Category Archives: Desserts

Daawat 2013: An Indian Feast with A Philanthropic Mission

Last weekend, for the second year in a row, the Midwestern Gentleman and I were delighted to join friends to attend Daawat, a fundraising event sponsored by the Iowa State University student group “Sankalp.”  For the past 17 years, Sankalp … Continue reading

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Sweet or Savory Crepes (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

The Midwestern Gentleman and I love a good crepe.  Our former favorite crepe recipe relies on whole wheat flour and buttermilk for a wonderful flavor, texture, and nutritional profile.  If you can tolerate gluten and dairy, then I highly recommend … Continue reading

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Tobago Cocoa Estate & Trinitario Chocolate

Remember my post on Crio Bru brewed cocoa, when I mentioned that the Gent and I would be visiting a cocoa plantation on our visit to Trinidad & Tobago?  Well, we actually did, and it was delightful!  I expected to … Continue reading

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Brewed Hot Chocolate: Crio Bru

Crio Bru brewed cocoa was hands-down my favorite foodie discovery of 2012.  I almost didn’t tell you about it because all the hot cocoa is for me.  Then I decided that things really do taste better when shared. You can … Continue reading

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Vitamix Love & A Recipe for Creamy Beet Dip (GF, DF, V)

We got a Vitamix. We’d been using our Oster blender once or twice a day, and after nearly a year of this kind of heavy use, the motor was clearly dying a slow and awful death.  I wanted an upgrade, … Continue reading

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Book Review + Recipes: Meals That Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk, R.H.N.

When I was first diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome and started researching the potential effects of an anti-inflammatory diet on autoimmune disease, I read every inflammation-free eating plan cookbook I could get my hands on.  After combing through at least a … Continue reading

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Apple Rosemary Crisp (Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free/Vegan)

The morning after Thanksgiving, the Midwestern Gentleman woke up and said sleepily, “I think I’d like some oatmeal for breakfast this morning.” “O.k.,” I answered, nonchalantly, “Enjoy your oatmeal.  I’m going to have some leftover apple rosemary crisp.” The Gent’s … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Mini Pies (Naturally Sweetened, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Midwestern Gentleman has pronounced these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, low-sugar miniature pumpkin pies to be a “real” dessert.  I find them to be rich and flavorful, with a pleasing texture reminiscent of cheesecake. … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Chocolate Syrup (Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free)

Until I went “Off The Sugar” (somehow, breaking my extreme sugar habit requires capitalization; it has been, after all, a life-changing process) I used to love Caribou Coffee’s Mint Condition, a coffee drink with a choice of milk, a choice … Continue reading

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Vanilla Coconut Custard Baked in a Sugar Pumpkin (Dairy-Free)

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall’s cooler weather and seasonal flavors than to bake a warm, lightly spiced custard in a sugar pumpkin?  This custard is not too sweet and not too spicy, with a pleasantly balanced … Continue reading

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