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Chocolate Coffee Biscotti October 15, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 11:07 pm
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These are an Italian breakfast cookie, made to be dunked into your morning cup of coffee. The name appropriately means twice-baked. It is a stormy autumn day and thus perfect for making the house smell good and baking something yummy. I have been invited to Sunday brunch tomorrow by a very nice new friend, and I am making these as a hostess gift. Sssshhh. Don’t tell her.🙂


1 2/3 cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup sugar


1/3 cup canola oil

¼ cup brewed coffee

¼ cup almond or other plant based milk


¼ cup walnuts, chopped, optional



Mix the dry ingredients well. Mix the next three ingredients together. Pour oil mixture into the flour and stir well. Add more liquid if needed. Add walnuts. This will make a soft dough. Half the dough and roll each out into 1” logs. Place on unoiled cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes. It should still be soft when you take it out. Let rest for about 10 or 15 minutes. Cut into ½ “pieces and return to a 375-degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes. They should be crispy after baking the second time to hold up to being dunked. This makes about two dozen pieces.




CACIO E PEPE September 2, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 5:55 pm
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The seasonal change in light has a big affect on me. I feel the change as the bright, brilliant summer light gives way to the softer, weaker sun of the autumn season. It leaves me feeling a bit melancholy and low-spirited. Does anyone else feel this way? This past Tuesday was when I felt the light sifting as another season slipped away. I have by now figured out ways to combat this feeling, by burning candles and stringing white lights all over inside, and I adjust pretty quickly.

The good thing about this change is that I feel like cooking and eating again. I’ve never had much appetite in the summer time and mostly just munch on whatever’s ripe in my garden. I made myself a new recipe last night and I think it came out well enough to share.  Like most of my recipes, it is quick and easy to prepare.


6 oz. pasta

1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Several fresh basil leaves, diced

About ¼ cup reserved pasta water

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. I also added a sprinkling of cayenne.



Bring a large pot of water to boil.

While pasta is cooking, put the rest of the ingredients, except the pasta water, in a large bowl and mix well. When the pasta is done, drain, remembering to reserve some of the water, and add cooked pasta to the bowl and stir, adding enough water to help coat the pasta. Serve with French garlic bread and salad, if desired.




Sweet & Sour Zucchini Salad August 27, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 6:19 pm
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This recipe is inspired by my mom. She gave it to me the last time we visited and gave me a serving of this salad. Since I have more zucchinis than I can possible eat or even give away, I made a big ol’ batch. I’ve modified this recipe slightly and cut it in half, so you can easily double it if desired.

½ of a large zucchini-cut small
½ red onion-diced
Minced jalapeno, to taste
2-4 cloves garlic-diced
½ green pepper-diced
1 tablespoon organic sugar
1 tablespoon agave
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon tamari-optional
1 tablespoon dill
1 teaspoon cayenne
Salt and pepper, to taste

Dice the veggies, put in bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.
This is even better the next day, after it has marinated.



Mushroom Tempeh Stroganoff August 16, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 10:39 pm


I had bought too many mushrooms (First time for everything…) and was wondering what to do with them, when suddenly the thought of stroganoff just flew into my brain. Decision made! While I’ve made it many times, it had been a while and it is one of my very favorites. It is made from ingredients found in most pantries, and like most of my best recipes, it is quick and easy.


5-6 mushrooms thinly sliced

¼ to ½ cup tempeh, diced

¼ red onion, thinly sliced

2-4 cloves garlic, diced

About ½ cup sour cream

2or 3 tablespoons peanut oil

¼ cup or so white wine for sautéing

Black pepper, salt, dill, and mustard powder, to taste.

Heat pan to a medium heat with oil. Add onion and sauté a few minutes. Add tempeh and mushrooms. Add wine and more oil as needed. Add garlic and spices. Cook about 8-10 minutes. Turn low and stir in the sour cream. Let simmer to let the flavors blend. Serve over pasta or a grain. This is great with garlic bread and a salad.




Zucchini Bread July 28, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides — misscilicia @ 3:37 pm
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Well, it’s that time of year again, and I have the most prolific zucchini plant I’ve ever grown this year. It’s even grown into the neighbor’s garden! I have to keep moving it back it back to its own space. So, of course I had to make some zucchini bread. And, here’s the recipe.





1 1/2 cups flour

½ cup oats

½ cup organic sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-2 teaspoons vanilla

¼ cup cooking oil

6 tablespoons flax seeds

2 cups almond milk

2-4 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional.


Mix together the dry ingredients. Put the milk and flax seeds in a blender and blend a few moments. Pour into dry ingredients, along with the oil. Mix well, and pour into a well-oiled bread pan. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with sesame seeds, if desired. Bake at 350 for about a half-hour, or until done.





Black Bean Dip May 7, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 10:17 pm
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Yummy Black Bean Dip

My office just had its first art of the year. (My “day-job” is a Realtor.) It was a blast and I had a lot of fun. The first Farmer’s Market of the year was held at the same time. As a veggie addict, I was thrilled. Since it was eve of Cinco de Mayo, I made a black bean dip for the Art Walk and served it with corn chips. I made a large bowl and it all disappeared quickly. I make beans from scratch, but if you wish, you can use canned beans. Pinto beans would work well too, but since black beans are my favorite, I used them. They have an astonishing nutritional profile, besides being delicious. This makes up really quickly, once the beans are cooked. And, here’s my recipe.


 2 cups black beans

¼ to ½ red onion, depending on your taste, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, diced

Cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Lot of cilantro, if you like it.

Salsa or Salsa Verde to taste

1 small container of sour cream


Put beans in food processor, or smash them with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. That’s it—you’re done!




Spinach Colcannon April 2, 2016

Filed under: Cooking,Uncategorized — misscilicia @ 10:39 pm
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As is often the case, this recipe was inspired by my need to use up some food before it went bad. I had a big bunch of spinach (It was on sale—I couldn’t resist.) and I had some left-over mashed potatoes that were nearing their expiry date. Thinking about spinach, I remembered that creamed spinach used to be one of my favorite dishes. An idea began to be born…  And here’s the recipe:



A bunch of spinach, steamed (Save the steaming water.)

2 Tablespoons, or as needed, olive oil

1/4 or so cup diced garlic and onion

Spices to taste, such as salt, pepper, cayenne, oregano, and thyme

2 tablespoons flour

½ cup soy milk

As much of the water from steaming the spinach as needed

2 cups or so leftover mashed potatoes



Heat the oil, then sauté the garlic and onion in an oven-proof frying pan. When they are browned and smelling good, add the flour slowly and whisk it into the oil. (A fork works fine if you don’t have a whisk.) Slowly add the milk and the spinach water, alternating between them and whisking the mix. When thickened, add the spinach and stir. Add spices. Cook a few more moments, then spoon the mashed potatoes on top and smooth out. Place in oven at 350 and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. You can top with cheese or bread crumbs the last 10 minutes, if desired.