Lake Erie Wine Country and Westfield, NY

I previously equated any wine from my region with the blood of Christ, ie: a sickeningly sweet beverage that should only be consumed in a thimble-sized cup with an equally tiny serving of bread or crackers. Then I discovered Mazza Winery and a little pocket of Lake Erie Wine Country that actually produces wine worth seeking. This summer I had the chance to spend a long weekend sipping at a few wineries, exploring the town of Westfield, NY and adding to my general infatuation with Lake Erie. 

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Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Adapted somewhat by pantry necessity and by a grainy curiosity from Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook. The original recipe comes from Avery Ruzicka, the baker behind Manresa Bread in California, and the result is a recipe with careful and precise instructions that yields the most fragrant, gooey cookies. I'm not one for superlatives in blogging & baking, but these are the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made!

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A Vegan Beach Picnic & Curried Cauliflower Wraps

The advantage of this vegan menu for a beach picnic is you don't have to fear mayo or meat spoilage in the heat. Beach eating aside, both of these recipes are great to make at the beginning of the week and reinvent for different meals. Try the curried cauliflower as a gluten-free grain bowl with wild rice or quinoa, or serve it over hearty greens like kale.

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100 Dreams List: A Flea Market Picnic

I've recently been sipping the Koolaid of author Laura Vanderkam, a time/productivity expert. Thanks to Vanderkam, I've been planning my weekends to make the most of my free time (like this brunch) and chipping away at my "100 Dreams List," which included this flea market picnic.  

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The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook Club: Summer Brunch Salad
A gluten-free grain salad with grilled peaches and plump blueberries from The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook by Quelcy Kogel // www.WithTheGrains.com

The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook Club: Summer Brunch Salad

Welcome to The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook Club! In these posts, I'll share tips and tricks for bringing my cookbook to life, shaking up the recipes with substitutions and new ways to use them, and answering questions I receive about the book. For this installment, let's talk salad for brunch!

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Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Almond Flour Cake with Pistachios and Thyme

Somewhere in that process of creating my book and fostering connections for others, I lost a little of my own space for connection. I lost that little voice that said, “why don’t I invite so and so over,” or “why don’t I call so and so.” Mostly, why don’t I pause? "Because," that inner voice said, “there is more to do. You don’t have time.” But that voice stems from a place of scarcity, not creativity or purpose. So on a summery weekend, I adjusted my compass. And through it all, there was always Julep, reminding me that in exchange for her constant support and unconditional love, for the joy she brings me daily, she requires just a mere blueberry taste test.

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