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Perfect Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo

If you have ever been to a Brazilian steak house, you have likely not forgotten what is casually presented to patrons as “cheese bread”. The servers dutifully come around with the platter of accompaniments . . . and then they nonchalantly list the cheese bread as if it’s no big deal:

“Ma’am, would you like some fried bananas, yucca fries, or cheese bread?”

One might think that cheese bread is not noteworthy. That it is plain. Ordinary.  Humdrum.

And one would be wrong. Continue reading Perfect Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

This whole wheat chocolate muffin recipe was inspired by Theresa Harrington of Sheridan, Wyoming. I found her original recipe on Taste of

Note: The recipe below is different from the one found on Taste of I mill my own flour so I adjusted the recipe accordingly. I also put in the whole container of apple sauce…turns out perfect every time!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 32 Muffins
Serving Size: 1 Muffin
Calories per serving: 165

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 1 cup of hard white wheat
  • 2 cups of soft white wheat
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon non-aluminum baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • Whole 23 ounce jar of apple sauce
  • 1-3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Grind the 1 cup of hard white and 2 cups of soft white. (Use it all…don’t worry about measuring it after it’s ground)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, egg, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray; fill three-fourths full with batter. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

Food & Recipes

The first time I heard the word “foodie” my ears twitched a little.  The  term was a new one for me.  What on earth was a foodie?  At the time I didn’t know what the word foodie meant, but I strongly suspected that it applied to me.  As it turns out, a “foodie” is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.  It was somewhat of a relief to discover that there was an entire following of people who suffer from my exact affliction, and there is a diagnostic label for what I have…

My name is Bethany, and I am a foodie. 

I love to eat food.  I love to cook food.  I love to read about food. I love to grow food.  I love to write about food.  I love to dream up new ways to display food.  I love to nourish my family and friends with food.

One distinction must be made.  I am a CLEAN EATING  foodie.  My strong preference is to consume foods whose ingredients are as close to their natural state as possible.  This means whole grains, unprocessed meat and dairy, and organic when possible.  This does not necessarily mean low fat or low calories.  For example, I have nothing against cheese and chocolate as long as it is REAL cheese and chocolate, and it is consumed in moderation.  I do not want to put things into my body that have ingredients my great grandmother wouldn’t recognize.

In our Food and Recipes category you will find recipes that I have developed, or that I have taken from other sources and adapted them to a cleaner eating approach.  I do not pretend to be a trained chef or a food photographer.  However, I will do my best to communicate my favorite recipes as clearly as possible.  I hope you find them to be as yummy as I do!

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