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Sharing delicious homemade recipes your family will love.



Updated: 2017-12-16T04:53:06.682-07:00

 



Flourless Chocolate Cake - My Easy Gluten-Free Recipe

2017-12-15T09:39:04.104-07:00




Ah, flourless chocolate cake. Perfection for a Gluten-Free Diet.

Forgive the hyperbole. But I just can't help it. This is rich, sexy chocolate deliciousness on a plate. And such an easy recipe, especially if you use a food processor to do the work. Serve this to non-gluten-free folks with no apologies. None. Zip. Nada. And for gluten-free folks? Hand out seconds (we deserve it, don't we?).

And the best part is- the recipe is inherently gluten-free and wheat-free. No substitutions.

In fact, this is the same flourless cake I've been making for years. It never contained flour. The only thing I've tweaked post-celiac diagnosis is adding more coffee and vanilla.

Just because.


See below why I make this recipe in a food processor (Bobby Flay's tip).




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Snowy Lemon Cookies

2017-12-14T10:21:06.498-07:00



A Luscious Lemon Cookie.

It is a vaguely unnerving thing to look back and see the past curving away behind you, blurring into a soft and distant memory. So often we food bloggers write about the future, imagining holidays- like Christmas (and lemon cookies)- perched in a hot, noisy apartment on a bright September afternoon, conjuring the stillness of snow and December candlelight.

Such is the blogging life- often a life lived forward, imagining the new.

Today I am in a truth seeking, women can be powerful sort of mood. Wanting to escape to a "room of one's own" and watch Big Little Lies: Season 1--SO GOOD!

And wishing I had some of these Snowy Lemon Cookies.


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Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

2017-12-11T07:38:53.161-07:00



This time of year simply begs for gingersnaps- the classic and humble cookie that tastes old fashioned and elegant and post new wave all at once. A subtle, spicy, gingery bite that snaps with a crunch to awaken satiated taste buds soaked in a holiday sea of egg nog, cheese logs and peanut butter balls.

Fancy cookies, these are not.

Slathered with green icing and star sprinkles?

Not exactly.

Though, you could, I suppose. Slather these. And sprinkle with abandon.

If you're of a mindset that more is more, and nurture not the minimalist mantra of Less.

The choice is yours.

Go old fashioned and let the gingersnap goodness tingle on its own.

Or go wild.

And get your frosting on.

It's your party.


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Gluten-Free Chocolate Gingerbread Recipe

2017-12-09T10:39:43.551-07:00

Chocolate Gingerbread, Gluten-Free Goddess Style.In the deep midwinter, I cheer my fragile spirit by baking. I put on Yo Yo Ma and stir cocoa laced batter with a wooden spoon, imagining my fellow gluten-free bakers- all of you- out there- standing in your humble kitchens, beating strange flours and non-traditional ingredients with an odd blend of dread and hope. Crossing fingers and scooping tea bread, cake and muffin batter, rolling cookie dough between nervous palms, praying to the kitchen gods.By Winter Solstice I will celebrate another gluten-free anniversary. December 19, 2001 was the day I decided to shun gluten forever. What timing. Right before Christmas. I could have waited until December 26th. Or even the New Year. But I didn't. I couldn't. As soon as I connected the dots- from my plague of symptoms to their instigator gluten- I couldn't wait to begin my new life. If I had eaten my very last buttery croissant, so be it. If I had unknowingly crunched my last iced sugar cookie, so what. I was done.Few of us have to make such choices.Millions of Americans can eat pizza and bagels and Fruit Loops till the cows come home. Donuts and Ding Dongs and frozen pie crusts? No problem. Gluten isn't on their radar, never mind in their daily nomenclature. It's a punch line in a TV sit com. Something chefs and foodies either kvetch about or flirt with, eyeing the growing gluten-free awareness trend as a dietary bandwagon. Or maybe an opportunity to garner a little extra revenue. They're mildly interested, but non-committal. Privately? They're amused. The fad aspect will fade. Eventually. And those of us with particular celiac-prone genes, and blunted villi, and itchy wheat-induced rashes will still be here. Living gluten-free. Baking gluten-free. Wheat-free. Day after day. Wrestling with creative ingredients and conjuring kitchen magic for our kids, our families, or ourselves, or our newly diagnosed best friend.We'll survive.Keeping the faith, one recipe at a time.On my 16th gluten-free anniversary I salute YOU- dear reader. The home cook. The intrepid baker. The mother of a celiac child. The loving parent of an ASD angel. The undiagnosed but obviously sensitive to gluten cake maker. The wheat intolerant cupcake lover. The brother, the sister, the Dad, the grandmother looking for a way to include your celiac loved one in on the festivities, welcoming everyone to your table. This anniversary recipe is for you. A rich dark gingerbread infused with cocoa. READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]



Gluten-Free Raspberry Coconut-Almond Bars

2017-12-15T11:21:38.730-07:00



Let's be honest. I am here today to tempt you. To coax you. To seduce you with a (gluten-free vegan!) dessert worthy of every single luscious calorie. In full transparency, I am admitting up front these are not fat-free. Or sugar-free. These aren't diet food. They're not proper for breakfast (unless you serve them with Champagne).

And you won't be able to sigh ever-so-wistfully at parties and mention, off hand, how hard it is to eat gluten-free at family gatherings and parties. Because, Darling Reader, you'll score zero sympathy points once people sink their teeth into the luscious raspberry jam filling nestled between buttery toasted coconut-almond crunch topping and tender hazelnut cookie crust. Nope.

In fact, these decadent raspberry coconut-almond bars should come with a warning:  Be careful who you share these with. Because they are sure to fall madly in love with you.

Seriously.


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Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread Recipe

2017-12-15T11:01:33.061-07:00






Christmas and cranberries. The two go together like Beatles and Sunday. Brad and Angie- er, whoops. Um. Milk and cookies. I was imagining a tea bread that might work for gluten-free French toast, you see. The sort of breakfast you'd like to wake up to on Christmas morning. Something warm with melting butter and cozy cinnamon. Something festive. Special. Not your average grab-on-the-go with coffee nosh. A gluten-free bread worthy of a holiday.

That's how it all started.

When it dawned me. Cranberry bread. Why not? It's simple. And not too sweet. It flirts magically with maple syrup. So I started daydreaming about the tart little berry that is a bog's ruby jewel.

And a gluten-free cranberry bread recipe was born.



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Gluten-Free Baked Sugared Donuts

2017-12-01T22:22:03.450-07:00




Old Fashioned Donuts. GF.

I missed donuts fiercely, when I first went gluten-free, I admit. And the sad frozen offerings in the GF frozen food section do not tempt me. One bit. So I went donut-less for years until this recipe. And this donut pan.

December is my gluten-free anniversary. And in 2017... that makes it Number 16 (!). So I thought I'd celebrate by sharing this fabulous recipe again.

And the best news- for so many of you--- these are vegan. No dairy, no butter, no eggs. Believe me, they don't need all that farm fresh moo-cow cluck-cluck business. Seriously. The flavor is just right. Not too sweet, with a kiss of nutmeg and a cinnamon or powdered sugar dusting.

These little gems rock.






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My Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Dessert Recipes

2017-11-28T09:55:33.724-07:00


If chocolate be the music of love, play on. Wait. Is that how it goes? Now I'm not sure. It might actually be... the food of love. And more about music. And not about chocolate at all. Maybe ole Will wasn't a big fan of chocolatty goodness. Or over-the-top gushy prose regarding all things edible. But I'm not Will. Or a musician. But I do love dessert. 

So let's celebrate, shall we? 

And let's do it with chocolate.

Because some of us, ahem, simply must have chocolate if we're going to party.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake

2017-12-15T11:04:19.219-07:00


Angel Food, Devil's Style...

Sharing food in winter is one of life’s quiet joys. As poet Edith Sitwell noted, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

I contemplate her words and feel an ache that is dangerously flirting with longing. As we invest more and more of our (fleeting, precious!) time into our virtual lives, connecting not by touch or even by voice, but via endless shallow streams of social media- texting, downloading, uploading, scrolling through visual tidbits of other people’s lives (often strangers), privy to their breakfast, their political opinions, and goofy pictures of Fido and Kitty- I yearn to throw a party. To embrace the old fashioned ritual of baking from scratch, lighting candles, and inviting some human beings over for an evening of conversation and real time companionship.

Laughter and chocolate cake are good medicine, feeding not only our sweet tooth, but our sun deprived spirit as well. The spirit of connectivity, friendship and inclusion.

Yet for those of us living gluten-free (and dairy-free), the deep mid-winter season- with its twinkling celebrations centered around sharing food- too often feels the opposite of convivial. It feels gated. Off limits.

Look. Don't touch. Or taste. Smile graciously.

When you need not be hyper-vigilant about each and every forkful, the food centric holidays are, as the saying goes, a piece of cake. But to those of us with celiac disease and dairy allergies, a table heaped with food (glorious food) is a big steaming reminder of how different we are, a symbol of separation. Of not belonging.

This is when a gluten-free dairy-free chocolate layer cake is more than just dessert. It is a marvelous, beautiful thing. Bordering on luxurious.

Because to indulge (and share food) without worry is a true gift.

So pick a date. Text family and friends an invite. Or pick up the phone and call. Fire up your oven. Gather plates and candles.

Conviviality, connection, and cake await.


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Gluten-Free Lasagna In a Casserole Style Slow Cooker

2017-11-25T11:41:01.207-07:00

Slow Cooker Lasagna As it Should Be. Delicious!It's been a long time since I flirted with a new kitchen appliance. Truthfully? I barely have room for the few gems I still have, after all these moves, efficiently poised and ever ready to cook here in my latest cozy (read: petite) apartment kitchen. You know the one I'm talking about. The kitchen without an oven. Yep. That's right. In Rental World they don't always give you a full size, actual oven. They might give you a four burner cooktop. And a rickety microwave. So what's a gluten-free lasagna craving girl gonna do?Make a mug of chai. Cruise Amazon. Because this- Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Manual Slow Cooker. Brilliant.I assembled this classic family style lasagna at noon today- using UNCOOKED gluten-free lasagna noodles, browned ground turkey, three Italian cheeses, and our favorite pasta sauce. And by 3:15 we were gathered around the Crock Pot, inhaling the aroma of bubbling, garlicky tomato sauce and melting mozzarella cheese, grabbing our forks in gratitude.An easier homemade lasagna I have never made.And honestly?It was perfect. The rice lasagna noodles were tender. The filling hot and creamy, the melted cheeses velvety soft.My first lasagna in this new Crock Pot Casserole Slow CookerPlease note: This is NOT a sponsored post. READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]



A Trio of Tasty Turkey Recipes- Gluten-Free

2017-11-23T10:17:03.188-07:00

Here are three delicious ways to use up leftover gluten-free turkey. One retro classic, Tetrazzini style, with brown rice noodles. One fabulous southwestern style enchilada recipe that has leftover turkey flirting with sweet potatoes. And last but always fabulous, our easy family favorite- turkey nachos with jalapenos and blue corn chips.


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Gluten-free turkey tetrazzini- a retro classic, updated.

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Gluten-Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

2017-11-21T13:42:04.828-07:00



Enchiladas for the Holidays!


Today is a day just like any other out here in the New Mexico hinterland. There were big-eared rabbits eating breakfast (nibbling spare tufts of grass). A chickadee or two in the junipers. Pink light on the distant mesas. No snow yet on the mountains. 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. But our nest remains empty this year.  There will be pumpkin pie for two. You can bet on it. And rumor has it there may be turkey and sweet potatoes nestled into tortillas- a surprisingly tasty combo. For those of you shunning any bird at all- I've got these beautiful vegetarian enchiladas to try- with sweet potato and black beans- my favorite recipe.

As always, make these as mild or as spicy as your little heart desires.

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Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

2017-11-27T19:53:51.848-07:00




Need some gluten-free inspiration for your holiday feasts? 



Have I got some side dishes for you. From Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf to Pomegranate Glazed Green Beans, from Sweet Potato Cornbread to Cranberry Applesauce and more, I've gathered together my favorite gluten-free side dish recipes. One glance at these offerings should convince even the most die hard skeptics that living gluten-free can be more than delicious.

It can be beautiful.


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Gluten-Free Corn Muffins With A Santa Fe Twist

2017-11-15T09:21:24.621-07:00




Steve whipped up these chile studded golden morsels of corny goodness this week to have on hand for the Crock Pot stews we plan to make.

These would also be perfection with this tasty chili. But I digress...


Because I have something to say. Long time readers know my heart is often tugged in multiple directions. Yanked this way, and pulled that way. Like one long, drunken walk of contradiction. Opposing strategies, assumptions, and intentions collide and churn and grip my emotional little pump like a fist- far more often than I care to admit. For all kinds of reasons. If I was a believer in astrology I would now confess my Gemini imprint. Which allegedly explains my dual nature and divergent tendencies. I have always pursued two paths at once, and wrangled opposites like the celestial twins I supposedly embody.

But the only current subscription card I carry is not to the stars above in any connect-the-dot sense, but to the Big Kahuna. The Mother of All. That's right.

Love.

Because love can penetrate the darkest hour. Denial can be pinched and slapped and prodded awake. Compassion can be sexy. Golden Rule ethics are hawt. The still small voice within can be excavated. And heard. And sung.

I know, I know. My Age of Aquarius hippie artist inclusive proclivities are showing.

And if I could?

I would invite you all over for cocoa and muffins. I would make you a big bowl of mulligatawny and hand you my favorite spoon, and play some Yo Yo Ma and James Taylor on the HiFi. We could watch the deer outside the kitchen window as snowflakes spin their magic just before dark. The recipe I would make would be this new corn muffin recipe spiked with spicy green chiles and golden pumpkin.

A match made in heaven.

Or hatched by a Gemini goddess wrestling with light and dark (and rainbows!).

You decide.


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Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing + Roasted Squash

2017-11-14T12:01:51.007-07:00



While we're all adjusting to turning the clocks back (excuse me while I yawn), I thought I'd reprise two Thanksgiving friendly recipes today. Both recipes are redolent with old fashioned autumnal goodness. Warm and subtle spices. Maple. Apple. It doesn't get any comfy-cozier.

First up is an easy, favorite side dish of mine- maple roasted acorn squash (and it's vegan, therefore perfect for those of you sharing your humble meal with vegetarian and dairy-free guests). The second dish is one of my oldest tried and true recipes.

It is from my very first Thanksgiving as a married woman, in fact.

We won't discuss how long ago that was, Darling, but I will admit it was way back with Husband Number #1 (it being first and all). I was anxious to do it up with style on my first Thanksgiving (as any blushing bride would be) and had the sudden inspiration to use cornbread and apples as a stuffing instead of the traditional- and familial on both sides- bagged white bread and sage dressing. And then I added curry. Maybe that's when they began to notice I wasn't exactly a dyed-in-the-wool Pilgrim-esque kind of girl.

I'm not at all certain Husband #1 cared for it.

Husband #2 is a huge cornbread fan. And a curry fan.

Coincidence?



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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Praline in Coconut-Pecan Crust

2017-11-14T12:04:54.546-07:00


Karina's Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline and Coconut-Pecan Crust

Recipe created by Karina Allrich November 2010.

The key to this version of vegan pumpkin pie is the cashew cream. It thickens the pumpkin custard filling without eggs. I kid you not. This is one beautiful pie. You'll love it. And so will your guests.

The trick is to make it ahead of time- and give the pie a chance to chill thoroughly.

Prepare a 9-inch Springform pan by lining the bottom with a piece of parchment paper. (Note: This recipe really needs a 9-inch pan- I mean it. Don't use a smaller pan, Babycakes. It might overflow.)

First, make the crust.

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips

2017-11-10T15:29:31.650-07:00

Scones, pie, pumpkin bread, acorn squash, quinoa salad with pears... Thanksgiving. Nothing sends shivers of trepidation up a gluten-free dairy-free girl's spine like the mental image of Grandma's white bread dressing, or shimmying slabs of Aunt Ida's pumpkin pie. It's a butter and wheat flour gorge fest with danger at every turn- the gut-twisting threat of thirty-six hours chugging Pepto Bismol poised to strike on every holiday decorated plate. Jovial forkfuls of tradition and conviviality aside.It can be a nightmare, Darling.If you're lucky, your family is tuned in to the ins and outs of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and they are well aware of the angst and anxiety food centric holidays can trigger for those of us who need to be vigilant about each and every spoonful of food that enters our quirky gluten-free universe.  If you are blessed, they are thoughtful and well schooled in where gluten might lurk (turkey broth, marinades, gravy, seasoning packets, spice blends, traditional stuffing, cornbread mixes, crackers, pie crusts, soy sauce). And they don't ask questions like, You can eat "whole" wheat crackers, right? with the emphasis on the word whole as if somehow, the word itself makes the wheat magically safe for gluten sensitive folks to consume (it doesn't). They won't sigh when you politely decline a slice of Aunt Ethel's pecan pie and say, Why don't you just eat the filling and not the crust? They won't hold up a pitcher of turkey gravy and whisper, A little bit won't kill you. Or my own personal favorite, Oh, go ahead... I have food allergies and I cheat.Right.If these persuasions are foreign to you, then you, Dear Reader, have much to be thankful for this holiday season. You are blessed with a clan that gets you, loves you without judging you, and honestly cares about every morsel that enters your fragile autoimmune universe. So this post is for them...The attentive Moms and Dads, compassionate Aunts and Uncles, smart-as-a-whip Grandmas and Bubbes, sisters, brothers and best buds who believe that if food is love, Thanksgiving should be fun and worry-free and delicious.For everyone.  No big whup.Because after all- we know true love has great taste. READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]



Pumpkin Bread Pudding - Gluten-Free

2017-11-12T08:59:03.412-07:00



A Bread Pudding Worthy of a Party.

I rarely even think about food these days (I seem to have returned to my art school habits of running on fuel comprised of coffee, painting, and music). I don't daydream of desserts or breakfast, or intricate candlelit suppers. I do not spend much time at all on the Internet lately.

I am hungry instead for inspiration. For autumn's burnished light and shadow. Rusted jewel colors and texture. Pattern. And rhythm. I am walking the local woods and creeks, listening, breathing in. Fed by the foggy morning softness and water sounds, and leafy, wet wood smoke. Gathering images and emotions for markmaking and paint slinging. Food- for better or worse (I'm not a judger)- is simply not on my radar these days.

But this weekend I woke with a curiously strong hankering for old fashioned pumpkin bread pudding. And gluten-free goodness ensued.



How to make a pumpkin bread pudding ... 

To make a gluten-free pumpkin bread pudding, you gotta break some eggs.









And you need some brioche. Oddly (um, not) I had no gluten-free brioche laying around.

What I did have?

Udi's Classic Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns (my talented husband makes wicked good Sloppy Joe's). And these fluffy GF babies slice up brilliant- and toast like champs. I'm not making this up. (And just so you know, to be perfectly clear here- I buy these buns on my own- without prompting. This is not a sponsored post.)


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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Maple Icing

2017-11-10T14:22:43.778-07:00






Pumpkin Cake to the Rescue

Today I'm digging into the recipe archives (back to 2005!) to share an old favorite. My pumpkin cake recipe. We're so busy sorting, bagging clothes and boxing up books for donation, getting ready for the big move to Los Angeles (next Thursday!) that yours truly has not had time to bake.

But if I did? I'd whip up this moist and tender beauty of a cake.

Today it snowed. Our first snow of the season. After photographing the backyard oak and apple branches dusted in sugary white like some fairy confection I thought of James Taylor's line in Sweet Baby James. The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting. And I decided to bake a cake. With cinnamon.

I tried to whistle my way back to the house, to pierce the soft silence that only snowfall can bring, but I am not gifted in whistling.

A crow swung low overhead and cawed, unimpressed with my feeble tune.


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Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, Pecans + Maple Vinaigrette

2017-11-10T14:23:04.442-07:00


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Vegan Gluten-Free Bliss, Ya'll.

If you're looking for a fresh idea to liven up your ho-hum salad plate, Sweetcakes, have I got a recipe for you. Light, vegan, and packed with protein, this is no ordinary bunny food. It's got quinoa. Studded with nutty, buttery chick peas and crunchy toasted pecans and succulent jewels of ripe, juicy pears. And did I mention, in a bowl licking maple vinaigrette?

In fact, this is a salad even salad haters would eat. You know, those stalwart gotta have my meat and potatoes aficionados who eschew anything leafy. Who snicker at fiber. And mock carrot sticks. The sort of individual who gets misty eyed for melted butter and bacon martinis. To said individuals, salad could never be anything but rabbit chow. But this lovely mélange of flavors just might pique their interest. The sheer luxurious deliciousness of these autumnal flavors might coax them into flirting with bunny food goodness. Just this once. Then- who knows what could happen? They might settle in, fork poised, all dubious and dreaming of rib eye. They might take a bite. And then another. And another. And before you can say blueberry pancakes on a stick- they might actually smack their lips and grin and hold out their empty plate for more.

And you.

You could smile back, sly and slow, as you reach for the serving spoon to comply with their new found desire.

And feed their craving.



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Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

2017-11-10T14:23:18.017-07:00

Favorite CompanionWe found canned organic pumpkin on the store shelves this week. So be prepared for pumpkin recipes. I, for one, Darling, can't get enough. Pumpkin is my favorite fall ingredient. Maybe because it cozies up to gluten-free flours so well. It adds moisture and depth to g-free baked goods. It flirts with cinnamon and ginger like the sexiest, inscrutable movie star. You know what I'm talking about. It's not overt. Or blatant. It's not over the top. It is subtle. Secure.Pumpkin doesn't demand to be admired.Because it doesn't have to prove itself.It's not a bully flavor that crushes gentler flavors in its wake. It doesn't bark and claw to be Top Dog 24/7. It doesn't have a deep seated need to own the room, to dominate, to control the ingredients it shares a bowl with.Pumpkin goes with the flow.It likes vanilla.And it likes chocolate.You could say, it's bi-flavorful.Which happens to be a quality I admire. Even embody and embrace. Because life is brimming with diversity. Life is rich and complicated, sticky and glorious. And for every preference I may think I cherish, there are sure to be a dazzling array of alternative preferences twinkling beyond my peripheral vision like so many bokeh jewels.READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]



Gluten-Free Pumpkin Scones

2017-11-10T14:23:32.767-07:00


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Sconelicious.

I know what you're craving. Because I'm craving it, too. Something indulgent. But not overly indulgent. Sweet. But not too sweet. Something warm and tender, and laced with the autumnal spices you've been shaking and dashing and pinching with abandon. 

Something using up that leftover half cup of pumpkin sitting in the fridge.

Are you with me?  Are ya feelin' me? 

Then let's get sconed.


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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Bread

2017-11-10T14:23:46.154-07:00




A Tea Bread Slice That Tastes Like Pie? Yes please.

I am forever looking for ways to bake with pumpkin (aren't you, Babycakes?). So I absolutely had to share our latest recipe, baked fresh and warm and tender and spicy, just this morning, filling our chilly apartment with the aroma of pumpkin pie.

It was simply too darn tasty to keep to ourselves.

We are, after all, entering the season of harvest, gratitude, and giving.

And the best part is- for many of us- this gluten-free recipe has nary a single gum.

No xanthan gum. No guar gum. No locust bean gum.

No weirdo ingredients.

Just a whole lotta YUM.



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Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars Recipe

2017-11-10T14:24:01.048-07:00

Frosted gluten-free pumpkin bars with a secret ingredient.Tuning in to the particular (and fleeting) pleasures of each changing season as we ride the wheel of the year may be my favorite spiritual practice. A practice that requires one simple thing. Attention. Which turns out to be not so simple, inevitably. Because life is anything but simple, with its whitewater rush of mind numbing distractions that demand less and less of our soul and more and more of our mental focus on exterior minutia. Micro decisions. Cleaning out our email in-box. Catching up with Facebook feeds and Twitter streams and Google+. Texting about grocery lists. Scanning streaming video options- thousands of choices may glitter and ooze their high definition glow but I find I am not feeling the abundance.I am less and less enamored with more.I know. It's showing. My age. My childhood brain was wired for mud and bird calls, blackberry thickets and butterscotch pine. Hours spent reading in a grove of birch trees dug their neural groove. The wild luxuries of inner connection, rather than social networking. And TIME. That plastic, misunderstood, precious commodity that shape-shifts experience from an endless afternoon of liquid daylight into a heart clutching warp speed tumble of confusion. Decades become tiny sandwiches of memory you can barely taste anymore.Weeks blink by with alarming velocity.And here we are again.In pumpkin season.And so. I stop.And notice the way the late day sun drops low and shimmers golden in the treeline. The crows are gathering earlier. Glossy black and strutting with authority. The smell of burnished leaves scuttling across a wet Portland sidewalk is the same smell I inhaled on a road trip in Vermont fifteen years ago, standing on a wooden bridge above a clear shallow creek while our sons balanced on the slick rocks below us, fishing for smooth round stones.Do they remember this? Do they remember the same hours I do, in the sand on Skaket Beach? Do they ever have a sudden itch to feed their senses with the scents and sounds of a freshwater riverbed, a sun warmed tide pool? Do they crave a winding path through apple trees? Were their brains hardwired for this connection, too?I ponder this as I stir a new pumpkin batter.And breathe in the scents of ginger and cinnamon, listening to the leafy rustle of an almond flour bag as I fold up the cellophane and pinch it closed with a clothespin.READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]



Gluten-Free Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

2017-11-12T10:04:15.376-07:00

Did someone say streusel? This isn't a Halloween post. Or a pre-Thanksgiving post. Technically. Though Hallow's Eve is just a stone's throw away- if you somehow conjure a metaphorical stone to metaphorically hurl into the time-space continuum, piercing the veil of a mere FOUR weeks that blows by in a singular exhale, surely faster than light. And this exhale, it was only following a previous breath- a breath I took yesterday- which turns out to be one year ago.  A year since that Pumpkin Praline Pie I baked.  I have a hard time wrapping my brain around this.Some days I feel as if I am slave to the calendar, an unwitting cog in the wheel of the year with Sundays and holidays appointed by proxy, designated by some superior force that rules my random wandering nature with an unforgiving fist, demanding obedience. Charting the course of my life. Then I remember the truth. Time is an invention born of the Big Bang. Debris hurtling through space- at increasing velocity. And here we are, hurtling along with it. Stuck to a rock spinning its own orbital logic. Logic so tiny in the fantastical face of infinity, the depth and breadth of vast, hollow, endless space. In the beyond-comprehension scheme of things, we are all walking talking miracles. It is truly beyond extraordinary that we are here at all, with all the subatomic quantum level things that could go wrong. With all the near misses. And all that never was. Life is breathtakingly rare, intricately fragile, and so surprising. READ MORE: GET THE RECIPE »[...]