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The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

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The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America

Moosewood Restaurant has been bringing up natural food recipes to their tables for 5 decades now. The restaurants farm-to-table philosophy has been helping us dine out healthier and some of their popular recipes are in this newest edition.

The book is a hardcover and very thick with pictures worked in throughout the book. Because of this it makes a great gift for a foodie!


“The Moosewood Collective has nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to a larger and more diversified company. Most members of the Collective have worked together for at least 15 years, and some have worked for the restaurant since it was founded in 1973. The Moosewood Collective is the recipient of three James Beard Awards and numerous nominations. Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health is its twelfth book.”

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Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe

The recipe is my own and I was supplied product from Khor Vodka for feature

Have you ever baked with alcohol? I haven’t, but have read many articles and recipes and adding vodka or even some rum to recipes is actually quite easy. Children? I typically will not serve kids baked foods with alcohol because not a lot of alcohol evaporates when baking. If I cook and boil (sauces) with vodka then I feel much better about serving to the entire family. So, these brownies are for the office party and adult time. Although I use very little in this recipe (under 1/4 C for the entire dessert).

So, let’s give it a try and I am taking you on a journey as I make my first Brownies with Vodka. I actually just add a little vodka to a standard homemade brownie recipe. I will also add mint chips because chocolate brownies are delicious, but mint chocolate brownies are divine!

Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe
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Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe


  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3oz. chocolate (I like dark chocolate)
  • 3/4 C sugar (I substitute with Truvia blend 1/4C sugar + 1/4 C Truvia)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Khor Vodka (I use a bit less than a 1/4 cup-like .20 cups for y taste)
  • 1/2 Mint Chips
  • Frosting and toppings (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8X8 pan.
  2. Melt butter with chocolate in microwave 30 seconds, stir and repeat until all chocolate is melted. Stir is sugar, then vodka. Cool about 5 minutes. Add eggs-whisk. Gradually add all flour. Pour in pan and bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out (not quite) clean. Cool and cut!

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In the recipe I used Khor Vodka. Khor “uses a local organic filter containing schungite (a unique natural mineral) which allows it to get as close as possible to the structure of natural water.  The filtration process is further enhanced with special birch and alder-tree charcoal and quartz sand sourced near the famous Ural Mountains.” If I am going to start baking with alcohol, it has to be premium and natural or I feel like you won’t get the taste that is preferred.

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Sugar-Free Beverages for the Entire Family

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Sugar-Free Beverages for the Entire Family

Whew! Back to school is over and the we are already into conferences and Halloween. Are you settles into school schedules and at-home snack and homework routines? Anthony , my 9 year old, comes home grabs a snack and does his homework right away. Then he can be free for the rest of the evening to play with friends, head to soccer practice, eat dinner and some days he just gravitates to his video games. There are plenty of hours left in the day after school so I make sure his snack is fulfilling and always include a sugar-free drink.

Here is a highlight of some sugar-free options and even a recipe using one of the beverages.

AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the ONLY zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage currently on the market.  There are four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade. My son loves these and the characters that appear on the bottles.

Aqua Ball

Sparkling ICE is a slightly carbonated drink. It is made with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. Sparkling Ice has Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and Sodium Free. There are 20+ different delicious options including a line of Teas, Lemonades and 8oz Slim Cans. We have personally replaced all soda in our home with only Sparkling ICE drinks and no one misses the soda.

Brooklyn Organics contains a bold fizz in a svelte packaging and is USDA Organic-certified, non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free and Caffeine Free. Flavor varieties include Cola, Guava, Coconut and Acai.


Want to see a fun recipe I highlighted a while back using Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE? They are these Crisp Apple Donuts and are a perfect fall breakfast choice. See the recipe HERE!

apple donuts


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Pumpkin Protein Hot Cocoa Recipe

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador and have been compensated for this feature, however all thoughts and recipe suggestion is my own


Pumpkin Protein Hot Cocoa Recipe

It’s about that season! Pumpkins, falling leaves and brisk air. What a relief from the summer heat. I love when brands get in the spirit of the fall season offering pumpkin spice…anything! My son loves when coffee stands offer a fall flavors for cocoa but buying a 9 year old a $3 cocoa adds up so I started looking for recipes to make our own and finally have one we both love. In his cocoa I add his lactose-free or almond milk and in mine I substitute milk for one of my Premier Protein shakes.


The recipe is so delicious and rich. The recipe I have below is made with Vanilla Premier Protein shake and is thick and rich. But, if you really love an even richer treat then you can use the chocolate flavored Premier Protein shake instead.


I am not a whip cream fan at all but if you like added sugars or spices you are free to dress your cocoa up however you like. It is so easy and this recipe is a one-cup recipe so you just make it as you want a cup and go.

Pumpkin Protein Hot Cocoa Recipe
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Pumpkin Protein Hot Cocoa Recipe


  • ¼ c pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp Sweetener (I use Truvia)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt (don't omit)
  • 1C Vanilla Premier Protein Shake (about 3/4 of a carton)
  • *for kids version replace protein shake with dairy of choice (we use lactose free milk for my son, but almond milk may taste great too)


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients plus 1 Tbsp of the vanilla shake (or milk/almond milk) in your mug
  2. Add the rest of the shake (milk), stir until smooth, and microwave for 1½ minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Why do I recommend Premier Protein Powder? You get 30 grams of protein per scoop and only 3 grams of sugar. There are no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and it is gluten free. Make sure the protein products you consume offer the best ingredients like Premier Protein. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so you really want to do your homework and choose wisely.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe?

See what the other Premier Protein Ambassadors are up to this month!

Strawberry Lemonade Protein Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Parfait


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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou's Infused Cubes

Would you call yourself a bartender in the sense that you know how to make the drinks your guests may request in a moments notice? I know rum & coke and screwdrivers and that’s about the extent of my cocktail recipe brain. I typically shop mixers because they at least include the written recipes on the bottles to guide me. Hardly do we all get together as friends and not enjoy some drinks in the evening. I typically buy random beverages and pull out my liquor and let my guests fend for themselves and even then I am sure I am leaving out some essential mixer option until I discovered Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.


Making cocktails is so fool proof even I can manage to make a great drink. It is so simple to do. Here is a bit of the packaging. Once you get your cubes you will store them in the freezer.


Step 1: Freeze the box of cubes

Step 2: Set up your bar with choices of different spirits for your guests. Set out some glasses, a cocktail shaker, sliced lemons and oranges and easy access to those frozen Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

Step 3: add a frozen cube to your spirit of choice-in this one I chose the Blood Orange-Ginger to mix with some local distilled gin. Shake the 2 together in your cocktail shaker and pour over ice (or not if you like it straight).

Step 4: Enjoy! It’s that easy. The Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are pre-mixed with the finest of ingredients. And for the non-alcoholic beverage just mix a cube with some seltzer. The flavors are so delicious

  • The Clyde: Peach with Benedictine-Inspired Herbs and Artisanal Bitters
  • The Cecile: Cucumber and Watermelon with Clover Honey and Thyme
  • The Cooper: Blood Orange-Ginger Old Fashioned


With the Holidays around the corner what a great product to keep in your freezer and have on hand for those dinner parties. I found some at my local Barnes & Nobles as they do make great gift ideas! Check the retail locator near you by visiting the website. You can also order on Amazon.

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Make Any Beer Taste Better with the New Fizzics Waytap

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Make Any Beer Taste Better with the New Fizzics Waytap

As we settle into our new home, the final step to settling in is welcoming friends and family over. With everyone’s schedules we have a few small evenings planned to try and entertain as many friends as possible and allow them into our home. The last get together with family we pulled out our Fizzics Waytap at the bar. It really intrigued the beer drinkers and I can tell by the look on their faces they felt this was just a fancy bar decor that can’t possibly make their beer taste that much better and then I put their beer bottle into the Fizzics Waytap and all doubts were erased because it really makes any beer taste better!



You may have seen the original Fizzics that was pretty bulky and promised that great draft beer from a tap taste. It delivered but was a bit of a monster on the counter tops. The Fizzics Waytap is a new slimmer portable size and comes in white, slate and black. I am not one to clutter space and cupboards so this new design is more my style and more often than not I get compliments from friends that the look is modern and very nice out on the counter.

You don’t need any special brew-take your favorite beer in a bottle and put it in the Fizzics. It is battery operated so no cords or charging needed. You then grab a beer mug and tilt as you do your pour by pulling the tap forward. Once it stops or at about 3/4 full you then push the tap back for that micro-foam that gives that beer tap look and taste.

When it comes to drinks and food with friends I love to focus on quality. I will spend days preparing for guests. I like to try new recipes and new beers. Living near Seattle we have so many local beers in our stores and get togethers are a great time to introduce new seasonal and local brews and spirits. I have certain brand liquor I will or won’t buy and I even want the food I serve to be fun and want people to gather around the table. The Fizzics is more than just a better tasting beer but the beer looks and smells better too. Do you see the difference in the photo above?

Do you know that annoying feeling when someone hand pours you beer and your first few sip are a mouthful of foam or you have to wait until that foam subsides to start sipping? Once you pour using the Fizzics Waytap you have that foam but as you sip, the smaller bubbles allows your beer through and you get that fresh beer sip without a mouthful of foam. That was a big difference I had noticed when comparing to hand poured beer. All of our family that tried it loved the taste. It was a bit less bubbly than right out of the bootle. It was so smooth and the aromas really come through even on an average brand beer.


Even if you think you may not care about the difference in taste and appearance I really encourage you to try the new Fizzics Waytap. It won’t interfere with the decor of your kitchen and it is hard to send you the taste and aroma without any taste-o-vision from here so you can experience the difference for yourself. So you will just have to trust me. I have about 3 family members so excited after trying this that I now have a great holiday gift idea for them all! You can find these at retailers like Amazon and even QVC had a great price that may still be available and of course you can find it at the Fizzics website.