Tag: Presidential inauguration

Drown Your Sorrows in Chocolate: Cocoa Dusted Chocolate Cashews with Cayenne Pepper

Hi everyone! Well, whether you are attending the inauguration or going on the Women’s march in D.C., you’re definitely going to need some snacks. As I always say, some may be inspired to cook or bake because of a new gadget or tool. Well, you can thank the new recipe I created to the double boiler I just picked up at an estate sale for 4 bucks! It is a healthy alternative to a lot of chocolate desserts out there. Enjoy and drown your sorrows in chocolate…..

Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Cashews with Cayenne Pepper:


10 oz dark chocolate 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (or almonds, pecans or any other nut) A few shakes of unsweetened cocoa powder (good quality like Valrhona)
A few shakes cayenne pepper (optional)

optional 1/2 cup raisins


In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and stir. If you don’t have a double boiler, put a stainless steel bowl over a pot with boiling water under it. Stir in the cashews  (and raisins if you are using) until coated with the chocolate Put small clusters of chocolate cashews on a wax paper lined baking sheet or large plate and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes until the chocolate is hardened Remove from the fridge and sprinkle the clusters with cocoa powder until dusted and then sprinkle with cayenne Store in an airtight container in a cool place

Shrimp Avocado Salad, Rosa Parks and Starting Your Own Movement

Hi everyone! Today is MLK day and the inauguration of our President.  So much to think about.

We have come so far as a country and as a people not only by individuals , but by masses of people doing their small part to make major change happen.

Below is a great piece about the  behind the scenes movement by many, many years leading up to the bus boycott,  to make Rosa Parks, the single person, to have been able to make such an impact on our country:

Rosa Parks Story

Thanks to Michelle Obama  and all the food activists for helping our country make better food choices.  You can start a movement in your own family with small steps. The healthy recipe below is my tribute to all of you:

Shrimp Avocado and Cashew Salad:

6 -8 cups of dark leafy greens, washed and dried

1/2 cup cooked, medium sized chilled shrimp

1/2 avocado, diced

2 TBS cashew halves

one clementine, sectioned


Drizzle of olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all salad ingredients, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, top with salt and pepper.