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I can answer questions on baking and cooking with agave nectar, using carob for chocolate and ways of reducing fats in dishes.

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I keep a blog on using agave nectar instead of cane sugar at http://alteredplates.blogspot. I also focus on using carob for chocolate there.


EE Times, Electronic Design, IEEE-USA Today's Engineer, IEEE Spectrum


I have a BA in communication from William Paterson University.

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What do you like about this subject?

I like educating folks on agave nectar.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm always looking for new ways to use this beneficial sweetener.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You can use agave nectar to make really creamy ice cream.

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Recent Answers from Deb Schiff

2014-09-11 Fat Sensitive?:

Hi Bud,    Thank you for sending me your question.    I haven't yet had a questioner with the same issues. However, first I would ask if you have talked with your physician and a nutritionist to put together

2013-03-28 why people gain weight:

Hi Jairo,    Thank you for your question.    While it would be great to have a simple answer to this question, there isn't one. People gain weight for a variety of reasons: genetics, lack of exercise or

2012-12-04 dairy free cooking:

Dear Erin,    Thanks for your question. I'm sorry to hear that you and your family have been challenged by dairy-free baking in this way.    I hope I can help. I almost always use almond milk instead of

2012-09-18 diets:

Dear Fasaluok,    First, I suggest you contact your doctor. He/She may wish to have you on medication.    OK, as far as cholesterol-busting foods go, I recommend oatmeal for breakfast -- not cooked in

2012-04-06 low fat chocolate pudding?:

Hi Shakthi,    One of good things about cravings is that they pass. The more often that you substitute a high-calorie snack with a glass of water, or a walk up and down a staircase, the faster you will


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