Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dairy-Free/Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese - Whaaat?!



This here? This is a pretty big deal. In my constant quest to present suitably edible baked goods to one desperately-allergic daughter of mine, I have engineered what might be the most delicious concoction since Nutella.

(Just kidding. Nothing is better than Nutella.)

Ingredients:

8 oz daiya
     (I combined 4 oz cheddar style and 4 oz mozzarella style. You can do what you want.)


8 oz truRoots ancient grain pasta elbows
     (I imagine that any gluten free pasta will do. Plain rice pasta seems gluey and flavorless. This cooked up al dente.)

1 Cup Rice Milk (or your favorite milk substitute.)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp onion salt

1) Preheat oven to 400

2) Prepare the ancient grain pasta according to the directions and drain.

3) As any macaroni and cheese connoisseur knows, the cheese must be made into a sauce in order to achieve the proper silky texture. Therefore, put your daiya into a medium saucepan with the Rice Milk and heat over a medium/low heat stirring constantly. Slowly. Don't burn it.

4) Add onion salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to taste it. I like more pepper to give it that rustic taste, but you might not. 1/2 teaspoon is safe.

5) Once the cheese sauce is appropriately saucy, pour it onto the prepared noodles. Combine well.

6) Pour entire mixture into a small casserole and bake on 400 for 15 minutes or until it gets that brown crust that makes you go, "Mmmmmmm!"

7) cool and enjoy.

Even my non-allergy kids loved this dish. 3 cheers for daiya. Here is a shot of the ingredients for those inclined to look at such:
daiya - it's not plastic!




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Apples and Trees

Apparently the aforementioned don't fall far from one another because of this:




An Ode to Jackie Robinson


Football, baseball, cross-country too
Jackie Robinson, which will you choose?

The Brooklyn Dodgers called your name
And you went down in the Hall of  Fame

 By Michael K. Steele


Fanciful wordplay must run in the family because I think Michael "hit a home run" with this little bit of poetic brilliance.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Micro Arranging


I've been completely hooked on micro flower arranging lately. Here is my tip:
Whole Foods spice jars make fantastic little vases when you're done with the spice. Just peel off the label and voila! You have a darling little vase.

Flowers: Ranunculus from Trader Joes
Vase: Bay Leaf spice jar from Whole Foods

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