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Everything Nice: Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

At the risk of sounding like a stereotypical, white female, I love pumpkin and the wonderful spice blend that accompanies it! There’s just something about the earthy spices blend combined with the rich tones of pumpkin that feels like a warm hug. Too far? Ok.

For many people, the flavor and smell of pumpkin is an icon of cooler weather, fall and harvest. Not only is it delicious but there are also a number of health benefits that can be derived from eating this succulent orange vegetable.

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Keeping Up with Tradition: Heirloom Chocolate Pie

My husband’s paternal grandmother was a kitchen legend. I never got to meet Poppies, but have gotten to know a little bit about her through the stories and recipes that the family talk about. She, like many of her generation, cooked from their head and not from recipes. A pinch of this, a little of that and cook until it “looks right”. One of her most famous recipes was a Chocolate Meringue Pie. Both my husband and mother-in-law tried to get her to show them/tell them the recipe so that they could make it too but all that they ended up with was some faint memories and differing recipes written down. When she passed, so did the pie. Read More

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Get Fresh and Sassy: Easy Homemade Salsa

One of my favorite local restaurants is Ketchum Burrito. They serve super fresh, real food and make all their own sauces and dips in house-it’s all amazing! One of their most famous dips is their House Salsa. It’s not too smooth but not too chunky, spicy but not too hot and full of fresh, cravable flavors! My cousin and I both have a thing for their salsa and even though it’s only $2.00 for a container of salsa and chips to-go, I thought that it would be fun to figure out the recipe so that I could make it at home whenever the mood strikes. Read More

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Two is Better Than One: Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf

Bacon. For most people that word is all it takes for them to know that they want to try that recipe. Our nation is obsessed with the slabs of smoked pork; chocolate covered bacon, bacon donuts, bacon mints! The list is endless.

This recipe is a much more palate pleasing combo. Spinach, carrots, onions and various cheeses combine beautifully in this flavorful meatloaf recipe. If that wasn’t enough to get you salivating, it is then wrapped in the smokey, delicious arms of bacon. Read More

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