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Wheat Belly: Honey Citrus Almond Cake

| September 10, 2012 | 18 Comments
Wheat Belly:  Honey Citrus Almond Cake

I read Wheat Belly in the course of 5 days.  During the first 4 days, I’d gone from eating wheat (sliced whole grain bread for my tomato sandwiches, whole-wheat tortilla’s for my wraps, spelt crouton’s for my spinach salad, etc) to eating ZERO wheat.  Why?  Well, during the first 4 days of reading Dr. William […]

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Change with Your Fork: Chewbacca & Cherry Clafouti

| August 2, 2012 | 9 Comments
Change with Your Fork: Chewbacca & Cherry Clafouti

It is August. Of 2012. Summer Olympics. Again. Didn’t we just see the Olympics? When I was young, adults would tell me “time flies,” and I would roll my eyes in disbelief. After all, that clock on the wall moved as slow as molasses going from 2:44 to 2:45 to signal the end of the […]

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Flour Power: A Moist and Tender Lemon Chia Seed Muffin

| June 25, 2012 | 5 Comments
Flour Power: A Moist and Tender Lemon Chia Seed Muffin

  How do you make a moist and delicious muffin, with no eggs, butter or sugar?  This seemed like a new and entirely different experiment.  It was a challenge nonetheless, a challenge that lead me to a different source of fiber and fatty acids: the chia seed.  I was first introduced to chia seeds several […]

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Smooth and Sweet Helado de Coco

| June 4, 2012 | 5 Comments
Smooth and Sweet Helado de Coco

Check out my food blog with more personal musings, First Generation Funk! When fruit is perfectly ripe, sunshine is bountiful and warm breezes define the day, I know that summer is around the corner. I think of the summers I spent in Venezuela, knocking sweet and juicy mangoes from the trees in our backyard and […]

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Unrefrigerated Eggs Okay to Eat?: Cherry-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

| May 7, 2012 | 8 Comments
Unrefrigerated Eggs Okay to Eat?:  Cherry-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

How long can you leave an uncooked egg on the counter before it goes bad? I asked myself this question a couple of days ago. As most bakers know, the key to tender and perfectly baked cakes/muffins/cookies requires that all of your ingredients are at room temperature prior to baking.  This includes butter, eggs, dairy […]

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Moist Coffee Cake: Sweet Beat

| April 3, 2012 | 7 Comments
Moist Coffee Cake: Sweet Beat

A lot of people find themselves craving a ‘coffee hit’ at some point during the day. Instead of indulging in a high sugar, high fat coffee drinks, why not try a slice of this delicious and deceivingly low-fat coffee cake. Even if you aren’t a massive coffee fan, like us, this cake is still deliciously […]

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Mama’s Famous Quesillo

| March 26, 2012 | 4 Comments
Mama’s Famous Quesillo

As I mature, I can’t help but think of all of the delicious things I have eaten thanks to my parents, and all of the flavorful dishes of my heritage that have yet to make it to my plate. That is why for some time now, I have been speaking to my grandmother, whom I […]

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Strawberry Panna Cotta: Sweet Beat

| March 6, 2012 | 9 Comments
Strawberry Panna Cotta: Sweet Beat

Have you ever made Panna Cotta before? If not, you will probably think that this is some fancy recipe reserved for Michelin starred restaurants. Which is part true, as you will find Panna Cotta on a lot of restaurant menus, but what you probably won’t know is how simple it is to make at home! […]

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Snack Bars without the Arsenic: A Recipe

| February 27, 2012 | 7 Comments
Snack Bars without the Arsenic:  A Recipe

On February 12, 2012, Environmental Health Perspectives published results of a study that found arsenic – a toxin that can increase the risk of cancer –  in organic cereal bars and baby formula.  Of the 17 baby formulas tested, 2 were found to have arsenic levels between 20 and 30 times that of other baby […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut

| February 14, 2012 | 16 Comments
Red Velvet Cupcakes: Scratch vs. Shortcut

Until I went to culinary school, I’m nearly positive I didn’t realize “from scratch” cakes were not only in the repertoire of the general public but also that most people had consumed one in their lifetime. Having been raised on box cake mixes and making mostly only intricate and complicated cakes in my limited exposure […]

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