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Vegetarian Gluten-Free Tamale Pie

Gluten-Free Tamale Pie {Pamela’s Products Giveaway!}

Easy Gluten-Free Tamale PieThank you to Pamela’s Products for sponsoring this post and giveaway. 

In the last few weeks, I’ve read a bunch of articles and blog posts on the subject of home-cooked family dinners. The big question is: are they more pain than they’re worth? My opinion lies somewhere in the middle of that argument, as there are plenty of opinions to go around on both sides. I think it’s so, so important to sit down as a family as often as schedules allow to share a meal together. Sometimes we miss a day here and there. Is it always dinner? No. Sometimes it’s breakfast or lunch. But over all, we try, but we certainly aren’t perfect. In any case, I really enjoy sitting down with my family to discuss our day, whether it’s beginning or ending, without distractions. My kids relish the time with us too. This is especially important to me now that school is back in session. One common complaint about family dinners at home is that it takes too long to make something healthy. We are all busy, and that is true of some recipes. But not this one! As a kid, one of my favorite quick meals was my grandmother’s tamale pie. It was delicious and super easy to put together.I haven’t made it in years! Using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Cornbread and Muffin Mix, I recreated it for my family. And it’s even easier than my grandma’s recipe. This gluten-free tamale pie has a yummy filling made from two kinds of beans, corn, and salsa. Read on to see just how easy it is to make and to enter the Back To School giveaway.

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Peach + Rosemary Two Ways

Peach + Rosemary Two Ways: Fruit Salad + Iced Tea Fizz

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Peaches and rosemary were made for each other. It’s as simple as that. I love peaches. I love rosemary. Put them together, and I’m head over heels for it, no matter what it is. As I’ve been dreaming up new ways to eat peaches (like it’s my full-time job), the idea came to me a few weeks ago to make an iced tea infused with rosemary and sweetened with fresh peach puree and a touch of raw honey. Rosemary has that deeply savory, piney flavor that helps bring out the natural sweet, perfumey flavor of the peaches. It’s a bridge between late summer and early fall when I’m not quite ready to jump into pumpkin everything, and not ready to let the vibrance of summer go.

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So yesterday I stopped by a farm stand to get more peaches and a pumpkin. I select peaches as you should, but in the way that is frowned upon by market owners. To get the perfect peach every time, it must be gently squeezed. Almost like you’re squeezing a raw egg and don’t want to crack the shell. Just so. It should yield slightly. If it’s rock hard, set it down and search for another. Peaches will not continue to ripen off the tree. They will soften a bit. They might even be juicy instead of mealy, and you’ll think they are ripening, but they will never, never be as sweet as the ones left to fully ripen in the cool early fall nights and sunny, warm afternoons. Those peaches will be as sweet as honey, just as sticky, and exploding with juiciness. No supermarket peach will ever do again. (more…)

GF Quinoa Pizza with Stone Fruit, Chiles, and Queso Fresco

Quinoa Pizza with Stone Fruit, Chiles, and Queso Fresco

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September is proving to be magical – the weather and fresh produce are astounding. October is my favorite month, but September is a close second. It’s also time for another round of #EatSeasonal. I’m joining in with some of my favorite bloggers to share recipes using fruits and veggies that are available in September. The links to their recipes are down below and you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EatSeasonal. Let me tell you – you won’t be disappointed. There are some seriously delicious recipes! My contribution this month is a quinoa pizza topped with slices of fresh stone fruit, thinly sliced hot chiles and shallots, a crumble of queso fresco, and the best part – a drizzle of raw honey.

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It sounds sort of like an eclectic mix of toppings, but the work. The flavors and textures are all in harmony – sweet, tart, salty, spicy. The drizzle of honey is a must! (more…)