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The Perfect Tri Tip

The Perfect Tri Tip

I have to say I am a meat lover.  I love my grains, but I do also love meat.  And like all foods it needs to be an experience.  By that I mean, so often we just eat to eat without the enjoyment of what we are…

Vanilla Orange Cranberry Sauce

Vanilla Orange Cranberry Sauce

I enjoy turkey, but I absolutely love cranberry sauce.  I cook a turkey just to have the sauce.  I eat cranberry sauce with just enough turkey to make it work.  Cranberries are wonderful.  I even loved the horrible canned stuff growing up.  Cranberries are one of my…

Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust

My greatest memories are of pie baking.  My great grandmother was a great pie baker.  Everyday we would walk down to her house and she would make us tarts.  Pie dough topped with jam and baked to perfection.  I loved them, and today I love…

Pumpkin Loaves

Pumpkin Loaves

Baking is a wonderful way to relax. At least it is for me. I always teach if someone is struggling while baking, and not enjoying the process they are doing something wrong. And stress often does effect the outcome. Baking should be fun and, should…

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Many of you know my deep love and affection for pressure cookers. I cannot imagine life without having one. Actually without having a few. Life is just better with a good quality pressure cooker in the kitchen.  As in all things, pressure cookers are not all created equal. I…

Stuffed Pork Loin

Stuffed Pork Loin

I love the fall and holiday season. It’s a great time to cook and keep the home smelling like a home should smell. Last Sunday I was in Utah cooking this dish for a friends family. The children walked in and commented how the house…

Chef Brad’s Culinary Blends

Chef Brad’s Culinary Blends

I am passionate about flavor and fresh herbs and spices for cooking. I have found that it is the first taste of food that our families and friends put in their mouths that determine if they are going to like what we cooked. If the…

Pressure Cooker Goulash

Pressure Cooker Goulash

Food is a powerful thing. It is amazing how a smell or taste can bring back a flood of memories. Good and bad memories depending on the experience with the food. I grew up in an age where most of the food was prepared from…

Spinach Bacon Quinoa Quiche

Spinach Bacon Quinoa Quiche

I love a good quiche.  It is a comfort food to me. In the cooler months, warm just out of the oven is a real treat.  Chilled in the summer with a nice salad is also a wonderful refreshing way to enjoy quiche. Quiche really can…

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

One of the most common myths we deal with today is that all of our baking has to have white flour. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for some white flour in our baking. It is however small in comparison what can be…

Gluten Free Bread

Gluten Free Bread

Gluten free is a huge thing right now. Wheat free, gluten free is the word in the culinary world. If we are not dealing with it someone, we know is and it can be really frustrating to say the least. Especially for those who are…

Breakfast Grain Bowls

Breakfast Grain Bowls

Breakfast is such an important meal of the day.  We actually are “Breaking a Fast”meaning that we have slept for hours and our bodies even though we have been on shut down still are burning calories all night long.  We need to fuel up and…

Heavenly Hamburgers

Heavenly Hamburgers

I am a burger snob. I hate, that is a strong word, but it fits, I hate fast food burgers. From previous blogs you know that the number one thing is the bun. I cannot enjoy a burger on a cheap chemical filled bun. I…

Street Corn

Street Corn

I love corn and summer time is a great time for eating corn. From boiled on the beach with shell fish to steamed in the kitchen with lots of butter, salt and pepper, corn is truly American in every way. We love our corn and…

Flaxseed Hamburger Buns

Flaxseed Hamburger Buns

I love a great hamburger, but I absolutely hate commercial burger buns. I actually cannot eat them without breaking out or having some reaction from the chemicals in the buns. Yes they are packed with chemicals. Chemicals to make them soft and last for ever…

Creamy Pear Lemonade

Creamy Pear Lemonade

My family is a beverage family. We love drinks. Not beer or wine, and actually not a lot of soda either. Water is great, but there are times when one wants something more exciting than water. Don’t get me wrong, water is one of the…

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Summer time is for cookies. Actually anytime is cookie time. I love baking cookies. I love creating new cookie recipes. Cookies can be healthy or not. I love healthy cookies that do not taste healthy. That is the trick really, creating fun foods that are good…

WonderFlour Cookie Bars

WonderFlour Cookie Bars

A few years ago my Doctor took me off wheat. It was a huge challenge, but as always in the midst of our adversities great things come about.  During that time I experimented with all the grains trying to come up with a wheat free…

Whole Grain Crepes

Whole Grain Crepes

I love crepes, and using whole grains really adds a nutty flavor. Which, in my opinion, takes them over the top. From gluten free grains to whole grains, crepes should be nutty and flavorful, and not just rely on the fillings inside. The outside should…

Sourdough Buttermilk Waffles

Sourdough Buttermilk Waffles

I adore waffles. From a early age I have fond memories of waffles. Maple syrup, bacon, and waffles are the best memories ever. My mom made wonderful waffles. Back then the egg whites were folded into the batter gently, to produce a light dreamy waffle. Over the…