Homemade Ghee

October 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Butter heating in pan

Butter heating in pan

It’s no secret; I love butter, but, I love ghee even more.

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Trip to Oregon

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Had to purchase yet another farmer's market bag!

Had to purchase yet another farmer’s market bag!

Last week, Kyle and I traveled to Portland, OR for our fall vacation and to celebrate our sixth year wedding anniversary.  I love heading west for a getaway (although, I do love heading east in the direction of Europe even more).  In all honesty, we did enjoy our time in OR even though we had to skip the two days planned in Crater Lake and come home early due to inclement weather.  Before I share some of the details from our trip, I’ll come clean and tell you that our primary motivation behind choosing Portland was to EAT!  And, of course, to unplug and enjoy some quality time in nature together.  You’ll see from my photos that we stuck to our plan. « Read the rest of this entry »

Pre-Vacation Fun

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Roasted peaches with cinnamon, vanilla, and mint.

Roasted peaches with cinnamon, vanilla, and mint.

Over the past week, in between some working and studying,  I’ve been enjoying the month of September at home in Newport with Kyle.

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Trip to Chester, CT

September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment


Poached swordfish at the River Tavern.

The weather was perfect last Sunday and I was beyond excited to be heading to Chester, CT to meet my dear friend Lori for a farmer’s market stroll, delicious lunch, and some good quality time with one of my favorite people.  You know that friend you’ve had for years who just gets you and grounds you?  Well, Lori is definitely that friend for me.

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My Pure Food and Wine Experience

September 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Pure Food and Wine Mushrooms

In 2011, while attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learned about many dietary theories, all of which made perfect sense to me.   With each new lesson, I tried out a new way of eating, which, by the way is a pretty nice way to determine how certain foods feel in your body.  I often get asked, “how do I know what to eat”?  A perfect starting point is try the food and notice how you feel.  During my studies, I tried to follow a vegan diet, then vegetarian, then paleo,  etc.

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Coconut Custard

August 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


I thought that I would continue with the same theme from my previous post: using summer fruits during the last few weeks of the season.  Even though I bought blueberries, plums, and peaches last week at the farmer’s market, I also picked up my first butternut squash and apple of the season!  Fall is just around the corner and I can’t wait to share some seasonal recipes in future posts.

Until then, here’s another idea for utilizing local fruit that could work for dessert or even breakfast.

You can find the recipe here.  I used the custard as a base for adding in more deliciousness like coconuts chips, flax seed meal, basil, blueberries, apricots, fresh figs, almonds, cinnamon, and even a little ghee.   It was almost like when I used to go out for ice cream as a kid and add in all of those toppings. This adult version tastes even better and the added bonus is that I feel better too 🙂  Get creative and add in whatever you have on hand.







Farmer’s Market Salad and Dessert + Organizing Recipes

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment



Although I own plenty of cookbooks to keep occupied for a while, I still find myself seeking new recipes online; especially since I’m always looking for healthier, simpler, and yummier ways to eat.  This year, I began tracking my favorite recipe websites and blogs.  The list is getting long!  There are so many good ones out there.  I love vegetarian themed blogs as well as traditional foods sites.  I also seek out sites that highlight specific ethnic cuisines for a new take on food preparation, flavor combinations,  and use of spices.  I’ve been printing out some of my favorite recipes and compiling them in binders.

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