Archives for October 2012

Barbacoa Tacos and Bonus Chili

A smoked and slow roasted barbacoa recipe, Americanized only by the use of a smoker and a readily available chuck roast cut. A bonus chili recipe from the roasting sauce is included. I’ve spoken before about how our family’s cooking activities have “ruined” certain convenience items for us. In many cases, the recipes or techniques […]


1 3-4 lb chuck roast Rub 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt Simmer sauce 2 dried guajillo chilies 2 dried ancho chilies ½ 7-oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped celery 2 cups chopped onion […]

Whole Foods Menu Challenge {$100 Gift Card Giveaway}

Proving you can make a weekly menu plan of 3 meals a day for $25/person at Whole Foods Market. Plus, enter to win a $100 gift card to take the challenge yourself. I have a friend who jokingly calls Whole Foods the “Whole Paycheck.” I often agreed with her, not because I felt the prices […]

Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cupcakes

A recipe for yogurt and olive oil cupcakes lightly flavored with lime and topped with brilliant pomegranate arils and buttercream or just a simple pomegranate honey syrup. “Is anyone this girl’s mom?” the salesperson asked, staring around the shoe store. He was referring, of course, to my daughter, who at this moment was standing, hands […]

Pomegranate and Lime Olive Oil Yogurt Cakes

2 cups all-purpose flour or ground soft white wheat berries 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup Greek yogurt (low or full fat) 1/2 cup olive oil 2/3 cup sugar or palm/maple sugar 2 limes, zested and juiced 2 eggs Pomegranate Buttercream or Pomegranate Honey Syrup (recipes below) Preheat the oven […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: 5 Ways to Save Time Making Family Dinners

This month for Eat Well, Spend Less we’re looking at saving time in the kitchen. See how I tackle the family dinner debacle and win a copy of Jessica’s new book: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. The time is four o’clock. Children have arrived from school. Lunches need to be unpacked, backpacks checked […]

Sweet & Easy Vegan Cacao Nib and Chocolate Chunk Scones

All natural and unprocessed vegan scones with chocolate chips and cacao nibs make an excellent breakfast option with this easy recipe. “Mom, can we bake? Mom. Mom, I want to bake. Mom, bake. Bake.” After a long flight last Friday I headed straight towards the kids’ elementary school to volunteer. When I finally arrived home […]