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Recipes from more than quarter-century of Debra’s newsletters – from our award winning kitchen, and three cookbooks.

umeboshi plums drying
December 1, 2011 Seth K’s Umesho Bancha Tea "When I was a child and had an upset stomach, my mother used to make me a hot drink that helped tremendously."
chocolate mousse
November 1, 2011 Coconut Manna Vegan Chocolate Mousse This vegan wonder requires no cooking, and almost no prep. Just blenderize the organic, vegan superfoods, and then chill. You chill, and the dessert chills too.
granny smiths
November 1, 2011 Marc’s Apple and Onion Hash A mildly sweet, somewhat savory hash, using crisp tart apples instead of potatoes. Use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.
sweet potato hummous
October 14, 2011 Sweet Potato Sun-Dried Tomato Houmous "Yams (or sweet potatoes) are one of my favorite foods.  And they’re #2 on the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of veggies in terms of overall nutrient...
kelp noodle recipe
September 3, 2011 Kelp Forest Noodles It’s all about simple.  This is tres simple and tres delish.  If you haven’t discovered kelp noodles or Austrian pumpkinseed oil, well, now’s your chance. 
grated radish and carrot
August 2, 2011 Garlicky Radish Salad This recipe appears in our last cookbook, The Blue Ribbon Edition. Grated root veggies + more veggies + home-made dressing. Yogurt in the dressing adds live probiotics + protein.
cheesy casserole
July 2, 2011 Debra’s Tamale Pie (An Old But Goodie) From 1989. It fell by the wayside, until we served it this year at Tastes of Concord. Not only was this dish a hit, but meat eaters couldn’t believe it...
beets
May 1, 2011 Brainy, Bright Beet Salad Crimson, crimson, orange, and yellow... with nuggets of green... and soy sauce... make this salad interesting, delicious, hard to pin down, and utterly unique.
turkey chili
March 1, 2011 Turkey Chili with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes by Alyssa Sweet potatoes add a natural sweetness and complexity of flavor to this lean, hearty, warmly spiced dish.
shelled eda mame
February 2, 2011 Alyssa’s Yummy Edamame Edamame, fresh soybeans, are a delicious and low-fat source of protein. Here, we soften the edamame with brown rice, and elevate them with truffle oil, for a dish that is...
amaranth plant
February 1, 2011 Scallops in Bed with Amaranth Amaranth is a tiny, tiny, tiny grain (a millet technically: the seed of a grass), native to South America. Scallops, of course, are delicious. Here, we marry the two, with...
dried incan golden berries
December 1, 2010 Goldenberries Quinoa Pilaf Indigenous to South America, goldenberries were brought to South Africa in the 1800’s and are grown today in countries far and wide such as China, England, Scotland, Norway and India.
a flan on a plate
November 1, 2010 Yankee Maple Flan Sweet potatoes and maple syrup are what make this flan "yankee." And yes, we offer a vegan version if you want to sub out the heavy cream...
zephyr squash
September 1, 2010 Melty Cheese, Squash and Chickpea Delight In which Debra cites the cholesterol-reducing effects of chick peas... and then instructs you to use ten (10!) cups of cheese... A summertime indulgence.
making salsa on a cutting board
August 1, 2010 Seafood Salsa To the traditional salsa base -- tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onion -- we add seafood. For a fresh and exciting cross between a dip and a ceviche. Add black-eyed peas to...

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