Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m heading back to Atlanta to spend time with friends and family for Thanksgiving, so no new recipes, but if you’re looking for last minute suggestions, check out my Thanksgiving Tutorials for everything from gluten-free gravy and stuffing to chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I’ll be back next week!

Butternut Two Bean Chili

Back to the biscuits, ya’ll. You know, I do think that “biscuits” substitutes well for “basics”–after all, what’s more basic (and essential) than a biscuit? While you might get tired of my odes to the floury, buttery goodness otherwise known as a biscuit, they’re going to be a reoccurring guest here at Cupcake Punk for […]

Deer Camp–Part II

L-R: Wayne, Dennis, Marsha, Sam This past week I’ve been furiously typing away at the chapter, trying to get as much on the page before the details fade. Writing prose is a challenge for me–it’s a completely different mindset and process than poetry. But it’s a good switch. I’ve been waking up “early” (I’m a […]

Autumn Apple Buckle

My second Alternative Thanksgiving talk and demo is tonight at 6 pm at the Roanoke Main Library. I know most of you can’t make it, but in order to feel like you’re there in spirit, I’ll be discussing vegan baking, bread making, and I’ll be making Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread and Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie. As […]

Deer Camp–Part I

There’s no better way to kick off a project than by hanging out with deer hunters, right? And that’s exactly what I did this past weekend. Based off a tip to head up to North Creek Campground in Jefferson National Forest (just north of Roanoke in Botetourt county), I packed up my notebook, camera, and […]

Whole Wheat Rye Rolls

Rye isn’t the most popular flour. Maybe it’s because of the biting rye-like taste it has, but I’ve found that when mixed with other flours, the rye takes on a nice, hearty quality. If you’re worried about rye being too strong for a varied Thanksgiving table, I’d urge you to give this recipe a try […]

Sweet Potato Yeast Biscuits

Biscuits are a staple in my house, and if I’m reading a novel written about the South, chances are I’ll be induced into making batch after batch after batch. So why not biscuits for Thanksgiving? Practically every family has their favorite recipe, but how about one with a twist–Sweet Potato Yeast Biscuits. These biscuits are […]

Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Yes, you read correctly–Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls. Thanks to Karina, I’ve finally made gluten-free yeast bread–and it tastes delicious! While the rolls are much more dense than your average, wheaty roll, these puppies stand on their own. You’d be happy to serve them to gluten-free and gluten-full guests alike. In order to save money, I bought […]

Eating Appalachia: The Project

Appalachia–it’s a region that conjures up stereotypical images of hillbillies and fried possum, poverty and Walmart.  But surely there’s something more to this place, something in the air or the water or the food that keeps the area going.  While it has been characterized by many as a backwards region set in a time warp […]

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

I could really be the poster girl for Roanoke–I love this place that much. Every time I go to a potluck or a party or a gathering of some sorts (and especially if I’ve had a glass of wine or two), I inevitably start gushing about how amazing the city is, how wonderful and friendly […]