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Saturday, August 27, 2011

chocolate mousse-- gluten free + dairy free

ive been on a chocolate kick lately. well, thats a lie, i think i've been on a chocolate kick since the day i was born. not a day passes that chocolate doesnt pass my lips. after a visit to a great restaurant last friday my stamina for creating sweet recipes kicked into full gear again.

i've been meaning to eat at watercourse restaurant for long time. i finally happened last weekend.  if youre in the colorado area and you have any type of food restrictions or are looking for a new place to check out - get yourself there. watercourse is a vegetarian joint that caters to vegetarians, vegans and to the food allergy unfortunates. they even have their own dedicated offsite bakery that creates all vegan desserts  (some of which are gluten free - HOOORAH!). i initially wanted to go in to pickup baked goods, but ended up at the bar eating a whopping plate of delicious sweet potato + black bean tacos - which were served red cabbage, peppers,  guacamole + pico di gallo. they were nothing short of heavenly.

shortly after i crammed the tacos down my throat i found myself peering down into a heavenly glow that was the baked goods display counter. i relished over several; not one, not two, but three dessert choices in front of me. there was gf df banana cream pie that looked sinful,  gf df chocolate chip cookies (which i simply couldnt resist) and finally scout cookies. scout cookies. scout cookies. the dude working behind the counter suggested that i not leave without trying one. boy was he right. these things are f%$#ing incredible. made with succunat, sweet potato, walnuts and vegan chocolate. best part of it all - each of the ginormous scouts (reminiscent of a hockey puck drizzled with chocolate) weighs around 1/4 lb. and yes, i demolished two of them by the time i got home. oh yeah, i polished off half of the wicked tasty chocolate chip cookie too. cookie coma. needless to say - i will be frequenting this joint and i cannot wait to get back there.

back to my chocolate kick. since my visit to watercourse i've been craving sweets. in particular chocolate mousse. its all i've been able to think about. i havent had it in years. i hoped into the kitchen and decided it was too hot to turn on the stove and so i came up with a no bake gf df version.  to my amazement i put together a recipe in no time that tastes very much so like the real deal. puddin.

chocolate mousse

  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips - dairy free 
  • 12 oz box of silken tofu
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp grade b maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second increments until melted. combine melted chocolate, silken tofu, cocoa powder, maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract and kosher salt in a food processor until well combined. divide pudding amongst cute cups or bowls and place in fridge around an hour (or until chilled). 

note - if you dont have a food processor you are insane. GO GET ONE!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

dilled carrot soup -- gluten free + dairy free

i'm a slacker.

yes, i know its been quite some time since my last post. life is zipping by and my weekends have been extremely busy as of late - this is my first weekend at home in a while and i know i'm really overdue for a new post.

i've been eating, cooking, eating, baking, eating and eating a ton lately. i recently flew home to boston for a few days of vaca and ate, drank, visited with friends and family and had an amazing time. i had fresh seafood, great fruit and vegetables and drank superb wine. on the east coast its not uncommon to find a farm stand on every corner - something i adore and miss much. i must had visited at least a dozen during my trip and often left with drool running down my chin after gawking at enticing baked goods - all of which i couldnt eat. finding gluten/dairy free freshly baked goods was next to impossible - both in the outskirts of boston and in boston proper. i did however, find a few stores that had prepackaged gluten/dairy free foods both within close proximity of my moms place in podunk lancaster, ma. the first, the ever adorable harvard general store in harvard, ma. and the second, to my utter amazement, only an 1/8 of a mile from my moms house - the atlantic union college bookstore - which boasts a TON of healthy/allergy friendly foods - i about died when i walked in the door.

whats the dilly-yo? beautiful mug by liz benotti
back to the present - since i've been home the csa that i belong to has been pumping out a decent variety of vegetables and last weekend i got my first bunch of carrots. typically i'm not one for carrots, however, as of late - i simply cant get enough of them. the sheer plethora of them inspired me to start thinking about recipes and i've wanted to make a chilled soup all summer, but havent had the time to get around to making one. i'm a big fan of dill and have a bunch growing on the balcony so i decided to put together a chilled/dilled carrot soup!

dilled carrot soup

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion - chopped
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 large carrots - cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 medium potato - i used a yukon gold
  • 1 can diced tomatoes - undrained
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried dill - i used dill that i air dried from my plant
  • salt and pepper
in a large sauce pot over medium heat cook onions and garlic until translucent in olive oil - around 5 minutes. stir in vegetable stock, carrots, potato, and tomatoes with their liquid. bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover. cook around 15-20 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are soft. stir in lemon juice, dried dill and season with salt and pepper. using a food processor or an emersion blender blend until smooth (use caution if you plan to blend this while the soup is still hot). serve warm or for a delicious summer soup refrigerate and serve chilled. 

this is yummy served with a slice of grilled gluten free bread! 


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