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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With These Healthy Chocolate Desserts

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With These Healthy Chocolate Desserts

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for many people, that means one thing — chocolate! Here’s the good news: chocolate can be good for you. Cacao, the base of chocolate, can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease. Dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for many people, that means one thing – chocolate! Here’s the good news: chocolate can be good for you. Cacao, the base of chocolate, can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease. Dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals.

But don’t reach for that chocolate bar just yet; no all chocolate is created equal. While a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar may feed your sweet tooth, it wont do much else for your health. Many commercial brands of chocolate have been highly processed and filled with milk and sugar.   Look for dark chocolate that has as least 70 percent cocoa, the higher the cacao content the better.

For some delicious and locally made chocolate treats check out Alma, Woodblock Chocolate and Stirs the Soul.

And for a healthy chocolate Valentine’s Day treat you can make yourself, try my Nude Chocolate Pudding and Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate.

To Italy, With Love of Food Culture

To Italy, With Love of Food Culture

My experiences in Italy thus far can be distilled to this: Italians take their regional food traditions very seriously and there is a rhythm to the food culture. I have seen no greater pride on the face of a person than when they describe the skill and quality of their nonna’s hand rolled, tiny tortellini, or their… Continue Reading

The exciting stimulation of springtime.

The exciting stimulation of springtime.

Have you noticed what’s springing up these days? In my amateur garden outback things are wildly sprouting and greening everywhere I look, including the abundance of dandelions! Eek! Does your body feel ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice, too? If not, no worries. I’ve got your back. Coffee and tea are not… Continue Reading

The Lovely Lemon Situation.

I’ve been taking lots of cues from every cooking situation. And I’ve been bringing a lot of lemons with me. What do we make when life gives us lemons? Lemon Pudding! Lemon Oregano Chicken! (coming soon) Rosemary Pesto with lemon! Honey Cake with lemon! (also coming soon) T’is the season of bright, zesty flavors and… Continue Reading

The Legend of the Scallion Pancake.

I plan to share a seasonal recipe from each cook with dinner party this year. The hands down favorite of both groups who cooked with me in January was, you guessed it, the legendary scallion pancake. Scallion pancakes are a traditional part of a Chinese new year feast, especially since it’s fortuitous to cook things… Continue Reading

The Soup that Binds.

It’s time to talk about my grandpa. My mother’s father is, in a way, a food idol of mine. In a totally unconventional way. My grandpa (known as “Lac” to his friends)- his name is Anthony LaCamera) talks a good talk for being in his eighties. And for as long as I can remember, that… Continue Reading

Genes. The story of the sauce.

Genes. The story of the sauce.

If ever there was one reason that my life’s passion is cooking, it might be my genes. Man, do I have great food genes. Grandma Rosie, who miraculously always had a full meal ready to go when we just happened to stop by and visit (stuffed peppers, sausage).  My Aunt Jamie, a talented caterer of Italian… Continue Reading

Cooking with Friends

Cook with your friends. Here are photos from a recent dinner cooking party, where guests surprised a friend with this hands on event! This crowd did an excellent job chopping vegetables (starting with the all important onion) and made some mean crab cakes. We discussed the process of waking up mussels (tap them gently on… Continue Reading

Cook with Love

This blog officially begins in November/December! Please sign up to follow, so you can be stay connected and check out upcoming recipes, stories, and the journey of the cook with project of 2014. COOK WITH: Love. Lemon. Your Mom. Olive Oil. Rutabaga. Your neighbor. Garlic. Kale. Your best friend. Ginger. Your best friend’s boyfriend. Summer… Continue Reading

Sharing a Meal

It’s so important to keep our dining experience like a community… It helps to promote conversation and discovery about all the options available to a gluten, soy and dairy free way of eating. If you are new to it, or you’ve been at it for a long time. We all benefit by sharing our ideas and our successes! Front of… Continue Reading

A Day of Gratitude

Today, I am thankful for my family, my friends, my wonderful customers, and turkeys, which is currently in my oven.  In September, a couple of my awesome employees and I went to visit the Inspiration Plantation, a farm in Ridgfield, Washington.  There we played with the farm dogs and billy goats, chased Charlie the chicken,… Continue Reading

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Food For Thought…or should we say, Food As Art? Photographer Mark Menjivar has a fantastic project called You Are What You Eat. His photos speak to the issues of  “the foods we consume as individuals and the affects they have on us and communities.” Great stuff to chew on….and even more reason why Abby’s Table believes in Food… Continue Reading

Warming, Immune-Building Winter Soup

Warming, Immune-Building Winter Soup

‘Tis the season…for stuffy noses and coughs.  For moms, there is nothing worse than seeing your little ones suffer through the seasonal sniffles, especially when you refuse to give them anything made from chemicals to soothe their symptoms.  A bit tired of creating my typical chicken and rice soup recipe, I asked my sister (Chef… Continue Reading

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