Creamy Cardoon Mac and Cheese {gluten-free}

date03.03.16

creamy cardoon macaroni and cheese {gluten-free}

This creamy pan of cardoon mac and cheese comes to you from my good friend Alanna over at The Bojon Gourmet! We’re 3.5 weeks in to this whole parenting thang and I’m still trying to figure out how to feed myself in the fleeting moments from one baby Zoella-feeding to the next (and she’s currently eating 12x a day). One breastfeeding forum suggested pumping 10-12 times a day to increase my milk supply – doing that would def turn me into a human milk factory. I can’t imagine people who do that have time to eat.

Fortunately for me, I’ve got rad friends like Alanna in my corner who show up with a boatload of vegan Mexican food and healthy brownies for the whole family right when we brought the babe home from the hospital, with promises to deliver homemade cardoon mac and cheese soon after. With my cheese cravings on high alert, I’ve been dreaming of this cardoon mac and cheese since she served it to me at a dinner party. Let me assure you, one bite and this stuff will make regular appearances in your dreams too. 1. Cheese – um…HELLO! 2. Cardoons, which, when mixed with cheese, mimic artichokes – aka the tastiest vegetable on the planet (don’t even argue – this is unequivocally true). 3. All of this made into creamy gluten-free mac and cheese? I can’t stop. I won’t stop. Alanna is my go-to recipe consultant for most any dish, but she’s a goddess with mac and cheese. Other notable things she’s an expert at? Gluten-free cookies, tarts, and cakes (and photographing allofthefood). If you haven’t already, you should probably go pre-order her Alternative Flours cookbook RIGHT NOW. Well, after drooling over this mac and cheese with me. Without further ado…Here’s Alanna: 

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Matcha Black Sesame Rice Krispie Treats with Chocolate Chunks

date02.28.16

Matcha Black Sesame Chocolate Chunk Rice Krispie Treats

New reality with a baby: All cooking must take less than an hour start to finish or else you risk a baby waking up STARVING (OMG I’M SO HUNGRY MOM. RIGHT NOW.) just at the point where your dish needs the most attention. This makes matcha black sesame rice krispie treats the perfect new-mom St. Patty’s day dessert. Forget about dieting to fit into your pre-baby pants, you’re still in survival mode.

And you know what tastes even better at 2am while soothing a fussy baby? Rice krispie treats.

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Hazelnut Chestnut Crepes with Brie & Burnt Honey + Zoella Mae’s Homecoming

date02.18.16

Hazelnut Chestnut Crepes with Brie & Burnt Honey

Our #cheesebabygirl made her way into the world 10 days ago, just a day past her due date. To her credit, she started to make her appearance at 4:30am on her due date, but then took her sweet sweet time (33 hours to be exact). So on February 7th at 1:24pm, Zoella Mae filled our hearts and made us a family of three. Living up to her #cheesebaby nickname, she weighed 8lbs 11oz and measured 21.25 inches long. It seems the key to baking a chunky baby is to spend your entire pregnancy eating cheese. It’s only fitting then that I saved these brie-filled hazelnut chestnut crepes to announce her arrival.

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Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread Waffles with Turkey Chile Con Queso Dip {gluten-free}

date02.04.16

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Waffles with Turkey Chile Con Queso Dip {gluten-free}

These cheddar jalapeño cornbread waffles almost didn’t happen in time. I hatched the idea and bought all of the ingredients a couple of weeks ago when my mom warned me that the Super Bowl was coming up. (Thanks for keeping me relevant, Mom.) But every time I thought about cooking, I found something else to do instead (ex. lay on the couch and watch Felicity reruns or eat leftover cake or nap with the cat). And then good friends like Alanna happened. The kind that show up at your house to help you get two recipes shot in preparation for #cheesebabygirl’s arrival. SHE EVEN DID MY DISHES, you guys. So you have Alanna and my mom to thank for today’s recipe.

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Adzuki Bean Tofu

date01.29.16

Adzuki Bean Tofu - Soy Free Tofu

This adzuki bean tofu hails from the Japanese-inspired Alternative Flours Feastly dinner Phi and I hosted in February 2015. While I still not-so-fondly recall the insane amount of work this 6-course plated meal for 14 people took to put on the table, it also forced out some pretty badass recipes (chestnut flour pasta, black sesame and wild rice crackers, and kinako black sesame millet crumble). This adzuki bean tofu is no exception. Why I’ve been hanging onto this particular recipe for well over a year kind of makes me a jerk.

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30 Cheesy & Sweet Baby Shower Treats – A Virtual #CheeseBabyShower & Maternity Photos!

date01.21.16

30 Cheesy & Sweet Baby Shower Treats

Photo by Alanna of The Bojon Gourmet

When you wake up at 4:45am to twitter notifications blowing up your phone to tell you that a bunch of fabulously talented food blog friends have conspired to whip up your favorite foods in your honor for a surprise virtual baby shower all over the internet (#cheesebabyshower), you instantly stop caring that you’ve got wicked acid reflux and a full bladder (for like the 100th time that night) (TMI?). I know because that’s how my morning started yesterday. And with one kitty spooning the back of my head and the other curled up on my 9.5 month pregnant belly, things got sappy as I read one gorgeous post after another.

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Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

date01.10.16

Sweet Zing Ginger Oatmeal Green Smoothie

Here’s to an even more delicious 2016! While some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, I’ve spent the past week dreaming about what kind of cookie I want to make next (chewy gluten free oatmeal toffee cookies sweetened with dates in case you’re wondering – no shame). Then I promptly ate all the leftover holiday cookies and toffee and desperately needed something green in my diet. And fast.

At the same time Quaker sent me some of their new Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats to use in a gluten free recipe for the New Year. As the voice of reason and self-control, my mom warned me that cookies were no way to start out the new year (even though cookies = more friends amiright? Now that I’m stocked up on gluten-free oats, we’ll eat those oatmeal cookies together soon, my friends, don’t worry). But for now: we’ll ring in the new year with this quick and easy sweet zing ginger oatmeal green smoothie. The perfect refresher while you check items off your 2016 to-do list.

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Ginger Tofu Pudding with Soy Milk Mochi & Kinako Black Sesame Puffed Millet Crumble

date12.31.15

Ginger Tofu Pudding with Soy Milk Mochi & Kinako Black Sesame Puffed Millet Crumble

WAIT! Before you snub this RIDICULOUSLY long title, you need to know two things: 1. This pudding is as easy as the title is long (ie. ridiculously easy), and 2. You don’t have to make all three parts to have a delicious dessert – each one is a star on its own. Whip up the creamy ginger tofu pudding and shovel it into your mouth…OR make this 3 minute soy milk mochi and chow down…OR bake some kinako black sesame puffed millet crumble and snack on it like caramel corn. Don’t have kinako (roasted soy bean flour)? No problem – just leave it out! Can’t find puffed millet? Use rice krispies instead!

OR, if you’re feeling fancy (or, in my case, if you’re trying to win a soy & tofu dessert competition)…make all three!

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