Quick, Easy, Sumptuous! Perfect For A Healthy and Nutritious Weekday Meal After a Busy Day at the Office!

With the availability of two pretty darn spectacular plant-based ground meat alternatives (Beyond Meat Ground Meat and LightLife Plant-Based Ground Meat), I have to admit to having become completely smitten

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My Homemade Version of Vegan “Burger” Helper

Being a Jersey girl, Jersey corn represented the much-anticipated August harvest each year.  One of the great joys of being a transplanted Jersey girl now residing in the Sedona area is the elongated corn harvesting season.  Ah, what more can a vegan food-obsessed girl ask for?!

Well, different ideas for fresh corn, that’s for sure.

Hauser & Hauser Farms in Camp Verde, Arizona, has become my ‘go-to’ stop for fresh-picked corn that is grown without all those nasty chemicals.  And I know this because I often bring home some lovely worms that have opted to take up residence in the ears of corn that made their way back home with me.  I gladly welcome these worms to their new home, my raised bed garden, where I have a worm colony that gets happily fed my organic coffee grounds with other goodies on a daily basis.

Ah, so with the abundance of fresh-picked corn on the cob, we’ve been feasting upon just quickly blanched in boiling, salted water for no more than one minute, cut off the cob and pleasantly devoured raw in our nightly garden salad, fresh-baked corn muffins, and in a myriad of one-pot chilies, etc. (thrown in just at the end before serving so as not to ruin their fresh-off-the-cob raw-ness.

But alas, pancakes were calling out to me as well.  And with the plethora of fresh ears, corn pancakes aka breakfast for dinner, were top on the agenda for the day.

Quick and easy to whip up, here’s my recipe

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Fresh Corn Pancakes

My experience found that many of the all-natural, environmentally-sustainable laundry products were not only expensive, they didn’t clean as well as the commercial products on the market.

I took this as a challenge very similar to when I write food recipes.  So, the quest began to come up with

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Laundry on a Dime (and environmentally sustainable)

Farmer’s Market Season in The Verde

One of my favorite times of year is summer. With summer comes the adventure of farmers market season. Did you know there are several farmers markets in the Verde Valley every week during the long days of summer?

My personal favorite is the Old Town Music and the Market. Each Thursday night starting at 5;00 in evenings in May, June and September. Thursdays in Old Town Cottonwood is a great place to be! It’s right there behind the city buildings on Main Street. My friends who live in Old Town say that they enjoy Thursday nights because they can hear the music from front porch but walking over is quite easy too! The best part though comes when you’re able to walk away with some fabulous finds and some great goodies.

Sweet Corn on my Brain

Back in 2017, I posted a blog about squash blossoms, and how eating them batter dipped and fried was delicious. But in that same blog I also talked about sweet corn. Organic, fresh picked summer corn is almost to die for. I love harvest season and the corn score I can return home with, ready for consumption!

I thought this week I would go ahead reiterate how awesome summertime sweetcorn is and give you a few ideas of how to enjoy this tasty treat.

Fireworks are to 4th of July as Grilling is to Summer

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Butter Up Your Ears Baby! Its Sweetcorn Time at Farmers Markets!

When the chocolate craving bug bites, do you find yourself reaching for that all too inviting bar of dark chocolate stashed at the back of your pantry? Hey, it happens! I had such a moment recently, and remembered I have a wonderful little recipe for chocolate mousse, which sounded much more fun! It may be a little less “instant gratification” than that chocolate bar, but it is oh so worth it! 

And, if you’re thinking of using this recipe for entertaining and want that little candied ginger pizazz I mention below, check out my recipe for sugar-free candied/crystallized ginger here!

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Chocolate Pick-Me-Up – Because it’s Tuesday!

Weeds – BE GONE!

Weeds – BE GONE!

The desert … no grass to water … but these weeds!

When the monsoons hit, and when the winters have been wet, the little weedy boogers are EVERYWHERE!

So what is a Vegan girl to do?! Well, I refuse to use chemicals, and I can tell you that the task

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Weeds – BE GONE!