Super Food Energy Bites


About two months ago I was gifted a bag of raw hazelnuts, and by raw I mean they were still in their cocoon of a shell. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them, but they sat on my counter for days, then weeks, then months. I was then gifted a second bag, and to avoid becoming the Filbert hoarder (did you know Filbert is another name for hazelnuts!?) I knew it was time to put these bags to use.

There was only one problem, how would I de-shell them?


I grabbed a wooden kitchen mallet, stepped outside, squatted like I was using the bathroom in the woods, and smashed over 100 hazelnuts. Talk about being connected to your food. I then took my fresh nuts and made the inevitable. Hazelnut butter!


This has been on my foodie bucket list FOREVER, and I finally did it. OH.MY.GOODNESS. The…

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Baked goods, Chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Grain-free, Low-carb

Cookie Love: Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  I really think that my Northern friends will especially appreciate this particular recipe right about now, but really, no matter where you live, a delicious cookie is a delicious cookie. Most days I like my diet to stay fairly low-carb - it boosts my energy and allows my food to pack more punch per… Continue reading Cookie Love: Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Italian, Kale, Sausage, Soup

Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana – My Take

Ok, so apparently a lot of people in Sarasota (and everywhere) love the Olive Garden and I’m not going to lie, I love the Zuppa Toscana that they serve. That being said, though, I’m not going to trek out to Olive Garden every time I want a bowl of hearty soup. That’s why, through much… Continue reading Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana – My Take

Peruvian, Seafood

Traditional Peruvian Ceviche

Ceviche [say-vee-chay] is a celebrated seafood dish popular in Central and South America. In our house, the ceviche of choice is traditional Peruvian ceviche. Fun fact: In Peru, there is actually a national holiday in honor of ceviche. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish – we like white fish such as black… Continue reading Traditional Peruvian Ceviche