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Super-Charged Smoothies
Another review of our Super-Charged Smoothies book is up at Style Substance Soul.

After perusing our Eat Pray Love theme, we’re kind of shocked that we didn’t devote more space to eating. So, we’d like to introduce you to three of our favorite new cookbooks which are, of course, all about desserts…

Smoothies are those rare treats that taste so yummy, you can’t believe they’re good for you. This great little guide ups the ante with more than 60 recipes meant to make you look and feel better than ever. Featuring ingredients like pomegranate juice, Greek yogurt and fresh fruits, they’ll make your hair and skin glow, and turn your immune system into a thing of beauty. Smoothie queens – and identical twins! — Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening have already written two bestselling books on the subject, and this one takes the drink to a whole new level. Smooth!

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Smooth(ie) Operators

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So exciting! Check out the July 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, for our Blueberry Brain Boost, Watermelon Agua Fresca and Greek Goddess smoothie recipes from our latest book, Super-Charged Smoothies.

They’re designed to make you smarter, leaner, and healthier—and taste delicious, as well!

O Magazine: “Pulse, Blend and Puree Your Way to Better Health.”

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Two more Super-Charged Smoothies at Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books has two more recipes excerpted from our latest book up on their blog: Kombucha, Baby! and Strawberries All the Whey. Check it out:

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Strawberries have been outrageously good this spring due to all the crazy rainstorms that have hit some of the best growing areas.

To celebrate the incredible fruit this year, check out these two fantastically delicious and good for you smoothies recipes from the best selling cookbook author masters of concocting them, Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford.

Try them out (take a photo if you can, and post a link if you do!) and let us know what you think by writing a comment. We’ll be giving away three random copies of this super-charged, energizing book this week. Happy blending!

Read more: From the Chronicle Kitchen

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3 recipes for healthy, delicious shakes for kids and parents

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Three of our new recipes excerpted from Super-Charged Smoothies were recently featured on Babble Food:

As we all know, smoothies can be sweet-tooth satisfiers, energy enhancers, cleansing on-the-go meal replacements, pick-me-up snacks, terrific kid-pleasing shakes, and even alkalizing toddies for adults. What a great way to consume a variety of vitamins and other healthy ingredients!

These three recipes from Super-Charged Smoothies will increase your antioxidant intake, strengthen your immune system, slenderize, alkalize, and energize.

With the push of a button, you can whirr your way to a healthier, super-charged lifestyle. Enjoy!

Head on over to Babble.com for our Blueberry Brain Boost, Raspberry Cappuccino, Super-C recipes.

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Pom Acai

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If you haven’t yet discovered acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), make this smoothie and you might just become an acai ADDICT! This exotic purple berry, loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, comes from the Brazilian rainforest and is thought by many to be the world’s super fruit. Reminiscent of blackberries and blueberries, sweet acai comes alive when paired with teasingly tart, antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice. Keep your eye out for acai juice blends, as well as smoothie packs (sweetened or unsweetened), which have less sugar than sorbet and are found in the freezer section at natural food stores. Our kids love to top this smoothie with organic granola for a supercharged breakfast.

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 fresh ripe banana
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen blueberries
  • one 3.53 ounce acai smoothie pack (we like unsweetened), or 1 cup acai sorbet
  • 1 scoop Mila (2 tablespoons), or chia seeds (optional) (see note)

Combine the pomegranate juice and banana in the blender. Add the blueberries and the acai smoothie pack or sorbet. Add the Mila (preferably chia gel) and blend until smooth.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups; serves 2

Note: After all the research we have done on super-charged foods (and we have done a lot!), Mila is at the TOP of the charts. Mila is a proprietary blend of chia seeds that is chocked full of Omega-3’s, fiber, protein, antioxidants, phytonutrients, calcium and essential vitamins and minerals. For more information on this powerful whole raw food (this is no supplement!), check out our personal Lifemax website at marysara.lifemax.net.

We like to pre-hydrate the Mila, creating a chia gel, before adding to smoothies, milkshakes, oatmeal, or yogurts. The gel is easier for the body to digest and absorb, and it also maximizes hydration in the body. To make the gel, add 1 scoop (2 tablespoons) of Mila to a cup or more of water. Stir and let sit for 15 minutes or more. If we are just consuming Mila on its own (without adding to other foods), we stir 1 scoop of Mila in 16 ounces of water or juice and let sit for 15 minutes or several hours. It does get a bit gelatinous, but does not bother us.

P.S. Our kids hate the gelatinous effect of Mila, so they stir it in juice and power it back immediately when we don’t have time to make a smoothie.

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Super-Charged Smoothies!

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We have finally birthed our 3rd smoothie book, Super-Charged Smoothies, and it’s SUPER-CHARGED with lots of energizing smoothies. Check out this clip for a sneak peak into the new wave of smoothies! And to order, go to Chronicle Books or Amazon.

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Lemon Ricotta Cake with Zesty Lemon Icing

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Our dear friend and amazing baker, Charlotte Hardwick, made this kick-ass cake a couple weeks ago at a gathering in San Francisco. She served it slightly warm alongside a perfectly brewed cup of jasmine tea that was sweetened with raw honey and homemade almond milk. You know when something hits ya JUST right? Mmmmmmmmm… I think I ended up eating half the cake in the car on the way home. It took every ounce of discipline I had to save a tiny sliver for Sara to sample.

Sara loved this lemony delight as much as I did (surprise surprise!), so we decided to showcase it at our annual Easter party in Sonoma last weekend. We dressed the cake in a zesty, lemony, buttercream frosting and it made a bright, yummy ending to a cold, rainy Easter. Feel free to serve the cake plain or with the icing. Either way is delish. And to those of you who raise a skeptical eyebrow at baking gluten-free cakes, we’d put this one up against a traditional lemon poppyseed cake any day of the week.

For the Cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup turbinado or sugar
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted (if using unsalted, add a hefty pinch of salt)
  • 3/4 cup Pamela’s Baking and Pancake mix (wheat free and gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour, from blanched whole almonds (we like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • zest of 1 lemon (1 teaspoon)
  • juice of 1 lemon (2 1/2 tablespoons)

For the Icing:

  • 1/2 stick salted butter, softened, preferably Kerry Gold (if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • zest of 1 lemon (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk eggs and sugar together in a medium bowl. Thoroughly whisk in the ricotta and the butter, followed by the Pamela’s baking and pancake mix and the almond flour. Last, whisk in the lemon zest and lemon juice.

Grease an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan. Either is fine. Pour batter into cake pan, and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out with loose crumbs attached. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.

For the icing, whisk the butter in a small bowl with the powdered sugar. Add the cream and whisk until well incorporated. Whisk in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Ice the top of the cooled cake and garnish with fresh berries.

Serves 8

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Better Banana Bread

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Last weekend I road-tripped to Lake Tahoe with five gal pals. It didn’t take us long to break into the homemade banana bread. (I mean, who doesn’t love good ol’ banana bread?) However, I’d brought two versions and was itching for a taste test. Hands down, they preferred our “new and improved” banana bread, made with Pamela’s Wheat-free, Gluten-Free Baking & Pancake Mix and coconut oil, to our trustworthy recipe in our Bride and Groom Cookbook.

The big difference between these two recipes is that the older one calls for all-purpose flour and canola oil; the new one uses Pamela’s pancake mix and coconut oil. The new combination gives the bread a great, fly-away texture. Oh, and we did sneak a little crumble topping on at the last minute and it rocks!

Even our kids, after so many years of loving the tried-and-true Bride and Groom version, agreed that this recipe is the new benchmark for yummy banana bread. William belted out, between swigs of raw milk, “This version rules!” It’s unanimous in our households. Let us know what y’all think!

  • 1 cup banana puree, from 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temp (unrefined is preferable, but refined is fine too)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado, or brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups Pamela’s gluten-free pancake mix (see note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

For topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or 1 tablespoon each coconut oil and butter), melted
  • 1/4 cup turbinado, or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Pamela’s gluten-free pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • pinch salt
  • sprinkle cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the peeled bananas in food processor or blender and process until smooth. Measure 1 cup banana puree and set aside. Whisk together oil, sugar, banana, eggs, and vanilla in a medium size bowl. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Whisk dry ingredients into wet ones. Pour mixture into a greased 8 by 4-inch bread pan (metal one works a tad better than glass). We grease the pan with coconut oil followed by a dusting of Pamela’s mix or you can use the nonstick spray.

For topping, mix melted butter (or butter-coconut oil mixture) with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over the top and press lightly into the batter. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until tester comes out with lose crumbs attached. We always check after about 30 minutes and usually need to cover the bread loosely with foil so it doesn’t get too brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

Yield: 8×4-inch loaf

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Note: Pamela’s wheat-free & gluten-free baking & pancake mix is made primarily of rice flour, almond meal and tapioca starch, and is the base for so many recipes in our households. The pancake recipe on the back of the package is fantastic, as are the biscuits and the scones. This is great for people who eat gluten free. Just note that this recipe is gluten free ONLY if you omit the oatmeal in the topping. If you want, just substitute with nuts or add 3 more tablespoons of the Pamela’s mix.

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Mo butter… Mo better!!

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Rather than a recipe, we’ve got a big fat tip this week, one that will boost any number of recipes already in your rotation. While away in Aspen last weekend, we whipped up hearty bowls of cinnamon-raisin oatmeal. After the third morning of mediocre oatmeal, we had an epiphany about our problemo. Our all-time-fave brand of butter was missing! It was the butter that made all the difference. If you have never tried KERRYGOLD IRISH BUTTER, we urge you to find some. Here’s why:

Ireland has long been revered for its dairying because it has everything needed to make a cow happy: good soil, mild climate, moisture, and green grass galore. As we know, happy cows produce amazing milk, which makes unbeatable butter. Kerrygold Butter is so golden that it looks like it’s been colored. In fact, the rich color is natural and comes from the beta-carotene in the vibrant green Irish grass consumed by the cows.

We admit to being butter snobs, but promise you can taste the difference. Kerrygold is pricier than some other brands (depending on where you live), but worth every penny. We buy six 8 oz. packages at a time at Trader Joe’s ($2.69 per 8 oz. versus up to $5.99 at some stores) and put them in the freezer so that we are never without. We prefer the flavor of the salted butter to unsalted, but run a taste test and decide for yourself.

For those of you who are nutritional “nervous Nellies,” as Julia Child use to say, and are wary of eating real butter, we urge you to pick up a copy of Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon. Based on the work of Weston Price, this expansive nutritional guide explains why our bodies need old-fashioned animal fats… and much, much more. After discovering this book and its wisdom years ago, we spread, dip, dunk, and DELIGHT in all that butter has to offer.

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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There’s always a stash of chicken nuggets in our freezer and if you have small children, I bet there’s probably a box or two in your freezer as well. Bell & Evan’s yummy, breaded, boneless, skinless chicken breasts get thumbs up in our households. But, we all know, homemade chicken nuggets really blow frozen away. When you’ve got a little time, and a little extra patience for a big, happy mess, help your kids make their own nuggets. Our kids delight in rolling up their sleeves, getting dirty and having fun in the kitchen. Hands get gooky and there is always a hefty dusting of flour and bread crumbs on the floor, but it’s worth the mess to watch the kids have so much fun. Experts say that the best way to get children to open their minds to different foods is to get ’em in the kitchen. We keep trying!

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (We love thighs but chicken breasts work fine too.)
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour, or AP flour (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs or Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, or refined coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Clean up the chicken thighs by removing any excess fat or gristle. Cut into bite size pieces, about 11/2 inches each. Season with salt and pepper. Pull out three bowls, preferably soup or pasta bowls. Mix together the flour and garlic powder in one of the bowls. Whisk together the eggs in another bowl. Pour the breadcrumbs into the last bowl. Line the bowls up… flour, eggs, breadcrumbs. Now the fun begins! Roll up your sleeves and dredge the chicken into flour with one hand, using the other hand to dip in the egg, then switching back to the “dry” hand to dredge in breadcrumbs. Place the prepared chicken nuggets on a plate. Repeat til all the chicken nuggets are breaded. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon canola oil. When the skillet is hot and the fat is bubbling, add half the nuggets. Reduce heat to medium (or even medium-low depending on your oven), and cook for 5-7 minutes per side. The goal is to get a crispy golden brown color on both sides. YOU DONT WANT TO COOK THEM TOO FAST or they will be too dark on the outside and undercooked on the inside! Place cooked nuggets on a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Wipe out the skillet and repeat process. Warm nuggets in the oven if necessary just before serving. Just make sure to remove the paper towels first. Oh, one more thing. These little nuggets will look slightly pink in the center if you use thigh meat. This does not mean that they are undercooked.

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Makes about 24 nuggets: Serves 4

Note: As you probably know by now, we are hip to gluten free products. We don’t have Celiac disease (in which gluten damages the absorptive surface of the small intestine, preventing the body from absorbing important nutrients). But we do suspect we’ve got an intolerance to wheat, due to the lethargy we feel after consuming it. So… organic quinoa flour is a great alternative to AP flour, as it is a complete protein that enhances the nutrition of countless dishes. Also, look for gluten free breadcrumbs. Glutino is our favorite brand.

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