Category: Desserts

apricot and rosemary cookies on a cooling rack

Have you ever tricked yourself into thinking an oatmeal raisin cookie is an acceptable breakfast? You tell yourself it’s okay because eating an oatmeal cookie is essentially the same as eating a bowl of oatmeal…with lots of sugar and butter and flour. The only problem is an oatmeal raisin cookie isn’t  as filling as a bowl of oatmeal, so you eat two…or three…or four. And your morning is off to a great start! Sugar crash impending. FAIL. If you ever…

bbq pulled salmon sandwiches with brussels sprout fand ennel slaw

Quite tasty are pulled pork and pulled chicken, but you haven’t really lived until you’ve noshed on a “pulled” sockeye salmon sandwich.  “Intrigued. What is this you speak of?”  Glad you asked. This barbecue pulled salmon is my wholesome take on the very good, but by no means good for you pulled pork sandwich. Sockeye is my absolute favorite type of salmon and one of my favorite types of fish. Its rich, red flesh is packed with flavor and heart…

vegan eggnog cake

Growing up, eggnog was never a part of my family’s Christmas food traditions. I always thought the stuff was weird and dangerous because of all the raw eggs. The first time I had eggnog I must have been 18 or 19 and it was a pasteurized version from a carton. Completely safe, right? Not at all. My youthful suspicions proved to be true, as I discovered eggnog is dangerously addictive. All that sugar, nutmeg, and milk fat is a recipe…

sweet potato oat-cookies_

Believe it or not, the tone deaf woman writing this blog used to be a budding violinist. From 3rd to 8th grade, I played the violin for my school’s orchestra and I was actually pretty good at it. The highlights of my brief orchestral career include learning to play “Minuet 1,” “William Tell Overture,” and “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. However, my crowning achievement was mastering “The First Noel.” Years later, while in college, I picked up my friend’s…

maple pie-2

It’s high pie season! Break out your rolling pins and your superhuman forearm strength. Those apples, sweet potatoes, and pecans have been patiently waiting to be decked out with butter, sugar and spices. I suppose every season is pie season, but once November rolls around, it’s no holds barred. Everyone is baking pies. I’m sure you have your holiday favorites lined up. My favorite is sweet potato (of course). But this year, let’s experiment. Try something new. 

vegan banana pumpkin bread on plate

Remember those paper fortune tellers you used to make back in the day? Well, this past Sunday a few of the kids in my church school class decided to make paper fortune tellers out of offering envelopes. How clever. Right in the middle of the lesson on the Good Samaritan, there they were, hard at work folding and shaping and manipulating to their heart’s content. Until I caught them red handed.  One student was surprised  I knew what the little paper…

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