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Dairy-Free Nut Feta Cheeze
Zoe Vaklinova of RAWbundant
Happy Valentine's Day! I had a great sampling of different flavors of raw cashew feta cheeze by RAWbundant at Organic Avenue this afternoon. Zoe Vaklinova, Chef and President of RAWbundant, explains that she uses the best quality cashews and the secret for the texture and flavor is that she implements the method her grandmother used to make cheese back in Bulgaria. I couldn't stop after the samples, I picked up some of the garlic and dill feta! Btw, at the cash register, there were samples of dark chocolate. How could I refuse - it's Valentine's Day!
With all my love,
Attendees of the Healing Retreat for Caregivers at St. Emeric's Church in Manhattan today were truly blessed with powerful talks and healing by Father Halbing and the beautiful presence of Chad Gatchalian's Holy Statue of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni. Chad has got this Holy Statute all the way from India. She joyfully shares Our Lady, also known as the "Lourdes of the East," with congregations at various places of worship throughout the country.
Apparitions of Our Lady of Vailankanni ("Virgin of Velai") first occurred in the 16th Century. To read more about the interesting history, click here. For more information on the Basilica for your next trip to India, please visit vailankannishrine.org
Did you know that this is the original Sriracha? Mrs. Chakkapak created it in her kitchen in Si Racha, Thailand, for her family and friends. See article from Bon Appetit by Andrea Nguyen.
I came across this chopstick-licking sauce, which is hot, yet slightly sweet, during my trek to the Thai Grocery Store. I prefer it to the sweet chili sauce with loads of pepper seeds. Sriraja has the right kick! What I especially appreciate is that it is free of preservatives and artificial coloring and has no msg! Can't wait to dig in to my bowl of noodles!
Do you struggle with preparing a meal at home on Friday evenings? My legs could barely carry me home tonight - I had done a lot of running around this week and running up and down the long subway escalators. I was kaput!
Did I forget my vitamins??
I ran out of my go-to-comfort food. Brown rice tortillas and Daiya cheese are my butter and toast. Trader Joe's hasn't had any brown rice tortillas recently - all the snow storms we have been having - people have been grabbing them before I reach there!
After eating a few corn tortilla chips, dried coconut chips, I knew I had to make something substantial 'cause I wasn't going to survive on that or rice crackers and kimchi sauce!
Enter the can can dance! I kept eyeing the can of kidney beans while my mouth salivated. "Yes, I want that!" "Nah! Who's going to chop garlic, tomatoes, etc.?" I debated with myself - I'm too tired.
I gave in - made the kidney beans and have enough energy to write this …