Monday, March 2, 2015

French Almond Yogurt Cake with Pears

It seems like every French home I've visited has some version of this quick, tasty recipe taped to the inside of a cupboard door.  This is a simple dessert that is perfect for making together with the kids because the measuring is so wonderfully simple.

This version is topped with fresh pears, which adds a luxurious flavor and appearance to the cake.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Roasted Eggplant "Hummus" Dip

Eggplant is such a versatile vegetable that often gets overlooked.  When it is baked, it gets a wonderfully creamy flavor.  

This recipe for Roasted Eggplant "Hummus" is a variation on Baba Ganoush - a Middle Eastern eggplant dip.  It is delicious served with slices of crusty bread, Pita Chips, as a sandwich spread, or even mixed together with rice and vegetables.  

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to Dry Herbs - the simple way!

The bright flavor of basil, the woody undertone of rosemary, the sophisticated zing of thyme - these are all part of the joys and benefits of growing an herb garden!

As the weather gets colder and the plants are winding down for the year, or when the garden is overflowing with goodness in mid-summer, one of the great ways to preserve these flavors is by drying the herbs.

There are a lot of methods for drying herbs, but I love this one for its absolute simplicity.

1) Pick and rinse your herbs 

2) Lay the herbs on a baking rack, leaving space between them for air to circulate 

3) Store the drying herbs in a sunny, dry location for several days

Depending on the humidity levels, the herbs will be dry in around a week's time.  Once they're completely dry, transfer them to an airtight container - like an upcycled jar.  

Before using the herbs for cooking, crumble them a bit between your fingers.  This awakens the flavors and makes for nice little pieces of seasoning.

This method uses no energy so is perfectly "green", and is of course entirely natural and without artificial preservatives!  The dry herbs are perfect for seasoning all year round, and also make great gifts.  


Monday, February 9, 2015

Its A Good Food Day!

Its always a great day for good food, and that is exactly the concept behind Marco Canora's A Good Food Day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dark Berry Chia Smoothie

Chia seeds are everywhere these days, which is fantastic news for our health!  They're a natural source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which have amazing health benefits like improving arthritis symptoms, helping with depression, and aiding in the development of childrens' brain development.  They're also full of vegan protein, amino acids, fiber, calcium and plenty of other great vitamins.

Dark Berry Chia Smoothie - a refreshing burst of antioxidants!

Monday, January 19, 2015

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

There is something so appealing about taking a glimpse inside people's lives and homes.  It must be larger than my own inner Peeking Tom, or else how could we explain the guilty pleasure of the Real Housewives and other 'reality' shows?  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

The best chili recipe - and its meatless!  Recipe and Tutorial on Lavende & Lemonade

This delicious Fall chili is so hearty that nobody even notices that it is meatless!  Perfect for football season, crisp fall days, or a warm meal after a long afternoon of playing in the leaves.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday Suppers

Sunday Suppers is the type of book that you keep on your coffee table or kitchen counter just to make the room feel cozy - and a source for spontaneous inspiration.  It’s linen cover is charmingly quaint and inviting, and surprisingly decorative for a cookbook!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cut your Water Bill with this Simple Trick

Water comes so easily out of the faucet that it’s easy to take it for granted!  Just think of how much more careful we’d be with each drop if we had to walk to the nearest well or river to collect it.

There is a lot of water that goes down our kitchen drains that is barely even touched, if at all.  Think about the water used while we’re washing vegetables.  Or when we rinse something sticky of our fingers.  If we catch that water, it is perfect for the garden!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The most amazingly addictive Chewy Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cookies.

We love our fruits and vegetables at our house, but that doesn't mean that we don't enjoy a nice chocolate indulgence from time to time!  These chewy, fudgey cookies are the perfect chocolate fix.  They're perfect for cookie exchanges, as homemade gifts for Valentines day and Christmas, and of course for dessert!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

We became absolutely addicted to Green Tea Ice Cream while living in Asia, and I'm thrilled to share with you this recipe to make it at home!

Making green tea ice cream at home couldn't be simpler!  It is so delicious - the perfect ending to a heavy meal - and is filled with all the great health benefits of Matcha Green Tea like:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Plant An Organic Lawn - The Series Begins

Planting an Organic Lawn - Series Begins - Lavende&Lemonade

So this picture might not look like much...but I literally jumped for joy right before I took it.  After a year of having the worst yard in the neighborhood, we've now been skyrocketed into the top tier!  The "event" in this photo was a major turning point, one that was months in the making!

Now that I'm confident in the results - I'd hate to steer anyone in the wrong direction - I'll be writing about the steps we took to get here and the lessons we learned along the way.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Roasted Olive & Tomato Chicken

Growing up, decorating the Christmas tree was always a VERY big deal in our family.  Each year at the beginning of December we'd spend hours wandering through the fields at our local Christmas Tree farm searching for the Perfect Tree.  It had to be just the right shape, evenly leaved without brown patches, and most importantly...GIANT.  At least in our little eyes.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cheesy French Dill Omelette

The Holiday season is filled with occasions to come together, for long weekends and vacations with friends and family.  We were excited to host a French friend who came to stay with us this past weekend, and each morning we all came together at the table to share breakfast and start the day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of our Planet's Future

We all remember the part in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge is taken by The Ghost of Christmas Future.  Scrooge is taken into the future and catches a glimpse of the grim life that will come to be if he does not change his attitude and behavior today.

I’ve just taken a trip with the Ghost of the Future and I am ready to shout from the rooftops that we must, without question, take action to avoid that fate.
Beautiful afternoon for a picnic!  The future of air quality
Lovely afternoon for a picnic...

Monday, November 17, 2014

The New American Herbal: Braised Chicken with Tarragon

Braised Chicken with Tarragon, from The New American Herbal

I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, given how many magazines these days are featuring tarragon...I've never tasted it!  When did Tarragon become the little black dress of the culinary world and how did I miss it?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Make Organic Fertilizer at Home Using Whey

When making cheese at home, the curds go to the cheese itself and the whey is leftover.  But as it is so full of nutrients that it is a shame to lose it down the drain.

This organic homemade fertilizer is a great use for the whey, which helps nourish the garden as a natural, DIY organic plant food.

Monday, November 3, 2014

French Farmhouse Soup

Farmhouse Soup is a classic French blended soup that is overflowing with clean-eating goodness and healthy nutrients.  It is a warm, cozy bowl of satisfying vegetables.  

How to make homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk has always intrigued me.  How do these dry little nuts turn into a creamy drink? It is simple, actually!  Turning a handful of almonds into a bottle of healthy milky goodness takes just a few minutes with this recipe.

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