Corn, corn, everywhere!!!

When I first started eliminating corn from my kids’ diets, to help solve their persistent health issues, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. I figured I had already done most of the work by focusing on whole, fresh, home-cooked foods and cutting out most of the “processed stuff". I thought, “This isn’t so bad. I would rather they did not eat that processed junk anyway." And then, I really dug deep, and found out I was in trouble. Corn is practically free! So of course it gets used EVER...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes - version 1

So yummy, and gluten free, and no one would know it. Eat them and feel happy inside. Freeze the extras (this recipe makes a LOT of pancakes) for toasting later. You are welcome! Ingredients 3 cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix 1-2 t cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coriander 1 cup or so roasted pumpkin 2 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup of water, plus more as needed 2-3 eggs 3 T coconut sugar 1 T vanilla extract 4-5 T melted coconut oil/butter* 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional) Instructions In ...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, gluten-free

This recipe will make a great big batch of 24 yummy, dense, moist and satisfying muffins. They will also happen to be gluten-free! Put at least half in the freezer, and you will have a supply of great snacks. 3 cups Pamela’s Artisan Blend flour mix* 2 t cinnamon 2 t ginger 1/2 t nutmeg 1/2 t corriander 1/2 t salt 2 1/2 t baking soda 1 t cream of tartar 3/4 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 can squash or pumpkin 1-2 mashed ripe bananas 1 stick of butter, melted 1 cup cultured buttermilk 1/2 cup mini choco...

Breakfast smoothies

I don’t know why it took me so long to start making the kids smoothies for breakfast. I guess it is because I had a decrepit old blender, and finally replaced it. At any rate, this is our new go-to weekday breakfast, supplemented by one or two waffles or pancakes pulled from the freezer stash. They are quick to make, and quick to eat (drink)! Believe it or not, they are even quick to clean up: rinse out the blender right away, and then run it on high for a few seconds with warm-hot water and ...

Dosa! The wheat-free South Indian speciality

Searching for wheat/bread alternatives for my corn- and wheat-free kids, I have crossed paths with the South Indian specialities, Dosa and Uttapam. These are made from a thick fermented rice and lentil batter; for dosa, the batter is thinned quite a bit, and they come out like toasty crepes, while uttapam are thicker, like pancakes or crumpets. There are other versions as well, such as the steamed Idli, and various fried fritter-like snacks, which use the thick batter with no liquid added at ...

Fluffy, Crispy Gluten Free Sour Cream Waffles

This recipe, using Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix, has produced the loveliest gluten free waffles I have had yet. They also freeze and toast up very nicely. Adjust the spices to your taste (I usually use more than indicated). Ingredients 2 cups Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix 4 eggs, seperated 1 cup sour cream or whole plain greek yogurt 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t nutmeg 2 T honey 1 T vanilla 6 T melted butter oil for greasing waffle iron (as needed) Instructions Combine Pamela’s ...

Letting go - by category

If you have read (or read about) “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo, you will be familiar with one of her most important rules for eventually having less stuff, and being happy about it. That is: you must consider all of your belongings by category, all together at once. That means you gather ALL of your belongings in a given category from everywhere inside (and sometimes outside) your home, and put them in one spot (such as the bedroom or living room floor). Then you hand...

Getting ready to clear out the clutter

Preparing myself for a life-changing house-wide purge, armed with the bestselling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up", I found that my biggest hurdle before actually parting with things was figuring out where they were all going to go. I can’t bear to just throw things away that could be useful (hence all the clutter in my house), so I needed to map this out first of all. Following is the 'cleaning out plan’ that I came up with (with a great deal of help from friend and professiona...

Why I am choosing to have less stuff

Some people are wired to be savers. I know I am. So naturally, I have struggled with too-much-stuff ever since I started having to clean my own room. Of course, I did not know what the problem was. I just knew that the prospect of cleaning my room was overwhelming and best to be absolutely avoided, because there was no good place to put it all. I have romanticized my tendency to pack-rat-ism, tried to accept it, sunk in despair, etc., but I know that is all avoidance. In reality, all that stu...

Chocolate Buttermilk Sourdough Cake

This moist and delicious cake is great plain, but an excellent excuse for frosting as well. My top recommendation is the secretly healthy/paleo/vegan chocolate avocado icing (which also doubles as an amazing chocolate mousse - you should try this) detailed below, or you could make a buttercream or coconut cream icing. I have been speculating about whether I could cream together honey, butter and shredded coconut to make a frosting. Ideas welcome! This recipe is based on the Basic Chocolate C...