browned butter cornbread

browned butter cornbread - gluten-free

Cornbread… how deliciously southern.

The very idea of cornbread always makes me think of eating hushpuppies & fried catfish with my dad.

My daddy was one of those extra special people who could put a smile on anyone’s face. The man had a sense of humor that knew no bounds… and for the little time I had with him, he was my super hero.

The point I’m getting at here is that I saw a picture of cornbread pop up on one of my feeds the other day, & immediately I was transported back to a time where every second I spent with my dad was bliss.

I don’t need much more convincing than that. If the idea of food gives me a happy memory, I’m going to make that dish.

I’m not a complicated person, I’m just absolutely, irrefutably ruled by my emotions.

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naughty knicker sugar cookies

naughty knickers sugar cookies. - gluten-free & fabulous!

I once heard that the conventional heart shape that we’ve all come to know & love was actually derived from the shapely derrière of a woman’s form…. & not the organ inside our chest cavities.

I may have heard that in a movie, I can’t remember which one.

& yes, I sometimes blindly believe what I hear in movies without doing any research.

I saw someone do a version of these cookies whilst perusing pinterest & figured it was time to share my gluten-free sugar cookie recipe. Not to mention, a certain holiday creeped up on us & in an attempt to play along with mushy romance I decided to give them a whirl.

Kinky cookies rock my world.

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challenge accepted, round #1: bread pudding

Dimitris my friend, this post is just for you.

For anyone who is unaware of that reference, about two weeks ago we were challenged by a friend of ours to make a dish containing only ingredients we would normally find in our pantry. No shopping trips allowed for this one.

Now, I may have copped out a bit as bread pudding has to be by far one of the easiest things to make & I can guarantee that almost 90% of people have these things lying about the house.

Have you ever wondered why most restaurants in the US have bread pudding on the menu? It’s because it is also one of the best ways to recycle stale bread instead of throwing it away.

I can see here that I’m clearly not doing a very good job of exciting appetites. I’m reading over what I’ve just said & realizing that I’m actually doing a pretty damned good job of turning you all off the idea of this dessert…… DON’T LISTEN TO ME!

Bread pudding is amazing!!! That, I promise. In fact, every time I make it, it’s all been eaten before it even has a chance to cool down. All I’m saying is, maybe I cheated a bit by making it because at the end of the day, it’s really straight forward. Still, it’s yummy & I love to share yummy things.

Also, you can add all sorts of things to this: rum, bananas, walnuts, dates, raisins, apples, chocolate, or anything else you can think of. I love desserts that are easily manipulated to suit all cravings.

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saffron & orange crema cotta

I wish I could appreciate lazy days. Sundays don’t count because those are ingrained into your genes from birth, but every other day is tough. So far, I’ve arranged my music, made new playlists, cooked lunch, went for a walk, walked to the grocery store, done some gardening, sorted away my clothes into my new house & baked up my hard-drive. Now what? I need to learn some appreciation for these moments or hear some suggestions. Really, I’m open to all. Listening to my frustration over having too much free time on my hands today is not why you’re here though, you’re here for a recipe. I’m getting to it I promise.

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more lemons, please

I have this weird affinity for lemons, I simply cannot get enough of them. I want them on fish, potatoes, chicken, steak, sausage, salad, grilled veggies, pasta, rice, in cakes, cookies, tea, I even want to smell like them. I like lemon hand soap, detergent, house cleaner, window cleaner, lemon pledge & anything else! Here’s the kicker though, I don’t like them in water, & I can’t stand anything else that’s sour. Go figure.

Struck by one of my cravings again, I pulled up a link for a lemon cake that I’d seen once on & stored away for that special moment. You know, this special moment. (maybe it’s the colour of them, who knows). Whilst looking at it again & making a list for the grocery store, I decided I wanted to pair it with almonds. Not in a huge, obvious way of course, but I did want them to be there. So, I altered the recipe after looking at a few others, compiled my list, headed for the grocery store, & here we are.
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