Recipes

Tara Bruner

Gluten Free Cranberry Pear Ginger Bars

It's that time of year for cozying up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and some yummy holiday treats while watching fun holiday movies. And we have the perfect treat for that! A little bit of spice and a little bit of sweet create the perfect dessert or breakfast bar. And the great thing is, it's Gluten Free! The base is an almond flour and cassava flour mixture, which is my go to for baking. I love baking with almond flour, it seems to retain a little more moisture than other GF mixes plus it adds a...

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Savory Instant Pot Butternut Soup

Savory Instant Pot Butternut Soup

In my opinion, Butternut Squash Soup should go right up there with Pumpkin Spice Lattes when Fall hits. Nothing beats a warm, comforting soup for dinner when you walk in from the cold, blustery day. And this one, because it's Instant Pot, can be done in a flash! It also can be done conventional stove top too, just takes a little longer. One thing I've found is that the apple counts. I've tried it with Braeburns, Fujis, and Granny apples. It changes the flavor of the soup for sure! The Braeburns and Fujis give it a softer taste, sweet and...

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Tara Bruner
Election Wine

Election Wine

Its that wonderful time where we as Americans can exercise one of our most valuable rights - voting! No matter what side you vote for, the important thing is that you DO vote. And we decided to celebrate this at O&V. We have a special wine that even though it comes from Italy, its namesake has an extremely important role in the founding of American philosophy. The wine is 2015 Philip Toscana IGT Cabernet Sauvignon from Mazzei Estates.    Philip Mazzei was a physician, merchant, horticulturalist, viticulturalist, pamphleteer, political activist, linguist, diplomatic agent, historian, and royal adviser, according to www.mazzei.it...

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Tara Bruner

The Best Chunky Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce is in abundance at the grocery store. So many brands and so many kinds easily available at an arms reach. So why would we take the time to create yet another? Because once you make this tomato sauce... you will never want to use another again. Like ever. And you'll want to make a double batch. All other tomato sauces will lack the flavor and robustness that this will bring to your dish. Use it over spaghetti, in your favorite pasta dish, or create your own masterpiece like our Chèvre Tart! This takes a tiny bit of time,...

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