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How to Make Bread Crumbs

Posted by on Jul 24, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Kitchen Tips, Photo Slide Show, Seasonings, Toppings | Comments Off on How to Make Bread Crumbs

How to Make Bread Crumbs

Bread crumbs are extremely simple to make at home. All you need is bread. Any and all kinds work – sliced bread, rolls, buns, ends, sourdough, whole grain, spelt, rye, gluten free – whatever you like, whatever you have. If you keep sliced sandwich bread at home, making bread crumbs is one way to put the ends to good use. As you come across end pieces, just keep them together, in a bag in the freezer, and pull out slices as needed. I don’t recommend using stale bread (as is sometimes suggested), unless you want stale bread crumbs. Use fresh or frozen bread.  All you have to...

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10-Minute Marinara Sauce

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Pasta, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Red Sauces, Sauces, Gravys | Comments Off on 10-Minute Marinara Sauce

10-Minute Marinara Sauce

2 TBSP butter or ghee 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 28 oz package crushed or strained tomatoes 1 cup water 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste fresh basil or parsley, chopped (as much as you’d like) 1 – 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil Warm butter or ghee over medium heat and saute garlic for 1 – 2 mins. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Add the water to the empty tomato container, swish it around (to collect the remaining remnants of tomato), and add it to the pot. Simmer for approx 10 mins. Stir in chopped basil, drizzle in the olive oil and serve....

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Raspberry Jam

Posted by on Mar 27, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Spreads | Comments Off on Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam

1 (10 oz) package frozen raspberries 3 TBSP date-paste (I use rounded/heaping tablespoons) Thaw raspberries in refrigerator for 24 hours (or at room temp for 8 – 12 hours) & drain. Mix together raspberries and date paste (with whisk or fork) until combined well. Yields about 3/4 cup.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~  Very tasty on a sandwich w/ nut butter or used to make these tasty treats: RASPBERRY-SQUARES ~  If...

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Date Paste

Posted by on Mar 27, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Spreads | Comments Off on Date Paste

Date Paste

16 pitted medjool dates 1 & 1/2 cups filtered water Soak dates in the water for at least 20 minutes (& up to overnight). Drain the dates but reserve the soak water. Place the dates along with 1/4 cup of the soak water in either a Vitamix or a food processor fitted w/ S blade, and process into a smooth paste. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the work bowl if necessary. Yields 1 & 1/4 cups. Date paste will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge or 1 month in the freezer (thaw for a few minutes before using)....

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Tahini Gravy

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Recipes, Sauces, Gravys | Comments Off on Tahini Gravy

1 & 1/2 cups veggie broth or water (I use broth) 1/2 cup tahini 2 TBSP soy sauce 1 TBSP maple syrup (or 6 drops liquid stevia) freshly ground pepper In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together & bring to a slow boil. Cook (stirring w/ whisk) until it has thickened to desired consistency. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ We especially love this over MILLET-CORN-LOAF, but it’s also nice over tempeh dishes, greens, meats, grains, sauteed veggies, etc… ~ The gravy will thicken up...

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Coconut Milk Tonic

Posted by on Jan 23, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Non-Dairy Milks, Recipes | Comments Off on Coconut Milk Tonic

Coconut Milk Tonic

1 can coconut milk (regular, not “light”) 1 & 3/4 cup water OPTIONAL: 3 drops liquid stevia or other sweetener Heat coconut milk & water in a small saucepan over med-low heat for just a few minutes (just long enough to melt any solids & make smooth liquid). Stir or whisk occasionally as it’s heating up. Stir in stevia (or other sweetener) if using. Store in covered glass jar in the fridge, and shake before using. Makes approximately 3 & 1/2 cups of milk ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~...

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Hemp Milk

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Non-Dairy Milks, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Hemp Milk

Hemp Milk

1/2 cup hemp seeds 2 cups cold water 1/4 tsp (or more) cinnamon 10 drops liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice) Blend in blender until smooth (a minute or 2 should do it). _________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ This is a very simple milk to make at home. Extremely nutritious, with a yummy, nutty flavor. ~ If the flavor is a little too nutty for you, reduce amount of hemp seeds (anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup works depending on your taste preference). ~ Depending on the type of blender you have, the texture will vary (the Vitamix is great at processing small...

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Rice Milk

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Condiments, etc..., Non-Dairy Milks, Recipes | 3 comments

Rice Milk

I’ve made rice milk a few different ways. Here’s the method that works best for us….. 1 cup brown rice* 4 cups cold water sweetener of choice** (optional) Step 1: *Soak rice in approximately 3 cups of water overnight, then drain and discard soak water. OR – Skip the soaking step and use truRoots germinated brown rice – dry – straight out of the bag. Step 2: Blend rice and cold water in a blender for about 2 minutes. Step 3: Strain through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter. OR – Let sit in blender for about 10 minutes until any...

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Maple-Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter

Posted by on Dec 12, 2010 in Nut Butters, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Maple-Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter

Maple-Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter

1 & 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter 1 TBSP maple syrup (or 6 drops of liquid stevia) 3 tsps cinnamon 1/2 tsp pure salt Put all ingredients into a food processor or Vitamix blender, and blend until creamy. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Pumpkin seeds are a delicious, nutrient dense food. They are on the dry side, so need oil if blending into butter. No need to fret about this, as coconut oil is super-nutritious and will not cause weight gain (in fact, you’re likely to lose weight if...

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Pecan Butter

Posted by on Sep 19, 2010 in Nut Butters, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Pecan Butter

Pecan Butter

Shown above with mashed banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 3 cups pecans Process in food processor or Vitamix blender until creamy. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ This is so easy to make, and so unbelievably delicious. Since pecans are softer than almonds, this is something you can easily make in a food processor. You just have to be sure to have enough pecans in there to give the machine something to process.  As far as using a blender – the only reason I recommend the Vitamix, in particular is because it has a...

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Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Posted by on Sep 12, 2010 in Recipes, Salad Dressings, Salads | 1 comment

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice 1/4 tsp pure salt handful fresh basil, chopped 1/4 tsp black pepper pinch of crushed red pepper Mix  =) Store any extras in the fridge. ______________________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ This is a great dressing if you’re avoiding vinegar (or even if you’re not!). ~ Swap out the basil for any herb (or combination of herbs) you’d like. ~ LEMON JUICE TIP – Sometimes I don’t have fresh lemons on hand when I need them. On the other hand, if I buy a bottle of lemon juice, I’m...

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Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Condiments, etc..., Dips, Photo Slide Show, Recipes | Comments Off on Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Yogurt Cucumber Dip

1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced 1/2 cup finely chopped (or shredded) cucumber 1/8 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper 1 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped or torn Mix everything together. _____________________________________________________________________________ SIDE NOTES: ~ Was inspired to concoct this after a friend shared her version with us on a recent camping trip (Thx Lynn!). It’s great as a dip for any type of raw veggie – especially fresh, juicy, cherry tomatoes! ~  For a thicker version, if you’d like,...

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