Raw Appetizers @ Rawmazing.com

Oh my gosh…I must admit, it is good to be back. I haven’t posted to Rawmazing for over a month. It’s the longest I have gone since starting the site over 6 years ago! And what a month it has been. We moved, I finished my Professional Plant Based Certification through Rouxbe (more about that later), and we are living in a house that is over 90% under construction.

I don’t know which is /was the biggest challenge.

Our move turned out to be exhausting. I ridiculously thought that we could pack and move ourselves (except for the big stuff). Our new house, which we are doing a complete renovation on has been under construction since May. Since I kept hearing things like, “Your office will be done this weekend”, long before our move out date, I thought the move could be done in stages. That didn’t happen.

Turns out that nothing was done until the very last minute. The builders put up a gallant charge so we would actually have at least 2 small rooms mostly done. We went into panic mode and made U Haul very happy with our purchase of hundreds of boxes, which we will free cycle when all is said and done. Working until midnight, and with the help of friends, somehow we got packed up and moved out in time. Note: 3 weeks later, almost all of those boxes are still packed as we have no where to put anything!

Our house is a beautiful place even with the walls torn open and construction debris everywhere. The views are insane, the yard has over an acre and a half for the dogs to run and it is private. Even though we only have 2 rooms mostly finished, a downstairs office that is being used as our bedroom and the upstairs office that is being used for everything else, I am falling asleep to the sound of crickets and lovely darkness. It is heaven. I do, however wake to the sound of compressors firing up almost every morning at 7:30am.

I was hoping to keep posting to the blog through the move but it became impossible. Something had to give and unfortunately it was the blog. I had a huge class deadline looming, and that wasn’t going to go away. I have been working on my Professional Plant Based Certification since February and I still had the final exam and the final project left! Somehow I managed to move and complete the course. 

The Rouxbe class was fantastic. It completely changed my approach to plant based cooking. I will be sharing a lot more about that in the coming weeks including a wonderful give-away. If you are interested in checking it out, use the link on the right sidebar or click here: Rouxbe 

Our final project was to prepare a plant-based “shindig”. That word still cracks me up. So much so I had to look it up. All I could think was, “What the heck is a shindig” anyway? Turns out it comes from the word “shindy” which could refer to a brawl (my favorite), a dance (shins up) or as used today, a noisy party, dance or gathering. 

Rawmazing.com RecipesThese are my final “bites” that I created for the “Shindig”.

Starting top left: Watermelon “Sushi” on a Seaweed Cracker with Chive “Creme Fraiche” and Marinated Seaweed, Cracked Pepper Dried Cherry Crackers with a Peach Salad and Pistachio Dust (recipe at the end of the post), Cucumber Mango Onion Dice with Mint and a Red Pepper Jam, Cold Roasted Heritage Tomato and Fennel Soup with a Corn Salsa and finally, my Molecular Strawberry Ginger Spheres with Sugar Coated Fried Balsamic Garnish. As you can see, these are a combination of raw food and cooked food, but all plant based.

Today I am sharing the recipe for one of the favorites at the shindig, the Dried Cherry Pepper Crackers with Pine Nut Pepper “Cheese”, Dressed Arugula, Fresh White Nectarines, Fresh Cherries and a Pistachio Dust.

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Perfect Summer Dinner Salad

by Susan on July 14, 2014

Perfect Hearty Summer Dinner Salad @Ramwazing.com

I am not even going to pretend. I am overwhelmed! We are moving into our new house, well 2 rooms of our new house in only 11 days and I honestly don’t know how we are going to pull it off. Our garages (that we were going to move our stuff into) are filled with construction materials, windows, and the like. The room that will be our temporary bedroom still has gapping holes in the ceiling, no carpet on the cement floors and holes in the walls, everywhere. It is going to be an interesting week up there as I know the builder is trying his hardest to get something for us to live in. 

I have decided to let go and treat this as an adventure. I will take care of the things I can and let go of the things I can’t. It is going to be crazy but fun. It’s all in your attitude, right?

Making meals has almost become a joke at my house. My poor sweetie is used to lovely dinners almost every day of the week. Now, after spending the entire day chasing after tiles, paint colors, doors, and pretty much everything else required in the design of this home, and trying to work on top of that, dinner time comes and I have nothing left. “What’s for dinner?” is usually met with a blank stare.

I know many of you are so busy raising kids, working your butts off at jobs and taking care of your families, friends, or just yourself. Our lives have gotten unbelievably busy. At the end of the day, it is great to have a quick salad that you can just throw together and put on the table without too much effort.

This is one of my favorite salads at this time of year. Corn, tomatoes, and avocados are all in season and tasting delicious. This salad is accented with black beans and a chipotle dressing, which are completely optional if you want to keep it raw or lower in fat. I am going to break up the recipe for you so that you can serve it any way you wish. And feel free to be creative with it and add your own touch!

Perfect Hearty Summer Dinner Salad @Rawmazing

You can stop half way through this recipe if you want a lower-fat, completely raw version. This is shown with the beans added but not the dressing. 

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Chocolate Espresso Hazelnut Frozen Torte

June 15, 2014
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Did I really say that? Chocolate espresso hazelnut frozen torte? Yes, I did. And you are going to love this one. It is pretty easy to put together if you make the hazelnut butter in advance. And since there are avocados in the filling in stead of coconut oil and cashews, you are going to […]

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Beets with Arugula “Cheese” and Orange

May 29, 2014
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Beets with Arugula “Cheese” and Orange (recipe follows post) An  Easy Elegant Appetizer and a Story I exhaled on Tuesday for the first time in 5 months. Not your normal exhale but a long  breath from deep down inside. As the air escaped from my lips, months of pent up stress traveled with it. Finally, a […]

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Raw Blackberry and Mango Almond Nut Pâté Salad

April 17, 2014
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I am sitting in my kitchen, surrounded by furniture (that belongs in the family room) as carpet layers, window washers and air conditioning technicians swarm my house like it’s a hive. The dogs have been sent to “Auntie Jan’s” house for the day and the poor cats are locked in the courtyard so they will […]

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Raw Stuffed Mushrooms with Rosemary “Cream”

April 3, 2014
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Stuffed Large Portobella Mushrooms With the Cashew Rosemary “Cream” There are some days that recipe inspiration does not come easy. And then sometimes, you get lucky. You see an ingredient and a whole dish falls into place. Strolling farmer’s markets can be a great idea. Veggies and fruits are everywhere calling out, “pick me!”  Yesterday, […]

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Raw Pho

March 23, 2014
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Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup that is loved by many. I have made vegan versions before but today, I bring you a recipe for raw Pho. This is a quick, easy pho, made from ingredients that shouldn’t be too  hard to find. There are some prepare ahead notes as you have […]

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White Chocolate Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tort

March 14, 2014
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  That’s raw? You bet it is. In fact it is one of my all time favorite raw dessert recipes and today we are taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting it! It’s all because my book, Rawmazing: Over 130 Simple Raw Recipes for Radiant Health is going into it’s third printing and my editor […]

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Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Peas and Cumin

February 28, 2014
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Cauliflower. It isn’t a word that makes your heart skip a beat, or makes you start to salivate. But it is a work horse that can don many coats. I have used it as a pizza crust, a base for “stir-fry”, roasted it, made cauliflower steaks in the dehydrator and even made raw mashed “potatoes” […]

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Raw Strawberry Chocolate “Trifle”

February 16, 2014
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Tri-fle: noun: A thing of little importance. Britt: a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream. Ok…so we are taking raw food liberties again…it really isn’t a traditional trifle but it is a darn good raw version! I remember the first trifle I ever had. I was in […]

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Raw Coconut Bok Choy Spicy Soup

February 7, 2014
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It started raining late last night. Liquid silver falling from the sky. Some would say, liquid gold when you take into account the drought we have been having in California. It has been unseasonably warm, and horribly dry. Hills that are normally emerald green this time of year are a dusty brown. People who make […]

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Beet and Avocado Salad with Lime Ginger Cumin Macadamia “Cheese”

January 24, 2014
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I had some beets. I had some avocados. And simply because they are such good culinary friends, and they like cumin, lime and ginger, and I wanted a hearty raw salad for lunch, this little gem was born. I honestly don’t have a lot more to say about this one because I need to eat […]

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Cacao Dried Cherry Energy Bars

January 16, 2014
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Last weekend, I had an incredible experience. Seriously incredible. I met a friend. Not so incredible? Well, wait until you hear the back story on this one. 18 years ago, many evenings after I would tuck my little girls into bed, I would get on the computer and head to a chat room on CompuServe. […]

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Miso Ginger Kale Soup

January 9, 2014
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I am often asked, “How do you stay raw in the winter”. The simple answer is I don’t.  I don’t worry about being 100% raw at any time of the year. In the summer I will go for weeks without eating any cooked food but not because I have set expectations that I have to […]

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Favorite Recipes of 2013

December 30, 2013
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It’s that time of year…when we look back over the last year, on the eve of the new. It has been a wonderful year here at Rawmazing and that is thanks to all of you, dear readers! For our end of the year round up, I have chosen 8 of our most popular recipes from […]

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Favorite Handmade Christmas Presents

December 19, 2013
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Body Butter When I was a little girl, handmade Christmas presents were not at the top of my list. In fact, as the good consumers my family was, most everything under the tree was store bought. I didn’t appreciate the love that went into something handmade. One exception was the snowball cookies (Russian Tea Cakes) that […]

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