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National Ranch Dressing Day!

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  March 10th is National Ranch Dressing Day!  Did you know that ranch dressing was invented in the 1950s at a dude ranch in Santa Barbara? Historically it is a buttermilk dressing seasoned with a long list of herbs and spices such as: onions garlic dill parsley chives paprika black pepper Modern recipes use sour cream or yogurt in lieu of buttermilk, but we’re leaving you with a vegan, avocado-based ranch dressing recipe so that everyone can celebrate National Ranch Dressing Day. Serve it with some carrots sticks and cucumber chips for an extra healthy treat. Vegan Avocado Ranch Dressing...

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Chervil

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  Chervil, or French Parsley, is what makes restaurant food so snazzy - this fine little leaf adds just enough herbaceousness to mild dishes like poultry, fish, and soups. Chervil has a very delicate flavor profile, and should only be added right before the finish. And how does it taste? It tastes like a dainty parsley with a little hint of anise! So how would we go about using our Organic Chervil? Here’s some ideas for starters: sprinkle it on top of velvety soups like Cream of Mushroom, Carrot Ginger, or Vichyssoise. toss some popcorn with sea salt, melted butter,...

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From-Scratch Hot Chocolate

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Anyone can make luxurious hot chocolate within the comfort of their homes - even if you’re vegan! No matter what type of milk you use, the key is to use dark chocolate that’s at least 60-70% cocoa content, and in disk (feve) or chip form. Most of our dark chocolate flavors work well, but we especially like it with the Dark Chili Cayenne, Midnight Mocha, and Dark Lavender Vanilla. Try it with your favorite flavor today! FROM-SCRATCH HOT CHOCOLATE Makes 4 3/4-cup servings Ingredients 2 cups whole milk (or whatever alternative milk you’d like to use) 1 tin any Organic...

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Turmeric And Its Health Benefits

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Turmeric, or Curcuma long, is a spice that spans over many cultures - Indian, Chinese, even American (hint: mustard is not bright yellow). While most people recognize it as a key ingredient in curry powder, turmeric is a standard medicine in East and Southeast Asia (mainly for detox purposes, such as allergies and hangovers). However, it has gained  recent recognition in the western Hemisphere as well. Studies suggest that turmeric has an effect on the following: Inflammation control and cancer prevention Indigestion Depression Alzheimer’s disease (at least in animal models!) There are many ways to introduce turmeric into your everyday...

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Detox Spices

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Spices and herbs have always been use as medicine; to this day Ayurvedic and Chinese apothecaries prescribe them to cure ailments and detoxify the body. Here’s what some spices are purpotrated to do. Before you include them in your diet, make sure to consult your physician to confirm that they won’t interfere with your current medications or conditions! Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. One study showes that 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon daily reduced cholesterol. Ginger is a popular antiemetic for everyone - from dogs to pregnant women! Cumin has always been used as an anticarminative. Garlic is...

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