Chi-chi-chi-Chia madness!

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This week it’s all about chia seeds… for Labor Day made yummy oatmeal-honey-chia bread and oatmeal-raisin with chia seeds cookies!  Healthy and terribly delicious, as well as filling, one cookie or slice of bread goes a long way.

Isn’t it fascinating that Chia is the Mayan word for strength? It appears that Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance; just one spoonful of chia seeds could sustain them for 24 hours!

They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fat, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid besides being very high in fiber, providing nearly 11 grams per ounce.

So one slice of bread or a cookie will definitely boost your energy levels!

Happy Labor Day!




8-20-2017 597If you were to ask me where the name for these baby turmeric cheesy biscuits came from I’d have to say from my fervent imagination!

It’s a basic biscuit recipe with added teaspoon of turmeric, a healthy heaping cup of the cheese of your choice, freshly grated black peppercorn, and, of course, almond milk.

What could possibly be better with Trader Joe’s Peach Bellini jam?  That’s right….nothing!

Major yum!


Fondue-Bacon homemade Bread!

Yes, you read that right!  I was talking with some friends and they were going on an on about fondue……so there I was, having a comfy day at home….I just had to bake….so out came the cheeses…..yes, three different kinds…and what makes the best fondue….good white wine!  In went the Liebfraumilch, bacon and freshly grated peppercorn….me, oh my…..when it was done and it came out of the oven, I had to use a kitchen towel, so I wouldn’t get burnt!  It was piping hot….and totally delicious!

Can’t wait for breakfast…..will have another slice then…..

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One of Those Days…..

What happens when you wake up super early, your nose is stuffy, your throat is not happy and all you can think about is hibernating?

I chose to hibernate today…..and I have to admit, it feels great! Still in my jammies since waking up with the birdies, I’ve been supremely productive, waiting for my latest creation to rise…..yes, letting the yeast have its way with the yummy ingredients that are going to transform into an amazing creation…..baked, yummy goodness for an amazing comfort meal later this afternoon composed of a wide variety of cheeses, bacon (yum), carrots and broccoli…….what more could I possibly want?

Yes, I can see what a gorgeous day it is outside, but right now I just want to be still……to rest and enjoy the fact that I can take a day off from being a social butterfly and enjoy a day at home. Rest. Not a word that is used so much….the constant activity of a metropolitan city greets me every day when I leave my home. But there is a need, an internal need, to just be still. And enjoy a day off from running around with crazy traffic and some would say, crazy people!  I see them every day, and sometimes it does look like they’re crazy with the way they change lanes, cut people off and appear to need to travel at 85 mph in a 30mph lane! But that is not my concern today.

I choose to rest, be still, cook and wait for the transformation that will happen in just a few hours.

In the meantime…..where’s my pillow?

Stay tuned for some pics of the amazing comfort meal I’ll be having this afternoon…..


Triple Chocolate Ganache with Blackberries

Another birthday to celebrate, so I chose to make a triple chocolate ganache, with orange, jalapeño and almonds…..and topped it off with fresh blackberries on top of a dark chocolate cake.1-30-2016 3469

Before washing the bowl….just had to dip a blackberry into the ganache….and was transported to a very Happy Place!!!!

Absolutely divine!

This birthday cake rocks it!


Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Bread

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What is it about homemade bread that makes me happy? Watching flour and a few other ingredients come together to make a fantastic meal!

I decided that oatmeal would be the “ingredient of the week” and opted to make a simple white bread but incorporated 4 heaping cups of old fashioned oatmeal with raisins in the flour mixture.

Quite delicious it turned out. Everyone seemed to enjoy it as before the end of the day, one loaf was gone!

A Hearty Brunch: Asparagus-Potato-and-Tomato goodness……with two sunny-side-up eggs!

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I love having time in the morning to make a good breakfast that ties me over through a good portion of the day…..and Saturday was the day for me to take a good look in my fridge and see what I could incorporate into a healthy yummy breakfast.

Having purchased a bunch of asparagus earlier in the week, I took that out, one potato, one tomato and two eggs….peeled the potato and made thin slices using a mandolin, fried them in a small pan for a few minutes with half a chopped onion and a dash of sea salt and freshly ground peppercorn, and then placed two eggs in the same pan….can I say that it was absolutely delicious and fulfilling? Two slices of wheat toast made this a great brunch start to my day.

What did you make yourself for breakfast today?

Turmeric Homemade Bread

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Always trying to do something different, I chose turmeric as the item to highlight a couple of weeks ago, so I made a spice mix of turmeric, paprika, and marjoram and placed those spices with yeast and voila! Turmeric bread……really delicious, with a little spicy kick at the end of a bite.

Chocolate Ganache Cake with Mango Frosting – beyond delish!

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I wanted to make something super special for a couple that just had their 35th Anniversary(!!!) so the chocolate cake is a combination of cake flour with melted ganache and sour cream, and the frosting….it’s all about mango.

Needless to say I did a taste test on cupcakes that I made with some of the batter….and me, oh, my! Soooooo good. Dangerously delicious!

Happy Anniversary!!

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