Citrus Showdown – Whole Foods Market

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When Whole Foods Market asked me if I wanted to participate in their Citrus Showdown, I enthusiastically said yes. I adore fruit in general and look forward to each new season not necessarily by the changes in weather but by what fruit is available. October & Pomegranates of course are my favorite. My second favorite is the citrus that appears in the produce section in December. I never had a lot of citrus as a child except for conventional oranges from time to time. It wasn’t until I became a mother and switched to an organic diet that I really got to know the citrus family.

The Citrus Showdown happens to be between two of my favorites: Satsuma & Clementine.

Clementines:

  • Seedless and easy-to-peel
  • Simply sweet, less acidic finish
  • Hails from California, Spain and Morocco
  • Mild sweetness pairs well with simple flavors
  • Use juice instead of water in baking

Satsumas:

  • Seedless and easy-to-peel
  • Bold taste
  • Hails from California and Florida
  • Peel is delicate but packed with flavor – feel it with a vegetable peeler and then finely chop and add to grain salads, vinaigrettes or desserts

I was able to choose from a fabulous list of recipes which actually led me to realize how fantastic the recipe selection is on the Whole Foods Website. This recipe for Crab Dip has actually become a staple in our home since we are in the swing of crab season in the Bay Area. I’ll be honest with you and share that this crab dip recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted. I highly recommend it, especially if you love artichokes.

I decided my Citrus Showdown should be: Satsuma and Pomegranate Pavlovas Vs. Brie with Cardamom Scented Clementine Chutney.

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Rather than just make the recipes and offer to them to my family, I decided to take the completed recipes down to the Antique Society where I have a booth of Mid Century Modern Wares and offer the completed recipes to some of the Antique Dealers.

The overwhelming feedback was that it was hard to compare the two dishes because one was very sweet and the other was overall savory. I was ruthless though and persuaded each person to give me their favorite. I needed the details.

By far the Satsuma & Pomegranate Pavlovas were declared the winner. When people took that first bite and they were met with the crunchiness of the meringue, the sweetness of the cream and the juicy tartness of the Satsuma, most of them rolled their eyes in absolute pleasure. It was the combination of sensations and flavors that left them asking for a second one.

The Brie with Cardamom Scented Clementine Chutney was also popular because of the tantalizing blend of flavors but it was no match for the Pavlovas.

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Image courtesy of Wholefoods Market

My personal favorite though was the Brie with Cardamom Scented Clementine Chutney. In fact I’ll admit that when I went back out to my van I uh….probably ate at at least 15 crackers with the brie and chutney before driving home. I uh, even will go so far as to say that I finished it off which is why I was forced to stop at 15. It was so heavenly. I love food practically more than anything on the planet and with the right cocktail of flavors, I become lost in edible bliss.

Whole Foods kindly gave me compensation for purchasing the ingredients. The opinions and thoughts though are truly mine and as most of you know me, I’m honest about what I eat. I. Adore. Food.

Which recipe do you think would be your favorite of this Citrus Showdown?

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The Apple Pushers

This Sunday you have the opportunity to watch the incredible film, The Apple Pushers at the Whole Foods, Do Something Reel Film Festival in San Francisco which opens April 22. This documentary film festival is happening every month all year long. It’s a great opportunity to view a collection of consciousness-raising films.

The Apple Pushers film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s writer and director, Mary Mazzio; executive producer Laurie Tisch; and celebrity chef Michel Nischan. Debi Mazar, star of the Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” and “Entourage,” will host the discussion.

“The Apple Pushers, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, follows immigrant street vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into the inner cities of New York (where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge). These pushcart vendors, who have immigrated here from all parts of the world for different reasons, and who all have sacrificed so much to come to this country (a near fatal crossing of the Mexican border, as an example) – are now part of a new experiment in New York to help solve the food crisis and skyrocketing obesity rates in the inner city.” The Apple Pushers website.

The Apple Pushers Preview

I’m giving away 2 tickets to this event for this Sunday, April 22nd at Century 9 Theater on Market Street in San Francisco. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Simply leave a comment and I’ll add your name to the drawing. Good luck! Winner will be picked on Friday at 6 p.m.

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meatless monday – another Cafe Yumm! bowl

Meatless Monday

This is my first participation in a Meatless Monday post. I’ve been playing around with more meatless meals and enjoy the chance to share tonight’s dinner which is going to be another variation of a Cafe Yumm! Bowl.

Tonight’s organic toppings include:

  • red onion
  • garbanzo beans
  • cabbage
  • cilantro
  • cherry tomatoes
  • kale
  • avocados (not pictured)
  • Cafe Yumm! Sauce

All of this will go on top of a warm bowl of brown rice.

I’m linking up with Hey Mom What’s For Dinner for this Meatless Monday post.

What are you having for dinner?

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HealthForce Nutritionals – Smoothie Recipe

HealthForce Nutritionals

Do you have health goals?

My current goals include losing weight, feeling better both physically and mentally, eating nutrient dense food and ridding myself of daily headaches.

First I needed some motivation so I began to listen to podcast on health while I’m on my treadmill. It was while I was exercising that I first learned about Jameth Sheridan and HealthForce Nutritionals.

While I was listening to this interview with Jameth something clicked in my brain and I new that I wanted to learn more about these nutritional supplements.

Here’s what I love about these supplements (these may vary according to product):

  • 100% raw
  • 100% gluten-free (they do use barley/wheat grass but cut above the stem so that there are not any seeds that could add gluten to their product)
  • 100% actual food
  • Includes Organic ingredients
  • Sold in amber glass jars

The three supplements that I’m currently using are Vitamineral Green (in my smoothie), Truly Natural Vitamin C (Smoothie) and Vitamineral Earth (I drink with water).

Here’s my current favorite smoothie recipe:

  • Juice of 2 organic oranges,
  • 1 tablespoon Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder
  • 3/4 cup of Organic Frozen Blueberries or Superfruits (purchased from Costco)
  • heaping teaspoon of local pollen
  • 2 tablespoons organic flax seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Vintamineral Green
  • Handful of organic Goji Berries
  • 1 tsp Truly Natural Vitamin C
  • 1/4 cup raw/organic almonds or walnuts (I add these a couple times a week)

What changes have I noticed since I’ve began to enjoy a smoothie every day?

I’m losing weight, I have a lot more energy, I have fewer mood swings, my memory is improving and my headaches are dissipating.

For awhile I felt like I was aging rapidly which is not something one wants to feel. I would wake up everyday to a new problem or symptom. Now I’m waking up and I feel incredible. It really shows how powerful and amazing real food is.

Have you made some health changes that have made you feel more alive?

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Alder Smoked Salmon

Alder Smoked Salmon

Most kids grow up eating jell-o, snickers and doritos.

At my house I grew up eating smoked salmon and caviar. While it sounds like we grew up rich we weren’t. What really happened is that my grandfather grew up in Ukraine and learned early on how to prepare fish.

He escaped across Russian and into China when he was in his early 20′s. He worked in Shanghai until he had saved enough money to travel by ship to the US to the port of Seattle. My grandfather, Alexander Greenwich (originally Grenevich)  graduated from the University of Washington – College of Fishery in 1928.

He and two friends realized how cheap salmon was in Seattle. Not only that but the fish eggs were discarded and thrown back in the bay.  They created a business called The Siberian Fish Company and began packing salmon eggs in wooden kegs and shipping them back east to Jewish delicatessens.

They decided in 1937 to move down to San Francisco and open a branch there calling the company Delicatessens Supply Company.  They thrived in the Bay Area and eventually became the Alroy Packing Company.

By the time I arrived on the scene my grandfather had sold the company and retired to the north valley of California. As a small child I did get to see him make smoked salmon and black caviar on our small farm. It wasn’t odd or strange to me and I was fascinated by the entire process. We dined on smoked salmon on triscuits every Sunday at our family dinner and the caviar came out at special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.

I miss his lovely Russian lilt and I definitely miss his culinary delights that he shared with our family when I was a child.

I still crave salmon and a few months ago I discovered that the Grocery Outlet had Alaska Smokehouse Naturally Wild Smoked Salmon on their shelves.

While searching for a quick & healthy lunch this afternoon I discovered a box waiting for me at the back of the cupboard. Just seeing the box left me traveling back through memories of the time spent with my grandfather and dining on freshly smoked salmon.

It’s 100% natural with no preservatives and tastes absolutely delicious.  I enjoyed it with some organic capers, meyer lemon picked fresh from our tree along with some Mary’s Gone Crackers. It was the perfect lunch.

When you next pop into Grocery Outlet, be on the lookout for this fabulous salmon. Make sure to stock up on this natural health food so that you don’t miss out.

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