Aria Alpert

Aria Alpert

I am an actress and I love to cook! I am obsessed with food. I really am. I admit it. Some even say I am a bit of a food snob. Organic Snob!

Blueberry Barley Cobbler (Bite This)

Blueberry Barley Cobble Blueberry Barley Cobbler (Bite This)

One of the many amazing gifts, my BF gave me this year was a beautiful Wolfgang Flour Mill. I know. He did real real good. :) So I have been experimenting a little with all the grains I love. In they go and out comes some lovely flour. You have to get one of these! It turns out, fresh milled flour really is better.

For this recipe I found a bag of heirloom purple barley and milled it into a fine flour. Then I found a bag of frozen organic blueberries and thought to myself, how beautiful the two would look together. You can alway substitute another whole grain flour if you don’t have barley on hand and of course, you don’t need to mill the flour yourself. Either way, this cobbler is subtly sweet and seemed to get better with the passing days in the fridge.

Now go out and get a mill! They are more fun than…. well, you get what I mean. Oh and they save you a small fortune if your a power flour user like me.

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Tangy Raw Apple Cider Vinaigrette (Bite This)

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I am a huge fan of making homemade dressings. They are extremely easy to make, cost effective and much more delicious, not to mention healthier than the bottled stuff. Think about it.

Now I am a true blood New Yorker at heart which means, I must hit the town and dine out a few times a week. This gives me plenty of tasting opportunities and when I run across a yummy dressing…I make sure to ask for the recipe. Most of the time, I get some vague answer, but that isn’t a problem, that is a challenge. With my new flavor discovery, I go into my kitchen, and like a mad scientist, I try my hand at re-creating it. This was one of those inspired moments….

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French Onion Soup (Bite This)

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Vegans and carnivores will both be happy with this amazingly rich soup. A perfect starter for a Christmas meal. The special somethin’ somethin’ comes from the use of unpasteurized dark miso. I use south river miso. They make their miso using a variety of grains, beans and sea vegetables. They are all wonderful. Miso not only adds extra depth to any soup but has exceptional nutritional values. Unpasteurized miso is a ‘living food’ and contains natural digestive enzymes that aid in digestion, so it’s a great way to get your tummy ready for all the other food comin’ it’s way from your holiday feast!

*note: Use the recipe for ‘homemade vegetable stock’ from our earlier Bite This recipe for the vegetable stock!

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Sweet & Spiced Pecans (Bite This)

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A perfect holiday snack. Also wraps up nicely for a delightful homemade gift. Using walnuts in place of the pecans or mixing half and half is very yummy as well.

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Nutmeg Ice Cream (Bite This)

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If you like egg nog… you are gonna love this. Frozen vegan nog! YUM! It’s incredibly delicious on it’s own or scooped on top of warm apple crisps, pecan or pumpkin pies. If you don’t want the alcohol you can leave it out but…it’s extra tasty with a little kick!

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Blood Orange Sorbet (Bite This)

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Here’s a light and refreshing way to cleanse your palate so you can make room for some more holiday dessert! Yes, you can definitely serve this sorbet on it’s own or scoop it over fresh organic berries or pie or crumbles….heck you could even put a scoop in a glass of champagne for a blood orange style chilled mimosa!

*Note: if you can’t find blood oranges you can use the juice of six regular oranges and 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

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Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Spiced Walnuts (Bite This)

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This is such a wonderfully nourishing simple soup to make on a chilly night with all those winter root vegetables you will find at the market right now. Serve with a nice thick slice of whole grain bread, a green salad and you got yourself a meal!

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A Raw Meyer Lemon Black Olive Salsa (Bite This)

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Meyer lemons are one of my all time favorite lemons. They are sweeter, less acidic and juicer than your regular lemon. You will find them at the markets this time of year up until about April. They also have very soft skin that is tender enough and yummy to eat!

You can not, replace a Meyer lemon with a standard lemon in this recipe.

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Scarlet Quinoa (Bite This)

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I have had many different incarnations of Scarlet Quinoa. Mostly people make it with red Quinoa because, well, it’s red. But I don’t really like the flavor. Tastes too earthy for me. Though I do like it as a breakfast grain with dried fruit, but that’s a different bite…My version is a super, delicious, simple recipe to whip up. Especially if you have some leftover Quinoa from a previous dish. And let’s not forget, it looks prudy too!

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Walnut Milk Banana Date Shake (Bite This)

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My Monkie loves his bananas. He practically eats one everyday. First thing in the morning, usually for his breakfast, along side his precious espresso. I know, not the best way to start the day. But, you see, Monkie immediately gets up and starts to work. Breakfast is not the first thing on his mind. But, being who I am and we are together, I think about it a lot. How important breakfast is to give my Monkie energy, as he starts his day. And thus, this banana loving shake was born… :)

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Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Spritzer (Bite This)

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Refreshing and delightfully sweet with the subtle savory taste of rosemary. Your everyday common lemons are not the same as Meyer lemons. Meyer lemons have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common lemon Lisbon or Eureka varieties. If your new to Meyers, your in for a treat. But feel free to use a normal lemon if you can’t get Meyers.

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Winter White Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Bite This)

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My friends are freezing in New York City and since they are buried up to their chins in snow, I thought I would try to warm them up with my favorite cauliflower soup. This is a smooth, rich and very flavorful soup. I paired it with a side of Roasted Sweet Potato fries. You can use them for dipping or go crazy like my BF and just toss them in for a bit of color. Enjoy Monkies and keep warm!

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