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Raw Food Bliss

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Durian = Bliss!

Well, at least for me. For others, it equals smelly feet, chicken and onions, or some other weird smell….

If you LOVE the Durian fruit but have trouble opening it, or have never had it, here’s a little step by step with pix on how to eat it!

I swear I get blissfully happy after eating Durian. I haven’t had one for a long time, so when a friend gave me one as a birthday present I was so happy.

So heres what a Durain looks like:

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Most people use a knife to cut through it. The easiest and cleanest way it to find a seam (it takes some practice to be able to see the seam) and put your finger on the seam and then poke through. Now you have to be careful when doing this because although the shell is soft enough to poke through, the spikes on the Durian are very sharp. If you cut yourself with a Durian its painful and some say you can get an infection. Once youve located the seam and made a hole, then you just run your finger up or down on the seam and it splits open.


Once the Durian begins to open, you just pry it apart.

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Once you have one piece open, its easy to see where the seams are from the inside and to pry the rest apart.

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This is what the “pods” inside look like. Sometimes they are a bit more chewy or stingy then other times. If you get a creamy texture like pudding, thats the best!

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You can see how soft and and fluffy it looks.

durain 1+There is a huge pit in each pod so don’t just chomp into it, peel it apart a bit.

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This is the whole Durain pulled apart.


If you leave the Durian in your fridge, it can stink up the whole fridge. So, just eat the whole thing! It was SOOOO good! Thanks for that birthday present Nancy!

Raw Salsa

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010


I love my Salsa recipe thats in Living on Live Food! If you havent made it, its a must this summer. I made some the other day and I’ve been eating it for days. SOOOO good and SO easy.

You can really put whatever you want in it, but heres the recipe I use.

I also added a ton of fresh basil because I had a bunch of it and it was amazing!!!

I ate it with these incredible crackers (that ill be selling online within the next two weeks!)  It was so good together!

Oh and PLEASE let me know of any products that you’d like me to sell online. Just drop me an email at – My new store will be up within the next couple of weeks!

Here the recipe:


This is so good that I usually double the recipe! If you’ve got a favorite salsa ingredient not listed here, feel free to add it.

4 tomatoes, chopped

2 scallions

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 cup cilantro

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

Jalapeno to taste

1. Place the lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, parsley, garlic, cider vinegar, olive oil, cumin and sea salt in a food processor and blend until well ground.

2. Add in the scallion and tomatoes. Pulse chop until everything is diced and blended.

3. Add more jalapeno or sea salt if needed.

Note: Let this sit for a few hours in order for the flavors to blend.

My Raw Birthday

Friday, June 18th, 2010

What a sweet day I had yesterday – and I mean that in many ways!

First of all, it was my birthday and when I woke up yesterday morning and saw how many people wrote to me wishing me happy birthday, I was filled with gratitude. People from all over the world who I haven’t even met yet. It was an amazing start to the day. Very sweet.

I decided to have a couple of close friends over to help me celebrate. Just a few of my best friends and my parents are also staying with us this week, visiting from Florida. My parents are 80 and 86 but you would never know it! I’m worn out! They never stop and have so much energy it’s incredible. They also look amazingly young (yeah for good genes!).

I usually travel on my birthday but this year, since they were going to be here, I spent my birthday with them and other people I love.  I’m so glad I did. We had a really fun, relaxing day playing games, talking and just being with each other. Wow, amazing that I haven’t slowed down enough to do this for years. It was such a special day. Very very sweet.

Now… for the sweetest…the birthday cake!

It’s my recipe for Angel Food Cake in my new book Raw Food for Everyone.

It looks small when you make it but it’s SO incredibly rich you can’t eat that much. It reminded me of those jelly rolls I used to eat when I was a kid.

Super sweet.

The picture isn’t the prettiest, but hopefully you get how yummy this was.

Alissa with Angel Food Cake

Ah, 43…another year older and much much wiser.

“It takes a long time to grow young” – Pablo Picasso

Raw Food for Everyone now available for pre-order!

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Cover of Raw Food for Everyone

If your not on my mailing list (which you can sign up for on on home page of I wanted to let you know that I announced yesterday the release of my new book, Raw Food for Everyone! The book is due out in October but you can now Pre Order by going to or clicking HERE.

Here is a bit of information about my new book. I’m so excited to share these new recipes from Grezzo restaurant with you!

My new book has over 300 unique and cutting edge raw food recipes including:

Cold Smoked Papaya – (Cold smoking technique explained)

Lobster Mushrooms Benedict



Gnocchi Carbonara

Land and Sea

Mediterranean Pressed Lasagna

Wild Mushroom Fettuccine

Pumpkin/Butternut Ravioli

Star Anise Encrusted Papaya Steak


Boston Meringues

Mexican Chocolate Torte

Angel Food Cake

Apple Pavé

New York-Style Cheesecake

and so much more!

Also included in this book are chapters on:

Pickling: pink pickled onions, pickled pine nuts and carrots, lavender pickled mushrooms, etc.

Gelatos and Ice Creams: Rum Raisin Pistachio Ice Cream, Clove Ice Cream, Salty Almond ice Cream, Chocolate Malt Ice Cream, Tomato Basil Sorbet, etc.

Grezzo Cheese: A thick boursin style cheese that taste like authentic dairy cheese - Herb and Garlic, Green Onion and jalepeno, Habenero Cilantro, Dill Scallion, French Onion, Sage Shiso and Mustard, etc…

Nutritious smoothies and juices to Sake infused cocktails that will wow your raw food guests!

There is also a large guide to every fruit, vegetable, nut and seed explaining how to store and use along with nutritional information!

Also, detailed step-by-step instructions, charts on sprouting and soaking, and thorough information on raw ingredients.