Condiments, etc…

Chocolate Syrup

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sweets, Toppings | Comments Off on Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Syrup

1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup high quality, cocoa (or cacao) powder 1/4 teaspoon pure salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Bring water and sugar to a boil, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Add cocoa and salt and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla, then cool (syrup will continue to thicken as it cools). Yields about 1 & 1/2 cups.  Store refrigerated in a sealed container. __________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  This syrup makes delicious chocolate milk, hot chocolate, and of...

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Fresh Whipped Cream

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sweets, Toppings | Comments Off on Fresh Whipped Cream

Fresh Whipped Cream

1 cup high quality cream 1 – 2 TBSP sweetener of choice (to taste), or 6 – 12 drops liquid stevia 1 tsp vanilla extract Use an electric mixer to blend the cream. Once it thickens, add sweetener, vanilla, and blend just a bit more to combine. __________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  There’s nothing like homemade whipped cream.  It’s delicious with fresh fruit of any kind.  I’m lucky enough to have a farm near by where I can pick up fresh, raw cream to keep on hand.  If this is an option for you, I highly recommend...

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Creamy Ranch-Style Dressing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Dips, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Salad Dressings, Salads | 1 comment

Creamy Ranch-Style Dressing

1/2 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk or sour cream 1/2 cup high quality mayo 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder 1 tsp sugar or 2 drops of liquid stevia (optional) 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Mix until well combined. Yields approximately 1 cup. ___________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  Aside from tossing some into a salad, this dressing is great used as a dip for all the fresh carrots, cucumbers & peppers being harvested this time of year. ~  You can use any additional herbs you have on hand that sound good...

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Sun Butter

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Nut Butters, Recipes | 2 comments

Sun Butter

2 cups sunflower seeds OPTIONAL: 1 TBSP raw honey (or sweetener of choice) 1/4 tsp pure salt 3 TBSP sunflower oil (or oil of preference) Process in food processor or Vitamix until you’ve got sunbutter. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  William, This one’s for you  =) ~ If using a Vitamix, you don’t necessarily need to add oil but it will be a little on the pasty side if you don’t. Sunflower seeds are not as naturally oily as peanuts, almonds or pecans, so the butter ends up being thicker.   Takes...

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How to make Garlic Salt

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Seasonings | Comments Off on How to make Garlic Salt

How to make Garlic Salt

Combine 3 parts salt with 1 part garlic powder. For example, if you need 1 tsp of garlic salt, simply use 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. That’s all =)...

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Macadamia Nut Butter

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Nut Butters, Recipes | Comments Off on Macadamia Nut Butter

Macadamia Nut Butter

2 cups macadamia nuts 1/4 tsp pure salt Add to your food processor or Vitamix and process until creamy. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Macadamia nuts easily blend into a nice, creamy, tasty butter. We like to change-up our nut butters for variety.  They’re all so good, and  nutritionally speaking – each of them will offer us a little something different (not to mention we’re all more prone to developing a sensitivity to a food we eat over & over on a daily basis – changing it up now & then...

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Cashew Butter

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Nut Butters, Recipes | Comments Off on Cashew Butter

Cashew Butter

2 cups cashews 1/4 tsp pure salt Add to your food processor or Vitamix and process until creamy. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Cashew butter is delicious! In our opinion, it tastes the closest to peanut butter than any of the other nut butters. Keep in mind, it tends to be less oily, and a little more on the pasty side than some of the others. It’s creamy and spreadable at room temp, but a little difficult to work with straight from the fridge. To resolve this, you can either include a little oil in the recipe, or...

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“Nutella” (Choc. Hazelnut Butter)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in Nut Butters, Recipes | 2 comments

“Nutella” (Choc. Hazelnut Butter)

2 cups hazelnuts, roasted & skinned 2 TBSP cacao (or cocoa) powder 1 to 2 TBSP natural sugar (or 6 – 12 drops liquid stevia) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roast hazelnuts for 10 – 15 minutes (until skins split). Remove from oven and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Rub the nuts together in the towel until the skins flake off. Add the nuts to a food processor or Vitamix blender and process until you get creamy butter. Add the cacao and sugar and process again until combined. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ To be...

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Chipotle Mayo

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Spreads | Comments Off on Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo

1 cup mayo 2 tsps chipotle powder (or less) Mix. _________________________________________________________ For a fancier version: Optional add-ins…. 2 tsps lime juice 1 TBSP finely chopped cilantro 2 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed (or 1/8 tsp garlic powder) 1/4 tsp dried oregano dollop of high quality sour cream ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Chipotle mayo is a great way to add a smokey, spicy flavor to any meal. Use it any way you’d use regular mayo (on a sandwich, burger, burrito, taco, fish, chicken, as...

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Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Salad Dressings, Salads | Comments Off on Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette

Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (or to taste) 2 tsps high quality brown mustard 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/8 tsp pure salt a few grinds of black pepper Whisk together all ingredients (or combine in jar with tight-fitting lid and shake well). Store in the refrigerator. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Very easy/tasty dressing to whip together. Of course, the key to making a salad dressing (or anything for that matter) taste delicious, is using the highest quality ingredients...

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Caramel Sauce

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sweets, Toppings | Comments Off on Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup cashew butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup DATE-PASTE 2 tsps vanilla extract 1/8 tsp sea salt Place all ingredients in a blender & process until smooth. Will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge. Once refrigerated, the sauce will need to be warmed (to at least room temp) before serving in order to obtain the proper consistency. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  Adapted from “Raw for Dessert” ~ There’s not too much to the date paste. It’s only dates blended with water so it’s no big deal to...

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Shortbread Crust

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in Baked Goods, Condiments, etc..., Pie, Recipes, Toppings | Comments Off on Shortbread Crust

Shortbread Crust

1 cup shredded dried coconut (unsweetened) 1 cup walnuts 1/4 tsp pure salt 6 pitted medjool dates Place the coconut, walnuts & salt in a food processor fitted w/ the S blade & process until finely ground. Add the dates & process until the mixture begins to stick together. Don’t over-process. Yields 2 & 1/2 cups. Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. The crust doesn’t need to be thawed before using. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: For those with various food restrictions, this...

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