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Choosing The Right Adaptive Kitchen Aids – Five Best Kitchen Aids For 2024 from Health Products For You (HPFY)

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The original blog article (published on February 25, 2021 and updated January 3, 2024 by Taikhum Sadiq) can be found on Health Products For You (HPFY) at: https://www.healthproductsforyou.com/ar-choosing-the-right-adaptive-kitchen-aids.html At Kelly’s Kitchen, we place pride and emphasis on ensuring that the food resources we share are accessible and inclusive. In an effort to provide you with […]

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Cooking Tip Video Series by Kelly’s Kitchen and The Color Coded Chef

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Cooking Tips Video Series We have some REALLY exciting things to share with you! As many of you may know (and be participating in!), Kelly’s Kitchen and The Color Coded Chef have been collaborating on a four-class virtual cooking series.   During Class #2, Kelly Timmons (Kelly’s Kitchen) and Terri Jordan (The Color Coded Chef) […]

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Dairy free crispy chocolate hearts recipe. Images of the chocolate hearts in various stages of being made.

Dairy Free Crispy Chocolate Hearts (Valentines Recipe)

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Dairy Free Crispy Chocolate Hearts (Valentines Recipe)  by Chef Donna Valente Equipment needed: 4-6 cup glass measuring cup Wooden spoons Measuring spoons (1/2 cup, 1 cup, and 1 teaspoon) Rubber spatula Small ice cream scoop Silicon hearts mold Microwave oven Refrigerator Ingredients: Coconut oil cooking spray 2 cups dairy free semisweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon […]

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FREE, VIRTUAL Four-Course Series on the Intersection of Food Justice and Disability Justice!

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Kelly’s Kitchen is excited to partner with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) to provide a four-course series on the intersection of food justice and disability justice. Kelly’s Kitchen is a national non-profit organization based out of Charleston, South Carolina that promotes healthy nutrition in the whole community, with a focus on providing […]

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Scrumptious Vegan Banana Blueberry Bread 

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Happy New Year! To kick 2024 off right, we want to share one of Kelly’s Kitchen contributors, Donna Valente’s, vegan recipes with you!   Check out her recipe for the Scrumptious Vegan Banana Blueberry Bread below: Tip: Don’t discard blackened bananas! Bake them into this delicous, naturally sweet, and healthy treat.   Chef Donna Valente’s […]

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Learn About Our Food Security Network

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Learn about the Food Security Network from Program Coordinator, Eva Houston: eva@kellys-kitchen.org Video Description: video of Eva, a young white woman with shoulder length brown hair. She is wearing a denim jacket and sitting in front of a green poster inside of her room. She is speaking directly to the camera. Meet Eva! Eva is […]

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Giant Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies. By Chef Donna Valente. Image of a large plate of chocolate chip cookies stacked on each other.

Giant Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies 

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Giant Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies  .    Recipe by Chef Donna Valente Use this recipe for those upcoming holiday parties and cookie exchange parties! Equipment needed:  Small mixing bowl Large mixing bowl Wooden spoon Whisk Measuring cups: 1 cup, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup Measuring spoons: 1 teaspoon Rubber spatula Knife Cookie sheet Silicon baking […]

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Delicious Vegan Pumpkin Bread (Can Easily Be Made to Accommodate Gluten-Free Needs)

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Scrumptious Pumpkin Bread By Chef Donna Valente This is a great way to make a Thanksgiving dish that can be enjoyed by most, if not all, of your guestsMoist, bursting with flavors and textures, vegan and easy to make! Yields 10 servings. Equipment needed: Measuring bowls and spoons Mixing bowls Whisk Wooden spoons (we recommend […]

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PHI Study: Participants in Food as Medicine Program Showed Clinically Significant Improvements in Managing Diabetes

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Sharing an article published today based on a study through the Public Health Institute that unsurprisingly found that when someone has access to the medications they need and quality, fresh and healthy foods, and overall food security, their health outcomes improve as well. PHI Study: Participants in Food as Medicine Program Showed Clinically Significant Improvements […]

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Accessible Cooking Interview: Cookbook Author Jules Sherred

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Accessible Cooking Interview with Author of “Crip Up The Kitchen”, Jules Sherred   The video below depicts a 25-minute interview facilitated by Kelly Timmons of Kelly’s Kitchen with cookbook author Jules Sherred. Jules wrote a book that recently came out called “Crip Up The Kitchen”; a cookbook with accessibility and disability inclusion in mind from […]

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Vegan-Friendly Simple Savory Herby Biscuits

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In honor of World Vegan Day on November 1st… Vegan-Friendly Simple Savory Herby Biscuits By Chef Donna Valente Equipment needed: Medium muffin tin Measuring bowls & spoons Rubber Spatula Whisk Ice cream scoop Cooking oil spray Ingredients: 8 tablespoons plant butter (1/2 cup) 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose unbleached flour 2 tablespoons (25 g) vegan […]

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Growing Thriving Child Nutrition Programs in Rialto, California

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Growing Thriving Child Nutrition Programs in Rialto, California   *** Sharing from USDA Food and Nutrition Service email listserv *** There’s something growing on at Rialto Unified School District (RUSD). By growing school gardens, serving more local foods in school meals, offering all students breakfast and lunch at no cost, serving healthy summer meals, and […]

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Fresh Jersey Tomato Pizza Recipe (Vegan Friendly!) by Donna Valente

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Fresh Jersey Tomato Pizza Recipe (Vegan Friendly!) by Donna Valente Notes from Donna: I used Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe for easy homemade pizza dough and used the entire thing for one delicious thicker crust dairy-free pie While Sally’s recipe yields 2 12” pies, I used the entire batch for one thicker crust pie. When making […]

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National Non-Profit Day: Donate to Maui Food Bank

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Today is National Non-Profit Day, and at Kelly’s Kitchen, we feel it is ESSENTIAL to promote today and encourage you to donate to Maui Food Bank. Not to our organization.   Click Here to Donate to Maui Food Bank   The reality of the devastating fires in Maui is still being uncovered. The wildfires in […]

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Fresh Wild Raspberry Cake (Vegan & Dairy Free Recipe)

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Fresh Wild Raspberry Cake By Donna Valente   Tools Needed: Bundt pan Whisk (or mixer) Wooden spoon Measuring Cups and spoons Mixing bowls Coconut cooking spray Ingredients: 3 golden flax meal eggs (3 tablespoons golden flax meal mixed with 9 tablespoons water) 2 cups organic all purpose flour 3/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon salt […]

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Finding Strength: My Journey of Self-Acceptance (And the people who helped me get there) By: Opal Besaw

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The following is an essay written by Opal Besaw, a Disability EmpowHer Camp attendee who has been working with Kelly’s Kitchen founder, Kelly Timmons, and Kelly’s Kitchen/Disability EmpowHer Camp Mentor Jenny Boulder. Content Warning: this essay depicts Opal’s experience with body image and disordered eating. Finding Strength: My Journey of Self-Acceptance  (And the people who […]

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Italian Tomato Gravy Recipe

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Italian Tomato Gravy By Donna Valente Tools needed: Large heavy stock pot Wooden spoon Slotted spoon Kitchen knife Cutting board Can opener Spatula 5 quart size freezer containers   Ingredients: 5 large cloves of fresh garlic 5 large cans of Italian tomatoes (3 cans whole peeled; 1 can diced; 1 can crushed) 1 large can […]

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National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month: Making Gazpacho

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National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month: How to Make Gazpacho In honor of National Fresh Fruit And Vegetable Month, we want to share a recipe that is perfect for the summer (no ovens or cooking involved!) and focuses on fresh vegetable ingredients. We’re talking about gazpacho!   Gazpacho is a popular soup from the Andalusian […]

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Donut Recipe

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Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze and Toasted Coconut No dairy, gluten, or eggs! Thanks to our newest team member, Donna Valente, we have been able to test out a new recipe that we want to share with you! It accommodates multiple dietary restrictions or food allergies and still provides that sweet treat that donut […]

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Summer Meal Sites Provide Healthy Meals at No Cost to Low-Income Kids and Teens

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Summer Meal Sites Provide Healthy Meals at No Cost to Low-Income Kids and Teens Children need consistent access to nutritious foods to grow, learn, and thrive.   USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FSN) believes no child should go hungry because they lose school meals during the summer. Historically, about only 1 in 6 children who […]

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Fundraiser with Mentee Macie Collier

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Fundraiser with Kelly’s Mentee, Macie Collier Kelly with Kelly’s Kitchen has been working with Disability EmpoweHer Camp mentee, Macie Collier throughout the year as a mentor. Macie attended the one-week Disability EmpowHer Camp in the Adirondacks last summer. Part of this mentorship experience is fundraising for the upcoming trip to Washington, DC for previous camp […]

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Kelly’s Kitchen Food Ambassador Program

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Kelly’s Kitchen Food Ambassador Program   Regarding food accessibility, Kelly’s Kitchen will be heading up a Food Ambassador Program. The Food Ambassador Program is being created with a specific goal of increasing awareness of food pantry services, healthy cooking classes, community gardens, accessible cooking opportunities, state-level food policy updates, and statewide programming as it relates […]

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Fundraiser Update: 30-Day Benchmark

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It’s the 30-day mark of our joint fundraiser with Disability EmpowHer Network and we wanted to provide you with an update on where we are, what we need, and how YOU can help!   We are only a small fraction towards our $12,000 goal. If everyone who receives this email gives $1 we would be […]

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Kelly’s Kitchen and Disability EmpowHer Network Fundraiser is LIVE!

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$12,000 in 120 Days: Fundraiser to Support Disability EmpowHer Network Image Description: Dark and light green background. Illustration of a hand putting a coin into a purple box surrounded by foliage. Text at the top of the page says “Kelly’s Kitchen and Disability EmpowHer Network. $120,000 in 120 days Fundraiser”. A green circle says “Starting […]

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