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…why does this exist? Is McDonald’s going to come out with a cologne too, for those who want to smell like chemical-infused bread and mystery meat, but without having to actually eat it?
This is super easy to make and doesn’t require much more time than it would to make regular, one-color pasta. Click on the picture and scroll to the bottom of the page to see more giddy, rainbow-colored food recipes.
I recently had the pleasure of sampling the best brownie I’ve ever had. And, surprisingly enough, it was also gluten-free. O.O Anyone who’s experimented with gluten-free baking knows how difficult a challenge it is to make something that doesn’t simply fall apart in a sad, bland tasting pile of crumbles. So to try something that not only holds together like it’s supposed to, but actually tastes amazing, was particularly astounding. It went something like this: a slow bite, where teeth are met with a delicate, perfectly thin top layer of crispness, making my mouth salivate. The bite continues onto a meaty, soft inside that has the wonderful texture brownies are known for. The taste is rich and wonderful.
After that first experience, I immediately contacted the folks at Le Wooden Spoon to praise them for being able to make this magical thing happen. I’m informed that they had to go through a lot of trial and error to get the texture just right – an effort that truly paid off. There is no sacrifice in flavor, in order for this brownie to keep its structural integrity. It is just a damn good brownie.
I shared this brownie goodness with a friend of mine [who is on a gluten-free diet, but still has a ravenous sweet tooth that he isn’t able to satiate nearly as often as he’d like], and he became an immediate fan as well. It got me thinking this would probably make a really, really good gift for my gluten-free friends.
*I’ve been told to warn readers with allergies to also include this information:
Allergy Information: While peanuts or other tree nuts may not be a key ingredient in every one of our baked goods, all our bakery and pastry items are produced in the same area where products containing various nut items are created. Though best practices are used in the manufacturing of our baked goods, inadvertent cross-contamination may occur.
I have not tried this recipe yet, but I am super excited to! Dark chocolate is good for you, apparently…and easy to make!
Healthy Homemade ChocolatePrep time: 5 minsCook time: 5 minsTotal time: 10 minsA simple and delicious homemade chocolate that is GAPS, paleo and primal approved (and definitely kid approved!)Author: Wellness MamaRecipe type: DessertServes: 6+Ingredients
- 1 cup of Cocoa Butter
- 1 cup of Organic Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
- ½ cup Raw Honey (I use Tropical Traditions Brand) or to taste- using half this amount or less will make a bittersweet chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of Real Vanilla Extract or other flavors to taste
- Optional: Toasted chopped almonds, orange or mint extract, etc)Instructions
- Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of water (make sure water isn’t touching bowl) over medium heat.
- When cocoa butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and other flavor extracts. If using a solid raw honey like Tropical Traditions, melt with the cocoa butter.
- Make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. At this point, make sure that no water or liquid gets in to the chocolate as it can cause the texture to get mealy! Be careful even with wet hands or a drop of water in the mold! [Note: I’ve also just melted all of this on very low heat in a small pan and not had a problem with it, but this isn’t as reliable as the double boiler method]
- Pour the chocolate in to molds or onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a glass pan to harden.
- Let harden for several hours at room temperature until hardened and remove from molds. You can also stick in the fridge to harden more quickly. Will store for over a week at room temperature or can be kept refrigerated for longer.
- Enjoy!NotesYou can also use coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter which will produce a very healthy chocolate, but it will not be as thick or creamy (but still very good!) If you use coconut oil, I recommend hardening in the fridge and storing in the fridge. This is one easy way to add coconut oil and magnesium to your daily diet!
The holidays have always been pretty difficult for me, unless I’m spending time with non-nuclear families. That way, I can watch them objectively like a sitcom. Then, it’s not so bad. But since I’m currently without a significant other to do such a thing with, this is helping the holidays not suck so bad [thanks Meredith!].
Item #02-1496058 Potato Scrubbing Gloves
Williams-Sonoma says: “Scrub potatoes clean while preserving skin that’s nutrient rich. Set of two.”
Notes from Drew: I desperately wanted it to say “Set of one” at the end. But anyway, who WOULDN’T like to have special gloves for whenever you have to handle potatoes? Potatoes are dirty and smelly, so it behooves you to wear a pair of gloves that will absorb all that dirt and grime and then get soaked through. Be sure to let them dry on your radiator! I also like that these gloves come with the word POTATO labeled across each one. Late at night, I often go digging through my basement screaming, “WHERE ARE THE GODDAMN POTATO GLOVES?” Because I usually end up grabbing the carrot gloves first, you know?
Another detail in my fantasy kitchen.