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GIVEAWAY: Chaffin Family Orchard Olive Oil $72 Value

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I Made It a Month Without Grocery Shopping!!

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Month Without Grocery Shopping

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How to freeze corn

This video shows you how to freeze corn on the cob so you can enjoy it all year long.

My Month Without Grocery Shopping

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Fresh Tomato Basil and Zucchini Wrap

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Tyke Toter

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Eat Yourself Skinny, A Whole Foods Lifestyle

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Whole Foods Part 1 and Part 2

Thanks for all those who came to this class! Please check our classes page for new upcoming classes! Class: Whole Foods Part 1 and Part 2 Dates: 8 week course:July 20-Sept 7 2011 Cost:$120 Wh

Slow Down and Enjoy the Simple Things

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How to Make Baby Food

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Healthy Freezer Meals Workshop / Private Parties Available

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Whole Foods Made Easy Part 2

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Come Get Busy In The Kitchen, Take a Cooking Class This Summer

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Blendtec Sale

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Chia Seeds On Sale

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Blendtec Blender

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Creamy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

This soup is my healthy makeover of the traditional potato leek soup. Potato leek soup usually consists of bacon, cream, and lots of starchy potatoes. Not that potatoes are necessarily bad for you, bu

Blendtec Kitchen Mill Grinder

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Coconut Oil

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Almond Flour

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My Dream Kitchen

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Healthy Holiday Cookbook

The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that can mean; drained energy, lots of refined sugar, and your pants getting a little tighter. That doesn't have to be the case. This year

Buckwheat Berry Cereal

Kick start your day with buckwheat berry cereal. I like this cereal because you don’t have to plan very far in advance to have a really high nutrition breakfast. Just soak the hulled buckwheat over

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cornbread

I always look forward to pumpkin baked goods in the fall. I love pumpkin bread, cookies, granola, and the list goes on. I saw a recipe recently for pumpkin cornbread and thought I would give it a

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Dinner in 20 Minutes, Fresh Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Pizza

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Pics from the Farmers Market and Summer Quinoa Salad

Isaiah loving the market, sampling the bread, and wearing his sweet shades he would not part with at DI. I went to the farmers market today, and I am kicking myself that I haven't made it t

Restaurant Review: Reef’s Kitchen in Park City

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Not Your Ordinary Apple Sauce

I picked up this applesauce at Target on clearance to give it a try. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! It is all naturally sweetened with fruit juice and without preservatives. The biggest thing that

Bud and Rhubarb

Meet Bud, this is my greatest neighbor slash gardener extraordinaire. He has an acre garden full of tomatoes, peppers, egg plants, whatever you can think of he grows it. Whenever I am in the backyard

Southwestern Corn and Sweet Potato Soup

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Gluten Free Cupcakes

These little tasty treats are another rendition of my favorite banana bread. This recipe has been altered so many times I don't remember the original. I have a confession to make. I am a curious

Fun in the Kitchen

Lets just say Isaiah wanted to express his own creativity in the kitchen with the baking soda!

Sprouted “Grainola” with Strawberries

Follow my how to sprout post, to know how to make sprouts. After you have sprouted your grains you can make breakfast cereal out of them. Sprouts can be kind of crunchy, so for the texture I like

Sprouting 101

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Gardening Tips to Getting Started

A garden is the cheapest way to get the best tasting, organic produce. Not having a particullarly green thumb, I decided to take a gardening class. It was a six week course by an amazing gardener, he

Roasted Root Veggies over Quinoa

Photo by Katie Dudley, kdphotography.org Roasted root vegetables and quinoa are the perfect meal for winter time. When it is cold outside, I love a steaming bowl of quinoa topped with veggies. Ro

Raw Friday Congo Bars

Coconut Congo Bars (recipe adapted from Living Food) Equipment Needed: High- speed blender, food processor Fudge Base 2 cups walnuts, preferably soaked and dehydrated 2 cups peca

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Cooking Classes in Utah Thanks for coming! I have no upcoming classes at the moment but please keep checking back!    

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How I ended up in the kitchen......... I wish that I would have known much younger how enjoyable it is to cook. My passion for cooking quite honestly came out of necessity. I did a study abroad

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