The Ringer

I am moving to a full-time position at The Ringer, which means I won’t be able to blog anymore. I will definitely keep the site up, though, for anyone who wants to poke around. It somehow feels appropriate that the last post will be a bunch of Bill Walton quotes. Thanks again to everyone who read, shared and commented. I wouldn’t be where I am without your support and I really do appreciate it. Feel free to drop me a line at

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: Ebook Sale Dec. 2015!


Hooray! A gift for you!  For the month of December, the ebook version of Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats is on sale for $3.99 across a variety of ebook retailers.

Check it out on your favorite ebook platform!

Apple iBookstore 
Google Play

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Summer Skincare

I’m so excited to talk about my summer skincare routine.  I can’t believe I actually typed that!  Most of us are excited to share with friends when we find something we are excited and passionate about.

I started using some Beautycounter products after Pearl was born.  Post-partum hormones wreak havoc on my skin and  I had never really had success in fading the dark spots on my face from when I was pregnant with Lucy.  That coupled with a few spots I had removed between pregnancies, turning 32, and lack of sleep (hi dark eye circles), I was in need of some help!

Also having the desire to use safer products, I turned to Beautycounter.  I started with using the loved charcoal bar and the Countermatch night cream.  From there I added more and more products until, after tons of thought and discernment, I decided to join as a consultant.  Fast forward to now, I don’t exclusively use Beautycounter but I mostly use Beautycounter.  There are clean/safe/natural products on the market other than Beautycounter.  Some of my favorites include Schmidt’s (deodorant – another post coming soon), Dr. Bronner’s, Primally Pure, Little Seed Farm.

So specifically to talk about my Summer skincare routine – my skin is pretty textbook combination skin.  A little oily in my T-zone and across my chin, and somewhat dry elsewhere.  The oily spots are magnified in the summer, I believe, due to the crazy humidity of the Midwest.  So here is my current routine:

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Epic Vegan: Crab Rangoon Pizza Recipe


Perhaps you read my previous post featuring a recipe from The Vegan Roadie, (Dustin Harder – @theveganroadie) for vegan Crab Rangoon and thought, “That’s well and good, but I want pizza!” Well, in his new book, Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes, Dustin solves this problem for you, while solving food problems you didn’t even know you had. Here’s his recipe Crab Rangoon Pizza to kick off your weekend – if you like it, you should go grab a copy of his book during the pre-sale!

To make this recipe, you will also need these recipes (or, you can grab your favorite store-bought versions!):

Please note that some links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase I could earn a commission. However, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed here are my own. Photo and recipe by Dustin Harder. Shared with permission from Fair Winds Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group.

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How to Make Apple Butter

Wondering how to make apple butter? It’s super simple and this homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours, is free of added sweetener and is naturally vegan and paleo.

What is apple butter?

Apple butter is a super concentrated form of apple sauce that’s usually cooked very slowly to allow the sugar from the apples to caramelize.

There’s no butter in it! You use it the same way you use jam.

The muffins you see in the pictures are these vegan pumpkin muffins. It’s also great used in these apple butter donuts!

This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

Where does apple butter come from?

When the first monasteries with large apple orchards appeared in the middle ages, apple butter was born as a way to conserve part of the fruit production. It originated in present-day Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and made its way to colonial America via the settlers.

This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

How do you make apple butter?

Making apple butter is really super simple.

When I first looked at apple butter recipes, I found recipes that took 8 hours of cooking… even 15 hours. But I wanted apple butter NOW! 😀

So with this recipe, you core and then cut the apples (an apple slicer makes this a breeze). Then you put them in a large pot, together with spices and a little apple and lemon juice, and let it go for 1 1/2 hours.

This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

You do have to stir it occasionally but I’d rather do that than let it go for 15 hours. Then you puree it.

When I was looking for recipes, I also found that people usually use a load of sugar in apple butter. 1 cup of granulated sugar, or even more, per pound of apples. Why?!

It could be that apple butter is supposed to be more like a dessert–item and I’ve just never had “proper” apple butter but I was super happy with this version.

Back when I had a crockpot, I made apple butter in it and I think that the version below tastes just the same. The color came out darker with a crockpot, but taste and texture is spot on!

This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

Questions about how to make apple butter?

  • What are the best apples for making apple butter?

    Softer apple varieties cook more quickly but honestly, I think any apple would do well here. Except for Red Delicious. Just because I don’t recommend those apples for anything.

    A mix of Fuji and Golden Delicious is great, but Idared, Cortland, Braeburn and McIntosh are also softer types that will work well.

  • Can I use something other than apple juice?

    I suppose you could but you’d have to think about whether or not it’d taste good with apples and the spices. If you want to omit it, you can use water but realize that it won’t be as sweet as with the juice.

  • This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

  • Can I omit the lemon juice?

    I’ve only made it with lemon juice but I think you actually can omit it. The result will just be darker, which isn’t a bad thing!

  • Is it possible to can this?

    I’ve never really canned anything and don’t feel comfortable telling people that this recipe is safe to can. Especially because it doesn’t have any added sugar! I’m sure people will tell me that they can apple butter with no added sugar and it’s just fine but still… I’m not 100% sure if that’s safe.

I’d love to hear how it comes out if you try it! Enjoy. 😀

This homemade apple butter only takes 1 1/2 hours and is free of added sweetener! Naturally vegan and paleo.

How to Make Apple Butter (vegan, paleo)

How to Make Apple Butter
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1:30 h
  • Ready in: 1:45 h
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups (875 grams)


  • 3.75 pounds unpeeled apples (1.7kg, about 12 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Core and cut the apples into eights.
  2. Place the apples, spices, apple and lemon juice in a large pot and stir to get the spices evenly distributed.
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or something similar, smush the apples as much as possible.
  5. Remove the lid and continue cooking for another hour, stirring every 15 minutes. The closer to the end you get, the more important this step is or the apples will stick to the bottom of the pan and potentially even burn if you forget about them for too long!
  6. Turn off the heat and if it’s thick enough for you, remove from the heat.
  7. If you want it a little thicker, let it sit on the burner for another 30 minutes or even longer.
  8. Using an immersion blender, puree the apple butter. You could also use a blender or food processor, but the immersion blender is the least messy option.
  9. When cool, pour into containers and refrigerate for up for 5 days. Freeze any apple butter left after 5 days.

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Independent Bookseller Day, 4/30/16: Come See Me at Book Larder!

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Hey there!  Long time, no see!  I am working hard on some exciting new things to share with all of you soon.  In the meantime, I will be participating in the spring Independent Bookseller Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Book Larder in Seattle.  I will be there from 11:00-11:45 doing a gluten-free baking demo (with samples) and signing books.  Please join me and my fellow cookbook authors.  Below is a list of who will be there and when!

Independent Bookstore Day Author Schedule (samples available while supplies last)
11-11:45  Jeanne Sauvage demos a gluten free treat from Gluten-Free Wishlist (she’ll also sign Gluten-Free Baking for The Holidays)
11:45-12:30 Shauna James Ahern signs Gluten-Free Girl American ClassicsGluten-Free Girl EverydayGluten-Free Girl & The Chef, andGluten-Free Girl
1:15-2:00  Cynthia Nims shucks oysters and signs OystersSalty Snacks, and Gourmet Game Night
2-2:45  Johnathan Sundstrom demonstrates a fabulous dish from Lark: Cooking Against The Grain
Becky Selengut signs Shroom and Good Fish
 Matthew Amster-Burton signs Pretty Good Number OneChild Octopus, and Hungry Monkey
2:45-3:30  Amy Pennington demos a seasonal dish from Fresh Pantry, and signs Urban PantryApartment Gardening, and Apples
3:30-4:15  Anna Brones serves up Fika (yes, there will be cookies and coffee) and also signs The Culinary Cyclist and Paris Coffee Revolution.
4:15-5:00 Kathleen Flinn signs The Kitchen Counter Cooking School,Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, and The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry
Books from featured authors will be available for purchase at 10% off on Independent Bookstore Day!


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