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Ending the Weekend with Raw Chocolate…

August 8, 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!

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