Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

gluten free chocolate zucchini bread

Do you like Zucchini Bread? I know there are plenty of good recipes out there but…

This is not just a plain old zucchini bread recipe, it is a Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe!

Having a gluten-free family member, I was searching for something to bake special for her when a reader came to my rescue. She introduced me to a product which is available from my affiliate partner, Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour – thanks Liz!

I know there are many recipes online to make your own gluten-free flour but, since I do not normally cook gluten-free, the store-bought option was the easiest. And, by the way, the Gluten Free Pantry all Purpose Flour is available with a Subscribe and Save option which makes it even more economical. If you are not familiar with Subscribe and Save, it allows you to sign up for scheduled deliveries at intervals you select at a reduced price. You may change, delay or even cancel subsequent shipments at any time (even after the first delivery).

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Pardon the Dust

Welcome to all you new readers! In an effort to accommodate the growth experienced here at Cultured Palate, I have migrated to a new and larger server. Unfortunately, during the process, problems occurred and information was lost. The result so far has been loss of photos and several weeks of posts. Thankfully, the photos have been recovered and now we are working on the other data. I appreciate your patience with all the dust and look forward to having this resolved shortly.

Week in Review – November 23

Le Creuset Jar Scraper

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?

I don’t know about you, but I am already getting prepared – my menu is ready (not that it changes that much from year to year) and groceries are bought.

I really enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, a time set aside to remember all our blessings and what we have to be thankful for – not to mention the time spent together as a family. So, with the season in mind, this Week in Review will give seasonal links around the blogosphere.

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Butchering A Cow

Brisket - soon to be butchered grass fed beef

“Butchering a Cow” might sound like a step-by-step tutorial, but I really just want to share with you how we butchered our steer Brisket (while encouraging you to also branch out beyond your comfort zone).

We purchased Brisket when he was a few days old from a local dairy (and steer-ified him soon thereafter). As his name implies, we considered him not as a pet but  future meat for our table. Last week, that happened – Brisket was re-located to our freezer.

Now, before I go to far, I want you to know that I took lots of photos and had trouble deciding which ones to show you! Those selected will hopefully help you get an idea of the actual process we went through. The described event is not something we dream about nor relish, but our farm life has become very practical, very real and a million miles away from the Douglas’s and Green Acres. We have taught our children to realize that not all animals are pets and there is a cost for everything. They know that most cows are raised for milk and meat – hamburger tastes delicious, but it is because the cow is no more! It is important to be reminded, in our society of instant gratification, that there is more to our food than the sanitized, FDA approved packages on the shelf at the local grocery store.

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Tasty Traditions

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Welcome to another edition of Tasty Traditions, a real food blog carnival!

What is a real food blog carnival? It is the time for Real Foodies to share their wisdom and creativity. For those of you not familiar with a carnival, it is a place for bloggers to link their posts on a particular subject – in this case, real food.  These posts can be Real Food Recipes, Book Reviews, Tips for Healthy Living, Video Tutorials or Green Living Solutions. Just about anything that would help others in their quest to return to traditional healthy living.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still join the fun! Simply post your recipe or tip in the comment section.

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Salmon Mousse

salmon mousse with crackers and bread

Do you ever reach the point of needing some inspiration  in the kitchen? I do. Usually it is after a busy time of vineyard work but, not always. This is where I found myself just a few day ago – needing inspiration! This is when I begin looking through older cookbooks that I have in a closet. They are in a closet because I do not use them often but they are good and I do not want to get rid of them. While they are not necessarily REAL food cookbooks, most of the recipes can be easily adapted to a traditional diet by changing ingredients for healthier options.

One of those cookbooks is still available from my affiliate partner and is even available now in a kindle version – the Silver Palate Cookbook. I like cookbooks that do not use exotic ingredients. After all, I have a budget to consider. And, in this day and age, whether you have a large family or a small one, that is definitely something to consider!

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Building with ICF – Phase 2

digging with the backhoe

Finally!

I really can’t believe we have started!

Yes, this week John began digging out the dirt to expand the basement walls of our home which overlooks the vineyard! If you have been following our adventure of starting the vineyard and building our own home, you know that we are now living in what will eventually be the basement – we finished phase 1 at the end of 2011.

As you might imagine, we have saved a lot of money by building ourselves and had a lot of fun in the process! But, like everything it takes time and patience. Building the house must fit around vineyard work which pays the bills! So, our primary time to work on the expansion is now, after harvest and before pruning which will begin in late January.

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Tasty Traditions

Tasty Traditions Pic

Welcome to another edition of Tasty Traditions, a real food blog carnival!

What is a real food blog carnival? It is the time for Real Foodies to share their wisdom and creativity. For those of you not familiar with a carnival, it is a place for bloggers to link their posts on a particular subject – in this case, real food.  These posts can be Real Food Recipes, Book Reviews, Tips for Healthy Living, Video Tutorials or Green Living Solutions. Just about anything that would help others in their quest to return to traditional healthy living.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog, you can still join the fun! Simply post your recipe or tip in the comment section.

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Cream Cheese

homemade cream cheese titiled When we got our first family milk cow, Buttercup, I tried making many different types of cheese, after all, we were suddenly getting about 6 gallons of milk a day! Yes, we have a large family but even the 7 children still at home could not drink that much milk!

Thankfully, I knew before we brought Buttercup home the quantity of milk she was producing. But, “knowing” and “seeing” are two different things! Seeing 6 gallons of milk put into the refrigerator each day was exciting but also anxiety producing! We had purchased Buttercup to save money – even buying her feed and hay, I saved money with the dairy products I made, not to mention we were getting much better quality! If milk went bad and had to be thrown out, there went my savings!

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Week In Review – November 9

Cuisaid digital scale is easy to use and accurate

I always like to see what kitchen utensils, gadgets and tools other people use. I like to know why they like what they are using and what they don’t like about it. Maybe you are the same. So, if you are or if you are just wondering about my kitchen gadgets, here is another one that I am really enjoying.[Continue Reading]