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Carrot Walnut Cake

For the love of cookbooks. I dont make it to Barnes & Noble too often but when I do, the bargain bin gets my full attention. Rarely do you find a book priced over $12.98, with $6.98 being the average. A couple of Fridays ago I wandered into B&N for a quick low-fat latte and a little bin browsing. How could I not come home with, “Crave, a Passion for Chocolate”, by Maureen McKeon. At $7.49 it was a steal and this is a big book. Ms. McKeon goes into full detail about the characteristics of different chocolates, and how to work with them. She offers basic recipes, those with chocolate and nuts, chocolate and fruit, cool and hot chocolate and frostings. I could go on but I think you get the point. Shes thorough. With visions of chocolate dancing in my head it took what seemed like forever to narrow down my first recipe to bake from the book. In reality, Charisse chose the recipe; its Carrot and Walnut Cake. What, no chocolate in the title? Trust me its in there.

This ones a bit time intensive with all the chopping and grating but I didnt care, because I was also geeked up about trying out my new mixer. And wouldnt you know it, the only thing that had to be mixed was the eggs and sugar. Oh well, all things in time. Now Im a card carrying member of the chocoholic society, but when I read that
1 cup grated dark chocolate went into the batter I was a bit skeptical. But blogger buddies the skepticism flew out the window at first bite. Was this a chocolate cake with carrots, a carrot cake with chocolate or both with walnuts thrown in? All of the above, and then top it off with a Lemon Cream Cheese frosting. Sweet Mother of Pearl!

10 oz all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
tsp ground cinnamon
4 lge eggs
9 oz superfine sugar (if you dont have superfine, give the regular a whirl in a food processor)
1 cups grated dark chocolate
cup chopped walnuts
2 cups firmly packed coarsely grated carrots (3 small to medium carrots)
1 cup vegetable oil ( I used canola)

Lemon Frosting
cup cream cheese, room temperature
cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 TBS fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter 2-8″ round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper. (This blogging thing is slowly pushing out of my comfort zone.) Im getting used to the idea of not greasing and flouring or using my pan grease to prepare my pans. Sift the dry ingredients together. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and increased in volume about 5 minutes. And my mixer did an outstanding job in those 5 minutes! HA!

Add the sifted dry ingredients and fold in using a rubber spatula. Add the grated chocolate, walnuts, carrots and oil and fold in. Do not over mix. Pour the mixture into prepared pans and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cakes test done. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then turn onto wire racks to cool completely.

Lemon Frosting
Beat all the ingredients together until light and fluffy. Fill and frost the cake as desired. Decorate with coconut or chocolate shavings if you feel you just have to have a little enhancement. J Its best to let this cake chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to allow the frosting to firm up for better slicing. If youre in a hurry to get into it, just swipe all the gooey goodness that collects on your knife and have at it. Enjoy!

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Easy Natural Foods For Detoxification

Foods for Detoxification: All the Rage

The popularity of detox diets and body cleanses has significantly risen over the past decade. You have probably heard all about detoxification foods and the great things they can do for your body. Unlike many diets or eating trends, such foods are not just a passing fad. They can alleviate intestinal discomfort and help you maintain regular bowel movements. Almost all of these foods are 100 percent natural and healthy. They taste great and are generally easy to find. If you suffer from regular gas and bloating, constipation or other forms of gastrointestinal distress, you can probably benefit from eating such foods.

What is So Great About Foods for Detoxification?

Individuals who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders know that what you eat can have a huge impact on how you feel. In addition to improving your overall wellbeing and happiness, foods that promote detoxification are generally:

Rich in dietary fiber, which supports effective waste elimination
Easy to find and inexpensive
Healthy for everyone in your family
Easy to prepare and incorporate into meals
Packed with vitamins and minerals that support eye, bone and nervous system health

Choosing Natural Detoxification Foods

You know that you could benefit from eating foods with good detoxification properties. Thankfully, it is easy to pick foods to eat. When searching for foods for detoxification, keep these helpful tips in mind:

Many fresh fruits and vegetables that are great for detoxification are less expensive if you buy them while they are in season
Buying fruits and vegetables from a local farmer who uses organic methods and avoids pesticides is very important
If you dislike a food with good detox properties, do not force yourself to eat it; you can always choose something else

Choosing natural detoxification foods comes in really handy when it comes to constipation remedies. Find out more about constipation and its remedies.

Easy Ways to Incorporate Foods for Detoxification into Your Daily Routine

The best way to harness the power of detoxing foods is to incorporate them into your daily life. Thankfully, this is easy to do. Try these funs ideas to pack detox foods into your diet every day:

Cut up and freeze fruits to make cool, tasty smoothies
Prepare snack portions of foods ahead of time so that they are easy to grab when you are busy or are on the go
Try eating salads with a weird combination of ingredients for variety and plenty of great, tasty surprises

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