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Orange-Almond Polenta Cake With Strawberries

This cake is moist, filling, not-too-sweet and delish!  It is perfect for summer.  The citrus flavor is really light and refreshing, although the cake is filling and hearty thanks to the almonds, cornmeal and chia seeds. I will definitely be making it again!

 Orange-Almond Polenta Cake With Strawberries 
{Vegan Version Included}
{adapted from The Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook}

1/3 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup unbleached white flour {next time I will try wheat}
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 cups almonds
1/2 cup sugar {or sucanat}
1 orange
1/2 cup vegetable oil {I used coconut oil}
2 eggs {I used “chia egg substitute”–1 Tablespoon chia seed to 3 Tablespoons water for each egg.  Stir and let set until gel-like. About 10 minutes}
1 cup of berries {I used strawberries}

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly oil and flour a 9 inch cake pan.

Sift the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  In a blender or food processor, whirl the almonds and sugar until the almonds are finely ground.  Add to the flour mixture.

Grate the orange peel and juice the orange (about 1/3 cup).  Add the orange juice, orange zest, oil eggs (or chia substitute), and 1/3 cup of water to the blender or food processor and whirl for about 15 seconds.  Add the dry ingredients and blend until well mixed, using a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the cake from the pan.
Serve with your choice of berries.  {I used Strawberries that were mashed and heated, then cooled}

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My Favorite Way To Cut An Orange

Knife Cutting An Orange Into Slices
My kids think I am the only one on the planet that can cut an orange “properly.” I love that they think that. Their friends also tell me they love how I cut oranges. Then adults started telling me the same thing, which is when I started to believe there was something special about how I do it.


Hmmm…who woulda thunk it?


In this post I’ll show you my favorite way to cut an orange so you can see just how simple it is to get those picture perfect slices.

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Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar Spritzer

If you know me, you know I love Trader Joes for many reasons, and here is one more:
Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar!!
I do not drink soda anymore, and I miss the fizz.  I tried some and after being off of it for so long, I am pleased to say I just can’t handle the sweetness of it anymore! (I never thought I would say that, I used to love my pop!)  But, I do miss the fizz.  When I read the back of Trader Joes Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar bottle and a suggestion for use was to add crushed ice and sparkling water for a refreshing spritzer, I got REALLY excited.  It calls for 3 Tbls of vinegar, next time I will only do 2, as I like just a hint of the citrus and vinegar tang.
 It really was refreshing.  
The vinegar contains:
Champagne Vinegar, Orange Juice, Sugar, Fresh Oranges, Muscat Grape Juice
Its suggested use on the bottle:
~as a marinade for chicken or shrimp
~tossed with melons peaches and berries for a fruit salad
~use as a dressing with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts olive oil
~use to make a tangy fruit salsa of mango, red onion, serrano chile and cilantro.
I will be trying it on my next Spinach Salad w/ Mandarin Oranges and Slivered Almonds.
If you do not live close to a Trader Joes, here is a similar product:

Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar Spritzer
{Add 3 Tbls. (or 2:)) to a glass full of sparkling water and crushed ice.}