Spicy Caprese Cocktail

Spicy Caprese Cocktail – say cheers to the classic summertime salad, in cocktail form! Mini Heirloom tomatoes, cubes of jalapeno havarti, and fresh basil – cheers!

 

Spicy Caprese Cocktail

Portland is experiencing a heat wave this week. Like, three digit heat. I have been wearing my favorite straw cowboy hat everywhere I go. I just need an old Jeep CJ5 to drive around in, all doors and windows off.

Despite the heat, evenings have been perfect.

In the summer, our family room extends to the back yard. Rosemary loves to sniff around  – and terrorize the frogs in our pond – and we love to hang in the cool evenings, often with our laptops and a cocktail.

This week is far too hot for anything but an ice cold beer or a chilly vodka soda lime. After the heat wave breaks, we shall return to our latest libation of summer – the Spicy Caprese.

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes

My favorite heirloom tomatoes are here! Big and small, I cannot get enough. For the spicy caprese, we use the small – aren’t they something? Another recent arrival to our liquor cabinet – a few bottles …

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French Buttercream

French Buttercream

French Buttercream – this vegan version of the classic frosting recipe is rich and fluffy, and perfect for all of your cake decorating needs, or on a spoon… I am willing to bet most of spabettie readers have heard of Miyoko Schinner. At this point, even if you are not vegan, you may have heard of her….

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Cookie Bites – No Bake, No Stovetop

Cookie Bites - Easy, No Bake

Cookie Bites – the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter means these are sure to become a favorite snack! The ‘No Bake, No Stovetop‘ means these tasty treats come together quickly and easily! I have been anxiously awaiting this one – my friend Somer‘s new book, The Abundance Diet. By description, this book is a…

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Santa Fe Taco Salad with Cool Salsa Ranch

Fresh Santa Fe Salad with Salsa Ranch

  Santa Fe Taco Salad with Cool Salsa Ranch – peppery arugula and fresh Southwest flavors combine with crunchy ranch tortilla chips and a Cool Salsa Ranch for a perfectly simple and satisfying salad! No, I am not really sharing a recipe for salad here today. Well, I suppose I am, but really? This is about the Cool…

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Crazy Brownies

Crazy Brownies

Crazy Brownies – fudgy, dense, and sweet – these will be your new favorite! These rich chocolate gems have an unbelievably healthy ingredient list – enjoy! Can I just tell you, I am over the moon excited for my friend Dreena’s latest book, Plant Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes: Most know Dreena…

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Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad

Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad

Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad – vibrant cauliflower brings great color and texture to this salad. Layers of flavor and crunch with a bright lemony shallot dressing. While we are just about right on the edge of warmer days of summer, including all my favorite veggies showing up at the farmers market, I am already craving…

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Fudgy Cardamom Squares

Vegan Richas Indian Kitchen

Fudgy Cardamom Squares – incredibly flavorful with a fudgy consistency, these warmly spiced bars will disappear fast – you should just make a double batch. ___________________________________________________________ I have been a fan of Vegan Richa for years – drawn in with her stunning photography, I keep coming back for her inventive recipes using complex layers of flavor…

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Lemon Coconut Spirulina Balls

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Lemon Coconut Spirulina Balls – brightly flavored and vibrantly colorful, these little gems are packed with protein and are fantastic nutrient rich snacks! _________________________________________________________ I am going to get right to the point and say my friend Annie has created something great with her book, Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant Based, Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite. She…

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Cinco de Mayo Recipe Collection

BIENVENIDOS

It is no secret I like Mexican food. I like spicy. I like peppers. I have collected the tastiest plant based dishes – some traditional, some a creative spin on an original – perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or for a Tuesday. Enjoy:   Crinkle Cut Nachos Blanco with Sriracha Peach Queso   Jalapeño Margaritas…

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Ultra Energy Bars – The Plantpower Way

The Plantpower Way

Ultra Energy Bars – power packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried berries, these bars boast a plentitude of protein and nutrient rich flavor! ___________________________________________________________ One of the great inspirational books I have read is Finding Ultra, the incredible story of Rich Roll’s journey in Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men,…

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