Category Archives: spices

Good to the Last Bite: Gluten-Free Banana Bread (GF/DF)

I have made three batches of this banana bread — with and without chocolate chips and shredded coconut — over the last month, and each time, it disappeared so quickly, I didn’t find the time for a decent photo-shoot.  So, … Continue reading

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Campfire Cooking on a Gluten-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Diet

At first, packing a gluten-free, anti-inflammatory camp pantry for a week-long camping trip in Minnesota seemed a bit daunting.  Then I really thought about it, and realized that a lot of what we eat translates fairly well to cooking over … Continue reading

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Sweet and Smoky Tomato Bisque (GF/DF/V)

This dairy-free, creamy tomato soup makes an easy and nutritious weeknight dinner when paired with a fresh salad and whole grain (and gluten-free, in my case) bread or crackers. I like to pack it into mason jars to take to … Continue reading

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Pancakes with a Side of Community (GF/DF/NS)

Soon after the Midwestern Gentleman and I moved into our current home, about two years ago, we made pancakes for breakfast one Sunday.  We ate pancakes, sipped coffee, cuddled the critters, chatted, and enjoyed a lazy start to the day. … Continue reading

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Lime Salt & Simple Snacking (GF/DF/V)

Flavored salts are simple to make and add easy pizazz to any dish.  Last fall, when the Midwestern Gentleman and I harvested our herb garden, I put up several jars of herb salts: lemon balm salt; thyme salt; and a … Continue reading

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Coocoo

Since our visit to Trinidad and Tobago in January, coocoo now claims a regular spot in our menu rotation.  This Trini version of polenta is traditionally served as a starchy side with fish. I enjoyed it in Tobago as a … Continue reading

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Ginger-Madeira Poached Chicken Thighs (GF/DF)

I’ve been making a variation of this tender, flavorful chicken since I was a child; it is one of the first entrees I ever learned to cook by myself.  Made with organic, free range, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken, it is … Continue reading

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Coconut Cardamom Millet Pudding (GF/DF/V/NS)

During a little spring cleaning in the kitchen last weekend, I came across a bag of millet with less than a cup left.  We don’t seem to care much for millet.  We’ve tried cooking the homey grain like polenta, or … Continue reading

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Coconut Carrot Cupcakes with Caramel Cashew Icing (GF/DF/NS)

Please forgive the excessive alliteration.  As promised, here is my gluten free, dairy free spin on carrotcake, sized down to oh-so-portable cupcake form.  I call these cupcakes because I really do consider them a worthy dessert, in spite of their … Continue reading

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Trinbagonian Peppersauce & the Chile Pepper Conundrum

This recipe is my take on the ubiquitous peppersauce that turns up the gastronomic piquancy in Trinidad and Tobago cuisine.  It’s ridiculously easy to make, and bestows a complex flavor (not just heat) to a wide range of dishes.  The … Continue reading

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