minty banana dog treats

For those of you who polish up your DIY skills to make handmade gifts during the holidays, I have one for all the four legged friends in your life. Even if you have zero DIY skills – these are easy easy easy to make. A doggie cookie, if you will, with only five ingredients. Mint and banana – fresh breath and my dogs favorite snack? The dachshunds in this house are crazy for these.


Please come visit me at Attune today, where I share this easy recipe!

…there is also the cutest photo of Basil and Rosemary over there…

Minty Banana Dog Treats

mint dog treats



vegan hellfire brownies

I was having such fun baking from Natalie Slater’s Bake and Destroy cookbook, today I am sharing a brownie recipe from Natalie’s archives – can you tell why I chose this one? Anything that includes habanero, I am on board!

From Natalie’s sinstruction* below, you can use store-bought habanero oil. Because I have to be as complicated as possible, I made my own. My fingers burned for days. Totally worth it. These decadent brownies  [click to continue…]


easiest almond cookies

My extremely talented friend Ricki just published a book, and based on three recipes I have already tried, it is a new favorite! My copy is already well worn, but I have a second brand new copy to give away to one lucky reader today!

I have several more recipes dog-eared to get to soon – from chocolate buttercream frosting and pastry custard to [click to continue…]


chocolate chip cookie for one


Before I begin, I just want to observe what today is. I will never forget.




I have a cookie for you today.

I also have a serious question.

Why is the concept of OMG SO BUSY so attractive?

More specifically, why must people take on all the things, almost as a mission statement?

I am not at all trying to stir up trouble or tick people off – this is far from a new phenomenon. It is one I see every day. Perhaps it is in my current state of slowing down and grieving, but I doubt it. This has always struck a chord with me, and [click to continue…]


kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch dressing


I have a couple early food memories around squash.

One is Grandpa Z’s zucchini. He would grow them bigger than our dachshund.

He would slice them into half-inch rounds, batter and fry them. Oooh mama, those were some good eatin’. Summertime at the grandparents house was fun and tasty.

I can still see Grandpa Z holding up one of his big zucchini, huge grin on his face.

The second memory is my mom’s favorite way to prepare squash – split in half, scoop out the innards, bake with a [click to continue…]


double chocolate brownies with spicy sugar glaze

Happy National Hot and Spicy Food Day!

Yep, among the national food days, I found one that is quite obscure. This is not to be confused with International Hot and Spicy Food Day, which is celebrated in January.

I will have to remember that one too…

double chocolate brownies

Many know I [click to continue…]


sweet and salty cluster crunch spabettie

I woke up to a wonderful crisp and cool morning. As I sit here and drink my coffee on the deck with the pups, I am smelling the air (the dachshunds are sitting here sniffing too), getting a hint of October.

I love what October smells like.

sweet and salty yogurt crumble spabettie

We have been incredibly lucky with a perfect summer. Very little rain, perfect temperatures, all kinds of sun and fun. There are times when Portland’s summer goes way to quickly, where the sun does not always play along, and many of us feel the cooler weather comes too soon.

This year, I am ready.

I am ready for the cool mornings and evenings. Walks in the neighborhood as the sun goes down, with scarf and gloves and coats on the dogs. Autumn produce and changing flavors – deep and smoky and hearty.

sweet and salty ice cream topping spabettie

Are you getting ready for fall?

Please come say hello at Attune today – I’m sharing my sweet and salty cluster crunch.


this recipe was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.




chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

July 30 is National Cheesecake Day – and we are celebrating the cheesecake all day around here. A favorite ever since I knew what it was, I have made several cheesecake recipes over the years, and I am also sharing recipes from friends, the accompanying photos credited to them.

All of these cheesecakes are plant based/dairy free/vegan and gluten free. Enjoy!

brownie bottomed cheesecake


Chocolate Cheesecake

mini chocolate cashew cheesecakes



lemon lime cheesecake with fresh mango sauce


maple cream pumpkin cake with buttery gingersnap crust


triple berry layered cheesecake


lemon cranberry cheesecake

lemon cranberry cheesecake


salted caramel cheesecake


apricot swirl cheesecakes

apricot swirl mini cheesecakes


pumpkin cheesecake

pumpkin cheesecake with candied pumpkin seeds


New York cheesecake


berry cheesecake tartlets

berry cheesecake tartlets


chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake with almond fig crust

chocolate ganache swirl cheesecake


apricot rosemary cheesecake

apricot rosemary cheesecake


raw brownie bottomed cheesecake


Last but not least, an ice cream with cheesecake pieces inside, and a cheesecake cookie:


blackberry cheesecake ice cream


raspberry cheesecake cookies

raspberry lemon cheesecake cookies

this post was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.