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Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

These cookies are delicious! Spicy, balanced, and not overpoweringly sweet. I grew up making these with my mom. We usually didn't ice them but I've included an optional icing recipe here. Many (dare I say most) recipes for baked goods are difficult to properly adapt for a gluten-free diet. This one is different and I am SO HAPPY because it's…
Recipe: Chocolate Goat Ice Cream

Recipe: Chocolate Goat Ice Cream

No, it's not made from chocolate goats. I've been looking for a good alternative to cows-milk ice cream for Jamieson. He can always have sorbet, of course, but I'd love for him to be able to have real creamy chocolate ice cream on occasion. I am happy to report that I ran across this recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Goat's…
Recipe: Chili with two beans

Recipe: Chili with two beans

On Monday, I modified a vegetarian chili recipe from a recent issue of Cook's Illustrated magazine and developed this variation that met with the Spousal Seal of Approval. It is no longer vegetarian, as said spouse believes that by definition, chili must contain meat. He also believes that beans in chili are a travesty, but in this case he deemed…
Chocolate Chips: The Dessert of Desperation

Chocolate Chips: The Dessert of Desperation

Chocolate chips are the dessert of desperation. You know what I'm talking about. Don't pretend you've never done it. It's late in the evening, dinner was hours ago, and you are in desperate need of something sweet. There are no cookies or ice cream available — you don't keep that stuff in the house because self-control is not your strong…
Jamieson’s Chocolate Cake

Jamieson’s Chocolate Cake

This recipe contains no gluten or dairy. It tastes delicious, and is super moist and massively chocolatey. Most people would never know it was missing anything. I adapted it from a brownie recipe at http://www.delightedmomma.com/2012/05/flourless-zucchini-brownies.html 1 cup almond butter (I used half sunflower butter, half almond butter. You can probably use peanut butter too) 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons brown sugar…

Foolproof Boiled Eggs

This is a recipe for hard boiled eggs from Cook's Illustrated. Not that I really care for hard boiled eggs, but I am trying hard to learn to like or at least tolerate eggs. I can now eat a scrambled egg (just one) without choking. Put some salt, pepper, and cheese on it and it's really not half bad. Anyway,…

Quick Daily Updates, May 2012

May 25 "For Douglas’s sake, don’t forget your towel today! 5/25/12 is not just the annual Towel Day to honor the genius of Douglas Adams, but Super Towel Day (5 + 25 + 12 = 42!!!!) A day that won’t recur for another … century, when the cosmic solution to life, the universe, and everything just may be revealed. Why…

Another Lord Emperor Toddler-approved meal

Turkey and Broccoli with Lemon Rice 1 cup cooked brown rice 1/2 cup diced cooked turkey 1/2 cup steamed broccoli, finely minced lemon olive oil (you can use plain, too) salt pepper Stir rice, turkey, and broccoli together. Heat in microwave until warm. Drizzle generously with olive oil, and add one small dash of pepper and a bit of salt…

And on the 11th night, there was no waking.

Well, well, well. I wasn't sure I'd ever see the day that this happened, but it finally has. Lord Emperor Toddler, age 20-1/2 months, has SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT! Indeed, five out of the last six nights, he has slept all the way from bedtime (8:30-ish) until 7 or 7:30 in the morning. Occasionally he will cry out for a…

Zucchini Rice Casserole with Sausage and Cheese

I adapted this recipe from one I found on eatingwell.com. I used Minute rice instead of regular rice for expediency's sake (shaving about an hour off the cooking time), left out the bell pepper since I didn't have one on hand, and left out the cream cheese topping as it seemed like cheese overkill. I will definitely make this again,…

Baby Shepherd’s Pie

I am married to a genius! Doc has discovered a way to get Lord Imperial Toddler to eat a balanced meal. He calls his trick "Baby Shepherd's Pie." Take some meat -- ham, turkey, or a hot dog. Mince finely. Take some peas (or green beans) and carrots. Mince very finely. Mix this together in a baby serving bowl and…

Food allergy update; new words

We had additional allergy testing done on Jamie in late February. The allergist did "patch testing," where they taped little samples of suspect foods to Jamie's back, covered in bandages and medical tape. They had to stay on for 48 hours, which wasn't as easy as it sounds. I think the samples itched, and so did the medical tape. And…