Desserts

Trying Out An Old Favorite with Pete & Gerry’s Eggs

When I was little I loved American Girl dolls. It seems like yesterday that I was picking out my first doll, after my “Twin Doll” sadly lost her head four times. I can remember my mom suggesting I get Samantha because she was the one that looked closest to me. However, the doll I chose was Molly because she had glasses just like me. I loved that doll, I read all the books which went along with her; even dressed up as Molly for Halloween one year.

One year we threw a birthday party for Molly. My mom being the creative person she is went all out! We made homemade headbands; an idea from one of my American Girl Magazines and ate dishes of food that Molly would have enjoy during the era in which she lived. It’s one of those childhood memories I won’t forget.

Over break I received eggs from Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs; a company I met at this year’s summer Food Fete. My brother laughed when he asked what was in the package and I excitedly responded Read More »

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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Vegan and Gluten Free “Chocolate” Glazed Donuts

Let me introduce you to my favorite – and the most popular of my donuts…The Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolatey Glazed Donuts.  No compromise in flavor here!  These are just like the classic favorite, except with a subtle coconut flavor in the amazingly simple and sweet chocolatey glaze, that does not require corn syrup (so its corn free!!).  These donuts are moist, and sincerely decadent.  You will for sure want to eat a second and third – easily.  Just picture yourself in your favorite coffee shop (Starbucks maybe???), served up one of these warm, chocolatey beauties.  I know, I know…

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Vegan and Gluten Free Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donuts Recipe

sweetnsavorylife vegan gluten free doughnutI would like to first thank Bob’s Red Mill for making this possible. Their products are awesome in taste and quality, and that is why I am truly a fan!  I never would have thought that I could make absolutely the best cake donuts both gluten free and vegan before this.  I mean, let’s be honest – there is not a lot of vegan and gluten free online. You search online and you find gluten free donuts – with eggs.  You find vegan donuts – with Read More »

What are your “Keys to the Kitchen”?

I’m lucky. I got to ask Aida this question up close and personal. If you don’t know her name, you should. Aida Mollenkamp is California-based food expert, TV host, writer, and culinary curator. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School (like me!) and Le Cordon Bleu Paris before joining CHOW.com where she worked behind the scenes as Food Editor. Eventually, she moved to television where she hosted her Food Network show Ask Aida (you get the pun now) and later the Cooking Channel show, foodCrafters.

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Whip up something sweet by making a Rice Flour Cake

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The next time you just want something sweet or need to bake something in a flash, try making a Rice Flour Cake (or cupcakes if you feel so inclined). The recipe below is quick and easy, and can be paired with your favorite fruit or other gluten-free topping. What’s even better about this cake recipe is that it won’t break your budget…or your diet. So grab a spoon and start baking to enjoy a nice fluffy treat that is sure to be a hit among your friends and family.

allison_hecht_riceflourcake*Rice Flour Cake recipe courtesy of Whole Foods.

Ingredients
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups white rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder Read More »

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