Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon Mint Dressing

Did this weekend fly by for everyone else, or just me?

While it was a perfect mix of fun things and relaxing down time – yes I enjoyed a short nap – it just went too quickly.

A sign of a good weekend, I suppose?

Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

It definitely was. My weekend started on Friday, when I spent the whole day in the kitchen. It was glorious – I created and photographed two project recipes, with French Open tennis in the background. My perfect day, really.

I spent part of Saturday on wedding planning – it is [click to continue…]


Perfect Vegan Waffles

I had an impromptu Virtual Breakfast on Saturday morning. Friday night, I stayed in to relax with the dogs and watch back to back episodes of Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live.

Jason was out playing music, leaving me to JT, browsing the internet – Pinterest for wedding ideas and Instagram to see what everyone was up to. I got in a conversation on Instagram with Somer and Sarah about [click to continue…]


Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling

spabettie is the next stop on the Rawsome Vegan Baking Un-Cookbook tour – and this recipe I chose to share? Oh So Good. Totally Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling – a simple recipe with only four ingredients, but so much flavor!

First, the book. The deliciousness comes from Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. With stunning photos of seemingly every recipe, this book is fun to just sit and read, as you know I love to do.

Upon my first browsing, I immediately had a list of recipes I wanted to try – these cups were first.

I have also made the Boston Banana Cream Deep Dish Tarts, which were uuhhh-mazing. I WILL be making the Fresh Citrus Tart with Lemon Cream – sounds so fresh and bright, and the [click to continue…]


raw asparagus soup

Elle’s friends are spending the weekend cooking her recipes and sharing beautiful stories. If you want to follow along, the hashtag #ElleAPalooza is where you find us.

I mentioned some fundraising – there will be an auction at the end of the month, to benefit her family – her husband, four kids and beloved animals. There will soon be more information on the Friends of Elle facebook page, and if you feel so inclined, there is a PayPal account for donations.

Elle was an incredibly generous and supportive friend. It warms my heart to read everyone’s words about her now. To see this amazing community come together in generous support, as this community always does.

amazing asparagus soup

Elle’s Raw Cream of Asparagus Soup was a new find for me – not sure how, and quite surprised that this got past my radar. You all know I love cashews, I love asparagus, and I love getting creative with ingredients you would not think to add to a soup.

There are some unique adds that make this soup incredibly flavorful.

Find the recipe here – Raw Cream of Asparagus Soup

creamy vegan asparagus soup


You are in our thoughts and hearts, Elle.



strawberry valentines bars

More Valentines, this time a deep delicious red. I warned you about my feelings on Valentines and the colorful and chocolatey treats that must accompany in my house. Keeping the love going today.

Flavorful layers of summery strawberry and Oregon hazelnuts combine in this simple and healthy Valentines treat.

vegan strawberry bars

My recipe is over at Ricki Heller’s place today – please go say hello!

strawberry hazelnut bars


I shared this recipe with Healthy Vegan Fridays.



15 Healthy Reset Recipes

by Kristina Sloggett

in Gluten Free,raw,Vegan

Like many people this time of year, I am focusing on healthy clean foods. It is still cold and wintery, so I am mixing it up with some comfort food. My visits to the gym are back to very early morning or mid day, to maximize my workouts when the ‘January Joiners’ are not there (I am not complaining – and feel lucky I can adjust my schedule to a low traffic time!).

My turning to lighter foods comes with the sunshine we have seen in the last few days – when I’m out walking with the dachshunds it almost feels like spring – that familiar and favorite scent in the air. Not warm by any means, but does make me crave fresh foods.

This month my Recipe Collection Slideshow shares some of the recipes I have been revisiting lately. and it includes dessert, because, well dessert.

If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to see the whole collection.





hangover cure juice

Hangover from too many cocktails?

Too much indulgent food?

Even too much travel?

Whatever you need a jump start from, this cleansing juice will help the cleansing process. Packed with good things and flavorful too? This bright glass of sunshine is the wake up call I needed this morning!

After a couple of busy years that kept me mainly in Portland, I have had several flights lately. Trips for [click to continue…]


red plum and fig jam

I think it is just human nature for some people to not read instructions. To not read articles, blog posts (I learned that almost immediately), really much of anything.

I do read, I really really do.

fig and plum jam

Then sometimes my brain turns jelly to jam.


Meatless Monday this [click to continue…]