Gluten-Free

Delectable Solar Oven Peach Cobbler

This came out much better than I thought it would - the peaches kept their shape, the "gravy" was neither too thick nor too thin, the peaches didn't require peeling nor sweetener, and this recipe made delicious and generous servings for six people. The cobbler can be cooked in a regular oven, but you'd have to adjust the temperature and timing - maybe 350f would work, but don't cook it nearly as long (maybe 45 mins), and be careful not to let the bottom scorch. You probably wouldn't need to cover the pan in a regular oven, either.

Beautiful, Tender, Fluffy Paleo Panckes

Green banana alone is too dry; cassava flour alone is too goopy. Together, they make a delicious, awesome pancake that is easy to mix up, holds together great, and yields a truly fluffy, delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner. If the mixture thickens up too much while you're cooking the first couple of batches, just stir in a bit more water.

Makes enough pancakes for six hungry eaters.

2 c. green banana flour
2 c. cassava flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking soda (pour through a sieve into the bowl to remove lumps)
zest of one lemon
1 dozen eggs
1 can coconut milk (full-fat)

Super Easy, Inauthentic, But Delicious Thai Curry

After testing innumerable complicated, three-hour-prep-time, requiring-of-many-obscure-ingredients Thai Curry recipes, I decided to make up my own. And if I do say so myself, this is a very versatile technique more than a recipe, and many substitutions can be made if you wish (you can use chicken instead of fish, broccoli is delicious, but you can use another vegetable - etc.). And, it tastes really good, even without fussy sauteeing or parboiling, etc.

Super Delicious, Light and Airy Gluten-Free Sourdough Drop Biscuits

I honestly didn't think these could be possible - light and airy, not gummy, no gums, with just a delicate, crunchy bottom crust. Plus, they're fermented! This is pretty much everything I was hoping for in a biscuit.

Start these the night before if you want to eat them for breakfast.

Makes 12 2.5-inch biscuits

170 g. (1 c.) white rice flour
28 g. (1/4 c.) tapioca starch
33g. (1/4 c.) potato starch
3/4 tsp. salt

1 c. boosted brown rice sourdough starter http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gluten-free-sourdough-starter
1 egg
1-2 T. water

Gluten-free Sourdough Egg Bread

When you google special-diet recipes, you realize that everybody's got different requirements. ("Hmmm...that fried chicken IS gluten-free, but it's definitely not vegetarian! Gotta get those search terms straight...") And googling Special Diets is what forces you become a Recipe Developer instead of merely a connoisseur.

Susan's Fabulous Picadillo Cubano

Thanks to Sue for this awesomely spicy, savory, and sweet recipe! I only changed a couple of things, based on what was in my fridge at the time, but we all loved it. Such a great new way to enjoy a less-expensive cut of meat! :)

1/4 C olive oil (optional if using very fatty meat)
2 lbs ground beef
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 sweet pepper, finely chopped
2 cups grated or minced green cabbage
5 garlic cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 jar crushed or diced tomatoes, approximately 18 oz.
1 C white wine

Perfect Pear Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Make enough for 4-5 hungry people

This is the easiest way to use up leftover gluten-free sourdough starter! Just feed the starter (and measure, to make sure you'll have the right amount in the morning) so that it's very thick (and for even better texture, make the last feeding tapioca flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, and/or other gluten-free flours - the starter doesn't like this for regular use, but if it's the final feeding-before-it-gets-eaten, it works just fine).

Shannon Hayes' Shepherd's Pie

This is adapted from Shannon Haye's exceptional recipe for meaty deliciousness! I post it here so that I can reference the ingredients even when I'm away from her awesome cookbook.

4# potatoes
4-8oz Parmesan, shredded
4-8 T. butter
1/2 cup yogurt
~2 tsp. salt, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
pepper

2# ground beef
2 T. fat of your choice
2 medium onions, diced small
1.5 tsp. salt, to taste
4 medium carrots, diced
2 c. green beans, chopped
1/3 c. white rice flour
2-4 c. meat broth
2 c. peas

Shiitake Mushroom Meatloaf, with Delicious Mushroom Gravy

Growing up vegetarian, we often ate "lentil loaf" for dinner; it had a good flavor, as lentil loaves go, but a crumbly texture. When I started eating meat six years ago, I wondered about meatloaf - but my attempts up until now yielded dense, greasy loaves, swimming in their own juices. I recently adapted a recipe from "Cook's Country" magazine, and turned out this amazingly delicious, perfect-textured loaf, with a lovely deep brown Crust, no greasiness to speak of, and fantastic flavor. Plus, the pan drippings turn into a delicious mushroom gravy! And the leftovers make awesome sandwiches.

Our Favorite Squash Pie, for Ben

This recipe is by Elena (creator of the beautiful blog http://elanaspantry.com/ ), written down by me so that Ben could attempt to make it by himself.

Squash Pie

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, cut in half [ask Mama or Papa to help with this!], seeds removed
3 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 350f (“convection bake”).

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