Thursday, August 17, 2017

Paleo Banana Bread

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I am back!  This food blog site used to be Delishhh but it did not feel like it fit me anymore nor did I like that I was competing with Microsoft food site Delish.  So I have changed the name to Carrots & Spice.  It fits much better and I am going to focus on Healthy Recipes for Busy Family.  I work full time, have a family and try to juggle it all.  How do we still eat healthy home cooked meals?  Well I will be sharing my recipes, my shortcuts, and my tricks.

My family is mostly Paleo some Gluten Free and sometimes we will have diary too, so many of the recipes will be Paleo or Gluten Free or even Dairy Free but I will always provide alternatives and options.  On top of that husband is diabetic I will also always consider low sugar or no sugar and low glycemic foods.

It has been very busy since I wrote this blog last, life just took over.  That doesn’t mean I stopped cooking or writing recipes.  I have a whole notebook full of them and I really missed sharing them with you.  Recipe creation and cooking never stopped but I really missed bogging about them, so I am very excited to be back.  I will also work to update the old recipes so they reflect Paleo or Gluten Free lifestyles but they will not go away.

The other new things that will be coming shortly is a store.  I will link to the ingredients in recipes and products I choose to use in my kitchen.  Paleo or gluten free products and also no toxic kitchen cookware and or appliances that I use and like the best.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Garlicky Kale Salad

Garlicky Kale Salad

I am totally addicted to this salad dressing. First time I tasted it was at the Whole Foods Salad bar and ever since then I have been trying to reproduce it at home, but with no luck, until I stumbled across this Garlicky Kale Salad recipe. It is Ammmmazing. I end up eating the whole bowl of kale just by myself.

Then one day I was prepping for a dinner party and most of the guests were PALEO (this is before I became PALEO) some Gluten Free folks and some vegan. A week before the dinner party I had spoken to each of my guests about their diet restrictions and some of their favorite foods. So I knew what each one could or could not eat. But also some of their favorite flavor or food. I had decided to make sure that each person has a dish they would like based on their diet or what they liked. However, I knew that this salad would fit more than one person. I had made everything from a few appetizers, to a few different salad, entrees, and then some two simple. Sometime it can be hard to fit people’s diets but if you talk to people ahead of time it can be simple. Don’t try to complicate things, but if you talk to your guests, and try to make things for them, they feel really appreciated and special.

Everyone has a fabulous time at the dinner party and so was appreciative that I covered each diet. And it was more simple than I thought too. This salad was a huge hit.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

I didn’t grow up with bread pudding, actually first time I had it I hated it. I have something against soggy bread. Don’t ever feed by a sloppy joe. But over the years I have tasted different bread pudding desserts and now I actually really like it.

It all started with dinner party at friends houses, and especially a friend that is a great cook. Now with kids and dogs we all help out in the kitchen. I was helping out with the dessert and she was going to serve bread pudding. I knew I wasn’t going to like it but I was her sous chef for the moment. She gave me instructions and I just did what she told me to do. The way I was preparing this pudding just seemed delicious. I was tasting the bourbon sauce and oh my that I could just drink by itself.

Everything else this friend cooks is delicious so I had to taste this bread pudding that I just created following her directions. It was fantastic. I no longer thought of bread pudding as soggy bread but just delicious, sweet pudding.

Since then we have had several dinner parties and we always help, advice and share recipes. Somehow always tastes better when you are a group of good friends cooking a dinner and everyone helping out.

Since then I have mad several bread pudding over the years including this pumpkin bread pudding. But there is something about this very classic Bread Pudding with bourbon that is just delicious.

It is also very easy to prepared, you really just need some stale bread laying around.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Chocolate Drops

Christmas Chocolate Drops

I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving and the year is over.  I honestly have no idea where it went.  And my little one is 20 months.  It has really flown by.

But it is the time of the year to start baking.  I unfortunately do not really bake a lot anymore.  For many reasons, time is a factor, but i try to stay away from sugar and i don’t really want to introduced it to my little one, she will get plenty of sugar in her life, no need to start early.

But here is the start of my baking season, there will be lots more of this before the year is over.

These cookies were done using DOVE® PROMISES® Dark Chocolates #DoveDark who encourages sharing/baking with DOVE® through delicious recipes with Bright Ideas. If you need recipe ideas it is a great site to go and check out.

These Christmas Chocolate Drops are delicious.  I ended up using pecans and i used a food processor to crunch it up with the chocolate, and they were just delicious.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

I am a huge fan of healthy green and nutrient filled smoothies. I have been doing smoothie for my 20 month old, and i usually put some kind of green in there, or an avocado or bunch of carrots and chia seeds and then some frozen fruit.  She loves them. So when i came across this smoothie i had to try it out.  It is delicious, you can;t even taste the spinach at all.

There are a few alternatives you can do here, instead of the spinach you can use kale, instead of almond milk you could use coconut water, or whole milk.  Also instead of yogurt you could just use more milk.  I also put chia seeds in all my smoothies they are filled with nutrients and so good for you.  Especially if you don’t eat fish a lot.  And now with the Pacific Ocean totally contaminated with radiation for over 2 years and still running i have cut down on our fish intake.  It is really sad but i don’t trust the fish from the pacific ocean anymore, so we just eat tons of chia seeds around our house.

This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date.

My secret blog this month was It’s Good to Be the Cook, which is written by Beth, who lives in a suburb outside Philadelphia. She has a great food blog you have to check it out –It’s Good to be the Cook.

What are some of your favorite Smoothie Recipes?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Seattle Restaurant Week 2013

Seattle-Restaurant-Week

Seattle Restaurant Week is here again.  If you haven’t been yet do not forget to go.  This is a opportunity for folks to take advantage of the great restaurants Seattle has to offer.

Seattle Restaurant Week is from October 13-17 & 20-124 with over 100 restaurants that will offer $28 three course dinners or $15 lunches.

This is a great time for Seattle restaurants to show what they can do for a reasonable price and get customers they would usually not get, but also this is a great time for us foodies to go to our favorite places and get a good 3-course meal for only $28.

Since there is only one day left for this amazing offer and with over 100 restaurants to choose from that is a very hard task to figure out which place you should go to.  So I am giving you my top 5 places.  On top of that I am telling you what I ordered or would order on the menu.

You can view the full list of restaurant on the Seattle Restaurant Week website but below is my top 5 list.

Don’t miss this opportunity and make the most of the last day!

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Black Bean Soup with Bacon

Black Bean Soup with Bacon
It’s fall and time for soup.  I am always on the look out for good Black Bean Soups and i think i might have found another delicious hardy black bean soup. The one i made previously was this Italian Black Bean Soup.

I don’t know why but black bean soups are so hard.  They are either bland, too spicy, too runny or too thick.  It’s hard to find a perfect consistency with the perfect spicy.  One of the key things is to have good chicken stock.  I always make my own chicken stock and it makes  a big difference.

This black bean soup recipe i got from The Pajama Chef – i ended adding bacon and chicken to the soup[ and the soup was just delicious.  I am sure you can just add some sausage and it would be delicious too.

This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date.

My secret blog this month was The Pajama Chef, which is written by Sarah, who lives in Nashville, TN.  She has a great food blog you have to check it out – The Pajama Chef

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Lemon Yogurt Cake

Lemon Yogurt Cake

This lemon yogurt cake is fantastic.  If you like a light lemony and so moist dessert this one is for you.  I made this for a party and the whole thing was gone within a few minutes.  I will be making this many more times.

This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date.

My secret blog this month was Vanderbilt Wife, which is written by Jessie.  She is a stay at home mom withe 3 kids and writes a food blog.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

Need a simple pick me up this summer?  How about an Espresso Martini?  This drink is just delicious, ice dessert in a glass to me.  And want to take it a step further?  How about using one of the International Delight 3 new flavors in your martini.  You can just use their regular creamer or a new flavor that tastes just like ice cream – Cold Stone Creamery™ Hot for Cookie™,  Cold Stone Creamery™ Founder’s Favorite™, or Cold Stone Creamery™ Churro Caramel. YUM!

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Chilled Cucumber Soup

This Chilled Cucumber Soup is the perfect summer dish. If you like raita or tzatziki you will love this.  Now, i am already a fan of those sides, so when i saw this recipe it was a no brainier to me.

This soup is soo simpel to make, it’s refreshing, healthy and just tasty.  Perfect little summer lunch or starter to a dinner.

This recipe is part of the monthly Secret Recipe Club “assignment!” Every month you get a name of a blog and you need to choose ANY recipe from that blog and then blog about that recipe by a date. It’s a secret because the blog owner does not know you are doing this until the reveal date.

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