Kickass Cold Brew Recipe [For Those Hot Days]

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I don’t know about you, but a great cup of iced coffee-ahem cold brew- is DIVINE. I’m not a huge iced coffee drinker at any other time but from the months of June to September I am hooked. And with a coffee habit like that, that’s gonna cost some money. When you make it yourself you can really not just save that hole burning in your pocket, you infuse love in every single sip.

But this version is not a freshly brewed coffee that has ice added, it’s a long process (meaning, you have to wait at least 12 hours) but a lot simpler than you think. AND! You’ll have coffee ready for you in the morning without having to the work! That’s pretty awesome.

Why cold brew though?

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Cilantro Cauliflower Steak + Lip-Smacking Soba Noodle Salad

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Jeez Louise I’m EXHAUSTED. I want to blame something planetary or cosmic that is out of my control because I sure feel beat. This really comes with the territory of hosting events, workshops and wellness fairs. I’m having fun and I feel my purpose and passion shining through every single time I do them. I even got people to try kale for the first time yesterday at my cooking demo at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. So all in all, it’s truly worth it.

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Lovin’ Them Hemp Hearts Tho’

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It’s March but I don’t think mother nature got the memo. It’s freaking snowing again. They’re calling it Winter Storm Thor. Basically, the god of thunder is manifesting himself as a snow storm. And my crazy self decided to trek it to Manhattan to get a blowout (I mean hello, it’s my book release party tomorrow!) and treat myself to sensational hot cocoa at City Bakery (so amazingly delicious, it’s almost like chocolate soup with a marshmallow crouton). I actually had to go get a spoon because there was no way I was going to be able to slurp this bowl of cocoa soup.

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Sultry Dark Chocolate Bark

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T’is the season to be jolly. Let’s fa la la la la over to the kitchen and make some gifts to give this year. Put thought, love, sweat and tears (okay, please leave those out just put love) into your gift giving with this nourishing sexy treat. AND the best part about this recipe is it’s GOOD for you. Dark chocolate is the epitome of sexiness and indulgence without overdoing it.

Pack these treats in a lovely candy bag, wrapped with twine and a heartfelt handwritten note to go with it and give to your favorite friends. You may just want to keep these for yourself. They are THAT good.

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Simple Sexy Stromboli

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Last year at a company Christmas party potluck my beloved intern Jillian brought in this ooey gooey cheese fest hidden in layers of crunchy, doughy heaven. It was reminiscent of pizza but made me feel like I was indulging in a calzone (but not the ones from the pizza shop, I’m talking about the HUGE ones from college that were bigger than the size of my face) minus the ricotta.

There is something comforting about cheese. For the past 2 years I was completely convinced that being fully vegan (and probably being a stank b*tch about it) was the right way to go. But after some serious soul-searching and letting go of self judgment, I decided cheese is actually okay. I fully believe in the power of treats. By allowing ourselves a judgment free treat (I said “a treat” not multiple treats or a smorgasboard of treats) we are really allowing our souls to feel completely nourished. Why, you may ask? Well, simple. Our souls don’t like to be restricted. Unless you want to feel like a crazed, self judging, self loathing person, allowing yourself that small piece of chocolate, a macaron, a mani-pedi, or something that makes you feel uplifted and joyful is such a wonderful thing.

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