Butternut Squash Chili with Bison

Autumn is here, and I always manage to stockpile a variety of squash. Butternut squash is one of my favorites, and this soup is by far my favorite recipe!   Squash has always been highly valued and widely cultivated by indigenous people in the Americas.  The name “Squash” comes from the Narragansett Native American word askutasquash, which …

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Cacao vs. Cocoa

“Is it Cacao or Cocoa?  Am I spelling it right?”  I’ve pondered this question for years.  I thought they were the same, but they aren’t. While Cacao and Cocoa have similar origins, they have some essential differences that will distinctly differ.  They both come from the beans of the cacao plant; they are both milled and processed.  However, the difference …

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What is a CSA?

It’s Spring, and I am already planning my garden.  I have six raised beds and several large containers to grow my food.  Growing tomatoes and peppers are my favorite, but I also grow a variety of lettuce, kale, radish, carrots, beets, potatoes, along with berries and herbs.   I typically purchase all other in-season vegetables at a local …

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Cauliflower Benefits and Recipes

Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the cruciferous, or brassica, family. This family also includes broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. People most often identify cauliflower in its white flesh, but you can also find it in orange, green, and purple.  These cauliflower colors can pop in any salad, soup, or stir fry. Cauliflower has …

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.  They are, by far, the best fudgy and dense cupcakes I have ever tasted. Print Recipe Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes These cupcakes are grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.  Try adding a pinch of Cayenne pepper for a nice kick. They are, by far, the best fudgy and dense cupcakes I …

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Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

My neighbor made these for a dinner party, and I had to steal the recipe and modify a bit.   They are a perfect dense brownie that I made into mini cupcakes.  I have listed baking directions for both cupcakes and brownies. Print Recipe Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes These gluten-free chocolate cupcakes are nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and …

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Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse high in fiber, choline which is vital for brain, liver, and muscle functions.  It has vitamins K and B6. A 100-gram serving delivers 1 gram of fiber and protein and 39 mg of choline, almost 10 percent of the recommended daily intake. Print Recipe Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Roasted cauliflower is delicious. …

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Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is a vegetable that I crave, so I am always finding ways to prepare it. With this soup, cauliflower proves once again that it is the ultimate magical vegetable. This puréed soup is creamy and smooth.  It’s perfect for a Fall or Winter day, and I love it for breakfast.   Print Recipe Cauliflower Soup Cauliflower …

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New Year 2021

Happy New Year!! It’s a little late, but it’s still January. I haven’t been consistent with my newsletters, and I apologize.  December was tough for me.  There were many unknowns and last minute changed plans. My mom received an offer on her home in Bend over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I knew that December would be my last holiday …

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