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Danger! Red alert! Most of the treats in this section are sugar-, grain-, and dairy-free, so you may indulge with abandon. Fresh fruit with chilled coconut milk will make you forget all about baked goodies. But some of these recipes are filthy, dirty indulgences. You've been warned. Enjoy!

Paleo Chicken Bastila

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about the cookbook Middle Eastern Cooking by Rose Dosti and how my dad and I bonded over an illicit photocopying session of recipes from the book. One of the treasures I found inside its pages was a recipe for Chicken Bastila, a traditional Moroccan dish usually prepared for holidays and weddings. It’s a sweet-savory pie made from layers of phyllo dough stuffed... read more

Sweet & Salty Fudge Bombs

My mission is to tempt you with recipes for international cuisine that you can eat EVERY DAY to be strong, healthy, fit, and happy. So I usually shy away from paleo treats. However, I finally made my own version of the ever-popular fudge babies for a dinner party and decided the recipe needed to be shared. I used pecans for their mellowness and tender texture, Penzeys Natural Cocoa Powder so the fudge... read more

New Year’s Day "Good Luck" Feast

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. My hometown of Orwigsburg (population: 3106) is tucked in among Amish country, coal mines, and Hawk Mountain. My family is mostly of Lebanese and Italian heritage, but on New Year’s Day, we ate according to Pennsylvania Dutch tradition: pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and buttered rye bread. Dave’s always been kind of dumbfounded by my need to eat... read more

Turkey Tales and Bacon Bourbon Brownies

Dave and I had a lovely Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, naps, getting to know the kitty that recently adopted us, and spiffing up our house with a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t want to sully your image of me by reading about my food-related debauchery, you might want to just look at our smiling faces, the new kitty Smudge, and move on.If you’re still here, hold on tight and join me... read more

Dinner and a Movie™: Executive Decision and Chicken & FauxJacks

Dave and I, after much painful trial and error, have declared Sundays “socializing-free zones,” which means that except for major occasions – like a friend’s recent wedding – we don’t make plans with other humans on Sundays. It’s our day to sleep late, do laundry, cook for the week, taunt the cat about being a skinny-ass Zombie beast, read books, take a nap, sit in the... read more

Pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment

Back in the good ol’ days of my 30s, we lived in San Francisco. The economy was booming, swing music was all the rage, and we spent Thursday nights at the Hi-Ball Lounge (photo of Frank behind the bar, leopard velvet settees), sipping martinis and working on our East Coast Swing with the cool cats and kittens. We followed the Brian Setzer Orchestra on tour for summer vacation and rocked our faces off... read more

Mango & "Cream"… Heaven in a Bowl

+ + Step 1Chop the mango into 1/2-inch pieces. Lovingly place 1/2 cup of the mango in a pretty bowl. Step 2Pour 1/4 cup of coconut milk over the mango. (I used reduced-fat coconut milk ’cause that means I can also eat almonds and avocados and olive oil in the same meal. Multiple healthy fat sources makes for a happy girl. You do what you like.) Step 3Sprinkle a few pinches of unsweetened,... read more

Bacon and Butter

Warning: This post contains no helpful information about nutrition, motivation, effective workouts, or good physical health. It is, however, devoted to deliciousness and indulging just a little bit, when the time is right. * * * * * * * * * * * * Inspired by the bacon-rific (baconlicious?!) ideas on BaconToday, I decided to try adding bacon to a cookie recipe I got from my mom. The recipe was already sort... read more

The Run for the Peanut Butter Bars

[click to see a larger version of these good-lookin' people] The Run for the Peanut Butter Bars on Sunday morning was a sweet success. Big love to my friends who joined me in the silliness. Y’all are best-quality humans. (And a big hug to Randal, Carla, and Bonita for cranking out 12 burpees with me to make sure we stayed on track for the 100 Day Burpee Challenge.) And for those of you who decided to... read more

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