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I need to try to make this with out the egg, but she’s told me the secret (near the end) so I’m going to try!

Originally posted on salixisme:

A few months ago, I saw a post on IPMG about how to make mayo using a stick-blender and a mason jar.

Previously, I had been making my mayo either in my blender or the hard way with a mixing bowl and a hand whisk.

Put it this way, this method has literally changed my life!

It is so easy – rich, thick, additive-free mayonnaise without any hard work.  And the best bit is that it only takes seconds.

It works every time – the trick is to keep the stick-blender perfectly still until the mayonnaise has started to thicken.  If you move it before this it will go runny on you.

While not strict AIP (it contains egg yolks), this may be tolerated by anyone who has successfully reintroduced eggs or egg yolks (for the most part, it is the egg white that can be problematic for people with…

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This is smart! I wonder if it works for roasts? Cuz at least once a week I’m like no! Hahaha I did it again and forgot to defrost meat!!

Originally posted on salixisme:

I am sure we have all been there – it gets to mid-afternoon and we suddenly realize that the whole chicken we were planning on roasting for dinner is still in the freezer.

So what are you going to do?

You could plan on cooking something else for dinner (assuming that you have some other protein that is not frozen), or you could decide to go out to eat, or you could run to the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken.

Or you could use the one safe way of quickly thawing a frozen chicken.

That is what I am going to show you today.  Simply because last Sunday I forgot to get the chicken out of the freezer….


All you do is take that bird and remove it from any packaging.

Then you place it in a large bowl (a large pan/stockpot would work too), and place that in…

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I made this with 5 lbs nectarines, 2 cups sugar 2 tbs lemon juice and I used a box if the no sugar needed pectin – fantastic! I will make again for sure! Love it!

Originally posted on Check Your Premises:

When I saw these gorgeous “Red Velvet” nectarines at the market, I knew I had to make preserves out of them.

(Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe)???????????????????????????????


3-1/2 lbs ripe nectarines (I used Red Velvet nectarines, but any type would do. So would peaches.)

3 cups sugar

2 TBSP lemon juice

3 TBSP fruit pectin

1 TBSP Earl Grey tea, crushed


Clean and pit nectarines and chop into 1/4 inch pieces. Add sugar and lemon juice and stir to combine. Let stand for 15-30 minutes to macerate.


Meanwhile, clean jars with soap and hot water. Rinse thoroughly, and set aside in a pot of hot water.


Transfer fruit mixture to a pot and add the tea. Begin cooking on a medium heat.


Add pectin. (It’s a gelling agent. Make it 4 TBSP if you like your preserves really jell-y.)


Cook on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Quick post, went for heart shaped pizza last nite, my four year old “called” the pointy part (I had gluten free square pizza it was good too), I guess since their pizza’s are usually round? Not sure but he wanted the pointy part. As he’s eating he says “dad?” My husband goes “ya?” “Can you taste love?” My husband (I’m already laughing I know my son I know something beautiful is about to be said) hubby “umm…” Daniel “cuz the pointy part of this pizza tastes like love to me!”…. So if u want to taste love, it’s in the pointy part of the heart shaped pizza :) man I love my family!




Had to wait 2 days to do this because of a brutal migraine but really we couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Fun in the winter sun :)

Gluten free, vegan caramel bars


Gluten Free, vegan caramel bars.

About 10 years ago I worked at a small local grocery store that made the best – I mean THEE best combination of gluten and dairy (ok maybe I had some chocolate pie once that closely rivaled it but still…) EVER….too bad for me gluten and dairy hate me, eggs hate my son, so I couldn’t just go buy one…hmmmm :) 10 years later I made it my mission to closely recreated the secret (never was able to get the recipe since bakery wasn’t my department) delicious caramel bar recipe and here it is :)

Cookie crust bottom

In a large bowl mix together the following:

1 cup GF graham cracker crumbs (I use Kinnikinnick brand, which contains honey, which is not considered by some to be a vegan ingredient)

1/2 cup oat flour (I use Only Oats brand which is gluten-free)

1 TBS white Chia seeds, measured first and then ground

Set aside and combine the following in a small sauce pan over medium heat:

3 TBS sugar

1/4 cup vegan margarine

1 TBS thick syrup (corn syrup, maple butter, golden syrup – you can also use agave )

Warm these up untill melted and combined and add

3 TBS virgin coconut oil

Whisk together and heat about 2 more minutes, whisking the whole time. I find the coconut oil doesn’t really mix in but don’t worry it does in the end. Next time I make these I will take pics, you want bubbles through out the mix – lightly caramelized I would call it…remove from heat and add:

a splash (about 1/2 to 1 TBS) of vanilla, and stir (this is where it comes together) Keep whisking and pour over dry ingredients, mix well and press into a square pan (8×8 I think, or 9×9).Lined with parchment or wax paper. Press it flat and press it hard. Set aside.

Caramel layer:

In a large deep pan mix together:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup coconut cream or full fat coconut milk (the only ingredients should be coconut and water)

1/2 cup golden syrup (you can use agave or honey or any other syrup but they respond differently and will produce slightly different results, golden syrup can be found at most grocery stores)

Set your temp to a soft medium, and grab a coffee or wine cuz you will be here for about 20 mins, it’s essential not to burn the caramel, if you burn it; it is garbage, so I suggest a lower heat and pretty much constant stirring – you could bump up your heat to a true medium or 1 or 2 notches above it but I don’t recommend it. This is an easy caramel recipe as far as caramel goes…but caramel always needs your attention.

So coffee or wine in hand stay by your caramel and stir, it will begin to change color and smell delicious. I lost my candy thermometer so I had to do this old school, like my mom taught me – cook it to a soft ball stage. Get a nice big bowl filled with water and ice, and after about 8 minutes or so take a little spoonful and pour it in, it will sink and disintegrate :) it is not ready…the softer the ball the softer your caramel, but the spoonful should form into a grab-able ball (I have a candy thermometer coming soon so I will update with temps next time I make it). Keep stirring, don’t let it burn. Once you get a nice soft ball remove from heat and add

1 TBS vegan Margarine and 1/2 TBS pure vanilla extract and stir untill combined, pour over your crust. Chill for about half an hour.

Chocolate Topping

Melt (you can microwave, or use a double boiler, or low heat on your stove. I use a little chocolate melter – best $30 bucks I ever spent!)

Melt together 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I use enjoy life brand)

with 2 TBS vegan shortening (I use earth balance, I don’t recommend the butter flavour for the chocolate, use the plain stuff)

Pour over caramel layer and return to fridge.

Cut and serve store in fridge – ENJOY my kids told me – “No changes mom! These are awesome!” :) Awww thanks guys :) I hope you love it as much as we did (it’s gone already lol less than a day, they are that good)!



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