• Buckwheat-Superfood

    • October 10, 2014 - 3:42 am
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    Are you familiar with Buckwheat? Buckwheat is a fruit seed related to rhubarb. Energizing and nutritious, buckwheat is a superfood.

    Buckwheat, on the other hand, ranks low on the glycemic scale.

    Hulled buckwheat kernels (called groats) are pale tan-to-green, while the roasted buckwheat groats known as kasha—a staple food in Eastern Europe—are dark brown with a nutty flavor.

    Buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet or corn.

    Like all grains, buckwheat should be rinsed thoroughly under running water before cooking, and any dirt or debris should be removed. After rinsing, add one part buckwheat to two parts boiling water or broth. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

    *"The World's Healthiest food" web site.


    Try this nutritious breakfast recipe!

    Overnight Maple Buckwheat in a jar


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    Overnight Maple Buckwheat in a jar


  • Preparing Apples

    • September 30, 2014 - 12:56 pm
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    There are thousands of varieties of apples  in every shade of yellow, gold, green, and red.  Ranging from sweet to tart.  Probably the best of the widely grown varieties are McIntosh and Golden Delicious.  Apples are divided in three categories: eating, cooking and all-purpose.


    When buying, apples should be firm and heavy for their size; avoid any with soft spots. Store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for weeks.


    Rinse and take a bite or peel and cut. For peeling start at the stem of flower and work in latitudinal strips or around the circumference; a U-shaped peeler is best.

    For coring, you have several options. You can remove the core and leave the apple whole by digging into the stem end with a sturdy melon baller, and removing it; this leave the blossom end intact, a nice presentation for baked apples. Or you can buy a slicer-corer, which will cut the apple into six or eight slices around the core in one swift motion. Finally you can quarter the apple and dig out each piece of the core with a paring knife.

    Apples brown quickly once peeled or cut; to prevent browning, drop them into acidulated water ( one part lemon juice to about 10 parts water).

    " Mark Bittman"


    Stuffed Apples slowcooker pic

    Try this Warming Fall Dessert!  Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples ( slow-cooker)


  • Great seasonings for Applesauce

    • September 27, 2014 - 7:55 pm
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    Most people think of applesauce as a sweet condiment. It can be, but  try  using some of these savory condiments for a neutral approach.

    Applesauce freeze well and handy when packed in individual containers.

    Great seasonings for Applesauce:

    Start with a teaspoon or so, then taste and add a teaspoon at a time as needed.

    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Ground cumin, coriander or caraway seeds
    • Minced fresh chili or hot pepper flakes
    • Chipotle chiles, dried or canned
    • Chopped fresh ginger
    • Roasted garlic
    • Granulated or brown sugar
    • Nutmeg
    • Maple syrup
    • Pinch ground cloves
    • Pinch of allspice


    Try this amazing Slow Cooker Applesauce and start experimenting with new ingredients!

    Slow Cooker Applesauce

    Slow Cooker Applesauce

    Slow Cooker Applesauce

  • Sushi Goes West

    • September 25, 2014 - 7:45 pm
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    Sarasota Sushi Party at Home

    "I have a confession to make...I'm in love!! My heart is beating faster, my pulse skyrocketing, my head is in the clouds! I'm so much in love that I'm having trouble sleeping. My love, you ask? 'Sushi'! Don't laugh! I'm not talking about the traditional sushi, but about my new and innovative creation...Sushi Goes West!

    They are petite bites of love that fill my head with excitement. It is like dancing creations all around me, that when combined with amazing ingredients, create the most mouthwatering recipes I've ever tasted in sushi.

    That is why I could not wait to share my new love with you, my readers. My Personal Gourmet Chef service is not offering succulent sushi with a twist! Perfect for a special party or gathering. If you are in the Sarasota area, don't delay to book your innovative party. Stay tuned for incredible recipes

  • The Spiralizer - A great Kitchen Gadget

    • September 17, 2014 - 12:47 pm
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    Are you familiar with Spiralizer machines? - Handy for turning vegetables like zucchini into curly pasta-like strands.

    This handy slicer creates beautiful mounds of julienne squash, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and other vegetables for garnishing, toppings, and create recipes.

    It's simple to use and makes nutritious spiral vegetables & noodles - a gluten free, grain free, low carb alternative to pasta!
    Add new texture to your dish, stir-fries and salads. You can make long ribbons of cucumber, carrots and radishes for salads, or apple spirals for apple slaw.

    It's a must have in my kitchen! Make "pasta" in no time!


    For recipes using a Spiralizer, please visit Citronlimette


    Raw Zucchini Salad