Chuck Eye Round Roast

Rather than spending half the day in the car battling traffic on the way to the shore, we decided to have a stay-cation in the relaxing comfort of home. A day that started by watching bike races on TV, followed by walking slowly around the property, swimming laps in our neighbor’s pool, and cooking from…

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Gluten Free Buckwheat and Amaranth Bread

This bread is hearty with a nice bite, something that is hard to achieve when baking gluten free bread varieties.  Great as a compliment to dinner, a grilled sandwich, or toasted with grass fed butter and homemade jam, this is a recipe that I encourage you to try if you are gluten free.  Buckwheat flour…

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Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Granola

3 medium organic apples, diced into 1/2 inch pieces 1 c. coconut flakes 1/2 c. cashew pieces 1/4 c. chia seeds 2 T. flax seeds 1/4 c. coconut oil 1 T. honey 1 T. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. sea salt This granola gets crunchy as the apples dehydrate and then cool.  It…

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Bacon and Veggie Hash

This is a really satisfying breakfast that is perfect for weekend mornings.  What makes it thoroughly satisfying is the blend of flavors lent from salty, smoky bacon paired with the sweet from the sweet potato, sweet and pungent onion set the stage for earthy shiitakes.  There is always room for spinach, so that goes in…

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Happy Birthday Cake to Me

Today is my birthday, yeah me, and yeah, my mom.  Mom, thanks for bringing me into this world. Growing up, I often made my own birthday cake. My mom encouraged my brother and I to cook, but mainly I enjoyed the process of creating birthday treats myself.  Back then, birthday cake came from a box,…

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Homemade Hot Sauce

3-4 chilies, any variety, stems removed, each cut into thirds 2 carrot sticks, diced 1 T. butter 1/2 c. basil leaves 1 c. water 3-4 cloves garlic, grated 2 tsp. sea salt 1 c. distilled white vinegar In a medium sauce pan, over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Add carrot and a pinch of sea salt,…

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Herb Encrusted Pork Loin

  1 pork loin, about 1-2 lbs 1 T. pastured lard or tallow 1 T. sea salt 1 tsp garlic granules 1/2 tsp dried lemon thyme 1/2 tsp dried summer savory 1/2 tsp dried pineapple sage 1/2 tsp black pepper Heat an oven safe saute pan over medium-high heat.  Combine sea salt, granulated garlic, pepper,…

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Red Skinned Potato Salad

This potato salad is dairy free and egg free, but full of flavor lent from garlic, shallots, and a hint of lemon.  Makes a great summer side dish to pretty much anything.  🙂 about 16 red potatoes cooked in salted, boiling water until tender 1/4 c. minced shallot 5 garlic cloves, grated 1/2 c. chopped…

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Roasted Eggplant, Tomato, and Basil Salad

1 eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes 1 c. grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half 2 sprigs, about 10 large leaves of basil, chiffonade 1 T. lard or ghee 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 T. balsamic vinegar 1 garlic clove, grated 1 small shallot, minced sea salt dash of black pepper Place…

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Basil-Pear Smoothie

1/2 of a pear 2 celery stalks 1/2 of a cucumber, seeded and most of the tough skin removed 1 c. coconut water basil, about 10 leaves 2 T. flax seed Cut fruit and vegetables into big chunks so that the blender or Vitamix has an easier time.  Put everything into Vitamix, start on low…

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