Cristina Ferrare

WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE DESSERT?

 

Let’s discuss desserts and if you can have them without harming your health. I’m here to say Yessssss! Here are some of the photo’s from my cookbook, “Food for Thought” that I would like to share with you. I spent many hours in the kitchen coming up with a healthier alternative to eating desserts that you could enjoy. Desserts that wouldn’t ruin your health by filling it with processed sugar and fat which is bad for your heart, brain and gut and causes inflammation in the body! 

Along with the photos I wanted to include a recipe from, “Food for Thought”. I thought you might enjoy the brownies!

When I started to experiment with this brownie recipe I wanted to add nuts into the batter because I love nuts in everything! Of course if you have a nut allergy or simply do not like them, just eliminate them. I needed to find out first if the brownie would stay moist, and the texture would be pleasing. These brownie delivers that and more. It has a rich chocolate taste sure to please any chocolate lover. The best part is I can enjoy a dessert that doesn’t make me feel sorry I ate it afterwards and is good for me!.

You can serve these brownies with a scoop of frozen yogurt, or dairy free ice cream and even fresh berries!

These brownies are extremely delicate especially when they first come out of the oven, do don’t even try to eat them until COMPLETELY cooled.  Cool the brownies on your kitchen counter for 1 hour. Do not remove the brownies from the muffin tin. Cover the brownies with aluminum foil and make sure the foil does not touch the brownies. Let them rest overnight at room temperature before serving. They taste better the next day.

All of these luscious desserts are in the cookbook available on Amazon

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GREAT FIND! ORGANIC, VEGAN, & SOY FREE MILK “MALK “

I found this product that I really LOVE and I wanted to share, “MALK”, organic, gluten free, soy free! It tastes delicious! I used the almond milk in my steaming hot Matcha tea this morning and later the pure pecan with maple on my Granola! I had it yesterday and couldn’t wait for this morning to have it again with a side of blueberries! I purchased these at Gelson’s market! Of course please check out My new food product, “My Granola” available at all 4 erewhon markets here in LA soon to be available on Amazon! Keeping gut, heart, and brain healthy! Have a happy day🤗

“FLOURISH”

Organic Granola Cereals, Non-GMO, Gluten Free and Vegan

“Flourish” is a new company founded by me and my daughters Arianna and Alex Thomopoulos committed to helping you “Flourish”, Body, Mind, Soul. We offer healing foods from recipes developed in my kitchen, eco friendly products, and a healthy balanced lifestyle. We are launching this week at the four Erewhon stores in Los Angeles with our first product, Organic Granola.

It will be available this Wednesday in the Erewhon Market at “The Grove” LA, and Erewhon Market, Santa Monica!

Thursday in Erewhon Market, Calabasas, and Erewhon Market, Venice!

Erewhon, “The Grove” LA

Erewhon, Calabasas

Erewhon, Venice

Erewhon, Santa Monica

My Original Granola with CBD Oil!

Erewhon’s mission Statement is to make healthy, pure, nutrient-rich food and products available to all and to inspire people to eat better, and live longer.

Our first product line is from my original recipes for Granola! We have four different Granola products, “My Original Granola”, “Turmeric”, “Original Granola with CBD”, and “Chocolate Chip Cookie”. We will be adding two new Granola’s, “Golden Heart Coconut Crunch” and “Date Me”! All products are Non-
GMO, Organic Gluten Free and Vegan.

Watch for as we expand into more food products, such as Soups, Pasta Sauces, Marinades, Salad Dressing, Desserts, Grab & Go and Frozen Organic Meals and more!

Turmeric is the new black! Foods, and suppliments are flying off the shelves. Anti-inflammatory properties in Turmeric calms the brain, helps heal the gut and is good for the heart!

All of our products will be available nation wide and on Amazon soon. I will let you know when we are ready to launch in other parts of the country and on Amazon!

Granola with Yogurt, blueberries, and raspberries!



Game Day Chicken Wings

Super Easy Game Day Chicken Wings

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Yes, Super Bowl and Chicken Wings are a given so here is a recipe that is super easy. It only takes 40 minutes and doesn’t involve frying! It’s basically a bake, and serve recipe (with lots of napkins on the side). These wings are crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, and deliver the “kick” you expect from a wing!

INGREDIENTS:

2 dozen wings, tips removed and cut in half by the joint bone (ask you butcher to do this it will save you time and your wrists)

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoon onion powder

2 teaspoons paprika

1-12 ounce bottle of Frank’s Hot Sauce

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Flower Arrangements

I love fresh flowers and I always have them in our home. The flowers shown  on these pages are from my own garden and the open market.
Buying flowers from the open market is the way to go, they are much fresher, prettier, cheaper and last twice as long than super market flowers.

I also like to arrange fresh herbs in flower pots and use them on the dinner table. That way when anyone wants fresh herbs in their soup, salad, pasta, etc. all you need to do is reach! Displaying them along side flower arrangements is quit stunning! It’s like having a garden in your house and smells nice too! I will keep adding on to this page with more arrangements!

On occasions when I do receive flowers I will post them too, some of them are knockouts like this one!

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BAKING TIPS

Easy Holiday Baking Tips

I don’t like to bake. It’s a discipline and it involves science—yes, it does! I flunked chemistry. So it came as no surprise to me that when I tried my hand at baking it was a disaster.

I have spent years and years trying to make desserts. My cookies were always either too dry, too soft, not baked through or they completely melted together in the oven to form one giant cookie that I told my family was a cookie pizza!

My cakes always were sunken, so I used gobs and gobs of frosting to fill up the hole. Pies were watery and runny and the crust soggy. Cream puff pastries came out so hard I could have used them for candle holders. My brownies were always so dry and hard around the edges I had to use a cleaver to loosen them.

I always start with the best intentions, and every time I started a new “project” (that’s what I called it because it’s so difficult for me), I swore that this time I would be successful and my beautiful creations would look like pictures from a magazine. It never worked! What was I doing wrong? Read more »

Roasted Red Potatoes

RED POTATOES WITH CLARIFIED BUTTER, ONIONS, & ROSEMARY

Serves 6

12 small to red potatoes

1/3 cup clarified butter or Ghee*

1-tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped

6 sprigs fresh thyme; pull about 1 teaspoon of the leaves off to sprinkle over the potatoes while they cook, and save the rest for garnish

1-teaspoon kosher salt

1-teaspoon cracked pepper

1-medium onion, sliced thin

2-tablespoons coarse chopped Italian parsley

CLARIFIED BUTTER

1 stick (8 ounces) unsalted butter

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter; allow the butter to remain undisturbed while melting. When all the butter has melted, carefully remove the foam that forms on top. Pour the clear buttery liquid in a bowl. Be careful not to let the whey at the bottom get into the bowl. Discard the foam and whey. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can also purchase Clarified butter at your market.

You can also purchase Ghee. Clarified butter and ghee are not the same. Ghee is clarified butter that has been cooked longer to remove moister and the milk solids are browned in the fat and then strained. It give you a rich nuttier taste and also has a longer shelf life. Both make these potatoes taste outstanding.

TO MAKE POTATOES

Rinse and cut the potatoes in half. Dry well with paper towels.

Heat a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet until really hot. Add the clarified butter. When the butter starts to sizzle, add the potatoes, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Give the skillet a good shake. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.

After 10 minutes, or when the bottoms start to turn golden, flip the potatoes over using a metal spatula. Add the onion, and mix. Cover and cook on medium low until the potatoes are soft in the middle and have turned a beautiful golden color and the onions have caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish, and add more salt if necessary. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the potatoes and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh thyme.