Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients: 2 Ripe Bananas 1/4 cup applesauce 3/4 cup sugar (coconut sugar or white sugar) 1 stick (1/2 cup salted butter), softened* 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg dash of cinnamon 1/4 chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) 1/2 cup chocolate chips (& a few more to sprinkle…

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 55 mins Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins Ingredients 3 large eggs, separated (you will use 2 large eggs, 1 egg yolk) 1 CUP (2, 5.3 ounces each) containers Greek yogurt (lemon, vanilla or plain) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature 1 large lemon (2 teaspoons zest and 2 tablespoons juice) 3/4 cup white sugar or coconut…

Stove Top Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Ingredients: 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced 32 oz / 4 C chicken or vegetable broth 1 15 oz can cannellini beans 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes  3/4 cup of Ditalini or any other small pasta  12 oz. package Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage 1 Bunch Kale, stems removed and leaves…

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 lb Sausage (I used TJs Sundried Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage) 32 oz or 1 carton chicken or vegetable stock (plus 1 cup water) 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes 1 15 oz can great northern or cannellini beans 1 yellow onion 3-4 cloves garlic 3 stalks celery…

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Banana Bread (dairy + gluten free)

Recipe via @balancewithb Yields about 10 slices Ingredients: For the bread: 3 ripe bananas, mashed (small or 2 medium/large ones) 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 tbsp. vanilla 3 eggs 1/4 cup almond flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or sub) pinch of sea salt…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes YIELD: Serves or Makes 1 – 9″ pie Delicious, easy and only a few ingredients needed! Recipe via @LOSKITCHENCO FOR THE CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST INGREDIENTS 24 chocolate sandwich cookies 4 tablespoons melted butter FOR THE FILLING INGREDIENTS 1 cup peanut butter 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 11/2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract FOR THE…

Brown Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies prep time: 20 mins cook time: 10 minsinactive time: 2 hours total time: 2 hours, 30 mins Makes: 24-26 cookies These Brown Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are ultra thick and chewy! Ingredients 1/3 cup shredded coconut 3/4 cup flaked coconut 8 oz unsalted butter, melted until browned 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon…

Risotto al Barolo (Red Wine Risotto)

Risotto al Barolo (my specialty & favorite) serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 1 yellow onion 2 cups Arborio Rice 2 glasses Barolo/Nebiolo or other dry red Piemontese wine 1 litre /32 oz. chicken stock/broth (preferably homemade) 3/4 stick of cold butter (cut into small pieces) 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (more for serving) Optional: 1/2 cup…

Corkscrew on 5th

Thirsty Thursday is here, but has taken a different meaning than it did 5 years ago. These days, after a long work week, I crave a relaxing date night that involves some good food and a nice large glass of red wine! Corkscrew on 5th Coffee & Wine Bar, located on the first floor of…

Superica Comes to CLT!

  All the buzz around Superica coming to Charlotte is 1000% worth it! When it was announced that this popular Tex-Mex restaurant from Atlanta would be opening in my building, I started counting down the days. After months of watching (and hearing) construction on the space that used to be an old office being renovated…

Sweat & Reset – Mexico Yoga Retreat

SWEAT & RESET: HOT POWER YOGA & DEEP STRETCH RETREAT Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Mexico (20 mins from Cancun) February 17-22, 2019 (President’s Day Week) Join Tarra and Brittany for 6 days/5 nights of yoga, sun, relaxation and adventure in Puerto Morelos, MEXICO! We will offer 1-2 yoga classes a day, 3 group dinners and…

Charleston Restaurant Guide

Dinner: Downtown: The Darling Oyster Bar Leon’s Oyster Shop 167 Raw The Ordinary Chez Nous Husk Stars Rappahannock Oyster Bar Prohibition The Rarebit The Macintosh Hall’s Chophouse 492 Vintage Lounge Purlieu Edmund’s Oast Indaco Juliet Minero Stella’s Sullivan’s Island: Obstinate Daughter HomeTeam Mt. Pleasant: Tavern & Table (Shem Creek) Drinks: The Watch Rooftop (DT) Husk…