Dairy Free Fruit Crisp | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

The title says it all. “Pure Delicious.” That is exactly true.

The book is full of incredibly flavorful and filling recipes, and all of them happen to be gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, peanut free, tree nut free, shellfish free and cane sugar free. Because sometimes leaving ingredients out leaves room for other ingredients to shine.

Such is the case with this dairy free fruit crisp (that is also gluten free, egg free and cane sugar free), which comes straight from Heather Christo’s new cookbook. The base is a sweet-tart mix of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries (though Heather says any fruit works well, and it makes me love this recipe all the more). The topping is a crunchy mix of oats, cinnamon and coconut oil. Both are of equal ratio, which is just how I like my crisps. I can take or leave other aspects – cold, warm, room temperature, a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream or nothing on top, berries, apples, peaches, it doesn’t matter – but each bite must be exactly half fruit, half topping. I don’t budge there.

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Pasta Carbonara with Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I’m keeping this post short today for two very legitimate reasons.

One, because it’s my daughter’s second birthday (cue the big emotional mom tears from yours truly) and I want to spend as much time with her as possible (a.k.a., help her eat some of her birthday cake).

And two, because this pasta carbonara with leeks and sun-dried tomatoes doesn’t need much explanation. You can see for yourself that it’s crazy delicious.

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Sweet and Savory Gluten Free Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to breakfast or brunch, I don’t like making choices. It’s too early in the day for that and I usually haven’t had my third cup of coffee yet, the cup that actually gets me to a functioning level.

That especially will be the case this upcoming Sunday, which is both Mother’s Day and my birthday. My family is coming into town to celebrate all the things (because, as you may recall, Avery’s birthday is Monday, the day after Mother’s Day) and while I’m super jazzed to have everyone around to party, the last thing I want to do is decide for everyone else what they’ll want to eat for brunch (besides birthday cake, obviously).

Cue these sweet and savory gluten free waffle breakfast sandwiches.

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Honeydew Lime Margaritas | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

I have been learning a big lesson lately, and that lesson is on how to just calm down already.

See, I’ve never been good at this. I’m always go-go-going, the wheels in my brain are always turning, I am always seeking out ways to do and be everything and… well, as you might imagine, it’s just too dang much (more like impossible). So I’m taking a step back. I’m calming down already. And these honeydew lime margaritas are helping.

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Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches with Brown Butter and Burrata | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

There are umpteen reasons why I love living in Minnesota (and one reason I don’t: winter. But let’s not talk about it).

I love the friendly people. I love the accessibility of the cities. I love the trails, the parks, the lakes, the local shops, the creativity that comes out of this state. I love the food, the farmers markets, the commitment people here have to community and sustainability. I love all of the other seasons here except the aforementioned one.

I also love the tomatoes. Especially when they are placed on open faced caprese sandwiches with brown butter and burrata.

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Herb Cornbread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Herb cornbread, you complete me.

You think I’m exaggerating, but it’s true. A life without delicious cornbread is a life not lived, I say. And this version, with its flavor infusion of fresh herbs and buttermilk, is tops. It goes with everything, from soup to chili to salad to brats on the grill. It says, “hello, warm weather!” as you’re about to take a generous bite.

No, wait, it doesn’t say anything when you’re about to bite into it, because that would be weird. But you get the point.

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