Saturday, December 8, 2012

GF Sweet Potato Biscuits with Vanilla Bean Honey Butter

    Santa came early! Hoo!! Thanks, Kelly! xo

Gluten free brunch-for-dinner with friends around a Christmas tree? That's what I call a fun Friday night!

I'm not really trying to make everything that I love gluten free as much as I am just trying to eat whole foods, but I figure a few things here and there as a special treat are totally worth it. These little biscuits were quite tasty and met my standard for gf deliciousness. And they were hassle free, as far as biscuits go. It's time for brunch. Get to work!

GF Sweet Potato Biscuits
Makes about 15

1 cup baked sweet potato (for quick results, pierce a sweet potato and place in the microwave for 5 minutes or until tender)
1 1/3 cups gluten free all purpose flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1 tbs baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup buttermilk or substitute such as a tbs of vinegar mixed with almond milk, allow to curdle
1/4 cup honey

- Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. With a food processor, mix the dry ingredients until incorporated, pulse in cold butter until it appears to be coarse meal. Add in sweet potato, buttermilk and honey. The dough will be wet. Flop it out onto a saran-wrapped baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for thirty minutes. Cut with a biscuit cutter and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. I needed mine to be warmed up again, so I did a little under baking and reheated them to crisp them up for later!

Vanilla Bean Honey Butter

1/2 stick of butter
1/8 cup honey
1/4 vanilla bean beans

- In a stand mixer, whisk the butter until creamy. Add in other ingredients, refrigerate until ready to use, at which point you can allow to sit out at room temperature for about thirty minutes before serving.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting It Together

How is it that when you're sick for a while, it is just quite simply impossible to have normal days or even imagine what it would be like to have them ever again?

"Normal" becomes some annoying blob in my memory of events and moments that I look back on with fondness, recalling the perfection of those times. But how absurd. Because in reality, most moments at the time are surrounded by lurking discontent. That ever-pestering, nagging need for perfection is always on my mind. Living in the moment is usually something I leave to the birds.

But when you feel like your guts have been removed from inside of your body, run over by a truck in a dirty road, then stuffed back inside of you to fend for themselves, perspective changes. And although I don't quite get why I have to be plagued with this thing, I have begun to realize that it is a pretty solid reminder of the fact that happiness is a choice. And that I'm pretty lousy at being thankful because I am so preoccupied with gaining perfection in one thing or another at any  given moment.

So, I've been attempting to pull myself together in the last week or so. I've realized that the people and things I am blessed enough to have in my life are all pretty amazing and inspirational.

And that's just it! Inspiration. It makes all of the difference.

Recently, I've been most inspired by the rare chance to play for important people with incredible musicians on the most wonderful instrument of my life. That also provides perspective and a new lease on practicing, I tell you what. And I'll tell you more about that if you ask, of course!

But on ordinary days when I feel like giving up, I am reminded of those small things in life that are so inspirational. And as I gather them together and search for new motivation in life and in food creation and music making, I might be changing, and my choices might have to be a little different from now on, but how stupid would I be to waste another moment being ungrateful, striving for unnattainable perfection? Stop it, Anna. Seriously.

Get it together.

If you're anything like me and you find yourself needing a little help, drop by Julia's kitchen and see me while you're at it. I'll probably be there, having conversations with her in my head.

"You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love." - Julia Child


photo taken at the Smithsonian of Julia's kitchen and her coffee pot with very helpful tips on how much coffee you actually get from certain amounts of water. Love it.