#citruslove: Cara Cara Orange Salsa Fresca


Happy January everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous New Years, and that 2012 is off to a great start! I can think of no better way of celebrating the New Year that with a big dose of winter sunshine...citrus fruit! And I'm excited to join some other fabulous bloggers in co-hosting the first #love bloghop of the new year... #citruslove! Rich in vitamin C, folate, fiber, potassium and phytonutrients, a regular dose of citrus fruit is bound to keep you happy and healthy in 2012 and beyond! Truly, I've never met a citrus … [Read more...]

#applelove: Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crisp


Care to join me in a Candycrisp??? Apple that is! Today I went to the store to pick up some apples for my #applelove post, and happened to stumble upon a brand new apple variety I had never heard of before. Apparently the clerk at Jimbos hadn't heard of it either as she said to me, "What kind of apple is this?" "Candycrisp" I replied. "I've never heard of it, and thought it looked good." Well... It was good, and, as you would imagine, it was sweet. My tastes run towards tarter apples though, so although I liked it, I'm glad I also … [Read more...]

#Ricelove Bloghop: Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Coconut Cream


Remember last month's #cakelove bloghop ? Well, this month I'm delighted to be co-hosting another LOVEly bloghop with some fabulous foodie friends, and this month were talking RICE! Did you know that about 120,000 rice varieties are known to exist, according to the International Rice Research Institute? Yes! There actually IS an International Rice Research Institute, which I found out about in one of my favorite cook books, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria Speck. Here are some other interesting rice facts from Ancient Grains … [Read more...]

Simple Strawberry Smoothie


My kids have been eating me out of house and home this summer. And, one of the first things we always run out of, is fresh fruit. Now, I'm definitely not complaining... As a certain well-know Martha would say, That's a good thing! It's just that I'm not too keen on running to the store EVERY day to buy more fruit... Thank goodness for frozen organic fruit! When I'm out doing my regular grocery shopping, I always peruse the freezer section to see what's on sale and then stock up.  Each store I usually shop at typically has some … [Read more...]

Recipe Redux: Summertime Gingery Peach Float


So excited for the 2nd Recipe ReDux: Summer beverages! Inspired by these... and this... I decided to do a twist on a summertime favorite, the ice cream float.  To "healthify" it a little, I swapped out the ice cream for homemade frozen yogurt {complete with good buggies for your GI tract}, and subbed in sparkling water and juice for the usual soda. The result? A  seriously delicious and refreshing treat for a hot summertime day! Here's my concoction... Gingery Peach Float Ginger Peach Frozen Yogurt 2 cups whole … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles


Welcome to "The Dog Days of Summer"... In case you didn't know, the "dog days"are supposedly the hottest and sultriest days of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occuring between early July and early September. I'm very happy to report that we are actually celebrating dog days this summer here in costal Southern California, instead of the "Hot Soup Days" like we did last year when our summer was so cold and gloomy! And what better way to celebrate the dog days of summer, than with icy cold popsicles... But not just any old popsicles … [Read more...]

Simply Mad for Millet!


Welcome to WEEK 2 of my "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" cookoff and giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who has commented and participated in my Facebook ancient grains surveys so far!  I always love reading your comments, and your participation in my grains survey has inspired me to break out of my "grain rut" and try something different for a change. Seriously! Had I been the one to decide which "ancient grain" side dish to prepare this week, I probably would have picked the "Cumin Scented Qunioa with Red Beets". And, I have to … [Read more...]

CrispRoot Chip Giveaway and DG’s UK Playboy Guacamole


SO... Was it the "Giveaway" that pulled you in to read this post, or was it the "Playboy" Guacamole recipe ??? Well, let's talk first about the giveaway, and then I'll fill you in on the "Playboy" Guac. Just a forewarning though... This is a "G" rated website, so there will be no XXX pictures here :-) Moving on to my CrispRoot giveaway... The Chips. About a month ago I chatted with a woman on twitter who calls herself "The Wicked Witch of the West".  Turns out, she actually seems VERY nice. {Sorry to blow you're cover Wicked … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.


So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Eating a rainbow: Power Smoothie and Popsicles.


ROYGBIV... Do you know what this stands for??? Think back to a science class you might have had... Or, try to picture Dorothy singing in the Wizard of OZ... Any idea yet??? It stands for the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet, and it's the theme {Eat Right with Color} for this year's National Nutrition Month which is taking place the entire month of March. I really like this year's theme, because it incorporates two of my favorite eating philosophies: Eat a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Homemade Gluten Free Graham Crackers, Part 2: Carrot Cake Popsicles


As promised... Something cold made with my homemde gluten free graham crackers. And, also as promised... Popsicles. Made with our new Zoku popsicle maker. I realize that for many of you it hasn't exactly been the best popsicle weather lately, but a promise is a promise, and I PROMISE you that these popsicles are super tasty and pretty fun to make as well. Here's how to make them, with and without a Zoku popsicle maker: CARROT CAKE POPSICLES {Recipe from Zoku Quick Pops by Jackie Zorovich and Kristina … [Read more...]

Homemade Applesauce with Mulling Spices.


Do you have 25 minutes to spare ??? Yes? Then how about making some applesauce...homemade applesauce...with mulling spices...and, perhaps, some fresh whipped cream on top??? OK.  To be honest, the homemade applesauce should take 50 minutes altogether, but for 25 of those minutes, while the applesauce is cooking on the stove, you can be: A) Taking a bubble bath B) Reading a book, paper, magazine... C) Drinking a cup of coffee D) Writing a blog post E) ????? It's so easy... And, SO good! Homemade Applesauce … [Read more...]

Ring in the New Year with More Fruits and Veggies: Part II


Here it is, as promised.  The "whys" and "hows" of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Do you know that's it's REALLY pretty EASY to consume the optimal number of fruits and veggies when you put a TEENSY bit of effort in to it? Do you know how many fruits and veggies you should be consuming each day?  Would you like to try a yummy, super easy fruit laced dessert tonight?  {Hint: It's made with oranges.}  If so, then read on... How many fruits and veggies should I aim for each day? Aim for a MINIMUM of 5 or more servings each … [Read more...]

Ring in the new year with more fruits and veggies!


Happy 2011! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and got to spend a lot of time with family and friends. I know I did! I also want to thank everyone who has visited, recommended, shared, or commented on my blog in 2010.  I TRULY appreciate your support and comments and look forward to more friendship and Spicy RD interaction in 20011! This blog post, my first one in the new year, was inspired by a friend a couple of days ago.  We were fortunate enough to be spending a lazy morning in our pj's with our families in a condo in Mammoth.  … [Read more...]

Great Aunt Sena’s Persimmon Pudding (Original and Gluten Free)


When I was a little girl....oh, so long ago....my parents and I would take a journey each and every Thanksgiving. It went something like this.... Wake up in the morning. Get in the car and drive 2-3 hours from San Diego to Alhambra or Palm Desert. Eat. Get the car and drive 1-2 hours from Alhambra or Palm Desert to Granada Hills. Eat. Get in the car and drive 3 hours back home to San Diego. Go to sleep. Exhausted. I have fond memories of those Thanksgivings...spending time with Family...playing horseshoes in the desert with my Great Uncle … [Read more...]