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::tap, tap:: Is this thing on?

Hello, 2016! How are you? I’m good. I mean, not that you would know that, since evidently I posted exactly twice last year. Twice. That is terrible, mostly because I adore my little corner of the internet and everyone that choses to share it with me (and there were a LOT of you) even if I’m absent. So, against my better judgement, I DO have a resolution this year. I promise myself to hang out here more often. Share more recipes. Explore more crafts. Spend more time seeing what my other favorite bloggers are up to. Take more photos AND share them beyond a hard drive. I already feel like I’m getting ahead of myself. I also think I’m already behind. I just made a New Year’s Resolution on January 8th. In the interest of getting back on the blogging bandwagon, I’ll start with a few of my favorite things: best friends, family, babies, dogs, home, holidays and snow. That’s right, ShareABitOfLove has a bundle on board and she let me take some super fun photos of …

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Obviously these are gluten free – they’d really ruin my Thanksgiving if they weren’t – but it doesn’t seem fair to label them in a way that could imply that they’re anything short of awesome, perfectly chewy, with a just-crunchy-enough edge cookie – a universally loved treat. Now, I had never made this recipe, and in addition to it being a first round go, I was in a bit of a hurry and made modifications along the way that had me guessing as to whether this would be bloggable or simply good-enough-to-get-my-sugar-high-post-turkey. Why do you care? I didn’t take any photos along the way.  When I make these again (I definitely will) perhaps I’ll update the post with a step by step (I probably won’t). So, if you have questions, post them below or email info@thenaturalginger.com. Adapted to be gluten free and amazing from Alton Brown’s The Chewy Recipe on Food.com

Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

It’s here. Finally. The warm weather that makes me choose salad over mac & cheese and a run over hibernating with a book, blanket and glass of wine. Ok, fine. Claiming the wine is seasonal is a total lie, I just switch from pinot noir to pinot grigio. After a glorious weekend with some of my favorite, favorite people in New Orleans I came back craving some fruit, veggies, and generally detoxifying fare. (Eating your way through a foodie city and having a drink at every stop has that effect on anyone.)  I had stopped daydreaming about fried alligator (which, by the way, is amazing) and was daydreaming about the chilled cucumber & yogurt soup from our last stop before the airport at Satsuma Cafe.  If you ever find yourself in the Big Easy and want some healthy, organic fare that more than caters to the gluten free and vegan set, this is your spot. Don’t worry, their fresh wheat bread and bacon also seemed delicious. Truly something for everyone. Since menus don’t come with recipes, I went by taste, feeling …

Krave Jerky: A Review to Celebrate National Jerky Day

Did you know that was a thing? I didn’t, but I’m so glad I’ve found a day to celebrate the deliciousness of dried meat. You might think I’m being sarcastic, but seriously, I love jerky… and pepperoni and salami and prosciutto and..and… if it was once alive and is now dead and cured with spices and salt, I’m in. Ok, that was graphic. I’m sorry. (No I’m not.) So yes, I love dried and cured meats, and when the chance to review Krave Jerky for my blog came along, I jumped at the chance.  I first checked in with them to see if it was gluten free, since the majority of jerkys use some sort of soy sauce in their marinades and that’a  no-go for this girl.  It is! And it’s so much more. And by more, I mean less. Less sodium. Less hormones. Less of the crap. KRAVE Jerky facts from the makers themselves: • KRAVE Jerky does not contain any nitrates, hormones, MSG or artificial flavors & is Gluten Free. • KRAVE Jerky is 97% fat free; lower in sodium …

Mushroom, Goat Cheese & Arugula Pizza with Cheesy {Gluten Free} Crust

About 9 months ago, I thought I had come close to perfecting the art of gluten free pizza.  It was definitely a strong start, and the recipe, with minimal modification, has been my go-to since originally constructing it.  I knew even at the time it might need some modification, and it’s still one to keep in the repertoire, but I’m here to tell you – I’ve created something even better! The roommate and I were having our Fantasy Baseball draft last night and the occasion called for pizza and beer. (Ok, I try to argue that most any day calls for pizza and beer.)  Feeling the need to switch it up, I decided not only was I going to try to make a lighter, healthier pizza for myself, but I was going to try to continue my quest to the perfect crust with a new experiment. Pizza Crust. Bread. They’re in the same family, and the recipes are often very close relatives.  What is the best bread I’ve made? Oh yes, my Against The Grain …

Knitting Fridays

Hi, my name is Whitney and I’m addicted to making stuff.  Food, clothes, crafts… I can’t get enough.  It’s always a little dangerous when I head down a new artistic path, because it generally leads to hoarding supplies and I live in 750 square feet and no walls.  My roommate is very patient and, luckily, thinks most of the stuff I make is fairly neat.  Last night I dove head first into the world of knitting. I thought I’d learned some basics back when I was a kid… whatever I thought I knew, well, I was wrong.  Luckily, there were two of us learning, and two veteran knitters. Obviously, we couldn’t craft without some good food and drink – wine, martinis, pâté, hummus, olives, roasted garlic, cookies, meats, cheeses, crackers – ok, maybe knitting club is a thinly veiled cover for “We like to eat rich food and drink with with friends… let’s add a craft and make it legit!”  You know you’re jealous.You know you have good friends when, the moment you walk in, …

Almond Roca

This is my last recipe post of 2013, and most definitely the last recipe of this variety for a while. By “this variety” I mean anything with butter as the main ingredient.  I made this with my mom and sister when I was home for the holidays and couldn’t wait to try it on my own. So when we landed yesterday, I made it again. We were going to someone’s house, so it was a necessity. I promise. Now, as I sit here I am 1) Sad that there is no more candy left, and 2) Thinking about how tight my pants feel after living for a week where almond roca counted as a balanced ‘breakfast’ The holidays are mean. They chew you up and spit you out 10lbs heavier.  This year was just like any other, and just like every New Year’s Eve before it, this one will come with resolutions to move a little more, eat a little less, and choose water over wine just a *little* more often. But it’s only December 30th. You’ve …