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TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

TJ’s Hidden Veggie Minestrone

I know the origins of Minestrone soup are sketchy and there’s no specific rule out there that says anyone’s version is right or wrong. All I can find is that it should have vegetables. Some say it should also have beans and zucchini and be served with noodles. Some are vegetarian, some aren’t. In an [...]

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

My friend recently introduced me to the wonderful world of quinoa. At first I thought it was merely health food and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, but then I realized you can substitute it for almost any grain or pasta. Perfect! I like to think that we eat pretty healthy [...]

Delightful Cherry Pie

Delightful Cherry Pie

If you are looking for an alternative dessert for Christmas or any holiday gathering, this cherry pie is for you. I normally make it during the summer months because cherries are in season and that is when we have a lot of family get-togethers. When my mother-in-law mentioned how many pies she was making for [...]

Caramel Pecan Pie

Caramel Pecan Pie

If you like pecan pie you’ll really love this spin on the traditional recipe. The use of caramel in the base gives it an incredible taste and texture unlike any other pecan pie you’ve tried before. Ingredients: 36 caramel squares 1/4 cup half and half 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp [...]

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, no Thanksgiving table is complete without this classic bread dish! Any type of bread can be used— white, wheat, homemade, or gluten-free. My friend Britney introduced me to her version of this dish almost 3 years ago, when she put together an early Thanksgiving feast for her husband [...]

Canning Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam

Canning Low-Sugar Strawberry Jam

I’ve always wanted to make strawberry jam. I’ve canned marinara sauce before and heard that jam was much easier and less time consuming – boy, is that right! One day last spring, when our local grocery store had a super sale on strawberries, I bought 5 lbs worth, washed them, cut the stems and froze [...]

Better-Than-Movie-Theater Homemade Popcorn… Seriously!

Better-Than-Movie-Theater Homemade Popcorn… Seriously!

When my brother and sister in law’s family started cleaning up their diet and eating gluten-, dairy- and soy-free (due to food allergies) they also started eating organic foods and tried to cut out all processed foods. I was recently at their house for my niece’s birthday party and saw my brother-in-law was making some [...]

Banish the Germs and get Onboard the Elderberry Train

Banish the Germs and get Onboard the Elderberry Train

A couple years ago I began my hunt for a natural way to combat all the germs my daughter Mae would bring home from preschool. Mae and her sister were starting to show signs of illness induced asthma issues and were having a hard time getting and staying well during flu and cold season. Then [...]

Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

This creamy avocado pesto sauce is perfect over chicken, fish or alone on pasta. It’s quick and easy to make in a blender. I love to serve it cold over pasta and grilled chicken for dinner on a warm night. Delicious and simple! It’s got a tiny bit of kick, but it’s not spicy. My [...]

Egg-Free Pumpkin Spice Bars

Egg-Free Pumpkin Spice Bars

It’s pumpkin time! (Also known as fall.) I, like many of you, am a lover of all things pumpkin this time of year— pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bars. My 18-month-old son was recently diagnosed with an egg allergy and a corn allergy. Unfortunately, this includes all egg and corn byproducts, like cornstarch [...]