Treats

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

There's long been a trope, a recurring idea that meat eating is an essential part of manliness. Veggies are for girls, and possibly girly men, but real dudes dig burgers. Wicked, Healthy, Beautiful This silliness couldn't be further from the truth, and the latest book...

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Do you wrestle with the decision of which pies to make at the holidays? Pumpkin, pear, apple, or even pecan sound so good, but do you really need four whole pies? This time, I'm making six different holiday tarts, each one designed to generously serve one person. This...

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Not Just For Holidays Anymore Did you know that Wisconsin is the biggest producer of cranberries? Take that California, with your sunny, temperate weather. The snowy Midwest is the source of 60% of the bright red berries that we eat by the bushel at the holidays. As...

Start Seeing Barley-Make Purple Barley Pudding with Fruit

Start Seeing Barley-Make Purple Barley Pudding with Fruit

Barley doesn't get much play these days. This ancient grain was once the staff of life in some parts of the world. Analysis of archaeological sites in the Fertile Crescent find genetic evidence of it being domesticated and cultivated there 10,000...

Time To Bake With Rhubarb- Rhubarb Almond Bars with Rolled Barley

Time To Bake With Rhubarb- Rhubarb Almond Bars with Rolled Barley

The rhubarb plants in my garden don't care whether I ever get around to them. Every Spring, their crinkled leaves start growing under a coating of snow or ice, sure in the knowledge that it will soon pass. The moment the snow melts, they unfurl with great resolution...

Matcha Pistachio Halvah “Eggs” For Easter or Anytime

Matcha Pistachio Halvah “Eggs” For Easter or Anytime

My Halvah Surprise The last thing that I thought I would rediscover in Amsterdam would have to be halvah. On my recent trip to the city of Canals and VanGogh, I was wandering from shop to shop, just checking things out, when I happened into a place called Sum Sum....

Traveling? You Need Packable Snacks. Bring Airplane Cookies!

Traveling? You Need Packable Snacks. Bring Airplane Cookies!

If you follow me on instagram, twitter or facebook (and why wouldn't you be?), you know that I've been traveling. But before I left, I made sure I had packable snacks for that looooong flight to Amsterdam. Travel Should Be Fun Aah, travel. Getting there should be half...

Throw a Spring Brunch, with Lemony Pear Cake

Throw a Spring Brunch, with Lemony Pear Cake

Aaaah, Spring! Time to clear away the old and move forward with new growth. It's also a good time to get social, and stop hibernating inside. A brunch, or even a tea party with some delectable, lemony pear cake is just the thing. These days, I'm not staying up late...

Happy Pistachio Day! Try My Pistachio Matcha Blondies on for Size

Happy Pistachio Day! Try My Pistachio Matcha Blondies on for Size

National Pistachio Day is February 26th I remember the first pistachios I ever laid eyes on. They had bright red shells, and had arrived around the holidays. As a kid, the color of the shells drew me like a magnet, and I just had to get a handful of this new, exotic...

A Valentine’s Treat With Aphrodisiac Magic

A Valentine’s Treat With Aphrodisiac Magic

Valentine's Day Meets Aquafaba Perhaps Valentine's Day comes along in February for good reason. Winter has been with us a little past its welcome, and we need a little motivation to get convivial. Give the sweatpants and hoodie a rest and at least make an effort to...

Chocolatey-Crispy Energy Cookies and Yes, Win a Vitamix!

Chocolatey-Crispy Energy Cookies and Yes, Win a Vitamix!

Sometimes, you just want a cookie. Comfort me with chocolate, if you want me to keep on keeping on. There are times for rich desserts, surely. But I like to have a little energy cookie on hand that I can nibble before a workout. Those times when you don't need a full...

Blender Baking? Yes You Can Make Holiday Cupcakes in The Vitamix

Blender Baking? Yes You Can Make Holiday Cupcakes in The Vitamix

Jazz Up Your Holiday with Lemony Pear Cupcakes It's holiday time, and we are all rushing to find some fast and easy treats to serve our guests. Preferably something a little different from the standard sugar cookie. This is not the time to push anything too healthy,...

Spooky Pumpkin Spice Buckeyes, Halloween Candy to Feel Good About

Spooky Pumpkin Spice Buckeyes, Halloween Candy to Feel Good About

T'is the season for pumpkin spice to invade our every waking moment. The Grinch in me used to hate this phenomenon. In fact, I only recently tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the coffee shop. That's because I have one hard and fast rule when it comes to food. All foods...

Blueberry Peach Bars with Spelt, Celebrate Ancient Grains

Blueberry Peach Bars with Spelt, Celebrate Ancient Grains

This summer was the summer of road trips. I know I clocked many hours in the car, trekking from Minnesota to Illinois to see my Mother. It's a journey I've made many times, and I have learned a valuable lesson along the way. Always, always, pack food. Because unless...

Creamy Chocolate Fudge Filled Heart Cakes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so I am probably not the only one celebrating it all weekend. Because you might as well make a good thing last, right? Valentine's can be tricky. Should you stay in, for a romantic evening alone? Or book a res at a place...

Kick off 2016 with Quince and Crystallized Ginger Tartlets

Kick off 2016 with Quince and Crystallized Ginger Tartlets

As we ring in the new year, take a moment to step back from the details and consider the long view. The past year is done, ready or not, and the new year is full of promise. As we contemplate the past and future, why not dine on fruit that once brushed the tender lips...

Holiday Hand Pies, Stuffed with Sweet Potatoes, Fruit and Chocolate

Holiday Hand Pies, Stuffed with Sweet Potatoes, Fruit and Chocolate

If you love food, you have to give it up for Thanksgiving. It's the one holiday that is all about a feast. This holiday is a celebration of a successful harvest, with no religious trappings that might leave anyone out. So whether you are celebrating with pumpkins you...

The Best Way to Save Squash, and Streusel Muffins to Savor It

The Best Way to Save Squash, and Streusel Muffins to Savor It

Got squash? It's that time of year, and I know I have gotten carried away at the Farmer's Market a time or two. The piles of orange, blue, green and gold squashes are too gorgeous to pass by without grabbing a few choice ones. It's ok, since I love squash so much....

The Jazzy Vegetarian Gives You Vegan-Ease

The Jazzy Vegetarian Gives You Vegan-Ease

Ease. We all want life to be easy. Or at least the basics shouldn't be so difficult that we struggle just to keep ourselves going. There is almost no realm of life that people want to be easier than the acquisition of food. It's the reason for fast food and packaged...

A Trick for the Best Rhubarb Scones

A Trick for the Best Rhubarb Scones

Aah, the enigmatic rhubarb still has me in its thrall. Just walking by the plants gets my mind going, thinking of things to make with those fat, vigorous stalks. At this point, it's taking up so much room in the garden that I need to use it, just to give the kale and...

Rhubarb Raspberry Tart with Red Fife Crust, Slap Me Awake

Rhubarb Raspberry Tart with Red Fife Crust, Slap Me Awake

It's rhubarb season in the Asbell garden. My two rhubarb plants are always early to the party, sprouting when there is still lingering icy snow on the cold soil. Their coiled, ruffled leaf tips must course with natural anti-freeze, and the bold stalks power up...

Blackberry Kiwi Tartlets to Celebrate Spring

Blackberry Kiwi Tartlets to Celebrate Spring

Every Spring, there is a moment when we can all relax into it. The last episode of freezing temperatures has come and gone, and all around us, green leaves are unfurling like slow motion fireworks. The plants have been waiting patiently, ready to make up for all those...

A Spring Treat: Thai Purple Rice with Strawberries and Pistachios

A Spring Treat: Thai Purple Rice with Strawberries and Pistachios

It's warming up, thankfully, and high time for me to embrace Spring and hug it so hard it screams. Maybe it's just me, but the long Minnesota winters just make me love Spring with a fervent abandon. The trees have buds, the grass is greening, and the freaky snow...

Almond Butter Raisin Breakfast Cookies, Eat More Plants on the Go

Almond Butter Raisin Breakfast Cookies, Eat More Plants on the Go

Vegan foods have entered the mainstream. A recent trend article suggests that "vegan foods" are growing in popularity. The number of self-identified vegans is hovering at 7%, which is up from previous surveys. But the big deal is that 36% of consumers now report...