My Favorite Raw Chefs & Holiday Recipes

This holiday would not be the same without some raw recipes on the table from my two most beloved chefs. Many of you in the raw foods community know and follow Susan Powers of Rawmazing and Amie Sue Oldfather of Nouveau Raw, but here is a bit of a backstory of my experience with their recipes. Huge respect and gratitude go to these great giants in the raw food world, and I wanted to share this love and respect with all of you. They've brough me so much joy, inspiration, and education, that it would not be a grateful holiday season without giving them a shout out for their incredible work. 

I've included one recipe from each, with the hopes that you'll visit their sites for more and also support their work. Please do so - you will be a changed person (and a much better chef) :) 

1.  Susan Powers of Rawmazing: I've been reading Susan Power's blog and Rawmazing site and books for a while all started with some raw pancakes I tried, and I was hooked. - instantly. What struck me was how simple the ingredients were but how delicoius and elegant the dishes came to be. For those of you who are new or even well versed in raw foods, Rawmazing is one of the best sites that I'd like to introduce you to to help you on your journey. Each one of Susan's recipes is a winner, and they're'll end up being the hit of the party! And just in time for the holidays, I wanted to share with you one of her best holiday recipes and also an opportunity to check out her site and purchase her books and ebooks (which I highly recommend!) These are the types of books that you'll come back to again and again.

Rawmazing White Chocolate Dark Rasbperry Tort

Rawmazing Site

Rawmazing Holiday Ebook For Sale

2. Amie Sue Oldfather of Nouveau Raw: Amie Sue's raw food creations are simply put...masterpieces. Of all the raw food sites out there in the vast world of the internet, Ame Sue's Nouveau Raw is one of the highest quality places for instant-hit recipes with a 100% success rate! I've been following her work for years now and it's one of those sites where you just gasp at the beauty of the photos and simply forget where you are, remembering at some point much later that you're on planet Earth.... you just look and salivate, look and salivate....and the best part, she creates these with love and joy and hopes to bring the benefits of this lifestlye to the masses. The recipes are timeless, elegant, gourmet, and absolutely delicious, and clearly and simply described so that anyone can create them with great success. RUN to this site, if you haven't visitied it yet! 

Raw Warm Green Bean Caserole with Buttery Walnut Crumble

Nouveau Raw Site

Edible Bouquet Ebook


Gratitude & Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is soon upon us. People get together, family members reunite, and the kitchen is filled with amazing aromas, food, and company. I have many things to be thankful for, and I was thinking it’s fine time to pay tribute to the people and institutions that have made me a better person.

In this particular case, ones that have made me a better chef as well.

Many of you know that I recently graduated from Rouxbe, the world’s leading online cooking school. Rouxbe delivers technique instruction and training to over 140,000 home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries. I graduated from their Plant-Based Professional Program this past November, and let me just say, I’m a changed person.  

I’m more of a risk taker in the kitchen. Chipotle pepper with chocolate? Why not? By getting out of my comfort zone a bit, I developed new recipes, played in the kitchen, experienced exciting & bold flavors and expanded my repertoire in so many ways. Best of all, this cooking is based on healthy plant-based foods that I can feed my family and friends – making health taste amazing is the best gift each of us can have. Our lives depend on it.

 Led by world-renowned plant-based chef educator Chad Sarno and an army of plant based educators and chefs, this course was fun & inspired, and was the most comprehensive and detailed plant-based course I’ve ever taken. I also met some now-lifetime friends through this course, and made so many valuable connections with other fellow chefs.

 I think the confidence I gained in the kitchen through the course also helped me push my boundaries in terms of "getting out there". It may be hard to believe, the first official video I ever made was my Rouxbe Testimonial (you can see it here) . That video gave me the confidence to create a second video, which helped me win the Hot Raw Chef Award recently (see previous post). These are all a cascade of events which points back to my experience at Rouxbe, where it all started. 

 So, gratitude abounds this Thanksgiving. I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet for having taken this course, and I wanted to pass on some favorite recipes your way. Please check them out, give them a thumbs up, and even enroll (class starts February). I’ve provided some helpful links at the bottom of this post, so be sure to check them out.

Huge gratitude to Chad & everyone at Rouxbe, and to all of you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All recipes are Rouxbe Recipes, used with permission:

Artichoke & Mushroom Crostini

Fresh Baked Biscuits (Dairy & Egg Free)

Mushroom Gravy

Plant-Based Meat Loaf

Chocolate Cream Pie


 For more info: 

Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Rouxbe Plant-Based Certification Program

Chad Sarno

Chad’s book “Crazy Sexy Kitchen” on Amazon