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Cabbage with Apples

Cabbage with Apples

 I think cabbage is underrated. It is such a versatile vegetable. Cabbage is good in both hot and cold dishes, it isn’t expensive, and cabbage is good for you. Big heads of cabbage are at all the local farm stands this time of year.

So are apples.

I was looking for a side dish for a chicken dinner the other night and I decided to start with cabbage. Since I had a pretty good sized head of green cabbage, and just a small piece of red cabbage, I mixed the two together. I added cider vinegar, sugar and seasonings. Then I added apples to round out the dish. It had a sweet and sour flavor that went well with the meal. In many ways, cabbage,  with its earthy “greenness”, pairs perfectly with sweet/tart apples.

I would also serve this as a side dish with duck, beef,  pork or even a lamb roast. It would go well with any of them. You could use any color cabbage for this dish- or combine colors, as I did. Perfect for a Fall dinner.

  Cabbage with Apples

2-3 T. oil

2-3 onions, sliced thin

8 c. chopped cabbage, any color

1 c. stock- chicken or vegetable stock

1/2 c. apple cider vinegar

1/4 c. sugar

1 t. celery seeds

3 apples, peeled , cored and diced

salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

Heat oil in skillet and cook onion until tender and a little wilted. Add cabbage, stock, vinegar, sugar and celery seeds and cook until cabbage is tender. Most of the liquid will evaporate. Add the apples and cook until apples are just heated through. Season with salt and hot sauce and serve. Serves 5-6.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is made without any flour and trust me, you will never miss it. This is a dessert everyone seems to love whenever I make it. This is  also a great dessert option for those who can’t tolerate gluten. The texture is dense, but not heavy. With only 5 ingredients, it is also pretty simple to make.  While it can be baked in any cake pan, I chose a heart shaped pan this time. Once baked and cooled the cake can be served as is, or garnished with any number of things. Fresh berries are always a nice touch, or a light dusting of powdered sugar. Sometimes I’ll pipe some whipped cream around the edges.


Flourless Chocolate Cake

½ c. each sugar and water
1 stick butter
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate
6 eggs
¼ dark rum or other liqueur

Butter an eight inch cake pan and line with parchment. In saucepan heat together water and sugar until they boil. Stir in butter and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Beat in eggs until smooth and stir in rum. Pour batter into prepared pan and place pan in a roasting pan. Pour boiling water into roaster to come up sides of pan 1 inch. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes. Cool, invert onto plate.
Serve cake topped with whipped cream and decorate with raspberries, other fresh fruit or even toasted nuts. Dense and rich this cake serves 8-10.

Finished with powdered sugar and chocolate whipped cream

Finished with powdered sugar and chocolate whipped cream

Hazelnut Biscotti – Gluten Free

Hazelnut Biscotti- Gluten Free

Hazelnut Biscotti- Gluten Free

These delicate biscotti might surprise you. While they have the normal crunchiness that you’d expect,  they also have a melt in your mouth texture. If biscotti are sometimes too hard for your taste- try making these instead. The combination of toasted hazelnuts, orange peel and vanilla make them wonderfully fragrant as well. I used gluten free flour in this recipe, but you could use all purpose flour if you prefer.



Hazelnut Biscotti

3 c. gluten-free flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3 eggs
1 c sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. olive oil
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. grated orange peel
1 c. hazelnuts, toasted, peeled and chopped

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix together eggs, sugar, butter, oil, vanilla and peel. Beat until smooth and stir in flour mixture and nuts. Grease a large baking sheet and place dough on sheet, forming into 2 (14×3)-inch logs. Bake at 325-degrees until tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool 15 minutes and leave oven on. Use serrated knife to cut into 1/2 -inch thick slices. Place cooling rack on your baking sheet. Place cut side down on cooling rack  and return to oven for 20 minutes.  Cool. Makes about 24. You can leave them plain or add a drizzle of chocolate once cooled.


Gluten Free Sweet Potato Muffins

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Muffins

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Muffins

When a family member was diagnosed with Celiac disease eight years ago the selection of gluten free foods was pretty limited. Happily, today going gluten free is much easier. I buy a gluten free flour at Costco that can be used in any recipe that calls for all purpose flour. Gluten free flour is available in many grocery stores, too. It seems to bake, or at least brown, a little faster so you have to keep an eye on what you use it in. It doesn’t get much easier than that. In this recipe you could also just use all purpose flour if that is what you prefer. Just increase baking time 3-5 minutes. The muffins are moist and not too sweet. They are great for breakfast, snacks or even as a dessert. They also freeze well so you can make a batch and freeze the extras for later.  Wonderful for busy days when you don’t have time to make them.

Sweet Potato Muffins- Gluten Free

4 eggs, slightly beaten

3/4 c. oil

1 c. sugar

2 c. cooked sweet potatoes

1 3/4 c. gluten-free flour

1 T. cinnamon

1 t. nutmeg

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

3/4 t. salt

Blend together in large bowl eggs, sugar, sweet potatoes and oil and set aside. In another bowl combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and stir until well blended. Pour into paper-lined muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until muffins spring bake when touched lightly.  Makes 30-36.

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies- Gluten Free

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies-Gluten Free

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies-Gluten Free

I got a bag of gluten free flour a while ago and keep experimenting with it. Last night I made a shortbread-type cookie and was really pleased with the results. Not because these cookies are OK, but because these cookies are great. I would make them again in a minute. Super crisp and not too sweet they were also very easy to make. Gluten-free flour is getting easier to find. I got mine at Costco.

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies- Gluten Free 

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. sugar

1 t. vanilla

pinch of salt

1 c. gluten-free flour

2 t. cinnamon

extra sugar for topping the cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Stir in the flour and then stir in the cinnamon. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten the cookies out by dipping the bottom of a glass in some sugar and pressing down on the dough. To help the sugar to stick to the bottom of the glass rub a tiny bit of butter on the bottom of the glass. I used the paper the butter was wrapped in. After you dip the glass the first time the sugar will stick to it. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes- or until golden around the edges. Cool on wire rack. Makes 30.

Bacon Apple Fritters- Gluten Free

Bacon Apple Gluten-free Fritters

Bacon Apple Gluten-free Fritters

One of the biggest hits at this year’s Doughnut Days were the gluten free fritters. Inspired by my friend Blayne, I decided to give gluten free baking a try. I found a gluten free flour at Costco that promised you could use it measure for measure like regular flour. The end result were bacon and apple fritters with both great flavor and texture. One thing I noticed is that they were getting brown faster than regular fritters. We lowered the heat a little to cook them. Thanks again Blayne for the advice. Topped them with a maple glaze.

Bacon Apple Gluten Free Fritters

2 c. gluten-free flour

2 T. sugar

2 T. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 c. milk

2 eggs, beaten

2 T. melted butter

1 c. diced apples

1 c. cooked, crumbled bacon

oil for frying- I used coconut oil

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix together milk with the eggs and butter. Stir in dry ingredients until just moistened and add the apples and bacon. Heat oil to 350. If using regular flour heat oil to 375. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Don’t do more than 4-5 at a time. It will take about  4 minutes in total but you need to turn them to brown evenly so 2 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Dip in maple glaze (recipe follows) while warm or roll in powdered sugar. Makes about 32.

Maple Glaze

1 c. Powdered sugar

1/2 c. maple syrup

a little water if mixture gets too thick

Combine all ingredients and set aside until ready to use.

The gluten-free flour I found at Costco

The gluten-free flour I found at Costco