Monday, December 29, 2014

Posted by Leslie Livingstone 10:02 AM No comments

Paleo Sweet Potato Cranberry Stuffing

yield: 12
total time: ~2 HOURS
I made this Stuffing for our grain free Thanksgiving last year and loved it. 
I will often make up a batch and use it as a casarole for my breaksfast.
I will just add and egg and half and avocado.


  • 6 lb. sweet potatoes, cut into ½“ cubes
  • 8 oz. {2 sticks} grass-fed butter or extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 lb. mild Italian sausage
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 head of celery, diced
  • 1 Tbl Italian seasoning
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • curly parsley for garnish {optional}


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Melt half the butter and pour over the cubed sweet potatoes. Lay the sweet potato cubes on the baking sheets in a single layer. Dust with half the kosher salt. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, stir, then bake for an additional 25 minutes. Add or subtract baking time in order to get slightly crisped, but not burnt sweet potato croutons.
  2. In a large frying pan, break up and brown the Italian sausage. When it’s brown and crispy, drain in a colander and then set aside.
  3. Add the other half of the butter {4 oz.} to a large sauce pan over low/medium heat. Add the cloves of garlic and let it simmer and infuse for about 5 minutes. When the garlic starts to brown, remove and discard. Add the diced onions and stir. Add the diced celery, ½ tsp of the kosher salt, and the Italian seasoning. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
  4. Pour the finished sweet potato croutons, Italian sausage, and cooked onion, celery, and garlic mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the raw cranberries and fold until evenly combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Remove the foil then bake for an additional 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Remove from oven, serve, and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Posted by Leslie Livingstone 7:13 AM No comments
Each holiday season Starbucks brings out one of its most beloved dessert recipes: a soft triangle of white chocolate and cranberry cake covered with delicious creamy lemon frosting and dried cranberries. But when the holidays are over, the Bliss Bars go back into hiding until next season. that's when we bust out our home clone.
The cake is flavored with bits of crystallized ginger that you can find in most markets near the herbs and spices. Be sure to finely mince the chunks of ginger before adding them, since ginger has a strong flavor, and you don't want anyone biting into whole chunk. For the white chocolate, one 4­ounce bar of Ghirardelli white chocolate will give you the perfect amount of chunks after you chop it up. If you can't find that brand, any brand of white chocolate will do, or you can use 4 ounces of white chocolate chips. This clone recipe will make a total of 16 cake bars, at a fraction of the cost of the original.
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups ( Baking Mix )
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
4 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks
4­ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries
Drizzled Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Almond Milk
2 teaspoons Coconut oil
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Make cake by beating the butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs, ginger, vanilla, and salt and beat well. Gradually mix in the flour and baking powder until smooth. Mix the chopped dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks into the batter by hand. Pour the batter into a buttered 9 x 13­inch baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is lightly browned on top. Allow the cake to cool.
3. Make the frosting by combining the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. When the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
4. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries over the frosting on the cake.

5. Make the drizzled icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and shortening. Drizzle this icing over the cranberries in a sweeping motion with a squirt bottle or fill a small plastic storage bag with the icing and cut off the tip of one corner.

6. Cover the cake and let it chill out in the fridge for a couple hours, then slice the cake lengthwise (the long way) through the middle. Slice the cake across the width three times, making a total of eight rectangular slices. Slice each of those rectangles diagonally creating 16 triangular slices.
( Tip Best if refrigerated overnight, This allows the frosting to set up )

Makes 16 bars

Posted by Leslie Livingstone 7:00 AM No comments
These Orange Ginger scones have been a family tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas since I was a child.  There is something special about waking up the holiday morning with Scone and Sausage waiting.

( Photos to be posted Christmas )
Preheat oven 425
4 cups of flour ( Baking Mix )
2 ts fresh ginger
2 oragne peel grated
1/2 cup sugar
1 TB + 1ts of baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1ts salt
1 cup butter ( Grassfed )
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
Mix all dry ingrediants in a bowl with the orange peel
( You can pre-mix dry ingredients the night before)
Cut in the butter
Whisk all wet ingrediants in a bowl and slowly mix into dry mixture
Flour the counter
Lay out scone mix
Cut into 4s
Make a round patty with each section
Cut the round into 8 with a floured knife
Lay on cookie sheet
Sprinkle the top with sugar
Bake for 14 minutes at 425


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