A Montage of Cold Edibles

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Summer is not my season. I am not built for heat. I become noticeably grumpier and find no guilt in lazing around in air conditioned climates (a rare spectacle for this ever-adventurer). I spent some time compiling a list of things I love about New York City in the summer. It's not very long. At all. It goes like this: 1.) The fact that fall is around the corner 2.) Iced beverages become readily available. Number Two is in fact my best defense against the heat. Smoothies, iced coffee, throw in ...

And then there’s Radish Greens Smoothies

Being the connoisseur of locally-grown produce that I am, I packed my bag up this morning and took the 45-minute trek to the greenmarket (read: farmers' market) nearest my house. For a reason still unknown to me, I decided to purchase a bundle of spicy radishes. I'm guessing the decision had something to do with the fact that they cost $1, and definitely not that fact that I rarely enjoy and often despise radishes. When I got home, I had a good three-minute stare down with the radishes, ...

Smooth(ie) Talk: Cashew Cream

Who knew that if you let 1 cup raw cashews soak in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes, added both to a blender with 1 cup ice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon raw honey, you'd end up with this: A dairy-free smoothie that's creamy as heck, packed with protein and pretty darn tasty. How's that for a nutty experiment?

Smooth(ie) Talk

The promising buzz of the blender as it purees my favorite ingredients, the cascade of the whipped concoction streaming into a never-big-enough cup, the simple satisfaction of the blended beverage as I take the first sip. Perfection. I'm the first to admit, I have a bit of an obsession with smoothies. Smoothies and I go way back to 8th grade when a classmate rattled off her demonstration speech in our public speaking class. I don't remember any of the other speeches that year (except mine, which was ...