Caramel Peanut Popcorn

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© David James Di Pardo – 2017

CARAMEL. PEANUT. POPCORN. Not sure this recipe needs further introduction but just in case you need some convincing… I made my first batch of caramel peanut popcorn about 7 years ago for a family game night. It was an instant success… In fact whenever we organize game nights this popcorn is requested, or at this point has become a prerequisite. Its easy to munch on while playing games, and doesn’t leave your fingers sticky or greasy, mucking up your playing cards. Plus its vegan and gluten-free to boot. Continue reading

Holiday Nog

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© David James Di Pardo – 2016

It really doesn’t feel like the holidays without eggnog. Whether its for sipping while decorating the tree and blasting Christmas music, toasting at a holiday party, or for gulping down at 3am when you sneak out of bed for the leftover gingerbread cookies (which has never happened by the way). Continue reading

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

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Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

© David James Di Pardo – 2016

Every once and a while I get the urge to play with gluten-free recipes. I don’t actually have any major issues with gluten, but I’ve found that when I over indulge my body makes sure to let me know.

Generally speaking most of the foods I eat throughout the day are naturally gluten-free, but when it comes to baked goods, its often a hit or miss. One of the reasons is I tend to avoid gluten-free baking is the additives and extensive list of ingredients. Personally I don’t like to use xanthan gum in recipes, so gluten-free recipes without eggs usually require a little more work effort. I’ve been playing with recipes for protein brownies over the past couple weeks, the majority included black beans, no sugar, minimal oil, protein powder, and no flour. Needless to say, this isn’t one of those recipes… After weeks of healthy brownies I needed the good stuff! Continue reading

Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

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Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

© David James Di Pardo – 2016

I made these cute little guys for my godmother’s b-day last week and I was really pleased with the way the recipe turned out so I figured I’d share it. Her favorite cake is strawberry shortcake hence my decision to make a strawberry flavored treat. Continue reading

Anzac Cookies

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© David James Di Pardo - 2016

© David James Di Pardo – 2016

Anzac cookies hold fond memories for me. These are the first recipe I made after discovering Heidi Swanson’s blog 101 Cookbooks. Heidi’s blog and books (her books are awesome too) are filled with vegan and vegetarian recipes. Continue reading

Feeling Peachy!

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Roasted Peach Ice Cream 02Peaches are by far my favorite summer fruit. There’s nothing like the scent of a fresh, ripe peach, bursting with flavor. My apologies to the rest of the summer fruits, I love you all, but peaches really steal the show. Every year I look forward to that moment when the markets are stocked with baskets of peaches; picked just in time so that they aren’t hard and tart or soft and mushy, but rather that sweet spot right in between. Continue reading

Caramel Swirl Pecan Brownies

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© David James Di Pardo – 2016

A quick and easy brownie recipe, and pretty versatile to be honest. Having invited my parents over for dinner a couple weeks ago, I was looking for something simple to serve for dessert. Cakes and cupcakes seemed too fussy for the mood I was in. Continue reading

Cranberry Orange Loaf

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© David James Di Pardo – 2016

Coming off of the holidays, I’m finding myself with fridges and freezers that are overflowing with produce and left-overs. We had family visiting from out of town and since everyone was leaving the country to be able to return home, no food could be taken with them. So in an effort to reduce some of the produce on-hand before it spoils I decided to bake up a loaf with some of the extras in fridge. Continue reading

Rocky Road Cookies

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© David James Di Pardo – 2015

The past week or so I’ve been pumping cookies out of my kitchen at an impressive rate. Mostly an effort to try to get ahead of the Christmas baking while juggling a few other things… Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, baking, wrapping, cleaning, organizing… not sure how I managed get myself into this mess, but there I was. One week away from having house guests arrive and still so much to do. Continue reading