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Homemade Basic Tahini Sauce

Tahini, aka sesame butter, is a pantry staple that mixes well in dips and sauces – making everything creamier, nuttier, and a little bit Mediterranean. It is also a great source of calcium and the essential amino acid lysine. Try this simple sauce over dark leafy greens, grains, tempeh, sweet potatoes, or as a dip… Read more »

How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

Traditional or Dairy-Free Traditional Whipped Cream 1: Choose your tools and favorite recipe Nested whisks Hand mixer Mason jar 2. Chill EVERYTHING (bowls, tools, heavy cream, coconut cream, etc.) 3. Combine cream in bowl with some vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, and a liquid sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup (incorporates… Read more »

Simple Ways to Enjoy Squash

The season is abundant with them. As Mark affectionately named these “globes of joy,” winter squashes burst with sweet, nutty flavor, are packed with antioxidants, and can be as versatile as your creativity allows. To help you get started, here are some of Chef Sita’s favorite ways to enjoy winter squash.   1. Roasted Acorn… Read more »

Three Easy Ways to De-stress

1. AT WORK Limiting the amount of time you spend on email help reduce anxiety and be more productive throughout the day. Here’s how: Step One: Clean your Inbox. There’s no reason to have 150 (or more!) unaddressed items sitting in your Inbox. The constant reminder of these open ideas and conversations can make you… Read more »

Mulled Wine – A Winter Cocktail

  If you’ve ever visited Northern Europe during the Winter months, you might recall the intoxicating aroma (and maybe the intoxicating effect) of warmed red wine with spices, in Germany known as “Glühwein.” Our resident German expert, Herr Helge Hellberg, ensures us that this recipe produces a truly authentic experience. Enjoy with friends wherever you… Read more »

DIY Fresh Fruit Rum Infusion

  By Gavin Bieber, Batiste Rhum We made a delicious fresh fruit infusion in honor of our friend Helge Hellberg, the host of An Organic Conversation and former Executive Director of Marin Organic, who interviewed Tristan Mermin, the founder of Batiste Rhum, on the topic of sustainable rum production. All the fresh fruit was purchased at the farmers… Read more »

Sweet Potatoes and Yams are Two Different Vegetables

By Susan Simitz, Earl’s Organic Produce The holidays are here and sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables on the menu. Sweet potatoes are commonly seen labeled as yams, when in reality they are most likely sweet potatoes. Many years ago the U.S. government decided to label sweet potatoes by their color to make… Read more »

Holiday Entree with only Five Ingredients

Just how creative can you get with 5 ingredients or less? VERY when one of your ingredients is a pre-made spice blend. Today: Fall Holiday Entree with 5 Ingredients or Less Shiitake & Wild Rice Stuffed Squash with Pomegranate Seeds serves 6 Ingredients 2 acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 1 cup uncooked wild rice,… Read more »

6 Natural Tips to Avoid Skin Redness This Winter

The natural flush from cold air on your cheeks can be alluring — and yet too much redness during the winter months can be a bother. Here are some tricks to keep skin redness to a minimum during chilly days, and allow your natural glow to shine like fresh fallen snow. Moisturize! Cold weather and… Read more »

DIY Aromatherapy Body Scrub

Once you start making your own bath products, you’ll be hooked. They’re easy, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit your – or your gift-recipient’s – exact preferences. Sugar is a wonderful exfoliant, and coconut oil has been used as a topical healing agent in cultures around the world. Honey is popular ingredient in many… Read more »