amy Amy E

Hey! I'm a blogger in the southeastern U.S. who is in love with food. Follow my adventures with my trusty wooden spoon at http://woodenspoonbaking.com.

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Vegan Gluten-Free 7 Layer Bars

In fulfillment of my ONE new year’s resolution, I’m finally posting my recipe for Vegan Gluten-Free 7 Layer Bars. I’ve intended to bring these toothsome delights to you for TWO successive Januaries now, and missed the mark each time. Forgive me. We’re going to fix that today....
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Gluten-Free Coconut Lemon Bars

Well, hello there! Just in time for cookie season, I have Gluten-Free Coconut Lemon Bars for you today. In a quick audit of my favorite cookies (seven layer bars, crumble bars, brownies, and these beauties), a pattern comes to mind. Specifically, a grid. Because who doesn’t love bars?...
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Gluten-Free Plum Cake

  Hello, autumn! Today’s feature is a gluten-free plum cake, a lesser-known but nonetheless quintessential harbinger of fall. Maybe you’ve heard of Marian Burros’ famous plum torte via the New York Times. A longstanding tradition, the recipe has appeared in the Times every September since 1983, and no one is tired of it yet. After a...
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Village Salad

  August! Where to begin with all this produce? Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers) are here in abundance, zucchini and cucumber and green beans are still going strong, and sorry, kale is going to be around forever. And the fruit! Peaches, plums, blueberries and blackberries? Honestly, it’s overwhelming. Good thing there is salad. And not just...
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{Gluten-Free} Blueberry Biscuits

  Back from our latest summer adventure, this time with blueberry biscuits! I meant to post these before we left, but of course work and sloth intervened and here we are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But with blueberry biscuits, aka scooones, just in time to catch those little globes of delight in season.  ...
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Cherry, Quinoa and Beet Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

I love a good salad. This cherry, quinoa and beet salad pushes all the right buttons for me: sweet (cherries), salty (feta), tangy (lemon dressing), hearty (quinoa), and crunchy (hazelnuts), with a peppery bite from the arugula....
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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

“Oops,” my mom texted me, “I had a garden malfunction…” Those six butternut squash plants? They were actually zucchini. On top of the six zucchini plants she’d already bought. Oooof.  If you find yourself in a similar pickle this summer, you’ll need a gluten free zucchini bread recipe in your back pocket for when shit hits...
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Boston Cooler Pops

Happy Popsicle Week 2016, bebes! I’m posting today as part of a collaboration hosted by Billy of Wit & Vinegar to bring you a wide assortment of frosty treats on a stick. Check out all the other recipes here! My contribution to this fresh and fabulous gathering is the Boston Cooler pop. Sounds good, but…what is it? Don’t...
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{Vegan} Chia Banoffee Pudding Parfaits with Salted Date Caramel

Oh dear, bikini season.  It always comes as a bit of a shock, because for the most part I’m pretty covered up. (Modest is the hottest?) Reason being, sweaters are awesome and I am so, so tired of conversations about whether I play volleyball or tennis (Answer: Stop imagining me in tiny shorts, creep).  I’m also somehow...
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Gluten Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder

  Hey, stranger! After an extended break from baking, I’m back, blogging straight to your device from beautiful(?) Detroit. To make up for the long absence, there are gluten free brownies with cocoa powder. We cool?  Let’s catch up....
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{GF, Vegan} Cranberry Flax Muffins

You always miss your first job, amirite? Mine was lifeguarding, and it was pretty sweet. Working on my tan, absentmindedly skimming the pool for leaves…it was glorious. Come to think of it, I had a lot of what you would categorize as “first jobs”: teaching swim lessons, selling vegetables, working at a fabric store, washing...
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Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

Moving is tiresome. Not the cleaning and packing and evaluating your possessions part. We’re good at that part. I’m talking about the “almost but not yet” aspect, where you’ve mentally vacated your current digs but it’s not quite time to go yet. The part where every conversation begins with, “So when is your last day again?” (short...
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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Orange Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

My best efforts at a posting schedule have been wishful thinking so far this year. By now you know that the updates ebb and flow with the particular tides of each season. News time, though: we’re moving! Cross-country! Again! As we step into a new chapter, I can’t help but re-thread the narrative of our...
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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Ahh, January is coming. Diet season. Despite a deep aversion to cleanses, Whole30™, smoothie bowls, and paleo anything, I had some really healthy intentions for these double chocolate cherry muffins. Today’s recipe was intended to be vegan: made with a flax egg…whole-grain teff flour…dark unrefined coconut sugar. The first batch was edible, as long as you focused on the...
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#Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup 2015

  I’m supposed to be packing but, shhh!, I’m making a recipe roundup post for you, just in time for Thanksgiving. It turns out that half the recipes on this site are muffins and humble cakes, and the other half are perfectly fallish, with a Venn diagram effect on quite a few that check both...
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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Muscadine Tea Cake

“Ach. They’re blurry.”  I plugged in the camera to upload these photos and was instantly frustrated. I thought there would be some good shots, but no. Poor exposure, insufficient light, hands anxious. Editing suddenly became a lot easier: delete, delete, delete, maybe, no, no, delete, finally! a good one, delete, delete… “You should take a photography...
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{Vegan} No-Churn Apricot Sorbet and Pale Ale Floats

Last Friday the humidity broke. Simultaneously, the thrum of a hundred thousand air conditioners ceased. The cicadas hushed: was that a breeze? People walked out their front doors and stood stock still to take in the air. Is it really fall? Did we really make it through another summer? Like survivors of a long war, we...
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{Gluten-Free} Funfetti Cake

  So, it’s my birthday. I’m beyond the age (21) when birthdays are exciting, and well settled into the adult routine of trying not to draw attention to myself for a few days. No no, please don’t have the wait staff sing to me while the whole restaurant looks on. I really would’ve been quite...
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Peach and Corn Salad with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

  As summer ends, Savannah fills with a sense of atmospheric foreboding. It’s straight out of a Flannery O’Connor story: thunderstorms, violence, redemption, and despair. I’m prone to introspection in this Southern gothic season. And yes, perhaps, salad. J starts his last (truncated) year at SCAD in a few weeks, and I just welcomed the last new...
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Peach and Sweet Onion Salsa

When we moved to Georgia, Vidalia onions provided one of our first lessons in Southern pronunciation. For other clueless people from “out West”: Vidalia = V-eye-day-lee-uh not Vid-al-yuh. Those famous sweet onions take their name from a remote hamlet where extra vowels are a time-honored tradition. And the colloquialisms! Funny names for familiar things are a regular...
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{Vegan} Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

I rarely bother with imaginary food holidays (apparently this is National Hot Dog month?) but Billy over at Wit & Vinegar got more than a few people excited about #popsicleweek. Consider that party officially crashed. Photography challenges aside, it’s the perfect time to celebrate frozen things on a stick. “Oppressive” is about the only apt descriptor for Savannah right now....
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{Gluten-Free} Cane Syrup Graham Crackers

It’s s’mores season! If you have any camping planned, I have just the thing for you: gluten free graham crackers. Now you too can partake in chocolate-smeared and crumb-dusted sticky happiness. For reasons of necessity, this recipe is a little different than your usual honey graham. It was only in the middle of measuring out...
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{Gluten-Free} Cherry-Blueberry Pie

  “Make Pie” never got crossed off my list last week. We jetted off to the Bay Area for my cousin’s wedding, and in the shuffle of last-minute trivialities like paying rent, cleaning the bathroom, and finding a cat-sitter, pie never happened. There was a lot of time spent in airports, trains, and a rental car,...
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{Gluten-Free} Honey-Oat Bread

Bread. Bread. Bread. If you’re gluten-free, those five letters evoke a passionate psychological response. Ditching gluten means, for better or for worse, becoming at least slightly obsessed with bread. Bread will trigger melodramatic “It’s not faaaair!” meltdowns when you’re just trying to eat out, or grab coffee in the breakroom, or pack a lunch that doesn’t require...
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The Definitive Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe

    After a month of silence, we’re back! There was an incompatible update, and then the site went completely blank for a while. After discovering that my hosting has been doing automatic backups (Praise Jesus!), reading a lot of help threads, and figuring out exactly how to upload a new version of my theme, Wooden...
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Strawberry Pineapple Shrub

“Miami!” my co-worker imitated a little flamenco move as he said it. “The Land of Fake People.” With that send-off and others, we expected a sea of inebriated, spray tanned college students. Thong bikinis. Camelbaks filled with beer. Borrowed Lamborghinis and lowered inhibitions. And then us: a lanky, sunburned pair with decidedly un-chiseled abs, in...
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{Vegan} Banana Bread Pops

It’s functionally summer already in Savannah. You know, sunny, 70s, the whole city having a picnic in the park? Meh. It’s okay. (Okay, it’s kind of great. Trying to avoid taunting you blizzard-socked folks up north. Neener neener!) Food-wise, this can mean only one thing: I’m back at it, turning baked goods into frozen treats....
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Zucchini Chocolate Cake

“Cake is a vegetable” sounds like only the most wishful of thinking, doesn’t it? But wouldn’t it be nice if it were true? I’m one hundred percent on board with team vegetable, but getting all your servings in can sometimes feel like a chore. It seems doubly hard when you’re gluten-free, since the “pizza is...
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Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas, Feta, & Pomegranate

It’s that time again: the February blahs. In part, I blame mine on too many potatoes and too much soup. Now don’t misunderstand: comfort food has its place, and root vegetables and slowly braised cuts of meat are definitely good candidates if your cockles need warming. But still, I can’t help but crave freshness this time...
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{Vegan} Chocolate-Dipped Goji Macaroons

Hey, Valentine. Want a cookie? A grain-free, vegan cookie? Yes? You’re just my type....
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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Honey, Apple, & Oat Muffins

Reading Ashley’s post today over at Not Without Salt, I breathed a little sigh of relief. Oh. It’s not just me. Other bloggers are taking some time off, too. Granted, I do not have a gorgeous newborn book demanding every waking moment, but I understand the sentiment. In the thick of things I never fully...
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Wasabi

 The weekend before Christmas, I had an unexplained hankering to go to the farmers’ market. Stupidly, especially considering we were flying out in less than 48 hours for a nine-day trip, I bought some potatoes and a few beautiful heads of broccoli. Of course, by the night before our departure, we had eaten exactly none...
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Roasted Vegetable and Tofu-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Thai Pesto

    As far as I can tell, I have had exactly two really unique recipes in the history of this blog. And were they smash hits? Not exactly. You’ve got to do something borderline inedible to stump the internet. And when you do hit on an original concept, there’s only a small group of...
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{Gluten-Free + Vegan} Holiday Newtons

  The last two three weeks, the stars have aligned against my putting up a post here. Despite being awfully busy, I’ve been maddeningly unproductive. We spent a week at home for Thanksgiving, which I was of course excited about until we actually arrived. Then I wanted to go home. (Ain’t family great?) I can’t...
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{Vegan} Wild Rice Salad with Lentils, Apple, & Kale

    It’s early, but…happy Thanksgiving, friends! It’s probably heresy, but instead of a salted-caramel-pumpkin-spice-cranberry-apple-pie or whatever seasonally appropriate thing I’m supposed to be posting today, I’ve got a kale salad for you. Yup. Kale and wild rice, to be exact.  If you’re dying for something modestly loaded with sugar for the upcoming feast, the...
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{Gluten-Free} Apple and Cheddar Galettes

    Apples and cheese are my favorite snack. I slice and core an apple before work, give it a quick soak in some lemon- or vinegar-spiked water to prevent browning, and take the slices with me in a reusable sandwich bag. (The one with apples on it, of course.) Like everything else I eat,...
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{Vegan} Curried Chickin Salad

  Being in your mid-twenties is such an awkward time. A horrified friend summed it up nicely: “I’m holding someone’s baby in like the last 30 photos on my Facebook!” Yep. Everyone is pregnant or wearing a small person. I can’t suppress an exasperated sigh anymore every time someone asks, “So when are you guys...
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{Gluten-Free} Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Apples & Cranberries

  I bought cranberries this weekend with the intention of making some iteration of a cranberry-orange pound cake, but woke up with something different on the brain: apple cake. Okay, I can just make that Autumn Apple Cake that’s already up on the blog, I reasoned sleepily, shuffling toward the computer in J’s bathrobe. But...
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{Vegan} Thai Iced Coffee Rice Pudding

  Have you ever noticed that every Thai restaurant has iced coffee on the menu? Order it next time if you’ve never done so. You’ll find a cold, slightly sweet and milky brew with a hint of…what is that spice? Psst–it’s cardamom. Similarly, the Vietnamese have their own version of iced coffee, made with sticky...
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{Vegan} Toasted Millet Tabbouleh with Butternut, Hazelnuts, and Pomegranate

  Eating gluten-free means I inevitably end up having a salad when we go out. I used to like salad, I really did…until it became a symbol of everything that was off-limits. Now I throw a little pity party every time I have to eat a salad, complete with audible sighs and halfheartedly scooting leaves...
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{Vegan} Thai Sweet Potato Soup

  Fall is always a welcome reset from the rush of summer and the beginning of the school year. The concept of autumn resolutions has always resonated more than the traditional new year’s ones: brew some darjeeling, scribble in your journal, call your mother, take stock. Meditate, ruminate, discern what’s on the horizon and how...
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Pomegranate, Tangerine, and Champagne Jellies

Happy autumnal equinox! Miraculously, both the calendar and the thermometer agree that it’s fall in Savannah. Usually we wait until mid-October before it’s safe to shut off the air conditioning, but having not worn my favorite sweatshirt since April, I’m thrilled for an excuse to zip it up and happily hover over the stove making...
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{Gluten-Free} Pomegranate Muffins

  Have you ever baked with pomegranates? Until this week, me neither. I’m happy to report it’s not as weird as it sounds. Pomegranates debuted last week at  the grocery store in, of all places, the scratch and dent produce bins. I scour these tubs of blemished produce in red mesh bags every week, looking...
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{Gluten-Free + Egg-Free} Herbed Cheddar and Oat Scones

Talking about the fair a few weeks ago got me thinking about scones. Not just any scones: fair scones. I never actually bought scones at the fair, mind you, because we had the recipe and made them at home (no small feat before the days of copycat recipes on Pinterest!). Like pancakes, though, my trusty scone recipe...
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{Gluten-Free} Natural Red Velvet Cake

As inferred last week two weeks ago, there have been some exciting things afoot recently. In no particular order, I went to New York City, my husband is back for good, and I made a red velvet cake with no dye. It’s been a good end to the summer. (Now if the thermometer would just...
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{Gluten-Free} Biscuit Topped Peach Cobbler

It’s state fair season, which where I come from, means two things: strawberry shortcakes and Fisher scones. I’m also a big fan of chickens with crazy feathers, prizewinning preserves, and the Tilt-A-Whirl. Corny as a lot of it is (See Kid Rock in concert! We deep fry anything!), I dig the fair big time....
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{Almost Raw} Cookie Dough Bites

Do you need some energy today? Whether you’re chasing kids, catching up on assignments for class, or sweating under a looming deadline, at work, I bet you do. And if you’re one of those virtuous humans who sweats it out at the gym? These cookie dough bites are definitely for you. Keep it on the...
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{Gluten Free} Creamy Pasta with Ham and Peas

  As you can perhaps tell, I haven’t cooked much lately. Or, to rephrase, I’ve been cooking and eating just fine, but haven’t photographed or written about any of it. Call it midsummer food doldrums, I suppose. There have been raw cookie dough truffles, greens with bacon and balsamic, shepherd’s pie, collard wraps with millet...
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Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins {Also Dairy-Free!}

  After growing up in the northwest with a large garden, I still haven’t gotten used to summers without a glut of zucchini to find uses for. If you’ve ever tried growing zucchini, you know exactly what I mean: even two plants can leave you floundering in squash for a good portion of the summer....
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Potato Salad Nicoise

It seems every year around this time, I start dreaming about salade nicoise. This year, that happened to coincide with conveniently remembering that potatoes are delicious. Hence today’s offering: potato salad nicoise....
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