Blackberry Crostata

A crostata is an Italian baked tart or pie, also known as coppi in Naples. In France it is called a galette. It is a “rustic free-form version of an open fruit tart.” The crostata looks so refined but is remarkably simple to execute. First, since there’s no top, roll out just one sheet of…

Whipped Coconut Cream

Renewal and healthy challenges. That’s what’s happening at my house. My husband has been on a cleanse and elimination diet. That has meant no baking and no sugar…ugh. But, in all honesty I find it always enlightening to learn about and try new and healthy food and recipes. This morning I came across a video…

Just a slice please… Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie continued

In my previous post Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie, I mentioned that I hadn’t tasted the pie yet because it was for dessert after Christmas Eve dinner. Well the tally is in and everyone loved it. It was rich and decadent and there wasn’t even any chocolate in it.  It’s a new holiday tradition in our…

Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie

This pie is my rendition of Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Torte by Once Upon A Chef.  I wanted to switch up the pie crust I use for pumpkin pie. When I stumbled upon this recipe it looked absolutely delicious and perfect for what I was looking for. We have been invited to have Christmas Eve dinner…

Apple Cranberry Pie with Ginger Pecan Crust

This little gem is a different take on my No-Bake Apple Pecan Tart. If you liked the no-bake tart you will love this rendition. The same delicious juicy apples and cranberries, just a new crust. The ginger and pecans give this pie the perfect accent of a rich, sweet and spicy flavor.  So if you’re looking…

Dark Chocolate Mangos

I use to buy chocolate dipped mangos in the bulk section at Whole Foods. It was rather pricey, so they became a once in a while decadent treat. Then I realized how easy it would be to make these little treats and I could save on the cost. Now who doesn’t like to save a…

Maple-Pecan-Ginger Pumpkin Pie…perfect and easy!

Every so often when I ask my husband what he wants for desert he’ll say Pumpkin Pie. Actually I know he’s thinking of a Marie Calendar’s Razzleberry Pie. It’s his favorite. One day I’ll recreate a healthy version. But for now it’s Pumpkin Season. Pumpkin is not only for Thanksgiving, but it’s refreshing and healthy…

No-Bake Apple Pecan Tart

This recipe was given to me by a nutritionist at “New Seasons Market.” When I was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance I met with her to learn about the gluten-free foods New Seasons offered. She gave me a packet of information and this recipe was in the packet. I felt like I had opened a box…

Apple Butter

One of the many joys of Fall is fresh apples. Right off the tree, crisp and juicy. When we lived in northern California, I used to work at one of the apple farms in Apple Hill. We would sample all the different apples and fresh hot cider. Each apple had its own unique texture and…

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These muffins are so moist and chocolaty delicious, they deserve a little story and a glass of milk or hot chocolate to go with them. Story time… I teach a Sunday school class of 11 year-olds. The class meets around lunch time, so I bring treats. Okay, truth be told, between these children and my…

German Chocolate Brownie

November is a special month for my husband and I. It’s a month of celebration… our anniversary and my husband’s birthday. It’s a month of special treats for both of us. One of my husband’s favorite desserts is German Chocolate Cake. A few years back I went on line in search of the perfect, healthy…