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Apple Pecan Oat Bars

Gluten-Free Apple Pecan Oat Bars

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Ah, you guys! Fall baking season is in full effect. I don’t care if it’s still nearly 90°F outside. My oven has been on and I’ve been baking up a storm. We’ve been LOVING these Gluten-Free Apple Pecan Oat Bars. We have been eating them for dessert, breakfast, and snacks. And we’re not tired of them yet!

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Through the end of the year, I’ll be sharing more new recipes I’ve created using Pamela’s Products fab gluten-free mixes and all-purpose flour blends. It’s really fun – I’m not going to lie. This recipe was really fun to develop. It included an apple picking trip, which is an absolute must every fall.

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The base of these is one of my favorite Pamela’s Products baking mixes - Oatmeal Cookie. The mix makes fantastic cookies as-is, but I always like to push things a little further and see how I can think outside of the box (bag).

I took the mix and cut in butter and chopped pecans until the whole mix was crumbly. Some of that becomes the crumb topping. The remainder is combined with eggs and applesauce to create a crust that is somewhere between chewy cookie and cake – almost like a pecan-studded spiced brownie. The filling is nothing more than fresh apples sliced as thinly as possible. The long baking time results in apples that are tender and sweet, a crust with just the right amount of browned edges (my favorite part), and crunchy-crispy streusel top. Mmm…they are everything you want an apple bar cookie to be.

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Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Red Pepper-3

Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Red Pepper

It’s officially Soup Season again, folks! And I am cheering! The other day I was thinking about how excited I am to get through the month of September because I LOVE OCTOBER. But then I thought, “Well, September isn’t so bad either.” The truth is, I just love autumn. The past few days it’s been extra chilly after weeks and weeks of intense dry heat. It rained for the first time in forever and I loved every minute. I even pulled my favorite sweater out of storage for the first time since early spring. Sigh. I just love the cold, cold nights and chilly mornings and sunny, warm afternoons. And I love soup, particularly this Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup.


September bridges summer and fall with a plethora of delicious veggies and fruit. (You can see what’s in season for September by clicking on the image above, or here to visit The Vintage Mixer.) We could almost solely subsist on peaches for every meal, but there are so many other yummy things to eat too.  See below for this month’s #EatSeasonal round-up. Soooo many tasty things to put on your September menus!

I’ve been a fan of roasted red peppers since the first time I tasted one years and years ago. They add spectacular flavor to any recipe, but soup is especially wonderful made with roasted red peppers. The problem is that sometimes the peppers by themselves make a thin soup. Most often you’ll probably see them pureed into bisque. I love bisque, but it’s a little too light for dinner on its own. So I added roasted sweet potatoes. That roast-y, toasty smell of red pepper being blistered in the hot oven was intoxicating as it mixed with the scent of the sweet potatoes getting all caramelized. I could hardly wait to puree everything into a creamy, thick soup. (more…)

Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Gluten-Free Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

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I’m majorly in the mood for a late summer picnic! We have a great park nearby where we live and in the center is a great pond for swimming and nice little “beach” too. I picnicked there with my good friend and our kids before school let out, and I haven’t been back since. My kids go there several times a week with my husband – lucky kids! I’m ready to go a few more times before it gets cold out. A picnic is the perfect excuse to go. My other good friend, Becky, and I are teaming up to share picnic-friendly foods. She made some pretty darn amazing Quick Pickled Cauliflower (made with everyone’s favorite hot sauce!) And I’m sharing one of our favorite quick lunches that is perfect for picnics – Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches.

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A few months ago, I found the most amazing gluten-free rolls I’ve ever tasted in my life. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few things and was ravenous. I was grabbing some bread for my kids and I noticed some new-to-me rolls in the gluten-free section. I snagged a few bags to keep in my freezer because I noticed they were big enough to make sandwiches and when I squeezed the bag, they bounced back. Most gluten-free baked goods don’t do that. I tore open one of the bags as soon as I got to the car and took a huge bite. It wasn’t one of those times where I was so hungry anything tasted good – you know how that is? This time it was like I was hungry, but the rolls stopped me dead in my tracks and I realized they were spectacular. Basically, I love these rolls so much I buy a bag whenever I’m at Whole Foods. But I think my fellow gluten-free peeps in Boise have caught on because they sell out all the time. That was the case one particular day when I went in specifically for those rolls. I was so bummed because I had some smoked salmon in my cart (more gushing about that in a second) and really wanted to have a salmon sandwich when I got home.

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I had no idea that Kim and Jake’s also made peasant bread. There were a few loaves on the shelf and given how good the rolls are, I decided to give it a try. HOLY MOLY. Their bag made me laugh because it says something like, “Get a tissue handy. You’re gonna need it when you taste how good this bread is.” Not a lie. BEST gluten-free bread ever. (And I special order GF bread from San Francisco sometimes. Ha!) So my lunch became Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwiches – all inspired by that spectacular bread. (more…)