Chocolate Orange Almond Muffins

Chocolate Orange Almond Muffins

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the flavour combination of chocolate and orange.  Baskin-Robbins used to make a flavour called Dark Chocolate Orange, and it was so dark it was almost black, really great I’m sure for my mother to try to clean off my face when I was finished.  But from the moment I put my tongue to that cute little pink taster spoon, I was hooked.  Rich dark chocolate colliding with the tangy sweet orange on my taste buds… well, it was like a flavour burst from heaven to my 5-year-old imagination.  But alas, Baskin-Robbins stopped making this flavour… …

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Cranberry Maple Nut Granola

Cranberry maple nut granola

Something about getting back home to my kiddos after 6 days away from them made me wanna get in the kitchen.

This is always a good thing.

I mean, if they were little and I could spend all their waking hours with them to show how much I missed them, I would.  But hey, somebody has to go to school!  For 10 hours a day!  That means somebody else has to stay home and make yummy food to let the other somebodies know how much she missed them and she never never never wants to be away from them again.

Enter homemade granola….

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Chocolate Chia Champorado

Add dried cranberries, chopped almonds, and unsweetened coconut for toppings!

Do you ever feel behind the 8-ball?

Now that I have a teenager and 2 other middle schoolers in my house, I do… on a daily basis.  Up until about a year ago, I thought I was pretty cool and up-to-date.  Now, I find out that “cool” isn’t even a cool word!  “Nobody uses that anymore!,” states a member of my household in the “under-15” age category, unable to bring herself to say the word.  I finally caught onto “EPIC!”… only to be informed last week that it is also OUT.  I was not, however, informed of the cooler, more-epic replacement word… because, you know, I might use it in front of her friends.

But I’ll tell you, I feel even more “behind” in my blog than I do with my teenagers.  I knew I was late to the game, but oh, I cannot catch UP!  Every cool and epic new food that I’ve been experimenting with and want to post, I find has already been posted 185 times per week for the last 6 months.  Just check Pintrest!  At least I am on Pintrest…

I could let myself be discouraged by this, but I’m not that type.  I also have a the unique situation of living in a Southeast Asian country, with its own traditional foods and delicacies, combined with my culinary curiosity and professional tendency to “health-ify” whenever I can.

Enter champorado.

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Peach Blueberry Chia Breakfast Pudding

Peach blueberry chia pudding

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

And the waist is a terrible thing to mind.

Here is my current situation: I forgot to bring the flat of peaches up to Steamboat with us on our camping trip, thus derailing the Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler I had planned.  Yum, right?  But not so yum when the peaches were left waiting in Pa’s refrigerator in Denver….

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Coconut Berry Muffins

These gorgeous muffins are vegan!

These gorgeous muffins are vegan!

I’m back in the land of berries!!!  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries… I can’t get enough.  As much as I love mangoes, nothing can compare to all this sweet-tart berry goodness.  Just look at these beauties, doesn’t it make you drool??

So perfectly juicy and delicious!

So perfectly juicy and delicious!

So today we’re gonna have an East-meets-West, “tropics + cool climate = awesome” type of recipe.  It’s the coconut blueberry muffins I presented in one of my cooking classes this past spring, but now with …

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Banana Oat Cookies

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Have you ever prepared for or anticipated something for so long that in the end, nothing can do it justice?

That’s kind of how I feel about this first blog post.

I’ve been planning IT, the BLOG, for an embarrassingly long time. Like 2 years.  Or 3, I can’t remember.  Part of my hold-up was that I know less about computers and on-line stuff than my 13-year-old daughter.  And part of it is that once you put yourself out there, you’re out there… vulnerable!  But then I reminded myselfthat probably only my aunts and 5 other people would actually read my first post, and that made me feel better enough to write it.

I resisted the urge to …

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