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Happy Birthday Oreo – Chef Jessica’s Mud Pie

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With the constant onslaught of less than happy news it is nice to find stories that are more celebratory.  Nabisco was proud to announce the 100th birthday of Oreo cookies earlier this week.  I have to be honest; I’m not a regular consumer.  Yes, I’ll admit that dunked in milk they are quite tasty but I tend to prefer cookies of the homemade variety.  There is however one thing they do exceptionally well… chocolate crusts!  I recently discovered an even better way to make their famous crust, I now use coconut oil to create the perfect texture and even better flavor […]

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Chef Jessica’s Healthy Crepes with Coconut Oil

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I absolutely loved helping my mom make crepes when I was a little girl.  We would make a huge batch on Special occasions and it was always my job to oversee quality control by eating any that weren’t perfect circles.  With spring break around the corner I am planning a similar adventure with my kids.  I always try to plan a few fun kitchen activities when they are on vacation from school.  I’ve altered my mom’s recipe to make these crepes much healthier.  I also like to add a generous amount of Kelapo extra-virgin coconut oil– since I know it […]

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Chef Jessica’s Vegan Chocolate Fondue

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When it comes to a favorite food I think the majority of women would agree with me when I say- it would have to be chocolate!  A 2007 BBC news article quotes Dr. David Lewis of the Mind Lab as saying “Chocolate beats kissing hands down when it comes to providing a long-lasting body and brain buzz” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6558775.stm). Psychologist Sue Wright said “Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which can raise levels of endorphins, the pleasure-giving substances, in the brain”.  And despite the perception (myself included) that women are the bigger fans of chocolate, the Mind Lab study also found that the effect […]

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