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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies (with Chocolate Chips): Secret Recipe Club

peanut butter cookies, old fashioned

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 home one evening a couple of weeks ago, checked email and Facebook […]

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Poblano Peppers: #SundaySupper

BBQ chicken pizza, how to make pizza dough

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, made spicy with poblano peppers and salsa. Yes, I know, chicken isn’t […]

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Broccoli and Cranberry Bean Salad with Lemon-Garlic-Yogurt Dressing

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

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 farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that […]

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Mountain Baking: My Best Blueberry Coffee Cake (Lightened)

lightened blueberry coffeecake

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 not. Very healthy. Very virtuous. Very delicious. But then I started thinking about blueberry coffee cake.  […]

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Mountain Baking: Rustic Zucchini Bread with Brown Rice

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

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 in high-speed chases up and down trees. It’s been a wonderful rustic summer in the mountains. And nothing says rustic […]

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Cherry Brandy Cobbler with Coconut Biscuit Topping #SundaySupper

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

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 moving along my inner arm, swirling around the crook of […]

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Mountain Baking: Whole Wheat Roasted Garlic Naan

flatbreads, whole wheat roasted garlic naan

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 tender thanks to the addition of yogurt in the dough. Naan is a traditional […]

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Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies With Coconut Oil

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My husband thinks we have way. too. many. leftovers in the refrigerator. What he sees as a scrap that should be tossed, I see as a paint to play with on my artist’s palette. I’ll admit our refrigerator gets pretty crowded with containers of things […]

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Homemade Granola Bars — #SundaySupper

granola bars : the wimpy vegetarian

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 that the biggest challenge in making granola bars is getting them to stick together without loading up […]

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Step-by-Step Homemade Pasta

Homemade Pasta : The Wimpy Vegetarian

  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 the busyness of day-to-day life, and Italy feels further and further away. Don’t get me wrong, it’s […]

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Garlic Olive Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

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 it has a low pH and harbors moisture. […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game Day

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 category. I mean something you actually want to do. You’re […]

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Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

About a month ago I posted about making stevia powder from a couple of stevia plants I nurtured all summer. Some folks commented that the powder can have an aftertaste, and encouraged me to make extract. It took me a little while, but I finally […]

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

how to make homemade roasted tomato sauce

One of things I think about when all the heirlooms show up at the market is making homemade tomato sauce. I don’t eat beef much more than once or twice a year, but I grew up loving a tomato chunky, meaty sauce for pasta. I’ve […]

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