February 17, 2012
Fantastic. Who knew? Watch this:
Hap Tip: Jonah
February 14, 2012
Here is the recipe I created for “Mama’s Calendula Skin Food 2011″:
Wonderful for cuts, scrapes, chapped skin, lip balm, burns, cuticles, rough skin on heels and more.
¼ c Calendula infused grapeseed oil
.5 oz beeswax
1/8 t unfiltered honey
½ t cocoa butter
½ t sea buckthorn oil
20 drops peppermint, lavender or Thieves essential oil
Slowly melt beeswax in double boiler. (I used a pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water)
stir in honey, cocoa butter, and oils. Do not boil, just warm until melted.
When all liquid, turn off heat, add drops of essential oil and stir, pour into little containers and allow to cool.
August 5, 2011
It’s the first week of August and I thought the season was over but it turns out that all my snow peas really needed was more water. There have been some huge rainstorms in the past 10 days and there are many new pea shoots, flowers and more snow peas. Yahoo. Here is how I am preserving some for the winter.
Wash and string (peel down the stringy seams on both sides by snapping the top and gently pulling down)
Place in boiling water for 2 minutes
Cool in iced water 2 minutes
Pat dry and freeze in freezer bags or freezer-safe containers.
June 19, 2011
Perfect treat for Father’s Day- I’ve just picked 4 quarts of organic strawberries at McEnroe’s Farm up in Amenia, NY. Tough picking because they’ve let the weeds grow up- so there were thistles to wrestle with (ouch) and slim pickings because this is only their first week of picking. So I was a bit early. Hope my dear friend, T, will go with me later in the week or even next week. No matter, I’ve frozen 3 quarts (for sorbet and the winter) and will use the rest for shortcake topping and for snacking. They are very sweet!
I have tried a new vanilla muffin recipe from food.com. It only makes 9 (really, I tried to stretch it but 9 it is) muffins/cupcakes so you might like to make more, these are going to go fast in my house. I also used a gluten free flour mix instead of all the separate flours. 22 minutes in the oven was perfect time. The recipe also has chocolate frosting. I am not going to make that. I will make strawberry topping, see below.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 1 hr
- Serves: 9, Yield: 9 Cupcakes
◦ 2/3 cup soymilk
◦ 1/4 cup canola oil
◦ 3/4 cup agave nectar
◦ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
◦ 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
◦ 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
◦ 1 teaspoon baking powder
◦ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
◦ 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions (adapted from food.com):
Preheat oven to 325°F;
Line muffin pan with 9 Liners and fill 3 remaining muffin cups with a little bit of water.
Mix together soy milk, canola oil, vanilla and almond extract and agave nectar.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt one by one and mix for 1-2 minutes. Mixture will be thin.
Fill 9 muffin cups approximately 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 1 hour to allow agave to set.
Serve with 2 cups strawberries halved and cooked with 1 T maple syrup or honey, 1 cup water and 2 T arrowroot powder on low flame, stir until thickened;
Garnish with fresh berries and whipped tofu cream topping (1/2 cake organic tofu, 2 T tahini, 1 T agave syrup (or to desired sweetness) , pinch salt, 2 T grapeseed oil blend until smooth and creamy.
January 19, 2011
Check out this good article by Vivian Goldschmidt on the benefits of shiitake and other mushrooms for healthy bones. Because of their copper, zinc and other mineral content, all mushrooms can be beneficial not only for bone health but for our immune systems as well. There is even a recipe for shiitake stir fry. Yum.
December 28, 2010
Here’s a yummy, fast and easy recipe for roasted root vegetables. The key is cutting uniform thickness so everything cooks at the same time.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Wash fingerling sweet potatoes, carrots, onions and parsnips by gently scrubbing with vegetable brush and water. The carrots, parsnips and onions came from my garden! Farmers Joanie and Mark from Wild Carrot Farm grew the sweet potatoes.
Cut into long, thin slices.
Line baking sheet with unbleached, chlorine free parchment baking paper. (Remember you can compost this paper!)
In separate bowl, toss vegetables with mixture of 2-3 tablespoons grapeseed oil, 1/2 t salt, any spices you love. Then spread on baking sheet. Put in oven for 15-25 minutes, turning and tossing occasionally.
Vegetables are done when easily pierced by a fork.
My friend Nance likes to shake some curry powder on her roasted vegetables. Jane likes her spicy rub sprinkled on. Here’s my dinner plate with toast and smoked salmon, broccoli and collards, roasted root vegetables, millet croquette, some grated daikon, arame and sauerkraut:
December 22, 2010
December 18, 2010
The question is this: You are taken out to dinner at a fine restaurant. You order the red snapper special. It arrives and tastes terrible. The sauce taste like vinegar, not wine. The mashed potatoes are watery and the fish is rubber. You do not eat. The waiter never comes over to inquire how the meal is going. Your host doesn’t get that you aren’t eating.
When everyone at the table is finished the table is cleared and the waiter doesn’t even notice my meal hasn’t been touched. I point out that it wasn’t good. I don’t think he speaks English. The bill arrives and we are charged for a dinner I did not eat. What would you do?
My generous host says, “These guys are my friends,” and he pays for my uneaten dinner.
What does one do? What would Teresa do? Complain and made a scene, I don’t think so.
I will not be returning to Divino in Sarasota. Toast and almond butter for dinner, yummy!
P.S. This is NOT a photo of tonight’s dinner….
September 22, 2010
Go Go Gadget: VEGGIECHOP™
This is my kinda gadget. No motor, easy to clean. Check out the Chef’n VeggieChop™:
How is it possible to chop large pieces of vegetables or fruit, nuts, herbs, boneless meats—or even ice—by hand? What makes creating fresh salsas and pestos simple, with a just few pulls of a handle? Answer: The VeggiChop™
T is going to love this!!
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