Orange Cardamom Curd

Homemade fruit curds always surprise me. Each creamy spoonful contains so much bright, sweet flavor. Even though I have been making my own fruit curds for some years now, I still think it’s pretty amazing that such simple ingredients can turn into something so special.

When I found Marisa McClellan’s brand new book Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces in my mailbox a few weeks ago, I immediately checked the index to see if there was a citrus curd recipe inside. The answer was, happily, yes! And the recipe- Orange Cardamom Curd– was so intriguing that I had to make it right away.

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Do you follow Marisa’s blog Food in Jars? If you are interested in food preservation, then you must, must, must check it out. Having met her in the flesh, I can attest to the fact that she is a lovely person; Marisa is also a truly fabulous resource when it comes to canning (Preserving by the Pint is her second book; she is also the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round). I really like her small-batch approach. I think it’s wonderful for those new to preserving, but I have to stress that Preserving by the Pint is not just for novices. I, for one, really enjoy making small amounts of preserved foods…I don’t always want to make 6, 9, or 12 jars of something…I don’t always feel like “swimming in preserves”, as Marisa puts it.

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Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces contains recipes for so many things you’ll love: from jams to chutneys to pestos and pickles. I plan to use this book a lot and I highly recommend it.

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I love this curd swirled into plain yogurt (with some nuts sprinkled on top); I also think it would be great on these orange date oatmeal scones. Marisa mentions using it on whole wheat biscuits…use your imagination!

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My Thoughts on Resolutions, NOT Dieting, and Buckwheat Cinnamon Rolls

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As many of you know, I spent 2012 writing about the power of simple changes. I posted about the subject extensively here on my blog; I also wrote a book (tentatively titled One Simple Change) that will be published by Chronicle Books sometime in the fall.

Despite being an “evangelist” for the pursuit of optimal health via lifestyle tweaks, I am not really a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. While I certainly appreciate the sentiment behind resolutions (the determination/desire to make a change), I believe resolutions are often doomed to failure. Why? Because most people don’t make resolutions that are realistic, nor do they create a practical plan for how to achieve them.

The one I dislike the most is probably the most popular resolution of all: the resolution to go on a diet. I hate the “go on a diet” resolution for slightly different reasons than I mentioned above: I hate it because I don’t think restricting your food intake is healthy for your body or your mind. In addition, I really and truly believe going on a diet is a waste of time because most diets don’t work. In fact, the first chapter in my forthcoming book is all about why you should not diet.

So…if you started a diet in the last day or two (or if you plan to start one soon), I invite you to reconsider. Instead of dieting (and therefore depriving yourself/counting calories and fat grams/worrying constantly about what you think you’re not supposed to be eating), you’ll be much better off if you make it your goal to spend your precious time and energy nourishing your body with real, whole foods. I also recommend putting effort into figuring out which foods really work for your body and which ones don’t. Your health will most definitely improve if you do these things, and you might just lose weight, too.

Now, you might be surprised to see a recipe for cinnamon rolls on a healthy recipe blog at the beginning of January, but these are not your typical cinnamon rolls. These are wholesome, yet really delicious, gluten- (and grain-) free cinnamon rolls.

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Avocado Panna Cotta

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hass Avocado Board featuring Hass Avocados for SocialSpark. I purchased my own avocados but did receive compensation for promoting Haas avocados in this post; all opinions are 100% mine. My whole family adores Haas avocados. We go through lots of them in this house, … Read more

Fresh Fig and Banana Smoothie

This vegan fig banana smoothie blends up just a few seconds, but tastes rich and ever so exotic. This is one of my favorite smoothies. I haven’t had one in a while, and was reminded of it when I saw this gorgeous fig banana milkshake at Pinch My Salt. Figs are high in fiber, calcium, … Read more

Gluten-Free Blood Orange Cardamom Cake

Before I started blogging about food, lemons were lemons and oranges were oranges. Things are different now. Now, I’m obsessed with Meyer lemons. And crazy about specialty oranges: blood oranges, in particular. I’m totally and completely in love with them because they are so beautiful… …and because when they are in season (now!), they taste … Read more