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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

It’s never too early to be thinking about the holidays. That’s a lie. It is WAY to early. I’m still enjoying summer and I refuse to fast forward to the holiday season. It’s a season, not an epic. That being said, anytime you use molasses in something, it invariably ends up tasting like gingerbread. So, … Continue reading

Tahini Truffles

Tahini Truffles

Apparently I’m on a truffle kick. I tried out these lil’ guys this morning because they were fast and I had all the ingredients on hand. They are yet another spin on a Practical Paleo recipe. Diane’s book had made some great recipes really easy and accessible. I am genuinely grateful for this book. Tahini … Continue reading

(Almost) Raw Truffles

(Almost) Raw Truffles

I just recently moved to South Orange County, to a little town called San Clemente. It’s pretty much perfect. I walk everywhere, I do yoga, go for runs by the beach, and make delicious things in the kitchen! Here’s another recipe from Diane’s fabulous book. I saw these and knew that I could whip them … Continue reading

Fresh Fig Tart with Honey Drizzle

Fresh Fig Tart with Honey Drizzle

I love figs. No, I mean… I REALLY SUPER LOVE FIGS! One of the reasons I really super love them is because they (like persimmons, which I also super love) are very seasonal. There’s no way to get around it; you cannot find a good fresh fig in April or December. It’s just not going … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart

Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart

Like a Pizookie… but I made it. So it’s a Nikki-cookie. Nikookie. Get it? Ok yeah. It’s a lame name. How about a cookie tart. It’s a chocolate chip cookie tart and it only has a few ingredients. Super EASY! Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart 2 1/2 cups almond flour 3 tablespoons coconut oil 4 tablespoons … Continue reading

Sunflower Macadamia Nut Butter

Sunflower Macadamia Nut Butter

My latest obsession. Sunflower Seeds. I’ve discovered a delightful alternative to almond butter and it’s taken over my life. Sunflower Seeds make GREAT nut butter! They are a great source of Vitamin E and a decent source of magnesium. Vitamin E: Fat soluble antioxidant Prevents free-radicals from oxidizing cholesterol, good for the heart. A 1/4 … Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Orange Torte

Triple Chocolate Orange Torte

One of the greatest things about professionally cooking is the ability to take flavors and ideas about food and translate them into reality, ultimately customizing dishes for specific people and events. Food has a way of bringing people together. In fact, one of the primary functions of food is to do just that. Unfortunately, for … Continue reading

Broiled Bananas with Toasted Coconut

Broiled Bananas with Toasted Coconut

So… the gas ran out for my BBQ one day, and I had my heart set on trying out a grilled banana recipe from Everyday Paleo. Solution: Broiler This is a pretty tasty and safe paleo dessert. By “safe”, I mean no sugar added! I highly recommend it if you’re craving something sweet after dinner or in the … Continue reading

Almond Ecstasy

Almond Ecstasy

Well you know, Almond Joy was already taken. And to be quite honest, these little guys produce some emotions that go a little bit beyond joy. I mean, they have COFFEE in them for heaven’s sake! These are a nice little treat for coffee time, snack time, movie time, post-workout time. Pretty much anytime. These cookies … Continue reading

Lemon Apple Bars

Lemon Apple Bars

This is a variation on a snack bar that I make almost weekly… Ok, not weekly. More like monthly. They are great snack bars, somewhat akin to Lara Bars that you can buy in the grocery store. The difference with these is you have TOTAL FLAVOR CONTROL! Pick any dried fruit, nut, spice, zest, or … Continue reading