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From the Blender: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

In a post-Thanksgiving food coma, it can be tempting to give up on pumpkin altogether for a while. But that would be a shame, because pumpkin has so much to offer in both the flavor and nutrition departments. This healthy smoothie hits all the right flavor notes for a pumpkin dessert, but it hits them lightly. It's a nice way to carry on with the spirit of the season while being good to your body. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Mini-Coffee Cakes

Those little cellophane-wrapped Drake's cakes were always my favorite before going gluten-free. Unlike most coffee cakes, which have a dense, heavy crumb, Drake's is light; the texture similar to a moist sponge cake. And that delicate texture proved the hardest part of creating this gluten-free version. But eventually, they came out just right. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Coconut-Pumpkin Pie

I knew that creating a dairy-free pumpkin pie filling would be relatively easy. I could swap gluten-free rice milk* for the dairy used in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe. But instead of using a dairy-free milk substitute, I wondered if the more flavorful coconut milk would be a better choice. If you've ever had coconut-pumpkin soup, you know that these flavors work incredibly well together. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Like traditional chocolate whoopie pies, this recipe makes a dense cake that's sandwiched together with a light, creamy center. Which brings me to the filling. I grew up eating whoopie pies that were held together with a filling made from butter and marshmallow Fluff. To this day, that's my preferred filling. I know many people don't share my affinity for the white stuff. More

Zero Proof: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Some prefer the filling, others the crust, but everyone I know likes pie. I'm sorry if you're a crust person, because this milkshake is really for the filling people—those who enjoy scooping out the creamy, spice-filled custard from the pie, leaving broken crust shells all over the plate. It has all the flavor of a pumpkin pie without the hassle of a crust, oven, or cooling time. More

Bread Baking: Cinnamon Apple Sweet Rolls

The dough for these rolls isn't overly sweet. Too much sugar in a dough can result in a poor rise, so I kept the dough just slightly sweeter than usual. It was light, fluffy, and perfect for pulling off little bits to nibble on. The sweetness came from the sugar and cinnamon, while the apple added just a bit of tartness and interesting texture to the party. There were a few chewy caramelized bits of sugar around the outer edges of the rolls—a little bonus. More

Gluten-Free Nubby Apple Cake

The other day I stumbled upon my mother's collection of old recipes. I sat for a long time looking at recipe after recipe scribbled on thin pieces of paper or, in fancier cases, stiff recipe cards. One seasonal recipe grabbed my attention: Nabby Apple Cake. Nabby? Oh! I bet the writer meant nubby. The idea of a cake studded with apple pieces sounded good to me. And if my mom kept the recipe, it must be worth making. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Shortbread Cookies

Made with four simple ingredients—flour, sugar, salt, and butter—shortbread cookies seem like the baguettes of the cookie world. And like a crusty baguette with a warm meal, there's just something comforting about a good shortbread cookie. This comforting simplicity prompted me to offer 25 batches of homemade shortbread cookies to a recent fundraiser for food blogger Jennifer Perillo. Over the last few days, I've baked dozens of shortbread cookies for virtual strangers, and I learned a few things along the way about these simple cookies. More

Sunday Brunch: Cinnamon Buns

These classic buns are as good for brunch as they are mid-afternoon with a cup of joe. Just the smell of these buns cooking brings me back to chilly fall afternoons, getting home from school and walking into a house filled with the smell of cinnamon, sugar, and toasted nuts. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Funnel Cakes

Who knew a funnel cake could make a person nervous? It's not that I have a frying phobia, but I wondered how drizzling gluten-free batter into hot oil would work. Without gluten holding things together, would the cakes fry up into the classic lacy funnel cake shape? Or would I end up with solid disks of fried batter? Turns out, they work really well gluten-free. They key is to get the batter right. More

The Crisper Whisperer: Caramel Apples for Labor Day and Beyond

For the past few growing seasons, I've been thrilled to see more and more varieties of summer apples popping up at my farmers' market. Though many people, at least in the northeast, associate apples with autumn, plenty of heirloom varieties are ready to eat in mid-summer. That makes me happy for lots of reasons, not least of all because now I get to make caramel apples for my Labor Day barbecue and feel totally legit about it. More

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