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Gluten-Free S’mores

My sister Katie has recently become gluten-free, dairy-free, and meat-free aka she is a general delight to cook for. Just kidding. Well, we love her anyway and I do my best to create Katie-friendly recipes that my whole family can enjoy. When we hit the beach in the summer, s’mores are a must.  I was looking for a gluten-free alternative to graham crackers, when Katie discovered Nairn’s Oat Grahams. While they certainly taste different from the traditional graham cracker, they have a lovely nutty flavor from the oats that works really well with the marshmallow and chocolate. If you’re going gluten-free this summer, or, well even if you’re not, give these a try. My sister just snacks on them at work all day. It’s adorable.



  • Marshmallows, feel free to go crazy here and try different kinds
  • Hershey’s Chocolate or whatever you desire
  • Nairn’s Oat Grahams


Com’on. You know what to do.


Posted in GastroChannel, Recipes

Sultry Salted Caramel Pudding


Serves 4

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • Fine sea salt
  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Pour the cream into a small saucepan. Split vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the cream; toss the scraped pod in there too. Turn the heat to low to gently warm the cream.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the sugar; pour remaining sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons water into heavy-bottomed saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Then crank the heat to high and let the liquid bubble away — don’t stir; just swirl the pan occasionally — until it turns dark amber. This takes about 4 minutes, but watch closely because it happens fast.
  4. Moving quickly, fish the vanilla pod out of the cream and save for another use. Slowly stir the warm cream into the caramel over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil (it will fast), turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Whisk a little of the cream/caramel mixture into the egg yolks. Gradually add the rest, until it’s all incorporated.
  6. Strain the mixture into a pitcher or large measuring cup and pour into four ramekins. Place the ramekins in a shallow pan half filled with cold water. If you like your caramel a bit salty like me, sprinkle a few extra grains of sea salt on top of each one. Cook at 300 degrees for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. Chill for at least 3 hours, but it’s best if you can chill it overnight. Serve with whipped heavy cream.