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Six Degrees of Dreena Burton (plus Cocoa Granola Recipe and Cookbook Giveaway!)

[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with cookbook authors, bloggers, women entrepreneurs and home chefs whose work I enjoy and admire. If you’ve got someone in mind you’d like me to approach for an interview, please shoot me an email at dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! […]


Wellness Weekend July 26-30, 2012 (and Question for YOU!)

Welcome to another edition of Wellness Weekend! It’s been a mega-busy week for me (seems I say that more and more often these days, hmmmnnn?), filled with lots of marking, writing, cooking, recipe development and, courtesy of The Girls, time outside in the sunshine. And you’ve all definitely been busy, too–creating healthy, sugar-free […]


Rustic Glazed Peach and Mascarpone Tart with Oatcake Crust

Every summer during my childhood, my sisters and I would wait impatiently for the appearance of certain foods that weren’t available the rest of the year: cherries (still a love affair there); watermelon (nobody could cut it like my Dad–one sharp thwack! on top, and the thing practically fell open in […]


Creamy Raw Almond-Pumpkinseed Pate

Sometimes you just get in the culinary groove, and thank the Great Gods of Grub when the recipes continue to flow easily and smoothly, like ganache over ice cream. This past week was one of those weeks for me. You know, the kind when you attempt to recreate an old favorite […]


Wellness Weekend July 19-23

Happy Thursday, and Happy Wellness Weekend! It’s summer here, which means people are taking time to play outdoors, go on vacation, stay away from the kitchen. . . and basically have as much fun as possible! But that hasn’t stopped any of you from creating mouth-watering, fabulous food. And you shared lots of […]


Flash in the Pan: Matcha-Pineapple Cooler

[Sometimes, you just want a dish that’s quick and easy–no fuss. I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at […]


Chillin’ and Grillin’ Backyard BBQ Event (and Meaty Eggplant Burgers)!

Summer was made for Bar-B-Q’s! Even those of us who don’t eat meat still love the idea of outdoor cooking, far from the heat of a kitchen stove, the UV rays tickling our skin as we inhale sun-soaked breezes. Firing up the barbie is one of the simplest ways to prepare a meal, […]


Superfood Raw Caramel Cupcakes with Banana-Cacao Nib Frosting

[SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR DDD READERS!! If you’d like to get started with your own Mum’s superfoods, the company is offering a special 15% discount for any online orders from Diet, Dessert and Dogs readers! Just order your products via the Mum’s website and key in the code “RICKI” upon checkout. Note: This is an affiliate […]


Mum’s Original Review and Giveaway

[Disclosure: Mum’s Original provided products for me to sample at no charge. They were not promised a review in exchange for the products, and all opinions written here are entirely my own.]

[Yes, these Raw Caramel Cupcakes with Banana-Cacao Frosting are bursting with superfoods ingredients!]


Wellness Weekend, July 12-16, 2012

Welcome back to another summertime Wellness Weekend! After my computer woes last week (still haven’t accessed all my photos that were saved on our external drive–I can’t even entertain the thought that I might have lost ALL my photos of

And it looks like you’ve all been enjoying summer fruits and veggies […]