Food & Recipes

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    Lion’s Mane – Super Good, Super Food

      Eastern Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains in October.  It had been raining for what felt like a month, and we were finally getting a much needed break from it.  I pulled on my rain boots, put a light jacket on, and headed down the long, muddy dirt road that would lead me deep into the woods. It was quiet, except for the splashing of my boots through the puddles, and the sound of frogs, crickets and other little creatures running through the leaves and brush in the woods all around me.  Off in the distance I could hear the creek as it made its way over the rocks and…

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    Plant-Based Quinoa Cups

    Are you one of those people that make multiple batches of Quinoa at a time, so that you have left over for something else?  I am, and I am always on the look out for different ideas on how to use it!  This time, I had a breakfast idea for it, and it turned out so good, I wanted to share it! My recipe is completely plant-based, but feel free to not only switch it up using real eggs, but, you can even try different add-ins if you would like!  Quinoa is one of those foods, that can go with virtually anything you want to add! Ingredients for Plant-Based Quinoa…

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    Hummus Where The Heart Is ❤️

    If you love hummus, but normally buy it, you are going to love this recipe!  It is so quick and easy to make – you more than likely have most of the ingredients already!  It tastes so much fresher than store bought, and it is also, so much cheaper! If you have never had hummus, then you should give it try! Hummus is a dip – or a spread – that is made from chick peas and tahini (made from toasted, ground sesame). Store bought brands of hummus can vary in their ingredients, as well as their nutritional value.  By making it at home, you know exactly what you are getting…

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    Kerry Apple Cake – A “Pinch Proof” Dessert

    “All living things, must be fed”                                                                -Irish Proverb   …And this Kerry Apple Cake is the perfect dessert to feed someone this St. Patrick’s Day! It is hard to find any real background on the origin of this cake, but, from what I have found, it seems to have originated in County Kerry Ireland. It was originally prepared and baked in a cast iron pot called a Bastible.  In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, bastibles were the primary cooking tool.  Most…

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    Christmas Goody Baskets – The Recipes For 2020

    As a child growing up in a family that loved to cook and bake, giving cookies at Christmas was something I always looked forward to.  We gave cookies to neighbors and delivery people as a way to show our appreciation for them throughout the year. As I grew up and moved away, I continued the tradition of the Christmas cookies every year.  I would mail cookies home, and hand some to my neighbors.  In the beginning, it was usually just one type of cookie, on a plate, with some saran wrap and my awful attempt at a bow.  Looking back, it was probably an awful attempt at cookies as well…

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    Homemade Choke Cherry Jam

    Prunus virginiana, Latin for “plum of Virginia”, is better known as, the Choke Cherry!  This tart little berry, with the pit in the center, is considered to be one of the superfruits like blueberries and the acai berry.  They are rich in antioxidants, high in vitamin C, and while bitter if you eat them straight off the tree, they are wonderful and tasty to cook with. They grow on trees and shrubs that are usually found alongside roads, near rivers and streams.  August and September are the best times to pick Choke Cherries, even though they will sometimes appear to be ripe as early as July…wait until at least August,…

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    Healthy Lemon Bar FAIL

    When life gives you lemons… It is probably best to NOT try to turn your favorite Lemon Bar recipe into something healthy… I am here to tell you, that living in the time of a pandemic, does NOT make everyone a baker.  I mean, I was baking long before quarantine, and I like to think that I am actually not that bad at it.  I have even made a few of my own recipes 🙂  But, every time I scroll through my news feed or through You Tube videos, I see all of these people posting about how being stuck at home has turned them into an overnight baking sensation. …

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    (Not) Grain Free Waffles

    I can’t believe we are already a couple of weeks into the New Year!  Hopefully, everyone is off to a great start!  This year, I decided to set several “goals” for myself, instead of the dreaded resolutions, which I only end up breaking anyway.  One of my goals, is to get back on track with all of my healthy eating.  Normally, I eat pretty healthy, but it seems like at Christmastime, healthy eating takes a backseat to Christmas cookies and Lattes!  With all of that behind us now, it is time to get back on track! I thought it would be fun to cook my way through a cookbook. Last year, for…

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    Festive Fruitcake

    It is that time of year!  The weeks and days leading up to Christmas are one of my favorite times of the year.  For as long as I can remember, I have always baked goodies to share with family and friends.  As a little girl, I would spend hours in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother, and they would always let me bake my own batch of cookies – all by myself!  I would then wrap the cookies up, and give them to my mom and grandma, like they had no idea what they were getting! 🙂 As years went by, and I grew older, I continued to bake…

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    Spiced Apple Cake

    Fall is not only full of color, it is full of flavor!  Some of my favorite things about this time of year, are all of the yummy things we get to bake and cook.  After visiting the apple orchard and coming home with a couple of bags of apples, the next step was to figure out what to make with those apples. Of course, I made a couple of batches of applesauce, because applesauce is best when it is homemade – especially when you leave chunks of apple in it 🙂 We also ate a lot of apples, just sliced and dipped in caramel – but you can only eat…