Cookbook crazy

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I just bought a bunch of cookbooks and I've been trying out new recipes as soon as I get the nugget down for a nap.  I know its crazy.  People ask me how I have time to bake coconut bread and make peanut butter ice cream and I tell them this is my way to wind down and indulge. I love to cook especially alone and uninterrupted.  Are you with me?  Ok.  Here's what I've been busy in the kitchen with...

 Kelly is kinda brillz and her knowledge of the grain free world is fascinating.  Did you know chia seeds have 3x's the iron of spinach?  I'm nuts 'cause I get off on that kind of information.  She makes cakes and breads out of soaked great northern beans and it just blows my mind.  I made some cupcakes the other day and the texture was amazing, flavor phenom.  I was really impressed.

I have some coconut sandwich bread baking right now.  I'll post it when it comes out.

Elana Amsterdam has a beautiful blog with easy, simple minimal ingredient gluten-free recipes which are all excellent!  She uses agave which I love and the only weird thing you have to buy is a 5 lb bag of blanched almond flour from  You won't find it at Whole Foods and Almond Meal Flour from Trader Joe's just ain't the same, yo. I like her recipes because they always work, they're delish and they don't have any of those other crazy flours that most gluten-free recipes call for like brown rice and tapioca flour which I think have a weird smell and texture.  I always think classic gluten free flour baked goods taste and smell like dishwasher water.  I don't know, its just how I feel.

So get crazy in 2011 and bake with some alternative flours if you want to make a healthy committment or resolution or whatever.  So much better than low calorie this and that.  Your gut will thank you, I swear.

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