Archive for October, 2010

Kale Chips Online

October 18th, 2010

kale chips
I am some big news to announce today. You might remember THESE? My very own line of kale chips! These kale chips have done a lot for me.

kale chips close
They NOURISHED ME BACK TO HEALTH after my ACCIDENT. And now they are my perfect physical therapy. I can’t say enough good things about them. These little guys are so healthy, it’s amazing.

kale chips
So far, I’ve been getting a pretty enthusiastic response to them. From vegans and non-vegans alike. After all, what’s not to like about kale chips?

boxed up
Last week, I shipped my first case to the CROW WING FOOD COOP in Brainerd, MN!

So far, this is the only store that carries them, BUT you can now order your very own kale chips ONLINE! What’s more? Yesterday, I put out a special offer to subscribers of my eZine (<--Links in margin) explaining how to have a free bag mailed to you. There is still one bag left. That one lucky person COULD BE YOU!


Upcoming Classes

October 17th, 2010

Those who live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area may be interested to know that I’m teaching a few classes coming up. More info can be found HERE.

The classes are being offered at the SEWARD COOP the last two Saturdays of October.

23 Oct 2010 Intro To Raw Food 11-1PM
30 Oct 2010 Raw, Vegan Desserts 11-1PM

Hope to see you there!


Indian Summer

October 13th, 2010

We have had some freakishly warm weather (for Minnesota) the last week or so and I am LOVING it. I missed a lot of summer this year (as I was RECOVERING my accident). So now is my chance to soak it all up. Consequently, my garden is a little wild this year (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

flower sign
One of my fellow gardeners grew a communal bed of flowers! How lovely is that? It sad to say goodbye to gardening season.

garden harvest
I have really gotten into juicing garden harvest. It’s so luxurious (esp. when you consider how much it would be to BUY all this).

My physical therapy right now involves BIKE RIDING. This is a scene from my bike ride to the garden. I have to cross the mighty Mississippi River to get there. (It seems like a trek, but before you get too impressed I should mention that it’s not actually that far. And I have to walk my bike part of the way. But I’m getting there).

green juice
Still, things are definitely looking up out here. I’m moving a little slow these days, but you know what they say about slow and steady…I’m just saying!


Catching Up

October 9th, 2010

kitty perch
Well, it’s been so long that I feel like I have lots to catch up on. Here’s the view from my new chef’s table. It’s turned into a perch for kitty. She loves it up there by the WINDOW. I love that window too. Spectacular sunsets and good vibes. Check out my boyfriend’s gigantic vinyl collection. I’ve been catching up on all this while I’m working, and it’s truly wonderful. You can also catch a glimpse of my window garden…

window gMy new place has south facing windows! Perfect for growing WHEATGRASS and SPROUTS. I’ve got my wheatgrass system down now. The trays I’ve been growing lately have been coming out beautifully. I’m really trying to focus now on healing and restoring my LIVER, and these little trays of wonder are definitely part of the plan. OH. I should mention that there is a video for PRL TV that details how you can grow your own WHEATGRASS GARDEN. You should check that out.

chef tablMy chef table is overflowing right now with garden goodness. It’s amazing. I love this time of year. It’s so abundant that I think it deserves it’s own post (coming soon). Today, I’ll just focus on my evolving kitchen.

booch plus mixerSpeaking of, look at this amazing stand mixer I got at a yard sale last week for $25!!! Can you believe it? I asked the girl if it had all the parts. And she said, ‘Well, it’s missing the meat grinder…’ How much more perfect could it be?

booch latticeAs you can see I have a few batches of KOMBUCHA going there. It’s so amazing. Look at the elegant lattice it forms. Very interesting.

dehydratorsThis is also new. My multiple dehydrator shelf. For my burgeoning kale chip empire (which also deserves it’s own post – coming soon).

grassOk. Well, I gotta run. I need to make lots of chocolate truffles for a wedding reception tomorrow…


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.


Hackergate Deux: Return of the Hacker

October 4th, 2010

Hello out there!  Long time.  No see.  In case you didn’t get the memo, I’ve been spending some time off the radar dealing with a hacking issue.  This happened ONCE BEFORE, but this time it was a little more pervasive.  In the meantime, I got to spend some time in Seattle.  My boyfriend had to work at BUMBERSHOOT this year.  So I decided to tag along and visit some friends (I used to live there).  I was shocked to find that they actually had coconuts at bumbershoot this year!  Who knew?

healeoI also got to meet Nikki of YUMMY RAW KITCHEN just before her BIG MOVE. We met at my favorite raw food place in Seattle, HEALEO.  A lot has happened since I last posted.  I’m still trying to get my web page in order, but I am happy to be back in the world of cyberspace.  I had to make a few adjustments, unfortunately.  I had to turn the comments off.  Sorry about that.  I can still be reached on facebook and twitter though (<— Links in margin).

In other news, I have lots of things to report.  Like, I am walking!!  Hooray!  I’m still having a little trouble with my legs going numb, but I am getting there.  More updates soon…