Product Review: Maya’s Jams

Who doesn’t love jam?

I know I sure do! For me, the pinnacle of late-night snacking is a fresh, good quality jam spread on homemade grain toast. Simple, crunchy, and sweet. Mmmm.

And really, what can bring you back to those happy childhood memories faster than a classic PB&J sandwich?

Sadly, all too often those store-bought jams can be a stew-pot of all things bad for you. Just take a look at the ingredient list of any of the major name brand jams and you’ll see ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a host of nearly-unpronounceable chemical additives and preservatives.

Not to mention that the sugar content is so high it usually burns your mouth and leaves you wondering what flavor exactly the jam is supposed to be.

That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to do a review for Maya’s Jams, a small, 100% family-owned company from New York’s Hudson Valley. Using family recipes passed down through the generations, this family trio consisting of Maya, her mother, and her grandmother, create delicious jams of healthy goodness from their organic orchard as well as other locally-sourced fruits.
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Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Coriander Poppy Seed Cake

 

With the advent of fall, and the crisp weather it brings, I always find myself drinking more and more tea. Heading to the tea pot to warm up on a chilly gray afternoon has become a welcome routine for me- there’s nothing quite like curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a piping hot cup of tea. Unless of course you add in a generous slice of cake!

This cake is one of my favorites for pairing with tea. Buttery lemon poppy seed cake with a dash of spicy coriander lends itself beautifully to a cup of Earl Grey, with a wonderfully creamy filling of lemon curd gently folded into whipped cream. Top it all off with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and you have the ultimate cake to brighten up that dreary autumn day! Continue reading

Bear Handz EasyPeeler – Review

In a hurry? This tool will cut down on your prep time dramatically!

Recently I was contacted by the Bear Handz company and asked if I would review their new EasyPeeler.

Big deal, you say, what’s so special about a vegetable peeler?

Well, actually, it is a big deal. This is a lot more than your average vegetable peeler. For starters, it’s made out of 100% High Quality Stainless Steel and is designed to last. In fact, it’s even backed with a lifetime guarantee!

Okay, you say, that is pretty cool.

But it’s still just a vegetable peeler, right?

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No-Knead Multi-Grain Bread

I have been doing a lot of bread baking lately, experimenting with different flavors and textures. I blame it on the cold weather, when really, there’s nothing better to do than stay inside and cook. One of my happy successes was this multi-grain bread, which won approval from the whole family. Whole wheat flour is combined with all-purpose flour, and is jazzed up with a combination of rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and millet for a chewy, hearty (and healthy!) bread that is perfect for toasting and spreading with jam!

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“Mom’s Best Waffles” with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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I know I’ve been doing a lot of sentimental recipes lately -blame it on the holidays- but this is the time of year I crave traditional family dishes. I can’t help it, I’ve been blessed with a multi-generational family of amazing cooks, and let me tell you, my mom makes some pretty mean recipes -not the least of which are her waffles. Continue reading

Creamy Vegan White Bean & Garlic Soup

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This is a really great winter soup – thick, creamy, delicious, and really satisfying. White beans are simmered in vegetable stock with garlic and onions, seasoned with black pepper and rosemary, and pureed until smooth. Perfect with a chewy grain bread or crusty baguette! Continue reading

A request for pet lovers…

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If you are a pet lover, PLEASE watch this quick video!

This is a little bit out of the norm for this blog, but I wanted to reach out to all of the animal lovers who visit my site about some major changes that may be taking place in the regulation of pet food… something which I am pretty passionate about.

The FDA is proposing some changes to their regulation practices in the manufacturing of pet food, and they want to hear from individual consumers (in other words, YOU).

If you’re not familiar with the issue, all I ask is that you check out this quick youtube video which summarizes everything beautifully:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1kVDrPVUsec

If you want to, you can take just five minutes to tell the FDA what you expect from them when it comes to pet food regulation. All of the links and info you need are located at this link: http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/lets-do-this

I sincerely hope that some of you will take the time to let the FDA know that you expect them to ensure that your pet’s food is safely regulated!

Tiger Nuts – Review

When I heard that the folks over at Tiger Nuts USA wanted me to review their product, I was really excited. First of all, I had never heard of tiger nuts before and was curious to see what they were like. And secondly, they sounded like a pretty healthy and vegan-friendly snack – something I’m always on the lookout for.

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Christmas dog biscuit recipes

Jack hopes to bribe santa paws with some of his favorite cookies.
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Don’t forget to pamper your pet this holiday season! Here are a couple of my dogs’ favorite biscuit recipes which are really simple to make. You can even mix the dough in a food processor with a dough hook to speed up the process. Our dogs give us so much love throughout the year, here’s a really simple way to love them back by baking something special for them!

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Breaded Cauliflower

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For some reason, there seems to be a lot of cauliflower haters out there. If you happen to be one, be forewarned: I have made more than a few converts with this dish – yet another family recipe passed down through the generations, this cauliflower gets covered in melted butter and then generously coated with seasoned bread crumbs. This recipe is super easy to make and is a delicious side to any meal. Continue reading