2017-02-18

Irish Cottage Pie | Shepherd's Pie

Gluten free cottage pie and shepherds pie recipe with mashed potato topping

Old School Comfort.


I have been craving comfort food and shepherd's pie- even though it's been a warm and breezy week here by the Chama River north of Santa Fe. The promise of Spring is tugging at our sluggish winter bodies, cracking and stiff and a tad thicker than one would care to admit. We are itchy to walk- just as the junipers are shedding pollen in curtains of dirty yellow. We walked and sneezed and rubbed gritty eyes. The coyotes are laughing on the rim of the mesa. I listen and note they are closer than usual, emboldened by our wintery hibernation. The land belongs to them now. We're simply tourists. As it should be, I murmur.

2017-02-15

Gluten-Free Banana Almond Bundt® Cake Recipe

Banana Bundt cake made with almond flour
Almond flour makes this banana Bundt® cake gluten-free gorgeous.

Almond Flour Cake Love


I wrote this post and shared this recipe in the Fall of 2010. But it somehow seems appropriate to bring it forward today. And here's why, Tootsie-Cake. It's been damn tough out there in the world. It's been c-r-a-z-y, actually. Head spinning, mind numbing, dumbfounding nuts. So I thought... can't we all use a fabulous gluten-free cake recipe right about now? Can't we all just take a long, deep collective breath and still believe- as I am sure, Dear Reader, you must- Good triumphs over Bad, and that Love rises higher than Fear, and that Fairness, Justice, and Truth are still values we can all believe in?

Yes?

Kisses.


2017-02-10

Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes


Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes


Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes.


Lately we've been experimenting with baking brownies in a cupcake tin. Just for a change-up. We felt like tweaking again. We're using Baker's chocolate now (semi-sweet and unsweetened). And we're favoring hazelnut flour. We boosted the baking soda a tad. When they bake they rise and fall and crack like little flourless chocolate cakes.

What's not to love?


2017-02-07

Gluten-Free Recipe Love- Be My Valentine




Celebrate love Gluten-Free Goddess style.



Be My Valentine, Sugar.


I've said it before. Chocolate is love. And any excuse to celebrate love (or chocolate) is high on my priority list. Here are some of my hand-picked favorite gluten-free chocolate recipes for Valentine's Day- or any day you feel like celebrating love.

Which, in my corner of the world, ought to be every day.


Cacao! conquers all.





Karina's gluten-free chocolate layer cake



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2017-02-03

Karina's New Mexican Stew with Ground Turkey + Green Chiles


Dust off the slow cooker.


Looking for a simple but truly fabulous slow cooker stew recipe to warm you up? Here is one my all time faves. A New Mexican style stew with budget-friendly ground turkey spiked with roasted green chiles, lime, and cilantro. Butternut squash and potatoes round out the spicier flavors. Make it as mild or as spicy as your taste buds prefer. It's perfect comfort food for any time of year. We serve it with my favorite gluten-free corn muffin recipe.

Need more slow cooker inspiration? Check out the tasty gluten-free cookbook Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by fellow food blogger Stephanie O'Dea.


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.