10 Things Every Vegan Kitchen Needs

Most of us, when we made the switch to vegan (or even vegetarian), realized that our kitchens were suddenly poorly set up for our diets.  It can take a long time and a lot of confusion and frustration to get your kitchen really in shape for your lifestyle.  I'm here to make that a little easier on you. Here are 10 items every vegan kitchen needs: 1. Spice Rack ...more

The Secret Food Waste Solution: Your Freezer

Food Waste. Anyone who lives in the USA or Western World for that matter experiences this on a regular basis. Americans alone waste 20 pounds of food a MONTH. That’s a $165 billion each year (USDA).  Wrap your head around that for a second.So how do we mitigate this problem? Well there is the obvious solution to eat less, but we Americans sure love to stuff our faces so I don’t see that happening anytime soon....more

Chocolate Flapjack – A Snack Bar With A Twist

I didn’t know such a thing as a flapjack exists until I came to the UK. In fact, it only revealed itself to me last November, while we were lunching at the Vennel’s Cafe in the city center. I’ve been tempted ever since to give it a try – both orally and skill wise....more

Summer Drink of Choice

During these HOT summer days I always have to have coffee when I wake up in the morning, and even though it may be hot out, I still need my cup of hot coffee every morning. Come the afternoon though, I'm begging for an iced coffee. 4-Bucks has become the name of Starbucks in our household. Every drink no matter what it is, comes with a high cost. Surprisingly even iced coffee has a price tag with it that adds up on a regular basis. We LOVE iced coffee and since I drink it every day, I had to start making it myself. Cheaper and actually, really good!...more

Layered Crispy Chicken Bake

While up visiting my parents, this was one of the amazing meals we got to enjoy with everyone. My mom is a great cook and she is where I learned everything I know. She adds passion and love to her cooking, giving everything a wonderful taste filled with delight.This meal was wonderful and we served it with our delicious Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake for dessert....more

3 Ways to Transform Traditional Pesto

One of the most simple, delicious sauces is a classic pesto. Traditionally, pesto genovese, which is named after its originating home in Genoa, Italy, is a simple sauce made from nuts, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt. While pine nuts are usually the culprit of choice, many other nuts can be used to give a different flavor profile to this Italian staple. In this post, I will show you how we transform the traditional pesto into three different options, each with their very own independent flavor, but same simple technique or preparation. ...more

Cherry and Ginger Brandy Jam

I like pairing jams with different brie appetizers or with cream cheese and hot peppers ... peanut butter can't have all the fun! Last year, I made a bourbon peach jam and i loved the flavors. The kids still got to enjoy the peach jam on occasion, but most of it I kept for appetizers. ...more

How to Freeze Green Beans ... and Other Vegetables

Fresh green beans remind me of my childhood. When I was little, we would go to my cousins farm, where my mom grew up, and pick vegetables in the garden. I remember 5 gallon buckets of beans on the kitchen table and me, my sister and my other girl cousins sitting around the table. Each of us having our own bowls and snipping off the ends of the bean and occasionally getting yelled at for throwing beans or eating more than our share! I'm sure from girl to girl, all of our memories vary just a bit but generally are all the same. ...more