My Pantry Essentials

I am often asked what my pantry staples are, and what I tend to have on hand for baking or cooking. Originally, I created this list for a friend, and have now expanded it to what it is here. This list of my pantry staples (not including spices!) details my reasoning and suggested uses. Gluten-free, but mostly Grain-free pantry…

Seed, Nut, & Coconut Granola

Happy belated New Year. I hope everyone had a beautiful, relaxing holiday with friends and family, I know that I certainly did. For the past few weeks, I felt a bit off the grid and I admit that it has taken me quite a bit of time to gain energy back and find a routine…

Carrot & Date Muffins

Yesterday was a sunny winter Sunday, the warmth of the sun made up of the chill in the air. There is something special about the quiet and stillness of a Sunday morning, and for me it was being curled up on the couch drinking coffee with dogs napping on my lap. Before we traveled to…

Zenbelly’s Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Walnut Crumb Topping

This spiced morning cake permeates the kitchen with seasonal fragrance while creating an anticipation for a classic breakfast treat to go along with a hot, dark cup of coffee. Apples are flecked into the cake batter, adding an unexpected sweetness that complements the crumbly walnut topping that we expect with a coffee cake. This simple…

Ground Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew with Moroccan Spices

There is nothing more warming on a cold late autumn night than a bowl of hearty stew- a pot of ingredients lovingly stirred and looked out after for hours. This stew, spiced with deep Moroccan flavors, tastes well-developed and warm while the toppings add a bright freshness to the bowl. One ingredient you may not…