Irish Raisin Soda Bread with Orange Zest

Irish Raisin Soda Bread with Orange Zest

I’m lucky St. Patrick’s Day inspired a loaf of Raisin Irish Soda Bread in my kitchen. All week I’ve enjoyed it sliced and spread with Irish butter. Want a bite? You can have a loaf ready in an hour, so get started! See my step-by-step instructions to…

Sweet Heart Cocoa Coconut Torte

Sweet Heart Cocoa Coconut Torte

Have your cake and no sugar too! No added sugar and no gluten, but plenty of flavor! Cocoa Coconut Torte is sweetened with raisin and date puree like my Raisin-Date Apple Muffins. The cake is rich and sweet, similar to a flourless chocolate torte. Ground almonds replace flour for a little extra…

No-Added-Sugar Raisin Date Apple Muffins

No-Added-Sugar Raisin Date Apple Muffins

Muffins are ‘sweet’ for breakfast or snack. These fruit-sweetened muffins have no added sugar, thanks to raisins and dates blended into a puree, plus no added fat!  The dried fruit puree plus diced apples add enough moisture to replace butter or oil, yet retain a light cake-y crumb perfect for…

The ‘Perfect’ Snack Bar

The ‘Perfect’ Snack Bar

They had us at ‘perfect’! A perfect or best-ever anything is intriguing especially when it’s a recipe, and it’s sampled at the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC), where food writers are eager to compare and analyze food.  Since I recently shared my favorite Travel Snack Bars, I was…

Toasted Walnut Hummus

Toasted Walnut Hummus

Hummus is having a heyday as a healthy spread and dip, and there are endless variations on the traditional version with chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon and garlic. This recipe from California Walnut Board substitutes walnuts and walnut oil for tahini, and orange for lemon juice, but I couldn’t quite…

Travel Snack Bars (Gluten-free)

Travel Snack Bars (Gluten-free)

With summer holidays in high gear, it’s always good to have healthful travel snacks to bring along. These crispy cereal bars are packed with almonds, dried apricots and dates or figs, plus cacao nibs for a surprise chocolate hit (as in My Favorite Chocolate Shortbread cookie). You…

Banana Raisin French Toast

Banana Raisin French Toast

Banana stuffed French toast is super easy to make in this oven-baked recipe. There’s no tricky bread pocket to slice and stuff. Just layer sliced bananas between raisin bread in a casserole dish then drench in a cream cheese custard and bake to a creamy-on-the-inside,…

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles

Peppermint Ice Cream Truffles Active Prep Time: about 30 minutes Plus Chill Time: 30 minutes Makes about 16 truffles. 2 pints peppermint ice cream or favorite flavor- look for Dreyer’s Limited Edition Peppermint 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup (6 ounces) white…

Get Pickled!

Get Pickled!

Refrigerator Pickles Makes about six 1-pint jars. Canning jars with two-part lids look nifty and traditional, but any food jar with a tight screw-top lid will work. 2-1/2 cups white vinegar 2-1/2 cups water* 3 tablespoons purchased pickling spice* 2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste for…

Sofrito Rice & Black Bean Salad

Sofrito Rice & Black Bean Salad

Dinner was quick and easy the other night with Rita’s Sofrito Rice turned into a salad.  Sofrito rice is flavorful so you just need to add vegetables and a vinaigrette. If using leftover refrigerated rice, briefly microwave to soften because the starch hardens a bit when it’s chilled.  Add the…