Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge!

So here’s the thing…I HAVE been cooking. But work has been so busy I haven’t had time to post anything! I’ve been dead tired every. single. day. So I wanted to make a point to share this super yummy paleo fudge recipe so that I don’t feel like I’m only living for my 9 to 5. This fudge was SO easy to make and was a real crowd pleaser that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. Make it, freeze it and treat yourself!

  • Prep time: 20 Minutes (plus minimum 30 minute freeze time)
  • Yields 16 squares


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra to top
  • 4-5 tbsp of unsweetened carob (or cacao!) powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ dark chocolate bar of your choice, chopped


  • Add coconut oil to a food processor.
  • Then add almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and honey and a pinch of salt. Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pour half the ingredients into an 8″x8″ pan and use a spoon to spread out evenly.
  • Place in freezer to harden.
  • Meanwhile, place food processor bowl back on the motor and add your carob powder. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time, mixing as you go to make sure you don’t add too much.
  • Once carob powder is incorporated, add a pinch of salt, mix well, and then pour your chocolate fudge on top of your now hardened almond butter fudge.
  • Sprinkle with chopped dark chocolate bar, shredded coconut, and a bit of salt and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!!

Bob Dylan & The Hawks - Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, February 5, 1966

Doomies & Gloomies – my old friend Ryan and I are plowing through Bob Dylan’s massive 1966 Live Recordings boxed set. Come plow with us. Ryan is the guy who really ratcheted up my obsession with this era when he bought the Genuine Live 1966 bootleg way back when. We’re just going to chat about each show … first up is White Plains, NY, just about 51 years ago. 

Tyler: A rough audience tape, yeah, but it’s all about the audience! They really seem to be with Dylan throughout the acoustic set, hanging on every word, cheering familiar songs, letting Bob take them disappearing through the smoke rings of his mind.

Ryan: Yeah, it’s a nasty recording but also very hallucinogenic. Sound-wise it’s similar to the bootlegs we made on our cassette recorder throughout the 90s from the cheep seats. It also sounds like the tape deck was losing battery power because there is a bit of wow and flutter throughout.

T: Nice that the audience even gets heavily into “Visions of Johanna,” (still called “Freeze Out” at this point) which virtually none of them had ever heard before. Love the strong delivery of the “Mona Lisa” line there, which causes the crowd to erupt.

R: I noticed that too! I have tendency to overanalyze audience reactions, but my guess is it’s the “takes himself so seriously” line that gets the audience to loosen up and appreciate the humor in the lyrics. It’s right after that that the audience starts chuckling. The audience continues to chuckle to many of the lines in “Desolation Row.”

T: Yeah, and how about their delighted reaction to the “Desolation Row” harmonica solo which swoops up and down the scale hilariously.

R: I love this! I can see how the audience thought it sounded funny. It does kind of sound like a little boy playing with a toy harmonica. But they were getting a glimpse of Dylan’s new style of long-form psychedelic harp solos. What a treat!

T: Interesting how much the overall vibe of the acoustic set changes with “To Ramona” and “Love Minus Zero” in place of “Fourth Time Around” and “Just Like A Woman,” respectively. It’s more welcoming/friendly, less oblique/bleak.

R: I agree! These tracks create a different vibe to the overall song cycle. I think that’s what makes this such an important document. Since we consider the set list he eventually settled on such a masterpiece, hearing these variations in the song sequence is like reading early drafts of important literary works.

T: So we don’t get the whole electric set, but it sounds solid (if very muddy). Think this is the very first “Tell Me Momma,” which would stay firmly in place as the second set opener for the rest of the year (Tidbit from Robbie Robertson’s bio says they actually attempted this song in the studio during the “She’s Your Lover Now” session – where’s that tape?!). Is he saying “Come On Momma” there at the end? Did he ever really write lyrics for this one?

R: Yeah it’s hard to make out the lyrics but it’s clear he hasn’t really settled on most of them by this point. I really like Robbie’s solo, it comes through nicely in this otherwise muddy recording. It’s interesting to hear Sandy Konikoff on drums (instead of Mickey Jones), especially on “I Don’t Believe You.” He really emphasizes the off-beats at the end of each verse. These two songs have some very good energy. I would have loved to hear the rest. Too bad the taper either ran out of tape or batteries! Five days later Dylan and the Band played at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, and who was in the audience but a young Alex Chilton. I wonder if he heard the same set!


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Katonah Track Fire Causes Delays to Metro Service

A fire on the tracks near Katonah station in Westchester County, New York, on January 12, caused delays to the Metro North service.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Delays of 15-20 minutes were reported; these later eased to five-10 minutes. Credit: Christian Jungers via Storyful


These images of an African American military unit were most likely taken not long after the U.S. entered World War I. While the location of the camp is unknown, the photographer, William Hassler worked throughout New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and New Jersey. Over 200,000 African Americans served in the war, predominately in segregated service units. 

William D. Hassler. Unidentified African American soldiers in military camp [series]. undated, c. May 1917. New-York Historical Society

After an exhaustive search, Detective William King (left) tracked down the child killer and cannibal, Albert Fish (right), to a rooming house while the elderly man was drinking a cup of tea. This was the man who murdered, dismembered, and cannibalized ten-year old Grace Budd in 1928 in Westchester County, New York. It is hard to believe that this seemingly frail, 130-something pound man could earn the moniker “The Werewolf of Wysteria” and be known as one of the most perversely deviant killers in history. Detective King learned firsthand that appearances can be deceiving when Fish, armed with a razor in each hand, lunged at him after agreeing to go in for questioning. He would go on to take Fish’s confession and bring Grace’s family to identify him.       


New York legislators are fighting to change the name of Donald J. Trump State Park

Two New York legislators, Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, have brought a bill the table in an attempt change the name of the Donald J. Trump State Park, which straddles the New York City suburban counties of Putnam and Westchester. The name of the bill spells out what would be a better title for the park.


“I, Charles Frances Xavier, of the town of Salem Center, county of Westchester, and state of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills abd codicils previously made by me. I declare that I am married as of the date of this will and that my wife’s name is Raven Darkhölme.
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Sanders gets under Clinton's skin in New York
Longtime Hillary Clinton allies wonder how she'll react to sharper attacks in the general election. By ANNIE KARNI

NEW YORK—Hillary Clinton is growing increasingly frustrated with not being able to shake Bernie Sanders — an irritation that is growing exponentially as the candidates face off on her home turf in New York.

Confronted on the rope line in Westchester County on Thursday by a protester accusing her of being in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, Clinton reached her limit for smiling past her antagonists, and snapped.

“I am so sick, I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me,” a heated and glary-eyed Clinton told a Greenpeace activist who asked her to pledge to reject oil and gas money in her campaign.

“I’m sick of it,” she said, pointing her finger insistently in the woman’s face.

It was a brief encounter, about 20 seconds long, but the outburst nevertheless made some longtime allies who saw a viral YouTube clip of the exchange wonder how she’ll react to more heated attacks in a general election.

“This is a docile campaign that has not raised serious negatives about her,” said one longtime ally, noting the attacks and accusations in a potential matchup against Donald Trump are only going to get worse. But close associates diagnosed the problem as Clinton feeling too much Bern.

Clinton has worked hard this election to look like she is taking nothing for granted, and her top campaign advisers have been trying since Day One to undermine any sense that she expected to be coronated as Democratic nominee.

But the fact that Sanders is now making her work for New York, the state where she lives and which she represented for eight years in the Senate, is seriously testing Clinton’s patience. A rope line accuser in a place she expected a homecoming — Purchase, New York, was the upstate hamlet where she kicked off her political career when she ran for Senate in 2000 — was the final straw.

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Why Moving to New York City Was the Best and Worst Decision of My Life | Eden Ariel

I did not, technically, come to New York completely fresh faced. A Westchester County native, the big city was always only an hour or so’s train ride away, and I even had an internship a few days a week on the upper west side at the end of my senior year.

But none of it could have prepared me for actually moving there.

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Eden Ariel lives in New York City. Her creative writing has been published in the Claremont Review, Navigating the Maze, Parallel Ink, Canvas Magazine, and more, and she has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She can frequently be found wandering around late at night staring at the sky and wondering if she is in a dream. She is also an aspiring singer-songwriter.