Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Downhome Sweet Chili Cornbread

Seems like a century ago now, but I spent four long years of my life studying and taking in the quirks and traditions of South Eastern, North Carolina.   My college years were filled with turmoil, stress, unforgettable fun, and most memorably, a constant lack of finances. My Dad, who graciously paid my tuition despite my having had no real direction or ambition to make my schooling matter, was raised off the coast of Eastern North Carolina.  I was well aware of how different and secluded things were in the Eastern part of the state having visited scores of relatives each summer, trying to understand their unique dialect and always leaving to go back to D. C. a few pounds heavier than when I’d arrived it seemed.  My Grandparents would always serve us all my Dad’s favorites each visit and then there was the finally each trip;  I’d gorge on Dr. Pepper, hushpuppies and cornbread at “The Sanitary Fish Market” in Morehead City till I’d pop!  Back to school days, I lived off campus in a rather small, 4 room house, sans refrigerator, sans stove…. I got a hot plate at some point.  And cooked up a mean iron skillet full…

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Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

Kathleen Henry’s ‘Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking’ – Review and Giveaway

  A few years ago, my husband and I fulfilled a lifetime goal of spending time in Alaska.  It was expensive.  We’d put a bit here and there away for years for this adventure and luckily it was worth every penny we’d saved up.  Knowing that the trip was earned and paid for made it even more relaxing for us.  Someday, I’ll get around to posting more about the different sites and activities we enjoyed.  Today, I’m bringing to you a lovely new book by Kathleen Henry who happens to live in Alaska!  Lucky girl. Kathleen knows all the beauty and peacefulness of her state and she’s translated that natural, plant-based life into a wonderful array of tasty dishes and desserts for us.  She’s giving a copy of her new book, “Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking” to one of my readers so be sure to get in on that chance at the end here! Alaska was literally like looking at a different planet for a week of our lives.  Stunning.  Nature at her finest.  When I flipped through Kathleen’s new book, so full of hearty, nourishing, inspiring ingredients, I was taken back to our week in Alaska and all my amazement and environmental…

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Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

Chunky, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread and Ice Cream

 Chocolate Cake.  Evil right?  Only for those special occasions when you don’t give a hoot about your waistline, nutrition or any number of other vices we constantly attempt to control.  Well, maybe not.  My quest continues today, attempting to add iron rich ingredients in any way that I can to my diet.   Re-enter my good friend from last week:   Burdock Root Flour.    I swear if you’ve ever seen this plant in the wild you’d never in your wildest dreams put it with my new friend, Chewy, Chocolatey Burdock Brownie Bread.   Read on:   If you do know a bit about the benefits of adding a little (or a lot) of Burdock into your life, you’re probably thinking Hot Tea, Dandelion & Burdock soda, potassium or folic acid even.  If you’re really up on your Burdock, it’s about blood purification, diuretics, skin conditions or throat and chest ailments.  Furthermore, it also contains a decent amount of good minerals like Iron, as I mentioned, manganese, magnesium; and small amounts of zinc, calcium, selenium and phosphorus.   All hidden in a chewy chocolatey slice of delicious sweet bread.   You say you can’t do chocolate without a scoop of…

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