Double Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread | Gluten Free // So...Let's Hang Out

Sometimes you need chocolate, and you need that chocolate exactly NOW.

Yesterday, that chocolate monster was me. It was probably a red flag when I got onto Twitter in the afternoon and tweeted awkwardly about how badly I wanted a milkshake. Actually, I’m pretty sure I phrased it “The things I would do for a milkshake right about now…” or something to that effect. You shouldn’t tweet things like that. It invites people to send you weirdly inappropriate messages questioning just how far you really would go for that milkshake. It then makes you realize all of the things you WOULDN’T do for a milkshake. There are lots of things I absolutely WOULD NOT DO for a milkshake. Ever. That list is long! I mean, I really like milkshakes, but a girl has standards!

After deciding it would be the best of moves to get off of the internet promptly, I started to dream about a hunk of dark baking chocolate I had in my pantry. I walked over to the pantry and held it in my hands. I unwrapped the corners and thought seriously about just digging in. No one would know. I was alone. No. No, Gina. Have some self control. We will bake something. Get the corner of that pound of baking chocolate out of your mouth. Be a lady. My conscience can be a real downer.

After some consideration, I decided that we should take some zucchini bread and make it chocolate-y. Oh, and then throw some coarsely chopped dark chocolate in the batter to create pockets of melt-y pure-chocolate goodness. YES!!! Continue reading

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble {Gluten-Free}

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble | Gluten-Free //So...Let's Hang Out

When you have a friend (who happens to be a chef) and he’s in town cooking an awesome feast, you hop in your car and make your way to where he is. Immediately. This is a rule. It doesn’t hurt if the location of this get together is right on a river. Things tend to taste better with a view. Total rule.

When you have a friend (who happens to be a chef) and he trusts you to bring a dessert to said feast, it’s OK to use more than a stick of butter in your dessert recipe. This is also a rule. Go with it.

Is it time for a photo montage? Why not.

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble | Gluten-Free //So...Let's Hang Out Here we have Peter carrying our sixty pound Golden Retriever up two flights of stairs. She was scared to climb them because she could see through the wooden slats. Next up is a picture of myself right next to a picture of sangria. Is this a coincidence? Probably not. Sangria was imbibed. It’s rather relaxing to have a glass (real talk: four glasses) of sangria by the river. Believe it. Continue reading

Giant Sunbutter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Gluten-Free & Paleo}

Giant Sunbutter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies | So....Let's Hang Out

After a week of intense recipe failures one needs to bake cookies.

I think this is a rule. It feels like it should be a rule. Let’s call it a rule.

In between my lemon bar attempt and operation “OMG, is that supposed to be gnocchi!? “, I managed to get something right. I put some sunflower seeds into a food processor and  made some nut butter. I combined it with almond butter. The two did a happy dance. I added in large chunks of dark chocolate, and decided that these cookies should be GIANTS. Instead of making a recipe that would yield a sensible dozen, I decided to instead make you six cookies. Big cookies. Forget about your kitchen failures cookies. Are you surprised that I didn’t just make one big cookie and take a fork to it? Yeah, me too. Continue reading

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies {Two Ways} | Gluten Free

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies | So...Let's Hang Out Here are a few things that make me happy:

Peanut butter. Chocolate with peanut butter (so much so, that this was our wedding cake flavor combo). Peanut butter and bananas. Peanut butter cups. Giving my dog peanut butter and watching her try to lick the stickiness off of her palate for a full five minutes. It’s the simple things.

These cookies are TOTALLY simple. We’re talking five-ingredients-simple. Sure, they are a little sticky and you might get the batter all over your sleeves and maybe in your hair…but that’s just something that happens. You might not even realize that you still have peanut butter cookie batter all over your forearms before you go to answer e-mails and your arms stick firmly to the top of your desk. Peanut butter is sticky. That is a true story. I probably should have  titled my blog “Wait… Do I have food on my face?” to which the answer is almost always a firm YES. I write to you as if you have my same problems. I shouldn’t do this. You probably have way less food on your face and in your hair on a daily basis. I admire you. Continue reading

Homemade Nutella | Gluten & Dairy Free

Homemade Nutella | Gluten & Dairy Free | So... Let's Hang Out

Dear Nutella,

I want to put you on everything ever. You make me think that midnight snacks are a good idea. I’ve eaten too much toast in the past couple of days, mostly because it’s a vehicle to get you in my mouth. You also really shine paired with apples. Is it too forward to tell you that I actually ate a straight spoonful of you one afternoon? Forget it, I don’t care who knows it. I love you. Let’s make-out.

Faithfully yours,

Gina

Do you think I am coming on too strong? Maybe.

Well, Friends…HAPPY WORLD NUTELLA DAY! Yes, that’s a thing. I only learned about it this morning. If you want we can just ignore that this is purely dumb luck and high-five instead. Continue reading

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