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About HeatherFeather

I love my family, reading, writing, sunshine, and shade. I am married with six grown kids, a growing number of grandchildren, one cat and a dog. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

All Kinds of Foodies In the World

So, I posted this originally on my Tumblr blog, and then realized it would really be a good thing to post here as well, so I’m re-blogging it here:

Oh, My! All the Kinds of Foodie You Can Be

There seems to be a sort of perennial confusion about some of the Foodie Types that a person might be.

I’m about to add to the confusion. Maybe in the process some of it will be cleared up as well.

First definition is Meat: Any thing that used to be a living animal, usually self-locomoting. I’m not sure some of the poultry sold these days was ever self-locomoting, but try to take it in stride and get my meaning anyway.

It’s worth reading the rest, so just click RIGHT HERE

winner-winner, veggie dinner 🙂

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Brownies!! Whole Wheat, Natural Sweet

Brownies are the chocolate form of Heaven.

Better Brownies

Fudgy, dark-chocolatey, the homemade fragrance wafts through the house so that when people walk in the door they start to smile. Think about it. Your family had a rough day at school or work but when they walk in the house the first thing to happen is a feeling of happy anticipation. Make no mistake. These treats are not “good for you”, but they are “better for you”, which is a step in the right direction and a nice way to help taste buds make a conversion to whole grains and natural sweeteners, in this case Sucanat.

Sucanat is raw sugar cane juice, dehydrated into granules. Sucanat has the flavor of a dark brown sugar. The molasses remains in it with all of the vitamins and minerals that are good for your body. Still, it is a form of sugar and so diabetics need to be very careful. It’s important to remember this is a treat, not a daily meal supplement. 😉 Another, similar product is called rapadura. It comes in blocks or cones and you can buy it at Latin markets. Just grate it before using it.

Better Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease and flour an 8×8 inch square pan. The flour is very important to keep the brownies from sticking.

In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter (the real stuff – not plastic fat) and stir in 4 Tbs. of unsweetened cocoa powder. Try not to boil the butter and it helps the end product come out less crumbly. Do your best to stir out the lumps of cocoa powder.

Remove the chocolate mix from the heat, add 1 cup Sucanat or rapadura, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix well. Add 2 eggs and mix well again.

Stir in 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and then pour it into your greased pan. Spread it into the corners.

Bake it for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick poked in it will come out clean.

Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips on top. I use Tropical Source Fair Trade dark chocolate chips for this*. After the chocolate chips are all shiny and soft, spread them evenly across the top. The nice thing about this, is that when it is cool, the chocolate will re-harden and form a sort of moisture lock on top to keep the brownies delicious.

You can double the recipe and use a 9×13 inch pan. It may need to bake 10 minutes longer. I only make the 8×8 pan for my family these days, because it’s supposed to be a treat, not a meal. 😉

*Note: Tropical Source semi-sweet chocolate chips are now marketed under the DREAM brand and are called Chocolate Dream semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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In the Beginning… White Sugar Out, White Flour Out, Meat-Hormones Out

In the Beginning…

There was white sugar, which was bad, and there was white flour, which was bad, and there was my blood-sugar crashing in the middle of my workout, which was very, very, bad. So I said good-bye to white sugar, and to white flour (mostly), and to blood-sugar crashes mid-workout and this was very good – but I missed brownies, and cookies, and crackers, and bread. Thus began a quest for homemade goodness that would keep my blood-sugar stable and my taste buds happy. Becoming vegetarian has created even more opportunities for recipe exploration, all while keeping my (non-vegetarian) family happy. Thankfully, they are very open-minded. Here are some of our home cooking adventures… and possibly an occasional food-related rant.

Tomorrow – Brownies!

How do you manage healthy eating in your home?

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