posts tagged "grain free condiment"

Kale Almond Pesto

Posted on July 20, 2009

Mid July and pestomania is in the air. I’ve been working on a variety of pestos night and day for the last week.  Today’s version is Kale Almond Pesto.

This recipe is based upon something similar from Beckie at The Organic Dish.  The other day when I stopped in there to pick something up, she was making a luscious looking pesto and I had to have some of my own… with kale from our garden.

Kale Almond Pesto

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1 bunch kale, steamed to bright ... read more →

Asian Salad Dressing

Posted on June 19, 2009

This Asian Dressing is a family favorite.  Now that our garden is in full gear we are having home grown salads at least once a day.  In order to keep things interesting, I’ve come up with a variety of salad dressings and this one has stuck.  I kid you not when I say that the boys fight over the last drops.

So, here you have it!

Asian Salad Dressing

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¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon ume plum vinegar
1 tablespoon agave nectar ... read more →

Pear Parsley Salad Dressing

Posted on June 8, 2009

I have a huge parsley plant in our backyard that came back from last year and so have been looking for ways to utilize this super nutritious green herb in different dishes.  I came up with this Pear Parsley Dressing which my family enjoyed quite a bit.  The inspiration for this delicious gluten-free dressing came from the lovely Daniela of Daniela’s Kitchen.

While she served her Pear Dressing over arugula and fennel, I chose to serve mine over a bed of ... read more →

Umeboshi Cucumber Dressing

Posted on May 30, 2009

We are having friends over tomorrow evening for a small barbecue and I will be serving this easy, delicious, tangy salad dressing over fresh greens from our garden.

We started our garden very early and have planted literally dozens of green veggies in it.  The boys are enjoying the many different types of kale that are now growing like weeds.  I am particularly fond of the bitter greens –mustard and arugula.  My husband loves them all and asks for a bigger ... read more →

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Posted on April 30, 2009

This gluten free Ranch Dressing is super easy to make and dairy-free to boot.  I will be using it quite a bit this summer for salads, dips and sandwiches.  Typically the base of a Ranch Dressing is buttermilk, however, I’ve omitted that ingredient and gone a completely different route in preparing this rich and creamy condiment.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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¼ cup grapeseed oil vegenaisse or Paleo Mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 clove garlic, pressed
⅛ teaspoon minced scallion
pinch celtic sea salt

Combine all ... read more →

Sesame Dip

Posted on April 21, 2009

Garnish this Sesame Dip starter with pieces of carrot and celery for dipping and you have an instantly satisfying salty and crunchy snack.  This dip is a hit at parties and was enjoyed at our Passover Seder (thinned out with a bit of water and) served over roasted asparagus.  It’s quite versatile and makes a great salad dressing as well.

Unfortunately, we devoured all of the Sesame Dip at our Seder.  I was determined to make another batch the next day.  ... read more →

Quick and Easy Gourmet Garlic Oil

Posted on March 13, 2009

Garlic oil?  Made in mere minutes?  Why yes.  This quick and easy gluten free oil recipe can add sophisticated flavor to vegetables, fish or chicken.

I’m especially enjoying feeding it to my family during cold season since garlic is a great natural anti-biotic and immune booster.  Don’t let the health benefits fool you though, this is one tasty treat.

Quick and Easy Gourmet Garlic Oil

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1 head garlic, peeled
½ cup olive oil

Place garlic and olive oil in small pot on the stove and ... read more →

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Posted on March 3, 2009

Just the week before last, my favorite food writer from the LA Times came up with a brilliant recipe for homemade Nutella.

I haven’t had Nutella since I was a student traveling in Europe decades ago with a EuroRail pass, sleeping in youth hostels. Back then we used to eat the chocolate stuff for breakfast. These days, I find the real thing a little too sweet for my taste. So I was happy to see Amy’s Scattergood’s Homemade ... read more →

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Posted on February 10, 2009

Tonight I had this conversation with my little boy while I was tucking him into bed:

“How do you know I love you?” I asked him
“You tell me 2 billion times a day,” he replied.
“If I didn’t tell you, how would you know?  I asked.
“I can feel it in your hugs,” he said.

That really got me.  I try not to take things for granted in life.  Like my children.  Or hot showers.  Or glass bottles that I get to keep after ... read more →

Savory Avocado Spread

Posted on January 6, 2009

Last night my friend Deb and I discussed our ideas and hopes for the new year and the incoming president.

Deb said she is moved to become a public school teacher.  I shared with her that I would like to set up a gardening business for young people. I think it would be great fun to get a group of kids in their 20’s fresh out of school, looking for work and help them start a business in which they would ... read more →

Raw Cranberry Sauce

Posted on November 25, 2008

Fresh raw cranberries with dates, orange and lemon.

From the recipe archive: Originally posted in 2008. This homemade cranberry sauce is a perfect side for your healthy Paleo Thanksgiving dinner.

This sweet yet tart raw cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, in fact, it’s one of my favorite naturally gluten free dishes of all time!

Tart, tangy and full of healing properties, just last week I ate an entire test batch.  I adore cranberries and stock up during this ... read more →

Vanilla Plum Jam

Posted on September 16, 2008

As fall approaches, my attention is shifting to our fruit trees. A few years back we planted a peach and two apple trees along the perimeter of our packed yard; they are now bursting with fruit, as is our dwarf plum. While we eat the peaches and apples straight off the trees, each fall we make a habit of picking the tart little plums and making our own homemade jam from them.

During this last weekend, the boys commenced ... read more →

Raw Tomato Sauce

Posted on August 15, 2008

Is your garden overflowing with tomatoes? Mine is. It’s a jungle out there. The zucchini plant is on the offensive, overtly attacking its neighbors in a battle for square footage while the tomatoes surreptitiously creep and cling to everything they can. At this point, they are huge sprawling bushes, heavy with fruit.

The boys go out to jump on the trampoline and come inside bearing gifts, their little hands laden. I too venture out to pluck ... read more →

Lemon Walnut Pesto

Posted on August 1, 2008

Tomorrow is my birthday and the festivities have already begun! Last night my husband and the boys and I went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. At the end of the meal, my children wanted to order (and split) the Coffee Affogato –vanilla gelato drowned in a shot of espresso.

My husband and I pleasantly argued over the merits (none) and shortcomings (caffeine) of this dessert for several minutes while the children observed, amusedly. I was ... read more →

Green Goddess Dressing

Posted on July 25, 2008

I confess. I ate the photo shoot. I made a huge salad this afternoon, drizzled it with Green Goddess Dressing and proceeded to devour it. The food prepared for photographing was instead inhaled. As in, scarfed immediately.

Now normally, I’m a fairly disciplined person, so this was a bit odd. Maybe I exercised a little too hard this morning and worked up a bigger appetite than usual. Maybe the dressing is delicious on a hot summer’s day. Who ... read more →

Spicy Walnut Vinaigrette

Posted on June 27, 2008

How does your garden grow?

Usually I plant my garden on Mother’s Day with my husband and the boys –it is their annual gift to me.

This year, we did things a bit differently. We had someone help us with the yard and basically ripped all the flowers out of the beds and replanted with edibles. This took place before May began and gave us a good jump on the season. By the beginning of June we were reaping ... read more →

BBQ Sauce

Posted on May 6, 2008

Spring is in full bloom here in Colorado and it’s gorgeous. Bright clear days in the high 70’s, perfect for hiking, taking the boys to the park and breaking out the grill! While the lucky folks in California probably start grilling a bit earlier, we usually wait until May to fire ours up.

Luckily, Katie had me on my toes with a request for gluten free barbecue sauce a couple of weeks ago. She was looking for something ... read more →

Horseradish: Make Your Own Maror

Posted on April 6, 2008

As part of the Passover Seder, we eat a bitter herb, to remind us of the bitter times our people have faced.

Many use horseradish for this ritual. I grew up eating Manischewitz brand ground horseradish from a jar at our Seders, with no concept whatsoever of where this pungent herb came from. In fact, horseradish is a root –you can buy it from the store (most good health food stores carry it this time of year), and is ... read more →

Charoset

Posted on April 2, 2008

Charoset is one of my favorite Passover foods. During the Seder, this sweet, fruity dish holds a special, symbolic place, reminding us of the mortar which the Jews used to bond bricks while enslaved in Egypt. European Jews (Ashkenazi) traditionally use nuts, apples, cinnamon and sweet wine for this dish.

Jews of Middle Eastern descent (Sephardic) commonly use raisins, figs dates and sesame seeds. In general, Middle Eastern Jews have a far richer culinary tradition than European Jewry and charoset ... read more →

Parsley Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes

Posted on March 3, 2008

Traditionally, pesto is made with basil. This time of year, it’s not so easy to find organic basil at a reasonable price. Really, the time for basil is summer. And we’re definitely not there yet. Not even close, out here in Colorado.

And yet, I love pesto. All those good greens ground up into delightful, fresh flavors.

Last night, in the mood for something delicious and healthy (in that order), I made pesto using parsley. I always keep parsley in the fridge ... read more →