Agua2_3.5.2012

Pineapple Cucumber Agua Fresca

misssk Drinks, Handmade, Kids, Kitchen, Latin, Recipes, Vegan, Veggie Leave a Comment

Aguas frescas are a great way to stay cool and hydrated when things start heating up. This is a flavor combination I first tried at a taquería in Austin. It’s really light and fresh, comes out a really pretty color somewhere between yellow and green and tastes great with extra chunks of pineapple and slices of cucumber in the glass …

Aguas2_3.5.2012

Stay Hydrated with Aguas Frescas

misssk Eat local, Handmade, How-to technique, Kitchen, Scratch cooking, Texas Leave a Comment

Spring came early in Austin. Our flowers are blooming, the sun in shining, and although still intermingled with of a few nippy days here and there, that Texas heat is beginning to creep in. It feels like agua fresca weather. Aguas frescas are around year-round, but they’re especially apt to battling warm weather. Literally “fresh waters,” they are simply water …

SquashRoll_3.5.2012

Yellow Squash Roll-Ups with Pesto “Cheese”

misssk Gluten-free, Healthy snacks, Raw, Recipes, Vegan, Veggie Leave a Comment

To make these roll-ups rawesome, strips of yellow squash are softened with a little olive oil and salt before being stuffed with a creamy pesto “cheese” made from soaked cashews. They’re great all by their lonesome, and also lovely topped off with a bit of raw marinara sauce. Yield: Makes 3 to 4 dozen rolls Cook time: 30 minutes Ingredients: …

RaspCacao_2.27.2012

Raw Raspberry Cacao Fudge Cake

misssk Dessert, Gluten-free, Healthy snacks, Natural healing, Raw, Recipes, Vegan, Veggie Leave a Comment

Quick to make and quicker to disappear, this rich, decadent fudge cake is made with all raw, whole ingredients, packing lots of nutrition and no sugar or dairy. Save all of your date-soaking water—you’ll only need about 3/4 cup for the cake, but store the rest in a jar in your fridge and use it to sweeten tea, oatmeal, etc. …

Herbs_2.27.2012

Grow Your Own Herbs

misssk DIY, Eat local, Garden, Herbs, Natural healing Leave a Comment

I started taking a course on herbal medicine and local plants at the Wildflower School recently, and since that time have upped my commitment to cultivating and understanding our favorite culinary herbs, plus many more that never get the kitchen spotlight. Having my own little potted herb garden has truly made a huge impact on my life. Growing your own …

CutieCakes_2.6.2012

Baby Cutie Cakes

misssk Baking, Dessert, Gluten-free, Handmade, Kids, Kitchen, Recipes, Scratch cooking, Veggie Leave a Comment

Cuties, also known as “sweeties” and officially called clementines, are a favorite citrus snacker of the kiddie crowd. These super-moist, almond meal sandwich cakes are packed with vitamin C, covered in a sweet pineapple glaze and sized to perfection for little fingers and pie-holes. Yield: Makes 16-20 mini cakes Cook time: 2 hours For the cake: 4 cuties/sweeties/clementine oranges (grate …

NutButter_1.30.2012

Nutter ‘Yer Butter: Nut Butter at Home

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This week as I was pondering a creative spin on PB&J for my bonus daughter, I thought it would be nice to try cashew butter in place of peanut. I knew I’d seen and slammed on cashew butter before, but when I got to the market I couldn’t find it anywhere. They had peanut, of course. And almond. And peanut-almond. …

CBB_1.30.2012

Grilled Cashew Butter and Banana Sammy

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Take a break from PB&J with this little spin, which combines bananas (peanut butter’s other best friend) with the sweet, creaminess of cashews and a bit of honey on crisp, toasted bread. Yield: Makes 1 sandwich Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 teaspoon local honey 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 banana, sliced 2 slices sandwich bread of choice 1 tablespoon cashew …

KidsKitchen_1.30.2012

Get Your Kiddos in the Kitchen

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A couple of weeks ago we talked about the “undercover veggie” strategy, and how disguising vegetables within dishes your picky eater loves can help open up their nutritional profile and, gradually, palate. Letting down that old taboo and letting your kids into the kitchen is another great way to indirectly warm them up to new foods and flavors and get …