Gluten-Free Mudslide Cookies

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After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back in the kitchen! It has been a crazy few months. Let me fill you in. I have a brand new job as an account manager at a marketing company and have been learning a lot about horses, Wiffle ball, and tour operators in the process. And oh ya, I have a gluten allergy. When and how this happened I don’t know, but I am embracing it and taking it as an opportunity to test out some gluten free goods.

Yelp must know of my recently discovered gluten allergy based on the number of searches I have done for nearby gluten-free pizza in the last month. Omission Pale Ale and IPA have made being a gluten intolerant beer lover possible. Thank you.

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Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Some of you may be lovers of this holiday and some of you may be fighters. This year I am a lover. Two reasons:

1. Mini Chocolate Syrah Cupcakes
2. A very adorable, forward thinking boyfriend.

This cupcake recipe seamlessly blends two of my (and probably your) favorite things; red wine and cupcakes… and chocolate.

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Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie

Today is my father’s 1st birthday. Confusing I know. It is still something that baffles me, but I will explain. Just about two years ago my father was diagnosed with Leukemia. Today marks one year since his bone marrow transplant. The start of a new life. A second birthday. So thus we must celebrate! With Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie of course.  Continue reading “Vanilla Bean Banana Cream Pie”

Pistachio Pepita Granola

The chill of January. A time for hearty soups, belly warming pastas, and cranking up that slow cooker. Not a time for salads. Or rice cakes. Or freeze dried low-calorie salt “flavored” kale chips.

While I’m not against a little detox from the over indulgences of the holidays, the morning chill that creeps under my covers and tests every bit of personal will to drag my butt out of bed is not the type of encouragement I need to blend up an icy slurry of greens and call it a breakfast smoothie.

So then there is granola. There is naughty granola that offers tasty clusters of deliciousness and more sugar than a bowl of Lucky Charms, and then there is the uber-healthy granola consumed by those who start their day with a light 26-mile jog. You know that granola. Full of trendy grains, maybe some kale chip dust, and seeds I prefer to use for growing stylish hairdos on my indoor plants.

This pistachio pepita granola is the best of both of those worlds, offering sweetness through honey, pure maple syrup, and dried fruits with the health benefits of pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. This granola will warm you with its spices and start off your chilly winter Monday in the most comforting way. Comfort; not rice cakes.

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This is the perfect granola base. It is easily adaptable should you want to double the recipe or if you’re not be able to find a particular ingredient. I adapted the original recipe from the cookbook Whole-Grain Mornings.

Trader Joe’s seems to be the best place to meet your seed needs for this recipe. You’ll stock up with the size of the bags, but this is a good thing because you will make this recipe over and over. Maybe in the same week. Like I did. Twice.  Continue reading “Pistachio Pepita Granola”

Santa’s Choice Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Two days and counting! No… presents are still not wrapped, but they are on my list and I have checked it twice.

So many holiday memories have been made in the last week. My snow trip was unforgettably magical, and I attended my first Lithuanian Nut Bread making party with four generations of women on my boyfriend’s side. Also pretty magical. And messy.

I made sure to cross all of the must-do snow activities off of my list while in Tahoe. We built a snowman, made snow angels, had a snowball fight, drank hot chocolate, went tubing down the bunny slopes, and watched a Christmas movie of course. My extremely patient boyfriend also spent the day teaching me how to snowboard.  Continue reading “Santa’s Choice Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”

Bacon Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

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I have been quite a busy elf over the last few weeks. I traversed the California coast a few times. South to see the boyfriend and interview for a job and north to batten down the hatches of a sailboat and visit with family. I braved the snow for the first time up at the beautiful Lake Tahoe (photos to come) and bailed out our flooded family room… twice.  Continue reading “Bacon Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies”