Missing The Pastry Baking Gene? Improvise.

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By Dina Eliash Robinson If you have ever been ridiculed by in-laws at the family Thanksgiving dinner with stories of your pastry baking disasters; or had a cooking class instructor roll his eyes as you … Read More

Carob — The Caffeine-Free Un-Chocolate

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By Dina Eliash Robinson Sentencing a chocoholic to give up chocolate is a cruel and unusual punishment, usually meted out for medical reasons, such as allergies or caffeine sensitivity. Fortunately, both the addiction and taste … Read More

Apple Strudel With Benefits

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By Dina Eliash Robinson “Ideal for the weight-conscious and lacto-uovo (dairy and egg consuming) vegetarian.” This recipe was originally—and incorrectly—posted as “Vegan,” but thanks to an eagle-eyed and knowledgeable reader’s comments (see below recipe), we … Read More

Chocolate & Garnet Yam Mousse—A Vegan Delight

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By Dina Eliash Robinson When made with organic ingredients, this recipe is a nutritious powerhouse, with its high fiber content, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. While its taste and texture feel rich, even decadent, this dessert … Read More

Walnut Spiced Apple Cake

­ Yield – 2  9-inch pans 3 cups – fresh, sweet apples, medium diced, peeled 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil (I prefer grapeseed oil) 2 cups white sugar (I prefer brown, raw sugar) 3 cups sifted … Read More

Mystery Chocolate Pudding

Have fun at your next party by offering a prize to the guest who figures out the main ingredient in this dessert. Use organic ingredients if at all possible to avoid pesticides and the growth … Read More

Warm Berry Glaze

8 ounces of frozen strawberries 8 ounces of frozen raspberries 8 ounces of frozen blackberries 8 ounces of frozen blueberries Heat the berries in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water and 1 1/2 tablespoons … Read More

The Kitchen Shrink’s Mud Pie

(I use only organic ingredients) 1 chocolate graham crust (Arrowhead Mills makes a ready-made organic crust) 1 quart of chocolate or coffee ice cream Chocolate squirtable syrup 3 tablespoons of toasted chopped almonds or pecans … Read More

Super-Dark Chocolate Love Brownies

5 oz. of dark chocolate (75% or more cocoa) 1 stick of sweet cream butter (1/2 cup) 2/3 cup of unbleached flour ½ teaspoon of baking powder ¼ teaspoon of salt ¾ cup of organic … Read More