seafood paella

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Once, on a New Year’s Eve long passed, my husband’s father made paella for family and friends. Though it’s typically made in a paellera, a very wide, shallow pan with handles, instead my father-in-law used the large, deep steel pot he had available. The uppermost portions of paella were the best; underneath, the rice had become a bit too mushy due to the pan he used. Así es la vida. Despite the slightly mushy rice, there still was the socarrat, the savory caramelized rice crust that forms on the bottom of the pan. I remember the paella was excellent and I ate too much, but I still had room for the flan and turrón that was served for dessert. 

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2 for 1: cashew milk, cashew cream

As someone who loves to eat, it’s been exciting to get creative and try new things while following a healthier path. You might think that some of these things are more complicated, but with a little pre-planning and prep work, they have actually simplified the process of eating well. Once made, these foods are good to go, ready to be adapted with additional ingredients in whatever way you desire. Best of all, they taste great.

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orange, pecan & date gluten-free scones

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During my recent detox diet (no dairy, gluten, refined sugar), not only did I miss my yeast breads, I also missed my scones. So I scoured my local bookstore’s gluten-free baking section and found a cookbook called GEMS of Gluten-Free Baking by Wendy Turnbull. GEMS takes a whole-grain approach to gluten-free baking with excellent results in texture and taste for gluten-free baked goods.

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got almond milk?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s nearing the end of week two of the 21-day detox diet, and in just this short period of time I’ve added quite a few things to my expanding food lexicon. What I used to think of as alternative is becoming a more varied way to eat, with many delicious discoveries. I’m also continuing to learn how to use whole food as a way to allow the body, as much as possible, to heal itself.

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cold mornings, warm cereal

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This week I was going to post a recipe for alioli (garlic mayonnaise), but instead will be going on a short detour to do a 21-day food detox. Yes, 21 days. To some of you, that may be a walk in the park, and to others, well, you probably wouldn’t go near that park. A short list of things I’ll be taking a break from are dairy, eggs, wheat, chocolate(sigh), alcohol, and refined sugars. The full list is a bit longer. Looks like the homemade garlic mayo will be a bit delayed…

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