Musings (my blog)

I don't write very often, but when I do write I try to make the words useful in some way ;) For 2011, my goal is to use this space to provide a lot of information about allergy friendly (specifically gluten-free) cooking. Please leave your comments, suggestions, questions, and enjoy!

posted by rain on Jan 30, 2011

Jon and I just had a fantastic adventure at BabyCakes NYC in downtown Los Angeles.

Their cupcakes and vanilla-frosting-filled cookie sandwiches were delicious, and they were gluten, soy, dairy and egg free (therefore, entirely "Rain-friendly").

I was a kid in a candy store when I walked in there, giddy and goofy while telling the unfortunate gentleman behind the counter "I want one of those, and one of those, and two of those, ooh, and one of those, and...

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posted by rain on Dec 31, 2010

Breakfast this fine morning was gluten-free french toast. 

I made a lovely batch of Coffee-Molasses bread from a recipe I got through Whole Foods just before Christmas, but I forgot to add the xanthan gum and so the bread was, well, very very crumbly. 

This morning, I decided to rescue the bread by turning it into french toast, and it turned out delicious! This obviously isn't egg-free, so...

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posted by rain on Dec 31, 2010

My cooking this holiday season has been dedicated to making the perfect gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free pumpkin pie.  I think the last pie I made might have been a success, and so it is now time to take it out into the world and see if others agree.  (My hope is to start selling it!)

In the process, I've made a few crusts both from dough and also from cookies. Specifically,...

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posted by rain on Dec 29, 2010

Jon and I have recently discovered that coconut milk can be the perfect substitute for almost anything requiring "milk" or "heavy cream." 

To replace milk, use light coconut milk.

To replace heavy cream, use full-fat coconut milk.

The coconut flavor is not evident when used in cooking, and it gives you a great creamy texture. We've been using coconut milk successfully for everything from ice cream to the gluten-free pot pie we made last night.

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posted by rain on Nov 2, 2010
This final travelogue has taken me a bit longer than expected. We arrived home last Wednesday evening to a house full of happy cats and, well, a whole lot of work piled up. Unfortunately, I'll need to keep this one short, since the work is still quite overwhelming ;) We woke very early on Wednesday morning in the hopes of getting to Cedar Breaks for the sunrise light, and were well on our way by 6:30am. The sun began to show over the mountainous horizon at around 7:15am, so our timing was...
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posted by rain on Oct 26, 2010

Louisville, CO was our best stop yet (and we've had some great ones)! First, after three straight days of driving, it was really nice to spend a day in one place. Second, it was really fantastic to see Errin and Jeff, the best hosts ever, and to really see, first hand, just how nice they've made their lives. Finally, Pixel had an amazing time playing with her new "big sister" Paka, with whom she ran around in circles for hours and hours! 

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posted by rain on Oct 24, 2010

Our adventure across the US continues... last night we had a lovely dinner stop in Lawrence, KS, and today we've enjoyed Kansas immensely.

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posted by rain on Oct 23, 2010

We left Ferguson, just outside of St. Louis, a few hours ago, after the best cookie and lunch stop! Jon foundFree Range Cookies, an entirely Gluten Free bakery, on Yelp, and so we went a little out of our way to visit the bakery.  It is a small shop, and the owner/baker Linda appears to be something of a one woman show, but the donuts are delicious and it was a very enjoyable stop.

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posted by rain on Oct 21, 2010
We spent day four of the grandfather clock adventure with Jon's grandmother in Hendersonville, NC. What a perfect day! We woke up early, I took care of some work in the early AM, and then we enjoyed the lovely air, trees, and people of this town. AFter walking through the woods with an extremely happy Pixel, we went downtown and met many dogs, enjoyed the town, and ate lunch.

We ended our touring with Jump Off Rock, a beautiful vista looking over Cold Mountain, then came home and napped....

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posted by rain on Oct 20, 2010

Jon, Pixel (our 10 month old terrier-mix puppy) and I hopped on a plane to NY on Monday, visited Vassar and friends in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, and now we are driving across the country. While this seems like all fun and games, there is a real purpose here: my friends Lois and Jeff have been kind enough to hold onto a number of my grandparent's belongings for the past 10 years, and it was time we finally picked them up. The most interesting piece: a 7' tall grandfather...

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