Rustic Asian Pear Pie

Rustic Asian Pear Pie

I can still remember the very first bite I took of an Asian pear. I remember who I was with and where we were. I was visiting one of my very best friends and she was hungry for a snack. She led me out to the garage where there was an entire case of  Asian Pears. She asked if I wanted one, and I was like, “What is is?” I had never heard of or seen this apple like fruit before this. She said, “It’s an Asian pear, they’re like an apple and a pear combined into one.” Sounds good to me. So I tried it. Oh my, it was so sweet, but slightly crunchy. I was hooked. So when my bf brought home a box of Asian Pears the other day, I couldn’t wait to make something. First thought was a crisp, but I’ve been doing too many of those. Time to tackle the gluten free pie crust! I don’t think I’ve even had pie since my diagnosis. I never ate much pie before, probably because the crust made me sick?!

The crust came out even better then I thought it would. This crust is flaky, light and buttery. No more missing out on homemade pie! You can use this Asian pear recipe or add your own filling. I parred this with some cinnamon applesauce. The cool apple sauce with the warm pie is a perfect combination.

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Risotto Verde

 

Risotto Verde

 

Mmmm. Risotto. I love risotto. I perfected my risotto skills while I was working at a meal assembly business called The Cooking Cupboard. Every now and then, we would have a risotto on the menu. Our customers favorites were the Spring Vegetable or Portabella mushroom (recipe coming soon). I would make so much risotto at a time, it was amazing. There were times, I’d have up to six  5 quart pans on the stove, filled to the brim with creamy risotto.

This particular risotto came to be with just the ingredients I happened to have on hand. I served it with some gluten free Li’l Bites Smoked Sausages from Beeler’s Natural Ham ( http://www.beelerspurepork.com) and homemade gluten free flat bread (recipe coming soon).

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

This first post is dedicated to my cousin. She has recently been diagnosed with Celiac and is just getting used to the change. I started this blog to help her and others like her to see that being gluten free can be a blessing instead of a curse. Becoming gluten free opened my world to a whole new view of what healthy eating is. I would never want to change back.

Anything you loved to eat before, it can be done gluten free. It only takes a little mad scientist time in the kitchen to get the hang of it. Until recently, I had been buying all my breads, muffins and mixes from the store. I was intimidated by all the different types of flours and thickening agents. With time researching recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, you will find that gluten free baking, although there are more variables involved, can give you more control over the texture and taste of your baked goods.

Here is my new favorite recipe for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Happy Baking 🙂

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Fall Apple Cake

Apple Cake

As the weather slowly changes from summer to fall, I am reminded of my grandparents apple room. My grandparents, who are in their mid-80’s, have a small apple orchard in the back yard, that they still maintain. Every fall, as the apples become ripe for picking, the apple room fills up with a few varieties of apples. The smell…oh the smell. It is the most vivid smell memory I have. You walk into the small apple room and you are surrounded by the smell of crisp, fresh, tart apples. To me, there is nothing better.

Fortunately for me, my boyfriend works at the local organic Co-op and brings home random boxes of fresh produce everyday.  Usually, there are lot’s of apples that are perfect for baking (whatever doesn’t go to the horses that is).

Here is my apple inspired Recipe.

Happy Baking 🙂

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