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Lovely Internet 2.12.16

1. “The Formation video and the Superbowl show are examples of a powerful Black woman at the top of her game brilliantly telling Black stories for Black people, brilliantly seizing the narrative and asserting the beauty, power, and truth of a people who have been stringently and deliberately silenced for centuries in this country.” And how. Why we should all just shut up and listen. Also.

2. I’m curious to watch this episode. I definitely think that the gluten free craze is out of control, and agree that many people who feel better after eliminating gluten from their diets are probably just feeling better from eliminating simple sugars and empty carbs. I am also finding that the gf trend means that people with an actual allergy or celiacs (myself included) aren’t taken as seriously in restaurants and by other people. I can’t tell you how many people in the past 6 months have said to me “well, you can have a little, right? It won’t hurt.” But… it will hurt. A lot.

3. One of the things I admire about Bernie Sanders’ campaign is that he seems to be genuine in his statements and his words and his actions align. That is so rare for a stumping politician.

4. Go ahead and ignore that sell by date.

5. “Eh, these’ll do.”

6. Unpregnant.

7. “The “Galenalia” festival was dedicated to Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, trade, and recognizing that being single is better than staying with a dead-end guy.” The Pagan Roots of Valentine’s Day.

8. Why celebrating blackness isn’t “anti-white.”

9. I’m making this tonight for my Valentine.

10. Sound advice.


For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Chicken & Dumplins

So I had the slightest moment of hesitation sharing this recipe the week before Valentine’s Day because chicken & dumplins’ are decidedly unsexy, but you know, it’s cold and I’m happy to point you in the right direction if it’s a sweet treat you’re looking for. And for those of you that are perhaps instead looking for a nice, warm, comforting meal, one that you can eat in your pajamas under a big flannel blanket, I’ve got that for you right here.


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I also thought that this was the perfect opportunity to test out a new idea. I mentioned that this wasn’t becoming a gluten free blog just because I have celiacs, and I’m sticking by this. I have no intention of making “gluten free” a part of the brand. But the reality is that these days, a lot of what is coming out of my kitchen is gluten free, even the dumplin’s. As a result, I’ve been toying with the idea of a new feature, something that would allow me to share what I’m learning without alienating the people who don’t necessarily need to know what xanthum gum is. So without further ado, I present “make this gluten free” a post-script that will be available on some recipes throughout the blog. I’m going to start with current recipes and slowly go back through the recipe catalog and update as I can. The whole of gluten-free recipes (both those that are naturally gf and are able to be adapted) will be available here. So for those of you who can freely eat gluten, go forth and eat a chocolate croissant for me. For those of you who have an allergy or who are avoiding it for lifestyle reasons, we’re in this together.


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Chicken & Dumplins’

recipe note: This recipe begins with cooking the chicken and making the stock, which takes about 6 hours.


chicken soup:


1 whole chicken

2 red beets

1 onion

2 leeks

4-5 small/medium potatoes

3 carrots

4 garlic cloves

Salt to season




1 cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

1 cup sifted flour

1/4 tsp baking soda


Place your chicken, one potato, the onion , and two cloves of garlic in a pot of water, along with a shake of sea salt. Simmer for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken falls off the bone and a rich broth has been made.


Strain out your chicken bones, skin, and vegetables and dispose. Chop your beets, leeks, carrots, remaining potatoes, and garlic and add to the pot. Simmer for 2 hours and then season to taste.


Mix together your ingredients for the dumplings. Use a spoon to scoop balls out of the dough, and drop one by one into the pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, long enough for the dumplings to set. Serve hot.


Make This Gluten Free


1 1/2-2 cups buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

1 cup sifted all purpose gluten free flour (for this recipe I used Krusteaz, but I’m also fond of King Arthur’s GF blends)

1/4 tsp baking soda


Mix together egg, flour, baking soda, and 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Mix until a wet dough forms. GF doughs are often too dry because of the ingredients in the flour mixture, so if you need to, add more buttermilk. After this, follow the recipe above.

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Lovely Internet 1.5.16

1. Y’all is a feminist pronoun.

2. I’ve been living this from the other perspective. It’s exhausting.

3. Recently the number of instagram accounts I manage has been growing, so here’s hoping that this is a slow roll out of a new feature.

4. Is anyone surprised that McDonald’s can’t even make a kale salad healthy?

5. First bite.

6. The fetishisation of the mother.

7. The Year of the Fire Monkey.

8. This made me cry. Well said, Matt.

9. She responded with a lot more self control than I would have.

10. I’m using the game on Sunday as an excuse to make and eat a ton of gluten free wings. Maybe I’ll just watch Key and Peele do the game instead of the actual game?


For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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