Category Archives: Gluten-Free

Peach Polenta Cake

Monday, 19 June 2017

I found this cake in an email that I received from the Gourmandise School. The Gourmandise school is a sweet little cooking school at the top of the new Mall in Santa Monica. I’ve taken a few classes there and I always enjoy myself. This recipe grabbed me. It’s the perfect summer dessert recipe and it’s a very special cake. Stone-fruit – peaches, olive oil, polenta and almond flour. It’s a beautiful, dense cake with a wonderful depth of flavor and texture. The addition of honey that sinks to the bottom makes it all so delicious and decadent. It’s really one of my very favorite cakes (although the family favorite remains the orange, olive-oil, cornmeal cake that I wrote about on April 30, 2014. I highly recommend...

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Spicy-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

(from Bon Appetite March 2014) Sometimes Bon Appetite just hits the nail-on-the-head. This recipe is one of those times. These carrots are absolutely delicious and really easy to make. For some reason I made them with the Chicken-pot-pie which in hindsight is curious because they are way too sophisticated for that down-home comfort food kind of thing. Nonetheless that’s what I did. This is a really good time of year to make these because the grocery stores and farmers’ markets are full of beautiful, colorful, youthful, tender carrots. Keep some of the tops on for prettiness. So good. Spice-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt Ingredients: 2 pounds small carrots, scrubbed, tops trimmed to that the green...

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Vanilla Pudding – Almond Milk

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Issa and I have been making almond milk on a regular basis now. I think I’ve got it down to a fine science (recipe found on March 3, 2014). Soak almonds, blend 1 cup with 2 ½ cups water, strain in nut milk bag). It’s really good. But I wanted pudding. I thought the stuff would make great pudding but I wasn’t completely positive about it. The big experiment. Whoa. It turned out that Alex wanted to come for dinner. Adrian and Jack came to. I love those boys. Men. Sorry. And the biggest treat of all was that Adrian’s mom Sabine was in town from Ventura – so she came too. I adore Sabine. She is effervescent and has the best energy of anyone. She told me all about her adventure at the Anaheim,...

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Virginia’s Wedding Shower

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sunday, July 21st, today was the day. And it was lovely. The bride to be was beaming and laughing. Her Mama was too. What could be better? All the girlfriends were here. The food was delicious (made by Marmalade – mostly) and the presents were excellent! Wine and lemonade flowed. My responsibilities were extremely limited and I got a lot of credit! All I did was bake two cakes (carrot cake and Road Oil Chocolate cake); make two salads (fruit and arugula with fig); and clean up the place (which Alan helped me with). Suzanne did the rest – including bringing over all the ridiculously delicious food, tables and chairs, party bags full of favors galore. AND, she ironed the tablecloths. A cinch (for me) and what a...

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Gingin’s Pre-Wedding Girlfriend Party With a Lovely Beet Salad

Thursday, 18 July 2013

I haven’t written about Virginia Ripley yet. Our beloved Gingin. Family but not by blood. By love and affinity. We absolutely could not live without her in our lives. I met Virginia when Alex was a month or so old. She was 6 or 7 and couldn’t have been more beautiful herself. When Alex was 18 months old, Virginia’s mother Cindy Ripley of Luna Garcia fame ( offered up Virginia as a Mother’s Helper - a notion I could not resist. And that was the beginning of a beautiful thing. I was a single mom and Virginia, Alex and I spent every Saturday together (or almost every Saturday) for so many years. She went through it all with me and had the final say on any guy who wanted to date me (there were only 3)....

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Fear Of Rhubarb

Thursday, 20 June 2013

I’ve been pretty curious about rhubarb for a couple of years but weirdly intimidated by it. It’s not an ingredient that either my mother or grandmother ever used when I was growing up. Ever. So I don’t have a context for it and that has made me kind of anxious. Never cooked with it. Never ate it. Weird – I know – because if nothing else I’m a pretty fearless cook. I’ll try cooking pretty much anything I’m curious about and eat any non-meat thing too - so I don’t get the ‘rhubarb phobia/block’ but anyway it exists and it was time for me to overcome it. I’ve been super curious about it. I love the color. I love the concept of going both ways savory and sweet. I read lots of rhubarb recipes. My...

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Bitter and Sugary Seville Orange Marmalade

Saturday, 09 March 2013

Sue showed up with Seville oranges from her dealer supplier. “Orange marmalade?” she said. Irresistible those oranges were. The thing is, Sue brought over the MOST ridiculous recipe I have ever read. A million steps involving things such as cleaning, juicing, separating seeds and membranes (to make pectin…. Really???), digging out the ‘pith,’ julienning, “milking” the seeds and membrane encased in cheesecloth (weird…), more juicing, sectioning of lemons both regular and Meyer lemons, cutting lemons into triangles…. It was a good thing that we divided the oranges between us for preparation and that we broke the work up into two days (one day for preparation and one day for cooking) otherwise I would have...

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Monday, 18 February 2013

There’s always so much to look forward to each growing season isn’t there? We love Fall/Winter vegetables. Squash, root vegetables, and all. Truth is, we can get all vegetables all year round where we live but there’s something about eating seasonal vegetables in season that feels just right. I’ve been making (and eating other peoples’) Fall/Winter vegetable dishes for a few months now. I’ve eaten quite a few different dishes and have been honing in my favorites. One of the absolute best – and beloved by my family and friends who have eaten with us – and that I’ve made over and over is once again from Jerusalem Yogam Ottolenghi’s second beautiful book – this time with co-author/chef Sami Tamimi. Yotam’s a genius...

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Chocolate Cookies….

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Chocolate Cookie... And gluten free at that. (by Jesti – whoever that is – from This cookie was billed as “Divine gluten free chocolate cookies. No seriously.” I have to be honest with my readers... I think that is an exaggeration. They’re good – really but they’re not “something unreal.” But then ‘really good’ and gluten-free as a combo with chocolate – very chocolate – might elevate them to ‘close to divine’ – I don’t know…. You can decide for yourself. But I do feel that I can in all good conscience recommend this recipe for the gluten-free crowd (and/or Passover right?) because these are really good cookies. I’ve had requests for more desserts and I know I need more...

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Granola Granola

Monday, 15 October 2012

Mimi’s been awaiting patiently for this recipe... Haven’t ya Mim! It’s tasty and made with good ingredients and might even be healthy – but honestly I’m not sure about that. It IS vegan so Jim will be happy as well... I’ve been making this granola since my college days – tweaked here and there as the years go by with whatever the ‘ingredient of the day is.’ Way back when we didn’t have dried cranberries. We didn’t have chia seeds. I’m quite sure we didn’t put pumpkin seeds in – maybe sunflower…. Can’t really remember. I’ve made it with coconut added and banana chips (horrors!). I’ve made it with wheat germ added and without. I’ve added dried apricot and dried cherries. It’s great...

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