Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101

Between a juicer and a blender, the blender is my method of choice for making the most flavorful pomegranate juice with a smooth, rich consistency.  Removing the arils (seeds) from the membrane and pith creates the sweetest taste without the bitterness.  Extracting the seeds by hand can be a slow, tedious process, but well worth it in the end. Method Extracting pomegranate seeds: Under a … Continue reading Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101

Pomegranate Molasses (DIY)

Pomegranate Molasses This scrumptious pomegranate goo is actually a thick simple syrup perfect for baking and using in salad dressings, marinades, and dips. For the tastiest pomegranate molasses, click on the link: Juicing Fresh Pomegranates 101. Makes about ½ final cup Ingredients: 2 cups pure pomegranate juice (purchase or make your own) ¼ cup sugar ½ TBSP lime juice Directions: In a small saucepan over … Continue reading Pomegranate Molasses (DIY)

Holiday Pomegranate Torte with Lemon Cheer! (Vegan)

I finally got fed up with the last of our homegrown pomegranates taking up too much fridge storage space; it was time they had to go. After forcefully yanking on the crisping drawer and smashing the tumbling poms over one another, I painstakingly pried them apart one at a time under a large bowl of water and removed each and every aril. With all the … Continue reading Holiday Pomegranate Torte with Lemon Cheer! (Vegan)

Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

Turnips and rutabagas are from the Brassica family, which includes cabbage, mustard greens, and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. Both are root vegetables, have purple tinted tops*, are cylindrical in shape, sprout tall, sturdy, edible leafy greens, and are rich in Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, and soluble fiber. Although similar looking, turnips are slightly smaller on average, can be entirely purple … Continue reading Root Opinion: Rutabagas rule! Turnips, eww!

Poppin’ Popcorn Off Dried Corn on the Cob

  We purposely let our glass gem corn dry out to showcase their natural dazzling iridescent colors for our fall home décor. But along come the winter holidays, and I have to move the corn aside to make room for lounging plush gingerbread dolls and a listless snowman. Rather than stuffing glass gems in a storage box filled with ceramic turkeys, embroidered pumpkin placemats, and … Continue reading Poppin’ Popcorn Off Dried Corn on the Cob

Persimmon Power Cookies- Vegan, GF

Disclaimer: Although this recipe title has the word “cookies” in it, it’s really not meant to be a dessert. Well, for me it kind of is, but a normal person would be terribly disappointed. If you want a sweet kind of persimmon cookie, stop here and return to Google. But if the idea of creating your own healthy nutritious power snack rather than reaching for … Continue reading Persimmon Power Cookies- Vegan, GF

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Crust recipe too!)

Through painless, lip smacking trial and error, my quest for creating a vegan version of the traditional pumpkin pie has come to an end. After much tweaking and happy tasting, I finally came up with a recipe to my personal liking…and perhaps, yours too! What sent me on this quest were the amazing Rogosa Violina “Gioia” butternuts growing in our backyard. This Italian variety is … Continue reading Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Crust recipe too!)

Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake:  Adapted from Mrs. Garret’s Original Carrot Cake served at the Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. Co-hosting a great big 50th wedding anniversary surprise bash is not a job for the lackadaisical tulip tiptoer like myself. It’s an almost, not quite, reconnaissance mission that my mind snaps to and hyper focuses on every detail…well, at least the details I can pay attention … Continue reading Devilish GF Vegan Carrot Cake

Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

“Don’t eat tortillas. They make you fat!” If my great grandmother knew I loved tortillas and tortilla chips more than tostones, she’d be turning in her grave. I can’t help it, I’m half Mexican! But, my other half is Puerto Rican. America, her name derived from her father, a merchant marine (obviously), was from San Juan, Puerto Rico. A poor country girl with twelve siblings, … Continue reading Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies