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Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Jalapeños filled with cornbread appetizer

#Secret Recipe Club: Jalapeño halves filled with cornbread for a perfect party appetizer, with instructions for baking at high altitude. Sometimes you see a recipe and instantly recognize genius simplicity. The genius perfection of peanut butter and jelly filling for a chocolate layer cake. Or […]

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

peanut butter cookies, old fashioned

#Secret Recipe Club: Slightly chewy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with chocolate chips. This is my first month to post with the Secret Recipe Club, and I’m really excited. But there was a little bump in the road on my way to this post. I came […]

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BBQ Chicken Pizza + Poblanos: #SundaySupper

BBQ chicken pizza, how to make pizza dough

BBQ chicken pizza with roasted poblano peppers and pepitas, with vegetarian option. There’s a nearby restaurant my husband and I love to go to that’s very popular with local families, Joe’s Taco Lounge. Our favorite dish on the menu is Oaxaca Pizza with BBQ Chicken, […]

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Broccoli-Cranberry Bean Salad

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

Healthy broccoli and cranberry salad + dried cherries, red onion and grapes with a lemon-garlic-yogurt dressing + high-altitude tips. A shiny new farmer’s market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It’s small – with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly […]

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My Best Blueberry Coffee Cake

lightened blueberry coffeecake

High Altitude Baking: Fabulous lightened version of my best blueberry coffeecake, made fluffy with egg whites. I had a ton of blueberries this week, and ate them every morning with some cantaloupe sprinkled with lime juice and mint. Sometimes with a mound of yogurt, sometime […]

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Rustic Zucchini Bread with Brown Rice

zucchini bread, brown rice, breakfast, dessert, high-altitude baking

High Altitude Baking: Rustic zucchini bread baked with brown rice. Includes baking instructions for both sea level and high altitude. We’ve seen two bears, had our potted plants attacked by deranged birds, watched fish swimming in a nearby stream, and laughed at chipmunks and squirrels […]

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Cherry Cobbler + Coconut Biscuit: #SundaySupper

cherry brandy cobbler with coconut biscuit, easy entertaining, summer dessert

Cherry cobbler with hint of brandy with coconut-cardamom biscuit topping. Hot summer days call for lazy desserts. As I write this, the air is heavy, with hints of the thunderstorms that sweep through in the late afternoons. The breeze picks up, and I can feel it […]

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Whole Wheat Roasted Garlic Naan

flatbreads, whole wheat roasted garlic naan

High Altitude Baking: Tender flatbreads perfect for pizzas, sandwiches, dipping or sopping savory sauces. Naan is a member of an extended family of flat breads, but while it looks on the surface to be similar to its cousin, the pita, it’s thicker, and much more […]

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Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies With Coconut Oil - slider

With butter switched out for coconut oil, and sugar sidelined for honey and pomegranate syrup, these cookies are loaded with oats and pure goodness. My husband thinks we have way. too. many. leftovers in the refrigerator. What he sees as a scrap that should be […]

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Granola Bars: #SundaySupper

granola bars : the wimpy vegetarian

Easy granola bars of oats, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and pomegranate molasses. I’ve been trying for awhile now to make granola bars, and these might be the easiest ones I’ve ever made. I don’t know about you, but I find […]

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Step-by-Step Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Detailed instructions for making pasta at home with photos of each step. Instructions cover spaghetti, fettucini, and ravioli. It’s hard to believe I was in Italy just a few weeks ago; it seems so long ago now. I’ve allowed myself to be swept up into […]

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Fig, Ricotta and Honey Tart

Fig, Ricotta, Honey Tart enh 400 : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Gorgeous tart of fresh figs, goat/ricotta cheeses, honey, and proscuitto, all presented on a puff pastry sheet. I know my limits better these days than in my youth, although some who know me may beg to differ.  I’ve always liked to push myself as far […]

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DIY

Basil, Chive, and Mustard Butters

Easy compound butters using fresh herbs from the garden to make dishes a little more special. Compound butters are a great little condiment to keep in the freezer, all wrapped in wax paper and tucked into ziplock baggies. They’ll keep that way for a long […]

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Green Mint Chutney…Tossed in Rice With Tomatoes & Nectarines

green mint chutney rice

Spicy, green mint chutney is a popular staple on the Indian table, particularly in summer. If you follow this blog, you know I love condiments I can have on hand to make great meals in minutes. This powerful little condiment, Classic Mint Chutney from Spices […]

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Garlic Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Olive oil infused with garlic plus cooking tips. Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper

Roasted Tomato Hummus 600 The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy hummus recipe with a swirl of balsamic roasted tomatoes. If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different […]

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