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Sarah Britton’s Life-Changing Loaf of Bread with Spiced Cashew Butter

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan

This past Thanksgiving I set out with a very specific goal in mind: to finally make the genius Sarah Britton of My New Root’s Life-Changing Loaf of Bread. Being gluten-free, I am always on the hunt for some good bread that is made with whole ingredients and isn’t highly-processed. Her recipe has been on my mind for a while. Time spent back in the Bay Area at my parent’s house is always filled with tons of recipe-testing. My mom usually calls ahead of time to see what I want the kitchen stocked…read more

Grilled Avocados with Romesco and Pickled Onions

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Vegan

The concept of grilling an avocado sounds like the stuff of fairytales to me. To take the already perfect, shapely, fatty fruit and transform it into a crispy-skinned fry-like phenomenon nearly brings me to tears. While the idea of a hot avocado probably sounds horrible (like a leftover Chipotle bowl smothered in guacamole and reheated in the microwave), this is an entirely different game. The outer layer of the avocado becomes incredibly crispy as is sizzles up against the frying pan. Without adding any flour or butter for battering, the…read more

Roasted Carrot, Avocado and Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Side Dishes, Vegan

Between working all day on set, eating catered craft services, eating out at restaurants in new cities, and generally having a grand ol’ exploratory summer, I’ve been feeling as of late that it’s time to get back to some healthy routines. What makes summer so great is that relaxed state of mind; I say yes to more, lighten up on the weekday scheduling, and worry less about going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. It’s freeing to listen to that child inside of you and…read more

Cocoa Monkey Granola Bars

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

This recipe reminds me of my silly riotous stupid adorable puppy. My parents have claimed that since they “raised” him while I was off at school and traveling and figuring out my life, that he is now theirs. I say the paperwork states otherwise. His name is Monkey, he’s a puggle and he’ll turn 5 years old on November 20th. He was a cyclone of teeth and tail and anxiety for the first 8 months that we had him but since he hit one years old, he’s been the sweetest,…read more

Peach, Hazelnut, and Mint Summer Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Earlier this week I met the Dalai Lama. It gives me chills just to write that sentence! Fortunately for moi, a friend of mine has a friend who is friends with the holiness himself (thank peas for degrees of separation) and I got to actually shake his hand. Then I got to thinking; in consideration of his lifelong work being that of spreading love and kindness, the physical manifestation of this through hand-holding and embracing, could he be the singular person who has physically touched the most other human beings…read more

Salted Caramel Squares

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

When I was a little chap, I was pretty good at eating all of the healthful meals that our mother put on our plates. She knew the importance of those greens. However, as soon as her back was turned, I would swallow a drumstick sundae cone whole. I had recurring dreams that it was Easter and I had in my possession a football field-sized pastel pink basket full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. I always woke up sorely disappointed. I was a fiend and I had a problem. Thankfully I…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…read more

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl with Papaya, Seeds, and Dandelion Greens

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Vegan

Our family likes fun. A lot of it. And since we are only able to get together every once in a while, the fun compacts into a big, loud, clump of love that leaves me saddened by their departure. And with a bit of a hangover. My mother and her brother flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend to see their kids (my cousin and I) and to frolick about in the beautiful weather. We dined out, laid by the pool, cooked, shopped for new books and purses, engaged…read more

Onion Flax Seed Crackers with Basil Guacamole and Za’atar

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Side Dishes, Vegan

It is hard to believe that there was once a time in my life when acquiring and consuming avocados wasn’t a high priority in my life. I spend a good amount of my days thinking about what else I can put an avocado on, the different varieties that exist that I may have not yet tried, and how else I can make this fruit a central part of each meal. I’m not sure where my mind was before, but somewhere along the way a flip was switched and I now…read more

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Pearlie and I share the same birthday. We are five years apart and in a few days we will be celebrating our 25th and 30th years together, as we have promised always to do. Unless of course, one of us is in jail – something my mom just told me I said when I was about 8 years old. Luckily, neither of us have been to jail yet. When we were much younger and living under the same roof, our parents used to throw these amazing backyard parties with taco…read more