Everything is better with maple syrup, and these maple-glazed carrots are no exception!
These carrots are rich and buttery with savory herbs and caramelized in plenty of maple syrup to bring out their natural sweetness.
I decided to call these carrots Scarborough Fair carrots because this recipe uses all of the herbs mentioned in the song “Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?” – parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Continue Reading
Growing an indoor herb garden is a great way to be able to enjoy having fresh herbs all year long even if you live in a climate with cold winters. Keeping herbs indoors also makes cooking with fresh herbs really convenient because you only need to step over to your windowsill to gather all the fresh herbs you need to flavor your meals.
I love being able to have fragrant green herbs growing inside even when it’s cold and snowy outside, and there’s nothing quite as good as being able to harvest some of my favorite kitchen herbs right from my windowsill. Continue Reading
Nothing says fall quite like the combination of apples and spices. These rustic spiced apple cupcakes are a blend of sweet apples and warm spices, and the maple and apple cider buttercream frosting is the perfect complement for them.
Are these cupcakes healthy ones? The answer to that is yes and no. It really depends on how you define healthy. These are homemade cupcakes made with all-natural real food ingredients like butter and eggs and fresh apples, so in that sense they are definitely a much healthier option than a store bought cupcake or something made from a packaged cake mix. Continue Reading
If you like baking with a sourdough starter, the best thing you can do to make sure you can continue using it for a long time is to make a backup sourdough starter.
Even though sourdough starters are usually pretty resilient and hard to kill, if you neglect feeding it for too long, or if you go away on vacation and completely forget about your starter, the wild yeast can die off. Continue Reading
Pizza is usually one of those foods that we think of as being in the junk food category rather than in the healthy foods category, but when you make your own pizza from scratch using good quality ingredients, it can actually be a pretty healthy food.
When you think about it, pizza is basically just bread with tomatoes and cheese. If you use organic, all-natural ingredients and cheese from humanely-raised, grass-fed cows, add some chopped vegetables and fresh herbs for toppings and avoid all of the extra additives and preservatives in regular pizza, it’s a “guilty pleasure” that you can enjoy without the guilt. Continue Reading
When we think of immune boosting foods, often some of the first things that come to mind are the exotic superfoods that are praised for their amazing healing properties.
We tend to think that if a food comes from a faraway place, or it it has an exotic-sounding name that’s hard to pronounce that it somehow has more nutrients or more beneficial properties than the “normal” foods do.
The superfoods that we sometimes forget about, though, are the more common ones that are just as good, especially since there are many different foods that all share the same types of nutrients and healing properties. So, if you’re looking for something high in antioxidants, for example, you don’t necessarily have to have an exotic berry from a faraway tropical island. The berries you could grow in your own backyard can be just as helpful. Continue Reading
Of the four seasons, winter is definitely my least favorite. The month of December usually goes by pretty quickly with all of the holiday activities, but the rest of the winter always seems to last forever with the frigid temperatures, dingy snow piles, and dark, dreary days.
By the time spring finally comes around, I’m always thoroughly tired of constantly shivering, and I’m craving sunlight and warmth. If you live anywhere where the winter season is cold and dark, you probably know exactly what I mean. Continue Reading