Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!





Every year the kids get bigger and things get a little easier. This year they actually waited until after breakfast to open up their presents--which is huge progress from last year when wrapping paper was flying all over before I even opened my eyes. I love holidays and presents and traditions.

We finally had time to get a tree on Christmas eve at 9 pm but the guy selling trees had packed up for the season. I am so used to being able to get this or that at any time of day or night it never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to find a last minute tree in NYC. We finally found a small rosemary tree and dug up a silver tree from the basement and lots of lights. I didn't even have time to take any pictures this year! The only picture I took was of the kids going to the movies on Christmas eve--so, here is a holiday picture of last year's tree.

I hope everyone has a joyous and happy holiday. This year I was busy and didn't get a chance to post a list of top gifts but here are some of my favorites.

2011 Top Gifts...
Rubber Band Balls
Spooner Boards
Indoor Basketball Hoop with Spalding NBA Game Ball Mini
Westminister Tabletop Soccer FOOSBALL!!!
Pick Up Sticks
subscription to Easy Eats magazine
gift certificate to Juice Press in NYC
Vit-a-Mix blender

Related post:
2010 Best Gifts for Holiday Giving

Mark's Gluten Free Potato Latkes

Mark's gluten free potato latkes are super easy to make and delicious to eat. I don't peel the because all the nutrients are in the skin of the potatoes--once they are fried you don't even notice whether they are peeled or not.

Ingredients:

-about 4-6 potatoes (about 2.5 pounds)--peeled or just cleaned
-half of a large white onion-grated
-2 eggs
-1 tbs of salt - actually a little less
-3 tbs of rice flour

Directions:

Hand grated the potatoes or use a Cuisinart with a grater attachment. Grate half of a large white onion. Mix together with eggs, salt and rice flour. Cook in in hot oil. Mark used refined coconut oil and it was actually very good. I like to use 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 coconut oil. Make sure to cook when oil is hot and flatten in the pan until crispy.

For those not affected by dairy top with sour cream and sugar--Mark's personal favorite. For those who are dairy free - top with apple sauce.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Making a Difference: Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue



















Jenny McCarthy, actress, author of Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism and president of Generation Rescue, is an amazing person who has shown the world that kids can get better from autism through biomedical interventions. By speaking up on national TV about her own success healing her son through diet and biomedical intervention--and then joining Generation Rescue--she has helped so many families who have children affected by autism.

"You don't get cured when you get hit by a bus--but you can recover" she has said again and again about the treatments that have helped so many children be healthier and get better from autism.

I spoke with Jenny at the Mandarin Oriental over a cup of chamomile tea about the work Generation Rescue is doing right now. Most impressive is the 1-877-98AUTISM HOTLINE that Generation Rescue runs which is a resource and referral service for families in need to call and get help. Generation Rescue also partners with AutismOne for the largest U.S. autism conference. In Generation Rescue's second year of co-hosting the conference was FREE to all attendees for the first time in it's nine year history.

My first impression of Jenny is that she is both stunning and smart. My second impression is that she is unstoppable and determined to make a difference in the lives of families who have been affected by autism.

We spoke of the cutting edge research that is being done now on the causes of autism as well as the many treatment options available now. I also pressed her about juicing and how she had gotten fresh green juice to be a part of her son's diet. I was thrilled to hear firsthand all the success Generation Rescue has had helping so many families through their Rescue Angels program, Rescue Family Grants, AutismOne conference and 1-877-98AUTISM HOTLINE and website.

Congratulations Jenny and Generation Rescue for all that you are doing to help families.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Katz Gluten Free Pies for the Holidays!!!















I won three gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free kosher pies from a Katz gluten free contest several weeks ago. My kids were thrilled when the assortment of pies arrived on ice directly from Katz. My son and daughter were screaming "blueberry? apple? or cherry???" to their friends to find out which one they wanted to try. My gfcfsf son had NEVER actually seen or tasted a ready made pie that he could eat so everyone was super excited. I make pies a few times a year but it always seems like a lot of work even for me--and I cook all the time.

What fun to try some ready-made gluten-free pies. The pies are a small size but you can easily serve six or four slices. THEY WERE DELICIOUS. So I immediately called Katz to order some for a gluten-free holiday party for a non-profit I was cooking for. (Thank you Katz for the wonderful pies you donated!!!) Several people at the holiday party tried all three and declared the blueberry to be the best. My kids liked the apple pie because they mostly like the crust and the apple pie seems to have less filling and more crust. My kids actually preferred the more natural tasting apple pie--the apple pie is sweetened with sugar while the cherry and blueberry filling both have high fructose corn syrup. Although not my first choice of sweeteners I think the regular pie filling in the cherry and blueberry is what makes them taste like pie you would get in a diner. This is a flavor and taste that you just don't get when you are gluten free. By far, the best part about these gluten-free pies is they taste like pie and there is nothing gluten free about them. We don't use and I don't recommend high fructose corn syrup but Katz gluten-free pies are the only gluten-free pies in town so I am just grateful they taste as good as they do. I would stick to the sweetened with sugar apple pie all year long but for holidays nice to have a fun treat!

Although I like to cook and LOVE to bake, it was stressful to bake both a pumpkin and apple pie over Thanksgiving after packing for the trip and driving 6 hours to family so Katz gluten-free pies couldn't have arrived at a more perfect moment. After trying these pies, I will definitely have Katz gluten-free pies on hand over the holidays from now on. This will leave me more time to focus on my family and all the other gluten-free cooking I need to do.

I was also impressed how the quality of Katz gluten free pastries has improved. Ordering directly from the manufacturer is a great way to make sure the products are freshly made. I would order two blueberry and two apple for any holiday--unless you are craving a hostess fruit pie in which case throw in a cherry!

Katz has free shipping on orders over $30! Visit Katz Gluten Free for more information on their perfect blueberry, cherry and apple pies.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Robert Kilpert on IT'S NOT ONLY Foods that Fight Cancer














Rob Kilpert is a healer whose experience surviving cancer has transformed his life. He is also the founder of Healing Fields Farm, where he grows and plants the food that has helped him recover. Dried sunny flowers from his farm floated in the calendula tea that he made for us to drink when we spoke. Rob told me of his experiences that caused him to consider alternative approaches, change his treatment regimen and pursue his journey to become a certified healer. Insurance cutbacks and flat out malaise with treatment setbacks pushed him to try different and less complicated options, but it was the results he saw that led him to embrace alternative approaches.

"The body wants to heal itself--give it what it needs," he said as we spoke about different foods that can nourish and heal. Although alternative approaches to addressing cancer can seem thoroughly modern, Rob points out that "All this alternative stuff is thousands of years old. Why discount this for something that has been on the market for 3 years?" His own diet is macrobiotic with very little meat. He doesn't completely eliminate meat--but he does minimize meat and eats 4-5 eggs a month. If you do eat meat, he recommends that you try to find meat that is not mass produced like lamb and game.

Rob is careful not to dismiss mainstream treatment as an option but he also notes that the body will be forced to do extra cellular work to accommodate chemicals and medicines and a diet high in minerals and micronutrients is the way to give your cells the boost they need. Early in his diagnosis, Rob also discovered Deepak Chopra's Journey to the Boundless, a video that explores the connection between your mind, body and spirit. "It is an ancient perspective that rings true today," Rob says of Chopra's video which has been a tremendous aid with many practices that he believes helped his recovery. He has learned that "healing involves not just diet but also addressing emotional injuries and suffering.”

Here are some of the important foods he likes to include in his diet.

ROB'S HEALING FOOD LIST

Root Vegetables

Kale

Cabbage

Bok Choy

Radishes

Beets

SQUASH

Nuts and Seeds

Beans

Brown Rice

Sprouted Grain Bread

Pressed Salads

LACTO-FERMENTED FOODS

Rob Kilpert is a trained certified healer in the Chinese Five Element Philosophy. He helps people to understand the benefits of a healing diet and the importance of addressing underlying emotional injuries.The recommendations are very individual and are based on a counseling session and food diary. You can contact him directly at robkilpert@yahoo.com for more information on his healing practice or visit him on facebook to view his Healing Field Farm photos, read his detailed story or learn more about his work with Healing Fields Farm.

I also sampled some of Rob's Farm to Table Beet Kvass. He diluted 1/4 cup of beet kvass with 1/4 cup of water in a small juice glass. Kvass is loaded with nutrients and great for digestion. Diluted with water the beet kvass is wonderfully refreshing and not at all like the vinegar tasting kvass I have tried in the past. Rob drinks 4 ounces (1/4 cup) twice a day.

Related post:
An Affordable Superfood: Beet Kvass

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Drink Your Salad from Juice Press in NYC


Below are the ingredients in 100% organic Drink Your Salad Juice from Juice Press. Juice Press uses a Norwalk Juicer to make their energizing juice blends. The Norwalk Juicer costs $2,500--so while the prices of Juice Press drinks are steep ($9.95), they are the a bargain compared with the price or purchasing a juicer that uses a hydraulic press to extract all the enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals out of fruits and vegetables. Drink Your Salad is my favorite Juice Press juice which I recreate at home with my Acme Juicer. Juice Press serves their juices in 16 ounce containers which can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days because they are made with the Norwalk Juicer which cold presses the juice and minimizes the air that goes into the juice.

If you are in NYC, Juice Press is a great place to go for an above average juice, smoothie or cold filtered organic coffee. If you aren't in NYC, join the Facebook page of Juice Press to see what is happening and make your own juice at home.

150 Third Ave. (corner of 62nd St.)
70 East 1st St (bet. 1st and 2nd Ave.)
279 East 10th St (bet A and 1st Ave.)


At home, I use a 16 ounce glass jar and a my less impressive--but more affordable--stainless steel Acme juicer to make juice daily. Two 16 ounce juices a day are a great way to naturally boost mood and energy.

Ingredients for Drink Your Salad

ripe tomato
carrot
celery
beet
parsley
kale
spinach
lemon
cayenne
onion
garlic
sea salt