Autumn Leaves

Currently listening to: Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole

If you follow me on Twitter/ Instagram, you know that I played hooky this weekend and went to Expo East in Baltimore. I had an amazing time educating people about Deya’s Gluten-Free Flour, understanding the natural food industry a bit more, and – most importantly – tasting delicious things. (Some of my favorites were Deception Salsa and Uncle Dougie’s BBQ sauce.) I was blown away by all of the tastes at the show, but saved some room for the evening: I treated myself to a California roll with fresh Baltimore crab from Whole Foods. Another WF find? Fall apples.

Whole Foods apples

Whole Foods apples

Have I mentioned that fall is my favorite season? From soups to hearty sauces to pumpkin decorations, everything screams comfort and home.

Corn grinder

Corn grinder

I can’t help but wonder about New England this time of year. The 80 degree days of North Carolina start to lose their comfort. I’m desperate for a drive through Long Island to see the changing leaves and smell the freshly lit fireplaces, returning home to feel the warmth of the stove as my mom cooks off what seems to be a whole bag of onions for a vat of tomato sauce that will be replenished every Sunday.

A 2012 fall N.C. day

A 2012 fall N.C. day

There’s a certain renaissance that’s associated with fall.  The leaves the change color and then fall to the ground are accompanied by a change of mentalities.

Boot weather

Boot weather

Recently, I cleared my mind of things that have been plaguing me since I got back from Paris. When I was in Baltimore, I had such a realization of my age. I felt so young as a college student in a pool of eager late-20-somethings trying to launch the project to which they’ve dedicated years. I felt so old in the thought that I am in the same decade of serious relationships, weddings, and first homes.

Pumpkins and squash

Pumpkins and squash

It’s important to switch out your summer dresses for sweaters, your cherry red polishes for “Wicked” and “Lacy Not Racy,” and relieve your mind of the things that have been plaguing you. For me, He’s Just Not That Into You and some Pioneer Woman did just the trick. It’s better for me to clear my mind before carrying heavy burdens into the colder seasons.

Fall 2012 apple picking on Long Island

Fall 2012 apple picking on Long Island

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Pizza Crust: Healthified

After a winter of hibernating with boeuf bourguignon and toasty baguette with goat cheese, there comes a time where you have to detox.

crust        Crust

My sister and I (much to the dismay of her beef-loving boyfriend) have been on a serious veggie binge. Even though the vegetables are not even at their peak yet, after a winter of nothing, they taste like candy to our deprived taste buds.

Pre-cooked pizza

Veggie-pizza was one of the items on our menu for the week. In lieu of a wheat-heavy pizza crust, I suggested that we stray from the norm and try something I found on Pinterest: “doughless” cauliflower pizza crust.

Pizza

The recipe came from Lauren Conrad’s website and worked really well, though the crust never got too crispy, to my dismay. Next time, I think I’ll used  processed mozzarella in a bag instead of the kind that comes in a ball- I think the liquid from the cheese might have been a factor in the mushy crust. All in all, though this pizza is nothing like a triangular slice you can grab on a New York street, the cauliflower-based crust was the perfect base for pesto and roasted veggies.

*Don’t forget to spray your pan, even if you use aluminum foil like I did. Also, grab a fork and knife, because this crust will not hold up to gravity like a wheat one will!

Recipe via Pinterest courtesy of Lauren Conrad

Pizza

Gluten-Free Deliciousness

I’ve been swamped with work at school this week, involving a huge physics test, a strategic communications analysis, and doing PR for various organizations. This weekend I’ll be working all day Saturday, but will finally have the time to bake things on Sunday! Literally can’t wait for some down time!

But in the mean time, I have a really excited announcement! A company I worked with this past summer, Deya’s Gluten-Free Flour, has launched its website! I am not gluten-free, but like to substitute it with white flour whenever I can because of its more natural qualities. I have a friend who is allergic to gluten, and I’ve had my fair share of gritty, dirt-like flours. This gluten-free flour is literally the best one I’ve ever tried! It’s a 1-cup substitution for any 1-cup of regular flour in any recipe! I really suggest it to anyone who’s gluten-free, or anyone who’s just looking for a change! Feel free to comment on this post with any questions or any testimonials!

See you next week!

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