Category: Snacks

Apple Puff Packets

Wonderfully simple dessert to make that can be packed in a lunch or carried on a hike. Rich and flaky crust really means they should be eaten outside. Plan on making them on the next family picnic.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins

Spanikopita aka Spankies

I'm not sure when we found these as little triangles of deliciousness in the frozen food section, but I always thought that they would be hard to make. When we looked for them again we couldn't find them, and I thought, "Why not make my own?"  I must admit I was intimidated working with the Phyllo dough to make little triangles. So, I thought I'd give it a try with a sheet and simply cut to suit. No complaints and plus I love the unorthodox add of sunflower seeds. Oh yeah, not sure why we simply call them "Spankies". It was just fun to say in the grocery store, "Do you want Spankies tonight for dinner?"

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 15 good sized squares.

Cream Puffs

Makes 12 decent size Cream Puffs

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins

Spice Pastry Cream

This is a Spice of Life Organics spin off of a classic pastry cream. However I always crave more flavor. The Cardamom and Nutmeg add that memorable pizzazz. This makes enough to fill 1 dozen small cream puffs or 6 huge ones that weigh more than a .... well you fill in the blank. At any rate you get 1 cup of Pastry Cream.

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Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every once a while I get challenged to create something tasty that meets a dietary restriction. This time was for a couple of dear friends that absolutely do not touch anything with alcohol. I generally cook with vanilla, but what are cookies without a little touch of something exotic? This is a basic chocolate chip recipe, but instead of vanilla I used cardamom & cloves (Spices they can get in their country.) This is for Mensure & Kaltrina! They loved these cookies on hikes or just because.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: about 36 balls of knee buckling goodness

Herbed Pizza Crust

This recipe comes from Brenda Meyers from Odessa, TX. This is her "go to" pizza crust recipe that never fails to delight the taste buds.
"Oh yeah, in the summer I go straight to the grill, I don’t mess around with heating up my kitchen with a hot oven.  No pizza stone on the grill, I just use a Pizza peel to get it on and off.  I guess you could use a stone though, I just never have."

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 8 Delicious Slices
Homemade Organic Yogurt

Homemade Plain Yogurt with Dehydrator

My mom had a nifty yogurt maker with little bitty cups. Now we eat pints of yogurt and I cook East Indian food with it as well as use it in baked goods. Those little cups weren't my choice. This way makes a good amount of yogurt simply. Of course add your own fruit or sweetener. Best part you know what went into your yogurt with no fillers! Read More About Making Yogurt at Home!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs
  • Yields: 1/2 Gallon of Yogurt!
Blackberry Tapioca Pudding

Blackberry Tapioca Pudding

My grandma Dorothy introduced her grandkids to the wonders of blackberry picking and the best blackberry pudding imaginable. She of course used white sugar back in the day. Nevertheless, this pudding was normally eaten when it was cool enough not to burn our lips. The hint of cardamom and use of agave nectar brings it to a higher level.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings or 2 Hearty Servings or 1 Super Indulgent Serving
Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Chips

A wonderful snack made with the best ingredients. These are the perfect snack to keep handy for a busy family.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 hrs
  • Yields: 1 quart jar or so
Pickled Garlic

Asian Inspired Pickled Garlic

This is my first pickling effort. These pickled garlic turned out so fantastic we just wanted to eat them like olives. The garlics get mellow with the boiling, but still carry a wonderful flavor. Be patient and let them marinate a while.

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 3 Cups