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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries from January 1, 2011 - January 31, 2011


Food Porn: Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0

gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0

Yes, you read that correctly: chocolate sauerkraut cake. Think about it - sweet + salty + bitter + sour. Four of the five essential flavors. Actually, as I think about it, sauerkraut is pretty pungent, so can we add that fifth flavor to the list too?  If so, this cake may just have the potential to satisfy all our flavor needs.

Both the cake and frosting are gluten-free, vegan, and made without refined sugars and gums. And as a bonus, I didn't use tree nuts or coconut either!  I just licked out the frosting bowl and ate a piece two pieces of cake.  It needs a bit of tweaking, and when I'm done,  I'll share the recipe with you.  I think you'll love it.

Want to come over for a slice? I have a whole pan, and one of my housemates doesn't like cake. (!!!)

gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake, v. 1.0


Diet, Dessert, and Dogs: "A Year to Eat Freely" Recipe Calendar Review & Giveaway

My good friend Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs just posted a lovely review of my recipe collection "A Year to Eat Freely: 2011 Allergy-Friendly Recipe Calendar."  This 12-month calendar features seasonally-appropriate recipes that are free of Gluten, Rice, Dairy, Casein, Eggs, Soy, Corn, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Potato, Tomato, Citrus, Shellfish and Cane Sugar.  I self-published it last fall, and all the recipes, photography, and design work are original. It was a wonderful project, I love the recipes, and the feedback so far has been great.

In addition to posting a thorough review, Ricki is giving away a copy to one lucky reader and is sharing one of my favorite recipes from the calendar, my Smoky Zucchini Dip.  

Smoky Zucchini Dip from "A Year to Eat Freely", as made by Ricki. Image courtesy Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs

Head on over to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs to read the review, enter the giveaway, and get the recipe. If you read closely, you may even find a special coupon code for my etsy shop.

If you'd rather not take your chances and just want to purchase a copy of my calendar, head on over to my etsy shop.  The new sale price is $11 plus shipping & handling. 

So, what are you waiting for? Go, go!


Worker B Lotion Bar Giveaway Winners

Worker-B Lotion Bar

Congratulations to Michiel and Trinity, who each won a lotion bar from Worker B. This Minneapolis-based producer of handcrafted natural lotions and balms gave me two of their Lotion Bars (pictured above) to give away to two lucky readers.  I will contact the winners by e-mail to get shipping information. Congratulations!

Drawing through, congratulations Michiel and Trinity!

In my giveaway post last week, I asked readers to share how they stay smooth during the cold, dry winters in the comments section, and got some amazing feedback. Here is what our two winners have to say, and be sure to check out all the comments for lots of great suggestions from skin scrubs to after-bath moisturizers.

Michiel says: "To stay smooth, I only shower every other day to keep from drying my skin out. Sponge bath on alternate days."

Trinity says: "I have super sensitive skin so lotion after every bath or shower is a total must for me in the cold, dry winter months. I bought a Worker B lotion bar at No Coast, but I wish I had gotten two: one for my desk at work and one for at home. I've been really happy with it so far."

How do you stay smooth during the long winters? Let's keep sharing knowledge. And don't worry - if you didn't win a lotion bar and would like to try one, you can order them online and buy them at a number of Twin Cities retail locations.  Thanks for your participation!

For more information about Worker B and to shop their online store, please visit their website:


Coconut Carrot Mash (gluten-free, vegan, ACD)


My household's winter CSA through Uptown Farmers is loading us up with more carrots than we know what to do with. They are accomodating our request for a potato free share (so amazing), since two of the three of us living together can't eat potatoes. In exchange, we are getting an equal amount of carrots instead.  That's a lot of carrots. I have carrots coming out of my ears. 

Last night I made this simple carrot mash with some of our winter carrots, flavored with coconut milk and coriander. It was so flavorful and vibrant, perfect for a cold, grey day.  

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free


Coconut Carrot Mash

serves 4-6

  • 8 cups carrots, peeled cut into large chunks
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 full-fat coconut milk, plus 2-3 Tbsp for drizzling
  • 1/4-1/2 cup leftover cooking water, adjust amount to reach desired consistency
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add carrots and ginger, return to a boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until tender.

Spoon out carrots with a slotted spoon and place in a blender or food processor. Add coconut milk, 1/4 cup cooking water, coriander, and salt and process until smooth enough for your liking, adding additional cooking water as needed to reach desired consistency. Stop and scrape sides often to ensure even mixing. 

Serve immediately, drizzled with additional coconut milk and a pinch of coriander. If you need to keep it warm but will be serving soon, garnish as desired, loosely with a foil tent and put in a 250º F oven until ready to serve. 



Worker B body product giveaway!

Want to win one a lovely Lotion Bar like this from Worker B?
Image courtesy

A couple of Minneapolis farmers market friends of mine recently started a new company called Worker B. Worker B makes handcrafted lotions and balms here in Minneapolis using organic, high quality ingredients - never any fillers, synthetics, or preservatives. They use exclusively raw honey, beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic almond oil, organic avocado oil, vitamin E, propolis tincture, and organic essential oils to create their fabulous products, which range from hand lotions to lip balms.  Not only do I enjoy their philosophy and products, I am totally in love with their slick branding and packaging look, which was designed by a local Minneapolis agency.  Worker B  is available online, as well as at a number of Minneapolis retail locations and farmer's markets. These guys get around!

After spending the summer pestering them every week at the Farmer's Markets around town, I've now had the opportunity to try a number of their products. I liked how they felt clean and pure, and I was able to tolerate them just fine, even with my skin sensitivity.  My favorite is the Lotion Bar (pictured above), a rich and nourishing balm that keeps my hands and elbows soft, even after long days in the garden, long nights in the clay studio, and dry Minnesota winters!

Lucky for you, the generous folks at Worker B  were kind enough to give me two of their lotion bars for a giveaway!   I've been holding on to them since October,  just waiting for the cold winter months where we're all desperate for a little skin-nourishing moisture.  Two lucky readers will each receive one bar!

So, without further adieu, here's the skinny...

Worker B Lotion Bar GIVEAWAY

How to Enter 

Do one or all of the following to enter - the more things you do, the more chance you have to win! Only U.S. and Canada shipping addresses are eligible.  I will select a winner for each bar through a random number generator.   Good luck!

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to stay soft and smooth in the cold winter months.
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and link back to this post (, and leave a comment below that you did.
  3. Become a "fan" on my blog's Facebook page and leave a comment below that you did.
  4. Become a "fan" of Worker B on Facebook and leave a comment below that you did.
  5. Tweet this giveaway and link back to this post, and leave a comment below that you did. Example: Enter the @workerbbuzz lotion bar #giveaway from @eatingfreely #organic #gf 
  6. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment below that you did: @eatingfreely
  7. Follow Worker B on Twitter and leave a comment below that you did: @workerbbuzz

Please make sure you leave an e-mail address when leaving your comment so I can contact you if you win!  


Contest closes Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm CST.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  


For more information about Worker B and to shop their online store, please visit their website: