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Oct 10, 2017 | 256 Pages

It’s the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Large hardcover makes a classic looking cookbook. Nice if you like to display books in your kitchen and especially nice if you like pink.

Super feature is that every recipe has a full page photo. But- the recipes do not suit my culinary style. Not at all. Overall I found the recipes lengthy. Lots of the recipes were the kind I know I would never try. But maybe you would. (Garnet Yam Pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar). And a few were just too common (chocolate chip cookies) My style is simple and healthy (and maybe a bit unique) so this cookbook is not for me. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Healthworks’ superfoods are made by the Earth for your body so you can live a happy healthy life.

USDA Organic 100% Raw Goji Berry by Healthworks

Soft and chewy berries. Healthworks berries are moist and not dried out. A yummy superfood, Goji beries are also a vegetarian source of protein. I’ve added them to recipes like my homemade granola. And I’m planning to add some to apple crisp this fall.

USDA Organic 100% Raw Cacao Nibs by Healthworks

This pure form of chocolate will take a little time to get use to. But you will and will love it. Lots of nutrients, so go ahead and enjoy it without any guilt. Add it to whatever you like in place of chocolate chips. I’ve used them in my chocolate chip banana bread recipe. And I’ve had someone mention that they grind some with coffee beans for a special “cup of joe”. The two questions/answers below are from the Healthworks Amazon page & are very informative.

Question: Does it taste like chocolate chips or dark chocolate?

Answer: Raw, organic cacao nibs can have sort of a bitter, think dark chocolate taste, when eaten by themselves. The reason is because it is not treated like your typical Cocoa that you would buy in the supermarket is. Because it is raw it does not have sugar added or any of the unhealthy processing that is used to give it a sweet taste, but also which voids many of the natural health benefits. The good news is that if you use it in smoothies or recipes that call for chocolate, many customers feel like they get all the great taste of chocolate without the unhealthy additives or processing, plus the nutritional benefits of raw cacao nibs.

Question:How are the Cacao Nibs processed?

Answer: Much of the production process is manual and takes place on the small farms where the cacao is grown. Our cacao is selectively harvested by hand since not all the fruit ripen in the same time. Mature fruit pods are split open, the cacao beans removed and the outer shell discarded. Once scooped from the pods the cacao beans are fermented and sun dried to lower the humidity.

On arrival at our processing plant the cacao grains are washed and disinfected to lower microbiological contamination. We then soften the skin of the cacao by means of a low heat treatment. The beans are then low temperature dried and their shells are removed before being crushed into smaller nib size pieces.

Temperature is the most important advantage of all our cacao products: all the processing is done below 45º Celcius (approximately 110º Fahrenheit), which allows us to maintain the natural flavor and -even more important- the nutritional properties of the fresh cacao grains.

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I recommend the Healthworks brand. Their website offers Free shipping on All orders. Also available on Amazon.


Healthworks provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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A quick and healthy school time snack. Or appetizer. Or what have you.


1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained and partially mashed

1/2 cup drained canned whole kernel corn   cooked white or whole grain rice

1/3 cup salsa

1/4 water

2 teaspoons chili powder

5  ounces shredded cheddar cheese

1 small jalapeno pepper and/or poblano pepper, sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine beans and next 4 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased small casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepper slices. Cover and bake for 20 minutes  or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. Uncover and cook 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or other crunchy crackers.


Updated: Love this recipe so much more without the corn. The rice is way better.

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Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

A Fall Favorite


It can’t get much easier than this one bowl recipe


2 cups granulated sugar

1 (16oz) can pumpkin

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

dash salt

Combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; mix until well blended. Pour into greased 9×13 inch cake pan. Bake 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


4 oz. cream cheese

1/8 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

Combine all frosting ingredients and mix well on low speed with an electric mixer. Spread over cooled cake. I think this amount is plenty but double the recipe if you like a LOT of frosting. 

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Bread. Pesto. Tomato. Mozzarella. Basil.   

Take liberties to make this quick-pressed sandwich the way you like it. in mere minutes. 

My version:


Start with the bread. I used sour dough because it was available. [any bakery style bread would be good. ciabatta is typical for a panini] Spread pesto on one slice of bread [either store or homemade. what other options are there?] Then add a few tomato slices. Roma are my favorite because they are firm, easy to slice, and don’t have a lot of seeds [use any variety you like, sliced thick or thin] Add cheese. I use packaged mozzarella [fresh mozzarella is an option] And finish with basil. I place whole basil leaves on my sandwich [but go ahead and chiffonade the basil if you prefer]  

Use a nonstick pan. Add butter or olive oil. Heat. Add sandwich. Then use the simple stove-top technique [pan on the stove with another pan for a press]


 have a panini favorite? please share

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A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake, a Bismarck, or a Dutch puff, is a sweet popover that is normally served for breakfast. wikipedia 

This recipe is healthy & easy. minimal ingredients, minimal dishes. a good way to benefit from eggs when you’re not an egg person. twenty minutes equals one dramatic puff. 


Ingredients Needed:

3 large eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature

2/3 cup flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

salt, just a dash

4 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 Tbs. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon, mixed

1 cup fresh berries. any berry combo

Preheat oven to 425. Beat eggs with a mixer on medium until pale and frothy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the milk, flour, cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Beat until thoroughly combined. 

In a 10-inch oven safe skillet, melt butter. Remove from heat and pour the batter (thin consistency) into the pan. (right on top of the melted butter) Place skillet in the oven & bake for about 20 minutes. (yield 1 golden-brown puff)

Remove from oven. Top with sugar/cinnamon mixture and berries. Eat immediately. 


although the pics show a whole puff with berries, i usually remove the puff from the pan and slice before I top with the sugar/cinnamon & berries. just did it this way for presentation. (serves 2-4)





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Cacao Nibs you ask? 

You betcha! These guys are like a mix between roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.  Crunchy but tender. Seriously good.

Gather up:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Beat butter and sugars on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time beating for 1 minute on medium speed between each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the flour mixture to the butter/ egg mixture.  Beat on low speed until the mixture just comes together.  Add the oats, walnuts, cacao nibs, and chocolate chips.  Beat on low or by hand until everything is well mixed. 

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet(s) that are lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Makes about 5 or 6 dozen, so make sure you share!



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I love this breakfast recipe. It was given to me from MINNIE STREET BED AND BREAKFAST INN, Fairbanks, Alaska.

(Yes, I’m thinking cool Alaska thoughts amid very hot NC June weather)




6 eggs, ½cup half-half, ¼cup amaretto, and 1 tsp. cinnamon.

Keep croissants frozen until ready to use. This makes it easy to slice them, as they are delicate and break easily when thawed out. Cut in half, dip into egg mixture and cook.

I use 1  tsp. almond extract instead of the amaretto. Have the maple syrup ready. And maybe some crushed almonds. So very good!

Minnie Street Inn Logo

Traveling to Fairbanks? I recommend Minnie Street Bed & Breakfast Inn. Use the link above to visit their website.


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Company Info

Our Fabric Tortilla Warmers are great not only for heating tortillas and keeping them warm, but for many other foods as well. Since 2005, La Tortilla Oven has pioneered the design of the fabric tortilla warmer. We have also successfully established our own brand “The Tortilla Oven” and slogan “Guaranteed to keep tortillas fresh and warm for over 1 hour!!” Even though there is no such thing as a Tortilla Oven, we are ecstatic to have introduced our own brand name with hopes that it will carry on for years to come. Our mission is to provide a simple working product at an affordable price for every home.
Simple kitchen helper- Heat tortillas directly in the warmer or (what I do) is put already heated tortillas into the warmer to keep warm. The Tortilla Warmer also keeps rolls, flat-breads (I’m a Naan fan), and pancakes warm, too. 
They are available in two sizes- 10″ or 13″- and several different patterns.
10″ Singing Chili Peppers shown below.

Example: Helpful when making fish tacos. (Bonefish Grill style Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Chimichurri Sauce.)  After I pan warm my tortillas, I keep them warm in the Tortilla Warmer while I move on to cooking the fish and preparing the rest of the meal.

The Tortilla Warmers are 100% polyester with a plastic inner lining. Corporate offices are in California with products made in China. Of course, I’d rather this be made in the USA with Eco-friendly materials. 

Notes From Dawn received Tortilla Warmers from La Tortilla Oven™ in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



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The Loving Kitchen. Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

By LeAnn Rice 

Published by Thomas Nelson

paperback, 272 pages

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

The contents include: Morning Fare, Bountiful Breads, Starters and Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Reaching Out and Gathering In. These are easy to make recipes with easy to find ingredients although it isn’t a “healthy eating” kind of cookbook. LeAnn includes a short remark before each recipe and I enjoyed her humor, insight, and inspiration.

A big must have with any cookbook is the photographs. This cookbook has them but they are not the best quality images. Overall, I give this book an A+ for author’s writing style/attitude, B for the variety of recipes, C for the nutrition aspect of the recipes, and a C- for the photographs. 


BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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