Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients into my little one’s body. I love this smoothie because it’s the perfect breakfast/snack drink that will keep them full and satisfied. It’s naturally sweetened […]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it all before it spoils. This time I was prepared and froze the extra when it was most ripe. On the tail end of a heat wave I made an all-fruit […]

The Benefits of Buttermilk

I shared a recipe for homemade artisanal butter with you in a previous post, which got me to thinking of also sharing with you the incredibly varied ways you can use buttermilk, the by-product of butter-making, at home. As a natural probiotic, you can drink buttermilk straight-up, getting your Laura Ingalls Wilder on, but I happen […]

Easy Egg Casserole

I’ve made this egg casserole three times now and it’s basically fool proof – perfect for busy moms and pops! It also makes it much easier to cook breakfast for a larger number of people, rather than trying to pan fry or scramble a dozen eggs at a a time. The cubed bread really helps […]

No-Bake Cookie Dough Ice Cream Squares

Summer barbecues are the things that culinary dreams are made of. Juicy burgers, fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob… I love everything about standard summer cuisine and its simplicity. While s’mores, watermelon, and ice cream cones are tried and true crowd pleasers, sometimes, putting a little spin on an otherwise delicious, yet predictable, menu can […]

Creamy Avocado and Lemon Pasta

If you love creamy, lemon pasta, but don’t want to consume all of the unhealthy cream, this avocado cream pasta dish is for you! Make it vegan by leaving out the yogurt. This is probably too strong for those who don’t like lemon, but I was in heaven with a large amount of black pepper on top. […]

Deliciously Simple Carrot Soup

This soup has some serious waves of flavor going on – with subtle Thai noes thanks to the curry paste and coconut milk, it carries from sweet to a little spicy, with delicious added creaminess and crunch from the cashews and toppings. Its beautiful colors will brighten up any dinner table and guests can add […]

Chocolate Date Nut Brownies

These bites are an excellent fix for your chocolate craving, or for making your sweet toothed-children happy without giving in to their cookie and brownie whims! They pack a lot of flavor in each bite, with delectable hints of vanilla and chocolate. Your kids won’t know they contain fruit and will love how fudgy and gooey they are, and, […]

Easiest Ever Homemade Granola

Always a sucker for a bargain, I recently was compelled to purchase four bags of Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats because they were on sale two for $5. How could I resist? The major catch is that I’m the person in my home who actually likes oatmeal, so I probably over did it a tad […]

The Best Graham Cracker Crust Recipe Ever

The crust game is serious business. A faulty crust can ruin an otherwise perfect pie, mousse, or crumble. That’s why I created a no frills crust that’ll be your new go-to for your dessert favorites. (Okay, it’s dessert. Dessert’s got some frills!) I filled this crust with this Coconut Chocolate Mousse recipe and chilled for 6-8 hours […]