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  • A few years back while in my old San Francisco stomping grounds, I got adventurous and tried some basil gelato. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but ended-up really liking it. Why does basil seem like a strange dessert ingredient to us when we are so accustomed to adding mint to so many desserts? Basil works in this sorbet…it really, really works. Combined with citrus it is the perfect refreshing dessert to top off [...]

  • I have learned so much marrying into a Chinese family. One of the first observations my husband and I made relating to our cultural differences was that (in general) Chinese people do not eat raw vegetables (salad is not a very Chinese dish) and they don’t cook their fruit (he tried apple pie for the first time with me). Chinese people are also very big on peeling fruit. Whereas I LOVE apple peels, etc. my [...]

  • With the weather warming-up (it was in the upper 80s where I live last week), I have had iced coffee on my mind. I am not a daily coffee drinker, but I do enjoy the taste AND the smell (LOVE IT)!!! I definitely enjoy the occasional coffee. While coffee is acidic, I do not worry about it because the rest of my diet tends to be very alkaline (click HERE to learn more about acid / alkaline [...]

  • Let’s face it, crêpes are just plain good.  When someone is dairy-free or vegan, crêpes generally become off limits for them, though recipes for these types of crêpes are not impossible to come by.  However, add gluten-free to the list of dietary restrictions and they become more elusive. My son loves crêpes and gets them regularly at his grandparent’s home.  My daughter who is dairy, egg, and gluten-free had been going without and was a bit [...]

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  • I know we are all in the market for fast dinners. When I was little I would get so excited when my parents would announce that dinner was going to be grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. My parents probably thought they were making a cop-out dinner, but I seriously loved it. Those dinners cemented the relationship between tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches in my mind. Throughout the years I have been on a [...]

  • It has become a tradition for me to serve my Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cups on Christmas Eve.  This mousse is so rich and thick that I have piped it onto cupcakes as a healthier frosting.  It also makes a wonderful chocolate mousse filling for layered cakes… though I must admit I am partial to just eating it with a spoon. INGREDIENTS - Makes 4 1/2 cups of mousse 14 ounce package of extra firm tofu (I [...]