s that time of year again when I have the pleasure of doing my annual pie shoot with my dear friend, Emily-the-Pie-Maven. Ahhhh I love the holidays and this tradition with Emily is truly one of my favorites. Now that she and I both have boisterous toddlers, we rarely have the opportunity to casually cook […]

gluten-free cornbread waffle egg sandwich

Cornbread Waffle Egg Sandwich with Bacon and Maple Syrup (+ gluten-free version!)

OH MY GOSH you guys I just ate the best sandwich of my whole ding dang life after shooting this here beauty! Who loves waffles?! Who loves cornbread?! Eggs? Yup. Corn salsa? Maple syrup? I think you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down here. This cornbread waffle recipe is one of my most bangin’ recipes […]

Spatchcock butterfly miso butter roasted chicken

Spatchcock (Butterfly) Miso Butter Roasted Chicken

We’re not much into Turkey in my family. I understand the historical significance of turkey at the Thanksgiving table, but personally I find it pretty much “bleh”. That said, many people are left wanting without poultry at the Thanksgiving feast so we usually bake up a big fat ham and roast a large chicken for […]

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Tasty Horchata Beef Gelatin Gummies!!

I won’t go on and on about gut health yet again or ramble about the benefit of collagen and gelatin on the guts or skin and hair. There are many, many other blogs that can provide that info. Suffice it to say that collagen, in this case in the form of gelatin, is an incredible […]

Homemade yogurt with blueberry chia jam

Homemade Creamy Yogurt with Blueberry Chia Jam

I was recently asked if I like to cook. The person who asked me was relatively certain the answer was yes. I replied, “Not particularly, but I really LOVE to eat well”. That response surprised her. I guess a love for cooking and eating should go hand-in-hand. Meh, not so much. That said, I’m pretty […]

Vegan sweet potato corn chowder

Hearty Vegan Chilled Corn Chowder with Sweet Potato

It’s been HOT HOT HOT! I know this summer has been unusually brutal for most of the country, and here is Los Angeles we are no exception. It seems like the entire area has been burning since May. The smoke and heat blowing in are oppressive. Now that I’ve made you think about all that […]

gluten free meatballs and pasta

Juicy Gluten-free Meatballs

I have an undying love for good meatballs! For so long I went without meatballs because I couldn’t concoct a gluten-free recipe that had the soft juiciness of a real meatball. Omitting bread completely made a cheesy but super firm literal ball of only meat. Meh. The gluten-free sandwich bread I use in this recipe […]

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Almond Butter Gluten-Free Green Muffins

I never intended to blog this recipe. It’s just a quick, healthy muffin I make in my blender for myself and my kiddo for a tasty, healthy snack on the go. One day I posted a photo of it on social media and got so many requests for the recipe that I realized maybe it’s […]

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Pickled Roasted Bell Peppers

There is nothing so delicious on a chicken sandwich than the sweet tang of pickled bell peppers. It takes a lame-o leftover turkey sammie and gives it a gourmet makeover in an instant. I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a bit and I think I’m ready to share it. SO delicious and makes […]

Date yogurt and honey bowl

Butter Sauteed Medjool Date Yogurt Bowl

This is one of those nutritious bowls that seems super duper fancy and only steals about 5 minutes of your life! If you got this at a restaurant you would be floored. Seriously, it’s incredible and so quick and easy that you could make it daily while simultaneously chopping ungodly amounts of fruit for a […]

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Tasty Refreshing Water Kefir!

Water kefir is a brilliantly delicious way to enjoy a fizzy, soda-like beverage while getting a healthy dose of gut-loving probiotics. Cultured and fermented foods are an important part of overall health, though modern diets tend to be lacking in these tangy foods. I won’t go into the endless benefits of improving or maintaining gut […]

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Beautiful Shoot for Motherbees

I have been totally MIA for the past month and a half because work has been BONKERS! It’s great to have more work than you know what to do with but also quite challenging to strike any sort of balance. Today’s post is in keeping with the theme of trying to juggle work, motherhood and […]

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Against the Grain Gluten-Free bread rolls copycat recipe

Since giving up gluten to make my guts happy, I’ve tried plenty of gluten-free breads and confections. Some have been downright terrible (truly an affront to the senses!) while others have so many gums in them I end up with “bubble guts” for days. Mostly I just avoid substitutes entirely and stick with foods that […]

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