Gluten-Free Blueberry Rhubarb Crumble

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
how rhubarb is the King…”
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Okay, so maybe that is not exactly what Lewis Caroll said in Alice in Wonderland but I am sure if he had to do it over, he would, especially if he had a bite of this scrumptious Gluten Free Blueberry Rhubarb Crumble.  There is something magical about Rhubarb time.  Perhaps what makes it special is that it is so fleeting.  Now you see it, now you eat it, now you wait until next year, gosh darn it!

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My childhood is full of rhubarb tales.  Memories rush in any time I take a bite, standing on a wooden stool, watching my mom carefully stir the pot of bubbling strawberry and rhubarb, its thick aroma filling the house with excitement as we waited to spoon it over ice cream.  Coming home from working on the ranch in my teens, I would step off the plane tanned by the sun, with my arms full of rhubarb stalks; I would hold them tight and present them like they were a bouquet, greeting my mom with their bright tart magnificence.  Then when I was older, I would take a jar of precious rhubarb preserves to college each fall.  When I was homesick and feeling low, I would pop open the seal to spread some “home” on a thick slab of sourdough toast, feeling much better about the world and my place in it.  Oh yes, rhubarb and I go way back.

Here is a quick, simple dish to start your own love affair with this tart little stalk.  Normally, I do strawberry to make it a little sweeter but I am in love with embracing its acerbity with blueberries, trust me it’s divine.  Make it now before the rhubarb time is gone!

 

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Quick Gluten Free Breakfast – Egg on a Pesto Filled Portabella

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All right, I am going to bring it up: New Years Resolutions.  There I said it.  I’ll let it sit for a few moments…. Okay now that we got the awkward part out of the way let’s get down to it.  I know you want to ignore them and just give up but come on! Let’s dust them off and see what our batting average is this April!  I have more than a few that I am still pretty far away from, but one that I have been really enjoying is the challenge of eating breakfast.   Now I used to live in Manhattan and breakfast was a cup of coffee (if I was lucky) and for a really special day I would have a yogurt.   But this year my health is of the essence which makes getting a healthy and protein/veggie rich start to my day even more imperative.

Wanting to get a good start to your day with breakfast is all well-and-good but what about the time! This is something I battle with on the daily.  I have so much to get done in the morning before I jet to the office.  So lately, I have been wracking my brain to think of grain free, quick, delicious breakfast ideas.  Because, let me tell you, if it isn’t tasty, it really doesn’t matter how healthy or quick it is.

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Easy Valentine’s Brunch

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There are so many things that I miss from Manhattan, having moved a year ago to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  The list is long and consists of friends and moments, places and music, smells and feelings.  I won’t bore you with the details, but near the very top of my list, is Brunch.  Oh dear lord, what I wouldn’t give for a proper brunch.  Meeting friends on the corner of this numbered street and that avenue and stepping into to restaurant all abuzz with the glory of brunch.  The smell of fresh baked goods, the sound of coffee being French pressed, the sizzle of thick sliced, maple glazed, bacon and the cocktails, oh the heavenly cocktails.  The cocktail is truly what makes brunch, well… brunch.  I mean, let’s be honest, without a cocktail, brunch is just a very late breakfast.  Oh how I long for the brunches of New York City.

Being a silver lining kind of girl, I realize that now that I don’t live in a tiny, but seriously amazing, apartment (on the corner of 87th and Central Park West that I miss so very much, so very often).  I now have a beautiful kitchen that you can, you know, actually cook in!  So I get to now share my joy of the proper brunch with my new Pacific Northwest friends at my very own home. I mean, I still rent but you get what I am saying.  So I thought I would share one of my brunches with you my readers for this Valentine’s Day.

I thought a lot about what type of brunch to do for this post and I landed on a fantastic one.  I choose this since it can be done in no more than 15 minutes after just rolling out of bed with the one you love.  Or perhaps you’re a gentleman reading this and you want an easy brunch but you’re not a big cook.  Well this is so easy anyone can pull it off and yet so classy it is sure to impress your love or all your girlfriends on this the holiday of love.  So, get in the kitchen and put a little love into this simple brunch and share it with whomever you cherish, Happy Valentine’s Day my sweet readers.

 

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