Chocolate Zucchini Layer Cake with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting {gluten-free} + Alternative Baker + a Blogiversary

Grass-green matcha cream cheese frosting adorns layers of chocolate cake flecked with zucchini and nutty sorghum flour in this gluten-free chocolate layer cake.

Chocolate Zucchini Layer Cake with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting {gluten-free}

Today is pretty much the most exciting day of my life. More than the day I won a poetry contest in 6th grade (which began “a lone bald eagle in a tree / collecting pollen a honey bee”). More than the day I finally passed my driving test (after failing three times). It comes close to the day we brought Catamus home from the SPCA (and he promptly destroyed our favorite houseplant). Today is the day that Alternative Baker is unleashed upon the world in all its buttery, sugary, gluten-free glory. (Plus, The Bojon Gourmet turns 7 this Friday!) Let’s celebrate with cake.

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Tomato Pie with Basil, Parmesan + Cornmeal {gluten-free}

A lighter take on traditional tomato pie, this savory dish starts with cornmeal-crusted tomatoes layered with mozzarella, parmesan, and basil in a crunchy gluten-free pie crust. 

Tomato Pie with Basil, Parmesan + Cornmeal {gluten-free}

Three years ago today I posted a recipe for gluten-free pie dough. It was pretty good, and I was excited to find a magical blend of alternative flours (sweet rice, millet, and oat) that baked up flaky and crisp. That pie dough inspired a whole book on gluten-free, whole-grain baking that’s about to be released in just 5 days, complete with loads of seasonal pie recipes and a visual guide on how to make the perfect pie crust. (And if you’d like to nerd out on cookbook writing, hop over to The Dinner Special podcast to hear me ramble on about the whole process.)

But now, tomato pie!

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Blueberry Plum Cobbler with Corn Flour Biscuits {gluten-free} + Alternative Baker Cookbook Trailer

Blueberries and plums canoodle beneath tender gluten-free biscuits laced with the sunny taste of corn flour in this late-summer cobbler. 

Gluten-Free Blueberry Plum Cobbler with Corn Flour Biscuits

I’m excited to share a little project that Sarah and I have been working on: a video trailer for Alternative Baker! We found the perfect song to pair with footage of me making some of my favorite treats from the book (spoiler: this cobbler is one of them!) by The Good Lovelies, whose lush harmonies make us want to get in the kitchen and cook. A huge thanks to The Good Lovelies for kindly sharing their song Kiss Me in the Kitchen, to Page Street Publishing Co. for making this video possible, and most of all to Sarah for being a rockstar videographer and friend! Sarah’s sharing a gorgeous tart recipe adapted from the book today as well – YUM.

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Vanilla Rooibos Peach Ice Cream Floats {vegan} + Minneapolis

Rooibos blended with fresh peaches and vanilla bean makes a refreshing soda to enjoy on its own or, preferably, poured over coconut milk ice cream for vegan floats. 

Vanilla Rooibos Peach Ice Cream Floats {vegan}

On July 20th I boarded a plane to Minnesota with Sarah and her family. This may not seem like a big deal, but it was my first time on a plane in about 4 years. Despite my love of travel, I look a lot like Meg Ryan at the beginning of French Kiss when airborne. For everyone’s sake, I tend to stick to transportation by car, boat, train, rickshaw… anything that stays close to the earth’s surface. But there was no getting around flying to Minnesota. So I braved my fear of planes, humidity, and mosquitos and off we went.

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Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains & Flours

14 flours. 140 recipes. 0 glutens. ALL DESSERT. Coming to you September 13th.

Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours – 100+ recipes featuring corn, oat, chestnut, almond, buckwheat, sorghum, and other gluten-free flours

I got an early copy of my book in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited to unwrap it and see the incarnation of nearly 2 years of  intense work; it was a bit like Christmas (or Chrismukkuh as we celebrate in my family). I was afraid to crack the cover at first. Then I flipped through it really fast, scared I would find a mistake. Then I spent way too many hours poring over every page with Jay, then Sarah and Amelia, who chimed in every once in a while, “Oooh, I ate that!”

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Blackberry Peach Buckwheat Pandowdy + Toasted Buckwheat Ice Cream {gluten-free}

Flaky buckwheat pie dough forms the crust for this late summer fruit dessert, and ice cream flavored with vanilla bean and toasted buckwheat makes a beguiling foil. Adapted from my cookbook Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours

Blackberry Peach Buckwheat Pandowdy + Toasted Buckwheat Ice Cream {gluten-free}

It’s the one month countdown to the release of Alternative Baker! (And if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy yet, you can do so at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local bookstore, or wherever books are sold.) In the meantime, I wanted to share a favorite summer fruit dessert adapted from the book.

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