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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kale & Raisins

1 bunch Russian kale
Wheat-free tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. raisins
1/4 C. pinenuts
1 Tbl. olive oil

In a 10 inch pan, heat olive oil until warmed.   Drop in minced garlic and saute until sizzling, not browning, then add torn up kale.  Stir kale until wilted, then add raisins, pine nuts, and tamari to season.  Serve immediately.  

This is a delicious dish and full of calcium.  If you grow your own kale, all the better.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kidney Beans & Rice

Photo by James Bowe

  • 1 package pre-cooked brown rice from Trader Joe's
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 19-ounce can organic red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 C organic chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/3 C chopped fresh cilantro
Saute onions, garlic, and peppers in olive oil until transparent.  
Add cooked rice, canned kidney beans, hot sauce, pepper, and cilantro. 
Serve as a side dish or with chicken or beef.


Kohlrabi is German for cabbage turnip.  It is usually eaten raw, peeled and sliced.  This is the way I eat it.  It's easy to grow, so have at it.  Be sure to give it lots of water.  It can also be cooked like broccoli or cauliflower--steam until tender, add a little sea salt and ghee and enjoy.  

Photo of Grande Farmers' Market taken by Market Manager

Friday, September 23, 2011


My mother loved kumquats.  I'd never had one before I was about twelve, but she said she ate them all the time when growing up.  Fannie Farmer says to eat, skin and all.  Or slice kumquats as garnish fruit salads or greens salads. They're tart, let me tell you.

Kisses with Pecans

From Fannie Farmer Cookbook
(Don't make this recipe on a damp day.)
Butter and flour two cookie sheets.
Set the oven at 325 degrees.

Beat until stiff:
   1 egg white
Add gradually, beating constantly:
   1 Cup light brown sugar
   1/4 tsp sea salt
   1/2 tsp vanilla
Fold in:
   1 C pecan meats, chopped fine.
Spoon teaspoonfuls on the cookie sheets.  Bake until dry on top (8-12 minutes). These cookies firm up once cool.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Johnny Cake

Variation on recipe from Fannie Farmer Cookbook

3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 C white corn meal
1 C hot nut milk

Spread 1/4" deep in buttered shallow pan or in buttered muffin tins.  If you like, dot with butter or ghee.
Bake until crisp at 350.   Split and butter, serving warm.

Comment:  This is good, a little salty, but definitely a fun treat.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Jicama is crispy, sweet, and delicious sliced in salads.  You need to peel it, then slice it, that's it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jalapeno Jelly

Have you ever had the holiday dish, cream cheese with pepper jelly poured over it.  You serve it on crackers?  Well, if you can eat goat cheese, use a creamy one, such as the one they sell at Costco, as your base.  Or try a dairy free cream cheese and  pour over it Jalapeno Jelly.  Use rice crackers to spread this delicious cheese on.  Good with a glass of wine before a lovely turkey dinner.

Jerusalem Artichokes

My garden in Yakima in the 1980s is just beyond that swing set.  It's where I first grew Jerusalem Artichokes, a pretty plant that look like sunflowers.  You dig the tubers and eat them like potatoes, raw or cooked.  

Oh, at that's me and my daughter wearing dust masks, as Mt. St. Helen's has just erupted. 

Preheat the oven to 400°
1 1/2 Tbl. organic olive oil
8 organic cloves garlic
1 # Jerusalem artichokes, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/3 C. water
3 Tbl. lemon
1/2 tsp. each rosemary and sage
1/4 tsp. sea salt

In a small roasting pan, mix the oil, garlic, artichokes together and toss with the oil.  Roast, tossing occasionally, for 25 minutes.  ln a glass measuring cup mix water, lemon, rosemary, sage, and salt and pour over the artichokes.  Roast for an additional twenty minutes or until the liquid has almost evaporated and the artichokes are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.


Monday, August 15, 2011


1# organic chicken breasts cut in 1-inch cubes
2 Adele apple sausages, sliced
1/2 C chopped organic onion
1 organic green bell pepper, chopped
1 large can (28 ounces) organic crushed tomatoes
1 C organic chicken broth
1/2 C dry white wine
2 tsp dried leaf oregano
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1# non-farmed shrimp, cooked
2 C raw organic rice, cooked
Combine chicken, sausage, chopped bell pepper, and chopped onion in slow cooker. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, oregano, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne; stir gently. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours. About 30 to 45 minutes before eating, add cooked shrimp and hot cooked rice; heat thoroughly.
Serves 8.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jam Bars

Based on a recipe from Fannie Farmer Cookbook

Butter a shallow 8 or 9 inch square pan.  Set oven to 400.
1/2 C Ghee
1/4 C Organic Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pure almond flavoring
Stir in
1 organic egg
1 1/4 C Brown Rice Flour (add a tiny bit more if batter is too fluid)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp powdered cloves
1/2 tsp sea salt
Mix well and spread half in the pan.  Cover with a layer of raspberry jam, blackberry jam, or orange marmalade.
Spoon the rest of the dough on top.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Cool and cut into bars.



Jerky is a good source of protein.  It is far easier to buy then to make, but don't let that stop you.  Making jerky can eliminate ingredients you'd rather not ingest--such as nitrates and nitrites.  During the 80s, my former husband and I ate jerky that he made.  That and scrambled eggs were his specialties.  Here's a approximation of his recipe.

Buy a good quality of organic beef.  Marinate over night.  Pat dry and follow directions given in commercial dryer cookbook for jerking meat--meat requires about 8-10 hours of drying time.

1 lb organic lean meat, thinly sliced
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cracked pepper corns
1 tbs. organic brown sugar
2 tbs. gluten free soy sauce
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove crushed organic garlic

Jelly Beans

"Canny, Mema, Canny...." my grandson says.  Yes, he has a sweet tooth.  And he especially loves chocolate.  So in my kitchen, I keep a cut-glass candy jar full with a variety of candy.  So when he comes to visit and after we've had a healthy lunch, we partake in a piece of candy.  That's what Grannies are for, right?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Johnny Apple Sauce

Photo by Sandra Wahl

I like to pick wild apples to make sauce, and I don't add anything but sugar and cinnamon for flavoring.  Some apples need little sugar--some need extra.  If you can't find wild apples in the fall, buy firm, tart apples.  I think the following recipe adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook sounds good, but I haven't tried it.  Have fun!

2 1/2 C water
4 Tbl. Lemon juice
7 medium Granny Smiths
1/2 C. sugar
2/3 C. French Sauternes
6 Tbl. red currant jelly
2 cinnamon sticks
zest of 2 lemons
1/2 C shelled walnuts, chopped
1/3 C raisins (optional)

1.  Mix half of the water and half of the lemon juice together in a bowl.
2.  Peel and core the apples and cut them into 1 1/2 inch chunks.  As you cut each apple, drop the pieces into the water to prevent discoloration.
3.  In a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom, combine remaining water and lemon juice, the sugar and the Sauternes.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and add the apple chunks.  Partially cover and cook gently until apples are just tender; apple chunks should remain whole.
4.  With a slotted spoon, transfer apples to bowl.  Add the currant jelly and cinnamon sticks to the syrup remaining in the pan.  Set over medium heat, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until syrup is reduced by one third.  Stir in the lemon zest.
5.  Pour the syrup over the apples.  Stir in the walnuts and raisins if you use them.  Serve warm; or cool, cover and refrigerate.  Serves 6.


As kids, we made icing from butter, vanilla, a pinch of salt, food coloring, and powdered sugar.  Just cream a cube of butter, add 1/4 tsp. vanilla, pinch of salt, and powdered sugar to thicken.  Use a beater and continue to add powdered sugar until you reach the proper consistency.  Adding a dab of water or nut milk will help texture become more creamy.  Food coloring is fun.  Perhaps there is a natural one to purchase at the health food store.
Also, if you can't eat butter, you could try ghee.  It will be a little thinner and the flavor more caramel flavored.  Should be good. See what you think and let me know.     

Ice: Lemon, Cappuccino, or Campari-Orange Frozen Dessert

2 C. strained fresh lemon juice
2 C.  water
2 C. sugar
3 C. strong coffee/ part espresso
1 C. soy creamer
1 C. sugar
3 C. strained fresh orange juice
1 C. Campari (Italian aperitif)
juice of 1 lemon
1 C. sugar

Combine selected ingredients in pan and bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature and pour into a shallow cake pan and freeze.  This ice will be ready in 3 to 6 hours.  You can stir it 1/2 way through freezing, then continue to freeze until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Iceberg with Chicken

Photo by Liz West
2 Tbl. Dijon mustard
1 Tbl. organic olive oil
sea salt and pepper

1 sm. head iceberg, wash and torn in pieces
3 C. cooked organic chicken
4 vine-grown organic tomatoes, cut in quarters
1 avocado, cut in slices
2 chopped green onions
1 sliced nectarine

Mix ingredients and dressing, with the exception of avocado, green onion, and sliced nectarine.  Transfer to a pretty bowl to serve.  Top with avocado slices, green onions, and sliced nectarine.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Imam Baildi

Imam Baildi is also known as stuffed eggplant.  Enjoy!

2 lbs Japanese eggplants
⅔ C. organic olive oil
2  C. sliced organic onions
3  cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2  C. peeled and chopped tomatoes
½ cup water
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sugar
Sea salt and ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cut ends off the eggplants. Using a sharp knife, slice the eggplant from the stem end down to the other end, making sure you don't slice through. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan and gently cook eggplant over medium heat.

Remove the eggplant from the skillet and place in an 8"x8" baking dish.  Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Add the remainder of the olive oil and sauté onions and garlic until slightly golden.  Add the fresh tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water to skillet. Add oreganosugar, sea salt and pepper. Simmer covered, for 15 minutes.

Remove stuffing from heat. Generously fill the eggplants with this stuffing.  Bake for 4o minutes; basting them at least once with olive oil.

Irish Stew

Lamb is a good source of protein and delicious in flavor.  Often you can buy local lamb that is raised on pasture grass.  This meet will be tender and fresh.  Buy enough for your freezer so you have it when a lamb stew craving arises.  Recipe adapted from 


  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 1 large organic onion, diced
  • 3 organic carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 ribs organic celery
  • 4 cups water, or as needed
  • 3 large organic potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Tbl. rosemary  
  • 1 C coarsely chopped leeks
  • Fresh parsley for garnish 


  1. Brown lamb pieces in olive oil, stirring gently, until evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the onion, carrots, celery and cook gently for a 10minutes. Stir in the water (use part red wine if your like). Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat. Simmer for 1 hour or until tender.
  3. Stir in potatoes, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, before adding leeks and rosemary. Continue to simmer uncovered, until potatoes are tender but still whole. Serve hot in bowls.  Garnish with fresh parsley.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Idaho Twice-baked Spuds

Bake Idaho spuds at 350 for 1 hour or until tender.  Slice lengthwise, and keeping the potato skins whole, scoop out innards from the two halves into a mixing bowl.  Add sea salt, ghee and enough water to blend into mashed potato consistency.  Add back to the empty potato skins.  Dust tops with paprika and grated sheep cheese (if you can eat it).  Broil until tops are bubbly and browned.  Serve with chicken or beef.


Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Dip

My grandson with his watering duck.
Cauliflower's growing in the garden this year.  
1 cauliflower broken into florets (1/2 lbs.)
1 3/4 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbl. olive oil
1 tps. black mustard seeds
1 onion chopped fine.
1 Tbl. curry powder
1 Tbl. sugar
1 C. coconut yogurt
1 C. dairy-free sour cream
1/3 C. organic cilantro
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

   In a large pot boil water enough to cover bottom of pot by 2 inches.  Add 1/4 tsp sat.  Add florets and simmer until tender.  Drain.
   In a saute pan warm olive oil over medium heat.  Add mustard seeds, and cook until they stop popping.  Add onion and cook until clear.  Add curry, 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, and sugar.  Cook until fragrant.
   Mash cauliflower and add onion mixture and remaining ingredients.
Serve with chips or sliced vegetables.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

IPA Barby Ribs

Heat oven to 250.
In a frying pan, add 2 packages of pork ribs to melted ghee.
Salt and pepper and brown well.  Transfer to baking dish.
Add bottle of IPA beer, pouring it around and over the top of the ribs.
Cover and bake, flipping periodically.
After 4 hours, drain off liquid and baste with your favorite barbecue sauce.
Cook for another 20 minutes.
Serve with corn on the cob and green salad.

Indian Chicken

In a large cooking pot, stir into melted 2 Tbl. Ghee: 

1 medium chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced 
1 bay leaves  
2 cinnamon sticks 
6 whole cloves 
6 peppercorns
1 Tsp. paprika
1 Tsp. sea salt
1 Tsp. curry powder
Simmer until spices are mixed and sizzling.  Add one whole chicken with the skin pulled off.  Brown the chicken in the mixture of spices.

Once browned, 2 median tomatoes, peeled and quartered (or a can of diced tomatoes).  Cover and cook chicken until falls apart.  Serve over white rice.  Add a vegetable, such as broccoli, to complete this meal.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ingredients for the GF Cook

By Glen Bledsoe
This is what I keep in my cupboards & refrigerator.  It is simple--you can make it more complicated--but I'm on the go and like to keep things easy. Also, I don't have a lot of variety in my diet--ingredient-wise--but lots of variety recipe-wise.

  Brown Rice Flour
  Coconut Flour
  Garbanzo Bean Flour
  Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  Pure Vanilla Extract
  Hazelnut Milk or Almond Milk
  Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
  Sea Salt

  Fresh Herbs: Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Chili Powder, Sea Salt, Pepper Corns
  Canned Items: Stewed Tomatoes, Organic Chicken Broth, Green Chilies
  Pasta & Beans: Canned Black Beans, Brown Rice Pasta (Trader Joe's), Brown Rice, Quinoa, Green Lentils
  Condiments: Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, Gluten Free Tamari, Dill Pickles

  Organic Eggs
  Organic Onions
  Organic Carrots
  Organic Greens
  Organic Zucchini
  Organic Apples
  Organic Celery
  Brown Rice Tortillas
  Ruby Yams
  Organic Mayonnaise
  Goat Cheese (I can eat a little goat or sheep cheese)
  Pasta Sauce (Read the label)


Hot Enchiladas

When I was in high school my best friend and I would make large baking dishes stuffed with oniony, cheesy enchiladas.  Now I make them with chicken and onion.  I love enchilada sauce and don't mind the heat.  I don't use as many onions and we used back then.  Here's the recipe.

Set oven to 350 degrees.

12 corn tortillas
1/2 organic onion, chopped fine
2 C. roasted chicken, chopped
1 can sliced black olives
1 can gluten-free enchilada sauce
1 can organic refried beans
Grated non-dairy cheese to taste.

In a large oven-proof pan, line up filled and rolled enchiladas--lay out heated tortillas (I often heat them in the sauce) and fill with refried beans, onion, chicken, black olives, and cheese.  Once the pan is filled with the rolls, pour over the top, enchilada sauce.  Make sure they enchiladas are covered.  Sprinkle with more cheese and olives and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Serve with a green salad.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hungarian Goulash

Modified from Fannie Farmer's Cookbook

In a skillet melt 3 Tbl bacon fat.
Add 2 large onions, chopped fine and cook until slightly browned.
Add the meat and brown thoroughly on all sides.
3 Tbl brown rice flour
2 tsp paprika (use a very good quality paprika)
2 cloves garlic
Stir in burgundy wine and stock to equal 1 qt.

Cover and cook slowly for about 2 hours or until meat is tender.  Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

Hazelnut Strips

This recipe has been modified from a Fannie Farmer's recipe.
Beat until stiff
  1 egg white
Beat in gradually
  1 C Confectioner's sugar
  1 C organic hazelnuts, ground fine
Pat out on a lightly floured board into an oblong, about 1/2 inch thick.
Beat together and spread over first mixture.  Let stand 30 min. to dry.
  1 egg yolk
  6 Tbl confectioner's sugar
  1/2 tsp vanilla
Cut in strips with a knife dipped in hot water.  Place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Bake at 300 degrees until delicately brown--about 15 minutes.  Cool and lift from pan.  Makes about 18.

Huckleberry Pie

Mix the following ingredients together and press into a pie pan.  Flute the edge by pressing the dough between your index finger and thumb all around rim.  Poke base with fork tines and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden.  Set aside to cool.

1/4 C melted Ghee
1/4 C brown sugar
1 Egg
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 C. rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

Meanwhile, wash and drain thoroughly:
   1 quart huckleberries

Mix together in a saucepan
   1 cup sugar
   3 Tbl cornstarch
   1/8 tsp sea salt
   1 C water
   1 C berries

Cook and stir over low heat until thick.  Add the rest of the berries and 1 Tbl Ghee
Mix  well and cool.  Just before serving, pour into the pie shell. Serve with coconut ice cream.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Herb Roasted Chicken

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Ingredients for Rub:
2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
5 sage leaves, finely chopped,
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt
1 (3 to 3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
Mix herbs with salt to taste and olive oil together to form a paste and distribute under the skin by lifting and sticking mixture under the skin with fingers,

Mix together and distribute around chicken:
2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 ribs celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bay leaf
5 sprigs thyme
2 cups organic chicken stock
3/2 cups dry white wine

Arrange the olive oil drizzled chicken on top of the veggies in the roasting pan and place in the preheated oven. Chicken is done when a thermometer reads between 160 and 170 degrees F. When chicken has reached the proper temp remove it from the roasting pan, place it on a warm platter and cover loosely with foil. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.  Use broth for gravy (see gravy recipe).  Serve with the roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, and green salad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Herbed Beet and Carrot Salad

A pretty dish that's good for you and very tasty.

8 organic carrots, grated
3 organic beets, grated
2 organic cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C chopped organic cilantro
1/3 C Rice Vinegar

Mix ingredients in a pretty crystal or glass bowl.  Add vinegar and toss.  Let refrigerate for 1 hour to mix flavors then serve with chicken or fish.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Honey Chicken

2 Tbl. Honey
1 Tbl. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbl. Apricot Jam
3/4 Tsp. Gluten-Free Tamari

Mix and spread over 6 skinless organic chicken breasts.  This will be slightly soupy--if you want more of a crust, mix in 2 or 3 Tbl. rice bran.  Then as the chicken bakes at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes,  a golden crust will form on top.  If you leave it soupy, a delicious glaze will coat the chicken.  Serve with rice and salad.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


You like potatoes?  I sure do.  When I bake a potato, I put in a few extra for breakfast.  Once cool, I refrigerate and use for morning hashbrowns.  Just melt ghee in a large pan.  Probably 2 tablespoon's worth.  Cut up the potatoes in 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes and toss into hot ghee.  Sea salt to taste, pepper if you like and maybe a sprinkling of paprika for color.  Cook until golden.  Serve with nitrate free bacon and organic eggs.

Optional: Horseradish Hashbrowns-- To 4 cups potatoes, add 1 chopped onion, 1 Tbl. horseradish sauce, and 2 tsps. thyme for a wonderful variation.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Healthy Eating

I try to not eat the things that make me feel unwell, but I do eat them on occasion.  Sometimes because I am weak-willed--a little taste of birthday cake, or a little flan at the Mexican restaurant.  I always pay, however, and wonder why I caved.  But sometimes gluten and dairy lurks in food and I eat it unexpectedly.  It's not until I get symptoms do I realize this has happened.

Wheat is in many foods, and so is dairy.  If you read labels you will be more apt to not get ingredients that make you sick. Look at the ingredient list--how dairy or wheat can be listed.

If you ask at restaurants, being specific that you are eating dairy free and wheat free, you can usually get your meal customized.  Don't feel bad about's your health you're protecting.  I've talked to many people who think they are complaining and feel badly about it.  Students who attend culinary school are being taught how to tend to people with allergies or intolerances.  So be assertive and you'll be rewarded.

Happy eating....


Huevos Rancheros

Ranchero Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped white onions
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon minced green chilies
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup chopped tomatoes and their juice
1 cup organic chicken stock
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Other ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup warm refried beans
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups Almond cheese

Ranchero Sauce: In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, salt, cayenne, jalapeno, and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and their juices and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add cilantro. Adjust seasonings, cover to keep warm.

In a large skillet, heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1 tortilla and cook until warmed through and just starting to brown about 30 seconds. Turn and cook on the second side. Remove, cover to keep warm, and repeat with the remaining oil and tortillas.
In another skillet,add 1 tablespoon ghee and heat over medium-high. Break 4 eggs into each skillet and fry until beginning to set, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the eggs with the cheese and cover to finish cooking, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Place 1 warm tortilla on each of 4 plates and spread each with 2 tablespoons of warm refried beans. Place 2 eggs on top of each tortilla and top with the warm Ranchero Sauce. Serve immediately.



1 16 oz can of organic garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can  
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice  
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Drain garbanzo beans and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley or paprika (optional).  Serve with Udi Gluten Free Sandwich Bread or with Rice Crackers. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ham and Bean Soup

In a large soup pot saute in olive oil
  1 small onion, chopped
  2 stalks organic celery, chopped
  2 cups chopped nitrate free ham from Trader Joe's
  2 cans organic black beans or white beans
  Organic chicken broth to balance thickness
  Sea salt and pepper to taste
Cook 1/2 hour or so.  Serve with Udi bread and a green salad.  Top soup with lemon slices and a drizzle of olive oil.


Honey Bread

I used to make this all the time when I was a newly wed back in the 70s.  Now let's try it with rice flour.
Recipe from Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Sift into a mixing bowl
   1 1/2 cups rice flour
   1/2 cup coconut flour
   1 tsp baking powder
   1 tsp baking soda
   1 tsp sea salt
   1/2 tsp cinnamon
   1 tsp ginger
   1/2 cup strained honey
   1 egg, slightly beaten
   1 cup nut milk
Beat thoroughly, 15 minutes the very least.  If you have an electric beater, beat 1/2 hour.  Spoon into a buttered loaf pan.  Bake at 350, about 50 minutes.  Serve in thin slices with unsalted butter.