May is celiac disease awareness month.Living Without Our Daily Breadby Karina AllrichSince the birth of agriculture- when our ancestors began to cultivate and harvest grains- human beings have cherished bread. It was a minor miracle, this almost magical transformation of grain into dough. Bread became the staff of life, a daily source of nourishment, symbolic of spiritual renewal.But what if bread
Crunchy almond butter cookies.Crunchy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesOur latest variation on a theme- crunchy almond butter chocolate chip cookies. Why another gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe? There are so many reasons, Darling. In fact, where do I begin? First. The obvious. The duh. One can never have too many cookie recipes. Especially in our polite, don't want to make a fuss,
Gluten-free focaccia recipe- with tomato, herbs and garlic.Italian Flatbread for a Blue MoonWhen my husband and I were on our honeymoon we ate focaccia every morning for breakfast. After a few cappuccinos, that is. Six between us. To fortify us for the walk across the piazza to the tiny bakery. After all, we were in Italy. Doing what you do in Italy.Wake up.Rub the garlic infused sleep from your e
Gluten-free blueberry flax muffins- totally our new fave.Seven years ago we left Cape Cod for our gypsy adventure. We sold the sofa, kitchen table, and boxes of cookbooks. We recycled toys and jeans and an old PC. The open road was calling. And we listened.The western sky hung big and blue above the high desert arroyos of New Mexico. It felt as deep and wide as an ocean. We thought this signaled h
Fudgy Brownie Cupcake LoveChocolate brownies were the first gluten-free dessert I attempted after shunning gluten forever and rebooting my life back in 2001. And I admit up front I used a mix. A gluten-free brownie baking mix (one of two available at the time). It was based on rice flour, starches and cocoa powder. And it wasn't terrible. A touch gummy, perhaps. A bit rice-y (you know what I m
Kicked up kale soup with spicy chicken sausages and sweet potatoes.March is not exactly behaving like a lamb. It has snowed twice recently, book-ending our road trip to Cape Cod last week with blustery, leonine winds and sloppy sideways snow. Lucky for us our veteran Suburu Outback gripped the roads like a champ and brought us there and back safe and sound.We were visiting our favorite peninsula t
Gluten-Free Goddess Irish-inspired soda bread bun rolls.Irish Soda Bread Inspired Spring is poised to sprout I just know it. Despite the frigid fingers of wind that unwrap my scarf and creep sneak down my spine. Despite the tawny, snow beaten grass that stretches to the edge of the woods. Despite the prediction of snow on Tuesday. I feel it.Green is coming.The turning point is Wednesday, the day o
Warm from the oven "Irish" (not really) Soda Bread Buns.I am ignoring the duvet of fresh fallen snow blanketing the world outside my window. I am instead imagining spring. Soda bread and St. Patrick's Day. Daffodils and robin's eggs. The Vernal Equinox is nigh (allegedly). And I am not looking back. I am ready for forward motion. Tee shirts and blueberries.To celebrate the wee bi
Classic flavors make this easy soup fresh and fabulous.
Easy Vegetarian Minestrone
This is an easy toss-together soup, perfect for rainy or damp weather. Serve with grated Parmesan, or make pesto toasts - gluten-free toast triangles with a dab of basil pesto.
Ingredients: 4 cups low sodium V8 juice or tomato-vegetable juice
3 cups water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Quinoa salad with baby spinach and tomatoes.Quinoa + Spinach = Salad DaysHere is a wonderful year-round salad that is inviting, fresh and vibrant. The sort of salad a certain individual needs on a damp, late winter day when the sky is paper white and the clouds are thick with snow. On a day such as this it is tempting to head straight for comfort food. That leftover Kicked Up Baked Mac 'n Chee
Readers' hands-down favorite: my flourless chocolate cake.
Flourless Chocolate Heaven
Reaching deep into the Gluten-Free Goddess® archives to share this rich, flourless chocolate cake recipe (a contender for a romantic Valentine's Day dessert, perhaps?). This is my go-to dessert whenever I'm having guests. Everyone loves it. And the best part is- the recipe is inherently gluten-free.
There isn't a speck of Italian blood in me. Allegedly. No blood lines (even faint ones) to trace back to Italy's flavor and culture rich boot. I claim no Italian grandmother with deft, gnarled hands who could roll out ravioli dough in her sleep. No puttering, gardening grandfather who offered me my first taste of a sun warmed tomato straight off...
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Our newest gluten-free muffin recipe- grainy and tender with a hint of spicy.
My heart is often tugged in multiple directions. Yanked this way, and pulled that way. Like one long, drunken walk of contradiction. Opposing strategies, assumptions, and intentions collide and churn and grip my emotional little pump like a fist- far more often than I care to admit. For all kinds of reasons.
A rich, devil's food style chocolate layer cake for the holidays.
Sharing food in winter is one of life’s quiet joys. As poet Edith Sitwell noted, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
I contemplate her words and feel an ache that is dangerously flirting with longing. As
A holiday cookie for grown-ups. Ginger thins with lemon icing.
Indulge me a little, won't you? I promise it won't hurt a bit. This week I'm sharing a wonderful gluten-free Christmas cookie recipe I created for Allergic Living magazine last year. A recipe too good not to post here on the blog and share online. Some of you Allergic Living readers may remember it. It is a lovely,
Light and lemony cookies for the holidays.
It is a strange thing. To write about the future, imagining Christmas (and lemon cookies) in Connecticut from a hot, bright, sunlit apartment here in Los Angeles. Such is the blogging life- often a life lived forward, imagining the new.
By now (as you read this) we are on the East Coast, sleeping on a blow-up mattress in our barn studio loft,
Cake lovers unite. Skip the pie. An apple pie spiced cake!
Knee deep in book boxes, I decided to bake a cake. Because trying to wrestle gluten-free pie dough for an apple pie just seemed too fussy. Too complicated. Though in all honesty, that isn't the whole, unvarnished truth. The whole, unvarnished truth is, Yours Truly is more of a cake person than a pie person (downright blasphemy
The new road home, and pumpkin bread recipe.
It's been brewing for awhile now- our dissatisfaction with LA and the film business, the slow, dawning realization that living out here is simply not sustainable. Every penny I make goes for rent and bills. The financial pressure is suffocating. And I have no space to paint. Physical space, of course. But also psychic space. The energy of
Tender and light, gluten-free pumpkin donuts, darling.
You might think I'm on a pumpkin bender, glancing through recent recipes here on Gluten-Free Goddess®. And you'd be right. I do this. Every October. I go on one long, crazy, pumpkin love affair. I am head-over-heels nuts about it. Because pumpkin is magic. In fact, if pumpkin was in a fairy tale, it would be the Fairy Godmot
How do I say this? These new chocolate chip cookies are the best.
There are stirrings afoot here at Casa Allrich. Our gypsy boot heels are itching to wander yet again. Tugging at the threads of our daydreams. Stirring up old ghosts like some October trickster wind. Frayed old dreams folded neatly away and tucked quietly behind the stack of responsibility are getting aired out with a venge
A new friend, gentlewoman farmer Catherine, with eggs from hens Fiona, Molly and Mona.The bittersweet, textured beauty of Autumn has always gripped my heartstrings, pulling me in deeper, connecting with some invisible part of me, so much more so than Spring. Much more so than summer's flirtatious pleasures. And Winter, well. She is a dark and icy mistress. That relationship has always been com
A tender and light apple cake muffin. Gluten and dairy free.Before we get to muffins, I have a game for you. Created spontaneously one night, after some dizzying Facebook scrolling (when did Facebook become one endless stream of bumper stickers?). Pardon my yawning.I think I'll call this amusement... The Dating Game. Here's how it hatched over crudities and hummus."I wish I knew you i
Our new favorite quinoa bar with almond meal, lots of good vanilla and dark chocolate chips.The turn of the year's wheel inevitably stirs up ghosts. Last night we walked after dinner. Slowly, in a warm breeze, curled paper leaves scuttling the uneven side walk. Something in the air reminded me of New Mexico. And I remembered a day we drove to Taos, just to get out of our heads and escape the p
Gluten-free turkey meatloaf with sun-dried tomatoes and pecan crust.The morning was cool and bright. It was going to be one of those quintessential Cape Cod autumn days. A day tourists swoon over. Worthy of a post card with The weather is sublime- wish you were here scrawled in black gel cursive between sips of a Hot Chocolate Sparrow latte. The sky was a cake bowl of cobalt blue with that par
Lovely for snacking. Gluten-Free Banana Crumb Cake.A certain someone in our household has a sweet tooth. And- best of all- he not only likes to eat cake, he likes to bake it, too (apparently baking can be a form of meditation for some folks, a calming, distracting respite from toiling away in one's head for hours, excavating the various thematic elements underpinning character motivation, conf
Fresh baked zucchini scones with lime.As the old Zen koan advises, row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily... summer is but a dream. Dear (beautiful and appreciated) reader, forgive my clumsy extra syllable as I squeeze summer in for life and stumble up the rhythm for the sake of my wandering focus today, which is how mind-bogglingly fast time goes by. In spite of th
The richest, creamiest vegan ice cream I've ever tasted. It is 101 degrees outside. Fahrenheit. And I am not cooking. I am not even boiling water for my habitual ritual of afternoon tea. I am sitting in front of a petite blue desk-top fan. Eating ice cream. Homemade ice cream, to be exact. With nary a trace of dairy or gluten. And apparently, it is the best homemade ice cream I have ever m
Gluten-free dairy-free peach ice cream.A small gift for you this weekend. Some cool, frosty, non-dairy peachy goodness. A vegan ice cream recipe for the sticky dog days of late summer. Wait. Is it August already? Good goddess, the summer is careening by. It's true what they say about the concept of time. It speeds up and gets fluid as you get, um, shall we say, older. Seasoned.One might even v
This smoky grilled vegetable stack with lemon hummus is vegan and gluten-free.Beneath the hot sapphire skies of August, backyard grills are still smokin' as cooks keep the kitchen cool by stoking briquettes al fresco. Cooking and dining in the open air- even if your outdoorsy territory is merely a closet-sized balcony hanging off a wall of brick and mortar- is an enduring, classic, summer plea
Tender gluten-free dairy-free blueberry muffins, warm from the oven.Baking a batch of fresh blueberry muffins is one of my favorite simple pleasures. I do it early, before the summer day turns sultry and my body slows to a liquid ballet of movement designed to conserve every last salty drop of intention and energy my creaky, vanilla lotioned body can muster. I rise and bake to the morning sun, sti
Fresh organic cherries. Mother Nature's ruby gems.Summer is heating up. It's hot out there on the dusty plains. So I'm not even going to pretend on this one. Not that I pretend when I post. More like, slink and dart a little. Tucking little spitballs of truth between the ebb and tide of words, a sense of rhythm and momentum. Moving. Always upward and outward. Or seaward.A message in a
Multigrain gluten-free lemon poppy seed muffins.I usually don't bake in the summer. I mean. Do you? Who in their right mind likes to crank up the oven when it's hot and steamy outside? At my age darling, I'm sticky enough as it is. Hot flashing and fanning myself with the latest issue of AARP as I bounce and waggle on one of those bubblegum hued balance balls, lurching at my desk like
Everyone loves a good old fashioned barbecue. The easy conviviality of a family backyard picnic. The smoky summer scent of charred goodies grilling. Lemonade chilling. Badminton birdies sailing. The crack of croquet balls. The last pink of daylight. Punching lids on firefly jars. But if you need to be gluten-free, or if you happen to be vegan, barbecues can be less than convivial. Those mysterious
Kick-off your gluten-free summer with a blueberry crumble-crisp.Summer is not officially here until the eve of June 20th- the longest day of the calendar year. But why wait to share one of my quintessential Midsummer recipes? The kindest season is far too brief. As the Bard of Avon once penned, summer's lease hath all too short a date. So who am I to hold back and play hard-to-get, to deny you
Easy elegance. Summer fresh berries. Coconut ice cream. Boom. Parfait!We are slowly easing in to our new digs here on the cusp of Studio City and North Hollywood. I am still not cooking much. The truth is, I've eaten out more times in the last week (thanks to gluten-free vegan-friendly Hugo's), than I have in an entire year down in Redondo Beach (no Hugo's). My glistening, clean fridge
Create a budget-friendly built-in look with IKEA bookcases.My mind is a wee bit toasted this happy June Monday. No Darling, I haven't been indulging in any fragrant mind-altering substances. I've been unpacking. I've been organizing (like a sixties housewife popping mother's little helpers). I've been making hundreds thousands one million micro-decisions. Important, earthshakin
Easy, easy! Grilled veggies for gluten-free pasta salad.The summer kick-off weekend is here Darling. Let the picnics and grilling begin. June is nigh. 'Tis the season for dining alfresco. From a casual backyard family get-together to post-graduation parties, it's time to celebrate. And time for a little romance- a picnic in the park, a sunset dinner at the beach, feeding each other beneath
Karina's Gluten-Free Pasta Frittata with Kale (Dairy-Free)It's crunch time here at Casa Allrich. Moving day looms. Packing has begun. I've been sitting on the floor like a cast-off princess in a fairy tale assigned to her individuating task, combing not through haystacks or mountains of tiny grain but musty boxes of thirty-five-year-old letters, stacks of faded photographs and yellowed
Karina's Gluten-Free Zucchini Quinoa Breakfast CakeRemember those maple sweetened almond zucchini mini-muffins? I do. They've become one of our favorite grab-and-go gluten-free treats. I tuck a bag of them- fresh out of the freezer- into my bulging purse knapsack beach bag tote whenever we venture far afield. Like. The Valley. Because, well. You never know. It can get crazy. In L.A. you mi
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Berry DressingThe older I get the more I crave simple. The sweet, relaxed comfort of home cooking. An impromptu picnic on the patio with family-style classics like horseradish spiked potato salad and strawberry rhubarb crumble. Instead of growing worldly and sophisticated and dabbling with truffle oil, each new gray silver hair spins my taste hula hooping into sim
Vegan pesto is all about the herbs and nuts. You won't miss the cheese.Making pesto is not an exact science. It's intuitive. It's flexible. And lucky for us dairy-free folks- whipping up fresh pesto sauce is easy-as-pie (I should say, easier than pie, because gluten-free vegan pie is not all that easy).You can whip up a vegan pesto from any combination of fresh herbs, nuts and good tas
Today's new recipe? Gluten-free sun-dried tomato bread. Moving season is upon us. Yes, Los Angeles has a moving season. Southern Californians do not like to move in cold weather- in other words, when the mercury dips below the 60º mark. 58 degrees? It's time for UGGs and cocoa and ordering in. Not for hoisting sofas up or down a flight of stairs. Are you crazy? And yes. We are moving. Com
Karina's gluten-free vegan veggie dip with carrot sticks.Living rootless is a mixed gift bag. There are no neighbors who know my history, or my family. Or even my name (unless they happened to glance by accident at the removable punch-label on our mailbox that sports our shared surname, one half of the story). I have no garden to weed. No leaves to rake. No fence to paint. I walk the city bloc
A light, lemony vegan pasta salad. Gluten-free.Lemon Pasta Salad for SummerTo speak about something as prosaic as pasta salad seems downright ho-hum. I mean. It's just a pasta salad. It's something I tossed together with stuff I had on hand. I hadn't planned on it. I didn't spend days contemplating the ins and outs and quirks of gluten-free brown rice penne. In fact, if I'm bei
May is celiac disease awareness month.
Living Without Your Daily Bread
by Karina Allrich
Since the birth of agriculture, when our ancestors began to cultivate and harvest grains, human beings have cherished bread. It was a minor miracle, this almost magical transformation of grain into dough. Bread became the staff of life, a daily sou
This puffy golden egg bake is easy (and pretty enough for brunch guests).Roasted Green Chiles + EggsThis simple egg bake recipe flirts with being a souffle. She imagines herself in an Anais Nin novel, puffy and voluptuous, trembling on a sunlit, blossom strewn table, about to be devoured by a Henry Miller style character, an unknown writer, all bluster and Brooklyn guff, with a surprising, childli
Lighten up. Celebrate Spring gluten-free!
Celebrate a Gluten-Free Spring
Spring is here! It's time to lighten up and get your fresh on. So here is a collection of my favorite gluten-free recipes to celebrate. Soups are vibrant, clean and simple, brunch is all about eggs, and quinoa is queen.
Shake off the winter blahs.
Try a new recipe today and wake up
Crispy kale chips with sea salt.
You've heard the news, right? It's all over the blogsphere. And foodie sites galore. Bunny food rocks. Dark leafy greens just might save our lives, so packed are they with deeply needed nourishment and nutrition. And kale! Tuscan kale is the queenly green It Girl.
I resisted her charms at first, I admit. I tip-toed into kale territory last year
Frosted carrot quinoa bars. Gluten-free. Dairy-free.
My intrepid husband slash sous chef was craving a carrot cake style quinoa bar for a mid-morning snack. To be exact, he said, Hey. I'm craving a carrot cake style quinoa breakfast bar. You know. For breakfast. To which yours truly replied, Look who wants to get fancy. My chocolate chip quinoa breakfast bars aren't good enough fo
Good morning! Gluten-free orange scented soda bread.
Mid January confession (now that we're half way to February and red hearts are sprouting up around chocolate displays in our local market). Valentine's Day looms. And yes, I use the word looms. Rather than a more enthusiastic awaits. Or glimmers. As in, I haven't been that into...
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