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Open Office Hours

Fran Costigan - Open Office Hours

This event was on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Fran Costigan in her virtual office as she welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to ask anything – from cooking techniques to … Read More.



I’ve been researching Okinawan cuisine and I wondered how you feel about black sugar?

— Laura Crabtree Hollenbeck


Oh, that's a terrific question. I actually recently bought some black sugar it. It is supposed to be healthier. It tastes pretty delicious to me. But you know. I I'm gonna say I hesitate or I'm gonna go beyond hesitate to say I never say that a sweetener is healthy does maple syrup contain minerals and some yes, the Sweeteners that we use in essential vegan desserts are the more natural sweeteners. We don't use any white and a white refined sugar. They do all retain some of the fiber some of the minerals and vitamins that are naturally in the whole sweeteners. They've been processed but you know, I'm not going to drink a cup of maple syrup to get my healthy if you know what I mean. And there are degrees so coconut sugar will have more. of the you know more nutrients than Organic cane sugar for example, but again a cane sugar still retains some of the Molasses that's inherent in the cane unlike white sugar or even commercial brown sugar, which is just white sugar with molasses, which is extracted from the cane sprayed on it. So it is one of their Staples for dessert. I don't know that I would say it's healthy, but I definitely like it Laura and I'm going to start using it more so, you know, let's exchange notes on that.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry