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Thursday, November 20, 2014




Wow! I can't believe how exciting this past month has been. 

The launch of Super Seeds has been filled with joyful moments. I am thrilled that my friends have shared my recipes with their readers, and I want to be sure that you get a full sampling of all that Super Seeds has to offer! 

I wrote Super Seeds so everyone would have the ability to easily up the nutrition in delicious foods just by incorporating these little power-packed ingredients. Flax, chia, hemp, quinoa and amaranth are seeds that add flavor, texture, protein, fiber and a host of vitamins and minerals to everything from soup to dessert! Want to get started? Check out these recipes from Super Seeds

Want to cook more up at home? Enter below to win your own copy of Super Seeds plus a four pound package of Gerbs Raw Super 5 Seed Mix (chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds). Gerbs is a fabulous resource for anyone who is looking for healthy seeds, but especially for food allergic customers, because everything they sell is free of the top-8 allergens.

Golden Corn Soup - Super Seeds
Go Dairy Free featured Golden Corn Soup

Pesto Veggie Burgers - Super Seeds
Cooking Quinoa Featured Pesto Veggie Burgers



Blueberry Coffee Cake - Super Seeds



Lemon Basil Quinoa - Super Seeds
Healthy Blender Recipes Featured Lemon Basil Quinoa



Mama Balance Featured Massaged Kale Salad




Hemp Seed Hummus - Super Seeds
Recipe Renovator Featured Hemp Seed Hummus



Granola Cookies - Super Seeds
Go Dairy Free Featured Granola Cookies


Quinoa Lentil Soup - Super Seeds
Photo by Ricki Heller


Enter to win a copy of Super Seeds plus a 4-pound package of Gerbs Super 5 Seed Mix.  (Open to US residents only, sorry!)


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Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes. 
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

 It's that time of year! What can you serve at your Thanksgiving table that will be safe for everyone and taste delicious? Welcoming Kitchen and Super Seeds are both loaded with recipes that will delight your guests.

Here are some good choices from the blog to consider for your welcoming holiday feast.

For appetizer, how about a light dip, like:

Artichoke Lemon Bean Dip or Quick and Creamy Veggie Dip?


Vegan and Glutenfree Thanksgiving Menu




I don't like to fill up too much before the main meal, so a light dip and veggies is the perfect munchy while we're getting started.

For the main event, we like a hearty entree and great sides.

Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving table:

Mushroom Tartlets with Socca Crust fill the heart of your plate.

Vegan and Glutenfree Thanksgiving Menu
Mushroom Tartlet with a Gluten-free Socca Crust



Vegan and Glutenfree Thanksgiving Menu
Apple, Pear and Cranberry Sauce

 Add some, 

Vegan and Glutenfree Thanksgiving Ideas
Cranberry Clementine Mini Muffins

Finish up with,
To add to the festivities, why not offer a fun beverage?

A pretty, non-alcoholic option is Apple Pomegranate Cider.

For your guests who drink alcohol, I am loving LEAF Vodka. The company sent me two bottles to try: one made with Alaskan Glacial Water and one made with Rocky Mountain Mineral Water. We have had a lot of family parties recently, so there were many tasters of this vodka, and all the vodka drinkers really liked them both.

LEAF sent along a recipe for a holiday-perfect beverage, The Falling Leaf created by Mixologist Juyoung Kang. It's super yummy for this time of year.

Vegan and Glutenfree Thanksgiving Menu




The Falling LEAF
 
Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz LEAF Vodka made with Rocky Mountain Mineral Water
  • 1oz Lime juice
  • 0.5oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1oz Hibiscus syrup (1:1 Hibiscus and simple syrup)
  • Pinch of ground clove
  • Topped off ginger beer 

Preparation:  
  1. Put in mixing tin all the ingredients sans ginger beer, add ice and shake vigorously
  2. Strain into a Collins glass, top off with ginger beer, garnish and serve.

Required FTC Disclosure: Global Spirits sent me two bottles of LEAF Vodka to review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are my own.



Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Lucy and I both like this scarf! Perfect for a day at the park.

I learned so much while I was working on Super Seeds. I wanted to write the book, because I was cooking with these seeds all the time, but in writing it, I learned (and later shared) so many tidbits about these seeds and what they can do.

One of the things I learned was how great hemp is for clothing. It is durable, grows easily and doesn't require a lot of chemicals to flourish.

One of my favorite online retailers, Ecolissa, offers eco-friendly and vegan clothing and accessories.  I love that on their website, you can sort by material, and one of the materials is hemp! Ecolissa has a great assortment of fashions and values. You can absolutely splurge on something fabulous without breaking the bank!



To celebrate the launch of Super Seeds, Ecolissa is offering a discount on their gorgeous clothing and accessories. Use the code "WK20" to get 20% off your order. 

Ecolissa sent me a chunky infinity scarf to try out before this promotion, and they are giving one lucky reader a choice of a chunky infinity scarf or a T-shirt scarf. Lucky you!





To stay up-to-date on what's going on at Ecolissa, follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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Required FTC disclosure: Ecolissa gave me a scarf to review and is providing a second to the winner of the giveaway.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes. 

Monday, November 3, 2014


Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
Photo credit: Julie Han



Love it or hate it, you've got to admit that pumpkin is THE flavor of fall. 

I, for one, love it. I especially love the idea of a pumpkin spice latte. As you know, I also love my smoothies. Of course this led to the absolute need to combine these two favorites!

Williams-Sonoma is kicking off a Smoothie Week! What better way to get in the spirit of off-beat smoothie combos than creating a coffee-flavored smoothie?

Every morning, I make a pot of coffee for my husband and me. We each have a cup, and he takes a to-go cup with him to work. Depending on my day, sometimes I have more coffee, and sometimes I don't. If I don't have a second cup, that can lead to some wasted coffee. So sad.

That got me to thinking. What could I do with that extra coffee if I don't get around to drinking it? The same thing I do with fruit that I won't get around to eating -- freeze it and turn it into a smoothie!

Pour that coffee that you don't need to drink today into ice cube trays. When frozen, transfer those coffee ice cubes to a freezer-safe container for later use.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (Gluten-free, Sugar-free)



Then, when you need a treat in the afternoon, you can grab a few cubes and blend them with some lovely all-natural ingredients. (Have you ever seen the ingredient list of some popular pumpkin spice lattes? Yuck!) What could be better than a pumpkin-y, spicy, frothy coffee treat? Not much!

I blend my smoothies up in my Vitamix 5200, but any blender will work to make this treat. If you're in the market for a new blender, Williams-Sonoma has some blenders to dream about. (I do realize that not everyone dreams about blenders, but hey ...)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free, sugar-free)
Makes 1 2-cup smoothie

Ingredients:
  • 4 2-ounce coffee ice cubes
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (You could use the hemp milk from Super Seeds here.)
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Preparation:
Blend all ingredients thoroughly.

This recipe was shared with Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

alcohol ink ornament craft
Alcohol Ink Ornaments





Not only have I been busy with the launch of Super Seeds, but I also have been expanding my love of crafts and their role in creating community. 

For the past several years, some friends and I have been throwing a big craft swap before the holidays. What I love about this is the sense of creativity and community that comes from friends digging deep to discover long-buried artistic skills and celebrating each other's talents.


memory wire bracelet DIY
Memory Wire Beaded Bracelets




Out of that party came the idea that folks might just like to get together for some fun while making something beautiful. We have had two workshops so far where people crafted, ate and drank while making some really cool stuff! The first one was a beaded bracelet workshop. At the second one, over 20 people made their own super-cool decoupaged glass platters.


Decoupage Glass Platters DIY



If you are interested in what we're doing, follow The Craft Evolution on Facebook or check out our website, www.thecraftevolution.com.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Silvana's Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen on Kim's Welcoming Kitchen

You might know Silvana Nardone from her previous cookbook, Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals. Or you might know her as the founding editor of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Maybe you know her from her blog, Silvana's Kitchen or as a contributor to Food & Wine and FoodNetwork.com. However you know her, you know that Silvana is a real food professional.

I have met Silvana and can tell you that she is as lovely as her food. I don't typically review books or products that aren't what I call "Welcoming Kitchen friendly" (vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free), but I am making an exception for Silvana's new book. Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen is really a gorgeous cookbook. Not only that, but it can be immensely helpful to folks who are eating dairy-free and gluten-free. 

Silvana has created a variety of flour blends, so that you can get just the right texture depending on what you are making. For example, she has a Gluten-Free Bagel and Pretzel Mix and a Gluten-Free Seasoned Flour plus basic all-purpose blends, etc. She also has a wide range of recipes for dairy substitutes (please note that most of these are nut-based).

Once you figure out those building blocks, Silvana has a host of recipes, many of which are illustrated with beautiful photos, to turn into dairy-free and gluten-free meals. Although many of these recipes include eggs or meat, there are some vegan options and although I didn't try to substitute any of the eggs with my go-to egg substitutes (flaxseed meal, chia seed, applesauce or commercial egg replacer), I suspect that several would turn out well if you did.

Some of the Welcoming Kitchen-friendly recipes in Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen are:
  • Creamy Kale-Cannellini Soup with Garlic Chips
  • Bready Corn Tortillas
  • Moo Shu Vegetables with Sesame Pancakes
  • Cherry Pie Poppers 
Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Flax Hemp, Quinoa & Amaranth

Today is the day Super Seeds is available!



To celebrate the launch of my new book, my friends at Bob's Red Mill are offering a giveaway to make cooking with seeds even more exciting. One lucky winner will receive one of each of the following:

Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill



Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill



Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill





Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill





Super Seeds giveaway -- seed pack from Bob's Red Mill


  • 12-ounce bag of hemp seed
  • 16-ounce bag of quinoa
  • 16-ounce bag of chia
  • 24-ounce bag of flaxseed
  • 24-ounce bag of amaranth
Since it's Bob's Red Mill providing the seeds, you know they are high-quality.  This prize pack will provide you with plenty of Super Seeds to really get to know the recipes in my new book.


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Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book, SUPER SEEDS, is available for pre-order now. You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.