Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

February 14th, 2013

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Loaf

Chocolate Chips – Bananas – Yum!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Lately I have been feeling the desire to take more photos and feel more creative, so here are a few images of what is making me feel the Valentine’s Day spirit today.

Oh, and definitely check out the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe below!  This bread is super moist and so decadent.  Perfect for a sweet breakfast, or loving afternoon treat, or all of the above!

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Gluten-Free Pizzelle

December 20th, 2012

Pizzelle Stack

Gluten Free Pizzelle

I have not been feeling very festive so far this December, but my one holiday indulgence has been these pizzelle.  Over a year ago I purchased a waffle iron that came with plates to make hot sandwiches and pizzelle too.  I was so excited, but never tested out the pizzelle maker.  Mostly because I had no idea if one could make gluten-free pizzelle.  Recently I found this recipe by The Wannabe Chef.  His recipe was a great guideline for me.  I have made a few alterations and plan to test it out with other flours too.  But for now I was excited to share this holiday treat with all of you.

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Winter Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

December 14th, 2012

Fennel and Citrus Salad

Salad with Fennel, Pecorino Toscano, Oranges and Mint

There is a relatively new gluten-free bakery in Santa Fe called Revolution Bakery which I have been enjoying exploring over the past few months.  In addition to making some exciting baked goods, they are also serving lunches.  When I first started going I always wanted to get something that included a gluten-free-alternative focus like their pizzas or a sandwich…but then I discovered this beautiful salad.  Their version is a little different, but it inspired me to create my own and I have been enjoying it at home ever since. Continue reading “Winter Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette”

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Chocolate Halvah Fudge

September 8th, 2012

Chocolate Halvah Fudge RecipeI can’t say that I eat halvah all that often.  Firstly it is not readily available in New Mexico, and secondly a lot of store made versions of halvah are way too sweet for me.  After looking it up to share some details about halvah with you, I discovered that halvah is a traditional dish of many more countries than I thought.  I had know it as a Middle Eastern dish, traditionally a sweet comprised of tahini (sesame butter) and a sweetener like honey.  Apparently it can also be made with many other nut butters, flours and fillings and is traditional to so many other countries I won’t even list them all here.  You can check out wiki if you want to know all the deets.

My favorite experience of eating halvah involved my international travels of 2009.  As part of my trip, I visited Istanbul for a few days, exploring the art, architecture, culture and beauty of the city.  I loved it, and apart from the difficulty of finding gluten-free options, the vegetarian choices were excellent.  I was pretty excited to find helva (halvah) everywhere! Continue reading “Chocolate Halvah Fudge”

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Homemade Coconut Butter

September 6th, 2012

Creamy Coconut Butter

Have you heard about coconut butter yet?  I am still in the process of discovering it, but the uses that I have found for it so far are delicious.  It is so easy to make too!  Basically just buy some unsweetened, shredded coconut, and blend…  Well there are some instructions, as you will see below, but it is way less expensive than some of the store bought options so why not try it?

My favorite use for it so far?  Spreading it onto pancakes and waffles!  Seriously.  I am not a fan of butter but sometimes I just want something creamy between my gluten-free pancakes and my rich-amber maple syrup.  Spread it on, and watch it melt between the layers of breakfast goodness. Continue reading “Homemade Coconut Butter”

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Peanut Butter-Banana Muffins

August 18th, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Gluten-Free

Why didn’t I think of this before?

I have a confession.  I am way too much of a perfectionist when it comes to this blog…and it is keeping me from blogging.  Apart from the fact that the summer season keeps my schedule inundated with spa work and private massage clients, my main excuse for not blogging is the perfectionist block.

I have such high expectations for every element of my blog post, from the photos to the content I think I am just putting too much pressure on myself.  My most recent block came from the fact that I told myself I was going to get a new camera with the prize money that I won in the Hail Merry t-shirt design contest.  Little did I know, SLR cameras are expensive!  So, I am needing to save up a little additional money for that special camera…  In the meantime I am not going to allow myself to keep making these excuses.  Continue reading “Peanut Butter-Banana Muffins”

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I Won the Hail Merry T-Shirt Contest!

May 22nd, 2012

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the Hail Merry t-shirt contest on Facebook, and thank you to Hail Merry for inspiring me with your amazing snacks!  I just received my first part of the prize in the mail today and am super excited for all of the extra goodies I didn’t know I was getting.

Hail Merry Goodies

Hail Merry Goodies!

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A T-Shirt Contest

May 4th, 2012

T-Shirt Design

queen of tarts - gluten-free

I have entered a contest! I know that this is not a recipe, but I wanted to share a new adventure of mine.  As some of you might know, I am not only a foodie, but I am also a web and graphic designer (and massage therapist).  When I saw that Hail Merry was running a contest to find a new design for their t-shirts I thought it was a perfect way for me to get my creative juices flowing in both the foodie and design world. Continue reading “A T-Shirt Contest”

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Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins

April 27th, 2012

Morning Glory Muffins

Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins with Pecans

Morning Glory Muffins make me think of weekend breakfasts with my father, stepmother, sister and grandmother.  Before I started to make changes to my approach to food, I remember whole wheat morning glory muffins and hot chocolate with whipped cream.  We would meet our grandmother at the diner one town over and catch up on the recent events in our life, which probably included talk of school grades and soccer games.

I think I still enjoyed eating-breakfast-out at that point.  But more often than not I find breakfast to be one of the most difficult meals to enjoy eating out now that I am gluten-free and vegetarian.  I am not a fan of egg breakfasts, so there is not often too many choices for me.  But I have to say, breakfast at home is quite a treat.  I am loving all of the muffins, scones, pancakes and waffles that I have been able to create gluten-free versions of. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins”

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Porcini Squash Soup with White Truffle Oil

April 25th, 2012

Porcini Squash Soup

Porcini mushrooms, hearty beans and creamy kabocha squash.

As rhubarb and strawberries make their springtime debut on blogs across the Northern Hemisphere, I know that my Porcini Squash Soup does not sound very timely…but I promise you there is good reason for this soup to appear on my blog.  Firstly, this soup is delicious!  It is rich, creamy and hearty, and makes me feel like I am dining a a fine restaurant when I eat it.

Secondly, I have this tendency to make these great recipes throughout a season but never find the time to share them on my blog.  Once that season comes around again I find myself saying, “remember that delicious [ fill in blank ] that I used to make?  I wish I remembered how I made it.”  So, I am sharing this recipe not only for all of you, but selfishly for me.  It is too delicious to forget how to make it.  This one is definitely one to be repeated year after year. Continue reading “Porcini Squash Soup with White Truffle Oil”

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