Cooking

I first tasted Guinness Shepherd’s Pie at Dargan’s Irish Pub in Santa Barbara, California. It’s a simple dish, but rich in flavor, and ohhhh how I love it so! I figured I could come up with something that was close enough to my favorite dish at Dargan’s, and I’m pleased with the results. This Guinness […]

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Dice and chop your veggies. Good prep helps with good cooking.  Saute the onions. Once they have softened a bit, add the spices and cook one more minute.  Add broth, vegetables, lentils and peanut butter, and stir well. After 10 minutes of cooking, the stew broth will be creamier.  Mix in the kale and cashews. […]

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Buttery, tender and delicate, these snowy melt-in-your-mouth cookies get their light sweetness and powdery coating from twice being rolled in powdered sugar. I have made snowball cookies every year at Christmas for many years. Almost everyone I know loves them (except my husband!), so I often make them for other occasions such as birthdays, pot […]

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In my never-ending quest for delicious allergy-friendly desserts, I present a delicious chocolatey oatmeal cookie. This one has no eggs, dairy, or soy, but the taste is delicious! (My next version will be gluten-free.) Assemble your ingredients.  Scoop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Dark, rich, chocolatey and chewy cookies.  Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Adapted from “Vegan Cookies Invade […]

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Moist and flavorful, with added texture and nutrition from oats, nuts and coconut, you’ll have a hard time believing that these muffins are free of gluten, refined sugar, dairy and eggs. They are incredibly easy to make, so you can whip up a batch just before breakfast, and freeze the leftovers for a later time. […]

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Apparently, I love a challenge. When I found out that someone I care about has a lot of food intolerances and needed to eliminate gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast and sugar from their diet, I sprung into action! Breakfast can be challenging for someone who can’t eat bread, yeast, eggs or dairy. Almonds for breakfast, anyone? […]

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Carrot Raisin Salad

November 28, 2012

Carrot Raisin Salad is one of my husband’s favorite things. He is so happy when I make it, and it’s very simple to do. I added some extra zing to the standard mix of shredded carrots, raisins and mayonnaise by using Vegenaise and golden raisins, and adding crushed pineapple and a bit of flaked coconut. […]

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Lemon-Lime Tart

October 22, 2012

This dessert is quite easy and yields spectacular results. The filling is made by whisking it in a double boiler, which adds a lovely lightness to it. The combination of lemon and lime in the creamy filling gives it a tangy  and tart zing balanced with a bit of sweetness. There is nothing like fresh juice for […]

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Perfect Creamy Cheesecake

September 18, 2012

There are many different recipes for and ways to make cheesecake, and I’ve tried many of them. This is my favorite, and very easy. Don’t beat the filling too much – it adds air that will make the batter mound in the middle while baking and cause cracks in the top as it cools. Assemble […]

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Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies

September 16, 2012

Semi sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa combine to give these moist, chewy cookies a rich depth of flavor that goes well with a cup of cold milk or cup of hot coffee. They are quick and easy to make, and oh so wonderful. I dare you to be able to tell the difference if you make the […]

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