archive for June, 2009

Raw Kale Shiitake Salad

Posted on June 30, 2009

The other night I went to a fabulous event in Boulder hosted by Bauman College. During this evening one of the graduates from Bauman’s chef program did a great cooking demo for a raw kale salad with shiitake mushrooms (it had a number of other ingredients as well).

The next day, I was determined to make my a version of my own. Before that evening, I had not thought of eating raw mushrooms, however, after tasting the Bauman salad, ... read more →

The Great Agave Debate

Posted on June 26, 2009

“Why do you use agave? I’ve heard that it’s very unhealthy”  I’m asked this question about my “go to” sweetener on at least a daily basis.

First off, there really is no perfect sweetener, so I recommend everything in moderation.

We often take sugar and other sweeteners for granted, forgetting that they were not widely available to humans until the modern era (excluding of course, those living in the tropical regions feasting on mangoes and pineapple). Processed sugar was invented between ... read more →

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Posted on June 24, 2009

This Pad Thai is one of my family’s favorite dishes.  Add a heap of grilled chicken or sea food and you have a delicious high protein meal.

I purchase my noodles at the Asian market in town and haven’t seen them online.  If you are looking for noodles, you’ll need to check out the Asian markets in your neck of the woods.  If anyone knows of a good source for mung bean noodles that would be accessible to everyone (think Whole ... read more →

Chinese Chicken Salad

Posted on June 22, 2009

We’ve been eating quite a lot of salad lately, and being the protein addict that I am, I’m constantly looking for new ways to make it into a full dinner.

I was first introduced to Chinese Chicken Salad years ago, by my dear friend Helen.  We’ve been friends now for close to 30 years and good salad is only one of the many things she has taught me about.  My version is a little different from hers, since she’s not gluten ... read more →

Asian Salad Dressing

Posted on June 19, 2009

This Asian Dressing is a family favorite.  Now that our garden is in full gear we are having home grown salads at least once a day.  In order to keep things interesting, I’ve come up with a variety of salad dressings and this one has stuck.  I kid you not when I say that the boys fight over the last drops.

So, here you have it!

Asian Salad Dressing

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¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar
1 tablespoon agave ... read more →

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Posted on June 18, 2009

My boys love this vegan Strawberry Ice “Cream.”  I made a batch and it was gone in a couple of hours.  So I made more and my husband got in on the act, consuming his share.

It is made with a coconut milk base and I added quite a bit of vanilla, in hopes of drowning out the coconutty flavor, as I did not want to make a coconut ice cream.  I think I succeeded, though you all can be the ... read more →

Breakfast Bars

Posted on June 16, 2009

These hearty breakfast bars remind me of a granola bar or an omega-3 packed power bar.  They’re filling and tasty.

After I made a batch of these and was waiting for them to cool before cutting and stylizing them for a “photo shoot,” my younger son proudly taunted me that he had picked out all of the raisins from the top of the bars.

Needless to say, I was quite miffed.  Especially since I have a couple of half gallon jars ... read more →

Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on June 12, 2009

The New York Times blog, Bitten, just did a feature on chocolate cupcakes, which made me realize that a recipe for gluten free chocolate cupcakes is conspicuously lacking from this site.  Well, I am happy to say that is no longer the case.

In my quest for the perfect gluten free chocolate cupcake, I made these 5 times.  Today.  Luckily, my boys and their glutenoid friends happily scarfed the “failures.”  Here, I share with you my success.

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¼ cup coconut ... read more →

Dina’s Delightful Cookies

Posted on June 10, 2009

These delicious cookies, chock full of coconut, walnuts and raisins are the product of our very recent visit to my parents.

Today the boys and I returned home to Colorado from visiting them in California. We went to have some family bonding time and distract them from a health issue one of them has been dealing with over the past year.

While there, we were able to see my sister, Dina and hang out with her. Of course, I wanted to know ... read more →

Pear Parsley Salad Dressing

Posted on June 8, 2009

I have a huge parsley plant in our backyard that came back from last year and so have been looking for ways to utilize this super nutritious green herb in different dishes.  I came up with this Pear Parsley Dressing which my family enjoyed quite a bit.  The inspiration for this delicious gluten-free dressing came from the lovely Daniela of Daniela’s Kitchen.

While she served her Pear Dressing over arugula and fennel, I chose to serve mine over a bed of ... read more →

On a Personal Note

Posted on June 5, 2009

So now, for something personal.  I don’t usually go into a ton of detail on the overarching factors of my life.  However, today, I do want to share a bit of information.  And I hope you will take it as no more than that.

Just about 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  While I had been experiencing symptoms of this illness for several years, there was no conclusive information as to what this array of symptoms was due.

Oddly ... read more →

Product Review: Purely Decadent Ice Cream

Posted on June 3, 2009

Purely Decadent’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream

This is my family’s favorite ice cream.  I’d have to say they like it quite a bit more than my homemade Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream.

When I posted that recipe last week, several people asked if I had heard of various brands of store bought vegan, gluten free ice creams.  Yes, I have and here it is.  Purely Decadent comes in quite a few flavors and I can attest that each one I have ... read more →

Mini Blueberry Muffins: Video

Posted on June 1, 2009

Because of all of the requests I have had for more videos as well as for recipes using coconut flour…I have created a short video tutorial using coconut flour.

In this quick and easy tutorial I invite you into my kitchen to be taken step by step through a recipe for mini blueberry muffins. These muffins are mighty tasty.

My children and their friends (who can eat as much gluten as they want) fought over these muffins after I was ... read more →