Apple Cider, Crab, & Winter Squash Soup {gluten-free}

I’ve been feeling a little creatively blocked lately when it comes to cooking. Part of this is for financial reasons.

I don’t think people are honest enough about this in the food blog and maker communities: When you are testing out concepts, it gets¬†expensive. Especially if you’re someone who’s gluten-free, and you often need to use multiple types of sometimes-pricey flours.

I work for a nonprofit, so I don’t make a huge salary, and my finances are a little out of whack due to some travel and the fact that I am honestly kind of terrible at budgeting. So it’s been especially hard these days to justify recipe development that falls outside of my uber-cheap meal plan strategy. Eating on the cheap when gluten-free is definitely something I want to cover in future blog posts, but it’s not what feeds me (no pun intended) creatively right now. I mostly want to make like four thousand desserts, but sometimes recipes fail, and the fear of losing money on an unsuccessful recipe attempt has been preventing me from trying out much lately.

This week, if I wanted to post a recipe at all, I had to give myself permission to take a risk with my grocery list. So I went to the farmer’s market.

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Upside Down Stone Fruit Skillet Cake {gluten-free}

You wake up on an October morning, and the air is so crisp you can smell it. Outside your window is a mosaic of of gold, russet, and orange. You bundle up in your favorite light sweater, go outside with a warm drink in hand, and enjoy the sound of your boots crunching in the leaves.

Yeah, so I live in Texas. None of that is a thing. I am literally sitting outside a coffee shop and am drinking ice water while wearing sandals and a tank top right now.

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