Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

Cruelty-Free Coriander Nectarine Pear Ice Cream Pie

July is National Ice Cream month.  More specifically, July 19th is ‘Ice Cream Day‘ #NatlIceCreamDay So what better way to solute the popularity of the World’s best tasting, most refreshing cool dessert than to team it up with a touch of spice and a whole lot of fresh summer fruits?  The folks at PersonalCreations.com asked if I’d help them celebrate the occasion with a new recipe shown off in one of their kitchen items.  I picked a pie plate for mine because, well, next to ice cream, pie is my all time favorite dessert any time of year.  I just combined my two loves into one big, cruelty-free dish so you wont have to scoop on the ice cream to top your piece of pie.  It’s already inside your pie.  Completely versatile to your own fruit favorites, I simply spiced up my fruits and then blended them in with a good quality Almond Milk Vanilla Ice Cream and poured it all into a pie crust.  More fruit goes on top and a pinch of a new seasoning, for me anyway, Coriander. Exodus, chapter 16, verse 31: “And the house of Israel called the name there of Manna: and it was…

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Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants

   A few months back now, I received a very special package from a good friend in Oklahoma.  Fresh Oklahoma pecans.  My favorite nut.  A few weeks later….another package.  And this one had a lovely jug of Ohio made, maple syrup, from that same good friend.  Most people know her by just Annie.  I thanked her for such a thoughtful gift to me, and my stomach!  Particularly when she has been up to her eyeballs in new projects, not the least of which is a new cookbook now available for pre-order.  I had to make these precious gifts into the most special dessert ever.  I think I did it too. Maple Candied Oat Pecan Crumble with Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears with fresh tangy Currants  I’ve never seen fresh currants in the grocery before that I know of.  When I saw them at Whole Foods, I knew they’d be a perfect complement to the maple flavors in this dish.  I hesitated to add them to the recipe because they would be hard to find.  Cranberry might be a substitute, unsweetened.  Or cherries?  Something with a little tang.  The currants were definitely a hit and I’ve used them as salad toppings as well.…

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Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart – Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

Salted Cinnamon Pear Tart – Gluten-free, Vegan with Raw Options

This post was shared on the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #14   I really have grown to love pears in the last few years.  The only pears that I remember growing up were the little square mushy pears in the cans of fruit cocktail my Mom bought from Del Monte.  We always had plenty of fruit, fresh usually, but not pears for some reason.  We’d even drive up to Pennsylvania each fall to get fresh from the tree apples or get pick your own peaches from an orchard.   We just didn’t do pears and so many things or tastes that you do or don’t grow up with become your little scope on what you like.  Well, I’ve learned to love pears.  They just take so darn long to ripen up.  These pears for my tart sat on a window sill for 10 days.  But then, suddenly, they were perfect!  Perfectly colored, perfectly sweet, perfectly soft.    The only problem with that is…they don’t last when they’ve finally reached that perfect peak!  I had to use them up quick.   So a tart.  Pies, tarts, I love anything with the opposites of sweet fruit and slightly salty crust.   Salty?…

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Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

   About 2 months ago, I picked out 10 Asian pears that were on sale here, a dollar a piece.  They’ve been moved around from one place to the next since then in the kitchen.  I was waiting for them to ripen up some.  Then I was waiting for a nice day off to bake up a delicious pie for myself.  Finally my day came today and it was worth the waiting.  This one isn’t a sweet as an apple pie might be.  It has all the spices a flavor without the added sugars.   It’s almost like a cinnamon scone flavor; mildly sweet but lots of spice.  If you’re not so much the ‘pie maker’ than this one would be a great one to try out as well.  I used a nice nutritious Spelt crust that I picked up at Whole Foods.  No animal products and Spelt flour is almost as good as gluten-free.  I also added in some dried currents that I had in the fridge.  I cooked the pears for about 10 minutes and then let them cool off before filling the pie crust.  Asian pears are such a dense fruit, I wanted to make sure that…

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‘Lazy Girl’ Spiced Pear Pie

‘Lazy Girl’ Spiced Pear Pie

 Sometimes, the simplest ingredients make up the best recipes.  This pear pie is definitely simple.  And definitely delicious.  I recently discovered a wonderful blog,      Vegan 8.  This site takes simple and delicious to a new level.  Check it out. So my ‘lazy girl’ spiced pear pie is just that, simple, easy, fresh, healthy and yummy.  Pick your favorite fresh fruit, add a little spice, some filo dough for crust.  Bake.  Devour!  Make sure you use fruit that is just ripe or slightly over ripe.   You’ll need much less processed sugars when the fruit provides your flavors by itself and wont need added sweetness.

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Cinnamon Red Pear Butter

One year ago: ‘Friday Morning Fog’  I’ve had this fruit ‘butter’ in my “to try” file for some time now and finally gave it a try.  Its really a wonderful texture and about as healthy a spread as you’re gonna get.  My version is adapted from ‘Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter’ from Good Life Eats.   I limited my spices to just Cinnamon.  I also used half the sugar, added some Vanilla Liquid Stevia from NuNaturals and left out the citrus juices.  I had 4 large red pears.  I also left on the peels which are full of nutrients.  Fruit jams are some what of a balancing act in recipes since no two fruits have just the same amount of juice so you’ll have to adjust your batch to your own ingredients.  I really love pears and sometimes have trouble not snacking on too many while trying to cut them up for recipes.  If you let them get just ripe enough they are just lovely for a fresh dessert.  Some times of the year, you’re doing good just to find them in the stores though.  And this fruit butter will get you through those colder months so you can enjoy spreading…

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Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

  A funny thing happened to me when I ventured into making my own homemade crystallized ginger candy this week. I discovered Ginger Pear Tea ♥   This candy is simple to make.  Just slice up some fresh ginger into thin strips, boil it for 30 minutes, add sugar, dehydrate, eat!  A wonderful thing happens  when you pour off the liquid you’ve been softening up the ginger in.  It makes a fantastic tea.  I had yet another overly ripened pear again so I added some juice from the pear  in with the ginger water.  Add a little stevia and BOOM! A spicy rich tea that is even good for you.  Between the candy and the tea I am loving my ginger this week!  I purchased a small 4 oz. jar of crystallized ginger last month from Pensey’s and nibbled away at a little each day.  At $4 I felt the need to conserve my cravings no matter how deliciously healthy the bits were.  But now its all mine at only pennies per cup.  Its ginger all around and as much as I’d like.  I love the spicy sweet and the chewy texture of the candy.  The tea gives it’s own…

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Pear & Broccoli Sprout Salad with Balsamic Caramelized Sweet Potato Cubes

 I’d like to thank Somer, Jason and Annie for including my blog in today’s Virtual Vegan Potluck.  It’s always a good thing when healthier food ingredients and preparation is publicized and I’m proud to be one of MANY incredible food sites highlighted to day.  I know it’s been lots of work for many and hats off and thanks to all involved 🙂  When I first began thinking of the ingredients for this salad, I presumed that the pears and sprouts would be the stars.  Then came my lunch.  I began to prepare a sweet potato for lunch and the preparation options began to flow………..since I was preparing to do my photos for the Broccoli Sprout Salad,  I think I just got sidetracked and came up with a wonderful topping.  The caramelized sweet potatoes really make this simple salad into a meal.  The flavors all meld and make for some great eats!  Vinegar, sugars, spice and fresh veggies rarely disappoint. These taste combinations are lovely by themselves.  I’ve used versions of this citrus vinaigrette more often than not for my salads in the past few years.  I love the way the mild tangy orange blends with the spicy and sharp vinegar and…

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Rainbow Fruit Salad with Spouted Buckwheat

Rainbow Fruit Salad with Spouted Buckwheat

Yes, it’s the Sprouting Queen here again…..another new sprout for me in this recipe: Buckwheat Seed Sprouts. These beautiful little sprouts are gluten free and chock full of iron.  Simple to sprout with a about 3-5 minutes of care per day, they’ll be ready to nibble on in just 4-5 days.   This colorful, sweet and tangy salad is simple to mix up.  Combining fruits and vegetables in a salad is always a great combination and then the buckwheat sprouts kind of give each bite a chewy hearty texture that makes this salad much more like a meal than a side dish.  I started with some simple greens, topped them with a handful of colorful shredded carrots and added in slices of pear, apples and strawberries.  Sprinkled on the sprouts, a few black sesame seeds and then drizzled the top with my favorite lite vinaigrette – Spicy Orange .  A tangy tart combination of flavors, full of nutrients that wont leave you feeling like you just finished Thanksgiving dinner but will definitely be a perfect tasty lite meal for family or just a special treat for yourself anytime.  I love how the fruit flavors compliment the tangy       vinegar in…

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No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

No Bake Orange – Pear Cheesecake w/ Biscoff Drizzle

I think that I could eat Cat food if it has Biscoff drizzled on top of it….so…. Okay everyone…this one is a keeper! I received some fancy pears for Christmas and I have tons of oranges left over from Holiday munching still and so I decided to blend them all up together with some Tofutti and see what would happen. What happened was a little orange gingery cream sicle like cheese / ice cream cake.  Full of flavor(s) and fun 🙂 Orange – Pear Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free  & Raw Options For the Crust: Soak 2 cups of Cashews overnight, drain and rinse. Combine the Cashews with 1 Cup of Raisins (dates for a Raw version) with 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract and 2 Tbs. of Maple Syup.  Blend until it forms a smooth wet dough.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of a medium size spring form pan to about 1/3 inch thick.  Place in the freezer. For the Filling: 2 ripe Pears, peeled and cored, sliced Juice of 2 medium size Oranges, include the pulp. 1 (8 oz.) package of Vegan Cream Cheese 1 (12 oz.) package of Firm Silken Tofu…

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December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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Spiced Up Pears

I had some help from Mr. Floydy this afternoon canning up some spiced pears.  I canned some pears 2 years ago to give as gifts (ate 2 jars myself though)  and everyone loved them. This batch, I decided to use a little more spice and to leave the skins on too. They turned out really nicely sweetened and with a tender but not mushy texture. I think leaving the skins on helped the slices to not break apart so much as my first batch did.  The first batch tasted fine but this one was more like fresh fruit.  Here’s the link for my first batch: http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2010/12/spiced-pears.html Spiced Up Canned Pears                                    5 – 6  Pears Cored and Sliced (any type or a mix) 1 Cup of filtered warm water 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 tsp. Allspice 3 Tbs. Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sweetener) 2 droppers full of lemon flavored liquid Stevia (or 1 tsp. of lemon juice + 1 tsp. Stevia Powder) Add in additional Stevia to taste and ripeness of the pears.  Heat water to a boil, add in pear slices and all other ingredients.Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutesthen remove from…

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