Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe

April 23, 2014 This has not turned into a dessert blog, I promise.  I haven't really kept track of what I was posting here and I just realized I have been a little out of balance lately.  I promise to post a few Mexican recipes next week in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo.  But since I posted a picture of this fluffy cloud of coconut cream last week on instagram, my cooking class students have been begging me to share how I made it. I love how popular coconut products have...

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How to Freeze Stock and Other Liquids

I am totally obsessed with homemade stock.  It's one of those foods that you'll never find the same quality in store-bought, so I always make it for soup-making at home and for my classes, which means I need...

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Why You Should Use Unbleached Parchment Paper

You have probably noticed that I line my baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper instead of cooking directly on the surface or lining them with aluminum foil.  And if I want to roast a head of garlic, I always...

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Why You Should Soak Your Nuts and Seeds

Per my last post, nuts and seeds should be soaked for the same reasons as grains and legumes.  Nuts and seeds also contain compounds that impair digestion, reduce mineral absorption and nutrient levels.  However, by soaking nuts and...

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

strawberry-rhubarb sauce It's amazing what a little fruit sauce can do. "How about some waffles for breakfast?" "No00, thaaaanks." "How about some waffles with strawberry-rhubarb sauce for breakfast?" "Really?  Is it a special occasion or something?" Making fruit a little extra special always turns something standard into a little party! I used to make this...

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Banana-Carrot Almond Flour Muffins Recipe

banana-carrot almond flour muffins You know what makes me laugh about Passover?  When I was growing up (in a very Italian-Catholic home,) my mother was always quite excited when Passover was imminent because matzoh would hit the shelves in the supermarket.  And my grandmother was even more excited.  I remember Grandma visiting once...

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Dairy-free Cashew Cheesecake Recipe

vegan cashew cheesecake I taught this luscious dessert in my classes two years ago, but I had seen cashew "cheesecakes" all over the place for many years. But of course I didn't get it.  I didn't understand how blended cashews could be turned into something that resembled cheesecake, a cheesecake that I...

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