Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bring on the Cookies; Noteworthy Blogs 1-29-13

Bring on the cookies!  Need I say more?  Ok, well maybe a little to keep the search engine gremlins happy, lol.

No seriously, cookies for me are linked to so many happy memories.  Both from childhood and as an adult that it is one area I have a hard time refraining from.  Thankfully I am a cookie snob, and prefer homemade what is found in the stores.  Yet, it is an indulgence that I should be avoiding altogether.  Even though every now and then I indulge, gleefully I might add.



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Life's A Plate has posted the recipe for Paleo Almond Clusters.  The beautiful thing about these Paleo Almond Clusters is they have no wheat or nut flour and are very low on the amount of sugar in them.   Though you do have to keep them in a cool place if you want them to remain clusters, versus granola consistency.







At Lillian's test kitchen, where Lillian is always trying new recipes, you can find the recipe for scrumptious Honey (cinnamon) cookies.  She even has a video set up in addition to the recipe to help you out.

Lillian's Test Kitchen

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bread Noteworthy Blogs 1-22-13

Bread, fresh, hot, still steaming steaming from the oven, smothered in real butter, sigh, sounds good doesn't it?   Yet, when living a Paleo lifestyle as I am, bread is a no no.  Or at least the bread of childhood is.  I don't crave bread products anymore, however sometimes I miss the atmosphere created from baking bread and the memories it invokes.  Other times it is even simpler and the convenience of being able to make a sandwich when life is really busy.   Fortunately, there are alternative recipes to be found that provide breads that are acceptable for a Paleo lifestyle.   I say acceptable as I personally use them strictly a rare treat.




Over at "Against the Grain" , author Danielle Walker, has shared her recipe for a Grain Free Sandwich Bread.  Not only is it grain free, it is also yeast free, and dairy free. What I really like about this recipe is it uses cashew butter instead of almond butter in the recipe.  I have a weakness for cashews!







Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy


While over at Cooking Caveman, they have shared a recipe for flat bread they found.  A flat bread that can be used in place of flan, while not as light and delicate, it is delicious.




Do you have a favorite recipe?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Public Transportation to Portland Saturday Market

Whether visiting Portland, Oregon and not wanting to drive or incur the expense of a rental. Or you live in the area and want to avoid the hassle of parking downtown to visit Portland Saturday Market, no problem.  The market is conveniently located on Public transportation lines.

You actually have three otpions and all I can say for advice on which one is best is going to be based on your starting and ending point.

~The MAX Light Rail extends further out and offers options to avoid driving to far into town.  It is also convenient for those that live in town.

~TheVintage Trolley is great if you are already down.  As it is mostly provides public transportation in downtown Portland.

~Tri-Met bus is your third option.  -- at the time of writing this lines #12, #19, or #20 will drop you off close to the market.

As you can see, Portland Saturday Market chose its sight to be accessible for all.  In addition, if you spend $25.00 from an Market artisan,  you can visit the information booth and receive a free bus pass for your return trip. We look forward to seeing you at the start of Market season, the first Saturday in March!


Portland Saturday Market
Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sweet Breads; Noteworthy Blogs 1-15-13

It is winter and there should be the smell of baking bread in the air, sigh.   One I avoid cooking, two with no gluten or wheat or grains in the house, it is a little pointless to be day dreaming about the smells of fresh baked bread.

Memories, plain and simple!  In my house we baked fresh bread every week and sometimes twice a week.  If the house was cold we would supplement the wood stove at the other end of the house by cooking. Usually baking something, bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, or scones.  Even tried are hand at bagels, once.

While I do not miss the gluten or the wheat, I miss the memories they would inspire.  So many happy memories of in my life, and I am sure in others revolve around food.  So what's a Paleo lifestyler to do?

Search the internet!




Over at Northwest Cave Girls, they have an absolutely scrumptious scone recipe.  Perfect for fall and winter it is a delectable Orange Cranberry Almond Scone.  Yum! sums it up perfectly.







Now Heidi, over at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, has a tasty sopaipillas recipe.  This decadent treat boasts the achievement of being both gluten and wheat free, and also being dairy free.  For those of you who do not know a sopaipillas is fried dough that is then drizzled with honey.  Now I am dreaming of Mexican food,  lol.






Have you ever thought of how many of your best recalled memories center around food?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Driving Northbound to Portland Saturday Market

If you are driving northbound on I-5 to visit Portland Saturday Market, you want to stay on 1-5 north until you see the City Center ext.  Take this exit, then take the Natio Parkway exit and head north on SW Natio.  Follow SW Natio past the Burnside Bridge (you will be driving under the bridge) until you reach NW Davis Street.  Make a left turn on NW Davis Street and find parking.


Conveniently located on NW Davis is a SmartPark Garage to park in.  If you use a SmartPark garage and spend $25.00 or more at the Market; you can take your parking ticket to the information booth and receive two (2) free hours of parking.   This works at any SmartPark garage not just the one on Davis.



Portland Saturday Market
Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Soup's On; Noteworthy Blogs 1-8-13


January is wintertime here in the Pacific Northwest and usually the coldest month out of the year.  It is a perfect time for soups, or at least we think so.  One of our favorites has always been mushroom soup, and we found a delightful Paleo to try.  It was excellent, soothed the soul and that craving for hot, hearty, warm soup.





The recipe is titles Mom's Mushroom Soup, which is sweet as it is truly's mom's recipe.










Another great recipe to try is the Stuffed Crepes from Cindy's Table.  Cindy not only blogs but also has written several Paleo cookbooks.







If you are adventurous and try and of these, leave a note on what you thought, we would love to hear what you think of some of our favorite recipes.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Driving Southbound to Portland Saturday Market

Finding your way to Portland Saturday Market. Over the next couple of weeks we will be covering a few of the different ways in which you can visit the market, whether driving or on public transportation.

 Driving into Portland on I-5 Southbound is the easiest if you are coming from the North.  You simply follow I-5 south, take ext 300B, to the city center exit.  The city center exit merges you one to the Morrison Bridge, which once across you will take a right onto SW 2nd Ave.  Follow 2nd ave heading towards the Burnside Bridge, then turn right onto NW Davis.


Located on NW Davis is a SmartPark Garage to park in.  If you use a SmartPark garage and spend $25.00 or more at the Market; you can take your parking ticket to the information booth and receive two (2) free hours of parking.   This works at any SmartPark garage not just the one on Davis.


Portland Saturday Market
Hours of Operation
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm