Monthly Archive for June, 2014

Home Brewed Spiced Root Beer & Ginger Bug Secrets

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The 4th of July conjures up ideas of good ‘ole American traditions- apple pie, fireworks, root beer and blue jeans. Let’s face it, there is no single fashion item that screams AMERICA more than jeans. Continue reading ‘Home Brewed Spiced Root Beer & Ginger Bug Secrets’

Creamy Coconut Pudding

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Ripping off the band aid – My recent life has been a series of harsh, unpredictable moments of unanticipated physical and psychological struggles. Seven weeks ago I had an unimaginable avocado related stabbing that has spun my world upside down. I can’t quite remember a time that I felt so rutterless. There are a few constants that remain in tact in this dizzying reality – my family, my love of cooking and my desire to remain optimistic no matter how jolted I felt. Continue reading ‘Creamy Coconut Pudding’

Buffalo Mozzarella & Eggplant Caprese Tower with Pea Mint Pesto

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I’ve always loved good foods- I can’t say that all of these fit into the ‘healthy’ category but for dietary reasons I have avoided packaged processed foods whenever possible. I determined early on that I don’t enjoy eating foods that are over salted, contain too much garlic, are made with high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. I cannot claim to be a health fanatic, nor a vegetarian, although I tend to dabble in both. I will shamelessly eat any homemade baked good that catches my eye. But if I had to put a label on myself, I would say that the word that describes me is “qualitarian”. Continue reading ‘Buffalo Mozzarella & Eggplant Caprese Tower with Pea Mint Pesto’

Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread with Coconut Butter Streusel

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I do not need to be cured, I have diagnosed myself with an acute case of everything is fine. That was really my attitude when this chapter of my life began which I’ve named “Gina was attacked by an avocado” the exact words written by a specialist I was seeing on the back of a piece of paper. While the choice of words is hilarious, the situation is much less funny. Yes, I tell myself the obligatory, “It could have been worse.” And it could have, but lets deal in the present – It under no uncertain terms is a pain in my $%&. I am not patient at all, I want to move at lightening speed, I want to cook, explore new recipe ideas, ground myself in the kitchen where new treats can be enjoyed. For me cooking and baking are one of the demonstrative ways I show my love. Continue reading ‘Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread with Coconut Butter Streusel’