cooking

My Madre Chocolate Farm Tour

My Madre Chocolate Farm Tour

I chose Madre Chocolate to include in my Vegan Mexican Pop-up Dinner after learning all about how they make the chocolate bean to bar. They are very supportive of fair and clean food from the farmers to their own production. I’m so excited to use their Xoconusco chocolate in my mole sauce! Vanilla beans A […]

Cookspace Hawaii

Cookspace Hawaii

When my friend Ashley sold her share of Baby aWEARness, my space for cooking demos went “aloha”!  I was trying not to worry about this (even with all the people asking, “Why isn’t anything on your calendar?” when one day, Melanie Kosaka called me and let me know about her new business Cookspace Hawaii that […]

Fail to Succeed

I’ve been reading a lot lately and this one little quote I found really hit things home for me and I think it’s so applicable to people who are learning how to cook: Seth Godin said, “Test lots of things. Fail often.” I’ve been seeing this theme come up all over the place so it’s helping […]

Things I Love: Lemongrass

What is it about this plant, lemongrass, that is rocking my world right now?! I can’t seem to get enough of this delicious flavor, especially in soup.  While sipping my homemade Thai-style vegan Tom-Yum, I decided to look up the health benefits out of curiosity. It’s power packed with goodness!  Here’s what a couple of […]

Osechi Ryori (Photos & Recipes)

I’ve put together a set of recipes that I’ve never shared before, until now, that highlight some of the deliciousness I learned during my macrobiotic studies in Japan. Some of the dishes are pictured here.  I explain what the symbolism is for certain ingredients as well as recipes.  The dishes eaten during the first few days […]

Healthy Cooking: Easier, More Affordable, and More Fun than You Think!

The What Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined and come to us from as close to the source as possible.  In contrast, processed foods are genetically modified, colored, made by synthetic means, or laden with hormone additives. White flour, sugar, white rice, most cold cereals, crackers, and packaged foods are processed, for example, and even […]

Benefits of Cooking and Eating at Home

Benefits of Cooking and Eating at Home

The magazine Whole Living reports that when women who are trying to lose weight eat meals they’ve made at home (especially lunch), they drop 5 pounds a year more than women who eat out. Those who eat regular meals every day lost 8 pounds more. (This is probably true for men as well given that […]

Holiday Cooking Class (a few select photos)

Holiday Cooking Class (a few select photos)

Here are a few images of the food from today’s side dishes class. The menu was: Holiday Rice Artichoke and Heart of Palm Salad Pumpkin Coconut Bisque Christmas Parsnip Soup Sweet Potato Casserole with Mapled Pecans Oven Baked Squash Also the second side dishes class included: Cranberry Chutney; Green Beans w/Pumpkin Seed Dressing; Mashed Potatoes […]