Iced Miel Latte (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

iced miel

This past fall, I had an awesome opportunity to travel a bit around the midwest for a long weekend to visit friends. My first stop took me to Peoria, Illinois, where I was introduced to a cozy coffee shop downtown, Thrity-Thirty Coffee. There, I sampled several of their offerings, but I was particularly taken by their Miel Latte. Made with local honey, freshly ground cinnamon, espresso and milk, it reminded me a bit of the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks… Only less-sweet, fresher-tasting and — as you can probably imagine — far too easy to drink one after another.

I knew I wanted to reproduce this delicious brew at home, but going out to get a few shots of espresso didn’t really make sense. And buying an espresso machine? Yeahhhh, not an option. But the perfect solution presented itself in the form of a Vietnamese coffee maker. With its seven dollar price tag and ability to produce a strong, well-balanced cup in minutes I was sold.

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Banana Everything Cookies (Gluten-Free, Naturally Vegan)

Banana Everything Cookies (Gluten-Free)

When I first came across this recipe, I had no idea where the title came from. How can they be everything if they’re dairy- and egg-free, and made without a pantry’s worth of ingredients? These are no everything-but-the-kitchen-sink creations. But it all made sense after I bit into the first one, still warm and a touch gooey from the oven. They’re everything you want in a chocolate chip cookie — chewy, studded with the perfect amount of semi-sweet morsels, and made with enough wholesome ingredients that you can snitch a few for breakfast guilt-free.

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Hard-Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder With Apple Mostarda, Cheesy Grits and Crispy Pancetta (Naturally Gluten-Free)

order up: hard-apple-cider braised pork shoulder with mostarda and cheesy grits

I’ve wanted to share this recipe for quite some time now, but whenever I sit down to get writing I’ve been at a loss for words. That is, anything beyond DELICIOUS, MAKE THIS NOW and enthusiastic MMMMMMMMS. Of course, the latter may be attributed to the fact that I’ve had a forkful of this tangy, sweet-savory braised pork and cheesy grits goodness in my mouth at pretty much every opportunity since early fall, therefore rendering me incapable of producing more than sound effects. (Only slightly hyperbolic…) But seriously, I can’t keep this one to myself any longer, so here it goes.

We start off with a can of a delightfully balanced, local-to-me hard cider from Cigar City Cider and Mead. If you can’t find it, no worries. Crispin original or your favorite non-spiced variety should do just fine. You can also go completely booze-free with the non-hard stuff or even some unfiltered apple juice (Trader Joe’s in the refrigerated section is my fave, and tastes delicious with a splash of bourbon and a few shakes of bitters). Into a saucepan it goes to simmer away by half, concentrating the flavors. Be prepared: Your home will smell amazing.

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S’mores Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

S'mores Cupcakes

S’mores-inspired treats are having a major* moment, you guys. And with good reason: They’re a playful nod to summer and the fun times toasting ‘mallows around the campfire, while ushering in the fall baking season. These s’mores cupcakes get in on this tasty trend, pairing personal-size graham cracker cakes with a whipped milk chocolate ganache core all topped with a generous plume of marshmallowy meringue frosting. All gluten-free. What’s not to love about that?

S'mores Cupcake Cross Section

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The Strand’s Grilled Peach Salad (With Praline Bacon!), At Home

Grilled Peach and Praline Bacon Salad

Peaches. I can’t seem to get enough of them (and, it seems, all other stone fruit) this time of year. Maybe it’s my semi-new status as a Georgia-adjacent-state resident (read: Florida). Or perhaps it’s because their sweet, summery smell is just impossible to resist whenever I wander through the produce department. Regardless, this salad is a spectacular way to showcase their flavor beyond in the usual cobbler.

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