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Friday, April 3, 2015

Peeps Potato Pie

I don't often toss out the word "genius" when I describe my cooking, but I'm making an exception this time.  This was one of my drive-home-from-work-thinking-of-food inspirations.  If you love Peeps as much as I do (and you know you do) and are a fan of sweet potatoes, then you will love this Just in Time for Easter dessert.

The best part about it, sweet potatoes rank number one in healthiest vegetables and Peeps inspire happiness so this pie is both good for your body and your soul.  You're welcome.

I'd like to dedicate this post to my peep Mary BB whose love and appreciation of Peeps is only match by my own.

Peeps Potato Pie

2 large sweet potatoes (approx. 1 lb.)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 (9") deep dish pie crust

Boil sweet potatoes (with the skin on) for 45 minutes or until very fork tender.

When done, drain boiled water and replace with cold water.  Allow to sit for about 3-4 minutes.

Remove sweet potatoes from water and peel off the skin. Should come off very easily.

Mash sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl, add butter and cream until fully incorporated.

Add the sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and spices.  Mix until batter is smooth.  It will be very liquidy but that's what you want.

Pour batter into the pie crust and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

In the meantime, pull apart your Peeps and if so inclined, plan out your Peeps pie layout. I found this made the transition to pie top much easier.

After pie has been baking for 45 minutes, add Peeps layer to the top and continue baking for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool and set. Garnish with Peeps if desired.


I chose orange bunnies because they complimented the color of the sweet potatoes. But as you know there are many options available so if you feel like blue chicks will work better for you, then go for it.

I call this one "Last of the Mohpeepkins"

If you want your Peeps less melty as not to traumatize the children with so many toasted bunny corpses then bake pie for 50 minutes, top with Peeps and put back in oven for 5-10 instead. When you put them on is entirely up to you.

Good Friday everyone and Have a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fruit Gazpacho

No foolin' -- this is a great cold soup to enjoy as the weather is getting warmer, and just one of the many delicious recipes you'll find in Eat Raw, Eat Well.

Fruit Gazpacho
from Eat Raw, Eat Well (p. 110) with notes by K2

2 cups chopped hulled strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries (see Tips)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup chopped kiwifruit
1 cup coconut water (see Tips)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice*
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
pinch fine sea salt

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwi until chopped and broken down (it is important to keep the texture at this point). K2: I was a little too enthusiastic so lost some of my texture.

Add coconut water, lime juice, mint and salt.  Pulse to combine.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


(from page 110) You may use any blend of frozen fruit in this recipe. I also like using blackberries, gooseberries or cherries. When making this soup, make sure to use at least 2 cups frozen berries to give the soup body.  K2: I used a frozen berry mix that had blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries and cherries. 

(from page 21) Coconut water, which is the watery liquid inside a young coconut, is nature's electrolyte replacer. It is full of naturally occurring salts and sugars, which help to regulate many bodily functions. It is also a great source of potassium. The best kind is straight from a young organic coconut, but if that is not available the next best thing is pure organic coconut water in cans not lined with biphenol A (BPA) or Tetra Paks. If you're purchasing coconut water, look for high-quality products that don't contain additives or preservatives (many prepared coconut waters have added sugar and other ingredients).

* two small limes will yield 1/4 cup fresh squeezed juice