Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother’s Day is near....

Every Mom deserves to enjoy her special day.  Why not start it out with breakfast in bed.  Surprise her with a delicious stack of fluffy, chocolate pancakes.  I love to bake, and I know Mom would love to sit back, relax and have someone take care of her for once.  These pancakes might just be the perfect remedy.  For some laughs you can ask Mom how many times she has used or heard these “Motherisms”.

Chocolate-Pecan Pancakes
·         1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
·         1/3 cup eSutras organic cane sugar
·         1/3 cup Cocoa Cravings organic cocoa powder
·         1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1 cup milk
·         1 large egg
·         4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         1/4 cup chopped pecans
·         4 tablespoons coconut oil
·         Confectioners' sugar (optional)
·         Hot fudge sauce (optional)

1.     Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla; pour over flour mixture, whisking to combine. Fold in chocolate chunks and pecans; let batter stand until slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.
2.     In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat until a water droplet sizzles; swirl to coat bottom of pan with oil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Spoon four small mounds (1 heaping tablespoon each) of batter into skillet. Cook until bubbles appear in center, 3 to 4 minutes. With a thin spatula, flip pancakes; continue cooking until set, 3 to 4 minutes more.
3.     Transfer to a baking sheet; cover loosely with foil; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and batter in three more batches (adjust heat as necessary to avoid overbrowning).
4.     Stack 4 pancakes on each plate, sprinkling each layer with confectioners' sugar, if desired. Serve immediately, drizzled with hot fudge sauce, if desired.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring is Here!

Spring has officially started! As of March 20, 2013 spring has been on the tips of everyone tongues.

Much to the delight of the local squirrels and wildlife, one of my best friend is in planting mode. Every year he buy tons of plants, seeds, and bulbs and tries to populate his  small plot of front yard with so many flowers I've never heard of, but love to watch flourish. This is the way he prepares for Spring.

Another friend of mine is in cleaning mode. She is getting rid of all the clothes she doesn't wear, donating to goodwill old shoes, incomplete glassware cup sets, and finally cleaning out her hall linen closet that's packed so full, the door swings open all by itself! She is using great and organic cleaning products and scrubbing down the cobwebs of her winter hibernation. This is the way she prepares for Spring.

I, on the other hand, am detoxifying my body. Over the winter I've packed on more than a few lbs, I've become a takeout master, and I can't quite remember the last time I ate an orange. My diet has consisted of heavier foods as well as carbs for energy and too many cheat days to count. This is how I prepare for Spring.

How do you prepare for Spring? How about trying something new?

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Stay Yummy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simple Thanksgiving

        Thanksgiving at our home is exactly the opposite of how it’s advertised on television and in movies. It’s supposed to be a warm loving celebration by the fireplace, coming together without a hitch, and all culminating in an extravagant feast. As much as I try for this to happen, something always goes wrong. Someone doesn’t make it out because of the weather, my sister forgets to add sugar to her famous (and highly anticipated) peanut butter cookies, and the fireplace absolutely refuses to work although it worked perfectly fine the night before. Well some of these things we have no control over, but you can try to make these events less stressful by making other aspects of this wonderful holiday simpler. Here are a few SIMPLE Thanksgiving recipes, sure to make your holidays less of a pain.

Thyme Gravy
  • 1/3  cup Dry White Wine
  • 4  tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3  cup  All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Amaranth Flour
  • 2 1/2  cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper / ½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Thyme
  1. Strain the pan drippings (from your turkey) into a fat separator or large measuring cup. Let stand for 10 minutes. Skim and discard the fat from the surface.
  2. Place the empty roasting pan over 2 burners over medium-high heat. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring and scraping to dissolve any bits stuck to the pan. Remove from heat and pour into the cup with the pan juices.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Still stirring, slowly add the broth, then the reserved pan juices and the thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Enjoy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples

Halloween may fall on a weekday this year, but that’s not going to stop the celebrations! Most people will be celebrating this upcoming weekend and eSutras Organics has some great recipe ideas for the spooky holiday. Our advice is to ditch the sugar-saturated, unhealthy candy and try to substitute for a delicious and homemade treat!

                     Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples

(Serves about 6)
·         6 apples washed and de-stemmed
·         8 oz. of soft caramel candies
·         1/4 cup orange juice
·         4 oz. eSutras Organics  Seriously Dark Chocolate 73% Ultra Rich
·         2 tablespoons eSutras Organics Heart HealthyCooking Oil
·         Assorted small candies, chopped nuts and sprinkles
·         6 wooden sticks or skewers 


1.       Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with eSutras Organics Heart Healthy Cooling Oil.
2.       Insert sticks halfway into the stem-ends of the apples.
3.       In a medium sauce pan, over low heat, combine the caramel and orange juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the candies have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes. Dip the apples in the caramel until coated and put them on the parchment paper until firm, about 2 hours.
4.       Put the chocolate in a medium bowl and set it over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel. Put the apples back on the parchment paper for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with small candies, chopped nuts or sprinkles and allow the chocolate to harden, at room temperature, for about 3 to 4 hours.
All the kids in the neighborhood will go crazy over this awesome treat and parents will appreciate your healthy choice!

Bon Appétit!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Labor Day Burger

Labor Day celebrates the dedication of the American worker, but is also a time honored tradition. It’s a time to celebrate the last hot days of summer vacation and what better way than the ultimate summer cookout.  Burgers are a staple in most American diets, and America is such a melting pot there are tons of ways to make one. From veggie burgers to old fashioned char-grilled one, burgers are an ever changing food that everyone can enjoy. Here is a recipe for the absolute ultimate Labor Day burger. You can even switch the recipe up to tailor to your taste!

                                                      Ultimate Labor Day Burger

(Serves about 2)

  • 1 pound ground beef (or tofu burgers)
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese, or more to taste       
  • cooking spray
  • 2 slices Colby-Jack cheese (or cheese substitute)
  • 2 thin tomato slices
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 2 hamburger buns, split
  1. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined; divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a large patty, making them as thin as possible. Sprinkle shredded Colby-Jack cheese onto 2 of the patties, leaving an edge about 3/4 inch wide uncovered. Place second patty onto the cheese and press the edges of the patties together to create 2 cheese-stuffed burgers. Place stuffed patties into freezer to chill slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Spray the grill grate with cooking spray and place burgers onto grill; turn heat to low, place lid over grill, and cook until outsides of burgers are lightly charred and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes per side. Maintain grill temperature at about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Use a spray bottle of water to control flames; flames should just lightly contact the bottoms of the burgers to create a slight char. After the first flip, place 3 partially-cooked bacon slices onto each burger.
  4. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a Colby-Jack cheese slice onto each burger; top with tomato and avocado slices and transfer burgers to plate to rest for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve burgers on hamburger buns.
Bon Appétit!