archive for February, 2010

Purim Roundup

Posted on February 26, 2010

Purim is here! One of my favorite festivals (it’s not a holy day) Purim is a wonderful time to gather together with family and friends.

For those that aren’t familiar, Purim, (like so many other Jewish holidays and festivals) involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent redemption to “freedom” and much feasting. Hooray for freedom and feasting! Hooray for Jewish celebrations!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a Purim Party at our house during which ... read more →

Mounds Candy Bars

Posted on February 23, 2010

These healthier mounds bars are a quick and easy homemade chocolate and coconut candy.

We will be making these yummy gluten free candy bars for Purim which is coming up this week.  Of course, we also plan on making Hamantaschen as well, which is one of the boys’ fave treats.

These mounds bars are easy to make and rich with dark chocolate and a coconut filling consisting of shredded coconut, coconut oil and agave.  My older son downed them and thought ... read more →

How to Roast Almonds

Posted on February 19, 2010

photo from familyfriendsandfood on Flickr

Roasted almonds?  Yes, one of my favorite foods and an important part of my eating plan.

What about my family’s eating plan?  Well, my husband is one of the main reasons I cook and bake as religiously as I do; he comes from a family of excellent cooks who love to eat. However, recently, he went on a diet (I had no one to critique my desserts!).  Then he sent me this email:

“Was thinking you might want ... read more →

Cabernet Cookies

Posted on February 17, 2010

I’m still on my grape seed flour kick and made these yummy Cabernet Cookies the other day which were “all gone” quite quickly.  If you like the combination of red wine and chocolate, be sure to give these treats a try.

Grape seed flour is full of antioxidants, fiber and protein and adds a nice flavor and texture to baked goods.  I’m loving experimenting with it these days.  One more super food to add to the repertoire.

Cabernet Cookies

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1 ¼ cups blanched ... read more →

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapeseed Flour

Posted on February 12, 2010

These yummy little protein-a-licious cookies are the result of a complimentary sample of Chardonnay Grapeseed Flour that I received from Eric Leber of AprèsVin.  Grapeseed flour?  Yes, you heard it right, grapeseed flour.

While these treats look like they are double chocolate chip cookies, they actually are not.  It is high protein, antioxidant rich grapeseed flour that gives them their nice dark color.  And yes, grapeseed flour comes in different flavors.  This chardonnay grapeseed flour has a buttery taste and graham ... read more →

Magically Moist Cherry Apricot Cake

Posted on February 9, 2010

My husband loves this simple, moist gluten free Cherry Apricot Cake. I make sure to use organic dried fruit in this dessert since pesticides levels tend to be high in conventional cherries and apricots and more concentrated in dried fruits. I often purchase my organic dried fruit at the local health food store, Vitamin Cottage; for more “hard to find” ingredients such as organic dried cherries (sans added sugar) one of my favorite sources is an online company ... read more →

Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons

Posted on February 5, 2010

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means lots of bad candy and useless merchandise will be sold in the next week or so.  Over here, we’re having fun making our own (healthier) candy –especially these Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons.

My boys made an entire batch of these sweet confections last night and had a great time.  They love taking over my candy projects, the little rascals! I like making these too.  Using a small paint brush to spread the melted chocolate into the ... read more →

Nut Butter Cups

Posted on February 2, 2010

A healthier version of the classic peanut butter cup, homemade nut butter cups or balls make the perfect chocolate candy.

When I posted the recipe for Vanilla Almond Butter I had planned on sharing my Nut Butter Cup recipe with you shortly thereafter.  My children however, hijacked the Nut Butter Cups the night I tried to make them (with exact measurements for you all, of course).  They hacked my project, dumping loads of chocolate chips into the pot (for melting) ... read more →