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Raw Zucchini Hummus Recipe

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I just made my zucchini hummus. I haven’t made it in so long and I forgot how easy and good it is. I ate this with little baby carrots but you could spread it on crackers or other veggies.

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Zucchini Hummus

5 cups zucchini, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup tahini

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Also, don’t forget, when you order for alissacohen.com now through the month of August, you get a 15% off coupon for your next order that can be used anytime!

Also, make sure you try some of the Shea Butter Bundles that are on sale through the month of August also.

Raw Food Specials for You!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

On Friday I was lucky enough to get a box of goodies from Organic Essence. They sent me a bunch of samples to try. I’ve been using them all weekend and WOW! I am in LOVE with these Shea Butters!

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I have a jar of organic Shea butter that I use whenever I have really dry patches, but it’s very thick and almost waxy like and not easy to spread. Although I love what Shea butter does, I never liked the texture.

These samples jars were totally different than anything I’ve tried. First of all, the cream was really silky smooth right out of the jar. It melted on contact with my skin.

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Second, the smell is divine! There is one that is just Shea butter with no smell that is perfect for those sensitive to essential oils and smells. The lemongrass one has strong notes of mint that are perfect for a morning wake up. The lavender is really lovely and not overpowering and then there is the orange-vanilla… This one is my favorite! I think I’ve used half the jar already! It smells like an orange creamsickle! It’s not too heavy on the vanilla, which, although I love vanilla, can get a little much, smelling like a cupcake all day.

And, the best part is that my skin feels amazing! I’m not a huge cream person, I just don’t always like the heavy or oily feel of it on my skin all day, but these soak right in and feel incredible!

Oh! And the lip balms. I am a total lip balm freak. I actually make my own because I don’t love what’s in most of them. These are great! Again, really nice smells and they feel good on.

The fact that they are packaged in an eco-responsible biodegradable organic jar, makes them even more desirable!

Here is the really incredible part though, even the label is eco-friendly – no need to peel it off. Don’t worry about the adhesive, it’s organic, too. This whole entire package, including the cover, is completely compostable! When you’re done with the contents, just bury it in your backyard!

So, I have created some specials for you so that you can try some of these and save a bunch of money at the same time. Just click here to see the three bundles. One is the original Shea Butter and the Lemongrass Shea butter with 2 lip balms, vanilla and grapefruit. Another package is all 5 lip balms and the last package is the Vanilla-Orange Shea Butter and the Lavender Shea Butter.

Oh and another special for you… when you buy any products during the month of August, you get a 15% off coupon for your next order! After you place your august order from alissacohen.com, we will automatically send you a 15% off coupon to your email that you can use whenever you like.

And…. Because you guys have been ordering lots from the store since we opened in July, I just made another donation to more animal rescue groups!

The Chocolate and the Skunk

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Thank god I made chocolate ice cream yesterday. Yes, that’s right, thank god, because right now, that’s the only way I’m staying awake! Not only was I excited about eating my almond butter cups (from a few blogs back) and putting them in a bowl with the vanilla ice cream I made last week but I am now thinking that I must have known I was going to need even more chocolate then that today.

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Here’s the recipe for the Vanilla. There is a huge chapter on ice creams in the new book.

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups cashews

2 cups tightly packed coconut meat

4 cups coconut water

4 vanilla beans, split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped

1 cup agave nectar

1.  Combine all of the ingredients in a Vita-Mix. Blend until completely smooth, there should be no lumps. Once the ingredients are blended in the Vita-Mix, carefully remove the lid machine while is running. The ingredients won’t splatter. Using a spatula, push the mixture around to make sure it’s smooth. Replace the top before turning machine off.

2.  Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.  Serve immediately or freeze.

Dennis takes the dogs to the beach every morning. Usually pretty early, around 4:30 or 5:00. This morning he was playing golf so he took the boys super early, before 4 am. I know, crazy early. They go rain, sleet and snow. Anyway, this morning when they got home and jumped onto the bed with me, they stunk! Dennis was following them up the stairs to tell me they got sprayed by a skunk. I stayed up last night to get some work done, even though I was so tired after the concert, I figured I could sleep late today. AUGH! Here’s the scene of the crime in the bathroom. My little one got it right in the face. I bathed him in apple cider vinegar, then Dr. Bronners with essential oils added. It was too early to go to the store to get tomato juice so he dried off and then we started again two hours later. This time with white vinegar, tomato paste and tomato juice.  He still smells! Anyone have any other natural remedies?

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Aerosmith at Fenway Park

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

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I’ll let you in on a little secret, or rather, a big issue that’s developing for me. Keep in mind that I’ve never in my life been star struck. I’ve met a lot of famous people and although I admire many of them, I just have really never been so totally star struck  and  infatuated with anyone in particular. That is, before I saw Steven Tyler in concert years ago. I actually shocked myself at how weak in the knees and giddy I was after seeing them play in Florida.

Seriously, I have developed an insane crush on him. I’ve always loved Aerosmith, but after seeing them in concert and then going again last year to see them in MA, I knew that I had to get tickets to the Fenway Park concert on August 14th.

Well my friends, here’s the news. It’s a bad scene. I’m completely obsessed with them… Wait, let me rephrase that, with him!

Ok, if you don’t think he’s sexy and all of that, stop reading right now. I know, not everyone does *gasp* but … in all seriousness, we had such an amazing, fun night in Boston. I went with 3 close friends, the weather was perfect and we had incredible seats, 3 rows off the floor and close to the stage!

So, after staying the night in Boston, getting home this morning and feeling a bit worn out from all the singing and screaming we did, I was sitting outside relaxing on the porch and some thoughts were floating around. I thought I’d share them with you since it has to do with some other stuff I always talk about and mention in my book. It’s about having fun and living your life to the fullest.

It’s really kind of an adolescent scene, all this stuff around seeing a concert, being infatuated with a rock star and screaming, cheering and singing all night at the top of your lungs. Lots of those songs take me back to a time when I was young and VERY carefree.

We went crazy last night, still singing in the streets as we walked back to the hotel. I felt exhilarated from the energy of the crowd and I am horse today from yelling. I was tired when I got back today but sitting on my porch talking to Dennis and telling him all about it (yes, he knows I have a mad crush on Steven – I don’t think  he’s worried, hm…does that mean he just doesn’t think I have a chance?) I was animated and felt that excitement of just having touched a part of my true self that isn’t always present. I was tired and worn out, but felt relaxed. I was walking around the house with a big smile as I was singing Aerosmith songs to myself. I also started to feel like doing my art again, which I haven’t felt since being on the computer again this past month. I could feel that “magical child” again. (those of you into metaphysics know that she is real and important) I had some new perspectives on a bunch of things that I’ve been working on this summer and I also felt like I couldn’t wait to have fun like this again. I don’t think I could do this every weekend or need to, but, letting yourself go REALLY crazy once in a while, I believe, is good for the soul.

How amazing would it be, to really live in your truth every day. To do exactly what you want to do everyday. To say no to everything that does not make you feel good about who you are and to say yes to everything that brings you joy. Its that freedom in action that I saw on stage Saturday night that makes me feel alive. That reminds me over and over again when I see someone like that on stage, to grab hold of life and live it. I know its not always a smooth ride through life for the people we put on pedestals. I know from what I read that Steven Tyler for instance, has had issues with rehab and whatever else. I do know he’s human, just like all of us… but for me, he represents a life fully lived. Isn’t that the goal?

It’s been a fun summer, lots of adventures, boating, and new friends, which has not been the norm the last few years. I’m starting to remember what it means to have fun again. I was honestly scared for a while when I realized I forgot what having fun meant to me.

Since Steven and I are both from MA -Yes, steven ;)   We go to the same dentist. (I know, eek!!! Very very exciting, haha) But, here’s the funny part, or maybe pathetic, depending on how your feeling about this whole post… I gave a book to my dentist to give to him. SO, I believe he has a signed copy of Living on Live Food…hm, maybe he’ll recognize me in Connecticut in Sept when I’m at his concert there (should I hold up a huge tomato?).

Yep, booked tickets today when I got home! WHOO HOOOO!  This time Dennis wanted to come with me, he must have caught the bliss! 11th row – I’m gettin’ closer…

DREAM ON my friends….

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This was the encore when he sang Dream On. The lights went out and he asked “can you see me, can you see me” over and over again. When the spot light came on he was on top of the Green Monster on a piano.

Yep… I see ya and hear ya Steven, loud and clear.

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Rejuvenative Foods

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Ive been eating lots of the nut and seed butter as well as lots of the fermented foods, like the kim chi and sauerkraut that I’m now selling. I have to say, I feel really good lately! I always feel like I ‘should’ be adding more fermented foods into my diet because I know how great they are for you and really it’s so easy with the Rejuvenative Foods products, but usually when I eat too much nut butter I don’t feel that terrific. I noticed the other day that I’ve gone through quite a few jars already and I’m eating a lot more nut and seed butters but I feel really amazing!

For a long time when I lived in California, I would only buy Rejuvenative Foods brand nut butters at mothers market and some other health food stores (that I love and miss!) but then for a long time, I couldn’t find them at all. I searched for a while at different places and then gave in to buying the ones on the shelves when I knew I wouldn’t have time to make my own. I used them, but never felt great about it and I noticed if I ate too much I felt lousy.

In setting up my store again I knew I wanted to make available all different kinds of nut and seed butters, tahini, almond butter, cashew and some other basic staples that are commonly used when making raw food. The almond butter, cashew butter, pecan pie butter and halva in a jar are so creamy and amazing and are some of my favorites. Others, like the pumpkin seed butter are really rich and strong tasting and while I may not eat them every day, I love how full of vitamins,  minerals and fatty acids they are and they are really unique and different. They are great for recipes as well as eating straight out of the jar. I also tried the new mulberry treegan butter and flipped out over it!  There is such as huge difference between every other commercial nut and seed butter I’ve tried. Rejuvenative Foods brand is the only one I truly trust and promote now.

You can see the difference in texture between the smooth creamy almond butter and the rough texture (full of hearty flavor) of the pumpkin butter. Each nut and seed butter is so totally different in taste and texture. I actually don’t sell the sunflower seed butter and some other ones because they are too bitter for me. All of the ones on my site though I love and are really unique from one another.

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Below are some explanations and questions and answers from Rejuvenative Foods.

Let me know how you like these products if you try them! There is a discussion here where you can let me know your comments and thoughts about them.

Maintaining the Benefits of Raw Nuts and Seeds when Making Nut and Seed Butters

There are three major areas of concern: that fresh raw nuts and seeds are used, that the nuts and seeds are ground at a low temperature and, finally, that the butter is kept refrigerated and is consumed while still fresh. When creating fresh raw nut and seed butters from these nuts and seeds, the goal is to enhance the flavor while retaining the nutrients. The nut butter is bound to be more flavorful when the ingredients have been kept as fresh and as nutritionally intact as possible. Part of this goal is to minimize the conversion of the healthful components of nuts and seeds into unhealthy substances during processing, such as altering the form of the unsaturated fatty acids by heat or oxidation.

Most nut and seed butters are made from roasted nuts. These once raw nuts and seeds have been deprived of their life potential by being cooked. Furthermore, if the nuts or seeds have been roasted in oil, not only has the life potential been damaged, but the amount of fat in the nuts, which includes the saturated fats, has been increased. In the process of being ground into butter, the roasted nuts and seeds are again heated up, having an even greater debilitating effect on the nutritional value of the nuts and seeds.

Even raw nut and seed butters retain their life energy and unique flavor only if they are kept fresh and if the temperature during grinding has been closely monitored. Consider as a guideline the maximum temperature in the desert that still allows for the continuance of life and use that as a reference point for the maximum temperature allowable in the grinding of nuts and seeds. The heat friction of the grinding must not cook the raw nuts and seeds and the butter must be kept fresh by refrigeration.

Taking Care to Preserve Life Energy

When making nut and seed butters, the seeds and nuts should be ground 2 to 5 times in short intervals with a cool down period between grinds, instead of one uninterrupted grinding. Grinding non-stop until the nuts and seeds become butter overheats and devitalizes the food. The life energy and rich flavor of the nuts and seeds may be preserved by maintaining a low temperature during grinding and then refrigerating immediately afterwards. In this way, one can expect to retain a much higher degree of life energy in the food that one is eating.

The important point is that tasty, raw, low temperature ground nut and seed butters provide the opportunity to consume the nuts and seeds with the proteins, enzymes, anti-oxidants and the many vitamins and minerals intact and with the fatty acids unaltered by heat and still in their natural healthful form. In this flavorful and healthful way you are able to obtain the valuable energy that is stored in raw nuts and seeds, the concentrated potential of plant life.

At what temperature do we process our Raw Nut and Seed butters? Generally the nut and seed butters are ground at temperatures between 112 and 116 degrees. Occasionally the grinder might get as hot as 118 degrees, although this is rare.

How pure are Rejuvenative Foods? Are there trace amounts of peanuts or other extraneous raw materials in our nut and seed butters? No. There are no peanuts in any of our foods. In fact, there are no peanuts processed in our plant at all, and our grinder and all of the other machines we use are cleaned very thoroughly in between batches, so there is no residue from any other nut or seed in our foods.

What is it about Raw Cultured Vegetables that enhances health? Raw Cultured Vegetables are delicious and provide an excellent self-rejuvenating source of non-dairy lactobacilli, including acidophilus and lactobacillus plantarum, important for the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora and the alleviation of digestive disorders. This is important for people who are lactose intolerant, have pathologies that prevent the consumption of dairy or simply choose to avoid it.

We often hear from customers that symptoms caused by stomach aches, ulcers, other digestive issues and health problems related to Candida are improved or disappear entirely after consuming our Raw Cultured Vegetables and other products. Many healing practitioners recommend the consumption of our raw foods to alleviate their client’s ailments and to improve overall health and general well-being.

In addition to the healing benefits found in our Raw Cultured Vegetable products, we also expect our customers to feel better after eating Rejuvenative Foods brand fresh, raw, low-temperature ground nut and seed butters than after eating another brand of heated nut and seed butters.

Ending the Weekend with Raw Chocolate…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

We spent a night in the condo this weekend in Boston. It was nice to get away for a night, the dog nanny was with the boys and we had a lovely time just the two of us. Fun weekend but I’m so not a city girl. I love the name of this place on Hanover st, the Connah store, typical North End jargon. Fun night, even though I had kind of a crappy salad at this place we never go to. Dennis and I walked around and stopped in a few places to chat with friends we haven’t seen for a while.

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Alright, I get why I received so many emails begging me to keep Grezzo open.  I was so mad there was no great raw food place to eat! Although I’m glad I’m out of the restaurant biz, I miss Grezzo also!

BUT, luckily, my new book with all of the Grezzo recipes will be out in October! You can preorder it here.

The rest of the weekend was so relaxing. After spending weeks and more hours then I cared to, setting up my online store again, it was nice to hang out and not do too much. Gorgeous weekend here!

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A friend came over Saturday when we got back from Boston and we just vegged out while admiring my cherry tomatoes and peppers that are actually growing! I killed the lettuce but apparently it’s hard to grow in the summer and I planted it on the hottest 90+ degree day. I know, you would think I know how to grow things being a raw foodie but for some reason I don’t. But, most of my garden is surviving, just not the lettuce. Dennis said maybe by the end of the summer we’ll have enough tomatoes to have a salad ;)

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I tried one of the tiny red prairie fire peppers since they were ripe. I took a tiny bite off the end and had to run into the kitchen for relief. After guzzling water, some cashews and a banana to put out the fire, I turned to see Dennis entering the kitchen with a pained look on his face. I handed him the rest of the pepper before running into the house because I didn’t want to put it on the table for the dogs to eat and he popped the whole thing into his mouth. When I planted them, I told him they weren’t supposed to be super hot but after seeing me run into the house, I was shocked he ate the whole thing. It took about an hour before his stomach stopped burning.  So maybe it wasn’t the most relaxing day for him…

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I made some cabbage salad on Thursday night that we then dug into on Saturday (my friend and I – Dennis wasn’t ready to eat again for hours after that!) I didn’t measure but it was just shredded purple cabbage, pine nuts, raisins, apple cider vinegar and a drop of agave. I left it out for a few days on the counter and it was delicious!

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Dennis and I took a drive up the coast today to Ogunquit. I love it there! Although the traffic was insane with tourist and people coming back from their weekend escape to Maine. When I came back home I made my raw peanut butter cups.

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SO easy to make, but, I shouldn’t be eating these at night. That’s why I’m wide awake right now!

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You have to make these, they take only minutes to put together. Just use about equal parts raw cocoa powder and melted coconut oil. Mix together and add a good amount of agave to taste. Just keep tasting until it’s not bitter and it is to your liking. Mix this well until there are no lumps and it’s smooth. It will be a chocolate sauce consistency. Next, place a small bit of this on the bottom of each mold. Then take a dab or more of almond butter and place that on top of the sauce. Cover the almond butter with more chocolate sauce until the mold is full to the top. Place this in the freezer. They freeze really quickly.

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They are extremely addicting!

I’m moseying on up to my art room because I think I’ll be up for another hour or two after eating these. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and stay tuned for a BIG blog about some new personal care products. I just received a huge box of samples from the same company that sells the Body Balms, the Whipped Shea Butter and Cacao Butter. It’s going to take me at least a week to go through most of them but these are some of the best products – soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars, face cream and lips balms – that I’ve tried. It felt like Christmas, having this package waiting on my doorstep when I came home Saturday!

Oh and don’t forget! Free Shipping ends tomorrow so stock up now!

Therapeutic Enzyme Testimonials

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I’m so happy to be offering my Therapeutic Enzymes again. I had so many calls when we took these off the site along with the digestive enzymes.

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These are the same enzymes that Dr. Fred Bisci recommends and sells under his name that have helped so many people.

Here are some testimonials below that we have received from people after using these enzymes. My husband, Dennis, also contributes a large part of his healing to these enzymes. He was given a year to live seven years ago after severe liver disease and these enzymes where a huge part of his daily regime.

The difference in these Therapeutic Enzymes compared to the digestive enzymes is that these are a highly aggressive therapeutic formula.

The main ingredient in this formula is a very strong fibrinolytic agent. It has been reported to have the ability to digest arterial plaques. Case studies have shown this product to be beneficial in the assistance of tumors, bacteria, parasites, fungus, candida, cancers, immune deficiency disorders and a host of other ailments, as well as having a powerful effect on undigested proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Testimonials:

  • I wanted to let you know how thankful I am that I found these enzymes. I had very bad Candida and fibromyalgia. Along with cleaning up my diet, I believe that these enzymes were a huge factor in my road to recovery. I’m so glad I found your site and your products. Thank you for all of the work that you do. You have helped me more then you know! C.R
  • I just wanted to let you know that by taking your therapeutic enzymes I have dissolved my tumor. I am on my way to healing my other issues and am still taking the enzymes because I believe they will also help with a host of other issues.  J. S
  • I have lost 79 pounds and feel terrific! I am so happy with Alissa’s Therapeutic Enzymes. I know they have helped me cleanse my body and have also noticed some major healing around my arthritis and other ailments. Thank you for recommending these! Blessing, S. R
  • I LOVE these enzymes! I am a runner and weight lifter and after taking these enzymes I am no longer sore after workouts and runs. My recover is quicker and my body is healing from a long injury much faster than I would have expected. Thanks again and keep up the good work! P. H

You don’t have to be sick to take these enzymes! Everyone needs enzymes, the more enzymes you can afford to take, the better! I take these off and on for long periods of time and feel that I have more energy and greater health while taking these. You can find these Enzymes here along with the ingredient and more information. Oh and don’t forget, free shipping continues until August 9th!

Wild Bar Review

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I just tried a peppermint wild bar. Wow, are those good! They really do taste like a peppermint patty.

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I don’t always love raw bars so I’ve been searching out ones that I hear are the best. The  description says that you can eat them as a meal.  They’re not huge but they are pretty filling. After eating it I felt like I had a lot of energy from the blue green algae and all the other super foods like mesquite , maca and cacao. Yep, I think I could eat one of these before working out every day and be very happy! They’re a little nutritional powerhouse packed in tasty little package!

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Free Shipping extended on AlissaCohen.com

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Finally! The upgrade to the shopping cart is done. That seemed to take forever! So feel free to order away!

Free shipping will be extended until the 9th of August! Again, great news as so many of you have been ordering juicers, dehydrators  and other large appliances, kitchen gadgets and raw foods in large amounts last week and are saving tons on shipping!

I’ll be sending out a bulk email Wednesday reminding you all of this as well!