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White Sangria

White Sangria, Sangria Blanco, is a wine-based drink with fruit and brandy topped off with club soda. Served over ice, this easy sangria recipe is just what summer wants – a porch sittin’ sip! Sangria is so agreeable I say when life gives you strawberries, make sangria! But the good thing about sangria is that it’s not picky. You can use many types of fruit including peaches, mango, apples, grapes, pears, kiwi, oranges, lemons, limes, and …

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Rhubarb Ginger Jam

Rhubarb + Ginger = OMGosh Jam! A best friend to toast, this rhubarb recipe is also a good oatmeal topper, mixed with yogurt or served with cheese. Rhubarb I started with some rhubarb from the garden. I love to say that because I’m not a great gardener. But I do have some fruits (pun intended) of my labor. Good thing rhubarb is such a self sufficient plant. It returns year after year and doesn’t require much …

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Sauerkraut, a DIY project

Sauerkraut is fermented food and a prebiotic. This old-world food is a hot food trend you can make at home! DIY food projects are keeping experimental cooks busy this summer. Count me among them. I’ve made sauerkraut and fresh cheese and dehydrated a few things. Simple? Yes. Worth it? Yes, but not sure I’ll repeat some of them. It’s a new day for sauerkraut and food preservation My dad remembers sneaking down to the cellar …

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LiveBest Popcorn

LiveBest Popcorn with almonds, coconut, walnuts, dried apricots, cayenne, make this movie night snack special! Popcorn time My parents used to send us to bed, and not much later we’d hear the popcorn kernels falling into the pan. My sister and I would hop out of bed to see our dad act surprised that we were up. Then we’d sit on the couch in the living room eating popcorn. I’m pretty sure it was my dad’s plan all …

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Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa is summery, fresh, sweet and spicy. Top grilled fish or chicken. This salsa recipe is even chip worthy! LBD I think salsa is the little black dress for a chicken breast or fish filet. Salsa is Spanish for “sauce.” It could be a cooked sauce or a fresh mixture. Fresh ingredients make it one of the easiest flavor boosters around. It’s also a great way to repurpose some fruits and vegetables. Salsa typically include …

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Artichokes, slow cooked

The ins and outs of cooking and eating artichokes. A flower-on-a-thistle plant that I love! What’s in season? March to May ’tis the season for California-grown artichokes. It’s where all the commercial artichokes in this country come from. What were they thinking? You just have to wonder who first ate this flower-on-a-thistle plant. Thank goodness they did! Artichoke nutrition One large artichoke has about 5 grams of fiber with only 25 calories, and is a …

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Morning, Cappuccino

Better bones, blood pressure and muscles. A cappuccino is a morning ritual worth getting up for! How do you begin your morning? Mine begins with a gift. My husband makes me a cappuccino. Every. Single. Day. Warm and flavorful, it’s more than a cup of coffee. It’s a thing. A moment. It is my soul food. ❤️ I fell in love with this drink on a trip to Italy. In fact, we brought home an espresso …

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Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb Compote is one of the first recipes I make in spring. This rhubarb, ginger, and orange recipe tops yogurt, oatmeal, cornbread, and ice cream! One of the things I like best about rhubarb is that it’s one of the first plants to wake up in spring. Once it starts growing, it really gets going. It seems each time I pass by more leaves have unfurled and stretched out. The thick celery-like stalks of this buckwheat …

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LiveBest Seasonally

So happy to share my e-book LiveBest Seasonally. From summer to spring, LiveBest Seasonally is filled with solutions  to use seasonal foods. Delicious recipes with power-packed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and more using ingredients that are easy to find, plus some nutrition nuggets thrown in…just because. One year I made a goal to photograph the sunsets. Not every day, but several times per week. As an amateur photographer, the point was to stop and notice …

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Mushroom Spinach Frittata

Mushroom Spinach Frittata is a go-to for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Use what you have on hand for this frittata recipe. The ins and outs of eggs. One year eggs are in. One year eggs are out. Egg nutrition and calories in an egg They’re in now and for good reason. For the money, these little packages are nutrient-packed. At less than twenty cents each, you get protein, minerals and vitamins all for just 70 …