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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 March 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Tuesday
Mar302010

My Favorite Food Storage Containers

If you're spending money on high-quality food, and taking the time to prepare it, it doesn't make sense to store it in a bad container.  Storing your food in quality containers has a number of benefits.  Want to hear more about the virtues of good food storage containers, and see some of my favorites?  Watch my very first video post!

Okay, so did I get you pumped up about food storage containers?  I hope so.  To really drill it home, here's all the basics:

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Sunday
Mar282010

Carob Crunchies (gluten free, vegan, ACD)

Updated on Sunday, March 28, 2010 by Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

I can't stop making these little things! Carob makes it chocolaty without chocolate, cashew butter makes it rich without dairy, and a little flax oil adds a tasty nutty flavor and lots of good omega fatty acids.  If it these little gems have omegas, then I can consider it a healthy treat and not just dessert!  Finished off with some crunchy rice cereal and a little stevia, these are tasty, crunchy, sweet treats that are sure to satisfy!

Carob Crunchies are the perfect thing to whip up if you need a quick treat to take along to parties and potlucks.  They are also super kid-friendly and easy enough that your kids could make them on their own!  Make a batch for book club, make a batch for girls' night in, make a batch for your kids' sleepover party.  Hell, make a batch for yourself and eat them shamelessly while watching Law & Order SVU reruns on Netflix (my usual M.O.).  Late night chocolate cravings, meet your match.

Hey, these would also be great as part of an Easter basket!

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Friday
Mar262010

Homemade Vegan Vegetable Bouillon and Irish Beef & Cabbage Soup (gluten free, ACD)

I generally make my own vegetable broth from vegetable scraps and trimmings, but recently purchased a quart of store-bought broth in a pinch. Blech! I forgot how weird-tasting store bought vegetable broth is by comparison, especially for the price of an organic broth without creepy stuff in it. I swore I'd never do it again, even in a pinch, and vowed to only make my own vegetable broth from now on.  So, I started collecting all my little vegetable scraps again for my next pot of broth.

The next day I was catching up some reading over at 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite blogs.  Heidi is so inspiring; her images are beautiful, her cooking seems absolutely effortless and elegant, and I relate strongly to her philosophy on food.  I deeply admire her cookbook Super Natural Cooking, and am excited about her forthcoming cookbook that she is currently working on.   She just seems so cool. I always find her posts inspiring, and somehow, she has this way of posting things that totally click into something I am thinking about, it is like magic.  However, my visit to her site the other day was particularly timely.  Why, you ask?  Because I came across her post for homemade vegetable boullion!  

I flipped out! Why hadn't I ever thought of this?!  It seemed so simple.  Bouillon is just ground of vegetables and spices, so why can't we make our own, right?  Geez.  

I knew I had to try it immediately.

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Thursday
Mar252010

Happy 101 Award: ten things and ten foodie blogs that make me happy! 

I was thrilled to discover that Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs had given me a "Happy 101" award!  I was honored! Ricki is one of my favorite bloggers, role models, and online friends, and I was so pleased to make her happy list.  

One thing that I had to chuckle at was that Ricki and I have a remarkable amount in common - earrings, books, writing, drawing, love of trees.  My goodness, that combined with our ACD plans, I'd say we are kindred spirits for certain!  Her blog makes me very happy, so I was honored to get an award from her.

So, how does this "Happy 101" award work?  

Here are the rules:

1. Copy the award image into a post
2. Then list 10 things that make you happy
3. Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day
4. Put in a link to their blogs
5. Notify the award receivers
6. Award recipients must link back to sender’s blog I’m supposed to pass this along to 10 bloggers.  

Let me start by saying that this blog and all of you are totally included on this list, because you brighten my day every day!  But I thought you probably knew that already, so I figured I would give you something else to read about.  I have a lot of love in my heart, and so many things make me happy, so narrowing this list down to ten was challenging. And I'm only allowed to mention TEN blogs that make me smile? That's impossible!  there are so many more!

Boy, do I have a lot of work ahead of me...this is hard.  So, here we go.

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Monday
Mar222010

Smoky Dandelion Greens with Spinach and Pine Nuts (gluten free, vegan, ACD)

Spring is here!  That means that fresh greens are too.  One of my favorite spring greens are dandelion greens.  Yep, same dandelion as the lovely little yellow flower that grows in your yard!  Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutrition.  Dandelions were traditionally eaten as a spring tonic, and are perfect for cleansing! I love to include them in green smoothies.  Like all bitter greens, they encourage secretion of digestive enzymes.  They are also very supportive to the liver and kidneys, and help cleanse the system of toxins.  On top of all that, dandelion greens are chock-full of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium!  

In addition to the greens, the flowers and the roots can also be used culinarily and medicinally.  Dandelion root tea - also known as chicory - is a wonderfully robust, dark, strong-bodied beverage that makes a satisfying coffee replacement.  It is also very liver-cleansing, and is delicious.  Dandelion root is also used to make one of my favorite beverages, Dandy Blend.  Dandelion root extracts are mixed with water soluble extracts of barley and rye (it is gluten free how they brew it, read about it here) and it makes the most awesome coffee-like beverage EVER. I got my mom and a bunch of my friends hooked on this stuff.  Dandelion flowers can be added to teas or water kefir to make cleansing beverages or tinctures.  Or, of course, the infamous dandelion wine.  :)

 

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