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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Christmas in July Chicken Coconut Curry

aka Red Curry and Green Vegetables with Chicken and Coconut Milk 1 large zucchini, cut into 2 inch chunks 1 large onion, sliced into 1 inch chunks 4 stalks celery, sliced into 1 inch chunks 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/2 inch chunks 1 can coconut milk 1 T. coconut oil 1/4 c.…

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Stacey’s Salad Dressing

Over the years, I have acquired certain tips from good cooks to hone my own skills in the kitchen.  From my dad, I learned that the best salad dressings, are the ones you make yourself.  He always makes his own salad dressing, one reason is: he can control the ingredients that go into it.  His…

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Cucumber, Watermelon, and Mint Salad

1 mini cucumber, cut into half moons 1/2 c. of watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 spring fresh mint, leaves removed, minced 1/8 tsp. jalapeno, minced (less or more depending on your heat tolerance) 1/2 tsp. sherry vinegar drizzle of extra virgin olive oil sea salt to taste Combine everything and stir gently to…

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