Banana Bread with Pecans and Hemp seeds

Banana Bread with Pecans and Hemp seeds

It’s the 38 Power Foods Blog Friday and our ingredient for today is the Pecans.   A daily handful of pecans is said to reduce the overall risk of heart disease.  The unsaturated fats in pecans help lower the LDL cholesterol.  Pecan nuts are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall […]

Gevulde Speculaas - Daring Baker's Challenge

Gevulde Speculaas – Daring Baker’s Challenge

  Francijn of Koken in de Brouwerij  was our January 2013 Daring Bakers’ Hostess and she challenged us to make the traditional Dutch pastry, Gevulda Speculaas, from scratch! That includes making our own spice mix, almond paste and dough! Delicious! Now, freshly ground spice is my thing. So I got all excited about this challenge as it meant I […]

Almond Milk - homemade

Almond Milk – homemade

For the world, Almonds are a healthy & tasty nut/seed.  For me they are a thing of pride, joy and memories. As a kid, I had a difficult time deciding if I wanted the long hard winter to end. While the end of winter meant that the dreary school will reopen its gates and herd […]

Sun Dried Tomatoes and Gruyere Pull Apart Bread

Sun Dried Tomatoes and Gruyere Pull Apart Bread

 I learned the joy of eating home made bread from my daughter. It started with the butternut Squash rolls that I made in a bread baking session with a friend and brought some home. After having tasted those, each fall she would merrily point to the butternut squash and look at me with a twinkle […]

Steamed Edmame with copy cat Xo Sauce

Steamed Edmame with copy cat Xo Sauce

American Football Season! The perfect time to cook a lot of fun finger foods. If the rest of the world can stop saying that this is a game where the “foot” part of the anatomy is used occasionally for a punt or a field goal and a lot of running, it actually is a fun […]

Fougasse with Herbes de Provence

Fougasse with Herbes de Provence

[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells…there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making […]