Cuisine: American

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

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.

Lemon Mint

Homemade Minted Lemonade

Being very mindful about additional sugar in our diets from "store bought" summer drinks we enjoy making lemonade the old fashioned way. The best lemonade we ever had was made from just the yellow part of the lemon rind itself with lemon juice too. That yellow part makes a wonderful winter tea as well. In this recipe we infused it with the ever present mint that grows in well watered shady place in our yard. The use of Agave Nectar is an excellent choice for people that need to maintain a low glycemic diet. It adds sweet without flavor or harmful chemicals.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

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!
Gator Joe & Some Slaw

Gator Joes

We got caught in a food rut. This wonderful Sloppy Joe inspired dish was impetuously good and just made from basic ingredients in the pantry. Could be a weekly treat!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults only no left overs (dang!)
Gator Joe & Some Slaw

Some Slaw

You want Some Slaw with that? It is one of those slaws that you can't get in a normal cookbook. Just put together simplicity, with flavor nuances you may not have expected. I used my mandoline to get a fine shred to blend everything cleanly so each bite has an even mixture of all the flavors present. Shown here as a topping on the Gator Joes

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Yields: 2 Cups
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