Pantry: Nourishing Bone Broth

Bone broth is like the SUPERHERO of winter foods.   “What makes bone broth so special?” you ask.  “Isn’t stock, broth, bone broth all the same?”  NO!  Let me tell you why…  A TRUE bone broth can be simmered up to 48 hours.    During this time the bones and marrow are cooked down, releasing collagens (gelatin rich in amino acids),  minerals (calcium and phosphorus), electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium),  and proteins.


Life is Peachy.

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Summer is only complete when I’ve had sufficient quantities of corn on the cob, watermelon, berry crumble, and peaches. (This is only my edible list…and really, it has a few more items than listed, like endless amounts of blackberries freshly picked and directly consumed.)  Last summer went by and I realized I had missed farm-stand peaches.  Sure I could still purchase peaches at the local co-op, but the peaches you buy direct from the farmer at the side of the road, those are true summer peaches.  They include more than just peachy-flavor, they include experience and connection.


“Get Well” Popsicles

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I’ve never felt such a motherly frustration as I have the past two weeks. Our daughter has had a mysterious sickness and has had no appetite. My normal amazing eater wanting nothing but grapes and berries….and I wanting nothing more than for her to eat. Anything.

I’ll spare you of my motherly woos, and tell you of a saving grace…Get Well Popsicles!! A blend of plain Greek yogurt, berries, coconut water, chia seeds, garden kale, and veggie powder.


We call them Monkey Muffins.

This recipe is an “in the moment” creation.  I cook like my grandmother, with my senses.  Don’t get me wrong I love a good recipe too.  However, once I’m familiar with something, watch out.  A “cup” becomes a “handful”….there’s a sprinkle, a dash.  Honestly even those words don’t feel right.  I know by sight and smell, and of course taste.  Sorry that’s just how I learned!

That said, I had such a request for this recipe that I made it again and tried to keep track of quantities better.  Mix the dry ingredients in bowl and the wet in another.  Then add the wet to the dry and mix in the berries.  Gentle, don’t over mix! Divide batter between 12 muffin tins.  Finish with a crumbling of topping on each and pop in the oven.

muffin_trioThe Ingredients

1 1/4 c white spelt flour

1..2 c whole spelt flour

1 t baking soda

1/4 t baking powder

1/4 t cinnamon

2 eggs (or 1/3 cup applesauce)

sweetener to taste

2 large bananas mashed

1 t vanilla

1/3 c coconut oil

handful of blueberries

For the topping mix together:

1/4 c oats plus 1/4 c spelt flour and enough coconut oil to achieve crumble consistency.  Feel free to add a bit of sweetener of choice.  I also like to add chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc

Bake at…uh oh, I baked mine on the BBQ because we don’t have A/C and I’m married to a guy with Russian blood (aka he DOES NOT like a hot house and I don’t like a grouchy husband…not that I’m saying my husband is ever grouchy).  Try baking 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Once a toothpick comes out clean, call it done!

We call them Monkey Muffins. 

      


Pantry :: Homemade Granola

Banana Blueberry Coconut Granola {Gluten-Free + Vegan}

Anyone who knows me, knows my love for cooking.  I have so many memories from childhood of cooking with my grandparents and friends.  I actually started taking cooking classes when I was in first grade.   A women down the street from us would charge all the neighborhood kids 50 cents each to learn a special recipe.  We would all gather together, a children’s parade, and walk to her house together.  No adult supervision, just a mob of kids each with two quarters in her (and his) pocket to learn such things as cupcakes in ice cream cones and quesadillas.  They were simple, fun recipes, but enough to ignite an interest that would last into my adulthood.

As a busy mom entrepreneur, I find that most of my creative energy happens in the kitchen.  I’m in there anyway.  The family needs to eat.  So why not incorporate creative energy and time with the kids?!   It’s an opportunity for me to share my passion and to bring healthy (and sometimes totally unhealthy) foods to our table.

This particular day, two over ripe bananas sit in our fruit bowl.  Such an ingredient normally leads to one of three things; banana bread, banana “ice cream” (frozen bananas pushed through the champion juicer), or granola.  Today it’s granola.  The house smells amazing.