Asheville has an abundance of dining options including speciality places where plant-based devotees can enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth doughnut or a creamy, rich chocolate truffle, a piece of moist dark chocolate cake, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chocolate chip cookies, homemade pies, freshly made soft pretzels, and more. Scroll through these culinary destination hot spots and then make some plans to taste the flavors of Asheville. Read more
What constitutes a really great cookie? Opinions differ but in my mind, a really good cookie can be soft or crunchy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside, with a sweet and decadent flavor. In other words – a truly awesomet cookie has to have both texture and taste, whether the flavor is chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, cocoa, or molasses.
Traditional cookies made with lots of butter and eggs pretty much hit the mark every time but not everyone wants to eat cookies made with animal products. Nor, do they want to eat cookies with artificial flavors, colors, or ingredients they never heard of. So, the question becomes: Is there a really good ready-made plant-based cookie out there? Read more
When I have a craving for something sweet, Navitas™ Organics Power Snacks – date-based, nutrient-dense, bite-sized squares with no refined sugar, no dairy, and no artificial flavors or colors – fit the bill. With four flavors to choose from, Navitas™ Organics Power Snacks are plant-based superfood that are naturally sweet, chewy, and delicious.
Made with all organic ingredients, these super simple and nutritious snacks can be enjoyed right out of the bag or crumbled on cereal, granola, or a frozen treat. The four flavors include: Read more
When the groundbreaking book, How Not To Die was published in December, 2015 by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, who had no personal financial stake in book sales because all of the proceeds are donated to charity (www.nutritionfacts.org), the public took notice putting the book on the New York Times Bestseller List instantly and keeping it there for more than a year. Read more
If you want to taste the world’s finest (really, truly, honestly) grain-free, gluten-free, and vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, look to Cappello’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – a roll of frozen cookie dough (think Slice and Bake but in a Michelin star sort of way) made with the most high quality ingredients (almond flour, organic Vermont maple syrup, dark chocolate morsels (unsweetened chocolate, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter), arrowroot flour, organic unrefined coconut oil, organic vanilla extract, coarse sea salt, and baking soda. Read more
Agricola del Sole is an Italian company based in La Murgia, an agriculturally diverse territory in the Puglia (southeast) region of Italy (known as Apulia) that specializes in making traditional Italian foods including Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette – small crackers made with durum wheat semolina, olive oil, white wine, and salt.
These crackers are typically served as appetizers with tapenade, olives, roasted red peppers, and various antipasto dishes but they are also an ideal snack as is. Read more
I’d say I’m about one cookie away from being happy… ~Snoopy
When I hear the words “Cookie Republic” I think of a country that honors the importance of cookies in our daily lives but Cookie Republic is actually the name of a company founded by a group of firefighters in Westchester, New York who recognized the importance of nutrition (two of the founding firefighters have masters degrees in nutrition) and flavor in creating a cookie that provides energy and satisfies that cookie craving. Instead of posing for the annual FDNY calendar (not that eye candy doesn’t fill an important public service), these buff, very fit firefighters are in the kitchen making cookies. Read more
On a trip to New York City, my daughter suggested we go to the Norwegian Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church on East 52nd Street. Held annually in mid-November over a 3-day period, the Norwegian Christmas Fair offers handmade blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, ornaments, candles, and a wide variety of Norwegian food products including a Norwegian crispbread called Knekkebrød (pronounced “knockie broad”). Read more
When I was young I could never decide which was better: chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal cookie dough. When I grew up I still couldn’t decide if one was truly better than the other so after contemplating this dilemma for the better part of five decades, I had this breakthrough moment where I thought why not combine all three to make the ultimate cookie dough snack treat. Read more
Caveman Cookies are not for cavemen or women but for people who want a gluten-free, all-natural cookie made without refined sugar or white flour, dairy products, eggs, and salt. Made with nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil, coconut, macadamia, hazelnuts), seeds (pumpkin, chia), dried unsulfured fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries), honey, maple syrup, carob (a legume), cacao, pure vanilla extract, pure peppermint extract, and spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, cayenne pepper, Caveman Cookies are a healthy alternative to most cookies sold in the cookie aisle of grocery stores. Read more