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Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry (Review and Giveaway)

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I was excited to receive an advance copy of Elana Amsterdam’s new cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes – her third cookbook, it is one I’ve been looking forward to since last year when she announced it on her blog Elana’s Pantry and on Twitter. Available now, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry is on sale wherever books are sold!

Elana’s cookbook is packed with lots of great, everyday recipes, including savoury. There are some baking recipes but most of the emphasis is on cooking. The very first recipe, and the one I’m most excited to try (once I’ve found a donut pan!) is for bagels, which can be seen on the cover.

All the recipes are easy and use simple ingredients to impact the most flavour. It’s the kind of cooking I like best and how my family eats as well. For lunch last week, I made the Honey Lemon Chicken (using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead of a whole chicken); with crispy skin and a lemony, sweet flavour, it was a hit!

All of the recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and also nightshade-free (nightshade is a diverse family of plants that include tomatoes).

I’m pleased to announce that on behalf of the publishers, Ten Speed Press, I am giving away 1 copy! To enter the giveaway, please click after the jump (click “read more”). Giveaway details and guidelines are found after the recipe for Colorful Winter Salad.

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Birthday Pancakes

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Yesterday was my sister’s birthday and I wished her happy birthday with pancakes (see photo, above). It took me three tries to get it right. I envisioned the letters as looking a little tidier and, afterward, honestly felt like Hagrid when he gave Harry his birthday cake (though, no spelling mistakes, as my sister duly pointed out).

My sister’s blog is here, where she posts about her art (including behind the scenes/process posts, which are always fun). You might remember that she illustrated the chocolate cupcakes post from April. :D

If you’d like to write a message on your pancakes, here’s how to do it. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the process, but it’s fairly easy. No special equipment required.

First, make your pancake batter (I used this recipe – it’s become my family’s favourite) and have your pan ready. It should be hot, with some melted butter or coconut oil.

Put some of the batter into a small ziplock bag, seal it, and twist. Snip off a small opening at the corner and carefully pipe the letters on to the pan. (You could also use a pastry bag, a squeeze bottle, or a syringe – whatever works or is easier for you and what you have on hand.) Write the letters backwards, as they’ll be reversed when it’s time to flip the pancake.

Once your message is done, pour batter over the letters. Once the edges are dry and bubbles appear on the surface, flip pancake. Cook until the other side is browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve!

Chocolate Cupcakes

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Sometimes I’ll make a recipe for the first time and it’ll be perfect.

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Other times I’ll make a recipe and I can’t stop myself from playing with it. Case in point: these chocolate cupcakes from Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes. It began as a simple affair, with mixing wet and dry ingredients together. The cupcakes, as they stand in the original recipe, are already great. I just couldn’t resist putting my own spin on it.

So I began to play with the recipe.

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I had used butter and melted it instead of grapeseed oil, because that’s what I had on hand. Then I read that using melted butter in a cake recipe can give it a muffin texture and that it’s better to cream to the butter, as the pockets of fat are distributed and melt while baking – resulting in a fluffy crumb. Well, the cupcakes with the melted butter were soft but were also kind of dense. Point proven.

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