Nutty Date Bars

We were on the lookout for a good on-the-go breakfast item when Mr. He Cleans ran across an Alton Brown recipe for Seedy Date Bars. The name of the recipe, I have to admit, is awesome just by itself – but not as awesome as the tasty and healthy ingredient list. Well, of course I… Continue reading Nutty Date Bars

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Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

Faced with rapidly blackening bananas in the fruit bowl, I turned to the ever-popular means of using them up…banana bread.  My old recipe for banana bread used wheat flour, but thankfully these non-yeast breads adapt well to using almond flour. The other big change in this recipe is the lack of processed sugar.  After 3… Continue reading Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

Honey Walnut Shrimp

My memory is not always the best.  I often hear people reminiscing with such detail about their past  – details that I can never muster from my foggy brain.  What they wore on their first day of school, their thoughts on the first time they saw the ocean, where they were when they first heard… Continue reading Honey Walnut Shrimp

Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote

Cranberry sauce isn’t everyone’s favorite, but I personally have a deep abiding love for the stuff and can’t imagine a Thanksgiving table without it.  I usually try a new recipe every year – there’s just so much you can do with it – but this recipe must might end up as a perennial favorite.  Where… Continue reading Cranberry-Cherry Bourbon Compote

Gluten-free Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

We had a JAWS (Blu-Ray) viewing party over the weekend, so I made these tiny carrot cakes.  I can’t think of a thing to tie these events together, so I guess I fail at theme parties. Incredible taste aside, my favorite thing about carrot cake is the interesting texture.  The recipe is so forgiving, you… Continue reading Gluten-free Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Original recipe – Gluten and Grain-Free, no refined sugars Be it a birthday celebration, or the end to a tough week, (or BOTH), we all need a treat now and then.  This carrot cake did it for us – and without adding any grains! Truth be told, I was skeptical about how a cake would… Continue reading Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Broccoli Apple Salad

There’s a million recipes out there for broccoli salad…you know, the ubiquitous mix of broccoli and raisins served by every cafeteria-type place in town and your great-aunt Edith.  I love broccoli salad, except almost every version is loaded with sugar.  One recipe that I found had 1/2 cup of sugar in the dressing!  Yikes! This… Continue reading Broccoli Apple Salad

Stuffed Squash (1&8-ball)

There’s a mini-farmers’ market at one of our favorite spots, Community Q BBQ in Decatur, Georgia.  When we stopped by on Saturday, they had these lovely 1 & 8-ball squash that I have never seen before.  They are plump and round and fit in the palm of your hand.  We picked up two of these,… Continue reading Stuffed Squash (1&8-ball)

Chicken Stuffed with Brie and Walnuts – An Experiment

Back in the 80’s when I lived in Chapel Hill, NC, there was a restaurant called McCarthy’s Grill.  They served a stuffed chicken breast with a flavor that haunts me still, and I have absolutely no idea what was actually in it.  I remember walnuts, a mustard sauce, perhaps some kind of cheese.  This recipe… Continue reading Chicken Stuffed with Brie and Walnuts – An Experiment