Parade.com: Earthy and Citrus Meyer Lemon Muffins

Meyer Lemon Muffins

One snowy and freezing day, in which outside temperatures hovered around 10° F, my apartment was filled with a clean lemony and early spring, floral smell of Meyer Lemon Muffins. These aren’t super sweet muffins mimicking cupcakes. They have an earthy flavor from wheat flour, flax seeds and chia seeds as the glaze sweetens the muffins with an extra lemony taste. As temperatures continue to rise and extremely fall (in some places below 0° F), the taste and smell of these Meyer Lemon Muffins reminds us of early spring gardens as we watch snowflakes dance outside our windows.  Continue reading Parade.com: Earthy and Citrus Meyer Lemon Muffins

#HealthyHoliday Soul Food Blog Carnival: Mediterranean-Inspired Salad with Cauliflower Couscous

Mediterranean-Inspired Salad with Cauliflower Couscous

Everyone has their own definition of what being healthy means. For me, it’s enjoying mostly–within my budget and whenever possible–organic food my body allows in moderation. Sure, organic cow’s whole milk is used when cooking, but drinking a glass of whole milk isn’t for me. White sugar is gradually being replaced with coconut sugar (I’m giving away the white stuff). Wheat doesn’t affect me at all, but I’m experimenting with coconut flour. And, there’s plenty of soul recipes on this site with healthy alternatives, such as Black-eye Pea and Wild Brown Rice Risotto with Seared Baby Lamb Chops and Saute Swiss Chard, Duck and Turnip Stew with Dandelion Greens and Red Beans and Chicken with Wild RiceContinue reading #HealthyHoliday Soul Food Blog Carnival: Mediterranean-Inspired Salad with Cauliflower Couscous

Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon Ginger Tea

It’s that time of year when everyone or someone is not quite feeling well with colds, sore throats, body aches and headaches. As much as we try to avoid becoming ill, eventually the cold catches up to most of us at least once per year, and it’s usually when we’re most stressed. Medications temporarily offer relief from annoying dry coughs, nasal drippings, and pounding headaches; vitamins promise over night cures; and a wise visit to a doctor for practical treatment are one of the many ways to seek relief from minor colds. Occasionally, I patiently wait for a soothing cup of Ginger Lemon Tea, a classic homestyle treat. Continue reading Lemon Ginger Tea

Lemon-Sage Chicken Served with Scallions and Pine Nut Rice

Lemon-Sage Chicken served with Scallions and Pine Nut Rice
Lemon-Sage Chicken served with Scallions and Pine Nut Rice

The Lemon-Sage Chicken served with Scallions and Pine Nut Rice is one of those recipes that almost didn’t make it online. It is too simple of a good dish. It’s so simple that it didn’t call for a post. There are no stories behind this recipe. Perhaps, the exception is the boyfriend firmly insisted I write about it. Why? He thinks this is one of the best dishes. He savored every bite. It caught him by surprise to learn this dish wasn’t being posted. Continue reading Lemon-Sage Chicken Served with Scallions and Pine Nut Rice

The Impromptu Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake Garnished with Almond Slices
Lemon Cake Garnished with Almond Slices

This past Saturday, the boyfriend and I played Mr. and Ms. Santa Claus. This is a last minute, quick recipe for an impromptu visit to New Jersey. I also brought gingermen and gingerwomen cookies as gifts for the kids from a bakery in Chelsea.

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