Dessert


Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Bites and a Giveaway!! 10

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZANNE HIGBY! You are the winner of the FIVE FREE smoothies, juices, wraps or sandwiches at Native Sun Natural Foods Stores. Please go to the Baymeadows location to pick up your gift cards and mention that you are the winner of the Florida Coastal Cooking Giveaway. Pin this […]

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Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios 5

Living in Florida is such a blessing.  Not only was I able to take my cream colored Labrador, Tally for a walk yesterday without a jacket on (a fact I can really appreciate from growing up in Massachusetts), but the citrus trees are all heavy with fruit – including my […]

Citrus Barley

Coconut Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie – Vegan and No Baking! 6

Last Thanksgiving was my first plant based Thanksgiving experience.  Before the holiday I was a bit nervous.  No turkey? At Thanksgiving?  That can’t possible. But then I made this walnut loaf with all those comforting poultry seasonings.  And you know what?  I liked it even better.  It was moist, flavorful, made great […]

Walnut Loaf

Curried Pear Crumble

Curried Pear Crumble and Ziggy Marley 2

Mildly sweet, a bit salty and aromatic curry….VERY light and satisfying.  Those were the words I jotted down when I was writing up this recipe.  We weren’t especially hungry after dinner but wanted something  sweet.  I opened the pantry door and Ziggy Marley was staring out. That was it! The Ziggy […]


Warm Cinnamon Skillet Apples 2

There is nothing like the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven.  It brings me back to my childhood in Massachusetts where apple pie was the dessert of choice at all the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other time of the year. Somehow we never tired of it. […]

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What is Inflammation and How Omega 3s Can Help

Wondering what is inflammation? Omega 3s can help! (Plus a bonus recipe: All Natural Zucchini Muffins with Mila Chia) “I hurt all over but nothing is broken”, a good friend recently said to me. What is all this talk about inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s attempt to defend itself against […]

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Country Apples and Walnuts

Taste of home – a warm mixture of cinnamon, maple syrup, apples and walnuts will leave you feeling all warm and cozy. My very sweet friend Suzanne is back at work from maternity leave and looks amazing – leaner than before she was pregnant! Everyone was amazed. We all asked, […]


Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes 1

Oatmeal for breakfast is one of my favorite things – but sometimes plain old oats can be a bit boring.  To make it more exciting I turned it into a cupcake with Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter “frosting”.  If you have kids, this is a fun way to get them to eat their […]


Pumpkin Spice Cake and Plant Based Sources of 9 Essential Amino Acids 1

Recently I flew up to Jersey, well doped for flying with a glass of wine or two at the airport Chili’s, with high hopes of a Snooki sighting upon arrival. I know, I should be dealing with my fear of flying rather than drinking wine but that just isn’t as much fun.  And luckily I was […]


Maple Walnut Peanut Butter for my Second Bloggiversary

This month I celebrated two milestones; the first being my tenth anniversary, October 6th, and the second  being my (belated) bloggiversary on October 8th . Looking back, I remember coming across a recipe on the blog Closet Cooking; the curried honey Dijon roasted chicken in particular was both where I learned about food blogs and […]


Coconut-Banana Ice Cake with Chocolate Pecan Crust 7

Did I mention that I made my own birthday cake for my birthday last weekend? I figured eh…why not?  I wanted to try out a new recipe and I could make exactly what I was craving. Coconut, banana and chocolate. I can’t think of a better mix of flavors.  It […]


Vanishing Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 1

If you read my blog you probably know I’m not much of a baker.  When it comes to baking desserts I have a few issues; 1) I can’t get myself to use white flour, sugar or butter so I inevitably try to “healthify” the recipe and it comes out crappy and 2) […]

Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Upside Down Fresh Berry “Cheesecake” 8

 Before I get into the recipe I want to mention, first, that I am so thankful for each and every comment on my site, and second, even though I use blogger I continue to have problems commenting on other sites with blogger as well as a few others.  Many times I […]


My Valentine 10

We had just gotten home from a romantic dinner in St. Augustine at my favorite restaurant, The Floridian.    My heart was racing, my face was flushed, I could barely concentrate….   In the name of love.  I was going to cook with two STICKS of butter and a cup […]