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Coconut Cookies

When I was young, I never liked coconut. I’m not sure what it was – the taste, the texture, or a combination of both. It was not until a few years ago that I actually started eating coconut and now I absolutely love it. It’s a great flavor for savory dishes, but I like it best in sweet desserts, like these coconut cookies.

These soft and chewy cookies have shredded coconut in the batter to add a hint of tropical flare.


By |July 18th, 2012|Dessert|9 Comments

Watermelon Margaritas

These refreshing watermelon margaritas are lightly sweetened with watermelon and a little agave syrup. The store-bought margarita mixes have so much added sugar. It’s better to skip those and make your own margaritas.

I tried making the famous Skinny Girl Margarita the other day and whoa is it boozy. Two of those and I would be probably be up on a table doing something I would regret the next day. It’s just tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. I think I like a little something fruity mixed in with my tequila – and fresh watermelon juice is definitely the way to go.


Grilled Chicken with Fresh Cherry Sauce

There are three things that come to mind when I think of the 4th of July: The American Flag, fireworks, and grilling. While I hope you will be waving your flag and attending a fireworks show, I can assure you that your barbecue will be amazing with this grilled chicken with fresh cherry sauce.

This recipe incorporates the fresh fruit of summer. I make this sauce in the winter with dried cherries, but I thought why not make it with fresh cherries for the summer. The sauce is thick and silky and adds a sweet, tangy flavor to the chicken. When the cherries cook, they soften a little, but there is still a fresh bite, which is so refreshing with the chicken.


Black Bean and Corn Salad

This black bean and corn salad is always in my refrigerator during the summer. It is so simple to make and everyone loves it. Plus, it’s healthy for you.

Sometimes, I scoop some on a green salad for a light lunch or dinner. When it’s hot outside I never feel like eating anything heavy. I have also served this with tortilla chips for a barbecue party. And of course this salad is great by itself!


By |June 28th, 2012|Healthy, Salads, Summer Recipes|12 Comments

Arugula Citrus Salad

This arugula and citrus salad is the perfect light winter dish. The fresh grapefruit and orange segments paired with the peppery arugula are topped with crunchy toasted hazelnuts, tart pomegranate seeds, and Parmesan cheese. The fresh salad is tossed with a mustard salad vinaigrette. The combination of flavors and textures make this salad one of the best I have ever had.

With bright red, green, and gold colors, this salad is not only a burst of flavor, but is a feast for the eyes, too. This would be a perfect salad for a first course for any holiday dinner party.


By |June 26th, 2012|Salads, Sauces and Vinaigrettes, Winter Recipes|4 Comments

Grapefruit and Basil Martini

It is the official first day of Summer! Bring on the barbecues, trips to the beach, and flip-flops! This celebration calls for a bright and summery cocktail like this grapefruit and basil martini.

This weekend I will be dancing in the Summer Solstice Parade. I signed up for a zumba dance class about a month ago and we started leaning an African dance that we will perform in the parade. We dance along with a band of drummers and horns. It is tons of fun and good exercise too.


Apple and Blueberry Crumble

This apple and blueberry crumble was exactly what I was looking for…

Since the beginning of June, I have cut out all refined sugars from my diet. Except for the coconut cookie the other day, but that doesn’t count because somebody made them and I had to be nice and eat one. Ok, so since the beginning of June, I have tried very hard to cut out all refined sugars from my diet.

Anyways, I have been playing around with recipes that use sugar substitutes. Dessert is my favorite meal and if I was going to give up sugar, there was no way that I was giving up dessert. I had to find something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I looked through my cookbook selection and came across Alicia Silverstone’s cookbook, The Kind Diet. Not only is it vegan, but it does not use processed foods or refined sugars in any of the recipes.


By |June 18th, 2012|Dessert, Fall Recipes|16 Comments