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It’s a very berry week

This is my favorite time of year as berries are in full season, and an extremely versatile ingredient to work with. If you choose a berry that is still rather tart or not quite sweet enough, rather than dredge in mounds of sugar try this, as it works for me in cutting back on our sugar intake. 










Wash and slice or dice your berries, except the raspberry as it will disintegrate with too much water or being soaked in water. Once you have our berries ready place in a bowl. Depending on how much berries you plan to use, you will want to measure out between an 1/8 to 1/4 cup of honey or agave syrup and pour over your berries and mix well to evenly distribute the honey or agave syrup. Place in refrigerator till ready to eat. 










So next time your craving a ” strawberry shortcake”  or “angel food cake with strawberries on top”, try adding a variety of berries, a little honey or agave syrup and indulge in a treat you can feel good about!

Preview of tomorrow's post.  Chocolate Angel Food Cake W/Mixed Berries and Cream
Preview of tomorrow’s post.
Chocolate Angel Food Cake W/Mixed Berries and Cream











Berry Season is Pure Awesomness




Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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