condiments & sauces

apple sauce

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in condiments & sauces, vegan | 0 comments

apple sauce

Almost too simple for an actual recipe, homemade apple sauce is a real treat. Peeled and diced apples go into a pot, and pretty much cook themselves. You can leave it chunky or hit it with an immersion blender if you like it smooth.  homemade apple sauce makes about 1 quart 2 pounds apples* (about 8 medium) 1 cinnamon stick, optional 1/4 cup water, if needed peel and dice your apples and place in a medium sauce pan. Add the cinnamon stick, if using. Slowly cook, covered, over a low flame for 40-50 minutes, or until the apples are cooked. Check and stir occasionally. The apples should release...

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in condiments & sauces, Paleo, potluck, vegan, Vegetarian, Whole 30 | 5 comments

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Simon and I started a Whole 30 this month. Started being the operative word. First, let me just say that I think it is an excellent program, and I think that everyone should do it at least once, and ideally several times a year. Many people do a Whole 30 and it turns into a Whole Forever; they go strict paleo and never look back. That is awesome, and I tip my hat to those who do. As for us, we had every intention of finishing what we started and making April a month of clean(er) eating and no drinking. Just like when we did The 21 Day Sugar Detox, we felt good about the fact that we were...

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zoodles with peas and pesto

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in 21DSD, condiments & sauces, grain-free, potluck, vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Whole 30 | 5 comments

zoodles with peas and pesto

What can I say about zoodles with peas and pesto? Nothing, apparently, and I’d rather go eat it as a side dish with a lamb leg steak. Instead, I give you some pictures: Zoodles with Peas & Pesto serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side.   3 large zucchini 1/2 cup fresh peas (about 1/2 pound before they’re shelled) 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup fresh basil. mint and green garlic pesto: 1 big bunch basil (2 cups leaves, packed) 3/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil 3 sprigs mint 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice, depending on how lemony you like it thumb sized piece green...

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Plantain Tostados with Cilantro Lime Chicken, Ranchero Sauce & Guacamole

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Chicken, condiments & sauces, Dinner, grain-free | 36 comments

Plantain Tostados with Cilantro Lime Chicken, Ranchero Sauce & Guacamole

That’s a pretty long recipe name, I know. So here’s what happened: Johnny from Eating For Idiots and I decided to have a cooking day together. We have an ongoing texting relationship, in which we talk about food, life, love, tequila, and of course the occasional smack. I harass him on an almost constant basis about being my partner in crime in writing a cookbook, and I think I might have him almost broken down. But for now, we’ll cook together when we can and see what we can come up with. On Monday, we came up with something pretty great. It was all a total accident; the...

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Caramelized Vegetable Paleo Gravy

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in condiments & sauces, Paleo, primal | 6 comments

GRAVY. If you can’t or don’t eat gluten, you’ve probably eaten a Thanksgiving or two without it. Never again, my gluten-free and paleo friends! This one is so flavorful you’ll only need one option at the table- no need for a gluten-free and “regular” gravy. Besides, I’m willing to bet that this is the one everyone would choose anyway. Caramelized Vegetable Gravy – Gluten-Free, Paleo 1 cup each diced carrots, onions and celery 4-6 cloves whole peeled garlic 1 T duck fat, ghee or fat of choice 2 t balsamic vinegar pinch sea salt 2 tablespoons...

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Better than take-out stir fry sauce and marinade

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in condiments & sauces, Dinner, Paleo | 5 comments

I’ve been craving Chinese food. It’s times like these that the inconvenience of being gluten-free rears it’s ugly head. Most of the time, I am perfectly happy eating food that I cook at home, and don’t miss many things about my gluten and grain filled life. When I crave Chinese food though, it’s a different story. You probably wouldn’t assume that a Jewish girl from Western Mass puts Chinese food into the comfort food category, but I do; it’s one of the first things I can remember eating. My dad has always made pretty incredible hot and sour soup,...

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