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Our Imperfect Snowmen: Christmas Cookies for Santa

Every Christmas Eve, my son and I bake cookies. We bake gingerbread men, or cinnamon molasses cookies, or mint chocolate cookies. This year we baked sprouted spelt cookies shaped like little snowmen. We glazed them with a bit of powdered sugar and hot water, dusted them with sprinkles and dotted their little ragged forms with… 

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White Chocolate Cranberry Bark

Honey-sweetened White Chocolate Cranberry Bark

White Chocolate Cranberry Bark, sweetened with honey and spiked with vanilla bean and orange zest, will fill the little holiday boxes we give to neighbors and friends this time of year.  They’ll sit there, nestled in dotted crimson tissue paper, right next to the date-sweetened gingerbread men, mandarin oranges and the sesame honey candy.  That… 

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Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Vanilla Pecan Pie with Sprouted Spelt Crust

Maple Pecan Pie is, perhaps, my favorite of the classic Thanksgiving pies.  Pecan pie has always been a favorite (though I’m fond of pumpkin custard, too).  Growing up, my mother’s south Texas favorites covered our holiday table: oyster and cornbread stuffing, seafoam salad and – of course – pecan pie.  They have a place on… 

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Election Cake: A Touch of American Culinary History

Election Cake, like a bite from American history, makes its rounds every November. I make it every year, but only once a year – just before the election. Preparing Election Cake is a celebration of love, of patriotism, of politics and of history. And for those of you who’ve read Nourished Kitchen for some time,… 

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Spooky Honey Caramel Apples for Halloween

Honey caramel apples are a treat I make only occasionally.  Despite the mountain of real food dessert recipes I post on Nourished Kitchen (sweet things are always so beloved), we rarely eat dessert – preferring instead to finish our meals with seasonal fruit and a bit of cheese.  Just occasionally, though, I make something really… 

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Chai-spiced Molasses Custard

Chai custard sings of spice – of cardamom and cinnamon, cloves and ginger, peppercorns and rose.  When the weather turns cold, as it did this week, I crave sweet and warming spices.  So it’s tonight, as misty clouds enshroud our valley and the first snowflakes of the season tap gently against our window panes, that… 

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A Story of Recovery, and a Recipe for Simple Pear Sauce

I’ve been a nutritionist and chiropractor for over 20 years. In that time I’ve tried many dietary approaches with the goal of improving health conditions. The conclusion I’ve drawn from this, is that some will work for some people but not every diet will work for everyone. One size does not fit all. That being… 

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Preserving the Harvest: Peach Butter with Cinnamon, Ginger and Clove

Peach butter lines a full and very wide and deep shelf in my cupboard where it will sit all tucked away and half-forgotten until January arrives and, in that coldest and whitest month, we finally remember it’s there.  Our bellies will want for something soft and sweet.  We’ll have had enough of wintered apples –… 

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A Story of Recovery (and a Recipe for Grain-free Carrot Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting)

If you had two girls under the age of two, and your husband, a fighter pilot, was flying cover during a war in Iraq, would you be thinking about converting your diet to organic, whole foods? I wasn’t. My life had enough stress without another distraction. But, that’s what happened in 2003. Daily Migraines and… 

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Blueberry Almond Crumb Muffins

The Thing About Blueberries . . . is that they don’t grind their Harleys over the hot desert tarmac, or throw eight-course dinner parties at Monet’s garden in Giverny, or eat jellied eels from a stall in London.  Because – let’s face it – blueberries are homebodies. Plump, delectable little delights that know all too… 

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Sourdough Black Forest Cake

In our home, one of our favorite cakes for special occasions is Black Forest Cake, a scrumptious torte made from layers of dark chocolate cake, sour cherries, and cherry-flavored whipped cream. As we’ve sought to eat more nourishing and traditional foods, I’ve wondered how best to prepare the rare sweet treat like this one, but… 

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