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desserts Gluten-Free pie Recipes Summer

GLUTEN-FREE LATE SUMMER PEACH PIE WITH ALMOND STREUSEL

It was nearly 20 years ago when I packed up my house in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the Midwest; I didn’t know anyone here other than a few young adults from my church who were attending the same college I was going to attend. August was also the first time I’d ever heard a cicada – and while I was driving through Iowa I thought to myself, ‘Those are some crazy loud power lines!’ I was such a rookie.

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appetizers Gluten-Free Recipes Summer

GLUTEN-FREE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES WITH FARMER’S RANCH DIP

The cicada’s are back, the weather is typical for this time of year: hot and humid and The Professor and I have enjoyed quite a bit of time outdoors in our garden. We have already planted second crops of some veggies and we had a successful first harvest of honey from our bee hives – which I will share later this week. And in case you didn’t know, The Professor has a brand spanking new job at a new university: Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis aka IUPUI; it’s been a really good summer.

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fruit Gluten-Free Recipes Summer vegetarian

GLUTEN-FREE PEACH DUTCH BABY

The Professor and I have been spending our summer working outdoors, digging in our garden beds and fighting off the critters for our share of the vegetables; so far it’s been critters who have reigned supreme but we’re replanting and hope we get to enjoy more than a handful of this year’s veggies. Such is the life of a country gardener where groundhogs and raccoons are abundant . . . much to my dismay.

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Recipes soups Winter

UNSTUFFED CABBAGE ROLL SOUP

It snowed last night – the first real snow of the winter with six or seven inches of the frozen white stuff on the ground; I laughed out loud when local friends posted photos on Facebook showing completely bare shelves where bread was once stacked – ditto for milk. Newsflash people: we live in the Midwest – it snows here – and six inches of snow is not the apocalypse. Lordy.

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appetizers Gluten-Free Preserving/Canning Recipes Seasons vegan vegetarian

MRS. WHEELBARROW’S WHOLE-CRANBERRY RASPBERRY SAUCE

It snowed last night; not much in terms of what’s on the ground – less than 3-inches of the white stuff. Today the sun bounces off the glistening white; I see the tall, now bare trees, swaying in the wind and every once in a while a gust tosses the powder-sugar-like stuff from our roof through the air and onto a new landing spot. It feels very much like I’m on the inside of a snow globe – and I’m grateful to be inside the globe instead of outside the globe because tonight’s temperature is expected to be 7 degrees. Far too early for winter as it’s just the week before Thanksgiving. Somebody hold me.

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breakfast drinks Fall Gluten-Free Recipes Seasons vegetarian

PUMPKIN-GINGER SMOOTHIE

Well friends, I am plum-tuckered, spent, zapped and officially feel as if I could sleep for the next two months; I’ve been traveling since September and I haven’t been home much these past several weeks. But I also have to say that I’ve never been more inspired, humbled and ready to tackle new projects than I am now . . . that is, after I sleep for the next two months . . .

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Fall Gluten-Free Recipes Seasons

TWO-BITE, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE CARROT-GINGER MUFFINS

The light. Have you ever noticed how the light changes with the seasons? The days are definitely shorter but the light seems ‘cooler’ as well but maybe that’s my imagination? I don’t know if getting older makes me more aware of my surroundings or if it’s because I’m a photographer and videographer who’s always looking for the light, looking for the details, looking for the story – but I notice the tiniest of details as Mother Nature begins her march into a new season.

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desserts fruit gelato Gluten-Free ice cream jam Recipes Summer vegetarian

INDIANA SWEET CORN GELATO WITH BLUEBERRY SWIRL

Can you believe it’s September???? Does this surprise you as much as it does me???? And why am I using multiple question marks???? I have no idea. Other than I’m truly gobsmacked September is here and I’m not ready to let go of summer – can I just get an ‘amen?!’ It’s still hot and humid and because the Winter of 2013-14 was so. very. long., I’ve got a death-grip on summer and will not release her until Mother Nature pries summer from my slightly wrinkled, tightly-clenched fist, one finger at a time. Even then, I predict I’ll drag myself into fall kicking and screaming.

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cocktails Fall fruit Gluten-Free Preserving/Canning Recipes

GLUTEN-FREE PEAR CIDER

Hard Cider has quite the colorful history here in America; in fact, during Colonial times in the Eastern States, Cider was more popular than beer, wine or whiskey. It was far more difficult to grow grains for beer than it was to grow apples so seeds were brought over from England, orchards were established and cider-making was as popular here as it was in England. By the mid-1800s, the New England states were producing nearly 300,000 gallons of cider every year.

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desserts gelato Gluten-Free ice cream Recipes Summer

OLIVE OIL GELATO WITH ROSEMARY AND STRAWBERRY JAM

The Professor and I are headed off for Italy to attend Jovial’s Culinary Getaway, Gluten-Free Italian Style; we’re attending as particpants this time and I have to say, we’re pretty excited. We’ve had the privilege of working with Jovial this past year and we always have their products in our pantry – but we’ve not attended the class as students so this is going to be great fun!

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Seasons Spring

MIDDAY IN THE MIDWEST

variegated shades of green
wave overhead
wisps of blue fade and in out of focus
neighborhood birds raise their song
adding to the cacophony
of mooing cows, rambling school buses, barking dogs and laughing children
patterned blue pillows contrast against
dappled shade
on red chaise cushions
wind, invisible yet present, toss loose strands of
hair around my face
behind brown-tinted glasses I watch as
barn swallows cut through the sky with the sharpness of their wings
eyelids heavy
head droops
naps come easy
in the country
at midday in the Midwest