My Gluten-free All-purpose Flour Blend and Lemony Pound Cake

Gluten-free baking is a real challenge, so much that there are shelves full of cookbooks devoted to turning out baked goods that, hopefully, aren’t dry, crumbly, dense, starchy, greasy, gummy or tasting of cardboard.  The truth is, gluten-free flours just don’t act like wheat flour – it’s not in their chemistry.  In most circumstances, you… Continue reading My Gluten-free All-purpose Flour Blend and Lemony Pound Cake

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Peach Upside-Down Cake (Gluten Free)

What can I say? We inadvertently took a six month sabbatical from blogging, but we never took a break from cooking, eating well, and listening to great music.  Thanks to you all that have continued to follow us anyway – – we hope to get back into the swing of this. There will be some… Continue reading Peach Upside-Down Cake (Gluten Free)

Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

Faced with rapidly blackening bananas in the fruit bowl, I turned to the ever-popular means of using them up…banana bread.  My old recipe for banana bread used wheat flour, but thankfully these non-yeast breads adapt well to using almond flour. The other big change in this recipe is the lack of processed sugar.  After 3… Continue reading Banana Date Walnut Bread (grain-free)

Gluten-free Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

We had a JAWS (Blu-Ray) viewing party over the weekend, so I made these tiny carrot cakes.  I can’t think of a thing to tie these events together, so I guess I fail at theme parties. Incredible taste aside, my favorite thing about carrot cake is the interesting texture.  The recipe is so forgiving, you… Continue reading Gluten-free Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Most nights, we treat ourselves to a small square of dark chocolate for dessert.  It is not too guilty of  a pleasure, since dark chocolate is packed with cell-protecting antioxidants, known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Of course, that is  exactly what I’m thinking about as I savor my portion and… Continue reading Fudgy Chipotle Brownies (Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Sausage Cheese Balls (gluten-free)

One of my favorite holiday food memories is from spending the night at my cousin LuAnn’s house every year.  Her mother, Norma, always had plenty of delicious, homemade treats in the house around Christmas, and we thought we were so clever sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night to gorge on fudge,… Continue reading Sausage Cheese Balls (gluten-free)

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (grain-free)

Modified from The Spice House’s Ginger Spice Cookies Take a break, have some tea and cookies!  I discovered crystallized ginger “nibs” at The Spice House months ago, but just now got around to adapting their recipe for ginger spice cookies to a grain-free version.  I wanted a slightly chewy, soft cookie with bursts of ginger… Continue reading Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (grain-free)

Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Modified from “Etta’s Cornbread” in Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen Every good Southern cook probably has a prized recipe or two for cornbread.  I like mine buttery, slightly crumbly but not dry, with a touch of sweetness and a crispy crust.  I adapted this recipe for gluten-free cornbread from one of my favorite cookbooks, Tom Douglas’… Continue reading Gluten-free Skillet Cornbread

Apple Pecan Torte (grain free)

“An Old-Fashioned Dessert from Southern New Mexico” (source unknown) One day I received via the USPS a plain envelope with only a recipe card tucked inside – for Apple Pecan Torte.  It came from our dear, sweet friend Malcolm….and he is indeed sweet, through and through.  This man also possesses the biggest sweet tooth known… Continue reading Apple Pecan Torte (grain free)

3-Cheese Crackers (grain-free)

Who doesn’t love snacking on cheesy crackers?  It’s hard to stop eating these!  I used a combination of cheddar, jack, and Parmesan cheeses, but I think you could substitute other cheeses as well for a different taste.  Adding a little cayenne pepper gives them a little kick, and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt on… Continue reading 3-Cheese Crackers (grain-free)

Oh baby, it’s a sandwich!

A sandwich!  Two slices of bread, with practically anything in the middle.  The filling could be as elaborate as layers upon layers of sliced meats and roasted vegetables, smeared with relishes, jams, or spicy condiments…or as simple as a bit of nut butter and honey.  However, if it doesn’t have bread on the outside, I… Continue reading Oh baby, it’s a sandwich!

Lemon Blueberry Cake (grain-free)

James surprised me the other day with a copy of Wheat Belly, which I had just added to my reading list.  This book, written by a cardiologist , exposes the fallacies behind what we’ve been told for decades – that we should eat whole grains for better health.  Dr. Davis postulates that not only is… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Cake (grain-free)

Molten Chocolate Almond Cakes

Source:  5 second rule I don’t remember the last time I had chocolate cake.  Giving up wheat flour and cutting down on sugar hardly endorses the consumption of cakes and pies, and we have strayed little from our primal eating pathway to better health.  However, we are on our first week-long vacation since November and… Continue reading Molten Chocolate Almond Cakes