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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cherry Turnovers with Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

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An easy recipe for cherry turnovers with a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust and a simple homemade cherry pie filling naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Cherry Turnovers with Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Early this spring I watched Twin Peaks for the first time on Netflix and fell in love with the show's mix of quirkiness, cheesiness, and abstract ideas. Shortly thereafter, I found out a third season would be airing soon on Showtime. 

Ummm...what are the chances?! I just happen to watch the series 25 years later and shortly thereafter I find out about its continuation. How serendipitous.

After watching the original show + the movie (Fire Walk With Me) and now the new season, Twin Peaks: The Return, I developed a mad craving for cherry pie. Heck, any good fruit pie. I mean, how could you not? Coffee & pie are running motifs on the show and mentioned so often that they're practically unspoken characters. Hence why my previous post as how to make cold brew coffee. ;)

Friday, July 21, 2017

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee (The Best Method For Iced Coffee)

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Learn how to make the best cold brew coffee at home using two simple ingredients and a few household items likely sitting in your kitchen right now. This cold infusion method produces gloriously smooth, strong coffee that's less acidic, not bitter, and tastes just like the expensive coffeehouse stuff. You'll kick yourself for not trying it sooner!

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee (The Best Method For Iced Coffee)

Welcome, fellow coffee lovers! If you've never tried cold brew coffee before or you're already addicted to the pricey bottled/coffeehouse versions, then you're in the right place.

Today I'm sharing a super easy, quick & no-fuss method for making cold brew coffee, which just so happens to make THE BEST iced coffee

Yes, I applied bold, italic AND underline formatting all at the same time. I save that trifecta for things I feel extremely passionate about, like a "damn fine cup of coffee" (now I'm craving cherry pie).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing (Paleo & Vegan)

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A healthy summer salad full of hydrating and cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber & jicama and topped with an addicting coconut lime dressing. Serve this quick side dish with your favorite meal or munch on it when you need a refreshing snack on a hot day. 

Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

When you live in a state that starts to feel summery well before the rest of the nation's snow is melted (::cough:: Texas ::cough::) you learn to love hydrating foods like watermelon.

Normally I buy huge containers of cubed watermelon from the store (convenience for the win) and keep it simple by shoveling it straight into my mouth when I'm sweaty, hungry, and/or exhausted.

However, this all changed last year when I tried a watermelon salad recipe from my online friend, Kelly, who blogs at Primally Inspired. If you're not already a fan, you might remember her from my 13 Positive, Helpful & Inspiring People You Should Follow round-up earlier this year.


Anyway, I'm on her newsletter list and when she shared a leafy watermelon salad recipe last summer--inspired by a meal she'd eaten at a local restaurant--I quickly tried it and posted on Instagram.

It was INCREDIBLE! The best part was the coconut lime dressing. Slightly sweet and creamy with a bit of tang from the lime. Coconut + Lime = Perfection! I ate her salad several times over the course of the summer and every time thought "I need to figure out more ways to use this dressing"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins with Sea Salt

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These decadent double chocolate muffins are naturally sweetened with just enough maple syrup to balance out the rich chocolate flavor from a mixture of cacao powder and dark chocolate chips. A sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top creates a slightly sweet & salty first bite that's a dark chocolate lover's dream.

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins with Sea Salt

These double chocolate muffins have been on my mind for nearly two months now. I wake up in the morning and before I've finished my first cup of bulletproof coffee, I'm dreaming of baking a batch. I walk down to the lake and an image of rich chocolate muffins pops into my head.  

I've lost track of how many times I've brought up dark chocolate muffins to my sister on the phone. Clearly, the universe is sending me a message: Dear Elaina, hurry it up up, there's a chocolate lover out there who needs this recipe!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carnitas Tacos with Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder

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Imagine soft corn tortillas filled with tender, slightly crispy, and juicy shredded pork carnitas, chopped onion and cilantro, crumbled Mexican cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Are you salivating yet? Carnitas tacos are perfect for a quick weeknight meal or even a large gathering where you need to feed a crowd without breaking the bank. Make some today and your belly will thank you.

Carnitas Tacos with Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite comfort food meals of all time: street-style carnitas tacos. Never heard of them? Boy, you're in for a treat! 

This is a particular type of taco served at tiny (often hole in the wall) taquerias all over the southwest. Street-style tacos consist of small soft corn tortillas filled with juicy & crispy meat (my favorite is pork) that's topped with finely diced raw onion and cilantro and served with a side of lime wedges, salt, and either red or green sauce.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic, Butter & Parmesan

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A quick & easy sauteed asparagus recipe with butter, garlic & shredded Parmesan cheese. In about 10 minutes or less, you'll have a simple side dish made with real food ingredients to accompany any meal. Keep reading to learn more about the health benefits of asparagus and why you should eat it with a healthy fat. 
Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic, Butter & Parmesan
Raise your hand if you love asparagus so much that you secretly wish you could eat the whole bundle every time you fix it? Sound familiar? Let's be friends. The kind of friends who bring their own asparagus bunches to gatherings, of course.

I love asparagus every which way: sauteed, roasted, steamed, baked, boiled...you name it. However, my two favorite ways to fix fresh asparagus are roasting it in the oven and sauteeing it on the stove-top. 

When I've already got the oven heated for other dishes, I'll roast the asparagus right before the meal. Otherwise, it's a quick cook on the stove-top after fixing fast dishes like The Best Tuna Patties or Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi with Pineapple Salsa. (And all in the same pan!!) This is convenient in the spring and summer months when you want to keep your home cool.

Although...if I'm being honest, I use my oven even in the hottest of Texas days (100+ degree weather). I blame it on random cravings for roasted potatoes & root veggies. That, and no charcoal grill.