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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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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Hello spring time!

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is a really great wrap, some crunch chips and a pickle. It reminds me of summer time and the adventures I’d have as a kid .

I thought right now, since we’ve all survived another winter, it would be a great time to bring back some happy memories of the summer and remind ourselves what’s coming in just a few weeks! So this week, I’d like to re-share my recipe for Tofu No-Egg Salad Wraps.

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It’s already DECEMBER!!!

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Since December is National Fruit Cake Month, I thought this would be the perfect time to re-share my Veganified version of Aunt Dot’s Fruit Cake.

Plus, just for giggles, I wanted to share this short news segment about the history of the Fruit Cake. I actually had no idea there was an annual Fruit Cake toss, did you?! I know you’re just going to love this version of Fruit Cake and it won’t toss it anywhere except near your mouth.

Holiday Fruit Cake

Note:  This is where the importance of Mis-en-place is hand in very handy.  Prep each of the grouped ingredients separately so that when you finish with your mis-en-place, you have all your ingredients staged in 4 bowls.  Once you finish that process, the mixing will be rather easy (and you will have a neat and clean kitchen workspace).

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Sweet Potato Bourbon Meringue Pie

Sweet Potato Bourbon Meringue Pie

Change Things Up

In keeping with the Holiday Season, how about pleasantly surprising your loved ones and friends with a change-up from the expected pumpkin pie with a spirited sweet potato pie?

If you use an organic, store-bought pie crust that’s 100% whole wheat or gluten-free, this pie is quick

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Grilled Avocados and Lemons

Grilled Avocados and Lemons

Betcha Didn’t Think of This …

Whether I’m hungry and need to have something delicious and nutritious in a pinch or want to impress guests with an appetizer that I can bet most likely they never even heard of never mind tasted and couldn’t be easier to prepare, grilled avocados

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