Just give me a basic recipe and place me in a kitchen. All of my creative juices start to fly and pretty soon I’ve changed the recipe to suit my mood or the season. Hmmmm, I wonder what these truffles would taste like if I added some peppermint oil? It’s Saint Paddy’s Day. I’m feeling the need to do something green. Uh-oh, no prunes. (Yes, this chocolate truffle recipe calls for prunes.) That’s okay, we’ll replace the prunes with raisins. It’s the texture we’re after. Here’s the basic recipe, adapted from George Mataljan’s World’s Healthiest […]
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Sometimes get-away weekends are more relaxing than leaving town for an extended stay. On Saturday morning my husband and I took off for a celebratory weekend at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. I wanted to tell my friends I’d be celebrating my birthday in Paris this year. On the way, we decided to do a little wine tasting. Linden Vineyards is one of my favorite wineries. Jim Law (winemaker extraordinaire) recently wrote an article: Zen Winegrowing. He says, “The best winegrowers are guided by a subjective palate, not scientific protocol.” I like the idea […]
True confession: my love affair with chocolate began with Little Debbie Nutty Bars. You know, those long wafer-like cookies filled with fake peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Yes, I loved those crunchy bars of peanut butter wonder. Heck, I was a kid. What did I know about chocolate? There wasn’t a whole lot of chocolate in my childhood. My mother was on a perpetual diet and my grandmother, the cook in the family, had a proclivity for lemon. Lemon pie. Lemon cake. Lemon cookies. She must have been pining for the subtle scent of lemon […]
Food and mood—that’s the topic I began to write about for my Conscious Bites Newsletter this morning. It was a slow but sweet start. I work a little slower on Saturdays. First I make myself a tall glass of electric green juice. Some start their day with java. I prefer a green jolt. Next, I check in with a few friends on facebook. I need my social fix. Then, I fill the bird feeders and decide what I’ll prepare for dinner. Once I have all that sorted out, I sit down to write—something—anything. Natalie Goldberg […]
Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. ~Lora Brody In order to break through the barriers of all of our burdensome food rules, we really have to start fresh—with a beginner’s mind as the Zen Buddhists might say. And what better place to begin than with chocolate? Poor chocolate. This delectably sensuous treat has become the victim of so much controversy. First it’s touted as the best super food on the planet: antioxidant-rich, serotonin boosting, better-than-sex chocolate. “Yes, I’ll have some of that!” But then, “Oh no, don’t believe a word of this: […]
My favorite recipe from “Deserts That Go Zing,” is Chocolate-Covered Grapefruit Strips. Wow! Scroll down the Wall Street Journal article to find this and nine other sweet citrus treats. The grapefruit strips are made with the rind (but not the pith), boiled and later dipped in cocoa powder and chocolate. If stored in an airtight container, they will last up to a month.