archive for January, 2008

Apple Crisp

Posted on January 31, 2008

This gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan apple crisp is great all year round, though especially soothing in fall and winter. One of my family favorites, children seem to love this healthy dessert dish –my boys and their friends gobble it up time after time.

Apple Crisp

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2 cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
⅓ cup grapeseed oil or palm shortening
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 medium apples, peeled, sliced, then chopped in half width-wise

In a ... read more →

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on January 27, 2008

These gluten-free, egg-free, white chocolate chip cookies are a great dessert for the kids!

My younger son E, did the drawing above. He has been very into his art lately, creating a series (crayon on paper) of skateboarders doing tough jumps.

Yesterday he asked me if he could have his own flickr account (as all cool budding artists do). I thought that was a bit precocious for age seven and told him I would post his art on my flickr account. ... read more →

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Posted on January 25, 2008

This past fall, the food editor of The Denver Post wrote an article on “addictive” food blogs called Join me as I jump into the blog. Not only was I surprised to find my blog in it, I was dumbfounded that Elana’s Pantry was mentioned in the same piece as Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks.

Swanson is everyone’s favorite food blogger. Her recipes are revolutionary; she always thinks out of the box when she whips up a dish. While I sometimes find ... read more →

Fig Newtons

Posted on January 23, 2008

Fig newtons seem to be everybody’s childhood favorite. Especially my husband’s. I made a batch of homemade, gluten free fig newtons this weekend and he ate the cookies so quickly that I had to hide some for friends.

What makes these little fig newtons so special? Well, I’m told they taste like the real thing. And besides, unlike the original, they have no white flour, white sugar or artificial flavors. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and naturally sweetened, making them a perfect ... read more →

MLK

Posted on January 20, 2008

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”.

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

Posted on January 18, 2008

Scrumptious homemade truffles using only four ingredients!

This recipe for handmade, gluten free and raw Cranberry Apricot Truffles is packed with nutrients, easy to make and aesthetically pleasing to boot.

After taking a brief hiatus from sweets, I am back on the dessert bandwagon! With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of fun treats to give out to friends and family for the holiday.

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

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1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups chocolate chunks

Place apricots, ... read more →

Sesame Noodles

Posted on January 13, 2008

I find nothing as yawn-inspiring as a food blogger who “yums” at their own creations. I see it on blogs all the time. “‘Yum, yum and yum,’ and did I say, ‘yum?!’” I can hear them now, oohing and ahhing at their own creations. However, I may soon become part of this silly little navel gazing taste-bud gazing club.

Tonight I made sesame noodles. That old dish from the Chinese restaurants in New York. I didn’t think I’d be eating sesame ... read more →

Why Glass?

Posted on January 8, 2008

Eight days into the New Year and it seems as though the post-holiday blues have hit.

We’ve had more than our usual share of cold dark weather here in Colorado, and all I want to do is go into hibernation, sleeping day and night. Of course, that’s not what’s taking place in my reality.

This time of year I find myself spending a good deal of time cleaning and sorting. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge the day we returned from ... read more →

Simple Bread

Posted on January 2, 2008

Update: Please see my updated Gluten Free Bread recipe!

We spent New Year’s in the mountains and partied a bit too hard with our friends Peter and Patrice. Though I did not drink a drop of alcohol, I somehow ended up with a contact hangover. Everyone around me was imbibing and I must have become intoxicated by association.

As part of my “post holiday” status, I will be baking and sharing recipes that are not dessert until the urge to bake sweets ... read more →