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Six Degrees of Alisa and Hallie–and No Bake Chocolate Chunk (or Chip) Cookies!

[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with (and recipes from!) 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 rickiATrickihellerDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! And now, enjoy today’s installment!]

Alisa Fleming and Hallie Klecker on rickiheller.com [Alisa Fleming and Hallie Klecker]

I’m really excited about today’s Six Degrees post because it brings together two talented cookbook authors, both of whom I’ve already waxed enthusiastic about in separate posts!

You first met Alisa on the blog quite a while ago when I reviewed her bestselling Go Dairy Free guidebook and cookbook. She’s also authored Smart School Time Recipes, an ebook that provides busy moms with ideas for breakfast, lunch and snacks for kids (and adults!)

Then, earlier this year, I baked from Hallie Klecker’s Super Healthy Cookies, and participated in the launch party for her Crazy For Kale ebook. (Hallie is also the author of The Pure Kitchen, filled with 100 whole foods recipes).

So while neither woman is exactly new to the blog, you’ve never met them quite as “up close and personal” as you will today!
Continue reading Six Degrees of Alisa and Hallie. . .


Wellness Weekend, July 4-8, 2013

It was our turn in Canada last week, now it’s your turn in the U.S.: Happy Independence Day, Americans! I hope you are all having a wonderful time this holiday July 4th with family and friends.

And if you’re still looking for a little food inspiration. . . wowzah, last week’s Wellness Weekend can deliver! From Chocolate Strawberry Parfaits to Spicy Roasted Poblano and Corn Soup to Smoky BBQ Tempeh Pizza and Blueberry Peach Crumble, we had a fabulous roundup for you! Check it out here.

Newsy Tidbits:

What’s new this week? From giveaways to what’s interesting on the web, there’s lots to share this week! Here’s the lineup:

Continue reading Wellness Weekend. . .


End of an Era. . . Bye, Bye, Google Reader.

Happy Canada Day!

Elsie and Chaser on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

“What?! No more Google Reader? Gulp!!”

Since Google Reader is no more as of today, here’s my version of a quick Public Service Announcement to help those who’ve been using it find alternatives.

These are the three top options I’ve found:

1) Email subscription. I’ve finally introduced a custom email subscription box, up there at the top right sidebar on every page of this blog. Just fill in your name and email address in the “Never Miss a Recipe!” box to receive automatic updates. You’ll get blog posts with recipes and health information, plus any updates on my cookbook(s) and special events. I love getting posts and weekly updates from my favorite blogs right in my Inbox–hope you do, too!

2) Bloglovin. Just click this link to Follow my blog with Bloglovin . It’s not exactly like GR, but it does show all your favorite blogs in one place and it shares some features with Google Reader. I’m using it for many of my favorite blogs that I didn’t want to lose.

3) Feedly. This reader uses a magazine style setup, with your posts organized according to topics. I didn’t find it quite as easy to use as Bloglovin’, but I know lots of other bloggers like it, too. See it here.

4) BlogHer. I’m part of the BlogHer bloggers network, and just found out this morning that there’s a whole page devoted to DDD posts! You can browse older posts and read new ones here.

Kale and Swiss Chard Salad with Toasted Pepitas on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

And if you’re looking for a great recipe for that Canada Day BBQ, check out yesterday’s post, with recipe for Kale and Chard Salad with Toasted Pepitas (plus my video interview with Allyson Kramer!).

Have a fantastic July 1st, everyone!



Celebrate Summer with Kale and Chard Salad with Toasted Pepitas–and Hanging Out with Allyson Kramer

It’s almost Canada Day! For those of you in the land of Mounties, the maple leaf and May Wests, I hope you’re enjoying a fantastic long weekend. Weather here has been ideal, and the HH, the Girls and I have been wandering around local parks:

The Girls on rickiheller.com

For those of you in the U.S., I hope you’ve got some great plans for the upcoming July 4th celebration. 

Whether your fireworks will go off above or below the world’s longest undefended border this week, one thing we’ll likely all be sharing is good food.
Continue reading Kale and Swiss Chard Salad with Toasted Pepitas. . .


Wellness Weekend, June 27-July 1, 2013

Hi Everyone! Does the summer feel like it’s flying by for you, too? Seems it was just too cold to walk without a sweater, and now it’s already end of June!

Well, I plan to make the most of the warm season–and with lots of great food! I’ll have all the inspiration I need in your fabulous creations from last week. From raw Oreos, to Tofu Satay, to Roasted Cauliflower to Truffles and Vanilla Chia Pudding, everything looked spectacular!

Newsy Tidbits:

It looks like many of you are winding down for the summer, so there aren’t too many news items this week! But here are some important ones:
Continue reading Wellness Weekend. . .


Green and Yellow Split Pea Salad

Gluten-Free, Candida Diet Green and Yellow Split Pea Salad

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Along with a blessed relief from winter, the sun’s rays on my forearms, hair getting incrementally lighter between June and August, skin getting incrementally darker between June and August, reading the paper and sipping my morning matcha on the patio, The Girls enjoying their beloved swims in the pond, and basically waking up happy every day–well, along with all of that, I also think of three-bean salad.

Okay, so maybe that’s not the first thing that comes to mind for most of you when you ponder the hot season (maybe lying by the pool? BBQs? Bike rides in Central Park? Outdoor concerts? S’mores?). For me, though, that classic salad is a token of days gone by, when my grad school pal Irish Eyes would hold her annual end-of-summer party.
Continue reading Green and Yellow Split Pea Salad. . .


Wellness Weekend June 20-24, 2013

Hi Everyone–hope you’re having a stellar week so far! It’s amazing how sunshine and warmth can influence one’s mood . . . and we’ve had plenty of both in Toronto this past week.

As usual, your contributions to Wellness Weekend last week were varied, creative, and mouthwatering! Thanks so much for continuing to join the party here every Thursday. 😀
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Grown Up Superfood Cookies

Candida Diet Superfood Cookie on dietdessertndogs.com

It doesn’t happen often, but still, there are some days when I think, “Man, getting older sucks.” (And then I quickly remember, “but it beats the alternative.”).

Still, I find it’s a common occurrence lately to wake up the morning after a workout and feel my muscles aching as I climb the stairs (I keep forgetting that I can’t lift as much weight as I used to on those quad machines!); or experience an upset stomach if I eat four two one too many (albeit homemade, candida diet-friendly) cookies; or endure unreasonable levels of frustration when I can’t figure out a new gadget (like my very first smart phone, purchased a few short weeks ago–holy smokes, there are a lot of little buttons on that thing!); or discover I’m late to a social media party that’s already old hat to everyone else (have I told you that I’m now finally on Instagram, courtesy of that phone?).

And the weird thing is (take heed, twenty-somethings!) I don’t feel any older at all inside. . .  unfortunately, my physical body has other ideas.
Continue reading Grown Up Super Cookies. . .


Dog Day: Happy Father’s Day!

“Hey, Elsie, it’s Father’s Day! Maybe Dad will come out and play soccer with us.”


“Seriously, Chaser, you are just too naive. Dad doesn’t want to spend his special day kicking a soccer ball! Now, this Mickey Mouse ball, well, that might be a different story. . . .”


“I know! How about this tennis ball! He could throw it and I’d run after it and then he could throw it again and then I’d run after it again, and then he could throw it again and . . . . that sounds like fun, right?”


“Pssst, Chaser, let me tell you a secret. Dad doesn’t want to play with a tennis ball, either.”


“So, let me just relieve you of that ball. . . .you’re welcome.”


“See what you did now, Chaser? You had to go and whine on me for stealing your ball! Now all we get is a walk with Dad. Oh, well, I guess any time with Dad is good, right?”

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!!

The Girls and HH on Diet, Dessert and Dogs

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Wellness Weekend June 13-17, 2013

Happy Thursday, everyone, and Happy Wellness Weekend! I’m amazed at how the summer is just flying by (especially since here in Toronto, it’s barely begun. . . we’ve had such weird weather so far!).  Once again last week you amazed me with all the fabulous recipes. I think summer would be a great time to have a massive pot luck in which we all share these dishes in a huge park somewhere, wouldn’t it? A gal can dream. . . .

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