Friday, February 10th, 2017

4 Kitchen Machines I Won’t Live Without

Sourdough w lemon, butter, and honey

As I sit here in my kitchen eating my fourth piece of sourdough toast, dripping with melted butter plus lemon zest, sea salt, and raw honey, I’m looking around the kitchen and realizing there are four kitchen machines that I use every day and don’t ever want to be without. I would even say that I use each of them multiple times a day. That’s a good return on investment. 

They’ve all made my life much easier and tastier.

Instant Pot

Instant Pot = BFF

It will come as no surprise that my Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen machines. I use it, at a minimum, once a day. It EFFORTLESSLY does everything from making rice to oatmeal to hard-boiled eggs to soup or stew to chicken to cheesecake to pretty much anything you want. 

When we move abroad I will do everything I can to take that sucker with me.

 

Coffee Pot ☕️

A stunning coffee pot.

A good cuppa coffee really makes my day special. It’s the little things. When I go to bed at night, I think with excitement about waking up and having my coffee.

My love with coffee started back when I was seven years old, and my Nana gave me my first taste. We are Italian after all. Start ‘em young. She also taught me to shave my legs at that age. We are Italian after all

I’ve been using my coffee machine, a Technivorm, for about five years. It’s a beautiful machine, and its hefty price tag is worth it. As my Papa used to say, “It doesn’t cost more to go first class.” When you spend more for something, it’s usually for quality and it will last you.

 

Electric Tea Kettle

A well loved tea pot and my good ol’ blender

I’ve had this electric tea kettle for many years. I love how fast it heats water. I can also program it for a specific temperature to ensure the best tasting tea. I probably use it 4-5 times a day between using it for heating water to make oats, tea, or heating a thermos with the hot water. 

 

Blender

A kitchen would not be complete without a good blender. I’ve had my high-powered blender, a Vita-mix, for about 10 years (and it looks like it – but, hey, it still works like a charm). My blender gets used every day, multiple times a day. I make everything from smoothies to dressings to ice cream to soups to chia pudding to Bulletproof Coffee. 

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Monday, February 15th, 2016

Recipe: Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream (Low-Carb)

Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream - Start your day with this.

Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream – Start your day with this and have the best day ever.

It’s no secret that I love matcha green tea powder. I’ve been diving deeply into the green goodness for little while, and I love it.

You can read here on the many ways I use matcha green tea powder as an energy giving beverage that keeps me calm and feeling a-mazing.

UPDATE APRIL 18, 2016 –

I now have a Kindle ebook featuring over 50 matcha recipes, Matcha Hacks…

it’s filled with fun matcha recipes. Get your copy here today!

 

Today, I’m sharing a recipe I whipped up, after being inspired by Dave Asprey’s Get Some” Ice Cream.

My recipe for Matcha Breakfast Coconut Ice Cream is low-carb and great for the brain and body. It has Brain Octane MCT oil in it for energy boosting brain power… plus grass-fed butter for brain, skin, and gut health, and coconut oil which also benefits brain and body in many ways.

And… of course, it has matcha green tea powder in it which is so ridiculously fabulous for our health, too. So good. So good. So good.

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Monday, December 14th, 2015

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte – This is Fun!

Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte - GOOD!

Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte – GOOD!

Tis the season to enjoy some fabulous holiday drinks and food. :) Mmmmmm yummmm.

I started my season a bit early … before Thanksgiving because I like it to last as long as possible. (We also had our tree up the week before Thanksgiving.) So, when I saw pumpkin pie pumpkins at Whole Foods early in the season I had to buy.

I’ve been making pumpkin by cooking it myself now that I’m a pro at using a slow cooker (you all know I have them coming out the wazoo). I used homemade pumpkin in my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and I’m using it again here in my Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte.

It’s really easy to do.

Basically, you pierce the pumpkin a few times, put it in the slow cooker, cook on High for up to 6 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin, scoop out the flesh and do something else with the seeds (if desired), and voila… pumpkin puree!

Or, scoop it out of a can or box. I’ve done both but there’s something about making it myself that makes it taste better to me.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte

Yield 1 to 2 servings (let’s be honest, I make this as one serving)

  • 2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • 2 raw pasture-raised egg yolks
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or sweetener of choice)

Blend everything together until creamy. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The LAZY Food and HELPFUL Stuff I Pack For Camping (Gluten-Free Mostly Paleo)

A family who camps together stays together.

A family who camps together stays together.

We’d like to call ourselves a camping family, but I’m not quite there yet.

Greg has a history of camping since he was a kid. (He’s slept on pyramids in the jungle in Guatemala, so a Coleman tent is a bit Four Seasons to him.) I, on the other hand, only have a few trips under my belt so I’m still working on my camping legs. We’re really enjoying ourselves though, in spite of the uncomfortable sleeping, cold weather, dirty everything, yadda yadda yadda… cuz… it’s NATURE! Feels so good.

Check out our sleeping quarters in the picture below. Air mattresses supposedly make it more comfy. Our 8-person instant tent is not really instant… or for eight people. I’d like to see that happen. Wait, no I wouldn’t.

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

My 1-Day Nourishing Cleanse

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

I used to juice a lot. So much that I bought a Norwalk juicer years ago. It made the best juice – cold-pressed veggie syrup is how it was. Sounds kinda gross, but it was good.

After changing my diet from militant vegan to real food omnivore (a few years ago?), I found myself drinking a lot less juice. By choice. It just didn’t feel right anymore.

As a result, I was using the Norwalk so little that I sold it. Besides, with all the great juice stores around these days it’s not a big deal that I sold it. If I get a hankering for a high quality cold-pressed green juice, I can head over to Kaleidoscope or Juice Core (my two local favorites). Selling the Norwalk gave me more counter space for like, um, my sous vide.

In fact, side note, a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have any veggies in the house (gasp!), other than raw sauerkraut, so I popped into Kaleidoscope to get an organic green juice. I figured that was a good way to get some veggies in my diet in a pinch.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.

 

Back to juicing and juice-fasting… I don’t feel drawn to doing it for days on end. Truthfully, I never did really. I was a louse juice faster. Once day two came along, I was dreaming of juicing Chipotle burritos (back in the day I also ate wheat without thinking twice; hence, the memory of “burrito”).

All that said, even though I’m not drinking lots of green juices anymore, I was in the mood for a bit of cleaning house for my body last week. I figured a day of green juices could be just what I needed. The more I thought about it the less I was drawn to the idea though.

That is, until I decided what would be really awesome for my body was a Nourishing Cleanse.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Today’s Bulletproof Coffee Recipe: Mushroom Coffee

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee: Delightful Calm Energy

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee: Delightful Calm Energy

It’s no secret that I enjoy Bulletproof Coffee® regularly. I’ve been drinking it, on and off (but mostly “on”) for a couple of years. There are times I opt for good ol’ black coffee alongside some pastured eggs and organic veggies for breakfast, but Bulletproof Coffee is damn tasty and it’s become a habit.

That said, I like to change the habit with my different variations on Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee. I’ve shared with you many options in my Coffee Shake post, and I also wrote about Golden Coffee and Bulletproof Coffee with Turmeric Essential Oil.

Today, I’m showcasing a recipe that I enjoy in the early afternoon when I want a tiny pick-me up, because I know I’ll be watching a few episodes of Game of Thrones, Outlander, or Breaking Bad after Kamea goes to sleep. It gives me that little extra boost to get through the day and delay sleeping a couple of hours at my normal bedtime.

It’s very simple. I make Bulletproof Coffee but I use Four Sigma Foods Mushroom Coffee (with Lion’s Mane) as the coffee part. (I’ve written about my excitement of Four Sigma Foods in a previous post).

It’s a small cup and just the perfect amount for my energy needs.

By the way, Four Sigma Foods Mushroom Coffee is great for travel (I carry a couple in my purse).

Bulletproof Mushroom Coffee

Blend everything in a blender (I use a Vitamix – read why here), enjoy, and look forward to some extended TV viewing that keeps you up past your bedtime.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Enjoying a Cup of Bulletproof Coffee w My Daughter

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

I started enjoying coffee when I was 7 years old. I remember the first time fondly as it represented my entrance into maturity. ;) I was at my Nana’s and, well, I simply asked her if I could have some coffee. Being 100% Italian, she said, “Of course!” (She also taught me how to shave my hairy Italian legs around the same age. Gotta love Nana(s).)

I was hooked from there. The warm deliciousness that marked my initiation into something cool. The next chapter of my life. A Coffee Drinker.

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Golden Coffee – (hint: add turmeric)

by Kristen Suzanne in coffee, grass fed butter, herbs, MCT oil
Golden Coffee - brain boosting and anti-inflammatory. YES!

Golden Coffee – brain boosting and anti-inflammatory. YES!

I’ve been drinking a coffee shake type drink (or Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee®) for the past couple of years. I make it most mornings. Lately, I’m adding a new twist to it.

Turmeric powder.

I was hesitant because I didn’t think it’d taste very good, but I tried it, and ya know what? It’s just fine! I don’t even know it’s in there (and neither does Greg – hehe). Now, I’m hooked because it’s an easy way to get some of this anti-inflammatory and brain-boosting herb/spice into my diet – daily. And, if I have a decaf bulletproof coffee at night, which I’m known to do because it’s satisfying like a dessert even though there is no sugar in it, then I’ll get a double serving of turmeric. <– Bring it!

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Look At All The Ways I Use Medicinal Mushrooms n Why – Four Sigma Foods Review

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms added

I’m drawn to things that have been used by people for hundreds of years, and thousands in some instances. I mean, if people have been using something since time immemorial, then there must be something to it.

Enter: Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs, most notably from Asia, are reputed to have healing benefits of all kinds and have been used for thousands of years for healing… some of the more common ones being ginseng, reishi, and perhaps chaga. There’s good reason, too. They can work.

I first became interested in them a few years ago. I immersed myself, as I’m well known to do, and I started buying and trying all sorts of them… too many to count and name. At the time I was interested in energy, fertility, longevity, happiness, relaxation, and immune health. Within each of those categories there were many options and I couldn’t help myself. I felt like a kid in a candy store (or a health food nut in a new health food store).

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Recipe: Bulletproof Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

by Kristen Suzanne in coffee, recipe
Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

Coffee Shake Ice Cubes

Want another way to get your morning buzz? Try Coffee Shake Ice Cubes.

I am a fan of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee recipe which I drink frequently. I also put my own spin on it (read my coffee shake elixir variations here).

Another thing I do once in a while is make a batch of my Coffee Shake and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Then, I transfer the frozen coffee cubes to a glass mason jar and store them in the freezer.

To enjoy: Simply throw a few of those cubes and a little hot water into a blender. Blend it up and enjoy. Alternatively, heat the Coffee Shake Ice Cubes in a small pot on the stove.

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