No Bake Dazzling Date Squares

written & photographed by Jane Grueber As we continue our dessert makeover, I want to share this simple and sweet-tooth satisfying recipe. For this luscious dish, I put nuts in a food processor, chop up some dates and figs, zip zap zoom and voila. No baking, no dairy, no gluten, no refined sugar! I sometimes…

Growing Chefs! A Curriculum Beyond the Classroom

Since moving to Vancouver Island, where food grows everywhere, our backyard has become a mini agricultural project. As a family, we have spent the last year and a half gardening, growing, harvesting and eating. Our kids have learned so much about the beginning, middle and end of the growing cycle and they love to cook…

Interview with Carolyn Herriot, Author of The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook

Carolyn Herriot is a champion of REAL food. Regional, Environmentally-responsible, Agricultural Land Use. I met her by chance at her Incredibles farm stand in Yellow Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  A farm stand where anyone at any time of the day can purchase organic, heritageopen-pollinated (non GMO) food plants grown just down the road on…

Sky High Apple Pie

We picked four large boxes of apples at our friends’ house on Labour Day. They have a 90 year old apple tree in their backyard that is absolutely filled with apples. The problem is that if the apples are not picked, a local bear ambles in, makes his own gate through the fence and eats…

September is Eat More Plant-Based Foods Month. Let’s Get Started!

Get my Resource List of Plant-Based, Gluten-free Cookbooks. Get Inspired! I have been writing about vegan desserts and plant-based foods for quite some time. When people try my vegan desserts, they LOVE them. Specifically, they love that fresh, smooth, creamy satisfying mouth feel and taste. When they ask, “What’s in that?”, I love the look on their faces…

Easy, Delicious French Toast for the Long Weekend

Le Pain Perdu Recipe I have been inspired to try this delicious treat once again after reading Paris, My Sweet! by Amy Thomas. At the end of her funny foodie book, she makes a mention of le pain perdu and it goes something like “…just where in the hell is all the French Toast?” This question was lingering and frankly…