Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Gadgets Galore

Now that you know where to go, who to meet and which books to read, I would like you to know what items you must have in your kitchen. I am not a huge gadget lover, but there are a few key pieces of equipment that I use in my kitchen every day. You don’t […]

Summer Reading

With our last newsletter, you found places to eat, support groups and events to attend. Now, I am sharing with you some of my favorite books. Honestly, there are a lot of cookbooks out there that just aren’t that good. Before you waste your money on beautiful books with recipes that taste like muck, try […]

Saving Summer Fruit

The fourth of July is, for many people, the official start of summer. You can tell summer has arrived with a walk around the farmer’s market: Apricots, peaches, cherries and other stone fruits. Strawberries. Raspberries. Melons. Take advantage of all these delectable choices! Load yourself down with all the fruits you can find. Buy them […]

Knowing Your Knives

World reknowned chef Jacques Pépin was recently interviewed on our local NPR station. A caller asked Pépin what his favorite knife was and he said “a sharp one.” When I heard Pepin say that, I nearly dropped my own knife. This is what I tell my students all the time! Your knife does not need […]

Painless Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here and it’s time to clean your kitchen. Chances are, you’ve got some expired goods that need tossing. Here is a list to help you decipher what to keep and what to compost: CONDIMENTS Ketchup – refrigerated: 8-12 months Mustard – refrigerated: 6-8 months Jam or jelly or preserves – refrigerated: 1 […]

Managing Your Pantry

Knowing how to store your food is important. Not only do you want to prevent food from spoiling, but you also want to keep it at its peak nutritional value. Green bags are key here as they keep greens crisp, vitamin loss to a minimum and are reusable. Below are some tips for storing produce staples. […]

A Blender Overview by Victoria Boutenko

Below is an article from Victoria Boutenko. She does a great job explaining the differences in blenders and offers her opinion on which is best. It was Victoria who inspired me to go raw, and developed my love of green smoothies. I am so appreciative of her, and am happy to reprint her article here. […]

Staying Raw in Winter

Maintaining a high raw diet during the winter can be tough. To help you stay vibrant and healthy until the warmth of spring, I’ve compiled some tips to get you through the cold, grey days: Enjoy a warming breakfast of Buckwheat Muesli or Cinnamon Oatmeal, with warm Almond Milk and bananas. For breakfast or an […]

Answers to your Dehydrator Questions

The questions I receive frequently have to do with dehydrators. I hope this post will answer your questions. What is my favorite dehydrator? I recommend the Excalibur Dehydrator above all other dehydrators. The Excalibur is a high quality machine. It runs on little electricity, is easily washable/cleanable, and keeps the temperature constant. It will only […]

Thanksgiving Tips

It’s the holiday season and nobody wants to be a Scrooge by turning down Aunt Linda’s pie. At the same time, however, I’ve made my diet choices for many reasons and I intend to stick to them. Since going vegan, I had to work at finding a balance between pleasing myself and others. While I […]