Monthly Archive for September, 2015

Roasted Banana Double Chocolate Blender Cakes

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This is certainly going to fall into the category of a good ‘cheat’. It definitely feels (or rather tastes), like you are cheating, but it is super duper healthy. I know, that sounds like an oxymoron and yet it is 100% true.

Why do we need to be so healthy all of a sudden? For me it is anything but sudden, four years ago Continue reading ‘Roasted Banana Double Chocolate Blender Cakes’

Mega Chocolate Ying Yang Granola

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I think I’ve officially entered my chocolate phase for 2015. I don’t know how or when it happened, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. I can’t stop thinking about eating chocolate. And I don’t want to even imagine waiting until dessert to eat it, I want to kick start my day with it. I’ve made breads, muffins, mochi brownies and this week I migrated to granola. It was definitely worth the time it took to discover this type of dessert-fast recipe. Continue reading ‘Mega Chocolate Ying Yang Granola’

Mochi Brownies

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Ever since Rika lived with us, a native of Japan, my kids have fallen even deeper in love with anything mochi. Prior to meeting Rika we loved our visits to Japan town to buy Japanese mochi confections. And of course we went crazy for mochi covered ice cream when it hit the store shelves. Continue reading ‘Mochi Brownies’

Langostino “Lobster” Tail Bucattini

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There are times when you just need a pasta fix and this is especially true when you’ve got a house guest from Italy. While there are many pasta dishes that please, it’s fun to get out of your comfort zone and mix up your pasta fixins’. While I am typically a Bolognese or pesto kinda gal, I was craving seafood. I had every intention of making linguini with fresh clams, but I when none were available at the store I quickly switched gears. Continue reading ‘Langostino “Lobster” Tail Bucattini’

Blackberry Topped Strawberry & Fig Smoothie with Cardamom Chia Pudding

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One of my favorite family weekends is Labor Day weekend in Mt. Shasta, as we kiss summer goodbye. I find the Blackberry Festival to be particularly charming and oh-so-reminiscent of my childhood.

I soak up the sound of music wafting through the sea of purple clad people, aptly dressed in their colored festival t-shirts, gingerly gripping their blackberry infused beers. The squealing children in the background can be heard amidst the backdrop of games like the water balloon toss, potato sack races and Continue reading ‘Blackberry Topped Strawberry & Fig Smoothie with Cardamom Chia Pudding’