• Mixed Fruit Cobbler
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    Mixed Fruit Cobbler

    This is a perfect desert when you have fruit that is just past its prime. I found organic blackberries, strawberries, nectarines, and blueberries that were marked down at the grocery store. $1.00 for the lot! I came home with my find, washed the fruit, and made this cobbler for our Father’s Day desert. Be creative, cobblers are very forgiving. Add your favorite fruits, or simply use one fruit to make your cobbler. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Blueberries 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Blackberries 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries (cut into pieces) 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup 1 Tablespoon Tapioca Flour 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves…

  • Grain Free Biscotti
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    Grain Free Biscotti

    Sometimes you just need a little crunch in your gluten free life. This recipe for Grain Free Biscotti will satisfy that craving. Free from grains, refined sugar and casein; these biscotti can be served plain or dipped in chocolate. Be creative with your add in’s…chocolate chips, diced fruit, nuts/seeds. These biscotti freeze beautifully so make a batch and save some for later. Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger Dash of Organic Ground Cloves 1/2 Cup of Optional Ingredients:  slivered almonds, chopped pistachios, currants, or chocolate chips. 2 Large Eggs…

  • Natural Product Expo
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    Natural Product Expo

    Recently I attended the Natural Products Expo, an industry event which highlights trends in food, beverage, supplements and personal care products. 4 levels of the convention center filled with 1,450 vendors and attended by 28,000 people can be overwhelming; having only one day to see these products was impossible. My goal was to talk with as many vendors as possible, focusing on product offerings for the Celiac/Gluten Sensitive Community. I have put a list together of some of the products that I felt would be “Celiac Kid Friendly”. Many of these products are available through Amazon, but others will need to be purchased through the company, or retailers such as…

  • Grain Free Lemon Poundcake
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    Grain Free Lemon Poundcake

    I was asked by a friend if I could make a grain free version of Starbucks Lemon Poundcake.   Since I am always up for a challenge, and love anything lemon, I decided to give it a try.  So this recipe goes out to all of you who love lemon, or those looking for a healthier version of Starbucks Lemon Poundcake.  I will warn you, this cake contains organic sugar, but you can substitute with another granulated sweetener if you like.  Coconut/palm sugar can be used, however it will make the cake darker in color.  I have also substituted Maple Sugar and Granulated Honey successfully,  just providing options if you…

  • Ginger Digestive Cookies
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    Ginger Digestive Cookies

    I know you’re probably thinking that’s an odd name for cookies, but let me explain. Ginger is an herb that has a traditionally been used to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.  In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as a carminative (a substance which eliminates intestinal bloating/gas) and an anti-spasmodic (relaxing and soothing the intestinal tract).  A potent anti-inflammatory, ginger has been used for pain relief from arthritis, muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Studies have also found that ginger powder is effective in treating common migraine symptoms. These cookies are full of nutrients; fiber from the chia and coconut flour,  Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) from…

  • Chocolate Chip Desert Pizza
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    Chocolate Chip Desert Pizza

    It had been one of those really long weeks, and the D-Man suggested we celebrate the coming weekend with a Friday night pizza extravaganza.   He not only wanted grain free pizza for dinner, but suggested we have a pizza for desert.  We had not done any baking for several weeks, so I thought a healthy treat was in order.   I asked him what this desert pizza should have for toppings and of course he said chocolate.  We decided to use our Cappello’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for the base, and then we got creative!   This pizza is free of gluten, grains, refined sugars, and it’s also vegan….bonus for all…

  • Lassy Mog Cookies
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    Lassy Mog Cookies

    The first leaves are beginning to turn on the mountain, and the mornings have been crisp.  Indian Summer has arrived and the D-Man and I decided to capture our favorite autumnal flavors in a batch of cookies.  If you live, or have lived in Canada, or even parts of Maine, you may be familiar with Lassy Mogs.  It is claimed that these cookies originated in Newfoundland, and while there are many versions, one thing they all have in common is “lassy” which is an abbreviated form of the word Molasses.   Mogs may have derived from a British verb that meant “to go slowly”, as these cookies typically rise more slowly…

  • Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream
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    Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream

    Last weekend we were wearing sweat shirts, and the high temperatures were in the 40’s. This week temperatures soared to 90 degrees on the mountain…Summer had arrived! The D-Man suggested we make a batch of ice cream to cool us down, so I pulled out our handy dandy Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and whipped up a batch of Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream. This recipe is very flexible, and if you don’t have an ice cream maker, I’ve included instructions to make this in your freezer. You can also make a half recipe for smaller crowds, because we all know ice cream is best when it’s fresh. Feel free to substitute…

  • Butterscotch Pudding?
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    Butterscotch Pudding

    Homemade Butterscotch Pudding When I was a little girl most of the Mothers in our neighborhood made pudding from a box, but my Mother made it from scratch.  She insisted that it didn’t take any longer to make pudding “the real way” and whole milk, cream, butter, eggs, sugar, and cornstarch (pre-GMO) were staples in our home.  Her pudding repertoire included vanilla, banana, chocolate and my favorite…butterscotch.  I remember being in the kitchen after school watching as she poured the hot pudding into ramekins, placing them in the refrigerator to cool.  She did not cover the pudding with waxed paper or plastic wrap, and a beautiful chewy skin would form…