Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse
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Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight, and what better way to spend my time than to blog about food???? (Or watch some 30 Rock on netflix…hmmmmm) I’m also pretty exhausted because I’ve been up recently having a 30 Rock marathon…I can’t believe I have never watched this show before. It’s hilarious. The writing, actors, story line….EVERYTHING is so incredibly funny. Of course I would start watching the night of the season finale. I know I am going to be so disappointed when I finally get to Season 7 and realize that it’s over. No more Liz Lemon on my screen…say it isn’t so : ( (more…)

In Need of A Dessert? Try a Raw Brownie
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In Need of A Dessert? Try a Raw Brownie

It’s day five of my cleanse, and so far it has been going amazing. I’m amazed by all the recipes out there for wholesome meals without the need for meat, or processed items. I haven’t gone a day feeling like I am missing out on good foods and that I am starving my body. In fact, it’s just the opposite. A lot of the meals I have been cooking are low in calories, but high in nutrients, which enables me to snack on foods that are healthy and I don’t feel guilty afterwords.

I do have a confession to make…I have been craving baked goodies, and fruits are not cutting it in the sweet department. As you know (or should have figured out from past posts!), I lovelovelovelove to bake, and in the past pretty much all my recipes called for flour, sugar, eggs and milk, which is now a problem. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really challenging finding desserts that fit the bill for my cleanse. So far, I have found only three recipes that sound delicious…I’d love to hear some suggestions on easy desserts that don’t contain flour, sugar, eggs or dairy!

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One of these recipes that I happened to stumble upon is the raw brownie, by My New Roots, and just looking at the recipe, I knew I had to make it.

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Pears Galore: Pear Pudding & Brown Butter Spiced Pear Muffins
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Pears Galore: Pear Pudding & Brown Butter Spiced Pear Muffins

It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption

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Pears are one of my favorite fruit – when ripe, they’re incredibly sweet & juicy and when you take a bite, they pretty much dissolve in your mouth. What’s not to love?!
In addition to their deliciousness, they also provide you with a variety of health benefits; they serve as a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, and even Vitamin K, and are a low allergy fruit. Though not normally mentioned, pears are known to have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

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Hot Chocolate Cookies
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Hot Chocolate Cookies

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I know holiday baking has come to an end, and I would have got this post out sooner, but I have been sick for the past week. It just seems to be getting worse. What sucks the most, isn’t the stuffy nose or the fever, ohhhh no. What is it you ask? Not being able to taste food! Seriously, everything tastes the same to me…bland bland bland : (

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Banana Walnut Bread
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Banana Walnut Bread

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One of my favorite recipes to make is this Banana Walnut Bread with maple syrup drizzled thru the batter. The first banana bread I ever baked was the Starbucks version - they used to have recipe cards you could pick up at the store. But their recipe calls for ingredients that I don’t always have on hand aka buttermilk, so over the years, I have adjusted the recipe to my liking and tastes.

If you ever have overripe bananas and are thinking about just throwing them out. DON’T!!!! Make this instead. It’s a simple, foolproof recipe that goes great as a snack or during tea time.

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Just in Time for Your Christmas Meal: Persimmon Pudding
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Just in Time for Your Christmas Meal: Persimmon Pudding

‘Tis the season for persimmons falalalalaaaa lalaaala

Persimmons are a delicious, edible fruit that seem to be relatively unknown in the United States. There are two kinds astringent or non-astringent, and the variety I purchased was the non-astringent fuyu version. They are less astringent and lose their tannic quality as they ripen, making them palatable. They are in season from late October to December, which is why they are currently sold in grocery stores. They strikingly resemble tomatoes, but don’t worry, taste nothing like it! When ripened, the fruit is sweet, almost custard like.

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A word of caution, if they are not fully ripened, they do have a bitter, mealy taste to them, which leaves little to be desired. A good way to tell when they can be eaten is by their color (change from orange to red) and cracking skins.
Growing up, they were a common sight in my home, and since I haven’t had it in a while I decided to purchase some, and what better way to eat it than in a dessert?!

I scoured my foodgawker iphone app (a godsend, I tell you!) for an appropriate app, and found the perfect one: a vintage Persimmon Pudding & Hard Sauce recipe made by Boulder Locavore’s Grandmother! I love English puddings, they are so dense, and have an intense nutty flavor to them. Putting some persimmons into the mix could only mean a good outcome : ) I am not afraid to explore and try new recipes even though it sometimes means you could end up with a disaster. While, that has happened before, it wasn’t the case with this recipe!

In the UK, Hard Sauce is associated with Xmas/New Years desserts and is made by creaming butter, and sugar with alcohols like rum, or brandy. It is best served cold and accompanies hot desserts such as puddings, pies or cakes.

Persimmon Pudding with Hard Sauce

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