archive for December, 2010

Giveaway: Around My French Table

Posted on December 30, 2010

Just in case I didn’t make it perfectly clear from my Spiced Pecans and Cinnamon Pecan Brittle posts, I’m madly in love with Dorie Greenspan’s latest book Around My French Table –it’s quite a collection of recipes.

Larkspur: Gluten Free Mountain Dining

Posted on December 28, 2010

-Pictured above, Larkspur Restaurant

I’ve been meaning to do a post about gluten free dining in Vail for eons.

And I could easily title this “Gluten Free Dining in Vail,” or give it some other similar such name, however, when it comes to dining gluten free in Vail, there is really only one “place” that I feel entirely at home and taken care of.  Where would that be?  Larkspur Restaurant, or, for that matter, any of the restaurants owned by Thomas Salamunovich.

Cinnamon Pecan Brittle

Posted on December 27, 2010

I came up with the recipe for this Cinnamon Pecan Brittle when I messed up a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s lovely cookbook, Around My French Table.

I had thought I was making Spiced Nuts, though when I pulled these out of the oven, I realized that I had actually made a scrumptious nut brittle. So, I made the recipe several additional times, tweaking each version along the way until I was pleased with this new permutation.

Giveaway: Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts

Posted on December 23, 2010

Today I’m giving away a copy of The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free by Kelly of The Spunky Coconut.  This is an amazing cookbook, whether you’re gluten free or not.  I love Kelly’s food.  It’s delicious and I find her cooking just a bit healthier than mine –which is a good thing.

I had the luxury of eating actual recipes from this book made by Kelly herself.  They were all delectable.  My […]

Sunbutter Ice Cream

Posted on December 20, 2010

I was thrilled to have the darling Kelly and her adorable family over for dinner during one night of Hanukkah a couple of weeks ago.  We made a delicious meal using various recipes from each of our cookbooks and websites, and then had the absolutely scrumptious dessert pictured above: Banana Coconut Cream Pie (made by Kelly, a recipe from her 2nd book) with Sunbutter Ice Cream (made by me, another recipe from Kelly’s awesome 2nd book).

Kelly also brought over some […]

Giveaway: All-Clad Sauce Pan Giveaway

Posted on December 16, 2010

Guess what?!  I’m giving away a 2-Quart Saucepan from All-Clad.  This sized saucepan probably wins the “most used pot” award in my kitchen.  I use it for everything from Chai and Hot Chocolate to Butternut Squash Soup and Cranberry Sauce –it gets a lot of play around here and I love having it in my kitchen.

DIY Christmas Gift Round Up

Posted on December 13, 2010

This year I’m having a DIY Christmas.  Not that Christmas is actually my holiday, as I’m Jewish.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t give all my friends lovely homemade Christmas gifts.  And give all of you guys fun ideas for Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Christmas Chocolate Bark

Posted on December 10, 2010

I am digging this yummy Christmas Chocolate Bark.  Studded with rich pistachios, tart dried cranberries, and speckled with coarse chunks of salt, it’s a winner.

I believe the ideas for this flavor combo came from the fabulous Alison.  I think this bark would make a wonderful gift for the holidays.  Just don’t eat too much of it, as it’s very addictive.

DIY Foot Balm

Posted on December 9, 2010

You may notice that some of the ingredients in this foot balm, such as coconut oil and olive oil are food. I was taught during my Ayurvedic training, that the skin is the largest organ of absorption in the human body. Therefore, I make sure that anything I put on my skin is healthy enough for me to eat.

I found the base for this recipe in the February issue of Living Without magazine –their recipe was for a body butter. I changed it […]

Georgia’s Fruit Pudding

Posted on December 8, 2010

I recently fell in love with Georgia Pellegrini’s book Food Heroes and will be giving it to various friends for the holidays.  I am also giving away a copy to one lucky winner on my Food Heroes post from Monday. It’s a great read and has wonderful recipes.  The recipe below is my adaptation of Georgia’s grandmother’s fruit pudding, which I think you’ll enjoy.

This light and easy to eat dessert is a perfect Christmas pudding.  It’s basically made with dried […]

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Posted on December 7, 2010

Update: this giveaway has ended and the winner was Susan!

This year, I’m making many of the holiday gifts that I’ll be giving.  One of my favorite things to give, that you might also like to give to your friends and family, is this homemade cookie mix.

This high protein, gluten free cookie mix is quick and easy to make.  Further, you are giving a friend or loved one a very special present –the opportunity to have the smell of fresh baked […]

Book Review: Food Heroes

Posted on December 6, 2010

I had the privilege of listening to the lovely, brilliant and beautiful Georgia Pellegrini speak on a panel at Blogher Food 2010.  Afterwords we chatted for a bit and Georgia was kind enough to give me a signed copy of her book, Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition.

I promptly devoured this book and highly recommend it to all folks that are interested in where our food comes from, along with great writing (and recipes too!).  This tome of […]

Hanukkah

Posted on December 2, 2010

Hanukkah oh Hanukkah come light the menorah! Let’s have a party we’ll all dance the horah! Hanukkah is the festival of lights. During this time, the darkest time of year, we celebrate the miracle of light, and it is a holiday that I enjoy ever so much.

In Judaism, Hanukkah is merely a minor festival; our big holidays, or “holy days” are Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Hanukkah lasts 8 days and involves the nightly lighting of the Menorah (referred to also as a Hanukiah). What […]