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How to Season and Maintain Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron pans: sign of a true DIY-er, in this day and age of convenience food and non-stick cookware.  Or a sign of someone who grew up in the Southern or Western United States.  Or the sign of a “foodie” poseur.

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Updated Cornbread, in Muffin Format, with Sourdough Variation

Cornbread, cornbread, always will be mine…

Yeah, that was an attempt to play on And One’s “Military Fashion Show.” “Girlfriend’s girlfriends never could be mine,” girlfriend = GF, GF also = gluten-free, get it?

I made so much cornbread (like, a batch a week) when I first became gluten-free in 2011. My recipe then was heavily fruit-based, though I’ve made other variations since, including applesauce-really-fast, basil-beer, and blueberry

Cornbread Muffins | Gothic Granola

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Vegan “Mayo” and Coleslaw

When my parents gave me a Vitamix blender for a graduation present, my mom and I soon realised, as I was reading the accompanying cookbook aloud one afternoon, that there was a Vitamix “lifestyle.” Much like California cuisine, which highlights fresh ingredients and often merges cultural cooking styles, the Vitamix cookbook emphasized using the freshest ingredients possible and provided options for healthy, vegan, raw, and haute cuisine dishes. Several creamy sauces, including a creamy tomato and alfredo sauces, incorporate tofu instead of heavy cream. While the cookbook includes a homemade mayonnaise recipe (eggs and oil at 2 horsepower blending–woo hoo!), there was not a vegan mayonnaise option, to my surprise. I forgot to buy “nayo” at Sprouts on Saturday when I was buying provisions for our Saturday night barbecue.

 Vegan Mayo | Gothic Granola

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Pan-Fried Blueberries: Blueberry Blue Cornbread

Blueberry Un-Blues: Blueberry Blue Cornbread
 
Measure twice, cut once, as the adage goes. Measure once, make it, measure again, remake it, I say. Seeing blueberry cornbread “by the pound” at work made me want to make my own, with whole grain flours. In the first iteration, I used all coarse-grind blue cornmeal to make it truly blue.
 
 
  
 

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Part of the Antidote: Mile-High Cinnamon Roll Bread

Stretch it, psyche!
 
“Everyone comes to shame through a people that cannot profit them, that brings neither help nor profit, but shame and disgrace” (Isaiah 30:5, NRSV).  Yes, dear readers, like many before me, I’m doing a circular, self-referential hermeneutic of the Bible. 
 
Speak English? 
 
I’m reading my life into and from the Bible and/or other sacred text I find on the path.
 
Mile High Cinnamon Roll Bread | Gothic Granola
 

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Sweet Potatoes and Cats

Maximus, the male of my aunt and uncle’s pair of cats, likes to hang out with me when I meditate in the morning.  When I switched from exercising on the ground floor to the top floor of the house (gotta follow the WiFi, man), he became confused and meowed loudly at me.  Max caught on soon enough and knows to find me upstairs.
maximus-in-a-carrot-box | gothic granola | sweet potatoes and cats

 
Max has a thing for the carrot box I brought home from Costco.
He’s a natural blogger!
maximus blogger sweet potatoes and cats vegan gluten-free | gothic granola
 

 

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Cornbread and Thinking

cornbread vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

Thoughts on a thirty-minute lunch, drafted during such.  I’ll provide the recipe first so if that’s all you’re here for, you can have your bread and skip the pontification.  I’m debating whether to mention black beans in the title of this recipe.  Depending on your audience, you may want to omit it for bean-phobes.  There’s no need to worry about the beans’ indigestibility because they are obliterated in a blender or food processor before incorporation in the rest of the product.

 
 
Bread atop carnival squash curry [N.B.: Actual picture lost to time]

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