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Massive Zucchini

August 1, 2010

Huge Raw Zucchini!

The other day, Steve was given a HUGE zucchini, and we decided we’d make several different recipes from it. For a while, we just left it on the dining room table as a great conversation piece, but yesterday we made our cooked veggie lasagna, and today will put together a raw version.

We were happy to see that our local Farmer’s Market has expanded to include some fabulous new organic farmers and vendors. One of them is La Vie from Santa Cruz. They used to be a restaurant and now are doing Farmer’s Markets. The quality of their food is very nice, and it is great to be able to go locally to find good raw food and organic produce. Another new vendor is Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut, also from the Santa Cruz area. If you are in S.F. Bay area, College of San Mateo has now got a really first class farmer’s market, including musician, every Saturday from 8-1 PM

Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

One thing of interest that was a moment of synchronicity – I spoke with one of the gals from the La Vie booth, and she mentioned that she had been having stuffed up ears and earaches for a while as she’d gone back to cooked food. She got off the cooked food and went back to raw, and the ears cleared up. Interestingly enough, that’s what I’m dealing with now, as we have been falling off the raw wagon by eating more cooked meals with mixed results. I’ve mentioned before that when I eat mostly raw, I have felt great, and some health issues  have improved, including ear wax buildup, but one that has not improved is my blood pressure – which totally astounds me. When I eat mostly raw, it spikes quite high. Now that we’ve been eating cooked food, the blood pressure is normalized, but the ear issues are back, and I don’t have the same vitality.

I’ve gotten more books on health modalities, but I think once again it all boils down to our unique individual chemistry. Like snowflakes, we’re all a little bit different, and it’s the process of finding the clues to what works best for us. So…I’m still trying to find the perfect balance, but do find that I am revitalized when I eat mostly raw. (KJ)


Planet Raw in Bay Area!

April 16, 2010

We went for lunch to a new raw food restaurant located in Pleasant Hill, CA. This is a spinoff of Raw Food Chef and author Juliano’s successful Santa Monica location, and is managed by his co-owner sister, Carolynn Brotman who is also Executive Chef.  The consensus from all of us – it is a WINNER!  (This link will take you to the Santa Monica site, but there is a link from them to the new restaurant in Pleasant Hill.)

We had the most delicious raw coconut Thai soup and an appetizer of stunning raviolis with sun-dried tomato “cheese” filling on a layer of incredible spaghetti  that turned out to be kelp based. I was speechless. Kelp spaghetti?? Wow! And the desserts…..Oh, My!! Chocolate parfait on cookie crust with pomegranate seeds, apple pie with delicious topping on Brazil nut crust. The presentation was beautiful and the prices were very reasonable.

Next day we went to Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley, and there was no comparison in quality or flavor. Planet Raw wins hands down. So, if you are fortunate enough to be in the East Bay, give yourself an epicurean delight. Located across from Diablo Valley College in a small shopping mall, the food can be eaten there or taken out. They are open every day except Sunday, and my only complaint is that we live on the Peninsula and they are far away. However, I’m so motivated by good food that I will make a special trip for lunch when I’m over in the Berkeley area again. On a further note, if you can’t visit either Planet Raw location, get Juliano’s book, RAW, The UNcook Book