Laundry Scents

Laundry is supposed to smell good or what is the point of cleaning your clothes?  But did you know some of the scents used in the traditional big box laundry products are actually toxic?  That means it is time to start making natural laundry products with pleasant scents minus the toxins. Here are some recipes to wash […]

Kale, Avocado & Cashew Salad With Persimmon-Lime Dressing

Fall-into-winter has always meant my favorite holidays and my favorite fruit: persimmons! I still remember the first time I had one: working an aimless, uninspiring job whose only benefit aside from paying the rent was proximity to Grand Central Market. During lunch one day, a co-worker pointed out a mountain of squat, orange fruits–Fuyu persimmons. Kinda looked like a shiny, squat alien apple. I bit into the thick, dark-orange skin and marveled at the sweetness.

It’s been a love affair ever since. I buy a bag every Tuesday from the Highland Park Farmers Market. And with only about a month left to enjoy this fruit, let’s go out with a bang!

Because my sweetheart fruit makes the “medicine” of all-star kale go down so nicely, I knew a kale-persimmon paring was in order. Kale’s that guy you know you “should” date, but you keep finding excuses to put off requests for lunch. I played around with adding chopped persimmon to kale salad–that was good. So good in fact, I wanted more sweet-persimmon yumminess: I wanted every kale leaf covered in persimmon candy. And so, here’s the result:

Don’t Have Time To Make a Fancy Dessert? Fudge It!

I have been looking for new ways to use my coconut oil.  While coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is quite healthy in moderate doses. Coconut oil has been villified in the past, but the health benefits are becoming more touted.  The other day, I was browsing Facebook and found what looked to be the easiest dessert recipe of all time and it called for coconut oil.

Chocolate Coconut Fudge


  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Honey


Gluten-Free, Not Like Being Locked-Up In An “Eaters-Prison”

Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.  1-in-133 Americans have a gluten and wheat intolerance, known as Celiac Disease.  I have been eliminating gluten to test out my digestive system and general health to see if I am gluten intolerant.  At first the gluten-free part sounded like a tall order, but there are so ways to enjoy many of your favorite foods without it having to be gluten-full.  Here is what I have learned about surviving and thriving on a start-up gluten-free diet.

Soup-er Veggie Recipes

Now that my son has passed the two and a half year mark, he has become confidently assertive about his dislikes. The kid that used to eat every vegetable in sight now has decided certain greens are “yucky”. My infamous broccoli trick: “Let’s be dinosaurs and eat our trees” as I crunch down on a steamed brocolli head doesn’t entice him to copy me as it used to. Not even with my awesome dino sound effects. 

 So what’s a foody mom to do? Resort to new tricks. Here’s my latest.

Like all of us, I multi-task. So while I’m doing anything else near the kitchen I steam a collander-full of veggies that I can easily blend into a savory soup in my handy-dandy VitaMix.  Here’s my current favorite:

Attention Defecit Grocery Shopping Disorder

One benefit to living in a high-traffic/denser urban area is the variety of businesses to choose from.  I am able to walk to many grocery stores including Ralphs (aka Kroger), Pavillions/Vons (aka Safeway), Alberstons, Whole Foods and my favorite the Co-Opportunity.  This gives me an opportunity to seek out the best organic deals around share tips from my various random grocery store visits.