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Basic Sauce & Why I Don’t Use Baking Mixes Very Often

If you have some Italian in your heritage and you have two X chromosomes, you should know how to make sauce.

And pizzelles…you should know how to make pizzelles, tiramisu, and cannoli.

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Basic Fried Rice

Continuing the theme of “so basic it shouldn’t need a recipe and I’d rather be writing” posts, here is the vegan and gluten-free fried rice recipe TC makes for me when we have leftover fried rice.

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Fig Chia Coconut Coffee Cake {Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free}

This is not a coffee cake in the sense of something that’s covered in streusel. Sorry. This is a coffee cake in the sense of a cake that’s not quite sweet enough for dessert but is perfect for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon caffeine break. Not sorry.

I don’t even drink coffee. I have no clue if this will “go” with coffee or not. Pairing sourdough with sour coffee doesn’t make sense to me, but I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. This is my first time participating in one of these link-ups.

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Baking, Fails, and New Products

Ordering at Chinese Restaurants when you’re Gluten-Free

Pro Tip: Order the dish you desire without soy sauce or any sauce at all (steamed, you’re even safer.)
Do a little research, figure out how the dish is made. Understanding how certain dishes are prepared helps you understand possible sources of gluten-containing products. Finally, if you don’t care about cooking, heaven help you if you’re gluten-free.

Or Maybe Not

The continual availability of new gluten-free products hasn’t ceased to amaze me. People with actual Coeliac disease make up less than 1% of the US population, yet the GF foods market is valued at >$10.5 billion (in 2013). Since I pinpointed my gluten sensitivity in May 2011, I went from barely being able to find sorghum flour at ShopRite to being able to buy GF (and vegan) bread at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods (duh), Sprouts, and Safeway.

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Hippie-dippy Lentil Loaf

OMG! It’s a hippie lentil loaf!

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Miriam at Mouthwatering Vegan created this Epic Veggie Loaf. I have nothing to add other than my substitutions:

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bundt Cake – Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Regular Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is not vegan and gluten-free. HOWEVER, Van’s makes a reasonably close VGF alternative, Cinnamon Heaven. I reviewed this cereal last year. TC challenged me to make a coffee cake with cinnamon toast crunch.

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Pinterest yielded several recipes, precious few from scratch. For my junior paper on diets and religion, I picked up a series of essays on women and food, and I recall one that was elaborating on why women in the ’50s felt pressured to “do it all”: keeping the perfect house, dressing neatly, managing the children, and making dinners with all the new electric gadgets and convenience foods. That drive to use convenience foods is why I find some 1950’s cookbooks gross (et tu, ridiculous Sunset cookbook in my grandparents’ home library). I think the essay was from this book?

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A Tale of Two Muffins: Strawberry Edition

More strawberries and chocolate chips this week. My harshest critic was in town and TC asked me to make him a “moist” baked good (AKA: my other father-in-law, Bandit the dog’s owner).

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