Chocolate Crusted Chèvre Cheesecake with Earl Grey Poached Pears & Pomegranate {gluten-free}

A cocoa almond flour crust makes an addictive base for fluffy cheesecake kissed with goat cheese and sour cream and smothered in Earl Grey tea poached pears and ruby pomegranate arils. Gluten-free and adapted from Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours. 

Chocolate Crusted Chèvre Cheesecake with Earl Grey Poached Pears & Pomegranate {gluten-free}

Today’s post is extra special as it features not only a dessert loaded with CHEESE, but also because I’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at Rodelle and KitchenAid to give away a KitchenAid® Artisan® Mini Stand Mixer, a box of delicious organic baking ingredients, and a copy of my book! See below for details.

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Cheesy Sweet Potato Kale Galette {gluten-free, whole-grain}

Flaky gluten-free pie dough wrapped around sautéed kale, roasted sweet potatoes, and oodles of cheese makes a spectacular vegetarian main dish (or side dish, or appetizer) for any holiday table. 

Cheesy Sweet Potato Kale Galette {gluten-free, whole-grain}

I usually get excited for Thanksgiving mainly for the food – pie, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet potato pie… and right now, I want all the comfort foods. But this year, I’m feeling extra thankful for the kind, gentle, loving family and friends in my life. This Thanksgiving, I won’t only be appreciating dessert.

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Teff Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cookie Mix Gift in a Jar

Malty teff and hearty oats add toothsome texture and flavor to these chunky chocolate chip cookies. Layer the ingredients in a jar for a pretty gift. 

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Teff Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cookie Mix Gift in a Jar

Here’s a recipe that just barely made it into Alternative Baker – the variation listed under the Teff Oatmeal Cookies with Whiskey Currants. Jay’s favorite ever cookies are oatmeal chocolate chip with walnuts, and I couldn’t not include a recipe for them (especially given the 1 million dishes he did during the making of the book). But time was running out. (Er, technically, it had run out long ago, to the chagrin of my editor who kept getting emails from me begging to add more recipes into an already-too-long-manuscript.)

Luckily, the cookies won.

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Smoky Sweet Potato & Lentil Tortilla Soup {gluten-free, vegan}

Smoked paprika and chipotle add vibrant flavor to a piquant, brick red broth studded with chunks of creamy sweet potato and tender lentils for an ultra-nourishing vegetarian soup topped with all the usual tortilla soup fixings

Smoky Sweet Potato & Lentil Tortilla Soup {gluten-free, vegan}

There’s been a ton of baking going on in the bojon kitchen lately, which is why I’m extra-excited to share (and eat!) this soup today. It’s full of protein-rich lentils and tender bites of sweet potato, all hanging out in a brick-red broth laced with chipotle, cumin, smoked paprika, and lime. It’s one of those dishes that feels rich and nourishing, but light and clean all at once. It’s a perfect antidote to these cool fall days, and I’m planning to make it during the depths of winter when I’m craving bright colors and flavors.

Speaking of cravings, I have a handful of book events around the Bay Area this winter – many of which will be full of treats from Alternative Baker – and I’d love to see you there! More detailed info and links here.

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Mascarpone + Toasted Buckwheat

This stupid-easy pudding kissed with pumpkin and spices tastes just like pumpkin pie. Dress it up with whipped mascarpone, toasted buckwheat, and pecans if you like. 

Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Mascarpone and Toasted Buckwheat

One of my all-time favorite desserts is this butterscotch pudding, barely adapted from a Gourmet recipe and posted almost 6 (!) years ago. I’ve made it countless times over the years, sometimes adding in labneh at the end in place of heavy cream, or swirling it into a chocolatey banana cream tart, or layering it into banana pudding cups with mesquite gingersnaps in my book.

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Apple Quince Lattice Pie {gluten-free}

Classic apple pie gets jazzed up with spiced, poached quinces, all tucked into a gluten-free, whole-grain, gum-free crust. Adapted from Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours

Apple Quince Lattice Pie {gluten-free}

I’m the worst at giving gifts. Case in point, I only just sent prezzies to my cousin and her two daughters, all of whose birthdays were last month. And these are some of my favorite people to buy gifts for. Gah! When left to my own devices, my preferred gifts to give are the edible variety (mostly because you can whip them up with a day’s notice), which is why I’m excited to be collaborating with Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique and the author of Food Gift Love: 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, and Share. We’ve teamed up to give away copies of Food Gift Love, Alternative Baker, and an adorable stash of gift wrap full of tiny boxes, DIY tags, ribbon, twine, and more. {See below for details.}

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