butternut squash with yogurt and meat sauce, paleo & gluten free

gluten free paleo butternut squash kadu
butternut squash and coconut sugar
butternut squash with yogurt and meat sauce, paleo gluten free

butternut squash with yogurt and meat sauce

Compared to last year, both our order and our injury count were nearly double. 

In fact we were joking we needed to put up an "hours without incident" count. HA! I'd ended up with a sprained wrist and wore a wrist guard for most of the week. And in a valiant effort to save a falling loaf pan, my sister used a David Beckham style soccer kick and ended up with a bruised foot.

Other minor issues followed...

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

Spiced or citrusy?

That was the question our neighbor J asked as she handed us two separate jars of homemade plum jam. J was fortunate enough to have a plum tree in her backyard. Toward the end of summer you could be certain to find her holed up in the kitchen making batches of plum jams, jellies, and catsup. And as long as I'd known her, she'd been tweaking and fine tuning her jam recipe.

spicy chocolate chip cookies with cherries, gluten free

cherry chocolate chip cookies with chili powder, gluten free
jeanne sauvage, gluten-free baking for the holidays

I have exciting news! The fabulous Jeanne Sauvage, author of the popular blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking, is coming to Zest for a book-signing party! Her new book, Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays contains 60 essential gluten-free recipes focused around traditional holiday treats. 

thanksgiving survival kit 2012

gluten-free thanksgiving survival kit

We are thrilled to announce our thanksgiving survival kits for 2012!

gluten-free thanksgiving survival kit

To help you and your family continue your Thanksgiving traditions, we are offering a limited number of gluten-free thanksgiving survival kits. These kits will include a selection of treats from the following categories:

chocolate tart with cocoa almond crust, paleo & gluten free

"Another great dinner with the Paleo Cooking Club... If you call it a club, people will want to join." So read my friend's status on facebook.

And she was right. As soon as she called it a club I wanted in. I wanted to know the secret handshake, get the matching t-shirt, and memorize and recite our mission statement. This cooking club was particularly appealing because we knew we could count on the dinner being gluten free. Win!

apple tart with cheddar crumble for the gluten-free ratio rally

The first time I brought my husband Patrick over to my grandmother's house, she tried to poison him. Well... not poison per sae... but unintentionally glutened.

We were having a family dinner and she wanted to prepare for him the dessert she is well known for: her apple cheddar casserole. Generally served crustless, the dessert was always baked in a rectangular casserole dish. 

apple, pecan, and raisin depression cake, gluten free

apple pecan depression cake
the depression cake

the depression cake

"Take away the milk, the eggs, the butter, and what do you have left? A great tasting cake that became popular after the stock market crash of 1929."

Born in 1928, my grandmother was 1 years old when the stock market crashed. I'd only heard bits and pieces from her of what it was like to grow up in that time. I did know that as a result of being a child of the depression (as I'd heard her refer to herself), she'd learned to be thrifty and make do with what she had both in and out of the kitchen. Growing up I remember how she never wasted ingredients in the kitchen. 


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