Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake:  Adapted from Mrs. Garret’s Original Carrot Cake served at the Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. Co-hosting a great big 50th wedding anniversary surprise bash is not a job for the lackadaisical tulip tiptoer like myself. It’s an almost, not quite, reconnaissance mission that my mind snaps to and hyper focuses on every detail…well, at least the details I can pay attention … Continue reading Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

“Don’t eat tortillas. They make you fat!” If my great grandmother knew I loved tortillas and tortilla chips more than tostones, she’d be turning in her grave. I can’t help it, I’m half Mexican! But, my other half is Puerto Rican. America, her name derived from her father, a merchant marine (obviously), was from San Juan, Puerto Rico. A poor country girl with twelve siblings, … Continue reading Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

Sweet Raw Power Balls- V, GF

Forget those pricey, sugary, processed, and often unhealthy granola, protein, or otherwise labeled as, energy bars. It’s easy, cost effective, and way healthier to make your own! Whether it’s an after meal sweet, a before and after workout energizer, or just a light “pick-me-up” during the day to keep up the activities with a smile, these savory wholesome nuggets are sure to satisfy. Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading Sweet Raw Power Balls- V, GF

The Red Warty Thing

Naturally, you’re probably thinking, “Whatever that is, I don’t want it!” Contrary to what it sounds like, it isn’t a fictional monster, heinous carbuncle, or STD. It is a fabulous pumpkin that was originally introduced as the Victor Squash by Victorby James J.H. Gregory of Marblehead, MA in 1897. It was a hybrid between an ordinary pumpkin and a red hubbard squash. This old heirloom … Continue reading The Red Warty Thing

Urban Farm Style Zucchini Black Bean Veggie Burgers (GF, V option)

The idea of creating a good veggie burger came from racking my brain over what to do with all the zucchinis that keep popping up. Seriously, we are zuked out! The beauty of making vegan burgers is that there’s somewhat of a formula: protein base, texture, binding, herbs & spices. For my protein base, I wanted to use black beans (because I love them so!), … Continue reading Urban Farm Style Zucchini Black Bean Veggie Burgers (GF, V option)

R’s Beef Jerky Recipes: Spicy Mango & Spicy Teriyaki

R seemed obsessed on finding thinly sliced beef for making jerky.   He was incessantly requesting me to figure out how to get it.  Since I don’t eat beef, or necessarily want it in my dehydrator, I kept blowing him off with a smile and nod. Then one day, we stopped to check out a nearby international grocery store which has all sorts of exciting … Continue reading R’s Beef Jerky Recipes: Spicy Mango & Spicy Teriyaki