Banana, Apple and Currant Scones, Gluten Free

May 4, 2011
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Wow I cannot believe that we are on to our third ratio rally event already!  This month, Lauren of Celiac Teen challenged us to make gluten free scones – and after my horrible biscuit failure the other week trying to make strawberry shortcake, I have to say I was a little nervous. But we are […]


GF Ratio Rally – Chocolate Chestnut Quickbread

April 6, 2011
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Quick breads were the theme of this month’s Gluten Free Ratio Rally, hosted by the lovely Silvana Nardone. It’s been an exciting month with lots of new participants and great discussions about which ratios worked and didn’t, and how various ingredients affected the needed ratios to create a successful quick bread. This also marked the first baking challenge of the ratio rally – I felt this was a perfect baked good to start with – in general I feel that quick breads tend to be less fussy than other baked goods, and of course the possibilities for flavor combinations are endless.


Rösti, a naturally gluten-free Swiss Tradition

March 6, 2011
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If there were any dish the could compete with fondue as the most popular food in Suisse, I think it would be rösti. Actually, I’m pretty sure rösti is probably more common than fondue in many places. Rösti is essentially a fried potato pancake, and the possibilities for customization are truly endless. Several regions en Suisse have their own versions, but the simplest is comprised of simply grated potatoes, salt, and some type of fat for frying. In restaurants I have been to, it’s not uncommon to see rösti served with meat, or fresh green vegetables. With the sight of beautiful asparagus finally reappearing again I knew they would be perfect for our rösti.


Gluten Free Ratio Rally: Hazelnut/Coconut Pancakes

March 2, 2011
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Today starts the rally.

I am so thrilled to announce to you this brand new monthly collaborative blogging event, the Gluten Free Ratio Rally. Our goal? To determine the ratios of ingredients that work together to create successful, flavorful gluten free food.

Ruhlman taught the world the simplicity of ratios in his book – that if you know the ratios of ingredients, you can play with just about any recipe and then make it your own. We need that freedom in gluten free recipes as well. Nothing seems more daunting when switching to gluten free than dealing with feeling stuck by thinking about foods that can no longer be enjoyed. How often have we stood there in our kitchens, staring at our old family cookbook on the counter at a complete loss for how to go about making a dish gluten free? Or even just trying to find the right substitutions because our local grocery store doesn’t happen to sell teff flour or xanthan gum? And yet we do not have to feel limited! I owe a lot to my husband’s gluten intolerance – learning to cook without gluten has truly opened up the entire world of the kitchen to me.


Daring Cook’s #20: Poached to Perfection

December 14, 2010
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Jill (jillouci) and I are so excited to host Daring Cooks for the month of December! For this month, we decided to focus on a technique that seems intimidating to many, but with a little practice it’s really not that hard at all – poaching. All poaching means is cooking something in simmering (not boiling) liquid. And what more perfect way to practice the skill of poaching than learning how to poach an egg? They can make a tasty breakfast or salad accompaniment; there are so many different ways to use poached eggs, and they are used in cuisines from a variety of cultures.


Savory Buckwheat Groats Breakfast with Spinach, Sausage and Celeriac

December 10, 2010
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My husband is an 8 year old boy trapped inside a near 30 year old body (eek we are getting old!). It’s one of his most endearing qualities, because he is so completely expressive and playful with everything. He never lost his childhood wonder about the world (even when he tries to act like a grown-up), and I hope he never does. With that comes his major sweet tooth. The man would eat cookies and cake for breakfast every day if I let him. My last buckwheat breakfast of pure sweet maple fruity heaven? You can probably guess that one was mainly for him, and all the pears, currants and maple syrup really made it taste like a warm comforting morning candy delight – it certainly brought me back to my childhood memories of piping hot oatmeal :) But that same morning, while the snow laid unmelted on the streets and the Alps were capped in their familiar white vestiges, I cooked for myself a different sort of breakfast. A savory one, with spinach, celeriac, sausage and eggs.