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This is miso soup made with ingredients any self-respecting foodie is likely to have on hand:  toasted nori sushi wrappers, fish sauce, and white miso.  Gluten -Free Miso Soup

Miso is not usually gluten-free, because it’s made with fermented barley and soybeans.  However, white miso, which is just made with soybeans, is safe.   (more…)

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This is one of those recipes that is time intensive, but so cheap and so good that it’s well worth the effort. The entire recipe is about $3.25, including the cost of cooking it.

The much better photograph.

Tamales and Tomatoes


1 can Bush’s Pinto Beans (If you’re in the U.K., Australia or virtually any British former protectorate, you can still make this recipe: just double the amount to two cans, and look for gluten-free Heinz Beans.)

1 can Bush’s Hominy (No, they’re not paying me.  They’re just cheap, and easy to get in the U.S.  =0)

1 3/4 cup Maseca Masa

3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used generic safflower/soy oil.)

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 tsp salt (You can add spices. Garlic salt is an easy add-on. Check that it’s gluten-free.)

Enough water to fill the cooking vessel of your rice cooker.

Kitchen Apparatus:

Rice Cooker (7 cups or larger) with a steamer bowl.  (Preferably one you don’t mind voiding the warranty on–this isn’t dangerous, but it’s not quite what they had in mind.) (more…)

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I waited years to write this recipe–for flatbread, you need a cast-iron pan. For flatbread in a toaster oven, you need a tiny cast-iron pan; the only ones I could find were $30.00. Then, I was walking through my local H.E.B. in Austin, and I saw tiny cast-iron pans for $7.00.  Image

It’s called Cocinaware, and it’s amazing. (more…)

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It's not poo.  Promise.

Made with shelf-stable, inexpensive ingredients, this is one of my cheap favorites.


3 tablespoons liquid sweetener (sugar syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey)

1/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (check that it says gluten-free)

1 package Mori-Nu Firm Tofu (more…)

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I was looking in the freezer.  Hmm….not much there.  However, there were pork sausages and frozen spinach.  I looked in the pantry:  a box of Cream of Rice with all of the cooking instructions in Spanish.  I also had some sea salt and expensive organic parmesan.  This is another example of high/low cooking.  It doesn’t all have to be cheap, and it doesn’t all have to be expensive, to be really good.


1/2 cup Cream of Rice Cereal

1 1/2 cups water

1/8 cup grated parmesan

sprinkle of sea salt

1/2 cup frozen spinach (more…)

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I’ve been really busy doing fun things like the Austin Celtic Festival, and I’ m feeling guilty about neglecting my cooking and my cooking blog, so this morning, after checking into work for a few hours, I cleaned out parts of the refrigerator, and decided to make crock pot red lentil soup with what I scavenged in the attempt.  This is my atonement for wasting some perfectly good food–just cut off the bad parts and save what you can.  You’ll feel much better about yourself.


1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp turmeric (more…)

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“You need to re-brand”, said my brother.  “Why?”  I asked. “Well, it’s not that cheap, and it’s not how I would do it.”  I asked him what he does for gluten-free.  He said, “I kind of make an enchilada.  Corn tortillas are really cheap.  Also, beans are incredibly cheap.”


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