Chocolate Cherry Pudding Cake (Gluten Free)

Now that my mini summer break is over, I’ve been slowly trying to get used to working full time again.  This time, I’m doing a lot of pharmacy compounding, so it’s a lot of fun to be creating things all day long – it almost feels like I’m having fun in the kitchen!  Once the weekend hits, I’m itching to make actual edible things.  I made ciabatta for the first time last weekend, which I am really excited about, and I finally got around to making my chocolate cherry dessert in a skillet that I’ve been craving before the cherries go out of season!

Because I’ve been all about gooey desserts lately, I went with a pudding cake.  I decided to make it gluten free to keep the protein content decent with almond and buckwheat flours, and it turned out perfectly!  The texture of buckwheat flour gives it a slight grainy feeling in the pudding part, but the flavor is fantastic, and you can easily sub all almond flour if you don’t want to try the buckwheat.  I like using both so that it gets the right cake texture and rise.

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free)

Not too long ago, I purchased a bunch of cast iron pans – 2 skillets, 2 round griddles, and a dutch oven – and I’m finally getting around to really having some fun with them.  So far, my griddles have been the most used – they make the absolute best pancakes I’ve ever made.  They also make a pretty mean grilled cheese.  I finally got around to making a dessert, and oh my goodness.  I think I have a new obsession.

I wanted to start with a classic skillet cookie, but I decided to make it gluten free with a healthier flour – almond meal!  The cast iron gives it such a chewy, crisp crust, with a perfectly gooey center (I like it slightly under-baked). [Read more...]

Haluski (Fried Cabbage and Noodles)

My mini summer vacation is just about over (already?!), and it has just flown by.  While it’s been extremely cool in Buffalo for July, with days just barely hitting 70ºF, we at least got to experience some hotter temperatures over a long weekend in Vegas.  We didn’t really know what to expect, since both Alex and I have never truly experienced over 100 degree weather.  With the dry heat, it just felt like we were constantly getting furnace air blown onto us.  As long as we weren’t under the sun for long, it was actually pretty enjoyable!

I was so looking forward to having a ton of kitchen time with my break, but I actually have hardly gotten into the kitchen at all, with all of the traveling we’ve been doing.  We’re heading out to a friend’s wedding this weekend, and then I finally get ONE final week for kitchen time before starting rotations up again! [Read more...]