gluten-free ice cream sammies!

gluten-free ice cream sammies!

I was thrilled when I first found this recipe for gluten-free ice cream sandwiches because my son had never known the thrill of those waxy vanilla ice cream sandwiches. You know, the ones wrapped all in paper? Where the ice cream inevitably melts down your arm as you quickly shove the remaining bites into your mouth? You know, the ones that signal Summer and staying up past your bedtime and having no homework and running barefoot in newly cut grass? You know what I'm talking about.

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gluten-free snickerdoodle cake

gluten-free snickerdoodle cake

Enter, the Snickerdoodle Cake. I struggled with what to call this confection really. It's not totally a cake and it's not totally a bar. A car? A bake? Wait, those are already things.... so, I'm going with "cake," since at this point in my life, it sounds more festive than a "bar."

This is an adaptation of a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook which I highly recommend. The main adaptation is that I've converted it to gluten-free and I've played with the size of the pan you bake it in. Deb Perelman (the food blogger we all aspire to be, right?) describes these as a cross between a snickerdoodle cookie and a gooey butter cake.

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lapsang souchong ice cream

lapsang souchong ice cream

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." - Julia Child

So, my "what-the-hell attitude" led me to think that a smoky creamy ice cream would be A-MAZ-ING. And, this time, I was right. I think the key to this recipe is to get some good Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. We had this amazing tea shop in our old neighborhood in Brooklyn (of course, there's a great tea shop in Brooklyn- queue the eye roll) that had a double-smoked (aka extra smoky) Lapsang Souchong. I wish I could have used those leaves... 

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gluten-free swedish prinsesstarta!

gluten-free swedish prinsesstarta!

I decided to make this cake since one-half of my in-laws are big into their Swedish heritage and we had a festive Swedish luncheon the other weekend. I watched the contestants on The Great British Baking Show make one and I thought, "Hey, I think I could do that!" Nevermind that I don't really like marzipan and I'm not actually Swedish.

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maple ice cream with salty buttered pecans

maple ice cream with salty buttered pecans

Little known fact. Ice cream tastes better in the winter. That's right. All of our years running after the ice cream man in the summer was for naught. There's something about eating something cold in the cold that is pretty magical. I learned this when I studied abroad in Russia. My friends and I loved buying the flattened pre-scooped ice cream cones from the street vendors. They only came in vanilla and chocolate and the wafer cone was soft and chewy, but who cared? It was super creamy and it was snowing out and it tasted amazing!

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