November 27, 2011

Gluten Free Walnut Pie Without Corn Syrup

This recipe is safe for the O blood type diet. Unlike most pecan and walnut pie recipes, this one does not have corn syrup.

I made up a new piecrust that doesn’t have wheat flour in it. I didn’t try rolling it out with a rolling pin so I’m not sure how well it will work. It holds together well after baking. I put the ball in the middle of the pie pan and worked it out to the edges with my fingers, crimping the edges at the end. It turns out a lovely grayish blue color from the buckwheat. I did a bit of research to find out just what buckwheat was and discovered it’s not a grain at all but a vegetable related to the rutabaga. Either way it’s fine for those who can’t have gluten or wheat.

You could substitute pecans and have a pecan pie. I used walnuts because it’s a beneficial food for O blood types but it would be delicious with pecans.

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Buckwheat and rice flour pie crust-

1 cup buckwheat flour
½ cup rice flour
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup Crisco
¼ cup ice water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Using pastry cutter, cut flours and sugar into shortening. Add water and lemon juice continuing to cut with pastry knife until blended well, don't over knead. Put ball into 9” pie pan and spread out with fingers working into a pie shell shape.

Pie Filling-

3 eggs
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup real maple syrup (Don’t use the fake stuff, it has corn in it.)
1 cup walnut halves
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix eggs well, add sugar, salt and melted butter. Blend well, add syrup and vanilla. Fold in walnuts.

Pour into unbaked pie shell. Put on a cookie sheet (I do this to make sure there aren’t any drips during baking.) Cover edges with foil or piecrust shield. This makes sure your edges don’t burn until your filling gets done.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes until center is set. It will be jiggly like gelatin and not liquid.

Let set for a bit to cool and serve.

November 19, 2011

Vegan Ranch Dressing with Soy Yogurt

I started this Eat Right For Your Type diet. I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm skinny enough. I'm on this diet for health reasons.

According to Peter D'Adamo we should eat different foods based on our blood type; mine is O.

I thought I would give it a try and see if my allergies improved as well as a few other symptoms. I've been on it a few weeks now and do see some benefits so I'll stick with it a while longer.

The tricky part is finding foods I can eat and substitutions aren't always out there so I made a few of my own. I can't have vinegar and even before reading this book realized it upsets my stomach. That might seem like a small thing until you read labels and realize most condiments have vinegar in them.

I like ranch dressing and created my own. I found a few online but they always had an ingredient on my bad list like safflower oil; another no-no on the O blood type list.

I realized after making this recipe that vegans could also use it so I added that in the name.

3/4 cup plain soy yogurt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice (this gives it the tang missing since we aren't using vinegar)
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together and store covered in the refrigerator.

If you are going to eat out at a restaurant just ask for your salad dry. I was able to carry my own ranch dressing in a zipper sandwich bag that I double bagged with about three tablespoons of dressing with me in my purse. That may seem a bit weird but it worked and I don't think anyone even saw me do it.

Mayonnaise has vinegar in it too so I've used this on Ezekiel bread for sandwiches. If you like mustard, sprinkle a tiny bit of dry mustard over the bread after spreading this on. I've tried making a mustard spread but haven't had good luck so far. For some reason when dry mustard is added to soy yogurt it becomes watery after sitting in the refrigerator for a while. If you put a little on right before eating it doesn't have time to break it down. I'm still working on it though and if I come up with a better solution I'll post it.

November 9, 2011

Is Thanksgiving Good Or Bad?

I have mixed feelings about this holiday probably because of my mixed blood. I’ll give my pros and cons.


Turkey and good food, perhaps we should call it feast day.

Getting together with family although this could also go in the cons category depending on your relations and how well you like them.

Two extra days off from work, at least for most people.

Reflecting on our great country and what we have to be thankful for.


The reason for the season: The Europeans took America from my ancestors.

People overeat and gain weight.

We remember why we only see some of these people during the holidays. Are we really related to some of them by blood?

Hmm, almost even but I still celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ve boycotted Columbus Day for obvious reasons. My husband or I neither one work for the government so for us Columbus Day is just another day.

Perhaps during this Thanksgiving season we should read accurate, unbiased history (If you can find any.) about the first Thanksgiving and how our country came to be what we know today. Maybe thank a Native America for their sacrifice. Maybe apologize to them for their loss of ancestors and land.

When you eat your turkey this Thanksgiving remember the real reason behind the season.