Amy Atherton

Amy is the author of "Foods for the Soul." She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Chemistry, and she put her degree to use the following year by developing healthy recipes in her home kitchen. Although she spends most of her day baking (or doing the dishes), Amy still finds time for running, yoga, and eating lots of dark chocolate!

Web Site: http://foodsforthesoul.net


Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Dec 18, 2014
Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

The easiest truffles you’ll ever make! Just 5 ingredients mixed together in a bowl & chilled. They’re dark, rich & festive for the holidays!     About a month ago, my guy barely made it home to California from New Jersey. The East Coast had experienced severe flooding all weekend, creating small lakes out...

Classic Fruitcake

Dec 16, 2014
Classic Fruitcake

An easy recipe for a tender loaf filled with brandy-soaked dried fruit. A healthier version that isn’t dry at all. It’ll change your mind about fruitcake forever!     Almost 50 years ago, my grandma started the tradition of baking fruitcakes for the holiday season, the kind packed full of iridescent red and green...

Cran-Raspberry Lemonade Protein Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway!

Dec 13, 2014
Cran-Raspberry Lemonade Protein Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway!

A refreshing drink full of bright flavors! Made with just 5 wholesome ingredients, it supplies a sweet protein & caffeine boost!     This weekend, I flew down to Southern California to visit my grandparents, and after brunch on Saturday, we drove over to a special store. It only sold Christmas decorations—almost exclusively ornaments—and...

Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies

Dec 13, 2014
Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies

An easy & fail-proof recipe for buttery sugar cookies! Cut into festive shapes & decorated for the holidays. A new family tradition!     As much as I adore holiday baking now, my family only attempted special Christmas cut-out sugar cookies one year when I was in middle school. We may have baked a...

Soft-Baked Ginger Cookies

Dec 11, 2014
Soft-Baked Ginger Cookies

An easy recipe for chewy cookies full of warm ginger & molasses. Made healthy with no refined flour or sugar—but you’d never know it!     During October and November, all of the members of my old high school marching band loaded up our instruments, uniforms, and piles of homework onto five big charter...

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Dec 9, 2014
Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Fudgy, brownie-like chocolate cookies flavored with coffee & peppermint, then packed full of melty chocolate chips. So easy to make & a coffee-lover’s dream!     In the very beginning of November, one of my old high school friends drove up to stay with her mother-in-law, who lives about twenty minutes away in the...

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Dec 8, 2014
Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Chewy snickerdoodles flavored with lots of festive eggnog. Covered in spiced sugar & positively irresistible—they’re sure to be a big hit!     Every winter break, my high school marching band boarded five big charter buses and drove south for a trip. One year we participated in the Rose Parade; another two, we competed...

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dec 5, 2014
Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy cookies full of chocolate chips and mini M&Ms. Rich, buttery and so easy to make—plus they’re actually healthy too!     During my childhood, the Safeway grocery store downtown sold a 16-count variety pack of jumbo cookies for $5. The box contained four each of oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and M&M...

Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Dec 4, 2014
Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich mint chocolate cupcakes made with ice cream baked directly into the batter! So moist & tender—and incredibly easy to make too!     In the city where I attended college, the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop downtown hosted a Dollar Scoop Night every Tuesday evening. Although the winter was usually slow, the line snaked...

Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes

Dec 3, 2014
Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes

Rich bite-sized gingerbread cheesecakes topped with tart cranberry compote. An easy & surprisingly healthy holiday treat!     My old elementary school sat in the middle of a residential neighborhood, right around the corner from a grocery store. So a few times each week, Mom stopped the car in that parking lot on our...

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