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Mmm…. Lemon-y

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are a specialty of mine, and the lemon flavor in baked goods is one that I happen to be a huge fan of. I have a great muffin recipe that I’ll have to make again and share with you all soon, but that’s not the focus of today’s post.

Instead, I tried to branch out and find other sweet recipes that incorporated lemon and poppy seeds. After browsing the world wide web, I found this one for Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies.

Lemon Poppy Seed Goodness

Lemon Poppy Seed Goodness

If I’m being entirely honest though, I need to make this a few more times to get it to meet my expectations. The flavor was magnificent, but the texture was not where I wanted it to be; the cookies were a bit too crumbly before going into the oven, which made them become either too thin after baked or they were vulnerable to falling apart. There were some casualties that broke into a bunch of cookie nuggets while I tried to pry them off of the baking sheet.

Next time, I think I am going to leave the batter in the refrigerator for 30 minutes after step 6 before balling them up and placing them in the oven… that should hopefully help them become a little more viscous. We shall see!

Anyway, here’s the list of ingredients along with the recipe itself. If anyone tries this and has better success then me, please clue me in as to what you did!

Ingredients:
– 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1-1/2 lemons)
– 3 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (about 1-1/2 or 2 lemons)
– 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 1 large egg
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
– 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, plus more for sprinkling

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a small saucepan, bring the lemon juice to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced by half. Add 1/2 cup butter and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside.
4. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest, rubbing the zest and sugar together with your fingers until the zest is distributed and the sugar is fragrant. Add remaining 1/2 cup of butter and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
5. Add the egg and the butter/juice mixture. Continue to beat until pale, (about another 3 minutes). Mix in the vanilla.
6. Reduce speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
7. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon zest. Form dough into small balls about 1″ in diameter. Roll each in the sugar/zest mixture and place about 2″ apart on baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball to about 1/4″ thick with the bottom of a glass that’s been dipped in the sugar mixture.
8. Bake for about 12-13 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cookies just begin to brown around the edges. Allow to cool on a wire rack for a couple minutes before removing from the cookie sheet to cool completely.

Enjoy my dears!!

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Gettin’ Juicy

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Good Day! (It feels too late to say morning, yet too early to say afternoon.)

I made some juices to kick start my Thursday, and naturally I photographed them, so I figured I would share ’em with all of you for potential recipe inspiration. I’m going climbing in South Boston at noon for the day, so it was the most opportune time for me to stack up on my micro-nutrients.

Here’s the first one, which happens to be a personal favorite:

C'est ParfaitThe ingredients are as follows: Gala Apples, Parsley, Beet, Lemon, Ginger and Carrot. I call this one the “C’est Parfait”… it means “it is perfect” in French and, well, it is.

C'est ParfaitNow, I obviously used a lot of ingredients to yield a solid amount of juice because I tend to make extra for la famille, but if anyone needs or wants the ratios for personal sizes, just let me know.

Here’s the second one. It’s not as sweet and tantalizing as the C’est Parfait, but this one packs a nice health punch and really gets those juices flowing – pun intended.

Juice 2This one doesn’t have a name in my mind yet, but the ingredients are as follows: Cilantro, Tomato, Red Pepper, Lime, Parsley, Jalapeno, Celery, Garlic, Spinach and Kale. It’s sort of reminiscent of a Bloody Mary, so maybe a name like the Juicy Mary could work? I don’t know. Ideas are welcome!

Juicy Mary?Now I know having Garlic in a juice may sound weird and unappealing, and at first it may be strange, but you really actually start to enjoy the zing it gives you. I also only add one clove so it’s not overwhelming, yet you still get all the glorious benefits that garlic has to offer – and believe me, there are plenty.

Well, I’m off to climb. Have a great day! Stay fabulous.

Holy Sh*t … I Mean, Shot.

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Happy Friday!
If you’re currently residing in Rhode Island like myself, the weather isn’t exactly happy, but it’s not like we can change that. Carpe diem, baby. At least our farms will be drinking it all up (pun intended).

As of yesterday, I’ve come down with some sickness that has yet to be named. I have flu-like symptoms, but it could potentially be Lyme, which would so NOT be cool. However, since I have been rock climbing outside lately it isn’t an entirely far-fetched idea. Either way I am getting blood work done this morning so hopefully the mystery will be solved, and thank the lord for that because I am bored!! I’m so used to working crazy long weeks lately that when I have almost a full day off to lay in bed and actually recuperate, I start climbing the walls within two hours.

On the bright side, you all get to benefit from my home confinement because I actually have time to post things! I know, you’re over the moon with excitement – me too.

Since I put myself to bed at 9:30 last night, I was up and rearing to go (minus the intense stomach pain) at 7:15 this morning. I had nothing better to do with my life, so I decided to have a little photo shoot with this lovely thing called The Holy Shot that we serve at The Power Bar.

Basically, it is a 4 oz shot with a base of filtered water, then you add in about 3 shakes of cayenne pepper, 1/2 of a lemon, and about 1/2 teaspoon of freshly minced ginger. This puppy wakes you up with a *bang!* and can also help with various ailments that you may be suffering from.

The Ingredients

What goes inside (minus h2o)

Now, just so you don’t think I am pulling your leg, here are the benefits of this mighty shot. I didn’t include water because… well, you should know that water is good for you. You can’t exactly survive without it.

Lemon: natural energizer (fights fatigue), flushes out unwanted materials, balances pH, helps hypertension, aids in weight loss (digestive aid), boosts immune system, helps with fever and chills, is antibacterial and abolishes acne.

Ginger: helps with migraines, muscle pain caused by exercise, inflammation of the colon, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea caused by chemotherapy (if taken before), liver damage caused by acetaminophen (aka Tylenol), high blood pressure, asthma, diarrhea, bronchitis, arthritis, digestion, and the most amazing discover is helping cure ovarian cancer. A study found that exposing ovarian cancer cells to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test – the cells either committed suicide (apoptosis) or digested/attacked themselves (autophagy).

Cayenne Pepper: Digestive aid, anti-irritant like upset stomach, ulcers, coughs, diarrhea and sore throats, anti-cold and flu agent, anti-fungal properties, migraine/headache prevention, helps with allergies, useful for blood clots, circulatory stimulant, joint-pain reliever, aids in weight loss, helps prevent lung cancer in smokers, promotes heart health, great for tooth and gum diseases.

Hail The Holy Shot

Hail The Holy Shot

Well, there you have it! Isn’t it cool looking? I sprinkled more cayenne on top for aesthetics; I probably wouldn’t drink it like that – I re-blended it for myself afterwards.

I’m off to get some blood work done, wish me luck!!!

I Told The Witch Doctor I Was In Love With You

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First of all, I have made it to 70 blog followers and 4 e-mail followers, so close to the 75 mark! Thank you everyone!! I hope you all enjoy, and if there is ever anything you would like me to talk about, please don’t hesitate to ask.

At Raw Bob’s a few weeks ago, we added an elixir to our menu, dubbed “The Witch Doctor Elixir”. It’s amazing. It’s addicting. It’s intense. I absolutely love it, and it just makes me feel awesome starting from the inside. You feel this going down.
I highly recommend trying this; whether you come into our shop for one (it’s only $3.95) or you make it at home – as long as you have a juicer and the proper ingredients.
Without further ado, here it is! I’ll include the benefits as well so definitely read it all. Let me know what you think 🙂

The Witch Doctor

The Witch Doctor

It should come out to be a beautiful rusty color like shown in the above photo.

What’s Inside?
– 2 oz coconut water
– 1 whole lemon
– squirt agave nectar
– 1 shake cayenne pepper
– 2 nubs of ginger
– 2 nubs of turmeric
– splash of water

How To Make:
1. Pour out the coconut water into a measuring cup, then add the cayenne and agave nectar.
2. Into your juicer, add the ginger, turmeric and follow with the lemon and splash of water.
3. Stir all ingredients together (should be 4 oz total) and drink immediately.

As a forewarning, the cayenne and lemon makes this drink a little bit potent. The agave nectar is meant to cut it down and add a little sweetness, but it is still a spicy sucker, so just have that in mind!

Now, the benefits:
Lemon: natural energizer (fights fatigue), flushes out unwanted materials, balances pH, helps hypertension, aids in weight loss (digestive aid), boosts immune system, helps with fever and chills, is antibacterial and abolishes acne.

Turmeric: powerful anti-oxidant, potent anti-inflammatory, aids prevention of Alzheimer’s, treats arthritis and most recently, UCLA discovered that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, appeared to block an enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer.

Ginger: helps with migraines, muscle pain caused by exercise, inflammation of the colon, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, nausea caused by chemotherapy (if taken before), liver damage caused by acetaminophen (aka Tylenol), high blood pressure, asthma, diarrhea, bronchitis, arthritis, digestion, and the most amazing discover is helping cure ovarian cancer. A study found that exposing ovarian cancer cells to a solution of ginger powder resulted in their death in every single test – the cells either committed suicide (apoptosis) or digested/attacked themselves (autophagy).

Coconut Water: aids in weight-loss due to low fat content and suppresses appetite, moisturizes skin, perfect for hangovers by settling stomach and replacing essential electrolytes, re-hydrates, facilitates digestion, reduces blood pressure, is cholesterol free, high in potassium and it is isotonic to human plasma, which means in extreme emergencies it can quickly rehydrate the human body is administered intravenously.

Agave Nectar: Low-glycemic sweetener*, weight loss aid because increases satiety and decreases appetite, lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of some cancers, increases absorption of nutrients (like calcium and magnesium), anti-inflammatory, boosts immune system and antimicrobial capabilities.

Cayenne Pepper: Digestive aid, anti-irritant like upset stomach, ulcers, coughs, diarrhea and sore throats, anti-cold and flu agent, anti-fungal properties, migraine/headache prevention, helps with allergies, useful for blood clots, circulatory stimulant, joint-pain reliever, aids in weight loss, helps prevent lung cancer in smokers, promotes heart health, great for tooth and gum diseases.

* I would highly recommend using agave nectar/syrup instead of sugar in some recipes. Use about 1/3 cup of agave nectar for every one cup of sugar called for in recipes, reduce the liquid ingredients in recipes by one-third, since agave nectar is liquid (and sugar is dry) and reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees.

… well, there you have it! I bet you didn’t know that all of those ingredients had such a wide array of health benefits, huh? And if you did.. then well, you’re already awesome – stay that way!