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Heather Z. Patient Expert

Portland, Oregon
I enjoy cooking in a free form way that reminds me of Be Bop. I start with a structured idea (recipe) read it thoroughly and then toss it aside. I might jot down some notes (perhaps key ingredients or ideas I have to make it better) then I go into the kitchen and start cooking. Otherwise I create... Full Bio
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Vegan Buttermilk Gluten-Free Biscuits by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I've been doing a lot of experimenting with gluten-free flours. The other night I made a hearty soup and really wanted to have a yummy biscuit to help sop it up. I came up w ... Read on »
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Biscuits by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Lately, I have been going crazy for organic strawberries. They are great on homemade waffles, cold cereal and banana splits. I've been creating all kinds of "healthy" dess ... Read on »
Brownies with a KICK by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Last night I went to a New Years Eve party and wanted to bring brownies. Since I knew there would be numerous, yummy chocolaty choices, I decided to do something different. ... Read on »
Pumpkin Scones by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I LOVE pumpkin! During Fall and Winter, I crave the yumminess of pumpkin. Although I love savory pumpkin dishes such as Thai curry or Caribbean soup, to me the ultimate pump ... Read on »
Pumpkin Pie (with gluten-free option) by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My sister, nephew and I are planning a big Vegan Thanksgiving for friends and family. One of my very favorite Thanksgiving menu items is Pumpkin Pie!! I love the stuff. My s ... Read on »
Gluten Free - Cinnamon Raisin Bread by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My husband and I are trying to reduce our gluten intake. So I've been experimenting with various gluten-free flours and ingredients. Last night I made a loaf of cinnamon Rai ... Read on »
Flax & Rice Gluten-Free Bread by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian In a large bowl MIX the following DRY ingredients: ~ 1 cup sorghum flour (try Bob's Red Mill brand)~1-1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour (I get this in bulk)~1/2 cup tapioca starch ... Read on »
Seitan Holiday Roast by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian This is one of my favorite versions of seitan. It is time consuming, so I don't make it very often. I call it a "holiday roast", because I tend to make it for special occasi ... Read on »
Corn Pudding (side dish) by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I made this side dish for ThanksLiving and it was a big hit. I've had several people ask me for my recipe. It is gluten-free and soy-free. Veganomicon has a yummy Southweste ... Read on »
Gluten-Free Bread: (Brown Rice & Garbanzo) by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My husband and I decided to go on a 20 day cleanse, which ended up being a lot easier than I expected. We gave up caffeine, alcohol, sugar (tiny amounts of agave was u ... Read on »
Bat Cookies!! by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Bat Cookies! Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, n ... Read on »
Whole Wheat - Flax Bread (Using A Bread Maker) by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian My Mother-in-law gave me an awesome bread maker a couple of years ago for Christmas. I've attempted making bread a handful of times with the machine, but the result was always ... Read on »
Lime Coconut Cookies by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian For my husband's 40th birthday, I organized a (vegan) Jamaican theme party. Here's the flyer I made:  If you read my last post, you'll know I've been hooked on coconu ... Read on »
Banana Coconut Tapioca Pudding by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian It is official.....I am a coconut! If you are what you eat, this summer I've gone from being a "nut" to a full fledged "coconut." I LOVE using Bob's Red Mill's raw shredded ... Read on »
Baked Pasta by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I know, I know.....I haven't updated my blog for a LONG while! During the warmer months, I've been making a lot of cold dishes. I've hosted and attended several gatherings ove ... Read on »
Pancake Bread (Banana, Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Bread) by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Ok, the name is weird - Pancake Bread! I wanted to make a bread that contained all the things I like to eat on a pancake. My nephew thinks the name is totally wrong; as he f ... Read on »
Key Lime Pie by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Yesterday I was craving key lime pie. Many years ago, when I lived in Florida, I was a total connoisseur of the stuff. Despite my lactose intolerance, if it was on the menu, I ... Read on »
Calzone - Super Easy!! by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian I bought whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe's the other day and when I was about to make a pizza for the billionth time I had an epiphany......calzones are made out of ... Read on »
Lasagna Rolls by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian Boy, I have been really slacking off on writing in my blog. I've been cooking a lot, but I haven't documented anything I've created in a while. The other night I made a specia ... Read on »
Thick & Tangy Tomato Soup by Heather Z. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian It has been REALLY cold here in Portland, so I've been obsessed with soups. I made this one over a week ago, but it was so tasty that I don't want to forget what I did. I ... Read on »