Honest Fare

Pretty Provisions and Notes from the Kitchen

Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins. Gluten free: Made with almond & corn meals, coconut oil. And yes, that's a nipple.

Sexy blueberry almond & corn muffins., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I’m going to just come out and say it: I prefer cooking for men. I love watching watching them eat. How they just go after it—one, sometimes two or three bites at a time. Without the reserve or guarded caution a lot of women practice at the table. Sure, we’ll put aside the lady-like niceties to devour a plate every once in a while, but generally speaking (and because apparently I am a gender stereotyper), men have a more untamed approach. And THAT is what I enjoy watching across the table.

I’m lucky then, because my man loves to eat. And better still, he loves to eat with his shirt off. Elbows on the table, the whole deal. Now were talking. So as you can imagine, I raised not one, but two dazzled eyebrows when I walked in to find my shirtless babe sitting at the table popping mini-muffins, back-to-back like nobodies business. One bite per muffin. Only a man. Pretty sexy stuff.

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Nature’s Creamsicle: Orange & Sweet Potato Juice Wait, what? Yep, sweet potato juice is a real thing!

Nature’s Creamsicle: Orange & Sweet Potato Juice, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

It seems like juice is all I crave during these unbearably hot Florida summer months. So instead of paying $7 a pop for it, I finally just ponied up and got myself the masticating juicer I’ve been coveting for about two years now. Mainly I’m excited because the centrifugal one I’d had for years sucked so bad, so it’s nice to have one that actually works well. That thing was just too loud, too big, and such a pain to clean – so I gave it up for a whopping $10 at our garage sale. Big money in the world of garage sales…Oh, some poor fool.

Anyway, the masticating one I have now is much more efficient, and even quite enough to use while I’m on the phone. I’m having a great time experimenting with it over here. Take this awesome Orange & Sweet Potato juice for instance. Inspired by the summer sunshine and nostalgic of a classic ice cream truck creamsicle in flavor!

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Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. Smoky & creamy avo, queso blanco, red cabbage, tangy cilantro sauce.

Grilled Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

As a devout avocado lover, I’m pretty much open to anything avocado. Put it in my smoothie, salad dressing, pudding, soup…I’ll take it hot or cold, for breakfast or for dessert…whatever. But, this grilled avocado thing was a first for me. Never crossed my mind actually. Not until I saw a recipe for grilled guacamole a while back, which got me thinking about the possibilities.

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Aprons back in stock: Mother’s Day Sale! Get 20% off and FREE SHIPPING through May 11, 2014

Aprons back in stock: Mother’s Day Sale!, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Got some aprons back in stock for all the mamas and mama’s babies out there! The full coverage cooking smock is available in adult and youth sizes (fits 4 to 9 year olds). Entire stock is on sale at 20% off with free shipping until Mother’s Day. In the shop! And, check out the Mommy & Me Set!

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Mustard Greens Salad? Oh, yeah. Raw mustard greens, pears, pecans, parmesan cheese & lemony-thyme vinaigrette.

Mustard Greens Salad? Oh, yeah., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Wait. Mustard greens in salad? Like raw? Oh yes. Are you guys already on this tip and I’m totally out of the loop or what?Either way, I’m definitely a little embarrassed to say that I just tried raw mustard greens for the first time about a month ago. And I live in the South! So there’s no excuse. I’ve had them cooked, but it’s never occurred to me to throw them in a salad. Always, always with the kale. You know, I really needed a new salad green in my life. So mustard greens it most enthusiastically is.
Not only is it delicious, this salad is such a pretty sign of spring: greenish-yellow ruffles with blushing pear slivers peeking through.

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Overnight Oats. Wake up to a delicious ready-made breakfast.

Overnight Oats., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I wake up starving every morning. The growl of a hungry demon in my stomach jars me out of bed on the weekends. If it wasn’t for the demon, I might actually sleep in every once in a while. So skipping breakfast is not even a consideration. Problem is: I just took a new full time job (for the first time in 3 years) and it’s really getting in the way of my breakfasting ritual. So here I am, among the millions of people scurrying out the door with the sunrise, a to-go cup of coffee in one hand and a burnt piece of toast in the other. What a miserable start to the day. I refuse. Which is why a satisfying breakfast is at the top of my list as I work to restructure my life around this new gig. Oh, and did I mention that I have to drive almost an hour to get there? The hungry demon does NOT do well in morning traffic.

Solution: Overnight oats. They take a quick two minutes to prep the night before. Just combine oats, milk (almond, soy, regular, coconut, etc.), some nuts and fruit or whatever you’re into; let them soak and do their thing overnight, and wake up to a ready-made breakfast in the morning. Maybe top it off with some fresh fruit and you’re all set. I don’t know, it’s kind of brilliant.

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Romantic Cocoa Maple Bourbon Brew. And a Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Win a french press & the roasted organic cocoa beans used in this cocktail!

Romantic Cocoa Maple Bourbon Brew. And a Valentine’s Day Giveaway!, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Valentine’s Day is this Friday (in case you forgot) and I’m actually pretty excited about it this year! We’ve decided to host a little Valentine’s party at our house as a way to show our friends some love and because it’s something for everyone to do without stressing. Kind of like the whole “friends Thanksgiving” thing, but for Valentine’s. Lots of fancy cheeses, some red wine poached pears, chocolate…all the romantic staples. And then the matchmaker in me can put on some sexy tunes and see if we can inspire a love connection between some of our single friends. Should be a good time. And if all else fails, I guess we can always play spin the bottle or something. Point is, I get to be with my sweetheart everyday and we do a pretty good job at telling/showing each other love – so this year, it’ll be beautiful to spend Valentine’s eve with our friends that mean so much to us.

But enough about me, you probably want to know about this awesome Valentine’s giveaway, which of course has a chocolaty theme!

Sorry, this giveaway has ended. But read on for the recipe!

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15-minute miso veggie soup. Purple & sweet potatoes, tofu, spinach and seaweed in a miso ginger broth.

15-minute miso veggie soup., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Patience is a virtue in most cases. But when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is heat your body up from the inside out, well in that case, patience is basically irrelevant. So because I am the biggest wuss in Florida and possibly the world when it comes to cold weather, I make quick soups. Soups that taste amazing and take less than 20 minutes to make. This one comes together in about 15.

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