Oat Cookies that Embrace Complexity (gluten-free)

I was raised by a single mom.  She married my kind, adventurous and frequently infuriating step father when I was nine,  but, by then a complicated child rearing system was well in place.  The system involved grandparents, the expectation that I would be able to entertain myself, and a network of other single mothers who…

Aloo Chaat Inspired Oven Fries

As the weather got cold here,  I became overwhelmed by a craving for Aloo Chaat.  Aloo Chaat is a spicy potato snack served with a variety of chutneys and yogurt.  In my opinion, it is everything a snack food should be. The potatoes are coated in a special chaat masala.  Chaat Masala is different from…

Croque Monsieur Biscuits (gluten-free or not)

For the last week or so, while eating some delicious healthy homemade packed lunch or another, this thought has consistently crossed my mind… “This meal of roasted  vegetables (or green salad or homemade soup) are so healthy and delicious …but I really just wish that I was eating french fries, or something with cheese sauce…

Cornbread Stuffing with Sage and Cherries (gluten-free)

I grew up eating a classic bread, onion, celery, sage and apple stuffing.  I have learned to love cornbread stuffing since becoming gluten-free and changing the base of the stuffing seems to have opened the floodgates of experimentation.  I have been fickle about stuffings for the last few years.  I have been playing the field…

Buttermilk Chive Spoonbread (Gluten-Free)

Here is another dish that I plan to make for Thanksgiving.  It is a spoonbread, which is basically a cross between a custard and a cornbread.  If you have gluten-free eaters to feed on Thanksgiving this is a very good starch to serve.  It is an old fashioned American dish that is traditionally made without…

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Kim Chee Sauce

I am planning on making these Brussel sprouts for Thanksgiving.  They are unconventional, but delicious.  I ate this dish at Star Noodle in Lahaina when I went home to visit my mother on Maui last spring.  Star Noodle is an AMAZING restaurant, and if you have the pleasure of visiting Maui you should go eat there.  Ironically,…

Eastern Tennessee Harvest- Succotash

When I was in the fourth grade, I found a recipe for succotash in the recipe section of the local newspaper.  It caught my fancy, and my mother agreed to help me make it.  Succotash is corn and lima bean stew but I am pretty sure that the newspaper recipe included ground meat of some kind. …

Bengal Red Lentil Dal (to defeat seasonal allergies)

It’s spring time!  It’s BBQ time!  It’s allergy time!  Today we will be addressing the third and least glamourous aspect of the current season.  I will not go into the horrific details of my seasonal allergies.  Those of you who share this problem know all to well what it is like.  Last year, I posted…

Laying Hens and Herbal Teas

I am working at a farm this summer and fall! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for going on 10 years now, ever since I travelled down the west coast on a bike tour meeting farmers and other people who care about agriculture. Yep, so finally it’s happening. I just finished my first…