Category Archives: cooking

Vegan Fire Cider

Last month I participated in World Fire Cider Action Day and created my first batch homemade fire cider.  Fire Cider is an old herbal vinegar to cure or prevent a cold. Rosemary Gladstar, an herbalist created the recipe and has been giving it out freely to help people heal themselves with food. You can find it here.

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{Kris + Kristiina} Avo Toasts

Avo Toasts | Kris + Kristiina

Avocado on toast is one of my favorite things on the planet. Seriously. There isn’t much better than the creaminess of the avocado mashed over the warmth of the toast. Don’t forget the sea salt. It’s my dream. When I saw a recipe for it in Crazy Sexy Kitchen (also available here on Kris Carr’s website) I scoffed. That’s right, scoffed. I could not believe that my classic could be improved upon. I stand corrected.
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{Kris + Kristiina} Vegan Crab Cakes + Brussels Sprout Hash

Guys! I’m not sure why it took me so long to think of this new series. But, duh. My name is Kristiina. I adore Kris Carr and all her books. I should obviously cook my way through Crazy Sexy Kitchen and blog about it. I mean really, duh. So for the first installment in this series, please excuse the crappy lighting. It was a cloudy day. I had to start with the Crab Cakes because, wow, the thought of vegan crab cakes, blew my mind. I haven’t had crab in years, I don’t even know how many.

Vegan Crab Cakes from Crazy Sexy Kitchen

This is an incredible recipe. The hearts of palm give you the texture of crab and the nori gives you the flavor. I followed the recipe to the T with one tiny exception. I used gluten-free bread crumbs instead of panko crumbs. The crab cakes are listed as an appetizer in Crazy Sexy Kitchen. To make them a main dish, I served them on a bed of greens with red baby potatoes and a Brussels sprout hash.Continue Reading

Karjalan Piirakkaa, My Family's Post-Thanksgiving Tradition

Most people don’t realize how central their kitchen counter is to their life… until that is, they start blogging. Once you start photographing all the awesome things you are scheming, making and baking, you really start to notice the back drop aka your kitchen counter. Hopefully you have a beautiful and well-maintained one. Or if you are like me, its white plastic that stains easily and was once used as a cutting board by the previous owners of your home. The only option at that point is to head to your mother’s when ever you want to post a recipe.

Therefore, here is a warm welcome to my mama’s kitchen where you will learn to make Karelian Potato Piirakka or Perunapiirakkaa.

Karelian Potato Piirakka

A Piirakkaa is a traditional Finnish pastry, it’s savory not sweet. It is a rye crust that can really be filled with anything. My two favorite are the potato or  creamy rice filled ones. Today my mom and I made potato filled ones using leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving.  This recipe originally comes from a Finnish cookbook (my Mummu, Finnish for Grandma, is originally from Finland) and has been adapted by my Mummu for ease and further adapted by me and my mom to be dairy-free. I haven’t figured out how to do them gluten-free yet but if that happens, trust me, I’ll blog about it.

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{Recipe} Truffle Rosemary Popcorn

On Sunday while the BF and I were running errands we tried a sample of some gourmet popcorn, Black Truffle Rosemary. It was amazing. I couldn’t talk him into letting me buy a bag, and I can’t blame him because we would have gobbled it all up by the time we got home. I did manage to get a bottle of black truffle oil. I was pretty sure I could replicate the amazing flavor, and what do you know? I did, first try.
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