Comment to Win Gourmet Sweets from Divvies!

Yes, the spirit of giving is alive and well!  This week Divvies is offering a gift package to two of you!  Simply leave a comment below and tell us your favorite type of popcorn … caramel, candied, kettle, chocolate, “buttered,” cheesy, or simply salted … however you like it just share and you will be entered to win!  

Now you might be wondering, “What will I win?”  Well, Divvies is well known for their gourmet gift packages, so they will be offering up two of these seasonal packages as prizes! The first is their Santa’s S’morg, a sampling smorgasbord of bakery cookies, candy and gourmet popcorns loaded into a large Divvies gift box … and, it looks something (exactly) like this …

Santas Smorg from Divvies

The second prize is Divvies’ Team Popcorn, a delicious package of gourmet popcorn, complete with stripe circus bags and a paper scoop for sharing with the whole group. An image would be helpful, no? 

Of course, the real thing is much larger, these images aren’t even close to scale!

Also, If you are on a special diet or have food allergies, have no fear.  Divvies runs a food allergy-friendly facility that is free from dairy/milk, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts, and is consequently vegan.

I’m looking forward to hearing your responses, and may just have to follow-up with a recipe or two of your popcorn favorites! The two winners will be announced on Friday, December 12th (2008), so reply now!

Cranberry Sauced Muffins

When I saw that my parents had leftover cranberry sauce after our Thanksgiving meal was complete, I snatched it up for my take-home care package immediately. I had been eyeing the Morning After Cranberry Sauce Muffin recipe that I discovered while seeking out good dairy-free leftover recipes for this post. Of course, it needed just a touch of altering to make it milk-free, and I knew my husband would want a slightly sweeter version.  I followed the recipe and used an egg, but I think this one would do just fine with applesauce or even some extra milk alternative (about 1/4 cup of either) subbed in for the egg to make it egg-free and vegan.
Leftover Cranberry Sauce - Ginger Muffins

Cranberry-Ginger Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup oats (rolled or quick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups of leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain, or vanilla milk alternative (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 egg (1/4 cup applesauce or even try pumpkin as an alternative)
  • Finely chopped crystalized ginger (optional)

Preheat your oven  oven to 400°F and grease about a dozen muffin tins (I had some overflow and needed 14).

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the milk alternative, oil, cranberry sauce and egg until well combined.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.  A few lumps remaining are okay; do not overmix. Fill your muffin cups and if desired, sprinkle little bits of crystalized ginger over top. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until they take on a light brown hue and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin (strategically dodging any remaining whole cranberries) comes out clean.

Yields 12-14 muffins

Quick Announement: Go Dairy Free the Guide and Cookbook is Now Available!

I have been working on it for over a year now, but Dairy Free Made Easy has at last been expanded and morphed into my new guide and cookbook, Go Dairy Free.  Trust me, this is one packed full guide! 

We are currently shipping Go Dairy Free out direct to dairy-free dieters worldwide, and I have an eBook available for those who prefer a paperless guide (Amazon Kindle is also available for you kindle subscribers).  The book is also available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and you can make a purchase, it will just take a week longer to arrive to you. The initial copies have not yet arrived in their inventories, but they should be there soon, and I will update when both retailers have sufficient stock.

To give you a brief synopsis, the first half of this 288 page book is what I call a “living guide.” It includes the most ginormous dairy substitutes section ever published (5 chapters!); a complete explanation of dairy vs dairy-free, including any health factors that should be considered and a full definition of what dairy is that delves into the different types of milk; information for milk allergies (plus an entire chapter that addresses infant/child milk allergies in particular), lactose intolerance, the vegan diet, and various other health concerns; a complete calcium guide and more!

The second half is all cookbook and resources.  The “living guide” includes roughly 50 dairy substitutes recipes, while the cookbook half houses another 175 recipes, food products I personally recommend, and a thorough resources section to expand your dairy-free enjoyment. 

You can view the table of contents and recipe index from the Go Dairy Free Guide Information Page.

Okay, more recipes coming up soon!