Fun with Maple Syrup

Spending summers at a camp located in the back woods of Maine over-exposed me to maple syrup. On our drives up the east coast, we'd often stop somewhere in Vermont and load up on pure maple syrup. It became as welcomed at the table as ketchup or salt and pepper.  So, you can imagine the excitement as I opened up a nice care package from Mohawk Valley Trading Company filled with their homemade Raw Maple Syrup. Getting ready to make the candies using pure maple syrup I couldn't wait to come up with some more test recipes using the new sweet … [Read more...]

Cranberry Ricotta Pancakes

Meal planning has changed our lives!  My dinner time meal stress is almost non-existent because all of the guess work has been taken out of the equation.  I now usually know what I'm cooking, I shop for the ingredients once on Sunday evenings, and I factor the appropriate amount of prep time per meal. Our favorite meals usually fall on our Breakfast-for-Dinner nights.  For whatever reason, my kids love selecting the breakfast meal that will grace the dinner table.  Somehow that same un-welcomed morning food becomes highly anticipated when it's … [Read more...]

Demystifying the term “homemade”

Last week in my "Natural with Nutella" post, I was so giddy.  I made three different homemade dairy-free versions of Nutella!  I was convinced, even before embarking on the project, that no matter what, my version would be healthier than the purchased jar.  Why?  Well, because I was making it in my home.  Isn't that automatically healthier? Don't laugh.  For someone like me, who's still very much fumbling around the kitchen like Frankenstein, knowing some of the ingredients in a recipe has been enough to claim something … [Read more...]