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3.31.2012

Chocolate Stout Brownies

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I finally got a recipe in this week! Yay for this busy mama....I am totally not being sarcastic.


I've been doing a lot of cooking, but the blogging and writing has been really hard especially this week.


Julianne has pulled a different card on us these last 3 weeks and it got a little challenging last night. Perhaps it is a growth spurt or maybe teething but hey, am I supposed to know all the signs now? 


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As a new mom, I know that I probably know my daughter the best but lately I feel like she knows me too well. For the last 3 weeks she simply refuses to sleep in her crib, so this means that while I work, I am either holding her, having her sleep on my boppy on my lap, or she is sleeping the Moby wrap or Ergo carrier


Sigh. I feel so bad for my daughter, but I believe she is going through separation anxiety. I have read about it. I understand it completely.She loves feeling the warmth of my hand as she grabs it and holds it with all her might.


I simply cannot know what a baby feels but it really does break my heart. I constantly give her kisses and hugs and tell her how much mama and dadda love her.


As I held her last night, after she really could not sleep at around 4 am, I remember carrying her in my womb. I really feel blessed to have carried her for more than 9 months, and I almost miss being pregnant. I too go through separation anxiety especially since we have had to have an occasional babysitter. It has been hard not to have family around, to really have people you know you can trust.


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So, I lean not on the sleepless nights or cranky mornings because I know it is for a time. As I hear my baby girl call out my name (ama) from her crib now at midnight, I know this is a gift I have been given and much is required of me. How will I respond? Taking it one day at a time.
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So why am I talking about my life when we have chocolate before our eyes? Well, talking about my week and my life as a new mom helps me as much as baking as well.


This past week I was asked a few baked goods to a reunion party and I decided to make my Rocky Road Bars and a new recipe I stumbled upon last week: Chocolate Stout Brownies


Yes. You might be asking yourself why I made these seeing that St. Patty's is over, but hey, what can I say? I did not get to make anything during that time so I am making up for it, besides, I had a bottle of a double chocolate stout in my fridge and it was calling my name.


While I do claim these as vegan, the only thing that really does not make it vegan is the beer. I photographed the brownies with Guinness, which is not vegan, but in fact I used a double chocolate stout that is also not vegan. Oh, well! If you are hardcore vegan you can find yourself some vegan beer and make these.


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These brownies are so fudgy and decadent that I decided to cut them in 16 squares instead of 9 large squares. Do it. You'll thank me and you;ll be proud of how disciplined you are. Yes, that you only had one small square.


Do you enjoy that occasional piece of dark chocolate?


I know I do and this is that one square plus a little more! The espresso granules give the brownies depth and the coconut oil a little tropical flavor, while the stout give it a rich flavor. 


Have I tempted you enough? Make it for your next party and I bet you'll it will be a hit. 


It's chocolate! Enough said.

Chocolate Stout Brownies

by Noelle Kelly
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegan chocolate

Ingredients (Yields one 9×9 pan --16 small)
    Brownies
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 1 tablespoon flax, ground
    • 1 cup stout
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
    • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 6 Tablespoons So Delicious coconut milk


    Stout Glaze
    • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
    • 1/4 cup reduced stout
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
    Instructions

    Place your oven rack on it’s lowest position and preheat your oven to 350F.

    For the Brownies
    Line an 9 x 9 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper allowing excess parchment paper on opposite sides so you can pull the brownies out of the baking dish later.

    Bring stout to a boil in a medium sauce- pan; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 12 minutes. Let cool. Reserve 1/4 cup stout for the glaze.

    Stir 2 ounces chocolate and coconut oil in a medium glass bowl and place in microwave. Set for 1 minute on high. Stir mixture until well mixed.

    In a small mixing bowl whisk together the water and flax meal. Let it sit for about 3 minutes so it can set.
    In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, espresso, vanilla, 1/4 cup of the reduced stout, coconut milk, flax mixture and melted chocolate mixture, mix until smooth and combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. The mixture will become extremely thick.

    Spread mixture with a spatula into the glass pan. Bake for 30 minutes and no more. This will be a decadent and fudgy.

    Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Prepare the glaze.


    For the Glaze
    Stir remaining 4 ounces chocolate and coconut oil in a small glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add reserved 1/4 cup reduced stout and mix with a whisk until all combined.

    Pour warm glaze over brownies. Let stand at room temperature until glaze is set, about 40 minutes or overnight.
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    3.26.2012

    Weekend Highlights

    After show

    I told my husband I was going to bed at 10:30pm but here I am writing a quick post to be ready for Monday morning. I realized tonight that I was not able to post a lot this past week because we were so busy. 


    Some exciting things happened as well this past week that I plan to continue doing in the upcoming weeks. I went on a nice walk with a Russian gal and her 9 month son. It was not quite a play date but more of a let's- take-ourselves-on-a-walk kind of date. It was lots of fun and very hot.


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    Julianne has been a dear these past 2 weeks. She has been quite verbal with shrieking noises and exclamatory screeching sounds that I fear our neighbors will be disturbed but oh well, they know we have a little one. I believe she has been teething somewhat so we have tried having her chew on different toys in order to soothe her pain. I believe she is getting cuter by the day!


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    It has been a challenge getting Julianne to play on her tummy but I am not worrying because the time will come when she will enjoy it. As I was working this past week I noticed her roll from her back to her tummy for the first time! I love talking to her and telling her what a great job she is doing. She coos and smiles like she understands me and I take it all in.


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    I have put away a lot of Julianne's clothing away...sniff....sniff. She is already wearing 6 month clothing because she is pretty snug in her 3-6 month clothing. Here I wake up daily thinking my child is not growing and I constantly have to be changing her out of clothing because it no longer fits. My little one is getting so big.


    Something else that was pretty exciting this past weekend were my TWO singing gigs. Yes, after almost 5 months after giving birth to my precious baby, I am back performing and in a better way. 


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    On Friday night I participated in a concert called The Great Showstoppers with 15 or so singers from the group we belong to in Holland, MI. We all wore our fancy dresses and went on stage to perform our numbers. I have to say that this was the first time I have not felt jittery with nerves.


    I first started with Un bel di, vedremo from Madama Butterfly. I quickly got into character after leaving my poor baby crying with my husband in the nursery next to the room where we were performing. I was VERY scared that I was not going to be able to concentrate knowing that Julianne was refusing to go to sleep at her normal hour. Anyway, I got on stage and I decided to perform and sing, and boy did I feel great about it! I walked off stage with a tear in my eye. Note to self: having to much emotion can mess up the way one sings a piece but if done correctly it is fine.


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    We had intermission, so I went to check on Ryan and Julianne. Little did I know that she had been shrieking for a while and Ryan had to move her to another room in the nursery. Baby girl sure knew that mama was doing something else other than being at home hanging out with her daddy. I felt so bad that she did not want to go to sleep but she WAS asleep finally when I checked on her during intermission. I picked her up and placed her in the pack n'play so she could be a lot more comfortable. 


    That was my true test as a professional. Do I blow off performing and singing to take care of a baby who refuses to sleep like she always does, or do I trust that my husband or anyone taking care of her will be able to handle and take care of her? Yes, it was hard but at the end I know it will get easier for both Julianne and myself.


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    Intermission was over my next number was a duet. The flower duet from Lakme' went really well and it was nice singing with a rich sounding mezzo. It was also lots of fun singing in 2 different languages too.


    I will be sharing the recordings soon after my husband sends them to me. I cannot wait to hear how it sounded. All I know is that I got lots of people coming up afterwards telling me how I made them cry. Really? Yay!!! I know, I know, it does not sounds nice, but I thank God for the gift of singing so I can share my passion and delight to other people. Stay tuned!


    What did you do on your weekend? Anything fun?

    3.21.2012

    Vegan Chocolate Matcha Bundt Cake

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    Are you tired of seeing bundt cakes? They are so many different types of recipes that I seem to not be able to escape them.

    My posting is a little on the slow side this week. I am really not trying to stress about all the music I need to learn. Well, actually, I am not stressed, it just feels like I have a lot on my plate but it is doable.

    When do I practice my music? Well, the baby goes to sleep around 7 or 8pm and then we eat dinner and watch a little something and then I practice from 9:30pm to 11pm or even midnight, like I did last night.

    I know I should be in bed but when I know how much there is to do I simply cannot go to sleep.

    This past weekend we got to spend some time with friends who recently moved away. It was sad because our babies are so close in age, like 2 days apart! My friend also has a little girl in addition to her little boy and  she wanted to hold her this weekend. How cute is this?


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     Sigh....babies!

    Anyway....we had lunch with them after our church service and I was in charge of dessert. Remember when I said I only make dessert when we are going somewhere? Well, I had to choose wisely cause you know this girl likes her dessert.

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    When I saw a recipe on Bakerella's site from 2009, I wondered why I had not seen it before. I am big on chocolate and on green tea, but adding the two together? Yes please.

    Anyone use matcha before? Matcha equals finely ground green tea. When I lived back in Houston I would go to Jamba Juice OFTEN and order a smoothie with vanilla soy milk, matcha, and protein powder after a workout and be so energetic. Why?

    Matcha is an energy booster, a calorie burner, and full of antioxidants to say the least.

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    Add a tablespoon to your smoothie and tell me how you feel the next day or even during the day. I purchased my bag from the local Asian market, which is SO much cheaper than buying it at some fancy tea place.

    How did it taste in this cake? Well, even though the powder is light green, it did not come across as a vibrant green in my cake. I wondered if it had to do with the fact that I used non-dairy milk as opposed to regular milk, but then I wonder if the originator used green food coloring. Hmmm.

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    The process and preparation was fun. Swirling two cake batters is always fun and different. The finished product looks pretty rad too!

    This was a moist cake with chocolate undertones and a bit of tea flavoring, not to much. If you want to make the green come out more..add some NATURAL green coloring. 

    I am glad I got to make this and I hope you find an excuse to make it too!



    Chocolate Matcha Bundt Cake

    by Noelle Kelly
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 50-55 minutes

    Ingredients (12-16 slices)

    adapted from Bakerella's recipe
      Chocolate Mixture
      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 cup cocoa
      • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      Matcha mixture
      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 3 Tablespoons matcha powder (green tea powder)
      • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      Wet ingredients
      • 2 1/2 cups vegan sugar
      • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Coconut Spread, melted
      • 3 Tablespoons flax seed meal
      • 9 Tablespoons water
      • 1 3/4 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
      • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla
      Instructions
      Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan.

      With a wire whisk, mix the dry ingredients for the chocolate mixture in a small bowl and set aside.

      In another small bowl, do the same for the matcha mixture.

      Using a mixer, cream the coconut spread and sugar. Mix the flax seed meal and water together and set aside for 3 minutes. In a medium bowl mix the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together. (This makes a vegan "buttermilk") Add the flax mixture to the coconut milk and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.

      Divide the creamed mixture evenly in two separate bowls.

      Slowly add the chocolate mixture to one half of the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly.
      Then, add the matcha mixture to the other half of the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly.

      Drop alternating spoonfuls of each mixture into the bundt pan until it’s about 3/4 full.
      For a marbled effect, gently run a knife through the two batters in a swirling motion.

      Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
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      3.19.2012

      So Delicious Product Winners!

      Hope you all had a great weekend. We soaked up a lot of sunshine and enjoyed our weekend. Even though it went by fast we are happy we had what we had.


      Now to the winners of this nice giveaway. Each winner gets a coupon for a FREE So Delicious product of their choice, so hopefully you all will wait to try the Almond Plus Milk products.


      If you would like to try them you can sign up to receive coupons HERE.


      Here are the 5 winners. Please email me your mailing address. Please respond by Wednesday. If I do not hear from everyone by then I will be picking another winner.


      Thanks to all 150 entries! Until next time...go out and try this product.




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      Danielle--I can't wait to try all the flavors! I think the Cherry Amaretto sounds fantastic!

      Ashlei--The cherry amaretto is the one I want to try the most!

      Bethany S.--I love adding chocolate chips to Cherry Amaretto flavor to make it more like a cherry cordial!

      3.15.2012

      Almond Quinoa Hot Cereal

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      Happy Thursday folks!


      I am so glad to the weekend in the horizon because I am in dire need of some downtime with my family. We have one little fussy baby on our hands and sleep has been quite erratic especially during the day time. My husband is finishing his dissertation so he is up to 3 or 4 am so I will be glad to see him sleep a little more after he turns in his work tomorrow. What a sigh of relief right? I always find that our weekends are for catching up on sleep so here is to this weekend.


      After the baby goes to sleep around 8pm, our evenings are spent watching an episode of a favorite show then in recent evenings it is mostly focused on learning music. What am I learning music for? If anyone in West Michigan is interested, our Holland Chorale is holding a concert called The Great Showstoppers featuring an array of soloists and ensemble groups performing show tunes and works from operas.I actually have been having lots of fun just making myself spend more time with music since having the baby. It is relaxing and therapeutic.


      You know what also has been helping? Having good meals during the day. One of my favorite go-to breakfasts, that my husband simply will not touch, is breakfast cereal made with quinoa.



       Several weeks back, on my birthday weekend, I bought some tricolor quinoa from Trader Joes because it looked so exciting! I have only had white or red but never black or a mixture so I was glad to make that purchase.
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      You know what I also purchased from there? This bottle of fig butter. I talked about it on my Facebook page several days back and raved about it because it is just about delicious on everything. I added it to my quinoa cereal and I added it to a toasted slice of Ezekiel toast with some Earth Balance smeared on it. YUM!


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      Here is how I used my tricolor quinoa. I added some of So Delicious Almond Plus Milk that has 5 grams of protein per serving so a bowl of this cereal packs some big protein.


      Did I mention that this breakfast is super filling??? Try it soon.


      Remember, tomorrow is the last day to enter the So Delicious Giveaway so if you want to try it in this cereal, enter now. :-)


      Almond Quinoa Hot Cereal

      by Noelle Kelly
      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Cook Time: 25 minutes
      Keywords: cook breakfast soy-free vegan vegetarian gluten-free quinoa

      Ingredients (three 1 cup servings)
      • 1 cup tricolor or any other color quinoa
      • 1 cup So Delicious Almond Plus Milk
      • 1 cup water
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
      • 1 banana, sliced
      • 3 Tablespoons fig butter (optional)
      • 4 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar (optional)
      Instructions
      Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain.
      Add the quinoa in a small pot and cover with almond milk and water. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract.
      Cook cereal for 25 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid. Once it is cooked, add the sliced bananas, almonds and fig butter.
      (The Almond Milk was sweetened so I really did not need the sweetener especially with a banana but you can add the sugar if wanted)
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      3.13.2012

      So Delicious Almond Plus Milk Review and Giveaway

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      What a way to start Monday, eh? I look at this stash I got a few weeks ago and I can't believe that I am seeing it, even now.

      So Delicious contacted me several weeks ago asking me if I would like to sample their new products made with almond milk and I immediately said yes.

      If you do not know already, Turtle Mountain, the company that makes So Delicious coconut products and soy products, just came out with a new line of almond products

      Here is the list of the products that will be rolling out next month:

      I was surprised with almost every flavor and am happy to report that this line of products are delicious!


      What is so special about this new almond products? I mean are there not so many other companies out there that already have options for us non-dairy drinkers? Yes, but there is something different that So Delicious has offered with their milk beverages.


      Protein.


      Yes, the ever infamous protein. The one thing that so many people are concerned (mainly vegetarians and vegans) when it comes to intake.


      So Delicious has created a milk beverage that provides 5 grams of dairy-free and soy-free protein with every serving. It also has 1/3 less sugar than a glass of skim milk.


      The protein is derived from a blend of pea and rice protein which delivers a perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids.


      So Delicious is the first to offer an almond milk with a protein boost! How about that?


      The Almond Plus Milk scored really high in our home. I am pretty much to only non-dairy drinker at home but even so, my husband wanted to sample the products since he has on occasion tried my coconut milks and ice creams.


      We have had the Almond Milk with oatmeal, quinoa and other breakfast items. I have even added it to my coffee. My husband stated that he really liked the flavor and that there was no real aftertaste like the other milks he has tasted. 


      Thumbs up!


      Here is a snippet on each ice cream I was able to try.

      Vanilla


      The vanilla almond ice cream was creamy but I was not particularly wild about the aftertaste.  It was pretty much the only flavor I was not happy with but when I added it with some dark ale, it made a nice float, how about that?

        Butter Pecan


      The Butter Pecan was VERY tasty. I like the pecan pieces in every bite and the blend of flavors are perfect. Buttery goodness. It would be perfect in a Peanut Butter cookie or in a Whoopie Pie recipe.

      chocolate


      Who can go wrong with the Chocolate flavor? This definitely was VERY good and rich in flavor. It was the perfect dark chocolate that I like and I liked the caloric value for every serving.


      Cherry Amaretto 


      Cherries. One of my favorite fruits. Cherry Amaretto flavor is great in the coconut milk ice cream and I like it just as much made with almond milk. Even though you can taste the coconut flavors in the ice cream version, I believe it is hard for ME to pick a favorite for this flavor. Both are great!

       Bar


      The Mocha Almond Fudge was my FAVORITE bar and ice cream flavor. The mocha crunch was so good that I was sad to see the last bar go in this box. My husband had one and he REALLY liked the blend of flavors as well as the fact that there was no strange aftertaste.


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      Look at this creamy goodness!


      Overall folks, I like the almond products and I am glad that I will have an alternative to the coconut products, but I am partial. I really like the coconut products and treats. :-)


      The calorie value is definitely lower with the almond treats so this will have some impact in my consumption. How about alternating every night with the almond products? Oh yes I will!


      I have been asked if I would post the ingredients for these products but I will just give you a link because So Delicious has it posted now. Every flavor has a link to the company's website, so click on the nutrition info and it will list the ingredients for each flavor.


      Do you want to try this product?


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      3.12.2012

      Play Date, Warm Weather and Naps

      March


      What a great weekend for us here. I always feel like I embrace my weekends because it is all about not working and spending time with the baby and the husband. It also means catching up on house work too!


      Friday night was a go-out-to-eat-before-Noelle-gets-batty night. Sometimes my weeks feel like I spend too much time indoors so Ryan suggested we go out to eat and go for a walk after an early dinner. Unfortunately it did not happen because baby girl was very fussy and we had to return home. :-(  I then claimed that Saturday was a new day and we would make up for it.

      Have I mentioned that Julianne has stopped sleeping with a swaddle?? After countless times finding her with her busting out of her swaddle, I figured she was ready to be in a sleep sack. She has had several good nights of rest.


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      Saturday we got up and started our day and began to get prepared to go see a friend and her baby. This was probably Julianne's first play date and it was fun to experience it. My friend's son reached out his hand to touch Julianne and she just looked at me. Hahaha.


      They both played well and I was really surprised that Julianne did not bust out crying even though she started tearing up here and there but I reassured her everything was fine. 


      After overstaying my visit, for 5 hours, we headed back home for a restful Saturday.

      Nap


      Julianne has been teething and so naps have been quite erratic. She just fights them constantly but when she finally goes down, she is happy. Last week she slept in my lap for an hour and a half!

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      Overall, she is such a happy baby, especially in the mornings and it is fun to play with her. All I know is that this time change is going to be super tough!


      Sunday comes rolling around and we wake up realizing we have less than an hour to prep before heading to church. Did we make it? Yes we did! I feel like we are becoming super parents being able to head out so quickly even with a babe in tote.


      We welcomed our Sunday nap with open arms. We lost an hour and I was feeling it by 11am. How sad, eh?

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      We slept for over 2 1/2 hours and we felt rested, don't you think? I think Julianne likes taking pictures. She is getting fussy trying to grab my phone when I start taking pictures. So cute!


      The highlight of our Sunday was our hour walk. It was almost 70 degrees with wonderful sunshine so we ventured out for a stroll. This was Julianne's first stroll in her big girl stroller and she seemed to like it. 


      Her little giraffe keeps her company and I made sure that no random bugs came crawling on her. I only found one! Eeek!


      After we came back from walking I realized her eyes were a little red. 


      Is it normal for a baby to suffer from allergies already????

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      Anyway, our weekend was wonderful and even though it will be challenging with the new time change, I am looking forward to lighter mornings.

      How was everyone's weekend? Any fun go on?

      3.08.2012

      Chilled Cranberry-Cherry Soup

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       Wow where has this week gone by? I realized I have not posted since Monday but then I also realized I have been busy. :-)


      My evenings are usually filled with chores that I have not completed during the day or with deadlines I must meet, for example, memorize all the music that I will be performing in the next 3-5 weeks. Eeek!


      If you have not noticed, I have set up a new tab labeled "Schedule." Seeing that I am starting to perform a little more now that the baby is getting bigger I figured that those who follow and read my blog would be interested in what is going on in my life, professionally. I also will be adding more recordings under the separate tab labeled, "Watch and Listen." Go check out what I will be performing in a couple of weeks.


      I have many recipes to post but I figure the time spent on getting things done around the house is a little more important even though blogging is relaxing.


      Last week I was intrigued by Kitchen Play's Progressive Party sponsoring one of my favorite fruits, CHERRIES! Even though I have never participated I knew I had to try one of their recipes this time around.


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      Kitchen Play as stated on their site is "devoted to connecting food bloggers and PR professionals through sponsored events such as the Progressive Party, the SideCar Series, the Pampered Pantry and more. Participating bloggers are compensated for their work creating original recipes or reviewing products."


      The Progressive Party includes posts by 6 bloggers who have created recipes with the sponsored product which then, Kitchen Play turns around and challenges readers to remake or recreate one of the dishes for chances to win a prize.

      In February, Kitchen Play celebrated National Cherry Month which was sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. I actually know them through Twitter and Facebook as Choose Cherries.

      As I perused the recipes, I decided to recreate the Tart Cherry Soup created by Quyen at Kitchen Runway because growing up my grandmother would make chilled cherry soup for the holidays. I was always disappointed that we could not get the soup any other time so i decided I could make it for myself!

      Instead of tart cherries I used frozen black cherries and unsweetened cranberry juice. I also decided to thicken it a little by using cornstarch or arrowroot powder. I left the red wine in it and added to some spices.

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       One of my favorite parts was subbing the sour cream dollop for some So Delicious coconut yogurt. 

      There was a delicious depth to this cold soup and I encourage you to try this recipe or Quyen's for that matter. It can act as an appetizer, dessert, or EVEN breakfast! :-)

      Thanks for sponsoring a wonderful party Kitchen Play!

      Chilled Cranberry-Cherry Soup

      by Noelle Kelly
      Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
      Cook Time: 15 minutes

      Ingredients (4 servings)
      • 2 cups Dark Sweet Cherries
      • 1 cup unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
      • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or other sugar)
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 cup red wine
      • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
      • 8 Tablespoons So Delicious vanilla or plain coconut yogurt
      Instructions
      In a medium pot, gently whisk together tart cherry juice, red wine, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon juice. Add frozen cherries. Heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil for about 5-7 minutes.
      Remove 1/4 cup of the liquid in a ramekin and add the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Blend well. Add mixture back into the soup and let the soup boil for another 5 minutes.
      Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend the soup a little in order to keep some cherry chunks.
      Remove the soup from the stove and allow to cool. Refrigerate over 4-6 hours or overnight.
      When serving, divide into 4 bowls and dollop with 2 Tablespoons of coconut yogurt,
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      UPDATE: I have picked a winner for the Saucy Mama Gourmet Mustard giveaway lest you thought I forgot!

      Thanks for your patience!

      Blessedmama won the giveaway! Please email me your info so the company can send you the goodies.




      blessedmama,  1Hi, I just found your blog, and I guess it's lucky that I did. Thank you for this giveaway. I'm vegan, so if any of these are vegan flavors, I'd pick any of them. Could you surprise me? I love mustard, too! And, those "fish" sticks look easy and tasty.
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