11:42 11:42

Mini Clafoutis

By | 2017-03-17T14:36:42+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetable|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Mini Clafoutis

Clafoutis, a dish popularized in America by Julia Child, are easy to make and endless in variety (see notes).  Just think of them as mini quiches without the crust.  These clafoutis make lovely items for spring brunches as they can be eaten hot or at room temperature.  They are also great little after-school nibble or to pack for a picnic.

Enjoy!  April

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15:47 15:47

Chilled Sour Cherry Soup

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:13+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Categories: April's Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Soups and Stew, Spring, Spring Recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Chilled Sour Cherry Soup

Europeans have a long used fruits in soups.  It’s more than an elegant dessert or appetizer, it’s a fantastic way to use up summer’s abundance or ‘less than perfect’ fruit.  This soup is wonderful with fresh or frozen cherries.  You can use dried cherries in a pinch, but reduce the sugar and increase your simmering time until the cherries are soft–enjoy!

April

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13:00 13:00

Beet And Quinoa Salad

By | 2017-02-28T09:46:59+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Summer, Summer Recipes, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Whole Grains|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Beet And Quinoa Salad

Contributed by Tyra Hanson

Vibrant in color, this savory salad makes a lovely side dish or whole meal.

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08:01 08:01

Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:14+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Squash and pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

 

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots like turnips or rutabaga, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is for the next meal or as the base for a luscious winter root stew.

Enjoy!

Contributed by April Crowell

 

 

 Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage – – carrots, potato, yam or sweet potato or butternut squash, onions, beets, parsnips, garlic (optional), rosemary, sage, olive oil (start on the low side and add more just to coat–you don’t want oily vegetables), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, Prep your veg!: Preheat oven to 425˚.

Peel all vegetables and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic. Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated. Even vegetables back out on sheet.

; Roast vegetables: Roast vegetables in oven turning vegetables every 15-20 minutes. Add more oil or if they are too dry. Roast for about 45-60minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Energetics:  Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element.  They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.

Primary season: Fall/Winter

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07:47 07:47

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

By | 2016-04-07T15:27:49+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Eggs, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

A variation on one of my mother’s recipes, this bread is rich with warm and sweet spices, and moist from the pumpkin.  Bright, tart cranberries and orange zest enliven it further–wonderful on a cool autumn or winter day, and great for gift giving.

Enjoy!

April

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17:38 17:38

Yusheng Salad

By | 2016-04-07T15:37:11+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Meat and Fish, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yusheng Salad

Yusheng is a classic dish served every Chinese New Year in Singapore.  The simple and raw ingredients symbolize vitality and renew, and the Cantonese word for fish is homophone for prosperity.  Part of a joyous even, everyone calls out “Lo hei!” while using their ingredients to toss the ingredients high into the air.   Lo hei is another clever homophone, meaning ‘mix it up” it sounds just like the Cantonese words for  “prosper and more”.  Feel free to expand or add in your favorite ingredients and toss it up!

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12:18 12:18

Nut Milks

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Beverages, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Recipes, Winter|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nut Milks

Nuts make excellent milk, each one lending its own unique flavor and nutritional benefits.  Make a thicker cream to pour over hot baked fruit or make thinner to add to smoothies or make hot chocolate.

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09:02 09:02

Baked Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Categories: Autumn, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Winter|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Baked Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)

No drowning of sweet potatoes or yams in a syrupy sauce or under mounds of mini mallows–this simple recipe yields a naturally sweet, flavorful dish with wonderful earthy tones.

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10:44 10:44

Spiced Applesauce

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:20+00:00 August 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Comfort Food, Crock pot, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian|Tags: , |Comments Off on Spiced Applesauce

Spiced Applesauce–sounds mundane right?

When it comes to strengthening the digestive system and the immune, mundane or simple is the best place to start.  A staple in the Amish diet, applesauce is served with nearly every meal and it is one of the foods that I frequently recommend for young and old. It is easy to absorb, warms the Stomach and Spleen—meaning it strengthens the digestion- and helps build the immune system.

Don’t hesitate to play with recipe–toss in a handful of raspberries or blackberries for a colorful and bright change.

Read more about apples.

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10:03 10:03

Summer Carrot & Zucchini Salad

By | 2016-04-07T15:36:03+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Dairy Free, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Comments Off on Summer Carrot & Zucchini Salad

Some of the best food is the simplest.  This salad is a French classic.  Carrots and zucchini with just a little vinegar and thyme to bring out their flavors.  Wonderful way to cleanse the palate.

Enjoy!

Contributed by April Crowell

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