The wonderful world of juices and smoothies at the Monta Vista Market

Watermelon spritzer Monta Vista Sunrise Green ginger juice …and so much more¬†were the concoctions created during my demo this past Sunday at the Monta Vista Market. I brought my Breville juice machine and my Vitamix (a high-speed blender). Thankfully the staff had no trouble keeping up with washing the produce, and rinsing out the juicer […]

Sweet-Spiced Pear Aspic with cake mix crust

This dessert brings to mind my friend’s mantra: “YUMMMMMMERs.” It’s guilt free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, low carb. This recipe requires a bit of attention and time — it has 3 stages: bake, simmer and refrigerate. AND — no, you can’t taste the flavor of the white beans.

Caprese Salad, a cheese-free version

T’was hard to select a star player of our meal when two of the three dishes really stood out. I’ll give my vote to this one, tho, because it clearly can stand on its own. This vegetarian version of the Caprese Salad was very very good! What a beautiful presentation, too.

Raw: Avocado Cucumber Soup

In this soup: the citrus sings high and the smoked salt sings low, a wonder sound on the tongue.

Raw: Cardamom on Blueberries, Coconut and Pear

Jay had already opened a Thai Young coconut, using the water for a smoothie so when I saw the meat I immediately thought of a creamy strong-sour-like yogurt to balance the sweetness of the blueberries and match the strong lemony-fruity-pungent flavor of the cardamom.