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Extra Moist Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cake (Refined Sugar/Corn/Soy/Dairy Free w/ an Egg Free option)

February 2, 2011

Extra Moist Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cake (Refined Sugar/Corn/Soy/Dairy Free w/ an Egg Free option)

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cake

Once upon a time in a land far FAR away- I made cakes that could give you tears of bliss. I was the cake lady- if there was a birthday party I was quick to offer to bring the cake- and on many occasions I would show up with two just for fun. They were miles tall- always 2-3 layers (sometimes more) and what was special about them- their moisture! They were soft and fluffy and tender- AND unbelievably moist. This month marks my one year anniversary of giving up Gluten. I'm celebrating by sharing with you a cake recipe that I am incredibly proud of. A recipe that it literally took me a year to understand how to create once again. I have made a number of cakes in the past year- and they weren't bad- but they were just average nothing to write home about cakes. Which frustrated me to no end. I can't tell you how many times I said to my husband "What is wrong with me?? I should be able to do this by now- all I do is bake!!" Whats funny is that in every other aspect of my life I am pretty relaxed and go with the flow- but when it comes to my kitchen this odd level of perfectionism comes over me. It developed in the last few years- never have I been a perfectionist about anything before in my life! Usually I lack the focus to make this trait possible. At any rate- Im thankful for this focus- and I'm ok with being hard on myself at times- I think its healthy to challenge myself. Otherwise these recipes that make me so proud would never exist.

So *Cheers* to One Year of Being Gluten Less- here is my recipe for the moistest chocolate cake you will ever have.. People will often say " My family didn't even know it was Gluten Free" Its my thought that they should NEVER know the difference. So may I present to you one of the best cakes I have ever made/had in my entire life :)

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Brittany Angell
Greeny Kiwi Bellini Smoothie

Greeny Kiwi Bellini Smoothie

January 28, 2011 / 5 Comments

Greeny Kiwi Bellini Smoothie

This morning I decided to divert just slightly from my regular frozen fruit stash – I tend to get in the habit of making the same thing over and over if I like it.. and while this is not always a bad thing- When it comes to my morning smoothie the whole point of drinking them was to explore new flavors and to consume a variety of produce. I peaked into my fruit bowl and noticed some very ripe almost forgotten Kiwi’s. Out came my peeler and into the blender they went. Then of course the peaches joined the party as they are my staple. While some love Bananas I love Frozen Peaches. Their flavor does not overpower other Fruits and acts I think as the perfect compliment to everything. And finally because I feel it is highly important that a heaping handful of greens goes into 99% of the smoothies that I consume.. in they went. I was out of my usual Almond Milk So I went with a can of light Coconut Milk.

We enjoyed it.. my husband said this one was his favorite so far. It has a nice tropical flavor. I threw Bellini into the name as Bellini’s are comprised of Peach Puree.. you COULD throw a little alcohol into this smoothie.. But I’m not suggesting such a thing (also not going to turn you away from the idea) :)

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Blueberry & Peach Smoothie (with Hidden Greens)

January 27, 2011 / 3 Comments

Blueberry & Peach Smoothie

I had been hearing left and right that adding spinach to smoothies was a wonderful thing. I was hesitant of course (as we all are about drinking greens I’m sure) But I decided to go for it- and this Smoothie was the base for it. This recipe has become a favorite- Its currently my default beverage and so far my favorite combination of fruit.

I found the secret to adding greens is knowing that they should be only 1/3 of the smoothie. The Other Remaining 2/3 can be practically any fruit combination and it will cover the taste . You may tolerate or enjoy more but for me this amount just works well. This smoothie is a lovely purple color- Your kids will NEVER know it contains spinach. I opted to use Unsweetened Almond Milk. This Combined with the flax gives the Smoothie a slightly nutty flavor that we really enjoy!

To make this smoothie- Just combine all the ingredients in a blender. Adjust sweetness to your liking and feel free to add supplements. This Recipe makes one 16 oz Smoothie. (You wont want any less)

Try Adding in Raw Kale, Chard or even Collard Greens!

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Raw Cacao Raspberry Avocado Smoothie (D-tox January) and My Story!

January 22, 2011 / 9 Comments

Raw Cacao Raspberry Avocado Smoothie I was so thrilled when Nicola from G-Free Mom Invited me to Participate in D-tox January! Nicola is a stage 3 survivor of Breast Cancer and has become such an inspiration to me. If she can take on cancer then I most certainly can put a smile on my face… Read More ›

Indian Spiced Carrot and Spinach Wild Rice Pulao (Gluten/Dairy/Soy/Egg/Corn Free & Vegan)

January 19, 2011 / 3 Comments

Indian Spiced Carrot & Spinach Wild Rice Pulao This dish is similar to say a Fried Rice- the difference here is the Indian Flavor. Indian Spices make my heart pitter patter with happiness. And during this least favorite long dreary freezing season of mine- some happy pitter patter does me good. So you can plan… Read More ›

Gluten Free Chicken Korma (Gluten/Dairy/Soy/Corn/Egg Free)

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Gluten Free Chicken Korma I’m an absolute sucker for creamy fattening Indian Dishes. Back when I could eat at Indian Buffets- my plate was filled with Chicken Makhani, Vegetable Korma, Onion Bahjis, Bhature, Naan and Chana Masala. Mind you- I did not go to the Indian Buffet TOO often- or else I could never maintain… Read More ›

Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup

January 18, 2011 / 7 Comments

Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup Lentils and Sausage. Bet you didn’t know they were a match made in heaven. I didn’t know. My husband and I have a fondness for Lentils.. I make several different variations of Lentil Soup often and am always trying to think of new flavors for it. This morning before work… Read More ›

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Easy Ginger and Garlic Beef Stir-fry (Gluten/Dairy/Soy/Egg/Corn Free)

January 14, 2011 / 0 Comments

Easy Ginger and Garlic Beef Stir-fry This quick and easy meal has become a regular in our kitchen lineup. Perhaps more l a regular- I have made it 6 times in the past two weeks. Its delicious. Fresh, Healthy, has wonderful bright flavor and it comes together quick. One of my goals this year was… Read More ›

The In’s and Out’s of Natural Sugars.

The In’s and Out’s of Natural Sugars.

January 12, 2011 / 32 Comments

As I have made the personal commitment to give up the use of Refined Sugar 99% of the time (oh yes.. even my baking.. eek) I started a bit of research to gather a better comprehensive understanding of Natural Sugars. I have spent a vast amount of time starring at the grocery store shelves in… Read More ›

Flourless Choc. Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (GF, Vegan)

Flourless Choc. Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (GF, Vegan)

January 9, 2011 / 7 Comments

 Flourless Choc. Chip Peanut Butter Cookies This Recipe came to me compliments of a Dear friend. When she told me about the recipe- I was shocked- and asked her several times over again if she forgot an ingredient before making them myself. I made a few minor changes to the recipe just out of curiosities… Read More ›

Gluten Free Missi Roti Indian Bread (Soy & Vegan Free)

Gluten Free Missi Roti Indian Bread (Soy & Vegan Free)

January 6, 2011 / 6 Comments

Gluten Free Missi Roti Indian Bread Perhaps its due to my fondness for Indian Buffets- that I got this idea in my head that whenever we ate Indian Food it needed to be a Giant Feast. You know with the Bread and The Main Chicken Curry and the side dish of Chana Masala or Vegetable… Read More ›

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The *Best* Gluten Free Recipes of 2010!

December 31, 2010 / 17 Comments

It crossed my mind briefly this week to feature my own recipes for this posting- but then I quickly decided that No- I wanted to end this Year Thanking the MANY of you out there that have inspired me! I watch so many of you out there write incredible recipes that most people would think… Read More ›

Gluten Free Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake with a Chocolate Oreo Crust (Vegan)

December 26, 2010 / 11 Comments

Gluten Free Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake This week- I went through 9 packages of Tofutti Cream cheese and roughly 5 packages of Silken Tofu to get this recipe- JUST right. I did a very large Internet search and the majority of the comments on the other Vegan cheesecake recipes were pretty consistent- People complained that the… Read More ›

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Gluten Free Cashew Curry Chicken

November 30, 2010 / 3 Comments

Gluten Free Cashew Curry Chicken This recipe is one of the BEST recipes in my archives. One of the best I have ever made- and I am SO excited to be sharing it. We LOVE love love love Indian Food. And this recipe is the first Indian Curry that I successfully made several years ago.… Read More ›

Chicken Tamale Soup

Chicken Tamale Soup

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Now that we are headed straight into winter I find myself making soup- at least 2-3 nights a week. For me- making soup is a mindless activity. It comes easy to me- easier than converting and writing recipes for Christmas Cookies, breads and cakes.. (Though I LOVE doing it all) Sometime I need to just… Read More ›

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Doggy Biscuits (Wheat/Soy/Corn Free)

November 29, 2010 / 5 Comments

Let me be REALLY clear- these are for your dogs. Not you :) Though my husband tried them and said they weren’t bad. And my dogs scarfed them down. Success I think! We have two amazingly sweet and funny Rat Terriers. They were both rescues. Clyde (the boy of the house) Came from Ratbone Rescue.… Read More ›