Bacon Wrapped Dates aka “Devils on Horseback”
Hors d'oeuvre

Bacon Wrapped Dates aka “Devils on Horseback”

I didn’t know what I didn’t know about dates. This despite using them… a lot. (Can’t tell you the quantity and versions we’ve made of Uncle Howard’s Chocolate Ganache Tart.) If you’d asked me before last month about varieties of dates I’d have said there are Medjool and errr, organic Medjool? My eyes were opened in November at … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Winter Holiday Apple Cake
Baked Good / Cake / Dessert

Gluten Free Winter Holiday Apple Cake

This special cake combines elements from some of our favorite winter dessert recipes: Marie’s Apple Brownies, Citrus Olive Oil Cake, Pan Forte, and White Chocolate Mousse with Lemon Curd. Making it is a project, but fragrant aromas of the holiday season fill the house and the final product is satisfyingly beautiful and tasty. An excellent morning activity … Continue reading

Best Gluten Free Sourdough Boule: Cate’s!
Advice / Baked Good / Breakfast / Brunch / Product Review / Tuesday Tips

Best Gluten Free Sourdough Boule: Cate’s!

I am very good at what I do – just pulled a beautiful fragrant GF Citrus Olive Oil Cake out of the oven.  But, BUT, yeast is not my friend, so our successful crusty, chewy bread recipes are few. I confess to not having cultivated the relationship carefully, preferring to spend time with cookies and scones. Those of … Continue reading

Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Dessert

Gluten Free Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Read somewhere (an airline magazine?) about popular chefs’ favorite sneaky, secret ingredients. One admitted to using powdered milk in his conventional cookie recipes because it adds chewiness. Since “chewy” is a rare descriptor when it comes to gluten free cookies I was determined to experiment. Finding Organic Valley Non Fat Dry Milk  at Whole Foods cemented it. I’ve … Continue reading

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Cakes
Baked Good / Cake / Dessert

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Cakes

Joan organized lunch at Brita’s house last week and agreed to let me to bring dessert because it would help ME. A cool drizzly morning dictated the warm fall flavors of Gingerbread Cake. This recipe includes the use of flax seed meal which has notable health benefits. So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk adds body, flavor, and richness to this moist cake. One topic of conversation … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Shop Local
Advice / Product Review / Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip: Shop Local

Shop-local movements are organizing around the country. We’re beginning to understand it’s in our interest to frequent independent businesses on Main Street, Anywhere, USA. One’s power as a socially responsible buyer is undeniable. Supporting local merchants translates to investment in our communities.”A rising tide floats all boats”: prosperous neighbors lead to stronger municipalities. Sure it’s easier to have shoes delivered by Zappos almost before I … Continue reading

Gluten Free Yeasted Pancakes
Breakfast / Brunch

Gluten Free Yeasted Pancakes

First one up starts the pancake batter and gets out for a before-breakfast walk! Last Sunday morning I mixed the ingredients, set the batter to rise, and met Suza at Willard beach for a couple of laps with Leo before heading home to cook batch. Gluten free pancakes never leave one with the feeling of having over indulged. This recipe features the added … Continue reading

Gluten Free Breakfast “Sandwich”: Bird’s Nest Muffins
Baked Good / Breakfast / Brunch

Gluten Free Breakfast “Sandwich”: Bird’s Nest Muffins

Tandem Coffee opened a second location: a cafe in a renovated service station on Portland’s Congress Street. Briana Holt is creating excellent sweet and savory baked goods. But fair warning: gluten-free offerings are occasional and the open kitchen precludes a GF environment. However, something I had last week was worth adapting: Briana’s Birds’ Nest Breakfast Muffins. A whole … Continue reading

Spicy Spinach and Cheese Dip
Breakfast / Brunch / Hors d'oeuvre / Side Dish

Spicy Spinach and Cheese Dip

Amy, the only strict vegetarian in our book group, brought this to one of our meetings years… ouch, more than a decade ago, since it was before Gus was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Rich and satisfying, it remains a favorite.  The original recipe includes making crackers out of pita bread baked with melted butter, cumin, and lemon pepper. … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Rethink Holiday Gift Giving
Advice / Product Review / Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip: Rethink Holiday Gift Giving

  I can’t go to a museum without at least a quick tour of the gift shop. Current well (curated) favorites are at the Gardner Museum and MOMA where I found an excellent trivet by French designer Erwan Peron. It’s something I’ll use almost every day, recalling a recent mother/daughter(s) trip to New York. For the many who are rethinking the … Continue reading