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Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread Recipe


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Christmas and cranberries. The two go together like Beatles and Sunday. Brad and Angie... er, whoops. Um. Oh well.

So I was imagining a tea bread that might work for gluten-free French toast. The sort of breakfast you'd like to wake up to on Christmas morning. Something warm with melting butter and cozy cinnamon. Something festive. Special. Not your average grab-on-the-go with coffee nosh. A gluten-free bread worthy of a holiday.

That's how it all started.

When it dawned me. Cranberry bread. Why not? It's simple. And not too sweet. It flirts magically with maple syrup. So I started daydreaming about the tart little berry that is a bog's ruby jewel.

And a gluten-free cranberry bread recipe was born.


Karina xox

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coconut-Almond Bars

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coconut-Almond Bars


Holidaze Worthy.

Let's be honest. I am here today to tempt you. To coax you. To seduce you with a gluten-free dessert worthy of every single luscious calorie. In full transparency, I am admitting up front these are not fat-free. Or sugar-free. These aren't diet food. They're not proper for breakfast (unless you serve them with Champagne).

And you won't be able to sigh ever-so-wistfully at parties and mention, off hand, how hard it is to eat gluten-free at family gatherings and parties. Because, Darling Reader, you'll score zero sympathy points once people sink their teeth into the luscious raspberry jam filling nestled between buttery toasted coconut-almond crunch topping and tender hazelnut cookie crust.

Nope.

In fact, these decadent raspberry coconut-almond bars should come with a warning:  Be careful who you share these with. Because they are sure to fall madly in love with you.

Seriously.

Karina xox


Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Gluten free gingersnaps from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess


Gingersnaps, or cut-out cookies? How about both?

This time of year simply begs for gingersnaps- the classic and humble cookie that tastes old fashioned and elegant and post new wave all at once. A subtle, spicy, gingery bite that snaps with a crunch to awaken satiated taste buds soaked in a holiday sea of egg nog, cheese logs and peanut butter balls.

Fancy cookies, these are not.

Slathered with green icing and star sprinkles?

Not exactly.

Though, you could, I suppose. Slather these. And sprinkle with abandon.

If you're of a mindset that more is more, and nurture not the minimalist mantra of Less.

The choice is yours.

Go old fashioned and let the gingersnap goodness tingle on its own.

Or go wild.

And get your frosting on.

It's your party.

Karina xox


Pumpkin Bread Pudding - Gluten-Free

Fabulous pumpkin bread pudding - gluten-free and dairy-free - from Gluten-Free Goddess®


A Bread Pudding Worthy of a Party.

I rarely even think about food these days (I seem to have returned to my art school habits of running on fuel comprised of coffee, painting, and music). I don't daydream of desserts or breakfast, or intricate candlelit suppers. I do not spend much time at all on the Internet lately.

I am hungry instead for inspiration.

For autumn's burnished light and shadow.

Rusted jewel colors and texture. Pattern. And rhythm.

I am walking the local woods and creeks, listening, breathing in. Fed by the foggy morning softness and water sounds, and leafy, wet wood smoke. Gathering images and emotions for markmaking and paint slinging. Food- for better or worse (I'm not a judger)- is simply not on my radar these days.

But this past weekend I woke with a curiously strong hankering for old fashioned pumpkin bread pudding.

And gluten-free goodness ensued.

Karina
xox


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake, Darling. 

Silky. Creamy. Divine.



Quick question. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The annual Pumpkin Spice Love Fest has been tickling our tastebuds for weeks. So I ask you. Are you tired of the sensible, traditional pumpkin pie? Wanna kick things up and create some gluten-free love food for the vegans and dairy-free folks visiting this holiday season? Every family has one. Or two. Or six.

Are you with me?

Because I am here to lure you- with a silver fork-worthy dessert recipe totally worth baking.

This is a silky, creamy pumpkin cheesecake that begs for a party. Or a family rumpus. One of many last hurrahs as daylight dwindles darkly toward the Winter Solstice low point, flickering her last sigh Northward before the pale glare of January dawns in all her cold and sober glory (and I step- ever so gingerly- on the reality check scale). And maybe, sigh. A little hint of a sigh.

Because even though it is pre-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas, pre-Hannukah and all the pre-holiday jazz I can already see that the annual jean shrinkage has begun. It's that time of year when (mysteriously!) my favorite jeans come damp-dry out of the dryer a size too small. And that familiar jolly pie roll affectionately known as Doris is itching to start rolling her merry way up and out of my favorite black leggings. It's rather comical. And honestly, she makes me smile. I pat her affectionately.

Like a pet bunny.

Because the truth is I am not about to start counting calories.

Though I admit I may possibly probably definitely feel the need to cleanse my palette in the bright new year that lurks and leers around the post-holiday corner. My fabulous detox mulligatawny soup is surely in my future, come 2020.

If for nothing else, for the sheer love of shedding old stuck energy. A fresh start feels good.

If you do it with a big dash of humor.

And humility.

I know from experience that January will ignite the urge to clean out closets, chase those dust bunnies and walk off our collective Doris's. Or would that be Dori, for plural? We'll have ample time, come 2020, for detoxing and courting virtue with ginger laced green soup, and recipes that will encourage our lovely pinchable pie rolls to skedaddle. I promise. I'll be first second third in line with fresh whipped smoothies and cleansing soup recipes come January.

But this month? Nah.

There's a vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe to share.


Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, Pecans + Maple Vinaigrette


Quinoa salad with pears spinach chick peas and toasted pecans is a delicious and light gluten free vegan side dish





Vegan Gluten-Free Bliss, Ya'll.

And it makes a fabulous (beautiful!) Thanksgiving offering for all your guests that shun gluten, dairy, eggs, and critters.

From the archives, in the nick of time...

If you're looking for a fresh idea to liven up your ho-hum salad plate, Sweetcakes, have I got a recipe for you. Light, vegan, and packed with protein, this is no ordinary bunny food. It's got quinoa. Studded with nutty, buttery chick peas and crunchy toasted pecans and succulent jewels of ripe, juicy pears. And did I mention, in a bowl licking maple vinaigrette?

In fact, this is a salad even salad haters would eat. You know, those stalwart gotta have my meat and potatoes aficionados who eschew anything leafy. Who snicker at fiber. And mock carrot sticks. The sort of individual who gets misty eyed for melted butter and bacon martinis. To said individuals, salad could never be anything but rabbit chow. But this lovely mélange of flavors just might pique their interest. The sheer luxurious deliciousness of these autumnal flavors might coax them into flirting with bunny food goodness. Just this once. Then- who knows what could happen? They might settle in, fork poised, all dubious and dreaming of rib eye. They might take a bite. And then another. And another. And before you can say blueberry pancakes on a stick- they might actually smack their lips and grin and hold out their empty plate for more.

And you.

You could smile back, sly and slow, as you reach for the serving spoon to comply with their new found desire.

And feed their craving.



Vegan Pumpkin Pie Praline in Coconut-Pecan Crust

Gluten free pumpkin pie with praline and coconut pecan crust


This recipe is worth the effort. Especially if you are gluten-free AND vegan.


Don't let yourself succumb to pumpkin spice burn-out just yet, Babycakes. Because this luscious vegan pumpkin praline pie (with coconut pecan crust!) is worth your renewed optimism. Your regained enthusiasm. Your re-ignited cravings for something autumnal and luxurious.

This isn't your ho-hum standard recipe with evaporated milk and a frozen pie crust.

This pie is radical.

Dairy-free.

Gluten-free.

Gorgeous.

Delicious.

Yep.

Love,

Karina xox


Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Delicious pumpkin muffins baked with gluten free flours


Favorite Companion




We found canned organic pumpkin on the store shelves this week. So be prepared for pumpkin recipes. I, for one, Darling, can't get enough. Pumpkin is my favorite fall ingredient. Maybe because it cozies up to gluten-free flours so well. It adds moisture and depth to g-free baked goods. It flirts with cinnamon and ginger like the sexiest, inscrutable movie star. You know what I'm talking about. It's not overt. Or blatant. It's not over the top. It is subtle. Secure.

Pumpkin doesn't demand to be admired.

Because it doesn't have to prove itself.

It's not a bully flavor that crushes gentler flavors in its wake. It doesn't bark and claw to be Top Dog 24/7. It doesn't have a deep seated need to own the room, to dominate, to control the ingredients it shares a bowl with.

Pumpkin goes with the flow.

It likes vanilla.

And it likes chocolate.

You could say, it's bi-flavorful.

Which happens to be a quality I admire. Even embody and embrace. Because life is brimming with diversity. Life is rich and complicated, sticky and glorious. And for every preference I may think I cherish, there are sure to be a dazzling array of alternative preferences twinkling beyond my peripheral vision like so many bokeh jewels.


xox

Karina


Best Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Karina's awesome new gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe.



A rather perfect loaf. From me to you.  

A favorite recipe from when we lived in Portland, Oregon. Here in Texas this morning, it's a windy, chilly 48 degrees F. Two days ago it was a sultry 94. 

This qualifies for WTF status.

And despite the abrupt plunge in temperature, trees are still green. Air is still humid. Flip flops still reign. So perhaps you will forgive me for time traveling back to the Pacific Northwest for a moment.

Autumn in Portland is soft and rainy. Catlike foggy. And slow to frost. The scents of Ponderosa pine and red cedar infuse our morning walk with a woodsy familiarity my New England soul craves, as yellow willow leaves flutter earthward, dreamlike, cinematic.

Time to pull on sweaters. Dig out a favorite scarf. Stack kindling and firewood. Choose a new book to love (I am reading Mink River by Brian Doyle- a lovely, lyrical, mischievous book infused with Irish-American sensibility and Salish stories).

And best of all, it is finally time- for pumpkin lovers everywhere- to fill the pantry shelves with tins of our favorite curcurbit. Because, Dear Reader... it's time to bake. And I have a fabulous, flavorful, autumn-worthy gluten-free pumpkin bread recipe for you.

A huge, gorgeous pumpkin loaf.

Enjoy warm from the oven, with butter or cream cheese. Or make it ahead: Bake it. Wrap it. Freeze it.

Love,
Karina xox


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Maple Icing

Karina's maple frosted pumpkin cake. Moist, tender, gluten-free. A family favorite, year round. At glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com



In matters of taste can we- please- all agree? 

Come together as united? 

Ignore the over-marketing of "PUMPKIN SPICE"?

Prepare our taste buds for gluten-free maple pumpkin deliciousness?


YES?
 
Then what are you waiting for? Whip up this moist and tender beauty of a cake. One of our family's favorites- from the archives, back in our New England days. Here it is, plucked from the archives for your pumpkin spice loving pleasure.

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