About Me

I started this blog to keep track of my kitchen creations. I love cooking and eating. In 2008 I was diagnosed with RA. Food started becoming a huge problem. I needed to find a better way to eat the flavors I love. All the recipes I create are driven by my desire to eat good food that won't create extra pain and inflammation in my internal ecosystem. While the recipes are wholesome, the language is not. I swear. I use the word 'fuck'. A lot! I make no apologies for that. It's just a fair warning. I'm raw and real. Happy cooking! Even happier eating! Cheers! Angie

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Raw Almond Milk

I made this today in the blender.  It's super easy!  And it tastes better than the store bought stuff.  You have the ability to make it thicker or thinner by altering the amount of water.

Soak 1 cup of whole, raw almonds in about 6 cups of water for a couple of hours.  Strain and rinse well.  Put almonds in the blender with 4 cups of water and blend for about 5 minutes.  Taste to see if you need it sweeter.  If you do, add a little raw honey or agave or a couple of medjool dates (be sure to take the pits out!)  Reblend.  Strain using a fine mesh sieve or you can use nut milk bags if you have them.  If you want to make more, you can but for the best results, make it in batches of the above recipe so you don't over-fill the blender.  You can also add cinnamon or nutmeg for flavor if you like.

You'll have some left over pulp when you finish. You can do a few things with it.  You can dehydrate it either in the oven or in qa dyhydrator if you have one.  Youc an use it in place of flour in baked goods.  You can also do what I did and put it back in the blender, add about 3-4 cups of cold water, 1/4 cup of cacao nibs, and some agave nectar and make chocolate milk!  I dehydrated the rest of the pulp in the oven after that.

Store in the refrigerator in a glass container.  Canning jars work well.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Today's Modern Food: It's Not What You Think

The following videos are a series of 3 shorts that are about a half hour in total.  They discuss the dangers of some of the foods we eat.  This is a great watch!

Today's Modern Food Intro

Today's Modern Food Part 1

Today's Modern Food Part 2

Thursday, April 19, 2012


My daughter decided she wanted to throw a bunch of citrus fruit in the juicer to see what happens.  She, supprisingly, added fruits that she won't normally eat.  This recipe makes a lot. 

2 blood oranges, zested
2 navel oranges, zested
2 lemons
2 limes
2 granny smith apples
2 red delicious apples

Juice all the fruit.  Serve as is.

For a lemonade-type drink, add 2-3 cups of water (depends on your taste) and about 2 tablespoons of agave syrup.  Stir well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


1 orange, zest removed
1" thich slice of pineapple
1/2 of a mango
**sparkeling water (optional)

A quick round with a veggie peeler will tkae care of the orange zest.  No need to peel off the skin from the pineapple and mango.  Just make sure the skins are clean.  Just cut and juice!

** If you choose to put in sparkling water, do it at the very end to top off your glass.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raw Vegan Fruit Tart

I made this yummy treat for a family gathering and I was surprised at how well it went over.  I come from a very Italian family and everything is fried and cooked to death.  And heaven forbid it if you don't have meat and pasta on the table.  I made this tart look so pretty that everyone wanted to try it.

12-15 medjol dates pitted and diced
2 &1/2 - 3 cups of raw sliced almonds

Place dates and almonds in the food processor and process until well combined.  Press into a 9" glass pie plate.

3 ripe mangoes peeled and pitted

Place mangoes in the blender with the kelp or moss and blend well.  Pour onto crust.

Kiwi, various berries, pineapple, peaches, nectarines, or any other fruit that you desire.

Slice and arrange fruit on top of filling.  Chill for about an hour before serving.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


 SUCCO-FRULLATO.  It is the combination of succo which means juice in Italian and frullato which means smoothie in Italian.  It will encompass anything I make that uses both the juicer and blender.  Yes, I can buy bottled juice but I don't because I have no idea where it's coming from.  I'd rather take the extra few minutes and use both machines.  And lets be honest....I just rinse everythig in scalding hot water right away.  I throw stuff in the dishwasher maybe once every other week.

1 apple
2 blood oragnges, zest removed
3 stalks of celery

Juice all of these in your juicer then pour into the blender.  Add to it 1 banana and 6 strawberries.  Blend well!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Flax Milk Is Here!

So wandering the Nature's Market in my local grocery store (Wegmans) I stumbled upon flax milk.  Of course I had to try it.  If you like almomd milk even a little bit, you'll love this!  It's a lot milder than almond milk and not as heavy.  It works well in smoothies, coffee (no separating!), cereal, pancakes & waffles, any recipe that calls for milk, and just in a glass by itself.  It has calcium, omegas, vitamins A, D, & B12.  There is NO cholesterol, NO saturated fat, NO trans fats, and flax is NOT GMO! 

The brand I tried is Good Karma.  I like the brand because, as you can see below, the company supports Sustainable Agriculture.  Listed are a few other tasty things about Good Karma's flax milk.  I'm sure there are other brands, but this is the one my grocer carries.

Ingredients:All Natural Flaxmilk (Filtered Water, Cold Pressed Flax Oil, Evaporated Cane Juice, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vanilla Extract, Canola Lecithin, Sea Salt, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Natural Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.
  • Benefits:Natural, Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Non Dairy, Trans Fat Free, Soy Free, Allergen Free, Vegan, Supports Green Farming, Omega-3s
  • Fun Facts:Good Karma Products Promote a Healthy Lifestyle while supporting Sustainable Agriculture.

  • Here's the link to Good Karma if youwant to read more about their flax milk and more about the company.  http://www.goodkarmafoods.com/flax-milk-original

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    PANGAPPLE Fresh Juice

    I tried to come up with a name to encompass the 3 fruits I used to make this delish juice.

    1 pear
    1 mango
    1/4 of a pineapple

    Put fruits through the juicer.  You don't have to peel the skins off the pineapple or mango if you don't want but make sure you cut the mango away from the pit.

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Fruit Prep

    People ask me how I prep my fruit for smoothies.  I try to do as much prep as possible when I get my fruit so when it's time to make a smoothie, its quick and easy.  I shop at our local public market every Saturday.  I buy as much of my produce there as I can.  It's cheaper and most of it is local to the area and/or state.  I freeze most of it, much to my husband's dismay.  My freezer is jam packed! 

    Below is listed how I prep my fruit for smoothies.  Some of it, like citrus, I leave on the counter.  Any fruit I use for the juicer, I keep fresh on my counter.  I usually go through it pretty quick but if something starts to get soft, then into the freezer it will go. 

    Make sure you wash all of your produce well.  There are several products you can buy such as Veggie Wash, Vermont Soap Organics, Biokleen or you can make your own.  I typically use Veggie Wash but if I don't have any then I use fresh lemons.  I just throw one in my juicer and them pour the juice into a sink filled with cold water.  You can also use distilled or apple cider vinegar.  Use about 1/4 of a cup in a sinkful of cold water.  I soak my produce for about 10 minutes then rinse and dry.  The only produce I don't soak are berries.  They are too delicate.  I just rinse them briefly.

    This includes blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, boysenberries, cranberries, and grapes.

    Gently rinse your berries.  Use the pointed end of a veggie peeler to pluck out the green part of the strawberries and cut them in half.  All others, including grapes you can leave whole. Lay your berries flat on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Once they are frozen, put them in bags quickly and refreeze util needed.  Grapes, cranberries and gooseberries can be put directly into a bag and frozen. 

    You can store your berries by kind or you can make a mix of several kinds.

    Remove the seeds from the fruit and store them in the freezer.  These will not work in your juicer so save them for the blender.

    De-stone them and bag them and freeze them.  If you don't have a cherry stoner, invest in one.

    Leave the skins on your apples, pears, peaches, & nectarines!  There is a lot of nutrients in those thin skins!  Chop them into 1" cubes and take the seeds out.  Lay on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze.  Store in freezer bags and store in the freezer.

    Peel bananas and cut into 1" chunks.  Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze.  Store in freezer bags.

    Peel skins off, cut into 1" chunks, layer on cookie sheets and freeze.  Store in freezer bags.  A note on the papayas, you can eat the seeds!  Store them separately in the freezer.  Add some to your smoothies for a burst of protien.

    I keep all my citrus on the counter.  Use a carrot peeler to gently peel the zest off of your citrus.  The white pithy part has a lot of vitamins in it so leave it on.  (Juicer note....you don't have to peel the zest off of lemons and limes when you juice them.)

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    SHAWN'S SAVIOR Smoothie

    This smoothie recipe was shared by my friend Shawn who is a stay-at-home-dad.  With 2 little ones and a couple of dogs in the mix he needs all the energy he can get!  Thanks Shawn!

    1 orange, zest removed
    1 handful of grapes
    1small apple cored but unpeeled
    3-5 small carrots chopped
    1handful of spinach
    4 or 5 strawberries
    3 peach slices (or use the whole thing if you like)
    1handful blueberries
    2 handfuls of ice
    a little water

    If you have a Vitamix or similar, you can put everything in at once, in the order listed.

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    A New Way To Use Medical Marijuana

    Medical marijuana has always been a hot topic.  People who use it for medicinal purposes usually smoke it.  It seems now, that like we see with other vegetation, cooking or heating it ruins the medicinal effects.  Check out this article on juicing marijuana.  Sounds pretty amazing!


    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    GREEN MEENIE Fresh Juice

    Talk about a burst of green goodness!  I should have named this GREEN GODDESS!  This juice packs one hell of a chlorophyll punch!  The apple, pear, and lemon combo helps cleanse as well as cut away the bitterness of the greens.  The addition of wild dandelion greens is a great treat or your body during those few weeks in the spring when they start appearing in your front yard.  I don't spray my yard so I know that mine are safe to consume.  Check your local public markets for them too.  Try to avoid the "tame" ones in the supermarkets.  They lose a lot of their natural flavor and nutrients when they are grown deliberately.

    1 granny smith apple
    1 green pear
    1/2 of a lemon, including rind
    1 whole unpeeled cucumber
    3 stalks of celery
    2 stalks of fennel
    2 big handfuls of spinach
    5 kale leaves
    1 small handful of parsely
    1 small handful of cilantro
    5 green swiss chard leaves
    5 romaine lettuce leaves
    3-5 good sized fresh, wild dandelion plants, roots too (when in season)
    2 frozen wheat grass cubes

    Juice the leafy veg first and then everything else except the wheatgrass cubes.  This usually makes enought to fill up 2 pint-sized canning jars or 1 quart jar.  Put one wheatgrass cube in each pint jar or if you are using a quart jar, put them both in there.  Pour the juice over the ice cubes.  Drink immediately or save for later.  If you save it for later, make sure to cap the jar and refrigrate and don't wait too long to drink it!!