Beef Stew Slow Cooked with Seasonal Persimmon and Whiskey



This recipe is absolutely delicious.  My whole family absolutely adored it and it is a great way to utilize those wonderful seasonal persimmons.  When ripe, persimmon are honestly one of the most lovely fruits.  I really believe there is a reason why they were always present in stories of the great Greek gods and goddesses!  They are so sweet when ripe and packed with powerful nutrition as they are packed with Vitamin C, boost immunity, aid in digestion, powerful enzymes and much more!  I absolutely love them slow cooked in stews like this because they give this fantastic dimension, subtle sweetness and robust flavor. (just make sure to remove the skins and that the persimmon are very ripe).  We served ours over garlic mashed potatoes which if you haven’t already grab my chef tip on my instagram account, you should!  It will take your mashed potatoes to a whole other level.  This can also be served on it’s own to keep it paleo/grain free or another favorite of ours is over buttered noodles.  Anyway you serve it, this recipe is a definite keeper any night of the week but would be really perfect on a Sunday or as an alternative over the holidays to all that turkey!

I hope the most important piece is that everyone tries to find a moment to slow down, gather and connect.  I think this time of year especially for those living in colder temperatures can be so comforting.  I really believe the seasons guide us and as winter approaches it can be a beautiful time of reflection.  I know I personally like to review my year as the new year approaches and think about what I’ve learned, what I’m ready to let go of and what I’m ready to bring more of into my life.  Food can be a part of helping us to nourish this slow down as well.  Meals like this slow us down and force us to pause from our busy lives.  Plus, your house will smell absolutely divine too so there is that!



Oven safe pot with a lid or cast iron pot with lid

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Wooden spoon


1 grass fed beef chuck roast

1 clove of fresh garlic peeled and sliced in half

1 tbs sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 

1 large shallot peeled and minced

2 celery stalks ends removed washed and chopped

2 additional cloves garlic peeled and minced 

2 tbs fresh parsley washed and minced

4 carrots washed peeled and minced

1 celeriac root peeled and chopped (optional)

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

2 sprigs fresh rosemary 

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

3 very ripe persimmons core and skin removed, then sliced (the fruit should be almost gooey and incredibly mushy to the touch)  

1/2 cup whiskey (alcohol will cook off so do not worry about serving this to kiddos)

1 cup low sodium chicken stock store bought or homemade 

Preheat oven to 400.  Take your beef roast and rub with sea salt and black pepper on all sides, then rub with fresh garlic all over.  This will tenderize the meat.  Set the roast aside briefly.  Take an oven safe pot with a lid and add olive oil then place your stove top to medium/high heat.  Once hot, add beef roast and sear the meat 5 minutes on each side till the outside begins to brown continuing to rotate the roast till all the sides are seared nicely and brown.  Then remove from pan and set aside briefly once again.  Add shallots, celery, garlic, parsley, carrots, celeriac root, fresh thyme, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes till the vegetables become tender.  Now add ripe persimmons and whiskey and reduce heat to low, then add your beef roast back to the pot and simmer for 2-3 minutes then add chicken stock.  Simmer another 5 minutes then place the lid on your oven safe pot.   Now place the roast (making sure the lid is on) into your oven at 400 degrees and set your timer for 15 minutes.  Then reduce the oven to 275 and continue to cook the roast for another 2.5 hours continuing to leave the lid on.  Once done, remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice the beef roast then serve immediately with the cooked veggies and gravy that the beef roast cooked in.  As discussed above, this is delicious over garlic mashed potatoes, buttered noodles or on it’s own.  Enjoy!

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Seasonal Holiday Cranberry Sauce


We are all getting into the spirit of holidays and I really love this time of year.  It always has this cozy feeling and I get really excited about all the traditional holiday recipes.  I have to say cranberry sauce is one of my favorite additions to the thanksgiving table and the color alone of these gorgeous vibrant seasonal cranberries get me every time!  It is not limited to Thanksgiving either, be sure to use this at Christmas or with any holiday roast!  There is a reason too that cranberries are in season this time of year as the are packed with powerful antioxidants and rich in vitamin C making them a powerful immunity booster.  We sure could use all the help we can get during flu season with all the holiday hustle and bustle and I’m always amazed how nature supports us.

I absolutely love this recipe because the tartness of the cranberries is paired with a touch of citrus.   I also like to cut the sugar in half as I really don’t think cranberry sauce needs all that sugar and it allows the true flavor of the cranberries to reveal themselves while still not becoming to tart.  This recipe is super easy, delicious and quick and in my opinion and so much better than the cranberry sauce that comes in a can.  I also like to double the recipe and then tie the glass containers with a bow to give out as gifts or to bring to a party.


Medium saucepan

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Microplane or zester for grating


Zest of one organic lemon

Zest one organic orange 

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Grated fresh nutmeg, the equivalent of 1 tsp (optional)

1 1/2 cup organic sugar

1 1/2 cup water

1 package organic cranberries 


Put all of the above ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then let reduce for 30 minutes till the liquid reduces to about half and sauce is nice and thick.  Let cool and then store in glass containers and place in your refrigerator.  Can be kept in an airtight glass container for up to 7-10 days in your fridge.

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Our Grocery Should Be a Safe Place

Our Grocery Store Should Be a Safe Place

Monsanto’s weed killing round up pesticide glyphosate which has been linked to cancer has been found in many of our children’s breakfast cereals and granola bars.  These harmful chemicals not only harm our bodies but the earth’s soil as well.  They have also been linked to the deprivation of our bees as over 915 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on US Farmland each year!  You read that correctly, each year.  These harmful pesticides go up into the atmosphere which effects our climate and damages the health of our bees which play a crucial role in all of our survival.

The article released yesterday can be found here

Brands currently tested and effected or found to have glyphosate:

Corporate greed once again is rearing it’s ugly head and now it’s facing directly at our children’s health and well being and it’s not ok.  These are every day affordable cereals that most families purchase to feed their families and trust.  As a mother, we spend our whole life protecting and trying to keep our children safe and our food source should be a trusted place of nourishment.  It is a tragedy that companies such as Monsanto know that are responsible for damaging human health and yet corporate profits and greed are center stage.  Our food source should be safe and it is a fundamental human right that we all deserve.  You might be asking yourself so what do I do?

What do we do?  

Our purchasing power is a very powerful thing and we vote with our dollars .  Try stay away from processed foods and within your budget chose whole real foods that are ideally local and organic whenever possible.  Local foods that are minimally sprayed or not at all ideally, grow a garden and/or purchase organic foods when or as much as you can afford within your budget.  Also, look and purchase non gmo verified foods and products.  They will have a non gmo verified label on them.

These are fantastic ways you can support farmers and companies who care for the health and well being of our land, nature and planet .  Every time we do this we are essentially voting and saying no to companies that are not supporting our wellbeing.  Also, when we chose local foods, they have traveled less and are more nutrient dense which is better for our own personal health and environment.  We have the power to say no to Monsanto by reading labels and looking for key ingredients such as “high fructose corn syrup” and products that have corn derivatives like maltodextrin which is also a form of corn.  If a product is not organic and not non gmo verifited , you can be guaranteed that it is made with Monsanto corn so just say no.  Every time we purchase a product with Monsanto corn we are supporting a company that knows it is intentionally damaging our human health as well as our planet’s health.

This is wrong and it makes me furious.  Monsanto is compromising our food source which is one of the most important parts of our general survival. This is very serious and we all need to be paying attention so lets get started.  We have the power to make a difference and it starts with our own action.  I believe we can.

Valuable Resources

For more information on corn additives or derivatives of corn go here:

I personally eat local organic corn and purchase products with organic corn but the above link will help guide you when reading labels in pre packaged foods that are not organic.

Find a local coop in your region in the below link as they generally carry more local, seasonal foods:

The links below is a valuable resource for products that meet the standards of Non GMO Verified Products:

The below website is helpful for those concerned about exposure to pesticides and includes a shoppers guide:

As an organic chef and mother, this is a topic that is dear to my heart.  I hope to always advocate and be an activist in the well being of our planet’s health and the quality of our food source.  We all deserve this.

”The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and the chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.” – David R Brower

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

It is that time of year where summer is beginning to come to an end and kiddos are going back to school. It is bittersweet indeed and I don’t know about you but I’m not quite sure where the summer actually went!  Ours literally flew by and I’ve already been in the mode of school supply shopping, new sneakers, etc. and all the good stuff that comes along with back to school.  I have to say I actually always love this time of year because it is like a reset that almost feels like a new year.  Fresh start, new teachers and time to get back into routines of earlier bed times, meal planning and the daily rituals that make us feel balanced.  I find this time of year it is important to have some solid recipes that help with this transition and in my opinion, this is one of them.

This recipe is so easy, quick and makes wonderful meal prep for the week.  I especially love one in the afternoon with a good cup of tea but more importantly it is an amazing opportunity to use up all that glorious produce!  Nature is in full bloom right now and there is more than ample zucchini to go around and to be honest its hard to know what to do with all of it.  All you garden growers know what I’m taking about!  We can only make so many zucchini boats, soups, zucchini noodles and by now I’m sure you’ve already persuaded as many friends as possible to take some please!  I love zuchini don’t get me wrong and it has a myriad of uses but one of my favorites is this delcious dark Chocolate zucchini muffin recipe.  It is a great excuse to to eat chocolate and hey get your veggies too!  The recipe is very easy to follow and is really delcious and moist.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!


One large bowl

One medium bowl

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A one dozen muffin tin


3 eggs

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs unrefined coconut oil, melted

1 tsp real vanilla extract

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1 cup buttermilk or unsweetened non dairy milk such as almond or hemp

2 cups zucchini, washed then shredded (press excess water out with a towel)

2 cups gluten free baking flour, I used Pamelas

Chef’s Note * If using alternative flour, please add 1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbs Dark Chocolate Chips


Preheat your oven to 375

Take a large bowl and crack all three eggs into the bowl, then add olive oil, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and buttermilk.  Use a fork or spatula to fully combine then add shredded zucchini.  Fold the zucchini in till fully combined, then set mixture aside briefly.  

In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients of the gluten free flour, cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa and sea salt.  Use a fork to combine the dry ingredients then add them to the wet zucchini mixture. Use a fork or spatula to fully combine the dry ingredients in.  Now add the chocolate chips and fold them through the batter.  Take a one dozen muffin tin and line with parchment paper muffin liners or grease the tin.  Use a large spoon to add the batter to the muffin tin.  Bake at 375 for approx 30-35 minutes.  Yields approx 1 dozen.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Cornmeal Oatmeal Crunch Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Cornmeal Oatmeal Crunch Muffins 

Up here in Maine, we wait all year for the bounty of local maine blueberry season.  We literally freeze them by the boat loads to stock up for winter so we can enjoy these delicious berries all season long.  If your not familiar with these special berries, they are incredibly small and delicate yet so sweet and flavorful.  My daughter especially likes to eat them in the morning on their own.  I personally love them in smoothies, tarts, breads, salads and you guessed it muffins!

This muffin recipe is so quick, easy and will not disappoint!  The sunflower seeds add this extra fabulous crunch and they are bursting with blueberry flavor.  I particularly love them as a snack on the go or for breakfast and they are next level toasted in your toaster oven with a touch of cultured grass fed butter

or smear of almond or cashew butter

Serves 4-6 ( Makes 1 dozen muffins)


A One Dozen Muffin Tin

Two Large Mixing Bowl

One Small Mixing Bowl

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A Wooden Spoon or Fork for Mixing

The Method:

3 eggs

3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract @simpleorganicfoods

3 tbs unsweetened coconut yogurt @so_delicious

1/2 cup real maple syrup

2 cups gluten free oats (I love qia by @naturespathorganic )

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup cornmeal #nongmo

2 cups wild Maine blueberries

1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds (optional)

1 tbs coconut oil for greasing muffin tin

Take a large bowl and add eggs, olive oil, sea salt, vanilla extract, coconut yogurt, and maple syrup. Whisk well then set aside briefly. Take a small bowl and add oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, cornmeal and toss well with a fork then add to wet mixture combining well.  Now add blueberries and sunflower seeds (if using). Grease a one dozen muffin tin and add batter. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes till golden brown. Remove and cool. Serve with cultured butter, nut butter or simply on its own.  I love to cut one in half and reheat in my toaster oven for a grilled effect!

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