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A New Life That is.... Italy!

A New Life That is.... Italy!

I promised you some news and I am finally ready to share. I am in Italy. Living it, breathing it, studying it, embracing it, learning to love it! No, not as as a tourist but as a resident and student.... While I am here, I am hoping to continue keeping this blog up on a relatively regular schedule. But, if I fall off the wagon, it is only because I am somewhere where there is no internet digging up the real story of Balsamic Vinegar or have in head buried in figuring how to make your kitchen connect with you and make your life easier...

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Apple and Pear Loaf {Gluten Free}

Apple and Pear Loaf {Gluten Free}

This wonderfully light and moist Fall/Winter fruit loaf is one of those delights I have been making with simple alternate baking flours. Here I use my everyday staple mix of oat and almond flours for a nutty, robust and flavorful finish. Mixing cooked and grated fresh fruit makes for a moist cake that holds its flavor and suppleness for more days despite the use of naturally drier (compared to wheat) flours. The good thing about this recipe is that it does not need any binding agent other than egg and butter. So, no added gums or starches, which, for me is one of its elegant highlights.

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Apple Pie Brandy Pudding

Apple Pie Brandy Pudding

So! I am betting that this Apple Pie Pudding will go down in the anals of food history as an accident that was simply waiting to happen! And, when it did, brought greater joy than either pie or pudding could have in of themselves.

Here is what happened. I have been experimenting with different flours. Recently, I decided to test what wheat I am intolerant to. And, I have reading about how heritage strains of grain may not trigger the same issues as the mass produced, yield enhancing GMO versions. Einkorn has been one of those much talked about ancient wheat varietals that supposedly is less trigger happy than regular all purpose flour. The only problem is that it is more dense and less glutenous. Therefore, it because markedly unlike regular flour. Think, low rise and less flaky.

So, when I decided to make apple pie, using the regular pie recipe....

 

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Sweet Potato Jacket Tacos

Sweet Potato Jacket Tacos

Fall beckons. 

The leaves are turning, the air is ever so slightly brisk. A subtle rustle that you always hear now; that of the fallen leaves dancing on the pavement in tune with the crisp wind, a swish, a sway, a seduction...

For me, making the most of this time is particularly imperative, as soon, there will be Halloween. And, as much as it is a fun time, it clutters up this whole gathering of wool in the Fall experience. So, I have from the beginning of October (or if I am lucky, late September) to the 3rd week of the month to revel in this favorite season of mine. You can see, why it is all the more special! :)

And then, I came up with this dish! Sweet Potato Jacket Tacos.... Take that! Oh! and in the spirit of the season, a Pear Salsa. And then some garlicky kale. Also, did I mention Pomegranate? Yes, that too....

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NOURISHED Issue #3 - Fall 2014

NOURISHED Issue #3 - Fall 2014

I am super thrilled to say that the next issue of the NOURISHED magazine series is now available for download. This issue is timed with Fall, the riot of colors, Holidays, festive spirit and loving life. For me, Fall breathes a new spirit into life as the cooling and swiftness in the air leads to a skip in the step and a spring on the feet! Fall for me is sounds of laughter spiraling up with the swirling leaves. Fall is the time when little children cry in joy unbidden and entranced by the glory around. Fall is the time when grown people reconnect with their inner child and don't feel foolish about it! Fall is when everything is allowed and nothing is the limit!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Summer for me is a frenzy of trying to squeeze in as many things as possible. But as Autumn rolls in, I learn to relax, enjoy and take in the scenery. I learn to live each moment more, to pause and appreciate, to take pleasure. Before Winter rolls in and whites everything out, these last months of the years are filled with brightness, joy, color, love and happiness!

So, as you can see, this is a rather special issue for me. In "COLOR FALL", I have tried to keep the spirit of Fall festive while not-so-subtly straying from the typically....

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