Gluten-Free Waffle Bites

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For Christmas I got a baby waffle maker from my grandma Paulin. It is completely adorable. My nephews have really grown fawn of my mother’s and making up an assortment of candy-inspired waffles.

I was inspired by something I saw for some bite-sized waffles. Put them in a little wax paper bag. Eat them on the go.

I really enjoy small, miniature popable food. I don’t know I just find it fun.

Zach, however, popped these ones before me. His verdict? Good.

Also props to my friend Chelsey for the cool wares, she’s amazing and knows what up.

And that’s all I got to say about this, nice and simple and short for my last post of the week.

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Gluten-Free Bagel Chips

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Sometimes I like to make things I haven’t eaten in a while. Cinnamon Rolls. It took a while before I found a cinnamon roll recipe I liked. As in I tried at least 5 different ones and they were all dense (as I find happens often with bread too). Something else I really wanted to make were bagels.

I always enjoyed bagels growing up. Toasted with some cream cheese maybe. Toasted to make a breakfast sandwich. Toasted with some peanut butter (although I’d probably use almond now).

I also really enjoyed bagel chips, especially in trail mixes. A few months ago I realized they are now selling snacks of bagel chips and dip. They were so cute and really gave me an urge to make some. And then my friend John and I started talking about bagel chips and that pretty much solidified that I had to make some.

Zach, my mom, and I all tasted this. Verdict was that they were delicious, perfectly crunchy. The great thing about this is you can make a variety of kinds and flavor match ups. Here I have used everything bagels and paired it with a roasted garlic dip. You could also enjoy them with a cheeseball. Or go sweet. Maybe a cinnamon raisin bagels with a pumpkin-y dip. Or cherry bagels with a Spanish style chocolate dip. Or blueberry with a lemon butter. Or an Asiago bagel. Or a pretzel bagel with cheese maybe. Play. Experiment. Have fun.

Gluten-Free Bagel Chips:

  • 1-2 Gluten-Free Bagels (there are loads out there to search on Pinterest)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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Double Banana Caramel Espresso Tart

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I was on  a bit of a pie kick a few weeks ago. As you will recall, I posted a recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Pie <——– click link here to get it. Well, as I was making this beautiful pie, another recipe came to mind. I should put bananas in the crust. My wonderful husband loves banana. He also really liked a banoffee pie I made once for the frat house. So let’s put some caramel in there somehow. Some chocolate. Maybe add some espresso for fun. Add more bananas. More caramel. And some whipped cream to keep it refreshing.

This was DELICIOUS. The caramel cream is where it’s at. And the espresso in the chocolate was enough that you are wondering about all the flavors you’re getting. It was a big hit and my husband loved them, which is the most important thing. Said they were one of the best things and although he is complimentary, he is also honest with my baking because he worked in a kitchen for 15 years and knows to be truthful so I can make the food better.

Stick around tomorrow I will be posting something savory: Taco Meatloaf, which has been a hit a few times around here.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Lavender Cookies

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Happy Thursday you all! Hope you are having a wonderful week as we gear up towards the Holidays coming up. This is a wonderful time of year to make cookies. I LOVE lemon. Like I could just nibble on little bits of lemon curd. I recently paired lemon with some blueberries, great combination. I also really enjoy lemon with lavender. The key is to have just the perfect amount of lavender. You don’t want it to be too in your face. Or too florally, like you are eating flowers. You want just a touch, so people are intrigued. Hmm… what’s the extra flavor I’m getting? We’re going for curiosity, not disgust.

These cookies are delicious on their own, they are nice and soft, but I added a little glaze to make them a little more festive and to get a tinge more lemon taste. SO good. It is very refreshing. They could be a nice little food gift if you know someone who needs vegan or gluten-free eats.

However, I was designing this recipe for someone interested in collaborating on vegan cookies. They were too soft for freezing or shipping, so they didn’t fit the bill on that. But they are my favorite vegan cookie I made (granted I really enjoyed the ones with white chocolate again- I definitely prefer white chocolate over chocolate). This cookie base could also be used for an assortment of other flavors. Maybe switch the lemon for orange, fold in a few cranberries (that’s a wonderful flavor combo for this season). Or maybe switch the lavender for the thyme and keep the lemon. Or maybe switch the lemon for lime and add some white chocolate. Who knows there are all kinds of different flavors you could do and you could rotate them throughout the year seasonally. Maybe freeze-dried raspberries and white chocolate. Who knows. Get creative with it. Use the flavors YOU like.

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Super Simple Truffles

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Back to yet another component of the delicious Thanksgiving cake I made. I recently started my adventures into truffle making. It all began with a coffee toffee truffle (see the picture below).

For the Thanksgiving cake, however, I wanted something simple, not to over-power the other elements. These were SO easy to make.

The plus of truffles, besides being gorgeous, is that you can make a variety of flavors. Next I really want to make a caramel truffle. All chocolate is a little too rich for my personal taste, but adding other flavors, that would be my style. Maybe a lemon white chocolate. Or chocolate cherry. Or chocolate raspberry. Or a coconut. Or an Almond Joy inspired truffle.  Or an orange chocolate, just zest some orange into the ganache. So many options.

Super Simple Truffles

  • 8 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp organic powdered sugar

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Honeycomb

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I made this beauty of a cake for Thanksgiving. I’ve been branching out of my comfort zone lately too, making things I’ve never made before. I made toffee for the first time EVER a month ago. I am hooked, it is delicious and easy to make. I have been using it for all kinds of things. Firstly, with some truffles (also a first for me). Secondly, with some cookies. And on the naked banana cake I posted yesterday. I’ve also been branching into truffles (as mentioned above and I’ll have an easy recipe to post on Thursday). And I have been really, really working on my macaron abilities (they are so tricky, there are so many areas where you can over/under mix).

I will note that I have no reference of honeycomb to compare this too. But I have been watching a bit (lot) of the British Baking Show and they use honeycomb often. So I have been a little bit eager to try and make some. What is this honeycomb they talk about?

I also have to tell on myself about something else. I do not have a candy thermometer. And I can be a terrible about measuring. I do a lot of baking (and pretty much all cooking) by feeling- which makes posting hard sometimes because I don’t know exactly how much I put in something. I also don’t have an timers. Sorry, it makes it kind of hard to post, but I like it old school. So I can tell you what temperature it’s supposed to go to (because I read it), but I personally just kind of felt my way through this and looked at the color.

I found a traditional honeycomb recipe and tweaked the sugars. And to me it looked like honeycomb and my husband liked it.

Stepping out of my comfort zone never tasted so good!

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Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

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My whole life I have enjoyed cooking. I think I get type-cast as just a sweets, baking type. Or I slip comfortably into the that role and let my husband hold the savory side down.

But I do love cooking, I always have.

I remember growing up, I liked to be in the kitchen. I recall one time, being in the kitchen, making something with mushroom, pretending I had my own cooking show. My father yelling, “who are you talking to?” And then whispering the rest of my broadcast.

Growing up, family meals were essentially. We sat down for meals together. It wasn’t very often that we ate out. We ate at home. And my father is a bomb cook.

So cooking is essential to me.

It is important for Zach and I to eat together. It is rare that we eat out as well. With him being a chef and me a baker, it is a no-brainer that we love home-cooked meals.

I have been slacking slightly on the meal front, in that I will generally eat the same things. Cabbage. Hash. Sweet potato fries. Zach and I will rotate the same things.

It seems the last few years, that my creative energy all pours into my baking.

This past week I got back to my savory roots. First with this honey garlic chicken and mashed cauliflower. Then tortilla soup. Then pulled pork.Then some creamy spinach stuffed chicken. It felt great to being back in the kitchen, making some new dishes.

And this dish?

The flavor was on point. It was spicy, but the honey was just what it needed. And pork rinds are my favorite for breading chicken.

So good.

And gouda mashed cauliflower on the side? Perfection. I will have that recipe next week. Also this made plenty of chicken and we had left-overs.

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken: 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 cups pork rinds, ground finely
  • 4 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup raw, local honey

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