Persimmon Matcha Crumble with Ginger Molasses

Persimmon Matcha Crumble with Ginger Molasses


1 1/2 cups almond flour

2 tbsp. arrowroot

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup) room temperature

1 tbs. matcha powder

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. psyllium husk, or xanthan gum

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup fuyu persimmon puree, 2-3 ripe persimmons

3 eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup cashew milk, or other milk

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, optional

Ginger Molasses

1 tbs. molasses

1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, smashed into a paste, or powder

Blend together.

Drizzle around persimmon crumble before serving.

Preheat the oven to 350. Butter or oil inside of muffin trays. Dust with flour.

Whisk flours, baking powder, match powder, salt, psyllium husk in a medium bowl.

Set aside

Whisk milk and 1 cup of persimmon puree in a small bowl. Set aside.

For puree: peel and slice 2 ripe persimmons. Pulse slices in a small processor, or mash by hand. Save some slices of persimmon for garnish.

Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the sugar and 3/4 cup butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. About 4 minutes.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down the sides with a spatula. Add vanilla and almond extract.

Reduce your speed to low and add dry ingredients in 3 additions. Alternate the persimmon & milk mixture with the dry mixture. Add dry ingredients last.

Beat until just combined. Fold in the hazelnuts if using.

Scrape the batter into prepared muffin trays, 3/4 full.

Bake the muffins, rotating half way through, until golden brown and a tester inserted comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool in pan for 20 minutes.

Carefully remove muffins from the pan and transfer to the plate of choice. Make a crumble with the muffins across the plate. Serve with the ginger molasses.

Sprinkle some matcha powder around the plate.

Buon Appetito

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Planting New Roots

Planting New Roots

“My roots were first Planted in the Borough of Brooklyn, in a tight knit Italian family. It was a household that revolved around food.”

Throughout the diverse paths my walk of life have taken, there has always been a thread that tied me to the kitchen. Food is a sacred practice inherited from all my ancestors. My roots.

However, my calling as a teacher of seasonal cooking, and wellness coach took root later in life. It came when I had all the necessary tools to step into the role of educator, chef, and coach.

We never know where life will take us, which is both exhilarating and unsettling. Planting new roots in whatever direction the heart leads us requires nurturing, passion, and patience. As I have
experienced, not all things take hold, nor are they meant to. One must trust in the process.

Do something because you want to, not because you are expecting a payoff. 

I hold the belief that the universe will give it back to you, bearing all the fruits of your labor. The roots of education can be bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

My vocation as a teacher of seasonal cooking unfolded naturally, at just the right time. Now, I get to guide my clients in creating healthy delicious food that suits their needs and lifestyle.

Furthermore, we now have an understanding that food is about much more than deliciousness.

For example: getting the majority of ingredients at your local farmers market, which in turn promotes connection and support, giving strength to our tribe.

What better way to connect than with food, and an extra portion of love.

Even so, It’s not just about breaking bread together, but making bread together, and sharing our stories,
our roots, and laying down some new ones. 

What better place than around the table.

To your good health…

A seasonal healthy treat for the table ~   If you are a curious cook, join me on my Podcast  

 ~  A taste for All Seasons ~

It is a cooking, cultural, and inspirational way for us to explore the world of food. And… as always, l will  share a seasonal recipe, cooking tips, and kitchen essentials that will make your life easier in the kitchen. 

You can now listen to all the shows, @ or on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast.  

We talk to local farmers, where you can learn how to cook your way through the seasons. This Podcast is in conjunction with WPVM FM 103.7 in Asheville, NC.   

Laurie Richardone is a seasonal gluten free chef and certified health coach.  

To work with Laurie, visit

Can Keeping a Food Diary Help You Lose More Weight

Can Keeping a Food Diary Help You Lose More Weight

If you’re looking to shed some fat, tone up, and improve your overall health and fitness, then you should be using the best cardio exercises for losing weight. While all forms of physical activity can help you break a sweat and lose weight, some are particularly effective when it comes to burning calories even in a short workout.

Even if you’re not looking to lose weight, these exercises can help you with all kinds of fitness goals, whether you’re trying to boost your energy levels or get in peak shape to compete in a sport. What’s more, there’s a suitable exercise for everyone, so whether you enjoy working out at home, at the gym, or out in nature, there’s a perfect cardio workout for you. Here are 8 of the best cardio exercises for losing weight and improving your fitness.


Running is by far one of the best exercises for losing weight and boosting your fitness. Even a quick 20-minute run can help you burn hundreds of calories while enhancing your cardiovascular health and helping to tone up your thighs and calves.

The best thing about running is that you can adapt your running workouts to suit you. Those who enjoy exercising indoors can run on a treadmill whereas those who enjoy the great outdoors can run around local parks and trails. You can also go for a high-intensity run by alternating between sprinting or jogging or simply run at a
moderate pace for a longer time.


Swimming is another one of the best cardio exercises overall. You get to use your entire body, helping you tone up your legs, arms, and core while also burning plenty of calories. Plus, even on a hot day, a swim in the pool can help you feel cool and refreshed while you work out.

Of course, you’ll need access to a pool. You might be able to find a free public pool in your area or you might need to pay for a membership to your local leisure center.
Either way, swimming for around 20 to 30 minutes a few times a week will help you get in excellent shape.

Jump Rope

Jump rope is often underrated as far as cardio exercises go. Many people prefer to run, cycle, or swim, but a 10-minute high-intensity jump rope workout is just as effective as 30 minutes of jogging.

Another perk of jump rope is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. All you need to buy is a jump rope and you can perform your workouts in your garden, in your front yard, or even at the local park. Within 10 minutes, you’ll feel the burn and it’ll also help you build your calf muscles.


Cycling is another top-notch cardio workout that you can perform indoors or outdoors. There are plenty of affordable exercise bikes on the market and you can also find plenty in the gym. However, some people will find it more rewarding to cycle around parks and trails to enjoy nature while they burn calories.

Much like running, you can cycle at whichever pace suits you. To burn calories and boost your metabolism quickly you could do a 20-minute high-intensity cycling workout with bursts of sprinting. Alternatively, you could go on a long, moderately-paced bike ride around the neighborhood for a relaxing yet rewarding workout.


If you want to burn calories without even feeling like you’re working out, dancing is a great option. Dancing isn’t just an excellent cardio exercise, but it’s also an incredibly fun activity that allows you to let loose and get your whole body involved.

For a quick home workout, you might want to look up dance routines on YouTube and practice them in your bedroom. Alternatively, you might want to take a dance class at your local gym to burn hundreds of calories while having fun and meeting new people.

Circuit Training

Circuit training is a type of training that involves performing a circuit of simple yet effective exercises. For instance, you might do a minute of bodyweight squats followed by a minute of star jumps, push-ups, mountain climbers, crunches, and lunges, before performing the same circuit of exercises again.

One of the best things about circuit training is that you can involve various exercises that help you build muscle while simultaneously burning calories. You can even get a full-body workout by involving upper-body and lower-body exercises. You can find plenty of cardio circuits on YouTube if you’re not sure where to start.


Rowing is another one of the best cardio exercises that will give your whole body a workout. While taking a rowboat on the river isn’t a practical option for most people, practically every gym will have plenty of rowing machines for you to use. You can even buy a rowing machine for your home.

Even a 20-minute high-intensity rowing workout can help you burn 300 calories or more. However, you might want to go at a slower pace while you listen to music or a podcast. Not only will you burn fat, but you’ll also build your biceps, back, and legs while you row.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing is another popular exercise for those who want to burn calories and get in shape. While you could run up and down the stairs in your apartment building, it’s much better to use a stair climbing machine at the gym, especially as these machines allow you to adjust the speed and intensity of your workout.

You’ll feel the burn quickly when you perform a climbing workout. Not only will you feel yourself sweating off the calories, but you’ll also give your leg muscles an excellent workout. This makes it one of the best cardio workouts for burning fat while also toning your legs.


If you’re looking to lose weight, these amazing cardio exercises are perfect for burning calories. Not only that, but they’ll also help you tone your muscles, improve your heart health, and enhance your overall fitness levels. Find one that works well for you and stick to it. Within a few weeks, you’ll already notice a positive change in the way your body looks and feels.

Grain-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Grain-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Makes 24 Festive Cookies

1 ¾ cup almond flour

½ cup arrowroot, or tapioca flour

6 tbs. coconut oil, soft room temp.

½ cup coconut sugar, extra if rolling cookie dough in sugar.

3 tbs. black molasses

1 egg, room temp.

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp fresh ground ginger, or powder

½ tsp. ground cloves

2 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. sea salt

Fresh rosemary for garnish, optional

Preheat the oven 350.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat coconut oil, coconut sugar, and molasses, until smooth.

Beat in the egg and vanilla, mix until smooth.

In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients, along with all the spices, and sea salt. Slowly, stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until you have a thick cookie dough. Chill for 30 minutes, so you can roll dough into small balls.  

If rolling in sugar, in a shallow bowl, dip the ball into the sugar, and place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.   Place 2’’ apart. Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.

Let cool completely on the rack, before removing from the baking sheet.

Place on a serving tray, and place bunches of fresh rosemary around the dish.

Bon Appetito

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A Squash in the Kitchen

A Squash in the Kitchen

To have an understanding, and the quiet confidence, that creating a meal means creating your own reality.

Do you really need a recipe?  No. Does it have to be more complicated than knowing how to choose an
ingredient, what to look for? It does not.

What you do need to know is the seasons of the garden.  Butternut Squash is grown in summer, however, for peak flavor it takes 3-4 months to mature. As the weather gets cooler, squash gets sweeter. It is now a blank canvas for you to express your own culinary creativity.

“Let’s all play with our food, I say, in doing so let us advance the state of the art together”  Julia Child

A Few words about Squash… 

Squashes are one of the oldest known crops –10,000 years by some estimates of sites in Mexico.

Squash has an abundant amount of powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C. Antioxidants help prevent
or slow cellular damage and reduce inflammation.

There’s a whole world of squash varieties, from starchy kabocha to versatile delicata, and everything in between. I will offer creative ways to cook them  so you won’t find yourself bored of gourds by November. 

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  The ubiquitous sweet potatoes, and I dare say, the bland butternut squash soup arrive at the table.  

You don’t get much more classically “fall” than squash soup. 

This unique  and exciting version gives it an infusion of new life, with the tartness of granny smith apples, tanginess of sheep yogurt, and crunch of toasted walnuts.

Remember… You do not have to cook complicated elaborate masterpieces. 

Just cook good food, from fresh local seasonal ingredients.

To your good health ~ Laurie Richardone

If you are a curious cook, join me on my Podcast ~ “A taste for All Seasons”  

It is a cooking, cultural, and inspirational way for us to explore the world of food. And… as always, l will share cooking tips, seasonal shortcuts and kitchen essentials that will make your life easier in the kitchen. 

You can now listen to all the shows, on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcast. We talk to local farmers, where you can learn how to cook your way through the seasons.

Visit: A Taste for All Seasons Show Page @ WPVMFM.ORG. This Podcast is in conjunction with WPVM FM 103.7 in Asheville, NC.   

Laurie Richardone is a seasonal gluten free chef and certified health coach.  

To work with Laurie, visit

The Flavors of Autumn

The Flavors of Autumn

F. Scott Fitzgerald would say: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”. 

The colors are starting to change, the air feels crisp, and the aromatics of the fall harvest are intoxicating. I don’t know about you, but I start to think of the delicious varieties of pies and tarts that the season suggests. The crisp apples, sweet pumpkin, and fragrant pear, come to mind. One of my favorites is an apple tart. It’s very distinctive bouquet recreates some of those magical moments as a child when I was introduced to a new awareness of scent…

Ingredients that are connected to the season are more abundantly available, which almost always means they cost less. With seasonal eating, fresh fruits and produce picked when they are fully developed at the peak of the season, with optimal growing conditions, come higher levels of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, folate, and beta-Carotene! 

I trust I have dispelled any doubt you had about the benefits of seasonal cooking. Another convenience is when we eat with the seasons, we don’t have to be that busy with cooking, unless you love it like I do. 

Case in point: It could be as simple as sautéing autumn veggies in olive oil, and tossing them in your favorite pasta, then sprinkled with some fresh herbs. Tossing sliced apples in a pan with a dab of butter, and a dusting of cinnamon, creates a quick healthy warm dessert.

I think one of the biggest dilemmas of professional women is what am I going to eat? Ladies, if you cook with seasonal ingredients this will keep the menu simple, healthy, and delicious.

Staying true to the philosophy of eating with the seasons, this wholesome indulgence has the taste and feel of autumn.

To your good health…

If you are a curious cook, join me on my Radio Show ~  “A taste for All Seasons”  

We explore the world of food, with the philosophy of eating with the seasons. 

And… as always, l will be sharing cooking tips, seasonal shortcuts and kitchen essentials that will make your life easier in the kitchen. 

Visit: A Taste for All Seasons Show Page @ WPVMFM.ORG. and listen to the October 30th show, for a delicious conversation with one of my favorite farmers. It airs on the last Saturday of every month at 11 am, on WPVM FM 103.7 in Asheville, NC.   

Laurie Richardone is a seasonal gluten free chef and certified health coach.  

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