April 3, 2012

Low-Sodium Matzo Cracker S’Mores

This Passover, show off a little. Pharaohs, plagues, parting red seas – it’s clear that this holiday is all about flare. Begging you to take your bag of tricks and use them to put on a show. Because even though the Passover sedar focuses on the old testament, Passover dinner can be about trying something new. Mixing things up. And making low-sodium chocolate matzo s’mores. Where did this idea come from? Call it a burning bush in a dessert…or just my wonderful sis-in-law who recently showed up at my door with a spring surprise: chocolate covered matzo crackers that she […]

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December 6, 2011

Salt-Free Mochi Muffins

Sometimes you don’t want to haul the mixer out from the bottom cupboard, up to the counter, only to spill flour and sugar on the floor, to then clean up the mess, and the mixer bowl, to finally lug the whole shebang back into that bottom cupboard. Which is now filled with sheet pans and tupperware that fell when you took that ginormous thing out in the first place. (Welcome to my kitchen) Sometimes all that work is worth a moist muffin or a fluffy cupcake or a fresh loaf of chocolate zucchini bread. But for me, I’d usually rather […]

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November 23, 2011

Honey Five Spice Candy Apples

Before I sign off for a few days of feasting, I wanted to leave you with a sweet thought. Honey. Chinese five spice. Mini apples. They are a perfect final bite for any holiday meal. Or if you wrap them up real nice in some parchment paper, you can give them away as party favors for everyone to take home. The recipe does require some caution (hot caramel) and a candy thermometer. But other than those two warnings, it is extremely simple. And the results are extremely worth it. The original hails from natural cooking guru, Heidi Swanson, and her […]

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October 18, 2011

Orange Tahini Popcorn Clusters

You have been so patient. You’ve watched me unpack my website boxes. You’ve kindly tapped my shoulder when something is not working right. You haven’t even complained about posts being a tad late or that they are slow to be emailed or that the corn dogs I gave you last week were a little cold. Thank you. Many of you have even taken the time to re-subscribe, which is amazing. And for all of you who have yet to sign your name in permanent electronic ink and declare your undying loyalty to low-sodium food, no worries. Please, take your time. […]

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September 12, 2011

Carrot and Coconut Doughnuts

Please direct your attention to these salt-free carrot and coconut mini doughnuts that are fresh out of the oven…a week ago…just for you. Inspired by both the mini doughnut pan and my newfound love of carrot cake batter, I thought this would make a perfect bite. And luckily, the recipe on the packaging didn’t need too many low-sodium adjustments. I swapped the salt and the sodium-heavy buttermilk with lemon zest and coconut milk. I spiced up the mix with some clove, cinnamon, and ginger. And I topped the little sodium free lifesavers with a basic powdered sugar glaze and a […]

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August 16, 2011

Salt-Free Cake Pops

I’ve decided to give up sugar. Just kidding. Have we met? I love my sugar. And to celebrate the fact that I adore sweets of pretty much any flavor and variety, I made cake pops. Salt-free cake pops, to be specific. Now you may have seen these little sticks of dough and frosting on Starbucks counters or on bookshelves (Chronicle has published some pretty rad guides on how to DIY the little suckers). But please excuse me as I toot my horn for a moment and say this: I have been popping cake long before it was popular. Or at […]

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August 12, 2011

A Tahini Chocolate Pie for Mikey

It seems that sometimes food bloggers can get a bad rap. Some people are quick to draw a line between real writer and blogger. And many people joke at the enormous number of folks who now own a web address and talk about the delicious nature of food. Which is pretty on point. Because really, who doesn’t own a food blog these days? But over the past two years of being a part of this community, I have witnessed something extraordinary. Whenever a disaster strikes, no matter where or to whom, this group of strangers, all connected by their love […]

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June 29, 2011

How to Float

It’s finally summer. Really. I swear. The sun has been shining for at least a few days in a row and I even got burned (burned I tell you!) just by sitting outside for more than an hour. And I didn’t mind one bit. Cause summer is finally here. Which brings up thoughts of pools and floaties and root beer floats. Which suddenly reminded me of an old friend: Hanson’s Natural Soda. Now I can’t believe it has taken me this long to write about Hanson’s, which has been making sodium-free pop since long before low-sodium food was hip. I […]

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April 13, 2011

Low Sodium Questions and Answers

Today we are going to take a slight departure from our normal Wednesdays and I’m going to tell you about all the things I love. I love the rain. I like the sound of it. I like the way the air smells after it. I particularly like it when I am not wearing shoes. I don’t necessarily love the rain – achem – when it comes in April. April is supposed to be about flowers, spring cleaning, and candy. Which I love to eat after dinner and for breakfast. But I like the rain – ok, I’ll say I love […]

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February 14, 2011

Cute As A Cupcake

Last Friday, as soon as 5:00pm hit the clock, it was clearly the hour for happy hour. I rushed home, curled my hair, curled my lashes, and put on that favorite pair of jeans (not to be outdone by the high-heeled boots). TGIFriday had barely commenced, and I was already out on the town, painting it red. Or green. Or whatever color means that you are taking this city by storm and no one can stop you. Which would be great if any part of that was true. Because by 5:00pm on Friday, I was actually stuck in traffic after […]

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