Greek Lemon Rice Pudding

I used to cook rice just to have hot rice for this. Now I cook rice in my instant and have rice just waiting for my imagination throughout the week. Since the rice is already made this makes an easy and healthy breakfast.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

Mini Apple Pies

These little mini pies make a lovely lazy morning breakfast. Full of spiced apples and the crust is remarkable silky, yet flaky. The almonds add a crunchy dimension to the soft apples.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 11 or so mini pies

Guac -n- Mole

There is a myriad of ways to make guacamole. My "go to" recipe changes through out the years. With the advent of breaking my small motar and pestle and buying an oversized one online, I've gone with this method. In this recipe for one reason or another (maybe just felt like trying it?) I reached for the spice mix Hole Mole. Hole Mole adds that bit of chili flavor and a breath of dark chocolate that is surprisingly a natural with the avocado.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: 1 Cup

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.

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

Dukkah – Egyptian Spice Blend

Dukkah is used as a condiment to sprinkle over a variety of dishes. I love the nutty hit with the exotic flavor of cumin and coriander. I've had it on lamb, rice and on my morning toast and yogurt! A super versatile condiment that goes with both sweet and savory dishes.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 1 Cup