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…

Bittersweet Side Dish- Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Yams

I have been a little distracted by the storms hitting New York City lately.  However I wrote this post a while back and never got a round to publishing it.  Enjoy! I crave bittersweetness…..dark chocolate, chinotto soda, Seville Orange Marmalade, Italian aperitif, very strong black tea with milk and sugar.      It may all…

Cheap Eats! Vegetable Jambalaya

This is the lean time for me.  I am a freelancer and, in my field, there is not much work in August or September.  Don’t cry too many tears for me.  I could buckle down and live within my means for my two months of underemployment, but I usually travel and have fun cooking food…

Red Remoulade and Some of It’s Many Uses

Remoulade is a classic of New Orleans cuisine.  It is used to dress up cold boiled shrimp.  It is served as a dipping sauce for all manner of fried seafood.  It is dolloped on top of fried tomatoes.  It shows up in many different forms, ranging from a mildly savoury sauce based on homemade mayonnaise,…

Rio Zape Pot Beans with Collards and Roasted Garlic and Jalapeno

There are two stars in this simple dish…home made vegetable stock and Rio Zape Beans from Rancho Gordo. I have started using Silvi’s system for making experimental economical vegetable stock. It is amazing how much excellent soup stock you can get out of a week of vegetable scraps!  Of course, I am not a vegetarian so…

Cajun Duck and Dumplings (gluten-free or not)

My husband  has given me many good food ideas.  He suggested putting candied orange peel in Sticky Toffee Pudding and using slow oven roasted tomatoes in Tomato Pie and he asked me to make him duck and dumplings.

Chicken and Dumplings (gluten-free and traditional)

This is one of the most ridiculously simple and comforting foods in the world.  I learned to make chicken and dumplings from a copy of The New England Cookbook  by Brooke Dojny which my friend Katherine gave me as a gift many years ago.  Katherine has taught me about all things good, comforting and delicious…

Lard Have Mercy! Gluten-Free, Pro-Glutton Buttermilk Biscuits!

At this time of year,  I choose comfort over creativity.  I am really not all that interested in trying out new foods.  All I really want to do is cook the things that I traditionally cook at this time of year.  Here is an example:  For Thanksgiving I made three pies and, for the first…