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Flowery, Salty Mango-Strawberry Shortcake

July 4, 2018

A dessert for those who lean to the savory side

I make it known often that I do not have a sweet tooth and people usually assume that means I do not like dessert. That’s absolute crap. I love dessert, I just enjoy it more savory than sweet.

What does that mean?

It means I don’t like  a lot of sugar in it. I like more earthy elements to shine through and prefer naturally sweet items to take center stage. I like a little salty nature to my dessert and a perfumy aspect really gets me excited. Flavorful ingredients like fresh herbs in desserts give dessert more character and depth than sugar does.  I also enjoy a tad of acid, balanced by  some fat; butter, cheese or cream.

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Elevated Summer Sangria

July 2, 2018

Red, white, rosé and sparkling sangria recipes for next level mango lovers

As one who has indulged in the intoxicating bliss of good wine for over half my life, I find sangria to be a complicated subject.

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The Crespo Organic Kitchen Celebrates Summer Mango Mania with #MuchosMangoes

June 26, 2018

Indulge in mango-centric events and experiences

The Crespo Organic Kitchen is essentially the test kitchen for all things Crespo Organic, managed by my company Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center ; a small food  education, sales & marketing  and media company, specializing in local, organic, fairtrade, and  sustainable food and agricultural; supporting small global growers around the world in multiple approaches.  In addition to over 20 years in organic produce, I have over 20 years under my belt in the culinary world as well, offering culinary instruction and food education to both kids and adults throughout the country.  I have earned my fair share of respect for not only my mango expertise, but my fresh herb expertise, food writing and recipe development with a deep focus on fresh and healthy as well as organic.  I live in the Bay Area-  Bolinas, CA to be exact and big portion of Crespo Organic’s mango experiences and events are located out here in the west, mainly because of logistics.  We hope to launch  more events and experiences next year throughout the country, but first we have to sell more mangoes and focus on building the brand up and gaining loyal followers and fans for the hard work we do at the farm level as well as in our test kitchen! As always the support of the many customers and consumers is what drives and sustains us!

If you are here in the Bay Area this July and want to indulge in one of our mango-centric events or experiences, click the links below for the sweets details. Likewise,  if you want to start planning an event or experience with us for next year, reach out! We love mangoes and love sharing our expertise with consumers anywhere we can!

Enjoy your summer, eat lots of mangoes!

💙 nissa

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Mango Pickle Relish

June 10, 2018

This summers hottest BBQ condiment

This past Memorial Day weekend, I like millions of Americans, had a small BBQ gathering. Many of my favorite BBQ staples were on the menu, as were mangoes. Mango BBQ pulled pork and brats were the main event on the grill, accentuated by some salads and drinks. As usual, I felt pressure to create something new, something unique, as I often do. I derive great joy from the creation process and thus the pressure is often subtle and soft.

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A Simple Mango Cake for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2018

Sometimes simplicity can lead us to a place beyond opulence

Some might argue that I shouldn’t have a voice for  mothers or mothering, after all I don’t have kids of my own and I haven’t had a relationship with my own mother for over thirty-four years, a decision I sit comfortably with, mind you.   Arguably, (my dad always said I liked to argue), I would assert, that because I don’t have kids or a mother, I have excellent far-sighted vision towards the act of mothering. With that I have come to recognize the paramount value of mothers and their nurturing powers and prowess. I have spent many hours in life cooing over mothers and their relationships as I travel the globe. I derive great joy from observing mothers in their natural state of being and loving purely.

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My “Authentically Me” Mango Cake

April 11, 2018

In honor of my birthday, I want to share a piece of me with you.
It, like me, is far less complicated than it seems.

Recipes to follow:
Blood Orange Vanilla Chiffon Layer Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Mango-Ginger Compote
Mango Cream Cheese Frosting

I turned 45 today, and it’s been a most rewarding experience—undoubtedly because I continue to throw down in an earnest effort to be my most authentic self and express gratitude for all that life has given me thus far. Of course, none of it would be possible without those in my life that actively reciprocate and love back. As my most authentic self, I experience more joy and am able to spread it to others. This cake gives a nod to my efforts toward personal authenticity. In sincere fashion, it embodies great flavor, and, like most things in life, it didn’t come easily.

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Use Them Before You Loose Them!

March 9, 2018

Making sauce to combat kitchen food waste…

We’ve all been there. Herbs wilt rapidly in the fridge. Garlic and ginger dry up in a flash. Mangoes and avocados ripen on the countertop before we are ready to use them. These things always seem happen at a time when the idea of a mango smoothie or avocado toast makes our noses crinkle. Organic produce (and produce in general) is not cheap. There is a lot of energy that goes into the production of food, plus a significant amount of logistical labor involved in moving food from the source to your kitchen. Throwing away food is like throwing away money, effort and even dreams.

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Two Old Tarts

February 7, 2018

And a mango-meringue tartlet

Having close female friends is one of the more rewarding and sustaining events we women can experience throughout life. Loving and devoted allies, they can often provide the compassion for ourselves that we let dissipate in times of stress or high anxiety, which can be more frequent and more severe as we get older and struggle to move through life and its challenges in work, family and intimate personal relationships. A loyal, long time female friend can come and go in close physical proximity, but she is always there to remind us of who we are, in moments when we need most to be reminded.

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Mango Madeleines

January 19, 2018

The Perfect Rainy Day Baking Challenge

It’s been rainy here in the Bay Area the last few days, and I’ve been drinking a lot of tea to keep warm and cozy. It’s been the perfect time to perfect and  TASTE test a recipe I have been working on in the Crespo Organic Kitchen this winter- Mango Madeleines.

Madeleine cookies are little French cakes made with a lot of butter and often served with afternoon tea. They are soft and spongy in the middle and little chewy on the outside, a lovely variation of textures. Most folks outside of France consider them more of a cookie than a cake. They are by all counts, pretty damn exquisite, in texture and flavor.

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Mango Mule

December 2, 2017

“It’s going to catch on like wildfire…”

Sometime in the 1940s the Moscow Mule was invented. The exact moment of conception depends on who you ask. I like to believe the story that involves John Gilbert Martin of the Heublein Group—of A1 Sauce and canned mixed cocktail fame, and who acquired the rights of Smirnoff Vodka (from the Smirnov family who fled Russia). The vodka was notoriously crappy, which translated into a great acquisition price. The part that followed, aka trying to get Americans to drink it, was no small task. Even though Smirnoff was created in Connecticut, Hollywood became the birthplace of the mule.

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