International Women's Day: Be Bold for Change!

This year, we are PROUD to partner with the city of Richmond for their annual Sisters in Solidarity Celebration commemorating International Women's Day on Saturday, March 4.

The day begins with a rally on the steps of Richmond City Hall at 10am, followed by a march to LaVonya Dejean Middle School for entertainment, lunch (provided by us!), roundtable discussions, and inspirational speakers featuring the executive director of Community Violence Solutions, Cynthia Peterson, as the keynote. 

For more information, please contact the wonderful Trina Jackson at (510) 620-6581 or by email at Trina_Jackson@ci.richmond.ca.us

Hope to see you there! 

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Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apples

Prep Time: 2 hours      Cook Time: 30-60 min     Yield: 4 large or 6 small servings

 WHAT YOU NEED

  • 3 firm apples 
    • Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Braeburn if you like 'em sweet
    • Gala, Granny Smith, or Jonagolds if you like 'em tart
  • 2 cups steel cut oats (rinsed, soaked for 2 hours, then drained)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • zest of 1 mandarin (optional...if you're feeling zesty!)
  • 7 Medjool dates, chopped
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I got for walnuts or pecans) 
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk (or plain milk + 1 tsp vanilla bean) 
  • pure maple syrup or raw honey for drizzling

 

WHAT TO DO

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Wash and core your apples. If you don't have a corer, like me, use a paring knife and cut a 1" square around the center of the apple from the top and bottom. Then push the cut portion out through the top. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Then add the soaked (but fully drained) oats and milk and mix until well combined.

  4. Put your apples in a deep baking dish greased lightly with butter. Mmmmmm.

  5. Fill each apple with the mixture and then spoon all of what's leftover around the apples. Pack it all down too. 

  6. Place dish on the center rack of your oven, uncovered. If your apples are small, they'll probably take about 30 minutes to bake. If they are large, they could take close to 1 hour. Peek in on them around the 30 minute mark. You'll know they're ready by how they smell and look, how easily a knife penetrates through the apple, and whether or not the oats have soaked up all the liquid and are set in the dish. 

Get creative with how you enjoy this dish. It could easily be part of a dessert as well! Have fun! 

We got new containers!

Heck yes we did! I have organization OCD so these probably make me happier than anyone but I'm so excited about these dang containers ya'll it's kinda ridiculous! 

What's so special about them? Well, just LOOK at them...

ALSO, they are:

  • leak resistant 
  • strong and durable
  • stackable
  • lightweight
  • easy to transport
  • easy to store and space efficient
  • easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • recyclable 
  • reusable
  • microwaveable
  • AWESOME

And we have two sizes of containers now so it's easy to distinguish between our hungry serving size and our hangry serving size. But my most favoritest thing is that the lid is ACTUALLY clear so you can see all the goodness waiting for you inside the containers. You have no idea how difficult it is to find ACTUAL clear lids on containers. 

We hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Though that's probably not even possible...

 

Love, 

Chae

Check me out in People Magazine!

People...I'm in PEOPLE! It's still kind of unbelievable to me and it all happened so fast. An editor reached out to me via email just a couple of months ago. She asked me if I wanted to be featured in a segment about chefs who have lost weight in their annual Half Their Size issue. 

I said, "HELL YES!" Duh.

She interviewed me, I sent some photos, and then I kind of got lost in the holidaze. Until one of my clients called me (hi Kerry) on January 12 basically screaming in the phone that she had just gotten home and opened up her People magazine subscription to see ME. She was so excited. It was adorable. I had no idea the magazine was already out! 

Admiring...MYSELF! Check me out on page 82 in the January 23, 2017 issue.

Admiring...MYSELF! Check me out on page 82 in the January 23, 2017 issue.

The thing about this that I am most proud of is that I'm the only woman featured...AND the only person of color. The food industry is, like many other industries, dominated by white men. However, that doesn't stop me. I hire women, I service (predominately) women, and I make it well known that my business is owned by a PROUD, Black, queer woman. 

This experience and the exposure that's come with it are invaluable to me. I am grateful for all the new customers, fans, followers, and people who have been reaching out from around the world to let me know how inspirational I am.

Stay tuned, cos I'm not done yet!

I think you can still find this issue on the racks now so go grab one! Love you all! 

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