Friday, November 28, 2014


2 cups crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 8-ounce cream cheese blocks, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
1 lemon (zest only)
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 lemon juice only
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Apple Spice Quinoa Granola.


3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats*
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup almonds (I used a mixed of slivered and whole)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large apple, peeled & diced (any variety)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup pure maple syrup*
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup raisins

Loaded Chicken or Tuna Salad with Greek Yogurt Garlic

2 to 3 cups shredded chicken (I use a roast chicken and a mix of white and dark meat) or 4 cans of white albacore tuna, drained
2 green onions, both the light and dark green parts, sliced
1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 small carrot peeled and grated or shredded (sometimes I steam the carrot shreds, about 1 to 2 minutes, for more flavor)
2 large stalks of celery, peeled (this is the best way to add it to salads, no strings), thick white end cut off, split vertically three or four times, finely diced, LIKE THIS
1 very small red onion or one-quarter of a large red onion, diced LIKE THIS (or 1 large shallot, diced)
1 to 3 avocados, depending on how many sandwiches, each half slightly mashed
Garlic Greek Yogurt Ranch Mayo (recipe follows). the amount depending on how 'wet' you like your chicken salad
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, if needed.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mini heart cookies

mini heart cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 2

1 package pie crust
strawberry jam
sugar for garnish