archive for March, 2010

Beet Maror

Posted on March 30, 2010

Making maror for your Passover Seder is a cinch (even though it can be just a tad dangerous).

Let me explain… While DIY maror is a lot of fun, be sure to proceed with caution.  I make my maror in the food processor; danger can arise when you open the lid and the trapped horseradish fumes escape up your nostrils –and severe sinus relief (or burning) can occur.  So be careful!

Beet Maror

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1 horseradish root (about 4 inches), peeled and chopped
1-2 tablespoons […]

Passover Menu

Posted on March 29, 2010

My mother and father will be spending Passover with us and I am really looking forward to it.  Mom and I will be in the kitchen all day today preparing for our gluten free Seder –she has celiac too, as do my older son, sister and mother-in-law.  Gluten free is a family affair for us.

Here’s what we’ll be making for Passover 2010.  Pretty much my standard Passover Seder menu.

Charoset
Maror
Matzoh Ball Soup
Chipotle Orange Chicken
Carrot “Kugel”
Coconut Macaroons
Passover Torte

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Whose Recipes are they Anyway?

Posted on March 26, 2010

Did you know that recipes are not copyrightable?  It is very challenging to copyright a recipe.  That said, I have found that 99.99% of food bloggers and others in the industry give credit where it is due.  On that note, I especially enjoy Lillian’s interpretation of my recipes via video on her site Lillian’s Test Kitchen.  And kudos go to all the other bloggers out there doing what Lillian does day in and day out.

Unfortunately, sometimes things can go awry […]

Chocolate Espresso Power Bars

Posted on March 23, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Power Bars made with pecans, dates and decaf espresso.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good power bar?  One that is easy to travel with and renders a healthy snack on the go?

These gluten free Espresso Power Bars have a delicious espresso-chocolate-vanilla-ish flavor that makes them equally satisfying as a snack or dessert.  I found mine were just a tad crumbly, you may need to add a dash of water to help yours hold together well.

Chocolate Espresso Power Bars

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Carrot Kugel

Posted on March 19, 2010

Carrot Kugel –who would have thought of that? Well, the fabulous Lisa Stafford, that’s who. Lisa recently posted her recipe for Carrot Souffle in the forums and here’s what she had to say about it:

“I made this dish Tuesday night and had some with our meat and salad. I warmed some up in the toaster oven for lunch on Wednesday. Before I put it away, I tried it cold. Oh my goodness! I like it cold much better. It reminds me of […]

Ginger Cilantro Green Shake

Posted on March 16, 2010

The idea for this green smoothie comes from the amazing Sarma of oneluckyduck.com.  I recently purchased her book Living Raw Food and am loving it.  While some of the recipes can be complex, she has many that can be made in minutes. 

This Ginger Cilantro Shake is a hybrid of her Cilantro-Pineapple Shake and her Bangkok Baby.  Here is my version, a nice healthy green drink for Saint Patrick’s day.

Ginger Cilantro Shake

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1 bunch cilantro
1 cucumber (no need to peel), cut […]

Peppermint Patties

Posted on March 12, 2010

These healthier and vegan Peppermint Patties only have four ingredients.

Ok, when the idea of Peppermint Patties first crossed my mind I was not enticed.  “Chocolate and mint?” I said, “That sounds like toothpaste, not food.”

Well, a few weeks later, the idea lingered, gnawingly and I decided I just had to make those Peppermint Patties.  So I did.  And they are good.  Even to someone who does not care for the idea of chocolate and mint.   Someone who is Jewish and […]

Double Chocolate Orange Torte

Posted on March 9, 2010

This gluten free Double Chocolate Orange Torte will make a nice treat for Passover, which is rapidly approaching!  My family, however, needed no holiday or excuse to devour the entire cake on a Sunday afternoon.  This treat is easy to make and even easier to eat.  Go ahead, try some and see for yourself.

Double Chocolate Orange Torte

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½ cup chocolate chunks
½ cup blanched almond flour
¼ cup cacao powder
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
3 eggs
½ cup agave nectar or honey
½ cup grapeseed oil […]

Beet Hummus

Posted on March 5, 2010

This beet hummus recipe comes from Elise over at simplyrecipes.com.  She is one of my favorite bloggers and I was lucky enough to hear her speak at the last Blogher Food conference.  I myself, would not have ever thought of combining beets into a hummus type dip, so, leave it to Elise.  She is the inspiration for me on many fronts.

When it comes to beets though, I find that there is a bit of a love-hate relationship with them –as […]

How to Roast Beets

Posted on March 2, 2010

I love beets.  They’re delicious, healthy and a “grounding” root vegetable.  I usually steam them, which is simple –other than the times that I run out of water for steaming and burn the pan.  Usually I save them in the nick of time though.

Alternatively, roasting beets, is just as easy and delicious.  Roasting adds a rich flavor to foods and also “warms” them, according to Asian medicine, making roasted veggies an idea dish for winter. Yesterday in the late afternoon, […]