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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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.  … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]