Year: 2014

Remix Your Butter

Today I finished yet another jar of sunflower seed butter—the Sunbutter brand. My favorite nut butters are the ones you grind yourself, as far as I can get away from processed food, aka Jiffy brand. I haven’t seen a grind-it-yourself sunflower seed machine at a grocery store, so I took it upon myself to make my own sun butter this morning! It was amazingly easy, not to mention how fresh and good it tasted. You’ll want a food processor, olive oil, salt, and sunflower seeds. First, spread the seeds out on a non-stick pan. The more thinly layered, the more evenly it toasts. Set your oven on broil—high—and watch the seeds carefully until they are golden. You may need to disturb them with a spatula once or twice for an even toast. When you take them out to cook, they will continue to toast on the hot pan, so take them out sooner than you think! Let the seeds cool and then place them in the food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of EVOO and grind the seeds. Keep adding 1 T …

Chocolate-Dunked Ginger Molasses Chews

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted—new job, new apartment and new cat! Wishing you a happy Monday, all the same, and I want to share a recipe with you that you’ll want to try soon. Very soon. If you’ve ever reached for a cookie instead of a cupcake, you’re not alone! I prefer chewy over fluffy any day. Not to say there isn’t a cake I love out there, but sometimes I really crave a bite of a sweet, salty, soft cookie. The fact that you can easily personalize a cookie is fun and attractive. Nothing beats a chocolate addition, like this chocolate-dipped bad boy seen above. If I’m making it, I have to incorporate chocolate somehow, in some way. Ginger Molasses Chew just got dunked! The best part of this recipe is the texture and SIZE of the cookies. (Well maybe the size was more of my doing, but as I say, exercise your will as the creator!). After combining all the ingredients and rolling (and tasting) the dough into balls, pop them into the oven. …

Power Up, Green Juice and Chia Kombucha

Hope you all had a wonderful family-, friend-, food-filled Christmas and New Years! If you’re like me, you enjoyed all the foods that come with the holidays. Cinnamon rolls, roasts, dinner rolls, cookies… For Christmas Eve, my family always makes Cioppino, accompanied by fresh sourdough bread. On Christmas, I was spoiled with rosemary pork tenderloin, brown rice, peas, garlic bread and, my absolute favorite, Brussels sprouts! Dessert was filled with chocolate pixies, orange scented cookies, Russian tea cakes—I could go on and on, but let’s get to that green drink photo. With all of this delightful holiday eating and my tupperware with leftovers becoming bare, I’m dying for something fresh, cold and nourishing. I had my full share of all the foods I’ve ever wanted this season and now I’m ready for something fresh to start off the new year. This morning I juiced kale, cucumber, celery, apples, and carrots. Green drinks make me feel so good…I can almost hear my body thanking me. But this kind of drink needs some sweetness, otherwise I feel …