water kefir grains

How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass.   Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.   When my son was littler than… 

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cacao beet brownies with raspberry frosting

Made with wholesome pastured eggs, nutritious crispy pecans, coconut flour, raw honey, organic food grade cacao (cocoa) butter and did you guess the secret ingredient yet? You won’t skip a beet with this recipe! Pureed beets add the texture and moisture needed to make this recipe stand out. Your kids don’t have to know about… 

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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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A Recipe: Pumpkin Custard for the Thanksgiving Table

Pumpkin custard, faintly sweet and deeply nourishing, finds its way to our Thanksgiving table each year.  One of my favorite desserts, pumpkin custard is suitable for those who adhere to gluten- or grain-free diets, serving as a perfect and elegant substitute for classic pumpkin pie.  I love the gentle sweetness, the rich and creamy texture… 

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Compote with Honey Custard

  Spring inches its way forward, blossom by blossom, bee by bee and leaf by leaf, but in the high country, winter still sleeps soundly at my doorstep, snow continues to fall with unyielding abandon and I crave the sun. So we pack our bags, hop in the car, and hightail it out of the… 

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a recipe for spring: strawberry mint sorbet

Strawberry mint sorbet is one of those desserts – those simple treats – that I love sharing with my family.  It’s fresh and vibrant with flavor, but also utterly uncomplicated.  Celebrating some of the best flavors of spring – strawberries and fresh herbs – this strawberry mint sorbet provides the perfect combination of bright flavors to… 

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Rustic Mayan Chocolate Truffles

A Benign Indulgence: Rustic Mayan Chocolate Truffles

Mayan chocolate, bitter and sexy, with its resonant flavors of cinnamon and chili always reminds me not of Mexico, but of Amsterdam.  It was in that cold and wet city that my husband and I tied the knot to the bells of the Oude Kerk six years ago.  We’re not much for fanfare, we two. … 

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Bûche de Noël (Grain-free, Gluten-free Holiday Cake)

Bûche de Noël, an homage to the yule log in velvety rich chocolate form, is a welcome if not essential holiday treat in many homes.  A thick and luscious layer of dense chocolate sponge cake is wrapped around a layer of mouse or chantilly cream, dusted with cocoa powder and often finished with chocolate ganache… 

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Visions of Sugar Plums: An Old-world Recipe

Sugar plums, round and humble, evoke a sense of otherworldly fancy – of mystic lore, ancient yuletide celebrations, of poetry.  From Clement C. Moore’s much-cherished ‘Twas the Night before Christmas to sugar plum fairies of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, these beloved confections have woven themselves in and out of the culinary traditions of Christmas and Yule. … 

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A Recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Chili and Lime

Toasting pumpkin seeds, that hallmark of Halloween, are a ritual in our home just as it is in many American homes.  We head to the pumpkin patch, a pitiful display of twenty or thirty pumpkins organized with military precision into uniform rows, but it’s all for charity – a way to spend a little extra… 

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how to celebrate the first snow (a recipe for buckwheat sourdoughnuts)

The first snow of the season greeted us this morning, blanketing our mountain town under a thin, cold and icy film.   Grey clouds hung low against the hills, revealing the peaks only by the fleeting whims of a chilly autumn breeze. Each year when the snows first arrive, we celebrate – last year they arrived on… 

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