• Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

    School is about to start… a little over a week to go. I am trying to get into the mindset of being back in a routine (and off the beach). A wholesome breakfast before the school day starts is a priority in my house. This granola fits the bill. Hearty and nutrient packed with enough chocolate to make the kids happy. Serve with yogurt and fresh berries and you are all set! A variation on my Granola Formula amped up with the flavors of Nutella! Ingredients: 3 Cups gluten free oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Cup chopped hazelnuts 1 Cup sliced almonds 1/4 Cup flax meal 1/4 Cup…

  • Tomato “Cobb” (aka: Cold Tomato Soup)

    It’s hot. The thought of turning on the oven, cooking, even grilling is really unappealing. The last days of summer are always filled with lazy lunches because you just can’t bother between the heat and the looming prospect of going back to the reality of the school year. This recipe is PERFECT for these lunches. It’s also perfect because tomatoes are SO very good right now and we have an abundance of them in the garden. I can’t take credit for This genius recipe. I found it in the Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm Cookbook years ago (another one of those awesome collective cookbooks) and tweaked it ever so slightly. Thank…

  • Pepper Cheese

    This is a classic. My mom and I have been making it for years and I always make it the same day I make gazpacho. Cusinart is already out and you have leftover pepper and onion. Easy peasy. It is the perfect thing to have in your fridge for a snack or whip out as an hors d’oeuvre when friends stop by. Also, totally kid approved! Ingredients: 1 Pound good sharp cheddar (white or orange) 1 small pepper or half large, any color 1/4 red onion Instructions: 1.Rough chop pepper and onion and add to cusinart. 2. Pulse until a fine dice with a good amount of liquid.Place small strainer…

  • Gazpacho

    There are so many different version of Gazpacho out there. Red Tomato, yellow tomato, green tomato, watermelon… the list goes on.  This is my favorite variation- simple, easy and perfect on a hot summer day. Also a great use for the amazing purple peppers I got this week from Mike’s Organic Delivery! (Take 10% off your first order with code AMH10) I skip the raw garlic with this version which seems to make it much more kid friendly. You could certainly make this with tomatoes from the garden but I love a can of San Marzano tomatoes- they are perfect every time. Ingredients: 28oz Can of  whole peeled San Marazano…

  • Quick Peanut Sauce

    I have had a lot of requests for the recipe for this peanut sauce that I throw together so I finally measured it out! I love having this on hand for those awesome vegetable rolls I buy at the grocery or for any grilled meat. Soba noodles (or zoodles) pair perfectly with it and thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots tossed with it make a pretty fabulous salad. I like how this all comes together in one bowl… and I’m lazy and use garlic powder which omits the cutting board and knife (and truly blends in better too!). Quick Peanut Sauce Ingredients: 1 Cup smooth natural peanut butter (I like Teddies)…

  • Easy Blender Banana Muffins (gluten free!)

    Summer. I’m all for the EASIEST and FASTEST recipes when all you want is to get out an enjoy the outdoors. My kids love a morning muffin and I love the ease of mixing it all together in a blender. The base of these are banana and oats but you can add in whatever you can think of! We went for blueberry, blueberry almond, chocolate chip, & chocolate chip almond! EASY BLENDER BANANA MUFFINS (gluten free!) (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 Ripe bananas 2 Cups gluten free rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup real maple syrup 1/4 Cup milk (cow or almond) 1 tsp vanilla extract…

  • Point Sur X J. Crew

    My apologies for being behind on blog posts. While I am working out this SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth… lovely. I will do a post on it in the future)  with Low FODMAPS diet situation, my meals have been boring, redundant and not always that colorful… I have not had any inspirations for new recipes as of late. That said, I am actually excited to have been diagnosed with SIBO (yesterday!) so I can move on with treatment and get back to cooking! The other thing that has been all consuming, although exciting and fun, is our house renovation. I  have spent so much time looking at tile, lighting, paint…

  • Chocolate Cashew Butter “Bonbons”

    Does anyone remember that expression “it’s not like I’m sitting around all day eating bonbons?” Was that only something my grandmother and mother said? I’ve always wondered what a bonbon is exactly; per Webster it is “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts. Or something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way”. So these little treats definitely qualify for both of those definitions. They are a healthier version with no refined white sugar. They are gluten and grain free and also paleo if you choose the right chocolate chips – this brand is good for Paleo. The dates bring a…