When I want comfort food, I typically reach for some sort of pasta. And with a well-stocked pantry (I tend to include my dry storage cabinet as well as refrigerator and freezer), it’s a quick, easy, hearty, and delicious meal.

Any of these recipes can be modified to suit your

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3P’s – 3 Pasta Dishes in a Pinch from the Pantry

In these times of stay-at-home orders across the globe, many of us find ourselves relying, more and more, on meals coming from our pantry.

I arose the other morning with a desire to have something comforting, warming my soul equally as much as my physical body. Immediately, I knew exactly

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Hearty Pantry Breakfast from Across the Globe – Indian Poha & Masala Chai

As promised, here is part two of this blog for batch cooking and using up all those great pantry items you might have around!

Perhaps You Have Peppers…

Stuffed peppers are another great way to use your bulk cooked ingredients for a flavorful meal. While I typically use red peppers,

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Creative Batch Cooking Made Easy Part 2

Lately, I’ve been seeing lots of cookbooks and posts about the joys and ease of batch-cooking. It was a task that used to occur on a regular basis in my home on Sundays. But then that thing called ‘life’ happened; and I got away from it. I’ve recently returned to

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Creative Batch Cooking Made Easy, Part 1

It’s a new year my friends, and I am wildly busy! My guess is you are too, so I’m keeping this short and sweet, and resharing this quick and easy recipe for veggie pasta sauce! It can be as simple as four typical pantry ingredients plus a fresh vegetable. For

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Veggie Pasta Sauce

The Holidays are upon us! Here in Arizona, there is a tradition which marks this time of year – many of our friends, family, and neighbors are making tamales.

I figured this was the perfect time to share my delicious dessert tamale!

It is an after dinner treat to share with friends and family, whether it’s for the holidays a Mexican themed party, you can’t go wrong!

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Traditionally Untraditional Holiday Tamales!

Enter the Banana

Now, I have no doubt that many of you are like me in that I hate to throw anything away.  I will come up with ideas of how to use it rather than lose it before it gets to the point of needing to have it find its way to the compost pile. Bananas seem to be one of my weaknesses, and so enters, banana bread!

First Comes the Banana … Then the Bread

I always seem to buy way more bananas than I can use. This is particularly true when I can’t pass up that large warehouse-type store. Here lives a bunch of organic bananas, so well priced that they must find their way into my shopping cart.  So, there is typically a loaf or two of banana bread lying around. Either on the counter, in the frig, or parked and at-the-ready in the freezer.

A quick and easy batter to pull together, it can be made with ingredients that you typically would already have in your pantry. No need to purchase anything special.

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Let There Be Banana Bread

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