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Gluten-Free Goddess Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Bake this beautiful strawberry rhubarb crisp. During these dark and saber rattling times tinged with Covid creep, we need all the beauty we can get. And Spring herself is cooperating here in ole New England, serving up all the natural beauty you could ask for. There are crabapple, lilacs and apple blossoms snowing purple, pink and white. House finches, bluebirds, robins and cardinals are singing in the thicket. Magnolias are unfolding their velvet petals, and canopies of trees are budding pale lacy greens and soft sun-yellows to filter ever higher sunlight.  And love. There is a lot of that going around, too. If you seek it out- it's literally all around us. Everywhere you look. In kind gestures of appreciation, faith, creativity, Spirit, and camaraderie. So in spite of the awful, horrible, no good, very bad troubles that challenge us, the human spirit remains strong. And Spring has launched her magic to remind us that the world still holds such beauty. In light of our share

Gluten-Free Mother's Day Recipes

Recipes for a Gluten-Free Mom. We wouldn't be here without her. Or all the other nurturing, supportive, maternal figures in our lives- be they sisters (by blood or in spirit), aunties, teachers, mentors, grandmothers, or mothers-in-law. All those who nudge us and inspire us and believe in us. But especially She Who Knows Us- with all our quirks and wrinkles, all our stumbles and scrapes and broken hearted misery- and loves us anyway. So if you happen to love such a Person, and they're gluten-free? Have I got some recipes for you. Note: Above: A favorite recipe for guests (and popular with B and B hosts)... Whip up these easy baked eggs with roasted green chiles topped with a golden, toasty circle of gluten-free bread, and fresh herbs . Totally Mother's Day worthy, baked in individual ramekins (fancy!). Mama Kisses, Karina xo

Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownie Cupcakes

Three words. Fudgy. Brownie. Cupcakes. Lately we've been experimenting with baking brownies in a cupcake tin. Just for a change-up. We felt like tweaking again. We're using Baker's chocolate now (semi-sweet and unsweetened). And we're favoring hazelnut flour. We boosted the baking soda a tad. When they bake they rise and fall and crack like little flourless chocolate cakes. What's not to love? Now go bake up a batch for the weekend. Be safe, take care of one another. Karina xo

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Strawberry Rhubarb Love, Luv. Can't get enough of the classic spring pairing of strawberries and rhubarb? Me neither. So I baked a batch of muffins, dressed up to party with cinnamon streusel topping. These easy to toss together treats are tender pull-apart bites of grainy buckwheat sweetness studded with bits of tart rhubarb.  A recipe perfect for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.  Peace + Love, Karina xo

Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

Today was a day I felt like baking. More than that, I felt like experimenting. Don't get me wrong, darling. I love ALL of my blueberry muffin recipes equally, yet... I just could not bring myself to repeat myself, to simply go to a recipe and follow it. The urge to tweak and adjust was too insistent to ignore.  I started thinking about sugar (I'm trying to eat less of it) and fiber (I'm trying to eat more of it). And of course, these days, I have shunned xanthan gum for good, so. There is THAT.  Here's what I came up with. A super tasty new muffin with big blueberry flavor, less sugar, and a lovely crumb thanks to the gluten-free oat bran, and touch of rice bran... Simple! And really, really good. From my kitchen to yours, a new gluten-free goddess recipe. Sent with love and prayers for peace, Karina xo

Quinoa Salad with Baby Spinach and Grape Tomatoes

Here is a wonderful year-round salad that is inviting, fresh and vibrant. The sort of salad a certain individual needs on a damp, Spring day when the sky is flannel white and the wind is capricious. On a day such as this it is tempting to head straight for comfort food. Baked Mac 'n Cheese . Or that last wedge of Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas  in the fridge. But what the body craves may- or may not be- what the body needs. I'm just saying. I'm no expert on cravings. But I do know that if I make a habit of indulging every gnawing whim and urge that wiggles its way into my sun deprived brain I'd munch Blueberry Banana Muffin Cake for breakfast and eat Shepherd's Pie  every noon hour from now till the Summer Solstice (a serotonin-boosting strategy not recommended, by the way, for those of us past a certain age where you can pack on voluptuous pounds faster that you can say blueberry pancakes on a stick). It also doesn't help that yours truly spor

Orange Creme Cupcakes

Fresh. Vegan. Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Cupcakes!  On my To-Do List for nearly forever has been creating a gluten-free vegan recipe for my favorite childhood birthday treat- a fresh tasting and fragrant orange cake with orange creme frosting. No dairy. No gluten. No eggs. So I decided to experiment with making cupcakes. You know. Strictly for taste testing. Research. And well... Orange creme cupcakes just sounded refreshing. Sunny and sweet. Like a Creamsicle.  I had such a good time in the kitchen making these sweet little gems. In fact, I'll be working on more recipes for vegan cupcakes in the near future, including basic vanilla cupcakes, and a few other tasty flavor combos. Now that I know how easy it is to bake delicious gluten-free vegan cupcakes, the sky's the limit.  Bake on, Lovelies.  Karina xox 

Easy Gluten-Free Green Chile Egg Bake

Easy, elegant baked eggs for brunch.  This simple egg bake recipe flirts with being a soufflé. She imagines herself in an Anais Nin novel, puffy and voluptuous, trembling on a sunlit, blossom strewn table, about to be devoured by a Henry Miller style character, an unknown writer, all bluster and Brooklyn guff, with a surprising, childlike glint to his laughter. In a Kerouac novel she imagines herself liquid, a stream of golden beats syncopated in hot opposition to the heart's rhythm, strangely, vertigo defyingly more in tune with how the stars blink- on and off- cradling her humble, unassuming beginnings in feather injected hay, spinning cool and restless past the farmhouse windows lit yellow by a single lamp on the center of a wooden kitchen table strewn with cereal coupons and finger smudged newspaper and coffee cups stained not with lipstick but with infinite tiny cracks, scenting the air with morning that rushes into this author's highway memory like a distant train whi

Gluten-Free Banana Almond Bundt® Cake Recipe

Almond flour makes this banana Bundt® cake gluten-free gorgeous. Almond Flour Cake Love. I wrote this post and shared this recipe in the Fall of 2010. (Wow!) But it somehow seems appropriate to bring it forward today. And here's why, Tootsie-Cake. It's been damn tough out there in the world. It's been c-r-a-z-y scary, actually. Head spinning, mind numbing, WTH reckless and soul wrenching.  So I thought... can't we all use a sturdy, down to earth, no frills gluten-free cake recipe right about now?   Can't we all just take a long, deep collective breath and still believe- as I am sure, Dear Reader, you must- Good triumphs over Bad, and that Love rises higher than Fear, and that Fairness, Justice, Honesty, Compassion, and Truth are still values we can all believe in and support? Yes? Kisses. From my original post, shared in the Fall: Baking weather has arrived. Are you feeling the urge? I am. It's Bundt® Cake time. Time for stirring up gluten-free cak

Asparagus with Maple Tahini Dressing

    The Queen of Spring. Asparagus. It's a welcome signal of warmer days (and nights!) when those bundles of slender green stalks are back, standing tall in elegant rows at the local market. Erect, perky little beauties. My deep and abiding craving for asparagus is surprising for someone who never tendered a single bite of fresh asparagus until my third decade here on planet Earth. Yes, you read that right. Three decades. I admit it. I was anti-asparagus. In my own defense, I must mention, in full transparency, that the only asparagus I was served in childhood came from a can. A CAN. And Darling! If you've never had the non-pleasure of noshing said limp and stringy excuse for a such a brilliant vegetable, I am here to assure you, it was tinny, flaccid, and disgusting with a capital D (and in full disclosure, it ended up buried deep inside my paper napkin, doomed for the garbage pail as soon as the parental and familial accomplices to this vegetable horror were occupie