Cookie dough tartlet shells, gluten-free

Cookie dough tartlet shells, gluten-free

The dry spell broke and, very last minute, we found ourselves inspired to invite friends for dinner.

Here was my opportunity to use the lemon curd my friend and neighbour recently gave me, made with lemons grown in her yard in the south of France.

I decided to make lemon curd tartlets and, in a moment of thinking outside the box, to make the shells with cookie dough instead of pastry. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
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Apple, pink grapefruit, strawberry and ginger drink: good for what ails you

apple, strawberry, pink grapefruit and ginger drink

I marvel at how the author of a blog I regularly read writes about her life.

She reveals everything; she writes about being sexually and physically abused as a child, being at ground zero when the trade towers fell, about trouble in her marriage, sex, abortion, and running out of money. She reveals all these things, she explains, because her childhood was ruined by secrets. Now she is more afraid of keeping things secret than she is of letting people know her troubles. Continue reading

Raw caramel squares

raw caramel squares

I don’t tend to visit the past unless something jogs my memory. When I bit into one of these raw caramel squares a vivid memory appeared:

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This and that

Here are five things that caught my attention lately:

1.these lemons

lemons

because I’ve been to the garden where they grew.
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Chocolate and pear skillet cake, gluten-free

chocolate and pear cake, gluten free

Here’s my spin on a delicious cake known as torta di pere, adapted from this excellent recipe.

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Coconut flour pancakes

coconut flour pancakes

If I were to compose a list of favourite recipes this would be my pick for best and most satisfying gluten-free pancake. Even if avoiding gluten is not essential for you or your family, it’s simply a great pancake recipe. It results in pancakes that are light, tender, and delicious.

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My favourite cracker recipe

life changing crackers

A cracker recipe is, hands down, my most popular blog post. Not the recipe for Raw Chocolate Chewy Squares or Pineapple Upside Down Cake but a wholesome flaxseed cracker recipe.

I wonder how much traffic this cracker recipe will get because I think it’s even better.

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Oven roasted pecans with maple syrup

oven raosted pecans

I bought raw grocery store pecans recently. Guests were arriving and I wanted something to nibble with our wine.

Once home, I discovered the pecans were ho hum both in texture and in taste; they were a chore to chew and rather bland.

Turning on the oven and roasting them transformed tasteless raw pecans into something remarkable, sophisticated and complex.

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Inspiration found; an ornament exchange party

food, ornament exchange party

Next week we’re hosting an office party of 30 people in our home. I know what has to be done but I need inspiration.

One snowy evening last week I bundled up and headed a few blocks away for an ornament exchange party at Cindy’s. Inspiration found.

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This and that

wreath in window

Here are five things that caught my attention lately:

1.this juice

carrot, oange and ginger juice

because it’s an elixir when I’m feeling less than vital – 3 carrots, 1 orange, 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger.

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