Red and Green Chocolate Bark

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Just a brief update on our temporary absence from the blogging scene. These last few months have been ultra busy and challenging for both of us – a new job, many new recipes being developed and tested for our upcoming new book (watch for it in the coming year as well as a rebirth of our present blog format),  a new roof being installed on our house, and sadly, the loss of our beloved cat Bhakti on September 4th. We posted about him earlier in the year, telling you about his struggle with lymphoma. What a challenging journey – so many ups and downs. He fought so hard to live, but in the end his body was too weak to sustain the life he desired. We’ll always treasure the gift of this beautiful and special soul’s presence in our lives. A peaceful spirit, filled with pure love and joy. Just thinking about him brings a smile to my face and fills my heart with joy. Continue reading

Gluten Free Gingerbread

Gluten Free Gingerbread

Gingerbread, for so many of us, is synonymous with the Christmas holidays. There are certainly many different types of recipes available, but this particular one is one of our family’s favorites, and has been converted into gluten free, using Oma’s special recipe. Gingerbread was Oma’s specialty around Christmas and I have many fond memories of her in her tiny kitchen, lovingly preparing this delicacy, made just once a year. If she invited one of us to help her, that was truly special. It is not a ginger cake, but a true traditional German-style gingerbread. While baking, it will fill your house with the beautiful scent of its combination of spices – ginger, anise, cloves and cinnamon.  In the olden days, this type of gingerbread was made using peculiar ingredients, such as “Hirschhornsalz,” “potash” and “natron.”  Some of these ingredients supposedly provided softness to the dough, and, no doubt, insured  greater longevity of the end product. After researching these ingredients, that  makes sense, especially considering the Ancient Egyptians used some of them  for embalming purposes. Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?!? Naturally, we would never use any of these more questionable ingredients in our recipes. If you insist on their inclusion, you may do so at your own risk. However, they are simply unnecessary, and we don’t know why anyone would even want to. Continue reading

Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

This week’s TWD recipe heralds the beginning of the holiday baking season, at least for us. Anything involving gingerbread is a definite favorite in our house, invoking fond memories of baking with Mom and Oma – three generations in the kitchen, gathered around the table, cooking and baking together. Albeit a very rare occasion, made possible only during our not so frequent visits to Germany. Continue reading

Our latest book: In Celebration of the Season

A few days ago we mentioned that our brand new e-book would be available for download. A few minor, but very time consuming, if not gut wrenching, changes had to be made. Who knew that publishing for e-pub would be this challenging? Quite frankly, print book publishing is a snap in comparison. But we did it! Received the publishing  confirmation from Lulu earlier today, meaning it could still take a few more hours (hopefully not longer) for it to be available for purchase in either our Lulu store,  the iBookstore, or Nook store. We are ecstatic and incredibly relieved that at least the e-pub is completed. Now on to the finalization of the print and pdf versions. Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
We just feel like dancing!

The old year has passed, and 2011 has come at last, opening the possibilities for change and new beginnings. Before delving into this new year, we wanted to thank all of our subscribers and faithful readers for your loyalty, commentary and support throughout this past year. We hope to continue to inspire you throughout this year with  creativity, humor,  tales of our travels and new ideas involving the gluten free lifestyle. You, our readers, motivate us and continue to make blogging a joy that we treasure. We celebrate you  and wish you and your loved ones the very best for this new year. May you be graced with blessings,  joy and insights. Continue reading

Our Favorite Cranberry Sauce

Our favorite cranberry sauce - Cranberries with orange slices

Throughout North America, cranberries are a familiar staple on most Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner tables. Everyone naturally has their own favorite recipe and preference as to how to prepare them. Some just like to keep it simple and buy it ready made in the form of jelly, or preserves. But many of us still prefer to make it using fresh cranberries. We love their beautiful vibrant red color, which the fruit only develops late in the Fall, when fully ripe. Continue reading