Sweet 'n Spicy Glazed Cocktail Balls

These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Cocktail Balls are an appetizer favorite. A creamy, spicy sauce, with pineapple-cayenne-maple flavors coats every toasty warm meatless meatball. No plate required for these tasty little vegan bites. This protein-rich nibble is perfect for holiday parties or anytime snacking. Get my recipe...


Christmas Tree Salad. Pomegranate. Pecans. Raw Chard.

originally published: 12/3/12, updated: 12/16/18

I had no intentions of making this raw chard ribbon salad a "Christmas Tree" Salad. It was just going to be a holiday salad. Until I piled it into my bowl and watched as it formed a peaked tower that resembled a decked out holiday tree.

Complete with shiny red pomegranate "lights" - glossy grape bulbs - twinkly satsuma ornaments - and then, of course, I needed a star on top...

..sprouted grain toast star it was!

So my holiday salad turned into an edible tree.

And now, (six years later!!!), this has been a festive fave of mine. I hope you can give it a try and even bring your own creativity to it...


Vegan Snickerdoodles (Cream of Tarter-free recipe)

Snickerdoodles have always been one of my very favorite cookies. Light, buttery and tender, with a vanilla-cinnamon flavor and a unique delicate lemon-y tartness to them. Every year I like to try a new cookie - one that I haven't made in a while or ever and this year, these were it! Last year I fell in love with my Pfefferneuse cookies, and in case you haven't tried those yet, they are still absolutely my favorite Christmas party or gifting cookie. But if you want something lighter and just really lovely, vanilla-y and sparkly, these vegan Snickerdoodles are a big win.

But one thing about Snickerdoodles, you usually see cream of tarter as an ingredient. Well, I tested these a few ways and actually found that the version without the cream of tarter was my favorite - yet still had that sweet and bright flavor that Snickerdoodles classically have. Check it out!...


Go-to Garlicky Kale

This time of year I find myself craving cooked greens as opposed to large raw salads. And my Go-To Garlicky Kale is one of my favorite recipes for fast, easy and flavorful greens...


Holiday Nog French Toast Casserole

This Holiday Nog French Toast Casserole is perfect for a cozy December morning. I love this dish because the bread bakes up fluffy and soft, fully marinated in yummy nog flavor. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Holiday cozies. Plus, this dish feeds a crowd while taking minimal effort on your part.

Perfect for busy cooks with BIG cozy morning ambitions...