posts tagged "natural"

Twinkies

Posted on May 15, 2009

I’ve been on a quest this week for gluten-free, dairy-free healthy Twinkies and after several attempts (make that 7) I seem to have come up with a good approximation of this infamous Hostess treat.

Whenever the subject of Twinkies comes up in our house a certain Twinkie vandalism story is told (of which I was not a part!).  My husband likes to talk about the time (in his college days) when he and a buddy were coming home from a night ... read more →

Chocolate Chip Cookies Again

Posted on May 13, 2009

The other day, I received this lovely note from one of my favorite readers, CoconutGal.

I wanted to send you an email to let you know how thankful I am for your generosity in sharing your wholesome, creative, and super delicious recipes.

I would like to tell you a little bit about my story; I have been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, an autoimmune disorder where my white blood cells recognize food as a virus and attack my body when I eat, causing ... read more →

Nutty Bread

Posted on May 4, 2009

This hearty, gluten free bread with seeds and nuts is delicious anytime of day.

Toast it for breakfast and serve with a side of scrambled eggs.  Works great along with a big salad at lunch.   Or, for a quick and easy dinner, it makes a great sandwich with organic turkey, avocado, romaine, tomatoes and dijon mustard.

I think this bread would also be delectable as an after dinner treat with a smear of dairy-free butter (I’m very into this Earth ... read more →

Caramel Apples

Posted on October 28, 2008

I read Heidi’s blog 101cookbooks.com religiously.  I love her photography, use of words and creative food combination utilizing natural ingredients.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw a beautiful shot of caramel apples on her site the other day.

Prior to reading her recipe I had not given much thought to making this glorious Halloween treat.  The idea of high fructose corn syrup and other weirdly engineered ingredients was somewhat off putting.  And I must confess, the ... read more →

Vanilla Plum Jam

Posted on September 16, 2008

As fall approaches, my attention is shifting to our fruit trees. A few years back we planted a peach and two apple trees along the perimeter of our packed yard; they are now bursting with fruit, as is our dwarf plum. While we eat the peaches and apples straight off the trees, each fall we make a habit of picking the tart little plums and making our own homemade jam from them.

During this last weekend, the boys commenced ... read more →

Clean Green: Kitchen Spray

Posted on May 30, 2008

I must confess, for more than a year, my friend Elizabeth has been asking me to do a post on homemade household cleaners. As a result of her prodding, I am proud to present part 1 of a series on non-toxic cleaners for your home. We’ll start off with a cleaning spray for my favorite room of the house –the kitchen!

So, first questions first. Why make your own cleaning products? Why go through the bother? To ... read more →

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Posted on August 7, 2007

I have been guzzling gallons of my favorite summer beverage during this hot spell. It’s another easy one, and better yet, has no sugar or artificial sweeteners.

How’s that possible? See for yourself…

Lemonade

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2 quarts water
¼ cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
4 dropper-fulls stevia

Fill a 2 quart mason jar with water, almost to the top, leaving 2 inches of space for other ingredients
Add lemon juice and 4 dropper-fulls of stevia
Serve cold, over ice, with a slice of lemon

Serves 4

This delicious ... read more →

Product Review: Rigoni di Asiago

Posted on May 22, 2007

These delicious jams by fiordifrutta Rigoni di Asiago are made with 100% organic fruit. They’re juice sweetened –no cane sugar, fructose or other forms of processed sugar in disguise. This is the only organic jam I have found with no added sugar. The flavors are great!

My favorites are orange and raspberry jam, though they come in a large variety including rose hip, which is quite tasty as well.

Update: This product has been renamed Rigoni di Asiago. It is still ... read more →

Product Review: Stevia

Posted on March 6, 2007

Update: I have switched brands and now use NuNaturals stevia.

There are times when I want something sweet and don’t want to increase my blood sugar level. This is when I reach for stevia, an herb 300 times as sweet as sugar with a glycemic index (GI) of 0.

This low glycemic, low carbohydrate sweetener is widely used in Japan. In the U.S., the sugar lobby has long fought to ban this miracle sweetener; it is currently classified as a ... read more →

Product Review: Agave Nectar

Posted on February 27, 2007

Sweetness is the first taste we experience in life, the primal taste of our infancy, of mother’s milk.

For several years I researched delicious, healthy alternatives to sugar that held up well in the baking process, yet did not substantially raise glycemic index levels. Enter agave, the nectar of the agave cactus plant –a golden liquid readily available in health food stores.

I prefer agave because as you can see below, it is lower on the glycemic index (GI) than other sweeteners:

sugar ... read more →

Homemade Lip Balm

Posted on January 20, 2007

This homemade and natural lip balm is so good that you might want to eat it – my children tell me it tastes delicious.

Homemade Lip Balm

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1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax shavings or pearls
1 tablespoon almond oil
¼ teaspoon essential oil of vanilla

Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a beaker placed in a small pot of simmering water
When beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, remove beaker from heat and stir in almond oil and vanilla
Pour liquid into stainless steel lip balm ... read more →