Category Archives: gluten free

Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cake

august 13, 2016

blueberry lemon cream cheese cake

A few years back I had the idea of growing my own blueberries. With sun gracing only the deck and mostly shade covering my yard, the blueberry bushes would be in large deck pots. I was warned by the neighborhood berry growers that critters loved blueberries and netting around each plant was the only method to deter poachers.

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Cherry Mojito

july 29, 2016

cherry mojito

When you cook, you sometimes make mistakes. I cook a lot, and I make a lot of mistakes. It’s how I learn. Those cute little refrigerator magnets say it succinctly : Always Make New Mistakes.

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Grilled Apricot Burrata Salad

july 15, 2016

grilled apricot burrata salad

Sometimes the muse taps me on the shoulder several times at the markets. She whispers in my ear “pssst..this would make a great combination – put these together and magic will happen”. 

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Chocolate Berry Tart

june 24, 2016

chocolate berry tart

 

It’s almost time to do your patriotic duty and eat something red, white and blue. Naturally, summer’s berries will cover the red and blue, so let’s add something creamy like thickened and lightly sweetened Greek yogurt to cover all bases.

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Beef Tamale Pie

june 20, 2016

beef tamale pie

 

 

and a visit to Dragonfly Farms

When  you have the opportunity to see where and how your food is grown and raised, there comes an acute appreciation for the valiant efforts by farmers and ranchers to bring that food to market, and to your table. Bruce Johnson and his wife Katherine are the hardworking team of Dragonfly Farms bringing grass fed beef, lamb and goat to Richmond area farmer’s markets.

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Shrimp, Avocado and Vegetable Salad

june 3, 2016

shrimp, avocado and vegetable salad

When I have overindulged in creamy, starchy foods, nothing makes me feel balanced like a meal-in-a bowl with lots of crunchy veggies and a little protein. There is no guilt associated with my heavier food phase, but rather an uncomfortable fullness and a food fatigue that calls for lighter fare.

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Spring Vegetable Spoon Bread Tart

may 20, 2016

spring vegetable spoon bread tart

You can craft a savory tart with any number of crusts. Bubbly yeasted pizza dough, flaky pastry crust and crispy semolina flatbread to name a few; or you can make a crustless tart and make lots of folks happy. One of the current trends is to go paleo with crusts made from cauliflower, with or without cheese.

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Smoky Vegan Cashew Cheese

may 6, 2016

smoky vegan cashew cheese

 

There was a vegan cheese spread I used a few years ago for a client who stopped eating dairy, with a persistent longing for the texture and taste of a creamy cheese, but with a strong dislike for the soy substitutes available. This cheese was made from oats and had a light caramel color and hickory smoke flavor. It was so delicious I purchased some just for me and indulged.

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Asparagus and Tomato Pesto Pasta

april 22, 2016

asparagus and tomato pesto pasta

Know why pasta dinners are so popular? Boil water, add pasta, open jar of sauce and that’s that. Wouldn’t it be great if you had easy-to-defrost homemade sauce in the freezer, like kale apricot pesto or herbed roasted tomatoes? Now add sun-dried tomato pesto to that list.

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Duck Fat Fries

april 9, 2016

duck fat fries

My buddy and project partner in culinary school was affectionately nicknamed Duck Fat. Not only did Jason love its taste and texture, he found ways to incorporate the creamy white fat into nearly everything. Within reason, of course.

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