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Special Vegan Dining Experience

This weekend I joined the women of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Hawai’i Chapter, to celebrate their birthday at the Sheraton Waikiki. The original menu was not something that I would have normally eaten, so the Dames President of the Hawai’i chapter arranged for me to get a special vegan course menu, and it was absolutely scrumptious. […]

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 […]

Today’s Inspiration

Today’s Inspiration

Monday wasn’t the best day for me, but my father always says, “Get a good night’s sleep. Things will look different the following day.”  Hearing his voice, I went to bed early and when I got up on Tuesday and went outside, the first thing I saw was my orchid had bloomed in triplicate!  So […]

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 […]

Healing Foods: Parsley

If you’ve been to my cooking classes,  you probably know how much I love parsley! Here are the reasons why: Parsley’s volatile oils qualify it as a “chemoprotective” food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke). […]

Enjoying Local Organic Farm Tours

Enjoying Local Organic Farm Tours

I was very lucky to return last week to Reppun Farm  a place that seems somewhat like heaven on earth (land which is stewarded by the Reppun brothers, who are much more than local organic farmers)! I was there learning about the chocolate making process with Dave of Madre Chocolate.  It was wonderful to gulp […]

Last Sunday’s “Got Spice?” cooking class

Last Sunday’s “Got Spice?” cooking class

In the 8/12 Got Spice? cooking class I taught how to make: Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip Red Lentil Tagine Thai Vegetable Soup And more from when I was setting up and waiting for all the participants to arrive…                     We have one more class in […]