These Cranberry-Walnut Powerballs remind me of a no-bake cookie recipe that used to be popular when I was a kid, but are even better. I still remember going to see The Jungle Book with my best friend, Emma, and her mom, smuggling in no bake cookies in our coat pockets. We liked to live on the wild side. 😉 [Read more…]
Homemade ground beef jerky is easy and economical. You can use lean beef or venison – whichever you have available – and common pantry ingredients (except the liquid smoke, which I did buy just for jerky making). My jerky gun came with seasoning and cure packets, but these were full of all the ingredients I'm trying to avoid in commercial jerkies (MSG, hydrolyzed soy protein, nitrates, etc.). (Those little packets are expensive, too, if you purchase them separately.)
Do you need a jerky gun to make jerky with ground beef? Nope – but it's rather handy and somewhat entertaining. [Read more…]
‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin – but sometimes our pumpkin treats are more than a little messy. Enter portable pumpkin pie! It has all the flavor of regular pumpkin pie in a grab and go snack. It's gluten free and free of refined sugars, too. (Confession – while I was writing this I went and grabbed some to munch on – it's addictive.)
This recipe is adapted from Mary Bell's Dehydrator cookbook, which is my “go to” book for all things dehydrated. I prefer to use organic spices whenever possible, as they are not irradiated or sporting excess chemicals. The flavor and aroma generally knocks the socks off the average grocery store spices, too. Mountain Rose Herbs (affiliate link) offers a great selection of organic herbs and spices, as does Frontier Natural Foods. Using homegrown pumpkin and you-pick or homegrown apples for applesauce, bulk dried coconut and honey helps make this treat budget friendly. [Read more…]
When life gives you overripe bananas… Make some banana bread!
Like many of you, I watch for the “bargain bags” of over-ripe and banged up bananas at the grocery store. We use quite a few of them in smoothies, and as bases for sorbet-like treats from the Vitamix, but inevitably I'll REALLY stock up on bananas and the kids will decide to stop eating them for a while. Thus enters the banana bread. [Read more…]