The Mix-Fix: Date Paste as a Peanut Butter Substitute

He took up his book again. “Very good, electricity and heat are the same thing; but is it possible to substitute the one quantity for the other in the equation for the solution of any problem?”

 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Can you believe it’s December already? We were just making resolutions for 2016; now Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is upon us.

Which brings us to date paste. Read More »

autumn sign

10 of My Favorite Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Anne reveled in the world of color about her.

“Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery



Autumn has finally arrived, and I’m all atingle and aglow with sheer happiness!

I know fall officially arrived in September; however, the heat and droughty summer in my neck of the woods hadn’t left me with much foliage to feast my eyes upon.

autumn forestBut in the past week, things have begun to brighten up. Splotches of bronze and crimson are flaring up here and there; muggy days and heat waves seem to finally be behind me; and grocery stores and farmers’ markets are bursting with fall produce. Yippee!

To celebrate, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite fall fruits and vegetables (in no particular order, as that would be almost impossible to decide—and this post would never get up!).

You’ll find links to some of my own recipes, and also recipes from great sites from around the web. Get ready to set your kitchen buzzing with the smells and tastes of autumnal delights.

Lets dig in!Read More »

bag of fruits and veggies

Two Great Ways to Enjoy Summer’s Bounty into Fall



“When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.” –“The Ant and the Grasshopper,” Aesop’s Fables


I can’t deny it any longer.

Summer is winding down.

Hard to believe August is nearly halfway done! Where did the summer go?Read More »

fruit salad bowl

Cauliflower Fruit Salad with Banana-Peach Balsamic Dressing

I’ve come to the conclusion that my kitchen appliances don’t like me.

At all.

In my green smoothie bowl post, I mentioned the wonky fridge. But there’s only so much wonky-ness you can take. One minute, stuff in the freezer is rock-hard and yogurt in the fridge is icy; the next minute we’re dumping out rotten, chunky milk and soupy ice cream.

Enough was enough. So we got a replacement, and all is well.

Sadly, though, the damage was already done. The super ripe bananas and peaches I had frozen—having undergone cycles of freezing and defrosting—were basically a mushy, unrecognizable mess, good for one thing . . .Read More »

chestnuts and artichoke

The Two New Foods I Tried (and What I Went Through to Eat Them)

“You are like a chestnut-burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernel, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart some day, and then the rough burr will fall off.” Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott



In the spirit of eating more new foods in 2016, chestnuts and artichokes are officially scratched off my “Never Tried” list. And let me tell you something about chestnuts and artichokes:Read More »