Author Archives: Geanna

Lavender Blueberry Pancakes. Gluten-free and Vegan.

All right, I have a pretty big confession to make.

I steal lavender.

By that I mean, when I head out on my daily walks, my hand might ever-so-slightly slip onto a neighbor’s lavender plant and give a little tug. If some buds end up in my hand then I just figure it was fate and move along to the next yard.

D doesn’t approve, but I have quite a few arguments that can justify the whole process. If you really want to hear them, I’d be glad to share, but right now they might just sound like excuses.

*Slightly random side note: I picked up a new book the other day called The Welcoming Kitchen. It’s full of allergen-friendly (i.e. gluten-, dairy-, egg-, soy-free, and vegan) recipes. It’s a really cute book (cute shape, classic fonts, and a great color scheme), although it’s greatly lacking in pictures (in other words, there arenone). The recipes look yummy, though, and if nothing else, they are inspiring to me when I’m in the kitchen. It’s also inspiring to know that allergen-free cookbooks are becoming more and more prevalent.


The following recipe is not at all like the book’s recipe for pancakes, but seeing the addition of cornmeal in The Welcoming Kitchen’s ingredients list made me add it to my own recipe, so I feel that I should give a shout-out to the cookbook authors. 

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Vanilla Salted Caramel Ice Cream Recipe. Vegan and Gluten-free

Ahhh, ice cream. Even better: salty and sweet ice cream. The combination of salty and sweet is one of my favorites. I love taking a bite and not knowing exactly what it will taste like.

Also, in case you were wondering, I use this Kitchenaid ice cream attachment for my stand mixer. It works great – during the summer, I keep the bowl frozen in the freezer so that any time I’m in the mood for ice cream, I can grab it and make a refreshingly cool treat immediately.  


I finally ate the last of this last night, and I’m really sad that it’s gone. It was the perfect ending to the last weeks’ worth of dinners.

I guess I’ll just have to make some more. 


I am a firm believer that ice cream is appropriate at any time of year, even when it’s -20′ outside (although it never gets quite that cold here in the Pacific Northwest), but it is especially precious and fulfilling when the sun is blaring and you’ve been playing outside all day.

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Seasoned Gluten-Free Breakfast Hash Browns

 

 

Seasoned gluten-free hash brownsI grew up with small weekday breakfasts and large weekend breakfasts. We ate cereal during the week but on Saturday mornings we’d trek (usually by car, although it was extremely close to our house) to a very small, very local diner called Mama’s. Run by an eastern-European family, the diner made such extraordinary breakfasts that we became fast and regular patrons. Although the restaurant is long gone now, and the breakfasts are nothing more than a mere memory to me, I still fantasize about the humongous servings that lasted me much more than Read More »

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