Frances' Gift Guide For Bakers

Frances Largeman-Roth shared her top gifts for bakers. Check out her list below, and visit her website for more gift guides!

1. Starbucks Half Full Double Wall Traveler, $19.95, at select Starbucks stores and starbucks.com:

For your happy-go-lucky friend, or perhaps the one who needs an extra boost of positivity, this throwback design comes from the Starbucks vault. The ceramic design keeps 10 ounces of your tea or coffee hot and the silicone lid is comfortable to sip from. Hand wash only.

 

2. Microplane, Flexi Zesti, $9.95, microplane.com:

Even if your pal has the basic, rasp-style grater, she’ll love this diminutive and super handy grater for holiday baking and entertaining. It’s small enough to not get in the way on the counter and feels great in the hand. The built-in chamber captures all that delicious zest. Available in orange, yellow and green. 

 

3. Teavana Gingerbread loose tea, $45, Teavana.com:

Perfect for any tea lover, this low caffeine sipper smells just as incredible as it looks, and the flavor is rich and loaded with seasonal notes of ginger, apple, cloves, cardamom and red currants. It even contains pieces of cocoa-dusted popcorn! Makes an awesome late afternoon, guilt-free treat.

 

4. Teavana Disco ball charm infuser, $5.97, Teavana.com

What’s a gift of tea without an infuser? This fun stainless-steel one gets the job done in style and makes the perfect gift topper or stocking stuffer too.

 

5. Miss Jones Baking Company, The Baker Boss Box, $100,  missjones.co

This over the top baker’s delight is for your friend who is obsessed with Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. She or he gets all the goodies shown here, plus four additional baking mixes, four more frostings, temporary tattoos and 12 Miss Jones recipe cards. I picked the Bakers Gotta Bake sweatshirt, but there are other super fun and cozy designs to choose from. Bake on bakers!

 

 

6. Farberware Purecook ceramic hybrid nonstick bakeware

10x15 inch baking pan, aqua, $9.99, farberware.com:

This excellent baking sheet is ideal for the 20-something who is just setting up their first kitchen. The ceramic makes it super easy to clean and the quilted surface creates better browning. And if your giftee decides they want the whole set, it won’t break the bank. Plus, the great color of these pans helps dress up even dreary college town apartments. Also available in lavender.

 

7. Frosted donut ornament, $9.07, Papersource.com:

This sweet, sprinkly little number is for your friend who would rather decorate with donuts  than eat them. The glass ornament is also a fun addition to any foodie’s holiday tree. It’s sold out online, but call your local store and see if you can grab one--or a dozen.

Fun Ways to Teach Kids Where Food Comes From

Ellie Krieger shared fun ways to teach your kids where food comes from. We have a few of our favorite tips here, and you can check out the rest on her blog!

Grow Something
Planting a seed, nurturing it, and watching it grow is a time-honored way to teach kids where food comes from. Remember that lima bean sprouting in a paper cup you had as a kid? Build on that idea with the children on your life by planting some vegetables and herbs in your yard this spring, or keeping a pot or two on your window sill any time of year. Kids will not only learn some important science, they will be more likely to taste and enjoy food they took part in growing.

Eat Seasonally

Sure you can get most fruits and vegetable any time of year nowadays, but produce tastes best when it is in peak season, and focusing on seasonal produce insures you get a variety of fruits and vegetable into your life, which means a healthy balance of nutrients as well. Besides, waiting for a fruit or vegetable to be in season creates anticipation and excitement around it. It makes you want to take full advantage and get it while the getting’s good!

Low Carb, Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Sabrina Soto shared this recipe for low carb/Paleo pumpkin muffins on her blog, and we had to try them. Test them out for yourselves, and check out more from Sabrina here!

Ingredients:

  • 3lb. Pie Pumpkin
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 tablespoons of honey … (I used less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 6 large eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out all of the seeds. Place each half face down in a large baking dish with about 1/4″ of water and bake for about 60 minutes Keep checking on it after 40 minutes to see if it’s tender. Remove from the oven and let the pumpkin cool. Then scrape the inner pumpkin into a container.

In either a blender or food processor, combine the almond flour, baking soda, spices and salt. After those are mixed together, add in 1 cup of pumpkin (you’ll have pumpkin left over), stevia, eggs and honey. Pulse for a few minutes. Then scoop that mixture into a loaf pan and place back in the oven for about 40-50 minutes. Cool, serve and enjoy!!

Frances Largeman-Roth In Vogue

Frances Largeman-Roth spoke to Vogue about how to get a better night's sleep. We have an excerpt below, but check out the full article here!

Nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D.N., author of Eating in Color, says that boosting levels of melatonin throughout the day can also help regulate sleep patterns. Tart cherries are packed with it; she suggests eating some with breakfast and at night. “Almonds are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that’s necessary for good sleep,” she adds. Black rice, sesame, and pumpkin seeds are also good sources. Then there’s turkey, full of tryptophan that makes us drowsy when eaten with carbs, another sleep-inducing food.
Foods high in caffeine obviously won’t bring on a peaceful slumber. Surprisingly, alcohol doesn’t help either. Keenan-Miller says it can aid sleep initially, but those glasses of Sancerre “disrupt sleep architecture” by waking you up in the middle of the night.

Frances Talks to 32/7

Frances Largeman-Roth did an interview with 32/7 this week. Check out an excerpt below, and the full article on their website

32/7

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How do you test your recipes? Do you use your family as food testers? 
I work exclusively out of my home kitchen and it’s not a sexy kitchen. I do not have granite countertops. I always get my family to taste test for me. I want to make sure that it’s not just my palate.
What’s the best and worst part of creating your own brand? Do you have any work/life boundaries? 
There is no separation between what I do as a person and [what I do] as a professional. For a long time I was against putting my kids on my Facebook page or putting them on Instagram, but then I realized that literally everyone does it. If healthy eating and making healthy family food is my brand, then you have to show how your kids are involved. I realized this could actually be fun but of course you have to be sensitive to your kids if they don’t want to be photographed.