For years, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free chocolate cake recipe after recipe, and most of the time, they turned out … okay. I’d add a little of this, hold back on that, take the the best of the crumbly one with good flavor, merge it with the tender one that isn’t nearly chocolatey enough. Add a melted chocolate bar or stick with cocoa powder? Dairy or no dairy? Extra egg to make it fluffy, or less egg for a richer, denser bite?
Well, today is a good day. After trying every trick, hack, and ingredient combination under the sun, I think I found the gluten-free chocolate cake recipe of my dreams (and yours, too).
What did it? This gluten-free chocolate cake has a secret ingredient that I’m going to start adding to a lot more of my flourless desserts.
This ingredient turned a kind of dry-looking, gloopy dough into a dreamy batter that I knew would bake up into the soft, springy cake that I remember from my gluten-happy childhood. And, I was right. This ingredient added stability (sometimes hard to come by in gluten-free desserts), moisture, and tenderness, and its subtle tanginess really woke up the rich chocolate flavor.
Do you want to know what the secret ingredient is? You probably have it in your pantry right now.
We usually think of lattés as sweet, frothy, maybe caffeinated, and something you sip in the morning. Now, we’re flipping the concept of the latte on its head, using rich bone broth as the base. Today, we’re offering two variations of bone broth latté recipes: one creamy, golden turmeric bone broth latte with warm sweet spices, and another featuring aromatic garlic and herbs. Both creamy, full-bodied, and flavorful.
Whether you have a bone broth latte for breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or to wind down in the evening, you’ll find yourself reaching for this quick and easy snack option all the time. Warm, soothing, satisfying, and surprisingly filling – what’s not to love? Soon, you’ll find yourself getting creative and coming up with your own variations.
Around 10 years ago, chia seeds exploded onto the food blog scene as a “superfood” ingredient – both for its tendency to form a viscous gel when soaked, and for its fiber and omega-3 content. While plant-based omega-3s aren’t as useful to the body as an omega-3 you would get from fish or a supplement, it’s still a great way to make a tasty dessert that works with Paleo and Primal guidelines. Because of their neutral flavor, chia seed puddings are fun to experiment with, and a great way to enjoy dessert if you’re avoiding traditional pudding ingredients.
Paté sounds intimidating on so many levels. Chances are, you didn’t grow up making or eating it. You have to use a French accent when you pronounce the é at the end as “ay.” Then there’s the part where it’s made of liver, and the concept of organ meats may make you think twice. We put together a chicken liver paté recipe that’s easy to make and softens the gamey flavor of liver with aromatic onion, garlic, and herbs. We also use dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar to add a bright backdrop to what will become your new favorite dip.
The rich, creamy spread pairs best with some crunch, so we’re serving them with sliced fresh vegetables. You could also try them with your favorite almond flour crackers.
Here’s how it’s done.
Backyard gardens are putting forth the last of their bounty, and late summer vegetables are at their peak of freshness. To squeeze every last drop out of your harvest, give fermentation a try. Fermented vegetables date back hundreds of years. Back before we had freezers, people had to preserve food somehow. Somewhere along the line, someone figured out that salting food and letting it sit for a week creates a crunchy, tangy pickled vegetable that tastes better than what you started with. A lot of people find home fermentation to be intimidating. And it can be, at first. As long as you sanitize your cutting boards, jars, and tools with boiling water before you start, there’s a great chance you’ll end up with a beautiful pickle at the end. Here’s how to do it. Home Fermented Vegetables: Pickled Giardiniera Recipe Serves: 10-20, depending on serving size Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 5 days hands-off fermentation time Ingredients 1-2 heads cauliflower, cut into small florets 6-7 carrots 5-6 stalks celery 1 red bell pepper 1 large leek 1 lb. green beans 1 tsp. black peppercorns 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds 4 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1 small bunch oregano 3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or 1-2 sliced jalapenos) Water Salt Directions Using boiling water, sanitize whatever vessel you plan to use for your fermenting. Use care not to burn yourself! Wash all of your veggies and chop them. Double wash your leeks as they’re notorious for being very sandy. We recommend a 3.5% salt solution for your fermenting. To figure out how much salt you need, weigh your crock or jar on a small kitchen scale. Tare the scale while the empty jar is on it so the weight reads as 0g. Fill the jar with water until it’s a few inches from the lip of the jar. Record the mass of the water and then multiply the amount by 3.5% to find out how much salt you need. Pour the water out and add the appropriate amount of salt to the jar. Then, subtract the amount of salt you added from the total mass of the water that fits in the jar. This will give you the mass of water you need to add to the jar. At this point, pour the salt solution you created out into another jar, you’ll need it in a minute. Layer your crock or jar with all of the chopped veggies, the peppercorns, mustard seeds, bay leaves, oregano and red pepper flakes. Pour enough of your salt water solution into the jar so the vegetables are fully submerged. Alternatively, you can keep the salt water solution. Add a few crock fermentation weights to the top which will keep all of the vegetables submerged. Cover your jar with the appropriate lid. We used an airlock lid kit, which has a small hole in the lid that the airlock attaches to. Fill the airlock with the appropriate amount of water based on your … Continue reading “Pickled Vegetables, Two Ways: Home Fermented and Quick Pickles”
Brownies are the classic bake sale staple that can take you right back to childhood…the ooey-gooey texture, the overwhelming aroma of chocolate, the fudgy middle. Growing up, the absolute best brownies were a treat for special days at school. Dusted with powdered sugar, these dense squares would taste so good (until you were falling asleep at your desk at 3pm, in a full sugar haze).
Update the nostalgic classic with Fudgy Keto Zucchini Brownies. This delectable treat is the perfect solution for any leftover zucchini lying around after making zoodles or zucchini bread. With just a ¾ cup of shredded zucchini, eggs, chocolate and a handful of pantry staple items, you can whip mouthwatering chocolate zucchini brownies up in just thirty minutes.