Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn Calabrese

Perhaps that title got your attention. I've been a Karyn's customer since her very first restaurant debuted in the 90s in Roscoe Village. That's how far Karyn and I go back. SuVan's now occupies her former location. Now Karyn has an awesome raw and cooked vegan empire with three restaurants: Karyn's Fresh Corner in Lincoln Park, Karyn's Cooked in River North and Karyn's on Green in the West Loop.

Karyn walks her walk. At age 64 Karyn Calabrese is still youthful, slim and chic like an African American version of Audrey Hepburn. At her book release party Karyn said that Soak Your Nuts took seven years to get on the shelves. Many of the publishers didn't want to go with it due it's suggestive title. Let me do my best Avril Lavigne impersonation: WHATEVER!
Raw food, especially desserts, can be a real blessing to those with gluten, wheat and dairy allergies. In my opinion, some of Karyn's top hits are: the Raw Strawberry Pie, (cooked) Coconut Cream Pie, Grilled Veggie Wrap, Protein Buddha smoothie, Raw Muffins, Raw Plate (served at Karyn's Cooked, these pates are undeniably smooth), Raw Chocolate Cupcakes, Craving Buster salad and her Almond pate. I've tried a lot of nut/seed pates and Karyn's is thee best. I admit I sometimes dream about her pate. I have tried to make it on my own several times and I never get it right but now she has revealed her recipe.
Almond Pate
Pate is a versatile staple of the raw diet. Change the veggies and seasonings to vary the taste and create different ethnic recipes.
2 cups of almonds
4 cups purified water
1 beefsteak or other tomato
1/4 small white onion
3 to 4 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid Aminos
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp cayenne
Soak the almonds in water for 8 to 12 hours.
Drain and rinse the almonds. Transfer the almonds to a food processor and pulse a few times, just until coarsely chopped. Add the tomato, onion, Bragg Liquid Aminos, garlic and cayenne. Process until the desired consistency is achieved. Store pate in the glass container in the refrigerator. Almond Pate will keep for 7-10 days.
Tips: for creamier pate, add a small amount of avocado.
If you don't finish the pate in 7 to 10 days, spread it on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate into crackers. The crackers will keep indefinitely.
To make a "mock" tuna salad: Add dulse flakes and chopped celery to taste.

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