French Strawberry Cake

French Strawberry Cake - A delicious gluten free variation

Today we are celebrating our first participation in the Tuesdays with Dorie twice monthly recipe challenge. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this unique baking club, it was originally started by Dorie Greenspan, who worked alongside Julia Child, writing her famous cookbook ‘Baking with Julia.’

The rules are really very simple; every month two recipes are selected from the book Baking with Julia, and posted ahead of time on this website. All registered participants agree to make and post the agreed upon dishes on the selected date, which always falls on a Tuesday. Hence, our post today. Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake - Bowl of Strawberries

It is still officially Spring, but who would know amidst the ever rising temperatures – we already surpassed the 90°F mark here in New Mexico. These temperatures are more reminiscent of our typical summer days.

On the upside, the local stores are also carrying more and more strawberries. Now, personally I just enjoy eating strawberries plain and would encourage you to select only the organically grown varieties. Strawberries unfortunately have become a very heavily sprayed crop, in fact, commercially grown, non-organic strawberries rank near the bottom of the safe foods list. If you wish to learn more about this, read about it at this great living foods site,  or check out a complete safety listing of fruit and vegetables at this link. Continue reading

Dowd and Rogers Gluten free Dark Vanilla Cake

Dowd and Rogers gluten free dark vanilla cake

One of our beloved dogs had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. Happy to report, that she survived. On our last follow up visit with our vet, we learned that she has a heart murmur and requires extra supplements and a lot more rest, but he was hopeful that she could make a good recovery. Considering that she is a large dog and 12 years old, she is doing rather well. Continue reading