Fresh Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich moist chocolate and lovely fresh mint, this is a simple one bowl recipe with butter cream icing. Ingredients Cake 2 1/4 cups white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 5/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 medium or large eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped 1 cup boiling water Icing 1...

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

Look at that flakey golden crust. Oh my. That beautiful golden cheese! And the cracks in the cheese showing its perfect done-ness! Woah woah woah. Back up. Stop drooling on the keyboard and/or licking the screen. On to the recipe! Ingredients 2 sheets puff pastry; thawed but still cool 8 oz cream cheese; at room temperature ⅓ cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs; divided ¼ cup flour; for rolling Directio...

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Chocolate & peanut butter go so well together don’t they? I love eating these cookies while they are still warm from the oven because the chocolate Hershey’s Kiss on top is still all melty & gooey. These cookies are pretty addicting, I find it hard to stop after eating just one. Ingredients ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup packed light brown sugar ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted (microwave for...

Cranberry Rosemary Refresher

Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C, making this refresher the perfect winter immune booster. This was my first time juicing cranberries and I was pleasantly surprised by the intensely-tart flavor of fresh cranberry juice. Pairing it with fresh apple juice mellows the flavor and sweetens it up a bit without the use of refined sugars. If you don’t have access to a juicer, simply...

Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

What’s my favorite thing about any Thanksgiving spread? Hands down, it’s the stuffing! Ingredients 5 cups cubed French bread 1 pound ground Italian sausage 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 8 ounces fresh mushrooms; sliced 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped 2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup...

Ultimate Swedish Meatballs

I haven’t had them in years, in-fact I think they may have stopped selling them for a while after a little snag with nags, a horsey hiccup, a stable scandal, if you catch my drift… Anyway, I thought I’d try and recreate the delicious little morsels of Swedish heaven swimming in their rich, creamy bath of gravy. This time though; no freezers, no ponies, no nasties just good quality ingredients. Ingred...

Almond Crusted Chicken

Almond chicken, clean eating, am I right? Ingredients 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (with fat removed) 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup ground almonds 1 eggs Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grind almonds and mix them together with the whole wheat flour.  Clean chicken breasts off and remove any fat. Place chicken in over for 45 min and test to make sure they are cooked all the way.  

Cheddar Sweet Corn Pie

Sweet corn and salty cheddar, juicy kernels and crispy breadcrumb topping, this cheesy pie is the perfect marriage of farm fresh produce and comfort food favorites. It's ready for the oven in 20 minutes and tastes just as great reheated. Ingredients 2 T butter (plus extra for the dish) 1 C finely chopped yellow onion 1 medium garlic clove, minced 4 C fresh or thawed corn kernels (6 large ears) ⅔ C milk...

Mediterranean Flatbread

This flatbread is the perfect dinner, accompanied with a salad. If I don’t feel like making the dough ahead of time, I’ll pick up the pre-made whole-wheat dough at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (perfect for those "I didn’t have time to make dough but I still want homemade flatbread")! Ingredients ⅓ cup grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup kalamata olives, halved ¼ cup marinated artichokes hearts, chopped ¼ cup...

Quinoa Corn Chowder

A rich, creamy, comforting chowder that's packed full of protein and fiber from quinoa and beans! Ingredients 1 cup quinoa ¼ cup butter 1 medium onion, diced ¼ cup flour 1 red pepper, diced 1 tsp minced garlic 3 cups chicken broth 3 cups milk 4 cups frozen corn (or fresh) 1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 tsp dried parsley ½ tsp dried thyme 1½ tsp salt Optional: shredded cheese to garnish Directions In...