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2014 Food and Wine Conference Recap Part 1

Duda Fresh Farms

It's been over a week since I've gotten home from the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando. It was a great conference with beyond amazing speakers and I'm looking forward to going again next year! The conference hotel was the Rosen Shingle Creek and you can see the view from my room below. I … [Go to Full Post...]

OATrageous OXO Giveaway and an Oat Congee Recipe

congee-feature

I love OXO tools and I have a kitchen full of their smart tools. I have sets of their bowls, measuring tools, mandoline, cherry pitter and tons more. I thought you might like some more OXO in your life too, so I asked them to partner with me on an OATrageous Giveaway. If you are the winner you … [Go to Full Post...]

A New Drink for National Drink Watermelon Day

Watermelon Lemon Balm Mint Cooler

When the Watermelon Board asked me to create a drink for National Drink Watermelon Day I actually squealed a little! I'm a huge watermelon fan and have been ever so slightly obsessed with it this summer. July 24 is considered the hottest day of the year and NWPB (National Watermelon Promotion … [Go to Full Post...]

Review: Vegan Ice Cream and a Recipe

Chocolate Pecan from Vegan Ice Cream by Jeff Rogers

Since I've been trying to keep up with Ice Cream Tuesdays, I was particularly excited about reviewing Vegan Ice Cream by Jeff Rogers. I was invited to be in a review group by the publisher and received this book for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this … [Go to Full Post...]

Chilled Summer Squash Soup

Chilled Summer Squash Soup

This year I was determined to grow some yellow squash and zucchini in my tiny garden. I have a ton of sun in my backyard but no good place to put an in-ground garden, so I have an Earthbox garden. It may be small but I have tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pie pumpkins, eggplants and peppers planted … [Go to Full Post...]

OATrageous Oatmeals Pre-order Promotion

OATrageous Oatmeals - Kathy Heter's newest book

Hopefully you've already taken a peek inside my new book, OATrageous Oatmeals. In fact you can do that right this minute on its Amazon page - just click the photo of the book once you get there. The name is a tad misleading because there is so much more than my normal oatmeal recipes inside. … [Go to Full Post...]

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream – No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream with Tazo Chocolate-covered Cocoa Nibs @kathy_hester

It's Ice Cream Tuesday and this Banana Avocado Mint Ice Cream with Tazo chocolate-covered cocoa nibs is the answer to all my needs today. It's cold, creamy and healthy compared to store-bought ice creams. Plus you don't need an ice cream maker to make it! I have to be honest with you and let you … [Go to Full Post...]

Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky Sweetened with Stevia

Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky Watermelon is one of the best parts of summer. Next time you have one try making watermelon drinks instead of cutting a big slice like you always do.  If you buy a full-sized watermelon you’re going to have a ton left over and it can be a little problematic to store if you already have a fridge full of summer fruits and veggies. This gives you a compact way to enjoy your watermelon!  Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky  The easiest and most portable to use up the watermelon you have is to make watermelon juice. This sounds much fancier than it is.  It’s so simple and easy – just add cut up watermelon into your blender and blend as smooth as you can, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. This removes the fibrous pieces and leaves you with watermelon juice. Ta-da!  Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky  Now that you have a pitcher of deliciously refreshing watermelon juice you might as well up the ante. That’s where the lime and sweetener come into play.  Mix in the juice of 2 limes and lightly sweeten with liquid stevia, stevia simple syrup or sweetener of your choice. I would definitely sweeten to taste since one watermelon could be sweeter than another.  You could also add some fresh mint or lemon balm to the blender with the watermelon chunks. I did not use it in mine because I wanted the botanicals in the gin to shine through. But if you’re drinking it plain or with vodka the herbs would be fantastic!  Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky  Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky with Stevia!   Submitted by Kathy H. RecipesCookbooks Print recipe Yield: 6.00 servings Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Simple to make and with watermelon juice, lime juice and a light sweetener it is the perfect summer mocktail. Or add a little gin for your new favorite cocktail!  Ingredients  6 cups seedless and peeled watermelon chunks 2 limes 8 drops liquid stevia or 2 small packets (or sweetener of your choice, to taste) 1 ounce of gin per serving, optional Directions  Add the water melon to a blender and blend well. If you have a high speed blender it will take about 1 minute, but if you have a less powerful one it could take 3 to 4 minutes.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowel with a pour spout. Pour into a serving pitcher.  Add in lime juice and stevia, stir and serve. You can garnish with a lime or watermelon slice.  CommentAdd to cookbookView on Key Ingredient   StumbleUpon Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky

Watermelon is one of the best parts of summer. If you're at all like me you may get a little over zealous at times. If something is priced per piece, or perhaps per watermelon, I am going to find the biggest one in the store - even if I can barely lift it into my cart by myself. I'm just thrifty … [Go to Full Post...]

Review: Thrive Energy Cookbook

Chocolate Chip French Vanilla Smoothie

I received Thrive in the mail a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the photos and design are. Be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway to win your own copy of Thrive Energy Cookbook and to get the recipe for the Chocolate Chip French Vanilla Smoothie from the … [Go to Full Post...]

Eggplant Tapenade from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two

Photo by Kate Lewis

The hot, humid North Carolina summer weather wears me out from a simple walk around my tiny garden or after a few hours working on the deck. The heat makes me feel less motivated and spend to much time thinking about taking naps. This is the time of the year that slow cookers are made for. Make … [Go to Full Post...]

even more posts and recipes!

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  2. VeganCuts Dog Lovers Box Giveaway!
  3. No-Added Oil Avocado Ranch Dressing
  4. Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes
  5. Quick and Easy Thai Red Curry
  6. Join Me at the 2014 Food and Wine Conference
  7. Strawberry Spelt Biscuits for Breakfast in Bed-Fest
  8. Review: Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer
  9. Green Pina Colada Smoothie
  10. Allison’s E-book: Comfortably Yum
  11. Kidney Bean and Summer Squash Mexi Stir-fry
  12. More Quick-Fix Vegan Review
  13. Red Curry Coconut Peanut Butter
  14. Maple Coconut Macaroons featuring Quinoa Flour!
  15. Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Giveaway and Review
  16. Turtle Butter: Pecans, Chocolate, Dates and Maple Syrup
  17. Review: Cheers to Vegan Sweets
  18. Abe’s Market Vegan Giveaway
  19. Apple Caramel Quinoa-Noodle Kugel
  20. Quinoa Flour and Flax Gluten-free Noodles
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