Vegan Shitstorm

Doug shared an Instagram post from actor Chris Pratt in our Facebook group earlier this week that showed just how venomous vegans can be. The picture was beautiful – an artful array of butchered lamb, the animal raised by Chris and his family on their farm. The comments were anything but beautiful, however. I’ve never…

Growing Sprouts

Now that the colder months are upon us, the number of fruits and vegetables that you can grow outdoors in your garden will make a very short list. This is the season for greenhouse window gardening, and there’s nothing easier to grow indoors than sprouts. Fresh sprouts grown at home are delicious, healthy, stupid easy,…

Quick and Easy Energy Bars

Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl: 1 cup of oats (or granola) 1/4 cup of chopped nuts (your choice, or leave them out) 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds 1/4 cup of chopped dried fruit (again, your choice) 1/3 cup of peanut butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Then, heat 1/4 cup of rice syrup and…

Carrot Soup Latte

It wasn’t long ago that I posted a simple recipe for carrot soup. Recently, I made it again as a small first dish before our main meal, this time serving it in a coffee cup and topping it with frothy lavender-infused cream. You drink it like you would a cup of coffee – no spoon….

Fruit Jerky

Fruit Jerky (AKA the “Fruit Roll-up”) was invented for people who have kids who, for one reason or another, simply don’t want to bite into fruit. Puréed and dehydrated in sheets, they’re the equivalent of baby food sucked dry of moisture with intense flavor. But they’re not just for kids anymore. If you’re on the…

Grilled Vegetable Pita Sandwich

Still doing that “Meatless Monday” thing? Yeah, me neither. Listen, if you’re eating enough vegetables throughout the week, there’s no reason to take a day off of eating meat if meat is what you want. Make this. It’s easy. Grill some eggplant, onion, and bell pepper. Split a piece of pita bread in half, lather…

The End of Strawberry Season

Back before we were overrun with new housing developments, Orange County was actually known for its orange groves. A few groves still stand, but probably not for long. It’s sad to think that our county’s namesake will one day just be a name, and people will have to read the history books to believe that…

Quick & Easy Carrot Soup w/Lemongrass

I’m not going to sound like a genius here. Carrots are very good for you. They’re loaded with beta-carotene, which is a very potent antioxidant. Once consumed, your body converts that to Vitamin A, which helps fight heart disease, cataracts, and a host of other cancers. The old adage that carrots help your eyesight is…

Eat Me Raw: Root Vegetable Salad

I never gave eating root vegetables raw serious thought until I saw Chris Cosentino feature his recipe for Dirty Vegetables in his book Beginnings: My Way To Start a Meal. The idea of eating any vegetable raw has always appealed to me because it’s common knowledge that you get all of the nutrients from anything you…