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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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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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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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appetizers Preserving/Canning Recipes Reviews Summer

PICKLED CARROTS AND JALAPENOS

I’ve been on a pickling kick this summer and in fact, I’ve pickled more food this year than ever. It started with these preserved lemons and moved on to sweet pickles, sour pickles, blackberries and I even have a jar of brandied cherries tucked away; jams and jellies are also stacked in the pantry and I may even try my hand at a bit of sauerkraut this fall.

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52 sundays Summer TRAVEL

52 sundays; august 18, 2013

The two-story white farm house is tucked away at the end of a winding gravel road; deer and other wildlife share the land with a couple of dogs and a few other homes along that road but here, life is tranquil and meditative. The front end of two old rusted trucks peer from the overgrown brush and remain near the roadside as do remnants of delapitated old barns; at night, only headlights of vehicles traveling up and down that road light the path – otherwise, the stars are the only other source of light.

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Nature Places Seasons Summer

SNAPSHOT OF A FRIDAY

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cocktails Recipes Seasons Summer TRAVEL

PICKLED-BERRY GIN & TONIC

Last summer we spent several weeks in the Seattle area with Shauna, Danny and Lucy; we were there shooting several video pieces as well as sharing stories, birthdays and some of the glorious foods of summer. It’s just a normal day when the Aherns gather friends around their table and open their home to an impromptu get-together; August 6th is Shauna’s birthday (that’s today – happy birthday Shauna!), the weather was spectacular with azure-blue skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. The entire island had been waiting for the blackberries to ripen for picking; jams, pies, buckles or eaten straight out of hand – it didn’t matter what the berries would be used for, what mattered was the gathering of friends.

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Gluten-Free Recipes Summer

GLUTEN-FREE, LACTOSE-FREE, CHILLED CUCUMBER & KEFIR SOUP

The Professor and I have traveled quite a bit this summer and have enjoyed meeting new friends as well as tasting some incredible food. And while winter seemed as if it would go on forever, a double-take at the calendar confirms it is indeed July; April took us to the Los Angeles area, we spent 12 days in the Tuscany region of Italy in May, New York City in June, then Salt Lake City to celebrate July 4th and at the end of this month we’ll be heading out once again to Bucks County, Pennsylvania for Big Summer Potluck.

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Recipes sides Summer vegan vegetarian

PICKLED BEETS AND POTLUCKS

When I first moved to the Midwest I kept hearing the term ‘pitch-in’ and wasn’t quite sure what that meant; it didn’t take me long before I realized it was just another word for ‘potluck’.