Say the word “kale” and watch people’s reactions: a raised eyebrow, a snicker, or maybe a smile and acknowledgement that he or she is in on the news: Kale is a superfood rich in nutrients (Vitamins A,K,C, E, the B vitamins, and manganese) and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus) that not only nourishes our bodies but is also a flavorful vegetable that can be used as a side dish or a snack food.
A rich dark-colored curly leaf cabbage, kale has many varieties known for a bitter and earthy flavor although Lacinato Kale (which is also known as Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale) enjoys favored status because the leaves are a bit sweeter with a lighter, softer texture than other curly leaf kale varieties. Read more
Seville, Spain is a city defined by its traditions, one of which is the “tortas de aceite” which is directly translated to mean “olive oil cakes” although these sweet, thin, crisp, flaky treats are more like a dessert cracker than a cake. Made by hand in Seville, tortas de aceite are typically made with flour, extra virgin olive oil, sugar, baking powder, sesame seeds, anise seeds, and a touch of salt although there are many variations made by adding crystallized oranges and spices that may include cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme. Read more
Most people know that a plantain is a member of the banana family but many Americans don’t know that plantains are starchier (like a potato) and low in sugar which makes them ideal to make into chips. However, there is an art to making great tasting plantain chips and Donna Moodie of Miss Marjorie Restaurant fame (Seattle, Washington) has mastered it. Her plantain chips – Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains – are a tribute to her mom, Marjorie who used to make them in Jamaica using only the highest quality ingredients. Read more
Enjoy nothin’ but the deliciousness of a few real ingredients, tastefully combined.
Nothin’ But® Granola Cookies are made by Nothin’ But Foods of Westport, Connecticut – a company established by two entrepreneurs who know that “simple ingredients combined in the right way can achieve tasty greatness.” Tired of the junk food that was being passed off as nutritious and good, Jerri Graham and Steve Laitman created granola cookies in two flavors: Cherry Cranberry Almond and Chocolate Coconut Almond. Read more
Indulge your inner Cookie Monster!
Cookies by the Alternative Baking Company taste like traditional cookies but contain no dairy products, no eggs, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no cholesterol, no artificial ingredients, no refined sugar, and absolutely no animal ingredients.
What these gourmet quality cookies do contain are recognizable ingredients: organic unbleached wheat flour, fruit juice, unrefined cane sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cocoa, baking powder, baking salt, peanut butter (made with only ground peanuts), cocoa, and a blend of palm, canola, and olive oil. Read more
Coco-Roons are what every sweet tooth has been waiting for.
Classics are classics but sometimes things need to be shaken up a bit and that’s just what Wonderfully Raw of Watsonville, California did to the coconut macaroon – a cookie that generally falls into two categories: plain or dipped in chocolate. Not anymore. Drum roll please. Read more
Thin Stackers are light and crunchy thin rice cakes made out of organic ingredients – brown rice, quinoa, millet, flax seed, popcorn, and red rice – that scream flavor in every bite. It’s not any rice cake that can make this claim because most rice cakes have little or no flavor. But, not Thin Stackers: gluten-free puffed grain cakes whose unusual shape (a square) make for multiple uses. Read more
Years ago while living in Madrid, Spain, sweet olive oil tortas (tortas de aceite) were a common snack that was often referred to as a “merienda” – a light snack in the late morning between breakfast and lunch or in the late afternoon between lunch and dinner. Although each neighborhood seemed to have their own bakery version, Ines Rosales was the most popular national brand simply because her tortas tasted the best. Read more
Frontier Bites were created several years ago when two brothers (Nate and Matt) challenged each other to a baking competition to see who could come up with the best alternative to the overly processed energy bars that they regularly ate. The rules were simple: no refined sugar, no dairy, no gluten, no soy and no more than 10 ingredients that could be found in the pantry. Read more
Just Cookie Dough is better for you and the world – so go ahead and grab a spoon.
Sticking a spoon into a bowl of cookie dough and eating it raw is more than a right of passage from childhood to adulthood. In fact, most of us never outgrow our passion for cookie dough. We claim we’re making cookies for our kids and we eat the dough when no one is looking. We mix cookie dough in ice cream and of course, we scoop spoonfuls onto cookie sheets to make cookies. But, sometimes we don’t have time to make cookie dough from scratch (and we don’t want a commercial cookie dough made with artificial colors, flavors, or even dairy products). So what’s a cookie dough addict to do? Buy a jar of Just Cookie Dough by Hampton Creek at your local Super Target. Read more