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Mexican Cocoa

By |2018-09-27T11:34:14+00:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|Comments Off on Mexican Cocoa

Mexican Cocoa – – unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, chili powder, milk of choice (almond, soy or other nut milk. You can also substitute for Irish Creme or a coffee-liqueur), maple syrup, agave or honey (optional–you may not need a sweetener if you milk is sweet), Silver tequila (optional), paprika, cinnamon stick, , Prep the spices: In a saucepan over low heat add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne and chili. Toast until fragrant about 2 minutes–be careful to not burn the spices and cocoa.; Add the liquds: Slowly pour in milk, whisking gently, until fulling incorporated. Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a low simmer. Blend in sweetener and remove from heat. ; Prep your mug: Rim a mug with paprika by first dipping the mug rim in a shallow saucer of water then into a saucer of paprika. Add tequila to mug and pour in hot cocoa mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick and enjoy.; ; – – Blogs

07:47 07:47

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

By |2016-04-07T15:27:49+00:00September 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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06:56 06:56

Golden Milk

By |2016-04-07T15:17:23+00:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: Beverages, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Herbs & Spices, Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Warm and calming, Golden Milk is traditionally drank before going to bed. Black pepper, which contains peperine, is added to the drink to help the body better absorb the curcumin in the turmeric.

09:02 09:02

Baked Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)

By |2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00October 30th, 2014|Categories: Autumn, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Winter|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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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Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

By |2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00October 6th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Comfort Food, Desserts & Sweets, Late Summer/Transition, Main Ingredients, Seasonal Recipes, Winter|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

This recipe is a favorite of mine.  It’s wonderful as a custard for a breakfast or pour it into a baked pie shell for a delish, dairy free pumpkin pie.

 Pumpkin Custard (or Pie Filling) – – cooked pumpkin or squash puree, whisked, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, sea salt, Heat oven to 425º.
Drain pumpkin drain off excess water is you are using previously frozen squash or pumpkin.
In large bowl, combine all all ingredients.
Pour into oven safe baking dish.

Bake at 425º for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 325º for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Yeah, really that’s it.
; – Healing energetics–Pumpkin nourishes the Earth element’s organs of Stomach and Spleen.  It helps warm the center, drains dampness and stabilizes the blood sugar.  Eggs provide some fat and protein and the spices warm and move the blood.

Primary season: Late Summer, Autumn and Winter

11:34 11:34

Honey Spiced Nuts

By |2016-12-29T12:24:19+00:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Herbs & Spices, Snacks, Winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen.  I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks and we toss them onto salads, over hot grain cereals, into granola or send them off to school for a nutritious snack. This recipe is a general guide, feel free to use your favorite spice combinations or to add in minced candied ginger or dried fruits like cranberries.Honey Spiced Nuts – – mixed nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts…choose your favorites), honey or maple syrup (start with less and increase to just cover the nuts, to avoid gooey nuts), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper (to taste), – Healing Benefits: Although nuts will vary in their content of protein, oils, vitamins and minerals we can look at them overall and get the general idea of what they have to offer. As a group nuts build and strengthen the body.  They add on weight and fight deficiencies.  Yin building (fluids and fats) and warming nuts are good for thin, weak and frail types but should be avoided if there is excess dampness, phlegm or yeast.  Too many nuts can scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.

Primary Season: Autumn and Winter.

10:44 10:44

Spiced Applesauce

By |2016-12-29T12:24:20+00:00August 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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