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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Chance - Get Your Personal Phone Coaching Session For January

I remember when Debbie came to a cooking class I was giving.  She really wanted a personalized coaching session.  Being an actress she wanted to feel better about her body.  She wanted to lose weight and she kept exclaiming she couldn't believe how good I looked and no wrinkles even though I was forty.  I watched her tentatively taste the food and I could see her struggle.  She had been taught that if she ate carbs she would gain weight but she was sitting with a plate of pretty food that she wanted to eat and it was carb heavy. 

"Is this really the kind of thing you eat every day?" she asked me.  "Yes!" I replied.  See when you know how food works in the body you get to create anything you want.  You can go deeper by removing the fears and blocks that get in your way and keep you stuck.  So many people are trying to eat lean by having their turkey salads for lunch and not realizing how that works to constrict themselves deep inside (like the pancreas) and causes cravings for sweets or alcohol.  Once you get back to balance the cravings disappear and so does the weight.

Debbie was torn.  She really wanted to do a session and she told me that she just didn't have the money.  Luckily Elaine was in that same class and Elaine had worked with me to clear her emotional blocks.  She too had money issues.  Each and every time she did some clearing work she had money coming to her in all sorts of interesting ways.  Things she could have never thought up.  First she got unexpected returns of investments she didn't even know she had because some distant relative had died.  Then she got a bonus at work she didn't know she was up for.  Then she won some money and then she sold her house for more than she thought possible in an economy where houses were not selling.  I joked with her and a few similar clients that I ought to get commission.  That I wanted to coach with me. 

Debbie did a session despite her fears and then I didn't see her for months.  I ran into her at a recording job I was doing for a cartoon.  She looked incredible.  She was so tiny and vibrant and looked years younger,  that I had to ask her what she was doing.  "I'm just doing what you taught me," she said.  "You were right, and it's so easy."  Wow.  I was really happy to hear it and was impressed with how well she did with just one session.  "Oh and you told me to risk and the magic would happen when I was scared to spend the money with you, do you remember?" Debbie said.  "Yes," I told her.  "Well right after the session I got a call from my agent and booked a commercial.  They literally made up their minds while we were working together."  "That's wonderful." I said.  In my mind I was thinking, damn, I do have to coach with me, 'cuz I want those miracles too.

You can have your own miracle story and learn to create with food and mental tools to have your life open up to all the possibilities.  Take advantage of the special because it ends tonight!
http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html and the rates will go up in January.  You can purchase as many sessions as you like at this drastically reduced rate but when its gone, it's gone. 
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Is this going to be the year you change your life?

Pat called me for a session to lose some weight and find some hope for her aching joints.  Nothing had worked for her or at least worked for long.  She had one child, an ex-husband, a job she didn't care about and felt like her body was starting to fall apart and change on her.

We talked about acid vs. alkaline forming foods.  We talked about what she had been eating vs. what where some quick new things she could incorporate.  We talked about healing foods that were all new to her. Food eaten regularly in other countries that we have right on the shelves.  Foods most people just walk right by on the way to the broccoli, onions and carrots.

Pat called me a week later and wanted to book more sessions.  She had a new outlook on life.  She felt better and more alive than she had in ages, her aches were gone and she was thinking about playing tennis again and meeting new people.

Pat lost the weight permanently and is proud to be an example to her child but she worked on changing what what was holding her back in her job, her relationships and let go of what was keeping her stuck which was the biggest gift of all.  Even in a lousy economy her work picked up, she changed jobs and is happier than ever.  (I love the holidays when I get little updates from some of you.)

Is this the year you are going to change your life like Pat did?  Is this the year you take charge and transform your life to be what you want it to be?  Sometimes it just takes a little coaching to launch you.  I have been very rewarded to see so many people find far more than what they came looking for when they booked a session.

You can utilize phone coaching (Pat did by the way) to have your personalized coaching time from anywhere.

Don't miss out on the incredible year end special.  Get some new tools that you can use forever to boost your finances, clear up your ailments, have more life in your life right now.
Go sign up at http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html because once the new year rings in, this special disappears and my coaching services will become very exclusive.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Don't Miss Out - Grab a Session or two at The Super Special Rate

The first weeks of the new year sell more gym memberships and health food products than at any other time but the staggering statistics are dismal for keeping that enthusiasm going.  Why?  Because only about 3% of people who would like to make changes are willing to create habits to keep them.  It takes 21-30 days of consistency to create a new habit.  http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html

What would you like to change right now?  How would you like to feel this year?  How do you want to look?  Is now the time you would like to learn about foods you may not have explored?  How much of the produce in a Whole Foods do you really bring home?  Are you stuck in a rut with your weight, your energy or your life?  January is a great time to make changes because there are so many people thinking about it, you'll have some energetic support. 

Get some real tools you can use all year long to keep your resolutions going.  You can be part of that 3% who succeed.  Have a session or book 4 and get weekly coaching to spring board yourself into the life you desire.  Buy as many as you want at http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html and use them this January because when the clock strikes midnight this Saturday, this special will disappear.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Only 3 days left - grab a session for January now!

Remember "the chains of a habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken" - Start your good habits this January and make 2012 the year you have the body and life you always want.
If you have been thinking of taking more control of your health, your energy and want to have terrific tools in your arsenal against all those pesky aches pains, sore throats or intestinal troubles - then be sure to grab an end of year saving special http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html that will only be available until New Years Eve. 

You might want this to be the year when you learn how to have the body you've always wanted or turn back the clock and shine brighter than when you were in high school.  Learn the secrets to stay young looking without the Botox.

Maybe you want to buy a session for someone struggling with their food.  Do you know anyone who wishes she was thinner, sexier or could use a big burst of energy?  Would you like to bring the sexy hot passion back to your relationship?  Grab a session for yourself or a friend http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html and use it this January to put in place habits, tips and tools you will use for the rest of your life.

As many of you know I recently went back to school.  I just finished, graduating with a 4.0GPA, honors and even a couple of awards.  I foresee my own life changing quite a bit in 2012 and my coaching will become very exclusive.  The prices are going up.  That's why I wanted to give you an incredible year end deal so those of you who might have been on the fence can take advantage of getting the coaching you need to push you into your dream life.  What is it that you envision for yourself?  What would be the greatest thing you could do.  What would make you happier than you are right now?  Take one simple step in that direction.  That's the only way to begin.  Having a coach giving you that extra lift along with some solid, productive tools can make all the difference between you having a year like most other years, or having your life grow into the one of your dreams.

Breakthrough to living well.  It's time that you have the successes you want. http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html will only last for a few days, so sign up today!

If you have any questions you can email me right from susanmarque.com.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

It's Here - The End of Year Special - Start Your New Year Right!

If you had a little too much eggnog, chocolate or fabulous martini's or scotch, it might be time for the kudzu tea. http://susanmarque.blogspot.com/2011/03/kudzu-cure-all.html and a nice long walk.  Naps aren't bad this week either if you can swing 'em.

If you have been thinking of taking more control of your health, your energy and want to have terrific tools in your arsenal against all those pesky aches pains, sore throats or intestinal troubles - then be sure to grab an end of year saving special http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html that will only be available until New Years Eve. 

You might want this to be the year when you learn how to have the body you've always wanted or turn back the clock and shine brighter than when you were in high school.  Learn the secrets to stay young looking without the Botox.

Maybe you want to buy a session for someone struggling with their food.  Do you know anyone who wishes she was thinner, sexier or could use a big burst of energy?  Would you like to bring the sexy hot passion back to your relationship?  Grab a session for yourself or a friend http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html and use it this January to put in place habits, tips and tools you will use for the rest of your life.

As many of you know I recently went back to school.  I just finished, graduating with a 4.0GPA, honors and even a couple of awards.  I foresee my own life changing quite a bit in 2012 and my coaching will become very exclusive.  The prices are going up.  That's why I wanted to give you an incredible year end deal so those of you who might have been on the fence can take advantage of getting the coaching you need to push you into your dream life.  What is it that you envision for yourself?  What would be the greatest thing you could do.  What would make you happier than you are right now?  Take one simple step in that direction.  That's the only way to begin.  Having a coach giving you that extra lift along with some solid, productive tools can make all the difference between you having a year like most other years, or having your life grow into the one of your dreams.

Breakthrough to living well.  It's time that you have the successes you want. http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html will only last for a few days, so sign up today!

If you have any questions you can email me right from susanmarque.com.

Go now and sign up http://susanmarque.com/SusanMarque/Special.html  Tell your friends and pass this link along.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Lace Cookies (They're even gluten free.)

Really these light crispy sweeties are good for Chanukah too.  I eat them all year round guilt free.  The entire batch probably has less calories than just two little Oreos but just as much flavor in every healthy bite.  When I first invented them and brought them to a Step Up Women's Network event, they dubbed them the "break-up cookies".  They'll definitely lift your mood.  Just don't tell those you share with how incredibly easy they are to make.  They'll think you're genius.

For more great recipes be sure to check out   http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanmarque  

Christmas Lace Cookies
1 Cup Oat Flour
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ Cup arrowroot powder
¼ Cup safflower oil
½ Cup Brown rice syrup
½ Cup maple syrup (or use all brown rice syrup)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Sunspire grain sweetened chocolate chips for drizzling

Preheat your oven to 325°.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl
Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.  The batter will be on the thin side.  If it is runny just let it sit for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.  This is normal depending on what flour is used.  It will thicken enough to place on the cookie sheet but not so that it can be broken off like other cookie dough.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Leave plenty of room between cookies because they spread like crazy.
Bake about 15 minutes until edges are golden brown.

Melt chocolate chips in a pan over low heat, stirring continuously.  Drizzle over cookies.

To make ginger lace cookies add 1 tsp. ginger and ½ tsp. mace.
To make lemon or orange cookies use those extracts instead of the vanilla or in addition to it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Icy Truth

Have you ever craved ice, wanted to crunch on it, or just feel frost slide down your throat?  Craving ice to chew is often a sign of an iron deficiency.  Other people are just in the habit of drinking icy cold beverages like those that generally feel too hot, feel like it cools them down. 

To a degree this can be true initially as you put cold into your 98.6 degrees of body temperature you can affect it.  We run a little more hot depending on body type or what we have been eating.  If your body is fighting something off your temperature can start to elevate.  Even if it doesn’t show up much on a thermometer you might feel like you need more liquid and want cold drinks. 

Unfortunately for every front there is a back and the bigger the front the bigger the back.  The more chilling you do can sometimes have your body creating more heat.  It’s especially difficult on digestion.  “Cold stops digestion cold,” one of my teachers used to say.  It can disrupt your digestive process, slow it down and make you feel tired as your body works hard to try and do its job. 

Ever wonder why we say oh she/he is so hot when describing sex appeal?  Cool and icy bring up an entirely different image.  Too much liquid or too many cooling foods and drinks can plummet sexual desire.  Only monks want to keep their cool constantly.  So think twice before you ice and see if it’s serving you.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Natural Cough Cure

Here's a great tidbit I just pulled from the Archives:



Lotus root is fantastic for clearing out congestion and mucus but can be a little difficult to find.  What about Thyme?  Thyme is a popular herb and medicinal too.  It can relieve a cough, and indigestion and even fights candida.  It is also touted to soothe the mind.  I found this Thyme Cough syrup that says one teaspoon taken every hour will relieve a cough. 

Bring one cup of water to a boil and then turn off the heat.  Add 1 ½ Tablespoons of Thyme, put a lid on the pot and let it sit until cool.  Strain out the Thyme and add ½ Cup of Honey or Brown rice syrup.  Keep it in a glass jar in the refridgerator.  It will last for several months.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stop Struggling - Intestinal health can be an easier fix than you thought

As the holiday shopping heats up I've seen sales at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanmarque rise too.  What's selling is surprising.  I would have thought more cookbooks.  The paperbacks are great gifts that last all year long. 



The stories, tips and recipes book has some of my favorites and is fun to just open to a page and read a short inspirational bit.

The best selling of all my books is the Candida Clearing cookbook.
Even at this time of year.

What that says to me is there are a whole lot of people struggling with their intestinal health and battling Candida.  Sometimes the very same symptoms though are not necessarily yeast.  Sometimes there could be H. Pylori, gastritis, GERD or a combination of things going on.  Sometimes it is even viral.  The good news is that you can clear any of them and know how to stay free forever.  It's one of those things though that a session with someone who knows is the key.  It isn't something you will learn in a book. 

Stuff your friends stockings and order your paperbacks right now and book a single session for yourself before January brings higher rates.  You deserve to be Candida free and enjoy your holidays.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

From The Archives - Sexier Holidays make for a great New Year

I was just looking at this archived tid bit and thought I'd post - You can read years worth of stories, and recipes in http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/stimulating-stories-tips-and-recipes/2312818?productTrackingContext=author_spotlight_1278315_ The recipes are some of my favorites.

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.



Tip Of The Month (from the Newsletter 12/08)
Turn up the Heat!
Recently I had one friend email me a cute tidbit about getting sexy with Santa, and a client emailed me on how she wanted to have more desire.  Can foods help?  Of course they can.  Since the beginning of time, humans have enjoyed seeing how different foods affect us and while some will douse the sexual fire, others can enjoyably heat things up.   

Cooling foods can and do put out your flames, especially in colder climates.  I once knew a woman who was so proud of her figure.  She lived on tofu, salads and fat free food stuffs.  She couldn’t understand why her husband was frustrated with her lack of lust.  Monks have used cooling foods to keep their thoughts saintly.  I got her to drop the soy products and embrace some heat producing salmon.  She added in some whole grains. (that she was terrified to eat, only she even lost a couple of pounds since they were replacing those fat free food stuffs and sloughing out the sludge left in her colon.)   

Whole grains are one food rich in folic acid and have B vitamins to boot.  Both of which are necessary to achieve orgasm.   (You might also like beef, mushrooms, egg yolks, leafy greens or asparagus.) I encouraged some naturally low fat beans like black beans, black soy beans, Pintos and others along with onions and garlic.  If you are concerned about your breath just eat the onion family with some parsley for a delightful marriage made in excitement.  The allicin they contain increases blood flow to the sexual organs.   

We know oysters are high in zinc that produces higher levels of testoserone. (Think Cassanova!) You might also try beef, green peas, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.  I read an article in Forbs magazine that said anything good for the heart is good for the penis.  Well, gals, it might just be good for you too.  Try Cayanne pepper to get the blood flowing for everyone.  Just don’t over do the hot or the sweet.  Too much food in general, sugar, alcohol or clogging stuff like diary or large amounts of fried fare will just slow things right down.   

Enjoy the holidays by consuming slowly so one glass of wine doesn’t turn into 3.  Chocolate contains phenylethylamine that can boost your mood - just get some grain, fruit or agave sweetened confections like the ones made by Sunspire or Vere!  And enjoy yourself this Holiday.  Our above mentioned woman told me, her husband is going to be very nice this year because she has learned to be a little more naughty and is enjoying it immensely!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cyber Monday deals on books

Apparently you should look for Cyber Monday deals on http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanmarque The paperback books make terrific stocking stuffers.  You can get 25% off right now on any orders by using the code HOLIDAYNOW when you check out. 

I like theStimulating Stories, Tips and Recipes

Stimulating Stories, Tips and Recipes 

It's got terrific recipes as well as useful tips and relatable true tales.  It's not a book you need to read from cover to cover but can have fun flipping around and just picking a short random excerpt.

The short story is there for a contest they had on the site so don't bother ordering it.  It's super short and was specific to the contest details. 

You can look at the contents of each book.  Be sure to note which item you are clicking as they now have the print books separate from the ebook versions.  I always like a paper copy I can have in my hands but the books are selling far better for ipads.  I would guess you can gift those as well but it's still far more fun to have things to physically open.  With 25% off you can enjoy giving a few. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanmarquehttp://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanmarque

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Day After Thanksgiving

Today isn't the only day we have leftovers.  It's the only day when most people in America have the same sorts of leftovers.  For many this is terrific and only requires some reheating.  Leftovers can be planned overs.  In fact I wrote an entire article on leftovers revised.  If you absolutely can't stand having more of the same or you are trying to impress someone with your culinary savvy, there are plenty of creative ways to have a whole new gourmet experience with the pieces of yesterday.

Take the turkey.  Yes, the whole leftover carcass will make a terrific soup.  It's the backbone of fowl that creates a rich broth, so boil those bones with plenty of vegetables and herbs then strain it all an hour or so later and use that stock when sauteing onions, turnips, carrots, celery, greens, sea salt, and adding some of the meat back in towards the end.

If you are vegan, I'm sorry but Tempeh has no backbone.  You could make a stew and crumble your leftovers into it.

Sweet potatoes can be mixed with a soft cheese or tofu, salt and pepper or your favorite spices to make a great raviloi filling.  Buy some prepared wonton wrappers, fill with the mixture and just seal by moistening the edges of the wantons before pressing them together.  Boil for a few minutes and just add to your stew or soup from above. 

Bread dressing could become a main for breakfast or dinner, mix with egg and fry in a pan like a pancake or fritatta. 

One woman I knew took leftover cranberry sauce and made dessert parfaits by placing layers of the sauce with chocolate syrup and ice-cream.  You could easily do another version with whipped cream or tofu whip, alternating layers in a tall clear glass.

Let me know about your own creations.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brussel Sprout and Chestnut recipe lovely for entertaining


Brussel Sprout & Chestnuts

Presoak 6 - 8 hours desired amount of Dried organic chestnuts.  (Dried are sweeter and can easily be mail ordered.)  For two people use 1/2C. Chestnuts soaked in 1 1/2 C. water and about six or seven brussel sprouts.

Wash the brussel sprouts.  Chop them in half.  Place a two inch strip of kombu in the bottom of a sauce pan.  Add the chestnuts with their soaking water. (be sure you have removed any of the dark red outer shell pieces that may cling to your chestnuts and discard)  Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to low to simmer for 20-30 minutes.   Add a little more water if needed.  Add the brussel sprouts and simmer until liquid is almost gone.  10-15 minutes.  Sprinkle with sea salt and simmer just a couple of minutes more.  Serve warm.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make a fast Tempeh for those who don't want Turkey


Tempeh “Turkey”

The gravy in this recipe is great with beans or to top millet mash…

1 package Tempeh cut into triangles
1 Cup Safflower oil for frying
1-2 Cups button mushrooms
1 onion diced
2-3 Cups water
2 Tablespoons miso (country barley is a good one)
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. Sage
1/4 tsp. Rosemary
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1/2 tsp. Marjoram
2 Tablespoons Kudzu

Heat the oil in a heavy fry pan and fry the Tempeh until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags.  Place the fried tempeh, mushrooms and onions in a saucepan.  Mix the other gravy ingredients, except the kudzu, and pour over the Tempeh and veggies.  Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Dissolve the Kudzu in a small amount of cool water and then Stir into the Tempeh mixture until sauce thickens.  Serve hot.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Seasonal Drink Experiment with Pumpkin and Chocolate

Here is a recipe that is just an idea.  I have not actually make it yet or tried it out.   It was an idea I saw made with ingredients I do not use and I wondered what it might be like if I switched it up a bit and gave it a name.   It could be nice with alcohol added, like rum or whiskey.  A cross between hot cocoa and some sort of toddy.  Hot toddy's were supposed to ward off colds.  My mother believes that. 

My mother who is the daughter of a doctor and believes she knows as much as someone who did their time in Medical school, internships and residency.  She believes she knows what doctors know and she believes in the powers of a hot toddy or the good feelings that come from warm drinkable chocolate.  I'm sure she read these things in women's magazines. 

I do believe in the power of experimentation.  I like to experiment.  My experiments in New York are more limited due to space, the cost here and the flow of people to taste test with.  While I get to see people far more often, it is not in my kitchen.  A space that is smaller than a broom closet where I am situated just now in the east village.   In California I had wonderful neighbors willing to taste test just about anything. 

I remember coming back from a class I taught at Air New Zealand's West Coast headquarters.  I had made several dozen crispy shortbread cookies decorated with chocolate.  The class was not as huge as I anticipated and I came home with many cookies.  I knocked on Rob's door in the first apartment.  He gladly took a few but didn't want more than that.  I knocked on SJ's door and she took more and then Robin took the few that were left.  They always gave me their honest opinions.  A little more ginger for my pumpkin pie or get that strawberry flavor stronger for a sauce.  I saw them daily and I lived a different life.

So I doubt I'll be creating a big batch of drinkables to try out as I prefer cookies and pie myself as treats.  I just leave this idea here as a springboard for anyone who wants to play with a fun Holiday type of drink.  I'm sure you could try it hot or cold like a shake.  Let me know what you come up with and give it your own name.

Hot Pumpkacolate

2-4 Cups soymilk
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 -3 tablespoons Agave
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 T cocoa powder

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Favorite Pumpkin Pie (it's even vegan for those who want to avoid eggs or cane sugar.)


Pumpkin Pie

Crust:

3/4 C. unbleached white flour
3/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 tsp. Sea salt
1/4 C. safflower oil
1/4 C. brown rice syrup

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Mix the flours and salt in a mixing bowl and then add the oil using a fork to mix until you have beads of dough.  Add the rice syrup and mix using your hand just until mixed.  Please do not over mix the dough.  Gather the dough and form into a ball.  You may refrigerate to make it easier to roll out.   Roll out thin between pieces of wax paper.  Peel off the top layer of wax paper and flip it into a pie plate.  Trim the excess with your hands and save the dough to make cut outs.  Using a fork put a few pricks in the bottom of the crust.  Flute the edges of the crust with your fingers or make tracks with the fork.

Roll the crust trimmings into a ball and then roll out just like the pie crust.  This time use a small heart or star shaped cookie cutter to make small crust cut outs.  Transfer to a baking sheet with a parchment paper on it.  Keep rolling up excess dough to form a ball and then roll out in the same manner to keep making cut-outs until all the dough is used.  You will get about 21 small cutouts. Bake for 15-20 minutes until just golden brown.

Filling:

2 cups Pumpkin puree or 1 can of organic pumpkin
3/4 lb. Tofu
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
3/4 C. Brown Rice Syrup
1/4 plus 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3 C. light vegetable oil

Blend all filling ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake for 1 hour. (Note: you may need foil so as not to burn the outside crust, just apply to crust about ½ way through cooking or start with foil and take off after 30 minutes.)  Top with the cookie cutouts if desired.  Let cool and chill in refrigerator.  Use Tofu whip topping to decorate.

Butternut Squash Soup


Butternut Squash Soup
Pick the darkest looking squash you can find so that when you cut into it the color is deep orange.  That is when they are the sweetest.

1 large red onion, sliced
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks with seeds removed
1 Tablespoon dried basil (optional)
1-3 Tablespoons olive oil
White miso paste
Good water
Nutmeg (optional)

In a good sized pot, sauté the onion for several minutes in the olive oil and add the basil.
Add the squash and enough water to cover the vegetables with approximately 1 tsp. Sea salt.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Process in a food processor or blender into a smooth creamy soup.
Adjust the salt/miso to taste and garnish with nutmeg.

For an even richer holiday soup add pressure cooked or boiled dried chestnuts to the mixture before blending.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Simple Sage Gravy and Millet Mash


These quick and easy to do recipes are great all year long - use them now and long after Thanksgiving.

Simple Sage Gravy

2-3 Tablespoons oil
1/3 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 C. water or stock
1-2 Tablespoons Shoyu (soy sauce) (plus 1 teaspoon sea salt instead of on of the Tablespoons Shoyu)
1 – 2 teaspoons sage

Simply heat the oil over med. to low heat and add the flour creating a thick paste.  Add water or stock by small increments stirring constantly.  You may use a wire whisk if that makes it easier for you to avoid lumps.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Keep stirring until desired consistency is reached.  Stir in fresh minced parsley if desired towards end. 

Another version is to simply dilute 1/2 Cup sunflower butter with water, stir over medium heat adding the shoyu and sage.

Millet Mash

1 C. Millet sorted and washed
1 small cauliflower
3 C. Water
Pinch of Sea Salt

Boil the water and add the millet and cauliflower and the salt.  Put lid on and turn down heat to a simmer.  Cook for 20 min.  If you have a potato masher use that other wise a fork will do.  Mash the millet and cauliflower together.  You may wish to add chopped onion from the beginning or add sautéed onion during the mashing.  It’s great by itself or top with gravy.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's that time of year again - Let the Thanksgiving recipes out

Every year I post some Thanksgiving recipes.  The ones that will get posted here this year are my staples.  I might dip into a different recipe from year to year but I always come back to these because I love them, others love them, even my family loves them and that is saying a lot from a picky bunch who really want old fashioned dairy or sugar laden stuff I can't eat.   With only one week to start getting geared up - I'll start posting.


Cranberry Sauce

1 1/2 lbs. Fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup sweetener.  ( use all maple syrup or some maple and some rice syrup)
Pinch of sea salt
Zest of one orange (optional)

Simply stir the cranberries and salt over low heat for approx. 30 minutes.  The cranberries will soften and the liquid will form a syrup.  Add the sweetener and orange zest and keep stirring until desired consistency is achieved.  Cool completely and then chill before serving.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

The winter squash this fall are exquisite.  The flavors are strong, sweet and satisfying.  I'm looking forward to making my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie but then I thought first I want to make these moist, delicious muffins.  They freeze well and I've done them so many different ways, always with delightful results.  Add some fresh blueberries for example or sprinkle the top with dried fruit.  Get the breakfast cookbook they are in http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/fast-and-easy-healthy-breakfasts/2312210?productTrackingContext=author_spotlight_1278315_ and make a quick tofu cream cheese to spread on them.  I love breakfast foods and this recipe seems to make everyone happy, so don't tell those you share them with how they are low in sugar and fat and full of healthy pumpkin.  Just let them savor the flavors and fawn over your cooking skills.

Pumpkin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins.

Dry ingredients:
1 ½ Cup Oat flour
1 ½ Cup Barley flour
¼ tsp. sea salt
1 ½ Tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
¼ to ½ tsp. Clove

Wet ingredients:
2 Cups Pumpkin puree (usually 1 small pumpkin will yield 2 Cups)
½ Cup Safflower or other vegetable oil
½ Cup Maple syrup
½ Cup Barley malt

½ Cup or more raisins (optional)

To make the pumpkin puree:
Cut the top of a baking pumpkin like you were making a jack-o-lantern.  Scoop out the seeds and replace the top.  Place in a 350° oven and bake for 1 hour or until the pumpkin is soft inside.  Allow to cool and then scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin and place in a blender or food processor with a little water and blend to a puree.

For the muffins:  Preheat the oven to 350°.
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl.  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until all the flour is moistened.  Fold in the raisins.
Drop the batter into lined or oiled muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.  The muffins will become golden in color and crack a bit when done.