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Pamela McDonough is a Toronto native who now resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. She makes daily forays into the kitchen to cook for a vegan/gluten-free daughter, a son who eats absolutely everything, a husband who prefers a heavily protein-based diet, and her Celiac self. Follow along at

Black bean soup

Super easy, inexpensive, naturally gluten free and vegan, this crockpot black bean soup might just be your new favorite soup.

Lemon ricotta cheesecake

Everyone will love this light and fluffy Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake. You don't have to tell them how easy it is to prepare, with mostly pantry staples and that it's better if made in advance.

Crispy coconut chicken tenders

Deliciously moist chicken tenders breaded with gluten free panko and coconut, then baked to crispy perfection.  A perfect easy weeknight option your whole family will love.

Ginger cardamon spice loaf

Perfect for fall with the warmth of spices and zing of lemon, this Ginger Cardamon Loaf is quick to whip up and great to have on hand any day of the week.

Pumpkin spice almond bread

If you only have the bandwidth for one Pumpkin baked good this fall, this could be it.  It requires no crazy ingredients, it’s naturally gluten free, only two bowls are left to wash up afterwards, and it’s even better with cream cheese frosting – always a bonus.

Pumpkin loaf with currants and pumpkin seeds

For the last two weeks, I have been trying to share with you a recipe for Pumpkin Loaf.  Seemed easy — yet, it took three attempts to pull it off.

Vegan blueberry “cheesecake”

Although there is no cheese involved, you would never know it.  Cashews soaked overnight then blended create a lusciously smooth and creamy filling, with dates and pecans standing in for a nutty crust.  Top it off with whatever fruit is in season and you really can’t go wrong.

Ginger molasses cookies

Not to be confused with a gingersnap cookie which are usually very crispy and spicy, these cookies have just the right blend of spices with the richness of molasses and the zing of crystallized ginger.

Chickpea flatbread with crispy shallots

Perfect as a casual appetizer, warm from the oven everyone will quickly gather around. For dinner with guests, paired as I did, with a big pot of clams in broth with leeks, chorizo and cherry tomatoes it was a big hit.  Works well as a pizza base too!

Crispy salmon cakes with mustard and dill

There are a ton of recipes online for salmon cakes, however, most use mashed potatoes as a binder. Boy are they missing out.  Turns out brown rice is perfect here, it creates a salmon cake that resembles “Arancini”, which are beautiful crispy Italian rice balls.