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Vegan Banana Bread–an easy recipe for baking dairy-free

vegan banana bread recipeIt’s amazing what you can find surfing Instagram. We’ve found several ideas to inspire our recipe development but in this instance, we found a whole recipe! This Instagram find came from elyonlylyablolus, one of the authors of the blog Plaisir Vegan, a site dedicated to simple techniques for vegan cooking. Although the original recipe for this vegan banana bread calls for wheat flour, it also works well with rice flour to make a bread that’s both vegan and gluten free. We love this recipe not only for the scrumptious simplicity but because it stars banana. Read more

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Smoked Salmon Egg Salad–an upgraded variation on a classic

The key ingredient in egg salad is one of the world’s most legendary aphrodisiac ingredients. So why don’t most of us consider egg salad as sexy? Perhaps because its one-tone color fails to excite or maybe it’s the sameness of its texture–more of a comfort food than the gateway to passion. But we’ve given egg salad an upgrade. We’ve added two more aphrodisiac ingredients, salmon and capers. Read more

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Grilled Summer Fruit–the healthy way to do dessert from The Oaks at Ojai

easy grilled summer fruit recipe from The Oaks at Ojai

An easy guide to serving fruits of passion

This recipe comes to us from The Oaks at Ojai spa in Ojai, California. The Oaks is noted for incorporating healthy, local, seasonal ingredients into its menus. Here their health-conscious culinary team take the essence of summer and transform it into a succulent dessert. They do it not with the addition of extra ingredients but through the magic of grilling. Read more

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Kale Guacamole (aka Kale-A-Mole)

kale guacamole (kaleamole)Kale is an “it” vegetable for a reason. It’s an excellent source of vitamins C, K and A. It also offers manganese, calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium and iron, (not to mention fiber). AND it offers a bit of protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It’s hard to find many foods that offer more. But sometimes all that nutrition comes without great flavor. That is the case with kale–at least that’s the opinion of many on our team. So we came up with a way to do kale that anyone can appreciate: Kale-a-mole!  Read more

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Recipe for Lemon Scones with Blackberries from Carla Snyder

lemon scones with blackberriesThere’s something sexy about scones. Sure, they’re the staple of the most proper meal of all time, high tea. But then when you think about eating them in bed–crumbs be damned–served hot with someone even hotter by your side, you see scones’ serious sex appeal! And this version, from our friend and one of our favorite contributors, Carla Snyder, layers up traditional scones with with a spark of citrus and a burst of blackberry. Read more