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Spiced Mini Maple Waffles

I am a breakfast food person. On all accounts. Waffles and pancakes being my favorite. I recently got this adorable mini waffle maker that has made my life infinitely easier because the mess is smaller, I have these perfectly portioned out¬† little waffles and I feel less guilty in indulging in more than one ūüôā I made these for an early Christmas eve -eve brunch that I had for the family and everyone really loved them. The flavors of the spice really showed through and the Cultured Maple butter (Ploughgate Creamery) I bought from Mill City Cheesemongers shone in this creation. These are a definite must try if you want something quick yet super yummy. This Maple Butter & Maple Syrup were heaven! They looked so cute and perfect! Such a great stack of waffles Print Spiced Mini Maple Waffles Ingredients 1 Cup All-Purpose King Arthur Flour 1 Cup Milk 2 Tbsp Melted Cultured Maple Butter 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar 1 Egg 2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves 1/8 Tsp Allspice 1/8 Tsp …

Pasta Primavera

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” – Maya Angelou This recipe brought back memories of Italy, not only because it is a pasta dish but because of one of the herbs I used in the dish. While in Milan I had a dish called , “Ravioli a la Borragine” that has stayed with me because of its flavor and sense of comfort. Through a contact at Mill No 5 I found “Borrage” here and decided to start using it to experiment a little. This first recipe I used it in is a simple red sauce filled with vegetables and spices. It was rich and delightful but also quite light. You could easily make this sauce vegan or vegetarian by omitting the ground chicken- it is so good that I had two servings and we still have plenty left over. Having people over? Make this- its a great dish that makes enough for several people and is hearty enough to be labeled “comfort food.” Cooking for …

Strawberry Feta Salad

I never used to be one for adding fruit to anything savory, I thought it would be weird and honestly never knew what I was missing. There are so many flavors that you can combine whether savory, sweet, tart, or earthy. The list is really endless and I have opened up my palate to experiment with these unique flavors. This week I have delighted to be spending a lot of time with my very good friend who is also a blogger and we have been collaborating on several recipes. One of them happened to be this amazing salad that is fresh, summery and has tons of flavor. Between the equal sweetness and tartness of the strawberry, the salty feta and the fresh parsley the combination was potent and made for a wonderful side dish to the main meal. Eating healthy should never be difficult and this recipe makes your life easy when you just want a different take on salad and makes for a wonderful main meal or side dish. Enjoy this fresh and summery …

Spanish Style Chicken Pasta

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta” – Federico Fellini Ever since my lovely ¬†husband came into my life Pasta has been a huge part of our diet. Since he was born and raised in Italy , I wanted to be able to cook pasta well and create sauces that would stay true to his Italian roots but also have a bit of my own Puerto Rican background. Over time I realized that there are days I just throw things together and because I know these flavors now I don’t measure anything. When creating a recipe, you have to think and you have to write things down. I have a terrible habit of just cooking so quickly that I forget. With this recipe I used the ingredients I had to create a savory and smooth white wine sauce that went perfectly with our whole grain pasta. I am not saying that I make magical pasta, but when you eat something you truly enjoy, magic happens. Your tastebuds are going to love this recipe, try …

Pumpkin Sage Pasta Sauce

Introducing fall flavors into my recipes is one of my favorite things. Every year I wait for this season and I love every minute of it. While most recipes that included pumpkin are sweet I wanted to introduce some more savory recipes this fall and experiment with some new flavors I hadn’t tried together before. Even while I was researching online for a recipe to adapt it wasnt as easy to find “savory” pumpkin dishes and most everything I found had a sweet element. What I really loved about these flavors was the way in which they worked so well together. This was my first time cooking with fresh sage and the aroma from this incredible herb was intoxicating. To me flavor is more than just taste, its about all of the senses being woken up by the food you are eating. Along with the sauce which I tossed with some ancient grain penne pasta I also made some brown butter sage chicken which I have also included in this post. Enjoy the first Life …

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins w/ Crumble Topping

After adventuring with my mom yesterday I really wanted to create a recipe that incorporated the fresh strawberries and fresh rhubarb we had gotten from a local farm. I also wanted to make it Gluten free if I could so I looked up some recipes online and then found one I made into my own. With a mix of two gluten free flours, using chia as a stabilizer and Truvia¬†sugar baking blend for a lower sugar index these came out really well. I also decided I wanted to incorporate a crumble topping to add a little more oomph to these gorgeous muffins. The consistency is moist and smooth with a wonderful sweetness and tartness that comes from the ¬†rhubarb. These can easily be used as a sweet treat after dinner or for a quick breakfast if you are on the go. ¬†You can implement any fruit you want really but Strawberries and Rhubarb together really reminded me of a perfect kickoff to summer!! Enjoy these and let me know if you have any suggestions.   …

Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai food is somewhere at the top of my list for favorite foods. I love the usage of citrus, lemongrass, spices and the flavors that come through are just so good. I could eat it every single day. It is like a party for your senses when you eat Thai food, and the curries ranging from mild to extremely off the chart hot all have their own unique flavor. I decided to experiment with some green curry paste, fish sauce and low sodium soy sauce I bought at the market yesterday. This was my first time making anything Thai in the kitchen and I loved the end result. I have a lot to learn, as far cooking and baking but every day that I can try something new is a step in the right direction. That is what is so great about this journey, learning different cuisines while getting better as a cook over all. I love going to the different ethnic sections of the markets to see what I can experiment with next, yesterday …

Coconut Lime Chia Pudding

Coconut milk is my new best friend. It is so versatile and can be incorporated into so many different foods, both savory and sweet. It also has the added benefit of being gluten free, vegan, and dairy free so you can use it in a variety of different recipes for different diets. While perusing the internet today looking for ideas that I could then work on and share with you after making them my own. I came across this “Tapioca Pudding” that used Coconut milk. I am NOT a fan of Tapioca pearls, never have been. It is one of the few things that I still cant stomach , and there aren’t many. Chia seeds on the other hand I can, I got used to them and don’t mind them. They also have the added benefit of being super healthy for you and making whatever liquid you put them in much thicker. They are perfect to make pudding. Nothing in this has to be cooked, simply mixed together and refrigerated for a couple hours. This …

Blueberry – Pineapple Bread

I didn’t expect this to work. It did. While the Pineapple isn’t super potent you get a hint of it every time you bite into this. The flavor is addicting, the texture moist and fluffy and it is much healthier and lower in sugar. This recipe also showed me the capabilities of Pineapple juice and coconut milk. The ability to make a recipe flavorful and moist but not overpower other flavors. I would think by adding half a cup of diced fresh Pineapple, you would get a more robust Pineapple flavor on top of the blueberries. Overall, refreshing and perfect with a cup of tea. Enjoy it! This is an amazing product! Fantastic smell and flavor Decadence Juice!   Blueberry/Pineapple Bread 2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour 1.5 Cans of 100% Pineapple Juice (4 oz cans) 4 oz Fresh Blueberries 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1/2 Cup Truvia Baking Blend 3 Heaping Tbs of Coconut Milk Pinch of Salt 1 Tbs Vanilla 1 Stick of Butter (softened or melted) 2 Eggs Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 …

Strawberry-Blueberry Gluten Free Muffins

Muffins are a wonderful, quick breakfast that you can grab and bring with you to work to send with your kids to school. These fruity muffins are moist, gluten free, and full of ripe strawberries and blueberries. When baking Gluten Free I typically stick to one type of GF flour such as Almond Flour or Garbanzo Flour. This time I tried a mixture of two and surprisingly it came out with a good consistency. Buying the Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum was the next step for me, this holds everything together and it has improved all levels of my baking when having to bake without gluten. For those of you not used to Gluten free baked goods, sometimes the textures are different and denser. Hope you all enjoy these!   GF Strawberry Blueberry Muffins 1/2 Pint Fresh blueberries 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries 1/2 Cup Unsweeteened Applesauce (you can omit if you want a dryer muffin) 1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour 1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo/Fava Flour 1 Tsp Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan …