breakfast, recipes

Orange & Spice (and everything nice) Pumpkin Muffins

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having a big breakfast at my parents house. Even though we're all grown up now and (almost) out of their house (the front door is a revolving one these days, but I think they like it that way...), we spend the night on Christmas Eve and wake up… Continue reading Orange & Spice (and everything nice) Pumpkin Muffins

drinks, recipes

Vanilla, Cinnamon & Nutmeg-Spiced Hot Milk

Hot milk... there's got to be a better name for this. Blech. This is so not just hot milk. It's wrap-yourself-up-in-a-blanket-on-the-couch-and-stare-at-the-christmas-tree [milk]. It's not  cocoa; it's not cider. But they got together and had a love child, this would be it. If anyone has a more succinct way of expressing that, I'm all ears. Leave… Continue reading Vanilla, Cinnamon & Nutmeg-Spiced Hot Milk


How to Build a Whole-Foods Pantry

As anyone who’s new to cooking knows, getting started can be quite an investment. You may have experienced this: You’re looking online for something to cook for dinner and find a recipe that looks delicious, but it calls for oils, vinegars and spices that you don’t just happen to have in the pantry. When you… Continue reading How to Build a Whole-Foods Pantry

recipes, smoothies

Banana, Peach & Peanut Butter Smoothie

It may not sound like your traditional fruit smoothie combo, but just trust me on this one... You'll take one sip and think "OMG, this is breakfast?!" Banana and peanut butter - there's no surprise there. And when the classic combo is frozen and blended it's creamy, rich deliciousness. For breakfast. As for the peaches,… Continue reading Banana, Peach & Peanut Butter Smoothie

desserts, recipes

American Flag Dessert – FREEdom Tart

The fourth of July just isn't complete without something edible fashioned into an American flag. This is one of the few things required for the holiday, I think -- American flag dessert, fireworks, and little kids in ridiculous red white and blue outfits. God bless America. Growing up, we'd make this 4th of July treat… Continue reading American Flag Dessert – FREEdom Tart

mains, recipes

Green Lentil Dahl

It may not be the prettiest of meals, but for a simple dinner on the quick, cheap and healthy, it'll do just fine. This has become a go-to at our house when the fridge is bare and dinner comes down to pantry staples. It's called dahl, an Indian lentil dish that's strong in flavor and… Continue reading Green Lentil Dahl

mains, recipes

Curried Chickpeas with Kale

It's been one of those weeks. You know, when you start out with the best of intentions...  a Sunday trip to the store, a fridge stocked full of fresh food just waiting to be turned into something delicious. And then life happens, work takes over and next thing you know you find yourself eating a… Continue reading Curried Chickpeas with Kale

dressings, recipes

Arugula Pesto

Before you read any further, just guess how many cups of leafy green things are in this bowl? This is like that game with the jelly beans... if they were pureed. Got your number? 2? higher. 4? higher. 7? higher. 10? You got it, 10. There are 10 cups of leafy green vegetables crammed in… Continue reading Arugula Pesto