All posts filed under: Recipes

‘From Scratch’ Vegetable Broth

If you’re buying vegetable broth at the grocery store, you’re doing life wrong.  Make it yourself and you’ll never go back to the processed, weak, flavored water you’ll find in box or can format. It’s so ridiculously simple and you’ll feel better about not throwing out your produce nearing spoilage level. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 40% of food in the US goes to waste. Help be a part of the solution with my recipe below. Just save your nearly spoiled produce and  vegetable scraps not otherwise being used, place in the freezer in a gallon sized bag until you have about 5-6 cups and you’re all set.  Your soups, stews and chili will thank you.  Not to mention vegetable broth brings another dimension to pasta, quinoa and any other grain that calls for boiling.  ENJOY!

Wild Blueberry Basil Lemonade

Happy 1st Friday of Summer!  I live for this season: road trips, fresh produce, swimming holes, baseball, hiking, HEAT and the list keeps going.  Bring. It. On. I’m redoing a Southern staple summer beverage today-lemonade, but sans all the processed sugar you’d normally find in a glass. Berry season is officially here, but I had some leftover frozen wild blueberries to use up. Strawberries or blackberries could work well if blueberries aren’t your style.  I incorporated basil leaves from my indoor plant (obsessed with living home décor right now) into the recipe and it turned out fabulous!  For the sweetener, I chose honey because just a bit goes a long way and it’s one of my favorite natural sources of sugar. Wild Blueberry Basil Lemonade Ingredients: 7-8 cups water 1/3 cup raw, organic honey (more or less as desired) 1 cup wild blueberries 3-4 springs basil leaves ½ cup lemon juice (from 3-4 large lemons) Directions: Muddle a few blueberries and basil leaves at the bottom of a glass to release oils and juice (if desired). Heat the water and honey over medium …

Costa Rica Dreamin’

One month ago today, we were waiting on a hopper plane to Tambor airport, where we would embark on our last 45 minute leg of the trip to our tiny resort up the most windy, gravely road you can imagine in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.  The only description I can currently find fitting enough is awe-inspiring.  Multiply that by 100 and hopefully you get the idea of how in love I am with that tiny town.  I’m rarely a repeat traveler (having taken the exact trip two years prior with my travel friend, Amie), but I had to bring back my husband for the experience.    You can check out a few of my favorite travel pics below: I longed for a fresh mango smoothie the entire trip, but unfortunately the fruit was too green and I couldn’t find one ANYWHERE.  Most of the food here is literally so fresh; if it’s not in season or not caught that day-you aren’t eating it.  LOVEEEEEE! Kind of fitting for the country’s motto: Pura Vida, which translates to ‘pure life’. So since mango was out of the question, I settled …