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What to do in Snowy Central Park

New York City

What to do in Snowy Central Park

5 Comments 05 January 2014

Many of us have had lots of snow and bitterly cold temperatures lately. Old Man Winter is hitting hard this New Year. We got 6 inches of snow last Friday, but I was very impressed with how quickly NYC shoveled out. Since it was our first substantial snowfall in the city we just had to explore Central Park once the temperatures rose back to double digits.

What is there to do in Central Park on a snowy day? It turns out, you can do a lot.

You can go sledding.



You can build snowmen.

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You can make snow angels.


Or decorate the trees.


You can play snow football.


Or snow soccer.


You can pick a snowball fight.


Or just see how far you can throw a snowball.


You can play tug of war.


You can walk on snow-covered paths.


You can see the sites.


Or just enjoy a peaceful moment.


You can eat a nut.


Or just be one.


This is my backyard.


Can I have a ride home too?


Readers, dish!

What do you  like to do on a snowy day?

A Dream Come True

New York City

A Dream Come True

8 Comments 29 November 2013

For the few of you who came for Raw Foods Thursday yesterday, I’m so sorry that it wasn’t up! I was a little preoccupied fulfilling a life-long dream! I’ve always wanted to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, and this year my dream came true! So instead of creating a post on Wednesday night, I was out watching the Balloon Inflation. Here are a few shots of my experience there and at the parade the next morning.


Freezing, wet, and super excited


One of my favorite characters!


Finn and Jake coming to life


Gorgeous day for a parade


Elf on the Shelf


Papa Smurf and Mama Cat




Low Flying Gluten Monster!


Festive Bands


Happy people of all ages


My favorite float!


Let the Christmas Season begin!


And we’ll be back with Raw Foods Thursdays next week!

Readers, dish!

  • Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?
  • What’s one dream event on your list?
Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Mexican Corn Chips and my lighting woes

6 Comments 25 November 2013

It has been a while since I posted a recipe. I have all sorts of posts in my head to share. I even have recipes scrawled in my kitchen journal to tell you about. But I have a serious case of blogging aversion. After analyzing the situation I think I figured out what the problem is. I’m struggling with a crucial piece of my creative process.

(If you don’t want to hear me complain, skip down to the first photo to read about some delicious chips.)

While I’ve enjoyed playing in the kitchen, despite it’s small size, I have not had fun photographing my creations since moving to NYC. Why? Because I have one window with limited light due to the tall building behind our house that blocks the sun for all but 2 daylight hours. And that one window has a narrow windowsill. I can’t fit much on a tiny windowsill, so creating a well-lit, mouthwatering food scene is out of the question. I did try to balance my cutting board on the windowsill with my foot for a little extra play space. It wasn’t pretty. And everything is backlit which is not my favorite lighting effect. I have some awesome light stands which are inconveniently in a storage unit. So I need to figure out a solution, a small solution since every square inch of storage space has been filled.

Until then, please forgive my uninspiring photos!

I’m done complaining. Let’s get on to the food.

Every time we go to one of my favorite vegan restaurant we order Living Nachos.


And every time, the Husband asks if I could make raw chips like these. Thin and crispy yet scoopable.  Just as I was experimenting with a corn-based chip for the first time, Janet of The Taste Space linked these babies up to Raw Foods Thursdays.


She calls them The Best Raw Corn Chips, and the name fits perfectly! They meet all of my requirements for a corn chip without any added fat. Plus, they have the most delicious corn flavor I’ve ever tasted in a corn chip. One bite makes me think happy summer thoughts like corn on the cob, picnics, and warm sunshine. These chips truly are The Best Raw Corn Chips, and I suggest you hop over to The Taste Space to get the recipe!

So while I was fiddling to replicate Living Nachos I had a little help from Janet! I love her idea of using a bag of frozen corn as the base. So easy during the winter months!

My version is called Raw Mexican Corn Chips as I added a little spice. I also added some sunflower seeds for durability.


They’re extremely hearty and easy to scoop with.



You can either break them apart in a variety of shapes, or score them into triangles part way through the dehydrating time to make the perfect “tortilla chip” shape.


And they’re still thin enough to be considered a chip and not a cracker.


Raw Mexican Corn Chips

by Heather (with inspiration from Janet of The Taste Space)


  • 1 lb. frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. ground flax
  • 1/4 c. water


1. Place all ingredients except for the water in a food processor and process. Slowly add up to 1/4 c. water until the batter is spreadable.

2. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the ground flax to gel.

3. Spoon onto 2 teflex-lined dehydrator trays, and spread the batter to the edges of the tray with a flat spatula, leaving a 1-inch borders. Be patient. This may take up to 10 minutes to spread evenly.

4. Dehydrate at 118 for 6 hours or until dry enough to flip and remove from teflex sheets and place on mesh trays. You can score it into triangle shapes with a knife.

5. Continue dehydrating for 18-24 more hours or until desired crispiness is attained.

6. Break along score lines and store at room temperature in a sealed container.

Makes a big bowl scoopable happiness.


Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever made raw chips?
  • What’s your favorite kind?
  • What inspires you to write?

GF Recipes, GF Resources, Healthy Living

Tips for Handling the Holidays Gluten-Free at TBP!

1 Comment 05 November 2013

As we approach the holiday season it’s time to start gathering tips for enjoying our celebrations while staying healthy, stress free, and gluten free.

I’ve shared my Tips for Handling the Holidays Gluten-Free at The Balanced Platter today. Come on over and check out strategies for:

  • Making traditional holiday foods gluten-free
  • Finding great gluten-free desserts for every occassion
  • Educating friends and family about your gluten-free diet
  • Keeping perspective (and your sanity)

Hope to see you there!


Healthy Living

A Taste of the Weekend

9 Comments 01 September 2013




Cornbread at Angelica Kitchen


Tired Feet


Adorable Sprouts


For Salads This Week


Thai Falafel Salad at Spring Kitchen


Saturday Night Appetizers at Home


Radishes at Union Square Farmer’s Market


Sweet Peppers at the Market


An Unexpected Gluten-Free Treat


Much Needed Juice Break


Surrounded by Beauty in the City


Fall is Coming

I hope you had a delicious weekend too!

My NYC Kitchen

Healthy Living

My NYC Kitchen

22 Comments 19 August 2013

This is my New York City kitchen. I hear it’s pretty big for a kitchen in these parts, but I’m still adjusting to its smallness. There were lots of crashing and grumbling sounds coming from this room as I made dinner the first few nights, but I’d like to think I’ve made a little progress since then. Both in attitude and organization.

Let me give you a little tour.

I can’t tell you the exact size of the kitchen as it’s a triangular nook. Does anyone remember how to figure out the area of a triangle? 1/2 base x height? But to give you an idea of the size, take 2 steps in and you’re at the sink.

I’m very thankful for all new appliances that make everything sparkly shiny.

This is my skinny oven.

I love that it has a gas range.

This is my sink.

I love how deep it is.

This is my dishwasher, a rarity in the city.

I placed a dinner plate on the counter so you could see just how skinny it is!

This is my workspace.

I’ve never had a granite countertop before, so I’m really excited about that!

But there’s only one counter. That means that I’ve had to get really creative with my workspace. Thankfully my cutting board will fit over the sink to create another place to work. I just have to remember to wash all of the veggies before I start chopping. (Learning from experience…)

I also have a rolling cart around the corner that can create additional workspace for those times when washing, drying, chopping, peeling, soaking, whisking, and processing get a little out of control.

This is also where the dehydrator and the slow cooker live, which leads me to another challenge. I had to get really creative with my storage space as well.

I was prepared for small, so I only brought the appliances that would be absolutely necessary.

For a food blogger.

Since this raw food lover won’t be using the oven much, it is creating nice storage space.

I’ve also decided that I won’t be using the luxury item.

For anything other than storage.

And the front hall closet is a great place for quick access to crucial items like the juicer, spiralizer, rice steamer, and a few odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else.

(Don’t let the term front hall closet fool you. There is no back hall. And it’s not really even a hall at all, although we do like to call it the North Wing Foyer. But it’s really just a coat closet two steps from the kitchen by the front door.)

The kitchen itself does have several nice cupboards that have been filled and rearranged at least 5 times now.

There are no drawers in my kitchen, so the bottom shelf here holds silverware and high-use tools. Other drawer-like items are kept in the dishwasher.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the hardware store looking for space-creating shelves and gadgets so that I don’t knock things down while looking for specific pantry items.

One of my most important kitchen tools is this fold-up step stool.

Following New York thinking, you can always expand up.

The top of the fridge seems to hold more than the inside. Slight hyperbole. The shelves are only 10 1/2 inches deep! Go ahead. Measure that out with your fingers. Less than a foot. But I’ve noticed that it forces me to use up everything in the fridge. Nothing goes bad because there’s no room for leftovers to hide. There’s also no room to put an extra bunch of kale because “it looked so fresh at the market”. I have to stick to the list. Plus, whatever I buy I have to carry home.

So is this going to work?

Of course it will!

I’ve already made almond milk. The stove top is a perfect place to soak and sprout nuts and seeds. The deep sink is a great place to milk the almond cow. I’ve even sprouted buckwheat to make these Raw Buckwheat Strawberry Cookies.

I’ve prepared whole foods meals in a large kitchen, a medium-sized kitchen, and now a small kitchen. If I can prepare healthy gluten-free, high raw, vegan food in this tiny space, anyone can. I knew that this was going to be a challenge, and I’m up for it!

Thanks for coming on The Gluten-Free Cat Kitchen Tour. Two steps to the left and you’ll find the exit.

Readers, dish!

  • Do you have any tips for me? I’m all ears!
  • What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
  • What’s one thing you wish your kitchen had?
  • How have you created extra space or better organization in your kitchen?
***UPDATE! The Husband found great shelves for the front hall closet yesterday. After a little  lot of reorganizing I can now use the dishwasher too! Woo hoo!!
Raw Cherry Cream Cups at the Balanced Platter for a Special Day

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Cherry Cream Cups at the Balanced Platter for a Special Day

5 Comments 08 July 2013

Tomorrow is a very special day, because I’ll be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary! It’s hard to imagine that 19 years ago, two kids with lots of hair, madly in love, were ready to face whatever God had in store for them.

Actually, we weren’t all that open minded. We thought we had it all figured out and that life was in our control. If I had looked 19 years into the future, I never would have imagined that I’d be hunting for a shoebox apartment in New York City with my husband and a cat. By choice. I was so in love at the time that I couldn’t have possibly understood the deeper, truer, soul-entwining love that was ahead. The kind of love that makes you leave everything comfortable and safe to pursue a dream together.

Today is special too, because I am sharing a tasty raw foods dessert at The Balanced Platter. This is my anniversary dessert for my sweetie.

Hop over to The Balanced Platter today for:

  • This Raw Cherry Cream Cup recipe
  • Reasons why I eat raw
  • And absolutely nothing sappy or reminiscent about my anniversary!

This recipe was also shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free WednesdaysRaw Foods Thursdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Terri in NYC: Fast food? Yes, please!

GF Friendly Restaurants, Healthy Living, Travel

Terri in NYC: Fast food? Yes, please!

7 Comments 09 January 2013

Since I’m on a juice kick, I thought I’d share a quick post on one of my favorite fast food lunch spots in New York City.

Did she just say “fast food”?

Yes, please!

Terri is a vegetarian quick service restaurant located at 60 West 23rd Street. If you’re anywhere nearby you must make a point to stop in. Grab a juice, a healthy fast food meal, or a sweet treat, and be on your way with nutrition in hand.

Terri makes vegetarian meals that taste like favorites such as a “Meatball” Subs, “Bacon Chicken” Cheddar Ranch Sandwiches, and Chick Pea “Tuna” Melts. All of their sandwiches can be made on gluten-free bread and wraps with gluten-free tortillas.

Terri strives to use organic ingredients and super foods. Wholesome salads, smoothies, and juices are just a few more healthy options you’ll find.

I love these juices to go.

Now this is one happy, makeup-needing, lady with a green juice to start her day!

Ordering a gluten-free wrap is a rare pleasure. Nashville can’t yet provide me with such an experience. So I always get a wrap when I go to Terri. They’re grilled closed and actually stay together, unlike many gluten-free wraps.

Safe enough to unwrap neatly in a cab.

Grilled so perfectly that they hold together even when racing to the airport at breakneck speed. (When do NYC cabs not race somewhere at breakneck speed?)

This Thai “Chicken” Wrap passed the bite test.

And more than passed the taste test!

But their Hummus & Avocado Wrap is my favorite.

If only I’d had one more hand to carry one of these Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. I don’t think they would have passed the cab test.

Healthy, vegetarian fast food is a dream. But at Terri that dream comes true.

I swear someday I’m moving to New York…

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever been to Terri?
  • What’s your favorite healthy fast food joint?
  • Have you found a place that serves gluten-free wraps?
60 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 6am – 11pm; Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 9pm
Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/3/13

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays

Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/3/13

8 Comments 03 January 2013

Happy New Year! This is our first Raw Foods Thursday of the year, so I expect the links to be a little light, as they were during the holidays. But now that the fun treats and party food are behind us, it’s time to get back to food that makes us feel great. For me, that’s raw food. I’m not 100% raw or even 80/10. In fact, I do eat meat. But I try to fill each plate with at least 2/3 of raw food, because it’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it makes me feel fantastic.

I started the new year with a 1 day juice infusion. I wouldn’t call it a “juice fast” because there was no fasting involved. I drank and drank and drank, filling my body with all sorts of goodness. It felt so good after the feasting of the holidays.

So today I’m linking up my post about my juice day as it has 3 different juice combos that I love. If you haven’t had any recent raw foods adventures due to the holidays, feel free to link up something old or let us know in the comments if you have any raw plans ahead.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used no higher than 118 degrees.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.)
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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