Chocolate Peanut or Almond Butter & Coconut No-Bake Cookie

Yields: 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut (I used Trader Joes) 2 Tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 slightly heaped tsp kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Preparation 1. Prepare a cookie sheet […]

Passion Fruit and Coconut Cream Parfaits

Active Time: 45 MIN Total Time: 3 HR Yield Serves: 6 Pastry chef Koa Duncan of Los Angeles’s Water Grill is incredibly creative. She’s also remarkably persistent: Working as a pastry chef in a town that loves to diet is an uphill battle. Her fantastic passion fruit and creamy coconut parfait, layered with crunchy bits […]

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Ham is a holiday favorite, but they tend to be big and unless you’re feeding a small army you’re probably going to have leftovers. You can make ham sandwiches, ham salad, all manor of breakfasts and this ultra easy and remarkably healthy split pea soup. Instant Pot Split Pea Soup 6 Quart Instant Pot leftover […]

Mussel & Spinach Bisque

Want to wow someone with a fancy delicious dish but don’t feel like slaving over it? Look no further than this delightful, flavorful bisque where the most time-consuming part is pulling the mussels from their shells. This is not a low fat, low calorie dish and I’m not going to pretend that it’s good for […]

Sichuan Tofu & Mushrooms

Asian food is my favorite food. From the basic Americanized and overly sweet Chinese take-out joints that you can find in any city to the high end Omakase Japanese restaurants I’ve been to in NYC and all of the Korean bulgogi, Pad Thai, and Vietnamese Pho joints in between. I cannot get enough of Asian […]

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with beef, mushrooms & Swiss

Famed chef and restaurateur David Chang has a series on Netflix called Ugly Delicious and I highly recommend it to anybody who loves food. The name of the show is how I feel about this dish. I am not going to lie. The picture I took of this dish is ugly. My plates hale from […]

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

I may do most of the cooking in our house, but I often make my wife do the hardest part. She has to tell me what she wants to eat. Once I get a few ideas out of her I’ll either delve into the archives or hit the net for a new recipe. In this […]

Mushroom Pot Pie & Roasted Beet salad

Winter is when some of my favorite foods really come out to shine and pot pies are high on that list of fantastic winter dishes. Turkey pot pie after Thanksgiving or Christmas, chicken pot pie whenever the mood or the rotisserie chickens are on sale or take this fantastic vegetarian version out for a spin […]

Winter Borscht

It’s winter in North Carolina and though we may not have snow very often, it does get cold and when the humidity is hovering in the high 80% range and the temperature is in the low 30’s the chill seeps deep into your home and has a knack for finding its way to your bones. […]

Tomato Cheese Tart

For almost as long as I can remember this recipe has been “in the family”. I can remember being a child slicing up tomatoes or inhaling the herby scent as I spread the marinated tomatoes out onto the tart shells. The smell of these baking was either the final hint that the holidays were upon […]