Friday, November 26, 2010

Surprise! It was a gluten-free pie!

I just had to share that my pie was a success! And the best part was that I told no one that it was completely gluten free until after it was consumed....they didn't notice any difference. Happy happy day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I am sure that everyone out there is in some kind of frenzy right now between shopping, prepping, and figuring out seating arrangements for the family and friends that are soon to gather together.

My charge this year is to make dessert- a pie (which is so fun) and I have decided to use a recipe from the very last issue of my all time favorite food magazine, Gourmet. Their very last issue consequently, was November of 2009 so I feel it's a perfect choice for this occasion and it reminds me of how I have gone to Gourmet for inspiration many times over the years.

Here is the link to the recipe for Cranberry-Apple Crumble Pie just in case this inspires any of you out there.....

Have a happy and delicious day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Banana Bread

Who doesn't love a warm loaf of banana bread on a cold day? I have been making banana bread for many years and in all this time I had never thought to add chocolate to the mix- so this time I did in fact add some chunks of dark chocolate and it made such a difference! Kinda a cross between a breakfast and a dessert- but who says you can't have chocolate for breakfast anyway?

The beauty of this is that it's so easy to make and if you make it in mini loaf pans, it will make for some tasty holiday gifts.

The ingredients:

2 eggs
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup quinoa flour
2 oz coarsely chopped
dark chocolate (70 % cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

7 tablespoons butter melted and slightly cooled
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated (use any apple good for baking)
2 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork


1.Preheat the oven at 350 F and butter a loaf pan. Coat it with either flour and tap the excess out and set aside.

2. In a bowl, combine the flours with the oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder and ground cinnamon and set aside.

3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until light. Add the butter and mix. (you can use a hand mixer as well)

4. Stir in the apple and bananas using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula

5. Fold in the flours and chocolate and nuts and mix until just combined.

6.Pour the batter into the pan and bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pretty Mouthwash

I don't use Listerine however this beautiful package might persuade me!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Inspiration

I was having one of those days when I needed something but just couldn't figure out exactly what it was. I came across this book while browsing at Anthropologie and I couldn't put it down. There are some great words of encouragement and I found it was exactly what I needed!

"Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have."

All of us want to be good at our jobs, but how good do we really want to be?

Quite good.


Very good.

The best in our field.

Or the best in the world?

Talent helps, but it won’t take you
as far as ambition.

Everybody wants to be good, but

not many are prepared to make

the sacrifices it takes to be great.

To many people, being nice in

order to be liked is more import-

ant. There’s equal merit in that,

but you must not confuse being

good with being liked.

Most people are looking for a
solution, a way to become good.

There is no instant solution, the

only way to learn is through

experience and mistakes.

You will become whoever you
want to be.

Happy weekend!