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super chocolatey brownies (nut-free)

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, nut-free, primal | 28 comments

super chocolatey brownies (nut-free)

Every time I post a baked goods recipe, I get asked about how to adapt it to be nut-free. My answer, sadly, is pretty much always “I really have no idea”. I’m not being snarky here, it’s just the nature of recipe development. I can only attest to the version that I tried, adjusted,  tried again, tested, and then posted. But all of these nut-free inquiries have made it abundantly clear that a lot of people are nut-free, and I have been promising for a while now that I would step it up with compliant recipes. So when I decided that I needed a perfectly fudgey, rich,...

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Rainy Day Biscuits

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, primal, Vegetarian | 49 comments

Rainy Day Biscuits

I grew up in New England, where snow days where a regular occurrence. Sometimes, the school district over reacted to the weather report so much that they canceled school the day before. While it was nice going to bed at night knowing that there would be no alarm to rip you out of REM sleep the next day, it took away from the magic of waking up to a world that had unexpectedly been turned white and fluffy. In my house, snow days meant biscuits. My mom is a 4th grade teacher, so if we had a snow day, so did she. I’m not sure there’s a snow day on the books that didn’t include...

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Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Dinner, Lamb, primal, Shmooper's Top 10 | 2 comments

Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

I can’t remember the first year that my mom made grilled lamb chops for Passover, but I definitely can’t remember anything else ever being in the center of the table. As I mentioned in my post about brisket, there would be certain mutiny if she tried to swap out these chops for anything else. While grilling lamb chops for a crowd might seem daunting, it’s not bad if you’re prepared. If you have everything else staying warm in the oven, you can throw these on the grill at the last minute, and they’ll be done in under 10 minutes. The best thing about these is that...

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No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Dessert, primal | 167 comments

No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake

I’ve made the paleo chocolate birthday cake recipe from Paleo Spirit countless times and had great results. It’s delicious. But since it’s all coconut flour, it is quite dense, and uses a lot of eggs.  I don’t have a problem with egging up my baked goods, but when I quadruple (or more) the recipe for a party I’m catering, it gets a little crazy, and expensive, considering I’m extremely particular when it comes to my eggs. Let’s talk about that for a moment, shall we? You may have noticed that the vast majority of egg cartons boast the words...

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Have your coffee cake and your crumb topping too!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Breakfast, Dessert, grain-free, primal, Snacks, Vegetarian | 43 comments

I’ve been making a version of this coffee cake for years, and it’s always done me right. Before I went paleo, it was made with a blend of gluten-free flours. For a while, I’ve made it with just almond flour and it’s come out great, but… I’m a perfectionist when it comes to the things I eat. For example: I made and enjoyed plenty of paleo chocolate chip cookie recipes, but was not 100% satisfied until I created what I believe to be the perfect ones. And I’m on to something: The perfect grain-free flour blend. 1 part coconut flour | 2 parts arrowroot...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies, like you remember ‘em.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, potluck, primal | 44 comments

Chocolate Chip Cookies, like you remember ‘em.

It’s not unusual for me to make 8 different cookie recipes before I decide that the recipe I’m looking for does not yet actually exist. I’m more of a chef than a baker by far, so I love that there are so many amazing grain-free bloggers out there. I love when the talented paleo bakers do the work for me.  But sometimes, I don’t find what I’m looking for, and have to play baker. This is why I buy almond flour in bulk. The problem with the paleo and primal cookie recipes I’ve tried is that they’re too soft and cakey. They might be delicious, but...

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