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A year goes by so quickly. Recently, our precious little boy turned one. We have been the lucky witnesses, each day, of his zest for life, sweet innocence, silly sense of humor, and insatiable curiosity. What an adventure it has been! We celebrated our amazing son and his wild love of bananas with these cupcakes:

“Everything-free” Cupcakes

No gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, or soy–and surprisingly yummy.

Blessing

On this birthday, I read aloud this simple blessing, which I found in one of my books. I’d like to read it again next year and each year to follow:

Our Wish for You

May you always see beauty in the world

And hear music everyday.

May you know the touch of gentle hands

And walk the peaceful way.

May the words you speak be loving.

May laughter see you through.

May you be blessed with hope and joy–

These gifts we wish for you.

– Theresa Mary Grass

Go bananas with bliss, sweet baby!


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It’s officially autumn, the season when I start craving piping hot soups. Lately, Ive been in the mood for a soup that’s filling and a little spicy. This recipe hits the spot.

Tortilla Soup

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

1 can kidney beans

1/2 can chopped green chilies

1/2 of 3 oz. can tomato paste

1 carrot, chopped

1 cup frozen corn

1/4 head chopped cabbage

2 cloves garlic

1 fresh lime

corn tortilla chips

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Seasonings (amounts are approximate):

2 Tbs of juice from a rehydrated chipotle pepper,

1 Tbs. gluten-free balsamic vinegar (I use Mizkan Nakano’s rice-based one)

1 tps. olive oil

1 pinch of ground coriander

1 tps. paprika

1-2 pinches of cayenne

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt to taste

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Directions: Throw all ingredients (except lime and corn tortilla chips) into a large pot of water and bring to boil. Add seasonings to taste and preferred spice level. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve piping hot with corn tortilla chips and a wedge of lime. Just before eating, crumble the tortilla chips into the soup and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Yum!

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Optional:

Fresh chopped kale or spinach: Add during the last five minutes of cooking.

Shredded cheese: Add just before eating.

Chopped avocado: Add just before eating.

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gluten-free pancakes
This is a variation on my mother-in-law’s yummy recipe:

Nancy’s Gluten-free Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup white rice flour*

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbs honey or sugar

3 egg whites

1 3/4 c water or rice milk

3 Tbs oil or butter**

(Makes about a dozen medium-sized pancakes)

Instructions:

In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and sugar or honey. In another bowl, whisk egg whites, oil, and water or milk. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

Over medium heat, warm a non-stick or well-oiled pan. Pour approximately 1/2 cup batter (more or less depending on the size of pancake you prefer) into pan for each pancake. Depending on the size of your pan and pancakes, you may be able to cook several at once. Let pancakes cook undisturbed until bubbles appear through center and pancakes are golden-brown on one side. Flip. Let cook undisturbed until golden-brown on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

I served my pancakes with fresh bananas and honey, but do garnish to your heart’s content with fresh berries, peanut butter, apple sauce, jellies, maple syrup, whipped cream, or whatever you may desire. Enjoy!

gluten-free pancakes

* Alternately, you can use all-purpose gluten-free baking flour or a mix including buckwheat or other flours depending on your dietary needs.

** I used olive oil, because that’s what we have around here, but whatever you’re used to cooking with should be fine.

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This is what we’ve been in the mood for lately:

Chilled Japanese Noodles in Dipping Sauce

It’s our version of chilled somen noodles. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and perfect for a hot summer day.

Chilled Japanese Noodles in Dipping Broth

This dish consists of three basic components: noodles, broth, and garnishes.

Noodles

Traditional somen noodles are made from wheat, so I substituted rice noodles. Annie Chun’s Pad Thai noodles turned out to be the perfect width and texture.

  • Cook the noodles according to directions on box, rinse in cold water, and drain. (These noodles can be made several hours in advance and refrigerated–just run them under cold water before serving.)

Dipping Broth*

3-4 cups water

4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms

2-3 three-inch squares of dried kombu seaweed (You can find this in the Asian section of most grocery stores.)

1 tps sea salt

1 carrot cut into sticks

(As always, measurements are approximate. )

  • Rinse shiitake mushrooms and kombu lightly under running water.
  • Add shiitake mushrooms, kombu, and carrots to water in a pot. Bring to boil.
  • Add salt.
  • Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until ingredients are very tender.
  • Remove from heat. When broth is no longer steaming, remove shiitake mushrooms, kombu, and carrots from the liquid and set aside to cool.
  • Strain the remaining liquid broth through a paper towel into a glass container. Chill in refrigerator. (This broth will keep for a day or so if refrigerated.)

Garnishes

You can choose one or all of the following as garnishes, according to your tastes:

Chopped scallions

Shredded lettuce

Shredded sushi seaweed

Grated daikon radish (I use a Japanese grater, which turns the daikon into a yummy slush.)

Roasted sesame seed

Shiso Fumi Furikake (perilla rice seasoning)

Cooked, chilled, and chopped leafy vegetables (I used some leftover Napa cabbage)

The ingredients cooked with the broth, sliced (carrots, shiitake mushrooms, kombu)**:

Serving & Eating

On a plate, arrange the chilled noodles with the garnishes you’ve chosen (except for the shredded sushi seaweed, grated daikon radish, and Shiso Fumi Furikake, which are best added directly to the broth just before eating).

Serve 1/2 cup or so of chilled broth in a small bowl.

To eat, simply dip a biteful or so of noodles and a few garnishes at a time in the bowl of broth. (Add a small amount of shredded sushi seaweed, grated daikon radish, or Shiso Fumi Furikake to the bowl too, if you chose to use any of these garnishes.)

This is one of my favorite summertime dishes. It’s healthy, refreshing, and as a bonus, the broth is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine and potassium.

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* Made in a larger quantity and used hot, this is the same broth used for udon or soba noodles.

** These three ingredients can alternately be used as sushi fillings for another meal. Two birds, one stone!

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Gluten-free cupcakes

It’s true.

Gluten-free Dreams Cake/Cupcake Mix

This cake/cupcake mix is from Cherrybrook Kitchen’s “Gluten Free Dreams” line, and we found it at Nugget Market. Besides being gluten-free, it’s “peanut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free.” It also contains no brown rice, fruit juice, or soy, which means that I can actually eat it. It’s a miracle mix.

I baked and decorated the cupcakes and took them to a holiday gathering to see what people would think. The consensus was this: “great flavor but dry.” Or according to one particularly vocal person, “It’s not just dry; it’s like it sucks the moisture out of your tongue.”

But one must take into account that this is coming from people who have no food restrictions, people who can eat any kind of dessert they choose. For me, who hasn’t eaten cake in several years, it was indeed a gluten-free dream.

Two cupcakes for breakfast, please!

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Muffins, Muffins, Muffins

Muffins

Here’s what popped out of our oven this afternoon: yummy muffins that I can actually eat. They’re gluten/wheat, dairy, nut, soy, non-citrus fruit, and brown rice-free. Imagine that! Did you think it was possible? I didn’t. Here’s how to do it.

You start with Gluten-Free Pantry’s muffin & scone mix:

Muffins

You follow the recipe on the back, which calls for the following:

The mix

6 Tbs. softened butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp gluten-free vanilla

1 cup milk

You substitute olive oil for butter, orange juice for milk, and skip the vanilla. After you’ve followed the mixing directions and have spooned the batter into muffin cups, you pop the muffin tin into the oven. Twenty minutes later, voil√†. Muffins, muffins, muffins. Muffins that even the most allergic of us all can eat. Yum.

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