Well My health (or lack of good in it) has led me to dive into another venture of cooking. Therefor, I have created a new Blog called All Free Living.
I hope that you will continue to follow me over there and embark on this All Free Journey of No Gluten, No Dairy, No Sugar way of life in hopes that my health will improve drastically and the road to good health will be short...
Looking forward to experimenting with foods from the Plant and sharing with all of you.. My passion in cooking delicious, healthy and gorgeous food still lives within and I will be bringing all of that to the table at All Free Living..

Hope to see you there and looking forward to your input...


Thursday, January 26, 2012


Now don't be intimidated by all the step's. If you are really not concerned with the RAW deal then you can do what I did. I take any RAW nuts that I want to use. Slightly chop to desired pieces and then mix with date mixture. I spread onto parchement covered baking sheets and bake in oven on lowest temp. for 45 minutes...
I also added some raw Oatmeal to the nuts. It makes for an awesome variety...I can't keep this in my house for any lenght of time..It is soooooo good.
 This delicious rawnola is naturally sweetened with raw dates and honey and the hint of the fresh vanilla gives a unique flavor with each mouthful. I love to snack on this when I have a "sweet craving" or just needs somethin' crunchy.
This granola is 100% raw, dehydrated at the low temperature of 105F. Enzymes are said to withstand a food temperature of no higher than 118F. If you do not have access to a dehydrator you may make this in the oven at the lowest temperature possible. OR you can do this au natural and dry the rawnola in the warm sun outside (protected from unwanted pests of course!)
Soaking is extremely easy and takes just a few minutes. You MUST start with raw nuts. Pour the nuts or seeds in bowls (do not mix different types of nuts or seeds because they all require different amounts of soaking times). Cover the nuts/seeds with warm, filtered water (I pour filtered water in a tea kettle and heat until warm, not hot!). Cover the bowl with a paper towel to keep the buggies out and leave alone for the appropriate time. If you notice the water being absorbed feel free to add more warm water to keep them covered. Once your seeds/nuts are done soaking drain the water and rinse well with cold water. Dry the nuts completely either on the counter, in a dehydrator, or in the warm sunshine. Store them in glass jars in the refrigerator or freezer (Nuts spoil easily and are best stored in the fridge or freezer).
Soaking Times
-Cashews, Pine Nuts, & Macadamia Nuts: 1-2 hours (these will get slimy if soaked too long)
-Pumpkin, Sesame, & Sunflower Seeds: 4-8 hours
-Brazil nuts, Pecans & Walnuts: 4-6 hours
-Almonds, Hazelnuts & Pistachios: 7-24 hours
* I like to soak all nuts and seeds (aside from cashews, pine nuts and macadamia nuts) overnight or longer. This can sometimes result in the seed/nut sprouting or growing a little "tail". This is very normal and very nutritious. I hope to learn more about sprouting and sprouts because they are rich in life giving nutrients.
Vanilla Bean Raw-Granola
  • 2 cups raw almonds (soaked)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts (soaked)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked)
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 pitted raw dates (if you buy dried dates soak them in warm water until they are plump and juicy)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 TBSP honey
*Feel free to experiment with different types of nuts/seeds/dried fruits used in this recipe.
To make the binding ingredients place the dates, water,honey, vanilla seeds, salt and cinnamon in a food processor and process on high until a paste forms. Set aside.
Then place your nuts and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and coarsely chop (do not over process or you will have nut flour!).
Pour the chopped nut mixture in a bowl and toss with the date mixture. Make sure you coat the nuts evenly.
To Dry in Dehydrator: pour the rawnola onto your teflex sheet (with the mesh screen and tray underneath) and spread evenly unto a thin layer. Dehydrate at 105F (to keep the rawnola truly "live") for 24-48 hours depending on how crunchy you want it.
To Dry in the Oven: Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper (not wax paper) and spread the granola evenly into a thin layer. Place in your oven at the lowest degree possible and dry until it is your desired texture.
To Bake in the Oven: Preheat oven to 250F. Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper (not wax paper) and spread the granola evenly into a thin layer. Bake for about 30-45 minutes until is is your desired texture.
Makes about 4 cups.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Upon surfing the web of other peoples Blogs I stumbled across this recipe and decided to give it  a shot..It is a gloomy sort of day. Can't decide whether or not it wants to rain..Let it rain, let it rain...I figured that I would whip these up before having my tea in the hot tub this morning before I really embrace my day...Wow...Does my kitchen smell like a doughnut factory or what...I would like to experiment with the toppings..This recipe is so versatile that you could create a Maple Glaze, Lemon Glaze.
They were delicious and so simple that it literally took me only a total of 30 minutes from start to eating one...Hot and sweet....What a treat....Enjoy

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
For the Coating:
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. In small bowl whisk together oil, sugar, egg and milk.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Bake until muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 22 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time.
  5. While the muffins are baking, combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Place melted butter in a small bowl. Once baked, shake muffins out immediately and while hot, dip in melted butter, then roll in sugar and cinnamon.
Yields: 12 muffins

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Orange Marmalade

4 Oranges rinsed and thinly sliced...Removing any seeds
2 Lemons rinsed and thinly sliced...Removing any seeds
8 cups Water
8 cups Sugar
Makes 3-4 Pints
Slice fruit in half and then thinly slice. Removing and seeds that sneak in.
Place all sliced fruit and their juices into a large stainless steel pot.
Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil stirring often.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
Cover and let sit overnight.:
Next Day:
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Return mixture to medium boil and cook and additional 30 minutes skimming off any foam that forms until temperature on candy thermometer reads 220 degrees F or until desired thickness. It will be an golden Orange color.
Pour Marmalade into hot clean mason jar, wipe rims and seal lids.
Store in Pantry for up to 1 year.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lamb & Goat Cheese Burgers with Greek Yogurt Lemon Dill Sauce and Blue Cheese Red Potatoes

Lamb & Goat Cheese Burgers

1 lb. Ground Organic Lamb
4 oz. Goat Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Mix Ground Lamb with Salt and Pepper....Make 4 oz. balls/flatten and then split in half.
Place 1 oz. Goat Cheese into the middle and seal all sides...
While Potatoes are cooking, heat inside/outside grill and Cook Burgers until cooked through to liking doneness...
Medium Rare was approx 5 Min. Per side...
Serve on Bun with Dill Sauce and Aruglua and Tomatoe...

Lemon/Yogurt Dill Sauce

1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp. Lemon Zest
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 Tblsp. Chopped Dill
Mix together and set aside

Blue Cheese, Walnut Roasted Red Potatoes
1/3 cup Chopped Walnuts
3 Green Onion Chopped
1/2 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
8 Med. Size Red Potates ( Washed and quartered)

Oven Set at 425 Degrees
Wash and rinse Red Potatoes. Cut into quarters....
Place into 9X13 dish...Toss with 2 Tblsp Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
Roast in oven tossing once until browned and golden 30/35 Min.
Meanwhile; Toast Walnuts in skillet till lightly browned, turn off heat add chopped green onions, and blue cheese..Set aside...
When potatoes are looking done add walnut/cheese mixture to top of potatoes and place back in oven till melting over top of potatoes...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Shrimp Ceviche

So in celebrating my 45th. Birthday with a Mexican Fiesta theme we decided at the last minute to make Shrimp Ceviche. I have never made this dish before, so without a true recipe and a couple of suggestions from friends this is what I came up with and to my surprise it was absolutely delicious..I served it 2 different way's.

On way was on Endive leaves and the other I just left in a bowl with crackers on side...Both way's were good and everyone enjoyed...

1.5 lbs shrimp

4 Avocados (finely diced)

5 Lemons

1/2 White Onion (finely diced)

2 Lg. Roma Tomatoes (seeded and chopped)

1/3 cup chopped Cilantro

Bay Seasoning

Boil Shrimp in water seasoned with Bay Seasoning and chopped Garlic for 2 min. Drain and put into dish with 4 lemon's juiced. Chill for 1 hr.

In the meantime chop remaining ingredients and place into bowl...Add shrimp mixture with juice and combine...Add salt to taste...


Friday, January 14, 2011

Roasted Vegetable Mini Quiche's

So I have made a New Years Resolution..I am going to EAT CLEAN everyday...Now what that means for me is, I am cutting out all unnatural Sugars and processed foods..Don't get me wrong I was never a sugar junkie or lived off processed foods but you would be surprised how many things have sugar in them. Chicken Bouillon for example. Are you kidding me? How could sugar possibly end up in that??

After 3 day's of a sugar detox headache later...I purchased a book that talks about all of this Eating Clean and started on my New Years Venture...I feel great..It has taught me that you should read ALL labels..Truly, they are very interesting to see what kinda crap they will put in the most simple product that we use in our every day lives...YIKES!!

I came up with this recipe after Roasting Mixed Vegetables that I purchased at the local Farmer's Market here in Templeton (the best one ever in my opinion) I originally wanted to make a Whole Wheat Crust Quiche, but I am still afraid of the Whole Wheat Crust..they tend to be real heavy..I am researching a good flaky Whole Wheat Crust and will attempt that real soon. So I took my Roasted Mixed Vegetables, added some sauteed Mushrooms with Spinach, little bit of shredded Parmesan Cheese with 6 Egg Whites, 1 whole Egg and 1/2 cup FF Milk..Added some special seasonings, put into well greased muffin cups and baked at 350 for 20 minutes...OMG! So delish...I served them with a little Salsa on top....

This is an Eat Clean Recipe...Enjoy!!

Goshi's Sushi Bar - Paso Robles (Near the Train Station)

So a dear friend of mine and her husband have a date night every Friday night (Some of us have forgotten what this is) at Goshi's Sushi Bar in Paso Robles. So one night my husband John and I decided to crash one and invited ourselves to go with them..After all they are truly Sushi experts and what could be better than to go to Sushi with experts?

Sitting at the Sushi bar is the best seat in the house. You get to actually watch them prepare your dishes and everyone else's. It is really inspiring to watch. Although, I am not ready to conquer this venue yet..One can dream.

John and my favorite is the Tataki and the Spicy Albacore Rolls with Garlic chips..A must to try...

Service is excellent, the Sushi masters are quite entertaining...This is definatly 5 star to me...