TIP OF THE DAY: Olive Oil Polenta Cake

We have advocated olive oil cake before. But this is a variation with polenta (cornmeal) instead of white flour. Olive oil cake is a standard in some parts of Italy, substituting olive oil for butter as the fat. So is polenta cake, with a hearty crumb. Both are rustic, uniced cakes. When we first tried…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cook Sorghum For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

When we first saw the word sorghum, it was as a tween, in the reading of “Gone With The Wind.” There was no sugar available in the blockaded, war-torn South, so Scarlett O’Hara sweetened her coffee substitute, chicory, with sorghum syrup, a molasses substitute. For decades, we thought of sorghum as a sweetener. After all,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Banza Chickpea Pasta

Enjoy your favorite pasta dishes with more protein and fiber, fewer carbs, and no gluten! [1] Penne Bolognese. [2] Mac and Cheese. [3] A box of rotini, one of five Banza pasta shapes (all photos courtesy Banza). [4] Fresh chickpeas in the pod (photo courtesy Melissa’s).   Toward the end of 2016, we went on…
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GLUTEN FREE: Cheryl’s Cookies

You can’t tell that these gluten-free cookies are gluten free! Photo courtesy Cheryl’s.   We have dear friends and readers with gluten sensitivity, so we keep an eye out for anything above the ordinary that they might enjoy. When Cheryl’s offered us a taste test of their conventional versus gluten-free cookies in advance of National…
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GIFTS OF THE DAY: Rum Cake, Espresso Cake, Bundt Cake, Gift Cake

[1] Divine rum cakes in 6 flavors from Rum Sisters. [2] This expresso cake from 1812 House: a coffee lover’s dream cake. [3] A duo of small espresso bundt cakes with caramel sauce.   GIFT #1: RUM SISTERS, RUM CAKES & MORE We’ve tried lots of rum cake. But the Rum Sisters make the best…
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