Showing posts from October, 2017

The Juice Merchant, Narberth PA (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Headed back to the Juice Merchant in Narberth, PA to see if some of the negatives all the Yelp! reviews are noting, have been corrected.

Problems that appear to be notoriously on Yelp!
1. Young employees, not sure of what they are doing
2. Employees unfamiliar with the menu
3. Slow service
4. Expensive
5. Food is not fresh
6. Too much plastic

The last couple of weeks, I have actually been inside the Juice Merchant Narberth's location more than I have been at home. It has just been a couple very busy weeks and I actually decided to be honest with myself - I need some help and if that help comes in the form of someone else making me some food then so be it.

My reviews
1. Yes, the majority of the employees are younger - college-aged kids. This is typical for the restaurant industry! Yes, most of the employees, particularly at this location, appear to be VERY VERY new like first and second day new.

Perhaps there is a lot of turn-over, or perhaps they realized they were a bit …

Comforting Fall Soup (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I awoke this morning to take Lutana out on her "I have to pee right now!" run and found myself wrapped in a blanket of frost. Is this first frost of the season - is it really happening, did Fall really decide to make its way back into my life this late October day? Why yes, yes it did and I suppose I am just going to have to come to terms with it. 

The best thing to do for ourselves as this cooler sets in is to begin refraining from cold foods - smoothies, salads, raw foods, and so on. They become very difficult for our bodies to digest and thus cause bloating, decreased immunity, sluggish feelings, and even headaches.

It becomes more obvious when you look at it this way, summer foods are cooling and hydrating (melons, cucumbers, and berries) while fall and winter foods become more grounding (pumpkin, root vegetables,...)

While I knew I had a busy weekend ahead of me - I knew I would need to ensure I was fueling my body in the proper manner so that I could keep up rather …

Creamy Vegetable Soup (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

As much as I hate to admit it - it is becoming that time of year....fall. The days are getting shorter; I awake to the dark and arrive home to the dark. The cooler air is making its way back and while I do enjoy a beautifully crisp morning - man, do I miss the summer weather. Except for the fact that I LOVE soup season!

This week I made a large part of a creamy vegetable soup. I basically opened my fridge and said what can I toss into a pot?

I knew I wanted the base of my soup to be a bit more full-bodied than the typical vegetable soup. Other than that, I was open to wherever my creative imagination and produce in the fridge would take me.

- Garlic
- Black Pepper
- Celery Seeds
- Grated Ginger
- Fresh Sage
- Patty Pan Squash
- Summer Squash
- Zucchini
- Frozen (or fresh) peas

- I dry roasted my seasonings. Added about 2 cups of water, a patty pan squash, and a whole summer squash and let simmer until the squash was soft.
- I turned off the heat, t…

Gluten Free Allergy Free Secaucus, NJ 2017 Expo Review

Gluten Free Allergy Free Secaucus, NJ 2017 Expo review time!

Here it is, after a weekend of self-indulging in some old-time favorites, some new favorites, and some fails, here is my personal and family's reviews.

Some New Products:
Mozaics Chips - These are chips are made from veggies, rice, beans, and potatoes. Taste and crispness was there, but the best thing about the Mozaics? They support the Chicago Mosaic school - the first and only not-for-profit mosaic art school in America. I enjoyed the salsa variation but steered clear of the dairy options.  However, my brother-in-law let me know the cheddar variety taste just like goldfish.

Green Mustache - Heck yes, gluten and vegan product!!! They brought with them their snack packs: "Cheddarish", "Parmesan" Rosemary, and "Spicyish" crackers. The entire group enjoyed these! The Spicyish and Parmesan delivered the crisp flavor profile that I have been seeking in a gluten and vegan cracker option - best thi…

Making the Most of Your Blender Cooking Class with Mt. Airy Learning Tree

Making the Most of Your Blender Cooking Class

I had the honor of teaching a cooking class for Mt. Airy Learning Tree and had a blast with my chefs in training!
The class was based on being able to use your blender for...well, just about everything!
We started the course with a familiar blender recipe, a smoothie. And with it being fall, I couldn't help but make a fall themed apple pie smoothie. 
I let the students take a lead where they felt comfortable and informed them, that I am not a fan of measurements for cooking - it's all about what you are feeling that day and how the dish looks.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie 1/2ripe banana 1 apple, peeled, seeded, and quartered Some dairy-free milk Some almond butter (or any butter of choice) Some cinnamon Pinch of ground nutmeg
The second dish of the evening was a vegan creamy cashew and tomato dip. I think many of the participants found themselves surprised at how creamy the cashews made the dish and just how much they enjoyed it.

Tomato Ci…

Vegan & Gluten-Free Jackfruit Tuna Salad

Jackfruit is a newer food for me - I have only been experimenting with it for about a year now - but the first time I ever had the opportunity to try it, I was immediately sucked in!

This fruit is beyond versatile! It is great to eat the pods as a quick snack, the "skin" can be used to make amazing vegan mock-meat options and the seeds are amazing steamed!

Did I mention it is also nutritious?
      -Fights off wrinkles
      -Helps with that glowing skin
      -High in protein!!!!
      -Promotes hair growth
      -Boost the immune system
      -Provides energy
      -Maintain blood pressure
      -Helps with sluggish digestion

Most people are only familiar with jackfruit in the canned form - me, I think that is gross, but if you need jackfruit and the fresh stuff isn't available, we all have to do what we have to do...

I prefer getting the jackfruit fresh! It can be a bit of work to prepare, but I have found ways to get around that!

Method of Preparing Jackfruit
1. Use a …

La Colombe Philadelphia, PA

I recently attended a fundraising event for The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation at La Columbe, Philadelphia, PA's Fishtown location.
Oddly enough, just a week prior, outside the streets of Manayunk, PA, I had the opportunity to sit in on one of those City Food Tours - and in this particular case, they started to discuss the history of La Columbe and it's founders.

Todd Carmichael, one of the founders, has actually hosted two Travel Channel Series (Dangerous Grounds and Uncommon Goods), visited nearly half of the world's countries and finds fulfillment in taking on some adventurous treks! Todd is even one of the first Americans to solo trek Antarctica in a record breaking speed of 39 days, 7hours and 49 minutes - wow! I wish I could sit down with Todd and just learn from him. Seriously, think about what a day following Todd around would look like?

With a cause so near and dear to Todd and his family's heart, he decided to create an "around the world" c…

Annual Family PSU Tailgating

For the past 6 years we have started to spoil my dad and take him to a yearly family PSU tailgating event!

A cousin of ours (my dad's oldest brother's son) has season tickets so we meet up with him and together we all have a blast!

This year, the day started early, with a 90-minute drive and an ETA of 8:00am, I was fortunate enough to see the sun rise, one of my favorite things to do that I just never make enough time for.

After arriving, we quickly unload and off to breakfast we go! 
I would say, dad has owned his Big John Grill for 4-months now and has definitely gotten his moneys' worth!

I won't lie - it was easier than bringing 3-4 separate grills + my grill. This baby was big enough to cook our gang's food with plenty of room for me to have a clean and clear gluten-free area. Which is where the top shelf also comes in handy!

For breakfast, I rocked a smoothie and some fresh fruit while the rest of the gang had a smorgasbord of: Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Hasbrowns…