Creamy non-dairy mashed potatoes

Okay, so maybe you like dairy in your mashed potatoes just fine, thank you.  Carni-Mom makes mashed potatoes with butter, cream cheese and sour cream.  And they taste good.  But dairy is rough on a lot of people’s waistlines, heart health and digestion, …. The good news is that if you are trying to cut back on dairy, or have someone who is lactose intolerant, or are just trying to eat less animal stuff and more plant stuff, you do not have to sacrifice delicious mashed potatoes.  Honest.  I swear up and down and sideways too. Continue reading

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E. Coli in Frozen Snack Foods

Details here. This is an excellent reason to start making your own. If you use frozen pizza or cheese products, please check out the details. Share with folks you know. I’m pretty sure E. Coli is even worse than the stomach bug I have right now. At least that’s what all the terrifying movies have led me to believe. Check your freezers, check your friends’.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

I’ve been sick.  Very yucky sick.  Honestly aside from the occasional cold, I really don’t get sick very often, but this stomach virus has knocked me on my behind, and my appetite and my disposition have both suffered a substantial blow.  Suffice it to say I’m not feeling the spirit of the approaching holiday.  My children have come home from school with bags of candy for the last couple of days (swell, thanks), and are eagerly anticipating their Easter baskets.

The stores are telling me it’s long past time to buy candy; the magazines are telling me to shape cakes and pies into rabbits and eggs, to dip cookies in icing and draw faces on them, to put candy ON cakes. There are filled chocolate bits everywhere.  Now I DO like chocolate, but good grief.  I have to continually remind myself that each and every one of these holidays means SOMETHING other than a sugar landslide – that people celebrated these holidays in times when our average sugar intake was much lower.  I’m guessing that meant they didn’t quite go about these days in the same way. Continue reading

Pumpkin Pudding for the Peeps! GF, DF, Fast and healthy!

Surely, this should be a post of a strawberry dessert for the holiday, but my goodness it is cold here in Middle TN!  We escaped the snow but it is cold enough for snow and very windy and this weather is making me think of the last of the winter-time foods.  Easter provides SOOOOO many opportunities to over-indulge in nasty high-sugar and fat treats, why not indulge in something that tastes great, is very easy and will win fans among guests and family alike?

We don’t need dairy or gluten for this fine recipe.  Grab that remaining can of pumpkin and some cashews and let’s go!! Continue reading

Someone’s Favorite Bread Recipe

Have I mentioned my love for books?  It’s true; I am an unrepentant bibliophile.  If they didn’t take up so much room, cost money, and make me feel as though a quick escape would never be possible, I would line each and every wall with built-in bookshelves and fill them joyfully.  I have a special fondness for used books.  I like it when they appear (but don’t necessarily smell) old, when there’s some evidence (admittedly not TOO much) that they’ve been appreciated.  If they are second hand cookbooks, I love it when they automatically open to a page every time.  You know you’ve found a good recipe when the book is accustomed to being open to that specific page. Continue reading

Caring for Seedlings When You’re On the Road

with light onHey Friends.  I know many folks have got some little seedling babies going and, if any of you are like me, you may have just realized that you have travel plans and that your tender little greenie babies will surely croak if you leave them unattended while you drive to Grandma’s or Disney World or whatever.  Let me assure that you’re right about that one.  They will croak without attention for a week… unless that is you follow some version of my super clever sister’s advice.  Bigg Sis has had to leave seedlings many times (since most of the rest of the clan still lives up here in the Mid-Atlantic), and she has devised a fabulous method for getting those seedlings what they need while you get yourself what you need.  Read all about it here.

More Butternut Squash Love

What’s not to love about this incredible edible?  And who knew it could be so much fun?  Goofy fun in the kitchen and name that tune as well.  Although I’m not as old as all of these lyric choices would indicate!

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How high’s the water Mama?

And the walls come a tumblin' down.

And the walls come a tumblin’ down.

Our love is like a ship on the ocean...

Our love is like a ship on the ocean…

You are so beautiful.... to me.

You are so beautiful…. to me.

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Chocolate Protein Bar Recall

Just so you don’t think I only post meat recalls, or in case you are a big fan of chocolate protein bars, this brand has possible salmonella contamination.  Check out the details and thanks to Elice Campbell at Enlightened Lotus Wellness for bringing this to our attention.

SOTW: Crock Pot Creamed Lentil Soup

Yeah, I know we have lentil problems.  A lentil fixation.  A lentil leaning, as it were.  The truth is that lentils may well be the perfect legume, hearty full of all the goodness that the legume family can bring, but so very forgiving because they are so small.  Didn’t soak?  Bah.  Running out of time?  Never fear.  Lentils are the home cook’s best friend.   Lentils are easy, cheap, delicious, nutritious, and friendly to those of us who are a little lacking in the planning department.  If you haven’t drunk the kool-aid (and I am speaking purely figuratively here because I really, really don’t want you to drink kool-aid) on lentils with us before, it is high time that you did. Continue reading