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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Seven Plant-based Shortbread Recipes for the Holidays

 I had grannies with Scottish backgrounds, so shortbread was always "a thing" in my growing up Christmases. It was also the first cookie recipe I remember experimenting with baking-- I read the recipe wrong and used a pound block of butter vs. the cup that was called for. My mother kindly referred to my gaff by saying, "These are delicious-- very rich!"  Evergreen whispers, Vegan shortbread gently bakes, Christmas joy unfolds. I still like to experiment with recipes. I hope that you maybe try one that you haven't tried before and let me know what you think in the comments below. Feel free to do your own innovations on these recipes and let me know what worked for you!  1. Classic Scottish Shortbread 2. No-bake Almond Shortbread 3. Carob Shortbread 4. Oatmeal Shortbread 5. Gluten-free Almond Flour Shortbread 6. Peppermint Shortbread 7. Ginger Shortbread 8. How to make Powdered Sugar 9. A Simple Vanilla Glaze 10. Quick Chocolate Dip Scroll for the s even plant-ba

Gluten-free Stovetop Stuffing

Gluten-free stove top stuffing-- a delish nosh bowl along with sauerkraut salad, hummus, broccoli, and kimchee.  The recipe for a plant-based gluten-free stovetop stuffing came about when I was using a little poultry seasoning in what I hoped would be a yummy savory quinoa flour waffle. For some reason, the waffle stuck to the iron (grrr) but I tasted the mess and it was quite lovely.  I filed the idea away for some sort of dish containing quinoa flour and poultry seasoning. After making a series of recipes for whole wheat crockpot bread and quinoa GF crockpot bread , I ended up with a heel of quinoa bread about five days old, needing some rescue recipe (too good to throw out or to allow to mold). Tonight was the night. INGREDIENTS FOR THE GLUTEN-FREE STUFFING RECIPE (Serves 4) The heel of a small heavy, soft  loaf of quinoa bread: about 4 slices + end/crust piece 1 cup of veggie broth (or like-chicken vegan broth) 1/2 cup toasted quinoa flour 3 tablespoons of coconut oil or margerine

Fat-free Oat Cheese Sauce

Oat-based vegan cheese sauce Here is a delicious, healthy Mac and cheese recipe, particularly important for those following a diet geared for low fat heart health.  Besides no dairy, this Cheesy dish contains no poured oils and no seeds or nuts in this recipe! Check your pantry for the following and you are ready to go: Oat flakes (gluten-free, if needed), corn or tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, half a red pepper, salt pepper, a half a lemon (or apple cider vinegar will do) and some Mexican spices if you so wish. Also either onion powder or a half an onion (chopped), liquid smoke (optional, but I use a capful) and a blender . Now go here to the recipe from Mrs. Plant in Texas and get all the measures of the ingredients used. We have been enjoying this quick and easy sauce over pasta, broccoli and cooked other vegetables, and punched up with a little more heat, as a dip.  I know you will enjoy it too!

Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler

This yummy easy-on-me plant-based chocolate-cherry cobbler is a recipe of the fabulous *Forks Over Knives* team.  Link below. Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler, an incredible Christmas Confection!  So delicious, and low sugar, vegan, no added oils  and gluten-free if you opt to use GF quick oats. Also, quick to put together with most ingredients already in most of our cupboards.  Two kinds of cherries are suggested for this decadent dessert: frozen unsweetened dark sweet cherries (4 cups) and frozen unsweetened tart cherries (1 cup).  It might be tough to find either one or the other in your local market. You could consider other berries in a pinch  sweetening as needed. You could also use just one of the two berry types.   Find the full recipe HERE . If you have extra cherries, you might want to try the following great fudgy chocolate smoothie (approved by NutritionFacts.org's Dr. Michael Greger) Fudgy Chocolate- Cherry Smoothie                                                   (Click on

Chocolate Chip Hummus Recipe, Vegan, Glutenfree

  Yes, yes, yes... I am a beaner (mostly vegan, lovin' legumes) and I also love the cocoa bean-- soooooo.... when I ran across a recipe for "cookie dough dip" made with garbanzo beans AND chocolate chips... well, you know, I just had to give it a go.    And it turns out, it is delisssssshhh.  Yum yum yum yum.Now, notching incongruous innovation up just a bit, have you ever imagined what dipping cookie dough with a potato chip might be like?  Yeah, well, so did I. And I found the perfect light, but vaguely-reminiscent-of-wafer potato chip-- Kettle Bakes in the very simple but elegant SEA SALT (plus sliced potato and sunflower oil) flavour. Not sure where these potato bakes can be purchased now. Into your food processor (one that will really do the job of creaming this cookie dough, such as a Cuisinart) put: INGREDiENTS *1 1/2 C. (250 g) canned  Garbanzo Beans  / Chick Peas (well-rinsed) *1/4 C.  Almond Butter  (I used Maranatha Raw Almond Butter) *2 tsp.  Vanilla  (I used

Quick Gluten-free Oat-Buckwheat Cookie Recipe

  When you make these delicious gluten-free oat-buckwheat cookies  you wiĺl need to use a light and fluffy buckwheat flour made from dehydrated buckwheat crispies .  Make your own crispies-- easy peas y or buy puffed buckwheat from a health store or Amazon . For this cookie recipe, Step 2 is to grind up the crispies in a coffee bean grinder into a fine flour (you can actually grind the dehydrated groats in your high speed blender into a flour as well if you don't want to soak and dehydrate your buckwheat).  These make a fine, sweet, substantial, fairly soft cookie.  If I'd had any GF chocolate chips around, I would have added them! Preheat oven to 350F. Put the following into a Food Processor: *1/2 C.  Virgin Coconut Oil  (doesn't have to be melted) *1 C. Granulated  Sweetener (I used a combination of Palm Sugar & Stevia) *1  Vegan Egg  (1 T. Flax seed, ground, and mixed into 3 T. warm water) *1 tsp.  Vanilla *1 C.  Buckwheat Crispie  "Flour"  (Crispies groun

Buckwheat Crispies (Dehydated Buckwheat Groats)

You have likely run across the benefits of a living and raw vegan diet for anyone who is gluten-sensitive or has celiac disease.   The major benefit is that raw fruits and veggies are chock-full of enzymes that help with the digestion of food, and generally, grains like wheat are totally missing from the diet because, well, they are highly acid-producing, have nasty-tasting 'inhibitors' in their bran, and just don't add anything to the deliciousness of the raw vegan experience.   As well, many writers of raw and living food recipes discovered their own sensitivity to gluten.  So, a good food dehydrator like the  Excalibur  is a great boon to broadening your gluten-free recipe repertoire. The amazing thing about raw recipes  is that many of them can be made up to similulate the flavor, texture, and other elements of "mouth appeal" that we look for in traditional heated recipes.  I'm just starting to use buckwheat crispies in various recipes.  You can too!  Belo

Lemon-Tahini Salad Dressing

We had a wonderful zesty lemon-tahini dip with a veggie wrap served in a local eatery.  This is my facsimile:   Blend together:  1/2 cup fresh lemon juice  1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (raw)  5 Medjool dates, pitted  1/2 teaspoon ginger powder  2 tablespoons Miso (or 1/2 tsp. salt)  1/3 cup raw tahini  1/2 to 1 cup cold filtered water (to the thickness you like)   Use as a dip for wraps, chips, or crudites, or a salad dressing as above.