zero-waste fresh seasonal fruit vinaigrette

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2015  |  12 Comments
I became a salad fanatic as a teenager. But back then, I smothered my leafy greens with gobs of creamy ranch salad dressing. It wasn’t until I began learning about nutrition in college that I started paying attention to the ingredients in my bottled dressing. I soon realized my pick was definitely science experiment worthy. Luckily, I quickly changed my bad habits and began making my own vinaigrettes and other salad dressings. One of my favorites throughout the years has been fruit vinaigrette. It still provides creaminess, but it’s from real produce not a chemistry lab! I’m so glad the Recipe Redux theme this month is “DIY kitchen essentials.” It gives me the opportunity to share my very personal recipe...
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berry berry cobbler

by Jackie Newgent  |  April 1, 2013  |  1 Comment
©Photographed by Stephanie M. Smith. Visit her Web site (Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 6 servings My fabulous intern, Stephanie Smith, and I came up with this “tasteover” together. We wanted to highlight fresh colorful berries in a comforting dessert. This raspberry-blackberry cobbler is the result. The photo speaks for the deliciousness, which is all thanks to Stephanie. Watch out world … a budding professional photographer is in the making. We hope you enjoy our cobbler. Let us know what you think! Calories Saved: 250
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dark chocolate black forest torte

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 27, 2012  |  3 Comments
Makes 16 servings: 1 slice each My friend Mo sent me an overly decadent recipe to makeover for her husband’s birthday. Of course, she gives me a dessert recipe that seems quite intimidating. (I’m definitely a cook, not a baker!) But going outside my comfort zone often results in very good things. So baker or no baker, do give this inspired torte a try, too. Black Forest cake is named after Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser), a liquor distilled from tart cherries, that has origins in the Black Forest mountain range of southwestern Germany. It’s the most distinctive ingredient in the traditional cake. However, there were no cherries to be found in the “before” recipe; so I added in some cherry goodness …...
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