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Recipe Box: Taos Blue Corn Muffins

Taos has always held a fond place in my heart. There’s something so special about its many micro climates, of vast horizons over the sage spotted mesa, the white cotton candy-like clouds painting shadows and light across the expansive views, the cold mountain streams tracing pathways through the aspens. It takes my breath away every time.

My dear friend and I have been making annual trips to Taos for the last …

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Recipe Box: Turmeric Ginger Oatmeal

Before I left for Kauai, my mom came to visit and provide her loving motherly support in my move.  As all doting mothers do, they cook and clean and just generally make life better. Love you, Mom. For several mornings in a row, she kept offering to make me her favorite new oatmeal creation for breakfast. I resisted and resisted, insisting that I really didn’t eat oatmeal any more for XY&Z …

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Recipe Box: Morel Mushroom & Butternut Squash Pasta

I’ve been a bit seasonally confused lately. I left the cold Midwest winter last month and moved to Kauai on my birthday. It’s been an incredible month settling into the island and receiving her many blessings, including the abundance of gorgeous produce here. Saturday markets are filled with fruits and vegetables I’d never heard of before…soursop, egg fruit, bread fruit, longons, and over 80 varieties of avocados that I’m tasting my …

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Recipe Box: Sweet Potato Chili & Skillet Cornbread

Put down those smoothie bowls and cold kombuchas, vata season is here. In Ayurveda, everything in nature – from our bodies and minds, to the seasons around us – can be categorized by three primal energies known as the doshas, which consist of the five elements. Vata Dosha is the element of air and ether, it governs the season of fall and early winter. The qualities of vata and fall are alike – dry, …

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Recipe Box: Plantain Brownies

I’ve done the near impossible! I’ve created the most perfect brownie recipe that’s gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, doesn’t taste like cardboard or strange hippie healthy takes on dessert, and it’s under 10 ingredients!  I’m making a valiant effort to create less intensive recipes these days, and this one falls under the category of beyond simple.  I actually developed this recipe well over a year ago (I know, …

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Recipe Box: Brown Rice Porridge with Rhubarb Ginger Compote

I’ve never been a big savory breakfast eater, let alone much of a breakfast eater at all. Give me a big mug or two of tea and I’m content until lunch time. But in the days where the mornings are chilly and I wake up with a big appetite, porridge is my go-to. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a big fan of breakfast porridge.

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Recipe Box: Kabocha Squash & Red Lentil Soup

A few months ago, right around the time I was launching my new website and leading two big retreats in the span of 6 weeks, I wasn’t sleeping well and my health was suffering. I would wake up everyday, look in the mirror and verbally lament over how “drained, dried up, and lackluster” I felt. I would tell friends how wiped out I was, how I felt …

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Recipe Box: Spaghetti Squash Pasta

There’s a delicate art to making a red sauce. I know so because I watched my Italian father and aunt spend years refining and perfecting the process of our family recipe. A good sauce takes a minimum of 8-10 hours, beginning with the slow process of sweating the onions on a low heat. Of bringing the garlic to the perfect light golden caramel color. Of balancing the tomatoes vs. herbs …

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Recipe Box: Tea of the Feminine with Free + Native

One of the greatest parts of food blogging is being able to connect with incredible artisans, makers and culinary creators  from around the world.  And if there’s one thing I’ve seen in this community – there are some seriously talented women out there shaping the way we eat, think, and feel about food! This year, I decided to launch a new series on the Vidya blog to highlight some of the kitchen goddesses out there who …

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