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peanut butter brownies with candied cacao nibs

Monday, May 21, 2018

The river that runs in the valley makes the valley that holds it. This is the doorway; the valley of the river. – What wears away the hard stone, the high mountain? The wind. The dust on the wind. The rain. The rain on the wind. What wears the hardness of hate away? Breath, tears. – Courage, compassion, patience holding to their way: the path to the doorway.…

baking breakfast

peanut butter granola with cacao nibs and bittersweet chocolate

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It snows in here. It snows forever, but there’s no Christmas underneath this weather. When it blows here and gets real cold, I wanna trip myself and fall upon your fabulous sword and move here by the stained-glass window. Forget about the inside ghetto. Down here on the hardwood floor, the lines on the ceiling start to swim once more like a cheap Renoir, a fake Van Gogh,…

ice cream

no-churn fig + coffee ice cream with cacao nibs

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It has always seemed strange to me…the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. -John Steinbeck, Cannery Row Recently Puro Fairtrade…

baking breakfast gluten free

blood orange + chocolate muffins with cacao nibs {and almond flour}

Monday, January 21, 2013

It’s Monday, and it’s these muffins, again. But just a bit different. {I can’t help it, they are so terribly good, and this is my most favorite combination yet.} I whipped these up one day last week on the fly; a dear friend was stopping by, and she needed a treat without gluten. There was a blood orange in my fridge, and a bar of chocolate in my…

baking cookies

whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. with spelt, and fleur de sel, and cacao nibs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This week I got some nice little surprises from my dear husband: a gift certificate to itunes and a subscription to Saveur Magazine. Just because! I was rather excited, as music and cookbooks are at the top of my ‘ways to spend my time when everyone is sleeping’ list. So I was listening to music samples and flipping through pages, finding all kinds of goodness. My heart skipped…

baking breakfast

maple oatmeal bread with cacao nibs and raspberry cream cheese

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lately I’ve been rocking a well-worn copy of Molly Katzen‘s The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I’ve loved this cookbook for a long time; it was a staple at my beloved Blue Heron Coffeehouse, and Larry and Colleen were frequently seen thumbing through it, shocking the sleepy town of Winona with Chinese mushroom soup and eggplant salads and all kinds of other goodness that were found handwritten on it’s beautiful…

baking breakfast

banana coffee muffins with cacao nibs and oatmeal

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sometimes, if I close my eyes very tight, I can recall a short period of my life where Saturday mornings were a leisurely affair. There was no alarm that sounded: not from bedside clock, or dated cellphone, or upstairs crib. I would dreamily drift into the morning, allowing myself to wake up in my own.good.time. Aimlessly I would reach for my nightstand, grabbing the book I had left…