Sunday, July 22, 2012


Dhal is an Indian lentil soup. I read about something like it but with rice here a long time ago and have enjoyed the version of it at our favorite Indian place in town. Then I found this recipe at epicurious and decided it was gaps friendly. It ended up being really satisfying and yummy. Plus, it's easy enough that I can make it without using a recipe now that I've done it a few times. The pictured version subs regular lentils for the reds in the recipe. I've done it both ways and I like it better with reds but I have greens in my food storage and it's still yummy that way. It's currently in our regular soup rotation since both kids love lentils. Love them.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream (GAPS)

Yup. This stuff is better than the coconut dream stuff you can buy in the store in my humble but accurate opinion. Go here for the recipe and delicious looking pictures. I realize the gaps legality is debatable but it fit my current description for legal party food. And it's rich enough that you really don't want to eat the whole batch. I was very happy with my ramekin sized portion. Delicious!

Spicy Pepper Drumsticks

We made these for the 4th of July party. We've made them before but they were WAY spicier this time. I blame the habanero chipotle tabasco sauce that I used. Apparently I had a milder version the last three times. I'm not a fan of spicy but I do like these (when I use the milder tabasco). The drumsticks are paired with a blue cheese dressing dip and fresh fennel, chopped into matchsticks. The recipe is from Batali's Italian Grill, pg 142 (paraphrased).

12 chicken drumsticks (pastured!)
kosher salt (sea salt for me)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 TB Tabasco sauce, preferrably chipotle
1 TB fennel seeds, lightly crushed in a spice or coffee grinder
2 TB freshly ground pepper

Place drumsticks on a baking sheet and season well with salt. Bake at 400' for 20-25 minutes. In a bowl, stir remaining ingredients. As soon as the drumsticks come out of the oven, dip them into the bowl and place on a rack to drain (toaster oven rack over a baking sheet works well). Spoon a little of the mixture over each one. Grill drumsticks on a hot grill, covered. Turn occasionally at first and then more often as they start to caramelize, about 10-12 minutes. Serve with Gorgonzola dressing and fresh fennel sticks.

Note: May bake and marinate a day ahead, if desired. If so, leave on rack, then cover and refrigerate, bringing to room temp. before grilling.

Creamy Bacon Potato Soup

I was visiting my parents this weekend and wanted to make my Dad some bacon potato soup but apparently I've never posted the recipe here so I didn't have it! If I were a thinking person, I'd have realized it was on dropbox but that didn't occur to me at the time. So now that I'm home, here is the recipe in case it ever comes up again. There's no picture because I'm not making it for myself since it's not gaps legal. It's a great recipe to feed a large crowd with though. Doubling it goes a long, long way.

1 lb bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots (in food processor)
2 cups potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 qt chicken stock
1 qt half and half
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

In a frying pan, fry bacon.  Remove bacon from pan, set aside, and discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat (or keep it all in there...yum).  Sauté onions in bacon fat.  Put soup stock in a large sauce pan.  Add pota­toes, car­rots, and sautéed onion.  Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.  Make white sauce by melting butter, then adding flour.  Cook for 1 minute, then add the milk, salt & pepper.  Stir constantly with whisk until mixture is thick and bubbly. Add, with bacon, to vegetables in pan.  Stir to blend.  Warm all the way through and serve immediately.

Note: this recipe really doesn't need cheese added to it but feel free to use some cheddar as a garnish if desired. Also, if you think you'll have leftovers, you may want to add the bacon to individual bowls because it loses it's delicious crispness pretty quickly.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Cucumber Bites

These were something I came up with the other day and I keep making more! Just slice a cucumber, make the feta schmear and top with half a grape tomato. I also liked it with a slice of green onion on top. Yum!

To make the schmear, start with a glob of labneh. Add as much feta as the labneh will take without getting totally dry. Squeeze lime juice into it until it's the consistency you want. Add sea salt to taste. Assemble and top with freshly ground pepper.