2017-01-20

Gluten-Free Shepherd's Pie Two Ways (one vegan)

Gluten free shepherds pie two ways - one with chicken and one with tofu and veggies and dairy-free cheese topped mashed potatoes


Gluten-Free Shepherd's Pie Two Ways (one vegan)


A cold rain is rolling through, interrupting a whisper of mist with sudden bursts of stinging wet drops. The skies are wooly gray, gloomy and low. It's the kind of day that calls for comfort in the form of food. Something baked in a crock. Something piping hot and old fashioned. Something with mashed potatoes...

A savory pie, I said out loud, standing at the kitchen sink, listening to the staccato of rain drumming the skylights.

Don't tease me, said my husband, looking up from his latest screenplay.

I wouldn't joke about a thing like pie, I assured him.

Seriously. I'm thinking a shepherd's pie, I said. But not the usual shepherd's pie. No lamb. No beef. No onion. No peas.

Please, he said. No peas.

You know, that could get you into trouble, I told him. Your pea prejudice. The foodie police will be at our door before you know it. Demanding equal time for peas. And I'm already in enough trouble with their ilk.

Their ilk? he asked.

Yes, I said solemnly. My shepherd's pie is going to have tofu. And in some circles, that could get you killed.

Seriously, he echoed. And shook his head. He shifted in his seat.


2017-01-18

Homemade Gluten-Free Granola - So Good!

Homemade gluten-free granola from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess. #vegan #glutenfree #lowsugar

How to Make Homemade Gluten-Free Granola 

(pssst- it's easy!)


You're going to think this is silly. What I have to confess. And it is. Quite silly. It's one of those sticky, pesky truths that clings to you and won't let go, wreaking not anything dramatic, like pure havoc (or worse). No, nothing life threatening, or socially isolating, or disturbing, or even controversial, for that matter. So I'll just say it.

I've been too scared to make my own granola. Well, maybe scared is too strong a word. Color scared with a hint of lazy and you might have a more accurate hue of where my head's at, granola-wise. And making your own granola always seemed a trifle precious. A tad earthy-crunchy (duh). Slightly over the top. And rather unnecessary. It's not like granola isn't widely available- in an array of flavors- since Jesus was in Hebrew school. It's a serious, bonafide hit. A blockbuster cereal. For, like, evah.

Why bother making it when you can buy it by the Trug load?

I've got two reasons.

Number 1. Cost. When my husband stopped buying a certain gluten-free granola he liked, ever curious, I quizzed him why. Do you know how much it costs? he tossed back. Sniffing slightly. (Sadness? Ennui? Disgust?) That little bag of two, maybe three servings, he said. It's nine fracking dollars. Dude, I whispered, sitting up straight. That's heinous.

Number 2. For those of us blessed with a heaping bowl of celiac disease and all kinds of extra toppings like casein allergy, and FODMAP intolerance (why on Earth would you add INULIN to fiber-rich oats?), and a general, all purpose, mid-life pie-roll aversion to sugar coated cereal, it's not an entirely bad idea to create your own gluten-free granola from scratch, using body friendly ingredients, and lower fat and sugar.

So for those of you out there who are already experts at whipping up batches of homemade gluten-free granola- Dear-hearts, I salute you. My wooden spoon firmly in hand. You are far more fearless and intrepid than mild mannered Yours Truly, who might more accurately be called, She Who Runs From Oats.

But now I'm converted.

I am She Who Bakes Granola.

Can I be on Portlandia now?


2017-01-14

Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

Gluten-free wheat-free chocolate muffins recipe. Easily vegan. Dairy-free. From Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess. At glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Rise and Shine, Campers.


Today's post is short and sweet and all about muffins. Not just any old muffins, either. Gluten-free chocolate muffins. Because as any gluten-free goddess knows, chocolate makes breakfast better.

Especially with sixty-five more days of Winter.

Right?




Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie, Cottage Pie, wait!

Sweet potato topped shepherds pie is gluten free and delicious



How about a savory pie?

From the recipe archives- a tasty dish you may have missed... A certain individual living by the mesa has some news. Can you guess? We sold the house. We're moving lock, stock and barrel (in reality, more like Macs, books and UGGS) to Los Angeles, packing up the Honda Fit again to head West and start our new life as Los Angelenos.

I am almost too wired to write.

The quasi-plan is to rent a furnished place for a month. In mid October. Once we're out there, we'll begin our search in earnest for a longer lease- a space we can call our own, not too far from the ocean, I hope. A place with a workable kitchen. Windows. Light. Simple criteria.

As I sort through art books to sell (all the impressionist/landscape books I once mooned over- like a school girl- no longer tug at my attention) I am imagining the new again. I am fueled by the scent of possibility and change and consumed with the urge for going. Three and a half years in the desert have inked their big sky imprint upon me.

I feel as if I sport an invisible tattoo.

Time and distance will reveal the wisdom gained here (if any is to be found). Time and distance will temper the losses. No doubt memory itself will soften the sharp hungers of the everyday isolation and doubt.

Some readers have asked me, What lesson did you need to learn? implying that there is a silver lining to every prickly, dark experience and that if we only embrace The Lesson, we'll be free.

Well, I can answer that. 

2017-01-09

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs + Asian Style Noodles

Gluten free turkey meatballs with Asian noodles


Gluten-Free Fusion. This recipe rocks.


How about some super savory goodness in the form of tasty, tender meatballs your Nonna would be proud of. Even though you serve them with that new-fangled gluten-free pasta and a non-tomato sauce spiked with an Asian flavor twist.

And while we're imagining bowls of steaming pasta, let's talk turkey. I mean, noodles. Gluten-free alternatives can be gummy. Or sticky. But here's the thing. The trick to perfect gluten-free pasta is to keep the noodles a tad al dente- not chewy, per se, but a pleasing texture that will hold up to sauce, pan tossing, and fork twirling.

In other words, Babycakes Dollface oh-so-lovely Reader... anything but mushy.

Squishy isn't good either.

Cooked to death (too soft) gluten-free noodles get too darn gummy for words.

The secret?

Test! Test! Test!

Don't guess.

2016-12-30

Easy Chicken Chili with Sweet Potato + Lime


Easy Chicken Chili Time


New Year's Day looms. Ah, the annual parades. The glut of bowl games. The feast of football. Pigskin is king. Tight ends are tightening. Quarterbacks are quarterbacking. And kickers are praying to the football gods they won't be called in for a chip-shot, with 6 seconds to spare in the final quarter. Do I sound like I know what I am talking about? I don't. I just overheard some manly sporty banter over gluten-free tuna melts. To which I smiled politely.

And reached for a pickle.

Even after watching every episode of Friday Night Lights, I still don't understand a down. Football is a mystery. Back fields in motion. Penalties! Off sides. Snap. Blitz. Gotta love the lingo. It's a language alluringly foreign to me. Like math.

Or for some, perhaps it's akin to say... abstract expressionism.

Visual chaos executed in angles and arcs and bursts of focus, drive and energy.