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{Dairy-Free or Not} Mexican Hot Chocolate – With Spice!

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Highlighting Spices: Cinnamon & Chipotle pepper


Chocolate Caliente {Mexican Hot Chocolate, with a kick}

Last weekend I had the kitchen all to myself. Mr. Wonderful was out of town and I had the whole day to get the kitchen messy and no one to stare me down about it ;-). Don’t get me wrong, I was a little sad that he wasn’t there to share this delicious treat with me. That Saturday morning was cold and dreary and the only thing that made it better was this Mexican hot chocolate, which I adapted to my dietary needs and made Dairy-Free! I’m not a vegan or anything I just don’t drink regular milk anymore, and since this traditional drink calls for milk, I used almond instead. Feel free to use any milk that suits your fancy, it won’t matter as long as the milk is unsweetened. This weather makes me want to crawl up under a blanket and watch old movies all day while sipping on some chocolate con leche caliente… mmmmm Read the rest of this entry


What To Do With Those End-of-Summer Garden Leftovers

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Oh summer, we left you behind and now we’re one step closer to dreadful winter. Thankfully we still have fall, which is a wonderful season. Especially here in my own little corner of the midwest, where the tree leaves turn shades of fiery red and burnt orange. That’s right, it’s harvest season! What a great thing to look forward to. Many of us took great pleasure in the extended summer weather we had this year, well into October. These warm fall days have allowed us extra time to enjoy our fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Which I have been busy drying, freezing, and just consuming in large doses before the first frost comes. Read the rest of this entry

Herb & Cayenne Roasted Chicken REVAMPED!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time:  1 hour and 25 minutes

Highlighting Spices: Fresh Sage, Rosemary, Thyme & Cayenne pepper

Dinner is served!

So that very first recipe I posted like eight months ago is truly delicious, but as I’ve been working on my “chickxpertise” (you like that?), I’ve come up with a revamped version of the original. This new and improved recipe is a slightly more, dare I say, traditional roasted chicken, and makes for a juicier and even more flavorful chicken than before. Don’t worry, my cooking skills have improved faster than my writing style… Keep reading…

Simple Jicama & Fresh Basil Salad

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Simple Jicama & Fresh Basil Salad

Highlighting Flavors: Fresh Basil & Tajin Seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Eat Your Veggies!

Today I was inspired by a fellow food blogger, Heidi Boone. She wrote about her spring rituals and how important it is to allow your body to heal by cleansing, even if just for a few days. Doing a cleanse can improve your physical and mental state. Obviously I don’t have as much will-power as Heidi does, because I was munching on some chocolate while I was reading the post. It was one of those days!

“Eat your veggies!” I could hear my madre calling from 400 miles away. Yes, I have been better about eating more green, red and orange foods–although mostly in liquid form. Which is a delicious alternative if you own a juicer! (More on that later.) But nevertheless, I decided I should have a nice big salad for dinner.  Keep reading…