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Caprese Salad

October 6th, 2013

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, they do! It seems like our trajectory here is defying all laws of logic. Like Exhibit A. I just found out that our prices are going up. Which was shocking to me since we didn’t raise them. But apparently, market pressures are driving them up. I didn’t even think that happened, but here we are. Am I in a movie? This feels like a movie right now.

In other news, I just posted a new video to our video page. For a CAPRESE SALAD. I am totally hooked on these right now. And tomatoes are in peak season. This recipe takes 5 minutes to make too. So if you haven’t done so already, you should CHECK IT OUT. You won’t be sorry.

I have much more to tell you, but not enough hours in a day. More updates coming soon!


Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

March 17th, 2013

lemon thumbprint cookiesHello out there! Haven’t been posting much lately, but things have been evolving rapidly over here. It’s been quite the spiritual journey. I expect a flurry of posts this week as I sit back and reflect for a minute. It’s been one of those years that moves so fast that everything is a blur. Exciting times. Maybe even too exciting for my delicate constitution. But I suppose sometimes, you have to push it to the edge. Just so you can assess where that is.

Anyway, I just posted a new video. It’s a recipe for the LEMON THUMBPRINT COOKIES you see pictured above. I’ve been pretty addicted to them lately. This is a great recipe for people with autoimmune disease. No wheat. No sugar. No dairy. Check it out and let me know what you think. 🙂


Live Raw

July 1st, 2011

live rawI just got a new book in the mail. It’s MIMI KIRK’S new book, Live Raw. I am turning into a huge Mimi Kirk fan. I have been watching her recipe videos on her FACEBOOK PAGE. They are great.  Very down to earth.  And wise.  Her book is no different.  There is a huge range of recipes in the book.  It will take me a while to get through.  I started off with a recipe whose picture caught my eye right away…the blueberry banana pancakes.

pancake in the making
It’s very much what the name suggests. Mished up banana, pecan, blueberries, some cinnamon.

Then, they are set in the dehydrator for a while. First on teflex. Then without.

Finally, it’s served with a little strawberry and maple syrup. I tried really hard to save some for my boyfriend. But sadly (for him), it didn’t happen. I gobbled them down right away.

pancake bite
I mean, what would you do?…That’s what I thought.

mimiCan you believe this woman is 72 years old? It’s truly amazing. She is definitely doing some things right. Whenever I start getting discouraged about my HEALTH CHALLENGES, I look to her for inspiration. There are plenty of young, healthy, and beautiful advocates for living cuisine. And don’t get me wrong, I appreciate them. But there is a certain wisdom that only comes with age and experience. This is really what sets her book apart. When working through a health crisis, I have to admit…I look to someone a little older and wiser whose already slayed a few dragons in their time.

Here I am wearing the special gift that came with my book. It’s a tag filled with words of wisdom for staying young. I actually used to wear some tags very similar to this when I was younger. About twenty years ago. The time seemed ripe for a re-emergence. I also have a foundations stone which my friend JANICE sent me (to keep me in the positive). These ladies are keeping me on the right path. Reminding me every day that it doesn’t matter if I can’t see the light at the end of this tunnel right now. It’s there. And if I just keep focusing on the positive, I’m gonna get to it. And when I do, it’s going to be a sight for sore eyes. Indeed.


Raw To Go

June 13th, 2011

Guess what wonderful surprise I had waiting for me in my mailbox the other day? A care package from RAW TO GO, a new company founded by my classmate at 105 (now MATTHEW KENNEY ACADEMY), SONJA.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember THIS POST I did way back when on Sonja’s amazing shop project. Interestingly, we both ended up bringing variations of our shop projects to market (not what I would have predicted at the time).

fourbarsSonja developed this amazing line of granola bars. She sent me four different flavors (though two of them are still in the testing phase and may not make it all the way to market): Monon Mix, Pecan Pie, Curry Delight, and 100% Analog.  I love these granola bars.  It’s hard to say which is my favorite.  It depends on the day.  My boyfriend is really partial to 100% Analog (which was named after him).

He is a RECORDING ENGINEER who is partial to the analog way of doing things. It’s the most pure and unadulterated sound. That’s where the name comes from. It is so cute how much he loves these bars. He wants to give them to all his friends. He’s like, ‘I bet I’m the only sound guy in the whole world who has a granola bar named after him.’ He’s probably right. This raspberry, macadamia, almond, vanilla yumminess is hands down his favorite.

monon pecan
The pecan pie and the monon mix flavors are the two that are available for purchase on the RAW TO GO WEBSITE right now. Both are outstanding. I can’t decide which I like better. I think I’m a little partial to monon mix, and my boyfriend is a little partial to pecan pie (which works out well and prevents fighting).

curry delight
The curry delight is the other flavor which is still being tested. I can tell you that it was a HUGE HIT at 105. I was quite addicted then, and things haven’t changed. I really hope this one makes it to market.

curry analog
You can always write to them and make requests! Maybe if she gets enough of them, something will happen (hopefully before I run out)…


Tour Goodies

April 11th, 2011

radio city roof
Look how glamorous my boyfriend’s life is. While I was visiting 105 DEGREES, he was jetsetting to NYC. This was his first time doing sound at RADIO CITY! This is a picture he took from the roof.

sound boardHe said the room sounded amazing! They really know what they’re doing there. I bet it sounded great. I know I’m kind of biased, but my boyfriend is so uber-talented. He can make any room sound great. He is the difference between a band sounding good and having a transcendent experience. I am so excited because on Tuesday night, I get to meet ROBERT PLANT! RP covered two songs written by the band that he traveled to Radio City with (LOW). My boyfriend recorded the original versions. So it should be an interesting night!!

live live
The nice thing about my boyfriend being a world traveler is that he brings me raw snacks from his travels. He brought me lots of samples from LIVE LIVE ORGANIC.

kale chips
I gobbled THESE DOWN in no time at all. They were waiting for me when I got home from Oklahoma. I tried to save some, but I wasn’t very successful.

I also got to try BRAD’S for the first time. It’s a really interesting concept. Like a cross between a flax cracker and a kale chip. Haven’t tried that before!

macaroonsI only got one of these, but maybe that’s a good thing. As I’m having a flare-up of this thrush infection that has been stalking me. I guess they’re really common in people with IMMUNE SYSTEM ISSUES. It’s kind of a drag. The only way to really get rid of it is to cut out the sugar completely which was traumatic the first time I had to do it. Though I’ve gotten better at it.

chocI haven’t cracked into this beauty yet. I suppose I should before my boyfriend gets to it. It’s a tough call…fight off the thrush or try gourmet chocolate from NYC? Hmm…Tough one. What would you do? I might have to live with the thrush for an extra day or two. 🙂
Here’s the roof in the daytime. Pretty cool view!

radio city
Here’s the view from the stage. Kinda makes you feel like a rockette. Almost.

The last trip he went on before this was to Austin for SXSW. These were AMAZING. And they are especially good with my SMOKED CASHEW MAC CHEESE. It’s like a match made in heaven. Too bad my boyfriend also brought back a nasty bug from Austin. It seemed like everyone who went down there, came back sick. That’s what you get for having too much fun, I guess.


Fermentation 101

December 10th, 2010

I haven’t posted much lately, and I apologize. I’ve been busy!! I’m am very excited today to post my latest video for PUNK RAWK LABS TV!

helenand me
The video features NYC based raw food chef, Helen Castillo, of THE RAW PALATE and a kefir starter kit from WATER KEFIR GRAINS (where I buy my kefir grains).

prl tv
This is also the first video that I edited myself. Now that my boyfriend has gotten his grammy nod, he doesn’t have time to help me. I suspect though that now that I know how to do it, I will be posting more videos and blogging less. Not a bad tradeoff. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the VIDEO. I’m kinda proud of it…


Everyday Raw Desserts

October 7th, 2010

erdessertsWell, it’s been a while. So naturally, I have a lot to catch up on. For one, guess what was waiting for me in my mailbox when I returned from Seattle? A copy of MATTHEW KENNEY’S new book!

I am very excited about this new development.  This book is great!  Not as many pictures as some of his other books, but tons more recipes!  A few ideas that I saw floating around at 105 DEGREES have made their way into this book.  But there’s much more.  There also a really nice section at the beginning that breaks down the basic ingredients that are used frequently.  I think this is really helpful when starting out.  Lots of inspiration in this book.

I got started right away with the first thing to catch my eye…the kombucha float. I decided to make it pomegranate kombucha like we MADE AT 105.

harvesting seeds
This is a somewhat labor intensive process. But once you’ve had it, you can never go back.

pom juice
MMM…Flavored with fresh pomegranate juice. I’ve been spoiled forever now.

pom kombucha
Once you have your kombucha, you’re ready for the next level. Which is ice cream! I just happened to have some already made in my freezer.

Can you think of a better way to spend your indian summer? Me either.


Wedding Cake

August 4th, 2010

Well, this is a week of firsts! Yesterday, I finished my first wedding cake! Two friends of mine got married yesterday (to each other), and I was honored to participate in the festivities!

It was a very non-traditional cake for a very non-traditional couple. The bride wanted hazelnut, and the groom wanted figs. So, I created this cake using both of those flavors. A chocolate fig cake with chocolate hazelnut buttercream frosting…

…and heart shaped strawberries.

I hope they liked it! The tester cake went over pretty well with my friends.

No time for dilly dallying. Tonight, I’m teaching my first CLASS in Minneapolis. Wish me luck!



July 28th, 2010

kale chips
This week, I started passing out prototypes for my new line of kale chips! It’s going well so far. I’ve talked to a couple places locally that are interested in carrying them. The kale is grown right here in Minnesota.

To start, I think we are just going to offer them locally, but we might expand production to include internet sales in the future. I’m going to let things unfold organically. I’ll keep you posted on my progress…


Shop Product: Sonya

March 7th, 2010

One of our project rotations here at school (one which I haven’t done yet), is to create a product to sell in the SHOP. Well, last week my classmate, SONJA, blew everyone away with her project. The challenge was to create a product and package it using only the materials we have at the restaurant, and this is what she came up with. AMAZING! The packaging is so beautiful and clever! Did I mention that Sonja went to art school with one of my ex-boyfriends?

coco bar
She actually made two version of this chocolate-coconut bar (one with almonds and one without). Here I have the coconut bar. There was also a line of rawlmond joys. Both of these went fast. She had a lot of trouble in production, actually. As soon as she would make a batch, someone would eat them.

cooling joys
Here is an action shot of the production process. The bars are all sold. Don’t tell anyone, but I have the last one. It’s hidden away in my fridge. I was waiting until my boyfriend got here (today) to eat it. We’ll have to keep an eye on SONYA’S PAGE to see if she puts these in production.

pizza bites
These pizza bites were also a big seller. It came with six bite size pizza bits. They were beautiful too. With a green layer and a red layer. YUM YUM.

She also did two lines of granola bars. A blueberry-lime and a spicy curry. I definitely have a weak spot for the spicy curry. I think there actually might be one or two of these left.

last three
Here I am with Sonja (on the right) and HELEN (the same girls I had my picture with on the FIRST DAY). Oddly, they became my closest confidantes. Interesting coincidence…