• Jackfruit

    Jackfruit Cheese Cake

    I had tried jackfruit in various canned and pre-packaged dishes but had not ever considered buying a fresh jackfruit.  When I saw one at the store, I had to buy it!  It weighed nearly 20 lbs. and was a little intimidating.  Mine cost $1.20 per pound, so it was roughly a $25 investment.  After a little research, I discovered that my jackfruit was ripe and ready to be eaten.  Most of the canned varieties are young fruit that takes on the marinade/seasoning you add to it, so better for vegan/vegetarian savory dishes. Here you can see what the inside looks like, seeds, fruit pods, and the flesh that doesn’t get…

  • Food

    Grandma’s Hot Fudge Dessert

    I don’t make a lot of sweets but during a historic winter storm here in Texas, it’s time for my Grandma’s hot fudge brownie cake.  This is the easiest, most decadent dessert you will make with pantry items you probably already have on hand.  Growing up on a ranch in Montana, this was my favorite, especially since she and my mom served this with fresh cow’s cream straight from that mornings’ milking from my dad’s cow (named “Brown Sugar” ).  No milk cow?  No worries, it’s just as good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. In a medium size bowl, combine the following: 1 cup flour 2 teaspoon baking…

  • Food

    Smokey Baked Beans

      These beans are great served with smoked meats and potato salad.  To make vegan/vegetarian, omit the bacon.  There’s so much flavor in these beans, removing the bacon barely affects the overall taste.  Most of the flavor comes from smoking the beans for several hours in a smoker.  No smoker?  Consider soaking some mesquite or applewood chips and adding them to your BBQ.  Another option would be to add some liquid smoke and simmer indoors over the stove for 3 to 4 hours.  It won’t be quite the same but similar. I’ve taken them to many big group BBQ’s and they are always a hit.  While this is a recipe…

  • Food

    Healthy Low Carb Seed Crackers

    Avoiding pre-packaged snacks?  Try making these seed crackers from scratch.   They are low carb, gluten free, preservative free, and vegan.  Did I mention delicious???   They are REALLY good!  So good that I have made a double batch weekly for the last several months. Ingredients 1/2 cup flaxseeds 1 Tblsp arrowroot powder 1/4 Tsp salt 3 Tblsp black seasame seeds 3 Tblsp white seasame seeds 3 Tblsp hulled pepitas 1 cup boiling water Flaky sea salt Mix ingredients in medium size bowl and let sit for 10 minutes – it will thicken to form a sticky paste.  Dump mixture onto parchment lined baking pan, cover with another sheet of parchment and…

  • Grazing Tables

    Try a Grazing Table at your next party – Beautiful, delicious and Easy!

                                    I recently hosted a friend’s birthday party.  Instead of a meal I opted for a grazing table (example pictured above), basically a variety of food that goes well together combined with a lot of flowers and herbs and can be left out for the majority of the event.  This was easy and fun to prepare, but also allowed me to enjoy myself during the party.  If you are hesistant to try an entire grazing table, consider doing a couple of grazing platters.                        …