Cheddar and Green Onion Biscuits

cheddar and green onion biscuits

I have a general rule of thumb about cookbooks, which is that the recipes have to jump out at me. I should be able to look at a recipe that says, “Make me!” like the food and drink in Alice in Wonderland – except, without the bizarre consequences. There are nuances, of course: sometimes all the recipes look so good that it’s hard to single just one out and then, sometimes, after making one you’re inspired to make another recipe. Or you see a recipe that inspires you to make a riff on it.

Such is the case with these biscuits, which are partially inspired and adapted from a recipe for cheddar chive and jalapeño biscuits in the Joy the Baker Cookbook, by Joy Wilson aka Joy the Baker. I’ve had the recipe bookmarked in my Kindle edition for ages and finally, as autumnal weather sets in – and grandly so, with a rainstorm – I made a biscuit recipe that took cues from her recipe and one of my own that I previously posted, for gluten-free baking powder biscuits.

cheddar and green onion biscuits

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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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Chocolate Cupcakes


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


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.


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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