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Raw Food Thanksgiving and Kava!

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Here are some pictures of my Raw Thanksgiving. I’m not great at remembering  to take pictures, but I tried while I was in FL.

I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. I feel like it takes me out of the moment of actually enjoying what’s happening when I have to stop and step out of it and “remember” to take a picture for later. Id rather enjoy what I’m doing at that time and be “in the moment of it” while its happening, not later!

Ok, so that’s my excuse. Here is most of the food except for the amazing raw chocolates my mother made and some other yummy tid bits.



Papaya Encrusted Salmon Steak from Raw Food for Everyone. This is probably one of my all time favorite raw food dishes and its so easy to make.

Butternut Squash Ravioli from Raw Food for Everyone

This is the Butternut Squash stuffing. You can see that I couldn’t wait to eat it by the finger marks in it. This was SO good!

This is similar to the recipe for rice with the Nori rolls in RFFE but i think she just used parsnips and pine nuts.

This was an almond type bread with a salsa like the one in RFFE. We ate this first for an appetizer. OMG, so good!!!

Watermelon Soup from Living on Live Food. My mother lives on this. She makes it all the time and since it was an 80 degree day for Thanksgiving, it seemed appropriate!

Blueberry Cheesecake from RRFE. This was so creamy but not heavy. We ate this as we ran out the door to catch our plane home. I kept going back for more!

After spending Wednesday morning with one of my best friends who I haven’t seen for almost 2 years and then running off with my sister Stacie to her friends are gallery (Her place is beautiful  http://www.tiacrystal.com ) we went  to 4th Generation in Boca. It’s a raw food deli and small supermarket. Great Place! I forgot to take pictures of the wraps but we had a raw hummus and falafel wrap and a raw mock tuna wrap, they were SO good! I did however remember to take a picture of the macaroons we devoured. You can see they are almost gone!

We then met up with Dennis and then later my parents for dinner. My sister and I decided, after our parents were gone and Dennis was asleep, to go to this Kava Bar that was about 2 minutes from us.

This was such a cool place! This is Stacie, drinking the kava at the bar. We had 3 coconut shells worth. I felt really relaxed and pretty happy after those!

If you click on these you can see them better. It was dark in there so the pix aren’t  great. This is also our new friend Erin, the Kava Barista, she was so cute and sweet and showed us “the kava ropes”. I’m addicted!

Sunrise the next morning from our patio and then home that night!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Its was really nice to be able to spend it with my family, its been years!

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Comments on and raw ramblings and recipes

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Just a quick blog to tell you that I have turned on my comments so you can now post comments to my blogs!

Many of you write to me after my blog post in response to something I write or write to me on Facebook. (BTW, I never answer my face book messages, so please make sure you send your questions to Alissa@alissacohen.com) Now you can post your responses here. Yeah!!

I’m feeling weirdly euphoric this week! Maybe it’s all the extra yoga and de-stressing I’m doing.

So I’m becoming a yoga fanatic again since it’s the only thing that feels good for my foot. Hot yoga, I have a new love with hot vinyasa flow. I’ve been driving way too far though to do it so I’ve convinced Taylor and Philippe to open a Prana Yoga near me. Actually 3 doors up from me! Already scouted out the place, spoken to the landlord and had them come and look at it. YEAH! I just have to be creating, even if it’s for someone else!  And since they are just like me, it looks like it’s already in the works!  I’ll keep you posted and maybe I’ll even be teaching there and you can all come and take a class with me! Although I think I just want to take classes, not teach, but who knows, teaching is in my blood so we’ll see! At the very least, you can come and take class with me! You’ll love it, I promise!!!

Lots of interviews and promo for my new book. There’s a cool thread on my rawfoodtalk.com board about the book with pictures and recipes that people are making.  Check it out here http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=62303

I’ve been taking my therapeutic Enzymes again and making the Burdock-Shilajit Latte that I posted about in my last bog and feel awesome. I’ve always loved those enzymes and I swear that Shilajit has magical healing powers!

I’ve got two new projects I’m kicking around but I think I need to play for a while before I dive in! One is another book… am I ready to sit down and do that?? hm, I don’t know…Tomorrow is the winter farmers market around here and then a huge art show close by. Sunday is play time over a friend’s house. There will be a bunch of non raw people there so I’m making my stuffed pesto mushrooms, ice cream and other goodies to get them hooked!

Next week we are off to Florida for thanksgiving to see my parents and raw sister. I’m so excited to be spending the holiday with them. My sister is making all kinds of stuff from my new book, the papaya steak, stuffing, etc… we’re just going to hang out at the beach for a few days and then pig out on yummy raw food for thanksgiving. It’s been so many years since I’ve spent Thanksgiving with my parents. We are usually away on the holidays. I’m really looking forward to spending it with them and my sister. I also get to see one of my best friends, Elaine, while I’m in Fl.

On my way into my infrared sauna and then off to play for a while with my enchanting friend Susan.

Oh and to top off the day….Imagine my excitement and joy when I found these little babies waiting for me just 5 minutes away!



Yep, the Asian store near me has had durians all this time and I haven’t even known it.  I bought two yesterday and they are all defrosted and ready to be devoured today. Ah, all is right in the world :) .

Burdock – Shilajit Latte

Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Burdock-Shilajit Latte:

This is one of my favorite recipes in my new book!

Shilajit Latte

Burdock root tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory herbal tea. A mildly bitter herb, it also stimulates the release of gastric juices and aids digestion. Read more about Burdock root tea here.

Shilajit is considered the king herb of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals in ionic form. Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” It is a mineral-rich humus (soil) that emanates from the crevices of the Himalayan mountains. Shilajit is truly a remarkable substance with a long history of human usage for healing, building, and rejuvenation. (Read more about Shiljit here)

Combine burdock tea and shilajit powder with these other ingredients to take the place of your morning coffee.

1 cup brewed burdock root

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon shilajit powder

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a vitamix or blender until frothy and warm from blending. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.

This recipe is from Alissa’s new book Raw Food for Everyone.

Raw Food for Everyone

Order the burdock root, Shilajit or the agave for this recipe and receive a 25% off coupon for your next purchase!

When you order anything from my store from now until the 26th of November, you will receive a 25% coupon good for your next purchase! (good until the end of the year!)

The only thing that is excluded are my living on live food books and DVDs and appliance over $200.00.

Moving through life raw

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

My best friend just deleted herself from my mailing list.

Hm, what could that mean? That we are forever done being friends? That maybe she was on twice and was just deleting one so she wouldn’t get a double email? I don’t know. All I know is that the mind never really knows the mind of another.

My “friend” and I have been friends for 25 years. I thought we would grow old together. She knew me better than anyone. Even my husband. We spoke everyday and if we missed a day, there was a void. The connection we had stretched through many years of love, grief, pain, joy, misunderstandings, celebrations and everything that one encounters in a 25 year span of living.

We bumbled through our twenties together, figured out our thirties together and were peacefully rolling through our forties together. Or so I thought. Changes in her life made me feel  she was further away from me. When we spoke, I sometimes felt like she was on a different wavelength. The understanding that we seemed to share for so many years was replaced with misunderstanding and seeing things completely different. I felt like she was getting crystallized. I often felt like I was speaking with an authority figure and someone with whom personal growth was no longer important. I wondered where my magical, searcher for truth, non conformist friend went. I never said anything, just tried to accept where she was at and that maybe she needed to be in this place. Unfortunately, she could not do the same. She found fault with many of the things I did and said and turned into someone extremely critical.

Believing  that many years as friends deserved some consideration to at least try, I called and tried to work things out. Feeling hurt and that I should not be the one to reach out, I did anyway as I knew she wouldn’t.  My last call was not returned.

It’s taking a lot of soul searching and admitting to myself that this is not a relationship that has served me for some time now. It’s sad that you know someone for that long and then you don’t. That’s always been an odd thing for me.

It’s interesting that in the last 6 months I’ve had  a lot of new people come into my life that are beginning to mean a lot to me.  There are a few people in particular who are becoming so much an integral part of my life. We “get each other” on so many levels. The fun, the joy, the conscious creation, the physical and the spiritual. I’ve been spending more time with people who are living in the truth of their life and moving forward everyday towards creating a beautiful, magical conscious life. It feels good and it inspires me to live every moment of my life in the awareness of possibilities.

One of these people who are becoming very special to me quoted me in her supermom blog this week (I’m the dear friend in her blog post ;) )

So as I try to move past the pain of losing a long time friend, I’m just watching the shift happen and being open to what direction the energy is guiding me to.  I’m trying to process the sadness and feel what this really means and why I’ve created letting go of someone very special to me and why it actually feels right.

I couldn’t imagine trying to get through this without the clarity of raw, lots of yoga, meditation and the innate knowing that everything always works out for my highest good. Maybe it is because I have that belief that things always work out, that they do. Or, maybe it is because things always work out that I have that belief. One in the same, I know.

Be well my old friend, you have taught me much and for that and so much more, I will always be grateful.

Raw Interviews and specials!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Slacking off on the blogging a little! I’m doing an interview with Martha Stewart Radio on Sirus today and hooked on raw with Rhio tomorrow  and one or two everyday for another two weeks. Lots and lots of interviews lately, tons of radio, to promote the new book. Some great reviews so far on Raw Food for Everyone! Here’s one form a foodie blogger who was at my book signing last week.

I’m adding a whole new section on my site next week with exciting new products so watch for that. Meanwhile there are some amazing gift ideas such as the new sticky yoga mats from Jade. These are SUPER sticky. I’m using them in hot yoga and you totally stick to the mat still. They are eco friendly and an amazing company!

Also this super sleek bamboo sushi tray, the silicon molds and the Envitote are all favorites!

Don’t forget, I’m still running a special through November 26th.

When you order anything from my store during the next month, you will receive a 25% coupon good for your next purchase!

The only thing that is excluded are my living on live food books and DVDs and appliance over $200.00.

It’s my way of thanking you for shopping at alissacohen.com! Remember, your purchases support animal rights and help us to donate more for our furry friends.