Gluten-Free Plum Cake

Gluten-Free Plum Cake

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 month of baking plum pies at work, I’m just now getting around to experimenting with the last of the stone fruit at home. If I baked one thing with plums this year, I reasoned, a simple gluten-free plum cake would be the best use of my time. Continue reading…

#Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup 2015


wild rice kale lentil salad

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 boxes. (Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Apples and Cranberries, anyone?).

Instead of trying to hammer out some hastily photographed, poorly made pretense at anything Thanksgiving-y, here’s something better: a comprehensive guide to gems from the archives that should grace your table this fall… Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Muscadine Tea Cake

grape 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 class,” J suggested unhelpfully as he watched me metaphorically bang my head against the table. “With what time?” I snapped, incredulous. “Well, yeah. Maybe eventually,” he admitted. Continue reading…

{Vegan} No-Churn Apricot Sorbet and Pale Ale Floats

hopped apricot float

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 skipped off to work, ecstatic about open window sleeping and Starbucks cups marked ‘PSL.’ Maybe my sweaters can come out of their box! It’s time to bake with apples and pumpkin! Everything is wonderful!

Now to most, we are experiencing what sounds an awful lot like summer: high 70s, cool evenings serenaded by a million tiny frogs, people dashing after frisbees and picnicking in the park. It’s fleeting and we know it. Three weeks, and we’ll be shuttering those big Victorian windows and turning on the heat. But for now it’s perfect, and we’re going to soak it up. Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Honey, Apple, & Oat Muffins

gluten free apple muffins

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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 realized it, but the last few months have been hard. Not for a specific, simply defined reason, but instead a long, toiling slog that saps your reserves and keeps you from rest. Continue reading…

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Thai Pesto

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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 people who are truly interested in frozen, vodka-spiked gazpacho on a stick.

I’ve found that successful food blogging is a balance, somehow satisfying a handful of interests. There’s timeliness (i.e. this should be a kale smoothie recipe), trend-awareness (and should be salted, somehow), and knowing what readers want in a recipe (5 ingredients, 30 minutes) or even in a blog post, for that matter (250 words, professional-grade photos). What I actually want to post about seems almost irrelevant.

Guys, blogging is hard. All I wanna do is tell you about this pesto.

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{Vegan} Wild Rice Salad with Lentils, Apple, & Kale

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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 Recipes section has you covered. I’d suggest pumpkin coffee cake with apples & cranberries, pumpkin muffins, apple and cheddar galettes, and pomegranate, tangerine, & champagne jellies, for starters. Maybe a biscuit-topped cobbler?

But if like me, you’re aware that some preemptive roughage may be in order, read on… Continue reading…