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    Articles and Recipes — dairy free

    Thanksgiving Gravy Two Ways

    Thanksgiving Gravy Two Ways

    Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and the husMait kitchen has been testing some vegan recipes. One of our favorites was Vegan, Gluten-Free Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy from Ilene Godofsky Moreno. Ilene made a miso gravy to go on top of hers, but I wanted a gravy that was closer to our pre-vegan turkey gravy. 

    Let's talk Gravy 101 first. Everything I know about gravy and sauces I learned from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, by Marion Cunningham. Gravy and its sister Bechamel Sauce have some fundamentals that are easy to master. Begin with equal parts fat to flour, and cook this roux over medium heat, whisking constantly, for a minimum of 3 minutes and up to 15 minutes. Roux cooked for 3 minutes will lose its raw flour flavor, and will produce a pale gravy. The longer you cook the roux, the deeper the color becomes, and the more flavor develops. However, watch the roux carefully as it will burn. To the roux whisk in stock, milk, or cream. 

    Our first gravy is Fannie Farmer Basic Chicken or Turkey Gravy. The recipe calls for a ratio of 4 Tablespoons of pan dripping fat + 3 Tablespoons of flour + 2 cups of pan drippings liquid and stock which produces 2 cups of gravy. It was in this cookbook where I learned a foolproof way to have smooth gravy is to whisk in warm or hot liquid to the roux.

    With that knowledge let's talk about our second way - Vegan Onion Gravy. We want a rich, savory, brown gravy to go with our Stuffing Muffins. 

    Method: I started with thinly sliced onion, sautéed in 1 tablespoon of canola oil and a pinch of salt until it was just on the verge of caramelization. I knew I needed to cook the onions for a minimum of three more minutes so they would further caramelize during that time, and I did not want them to burn. Then I added Miyokos European Style Cultured Vegan Butter and all-purpose flour and let the roux cook for at least 3 minutes, but probably closer to 6 minutes until it was a lovely rich brown. Then I added 1 cup of warm Better than Boullion Seasoned Vegetable Base and seasonings. I continuously whisked this until the gravy thickened and became a rich golden brown. 


    • 1 small onion, sliced thin 
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons Vegan Butter
    • 2 tablespoons flour you can sub 1-1 gluten-free flour
    • 1 to 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
    • 1 sprig of fresh thyme 
    • black pepper
    • salt (taste before adding additional salt at the last step)

    You could omit the onions and use another vegetable, such as mushrooms or carrots or celery to be browned at the start, to create a Jane version of this gravy.

    Finally a note on quantity this was more than enough for the Stuffing Muffin recipe above. You can certainly scale this recipe up or down depending on how many people you will be serving. A general rule of thumb is 1/4 to 1/2 cup of gravy per person. 

    Find a video tutorial and more images over on Instagram.

    As always thank you for stopping by and let me know if you try our recipes in the comments below and or by tagging us on Instagram.

    Sending warm wishes to your home, 
    from the husMait home kitchen. 

    Sheri’s Granola Recipe

    Sheri’s Granola Recipe

    Homemade granola is simply nutritious and delicious. We appreciate that we control the sugar content. I use Quaker Oats because they are nut free and gluten free. If your family is nut free simply increase the variety and amount of seeds you add to the recipe. Example 1 cup of each seed, or add flax, hemp or sesame to the mix. 

    Our family likes homemade granola on plain yogurt with a spoon of homemade jam. Granola is also delicious with milk - almond or soy milks are great choices. We also like to add a handful of dried fruit for extra sweetness.

    5 cups of thick-cut rolled oats
    2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    1/3 cup honey
    ¼ cup canola oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    ¾ cup pecans (you can used chopped nuts)
    ¾ cup almonds
    ½ cup pumpkin seeds
    ½ cup sunflower seeds

    Set of 3 Stainless Steel Bowls
    Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
    Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
    Set of 2 Flour Scraper  
    10.5 x 15 nonstick baking pan
    Chopping board

    7” Santoku Knife with Sheath


    Preheat oven to 300 F placing the rack in the middle, if possible add a second rack below. 

    Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and mix well making sure to blend out any brown sugar lumps. 

    In a separate bowl mix the honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract well.

    Pour this over the oat mixture and stir well until the oats are thoroughly coated.
    Spread the mixture in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. See note

    Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown; stirring every 5 minutes for about 15 to 20 minutes more.

    Spread the pecans and almonds on a second baking sheet and place that on the lower rack in the oven for 10 minutes. Cool slightly and transfer to a cutting board.

    Put the pumpkin and sunflower seeds on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

    When the nuts are cool cut them into small pieces.

    When nicely browned remove the granola pan from the oven and mix the nuts and seeds into the baked oats.

    Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

    After trying many baking trays I found a 10.5 x 15 nonstick baking pan is the best. The high sides help keep the oats contained while frequently stirring.

    Let us know in the comments if you try our recipe. 

    Sending warm wishes to your home, 
    from the husMait home kitchen. 

    Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Today I am sharing our favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette, which is my recipe adapted over the years. 

    This vinaigrette was based on a pasta salad dressing my mom used to make. You can make this in a mortar and pestle, or a blender, or on a chopping board. Check out our Instagram IGTV for a visual tutorial.

    I often make this on the cutting board since it is probably on the counter for a salad anyway. 

    1 clove of Garlic, peeled 
    1 handful of fresh Basil (1/8 to 1/4 cup)
    1 Tablespoon fresh Oregano 
    1 Tablespoon Capers 
    1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar 
    1/3 cup water
    1 - 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
    1/3 cup Olive Oil
    Pinch Salt
    1/2 teaspoon Pepper

    Cutting Board
    Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowl
    12” Silicone Whisk With Stainless Steel Handle
    Side Tang Cooks Knife
    Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
    Stainless Steel Measuring Cups


    1. Roughly mince the garlic on the cutting board
    2. Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt on top of the garlic. Using the flat of the knife crush and rub the garlic and salt into a paste. Place the paste into the mixing bowl.
    3. Chiffonade the basil and oregano together. Add the capers to them and chop these finely. Place them into the mixing bowl.
    4. To the mixing bowl add the vinegar, water, mustard, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Whisk well. 
    5. Add the oil and whisk very well, until the oil is fully emulsified. 
    6. Taste and adjust the seasonings - be mindful that you do not over-salt the dressing - you added salt with the garlic, the capers, and the mustard have salt, and you may be adding salty items to your salad like olives, feta cheese, or salami.
    7. Keep the dressing refrigerated in a jar. I use a 1/2 Pint Canning Jar with a leakproof lid.

    We hope you try our recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments. 


    Sending warm wishes to your home, 

    from the husMait home kitchen. 

    4th of July Baked Beans

    4th of July Baked Beans

    American Flags, parades, fireworks, picnics, families, friends, and nostalgia - these are some of the memories that I have of the Independence Day 4th of July.

    Family picnics were integral events in my family. I recall elaborate events on my grandparent's lawn, surrounded by a meticulously pruned hedge, the backyard had lawn chairs and tables laden with perfect cool finger foods. Radish roses, curled carrots, and celery sticks cold from the refrigerator. In other years picnics were hosted at my Aunt and Uncle's, and there we were allowed to have sparklers, and the older children lit firecrackers. And I recall many, many years when picnics were hosted at my parent's home. Happy memories of helping my mom make macaroni and potato salad, and watching my mother make her famous baked beans.

    My mother had that knack of cooking without a recipe so when we wanted to recreate these awesome baked beans she was tasked with writing it out. Mom always made these in the cool of the morning, and then they would cook and keep warm for the rest of the day, so cooking times are hard to pin down. Mom always cooked a crockpot full, that contained 7 pounds of baked beans + 2 pounds of bacon, they were delicious, and leftovers never lasted long.

    A few important notes - always fry and drain the bacon, and always cook the onions. I have made these with Bush’s Baked Beans - any variety should work. These two companies beans are gluten free.  

    I have cut Mom’s recipe in half, but feel free to scale back up. 

    5 Quart pot with lid or crock pot
    4 cans -28 oz B&M Original Baked Beans 
    5-6 large onions, sliced and sautéd 
    1lb bacon, cooked, drained, and diced
    5 tablespoons ketchup
    5 tablespoon brown sugar
    3 teaspoons dry mustard

    Oven method: Add all the prepared ingredients to the 5 quart pot, baked in an oven at 350F until bubbly. Then bake for an hour stirring occasionally. Reduce oven heat and keep warm. 

    Crock Pot method: Add all the ingredients to crock pot, cook on high for 1-2 hours then keep warm. 

    Either way the beans should be cooked until thick and bubbly. 


    We wish you a festive 4th of July! 

    With warm wishes for your home,
    from the husMait home kitchen.

    Supplies list:
    fry pan
    5 quart pot
    Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
    Stainless Steel Knives 


    Brownies Everyone Can Enjoy!

    Brownies Everyone Can Enjoy!

    Our family has a range of healthy eating requirements, which makes finding recipes for the whole family challenging.  However I have just found a fantastic recipe on the back of the Kirkland Signature Almond Flour bag.  The recipe is gluten free but with two small tweaks everyone in our home can enjoy this.  

    I replaced the dairy butter with a Miyokos European Style Cultured Vegan Butter and the egg with a Flax Seed egg replacement. Check your cocoa powder and chocolate chips to ensure they fit your dietary requirements.  We used Kirkland Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and Ghirardellie Premium Baking Cocoa.  

    Our 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Sets are awesome tools for this bake. If you are looking for a value our 11 Piece Bakeware Set comes with the 3 stainless steel bowls, valued separately $18.99  (regularly for $30.00) plus the stainless steel measuring spoon valued separately for $13.99, which means the 3 stainless steel colanders are a steal at $8.01! 

    I thought I would mention again my high school Home Economic teachers training of assembling all of the ingredients and equipment before baking. Our equipment list is below the recipe. This combined with reading the recipe throughly before beginning really helps for an efficient, no mistakes bake.  

    Gluten Free Almond Brownies recipe as written by Kirkland Signature:


    2 tablespoons butter, softened 
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1/4 cup almond beverage
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup Kirkland Signature Almond Flour
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 cup chopped whole natural almonds
    1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
    more almonds for garnish


    Heat oven to 350F

    Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Blend in egg. Blend in almond milk and vanilla

    In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking powder.  Add to butter mixture and blend just until mixed. Stir in chopped almond and chocolate chips. 

    Coat an 8”x8” baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

    Garnish with more chopped almonds or with sliced almonds toasted.  

     HusMait Equipment suggested for this recipe:

    Set of 3 Melamine Mixing Bowls or Set of 3 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls 
    11 Piece Bakeware Set
    Stainless Steel Measuring Cups 
    Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
    Set of 2 Flour Scraper
    Side Tang Cooks Knife or Classic 4 Piece Knife Set
    12” Silicone Whisk with Stainless Steel Handle



    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

    It’s rhubarb season, which lasts from April to July in most places. The warmer the climate the shorter the season.

    My memories of rhubarb go back to spring and my teenage years when I picked rhubarb from the back garden, where I recall it growing all summer long. Rhubarb pie is one of the first pies I learned to bake and was my dad’s favorite. 

    Fast forward to heart-healthy eating and fewer people at home to eat a pie and I need my rhubarb fix in a different way.  I was really pleased to find this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from  Once Upon a Chef.  I decided to try her recipe because of the simplicity of the ingredients and the added pecans and oats in the topping. 

    I was also very excited that this was a quick recipe to assemble and would be easy to transport to a picnic or beautifully elegant to serve at a dinner party. 

    I did make two changes - first I substituted gluten-free Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and second Miyoko’s European-style vegan butter. This recipe calls for a 2-quart baking dish, I used my 9.5 inch Pyrex pie dish which worked fantastically.

    The two-part method is easy. First, wash and cut your fruit. Then mix the fruit well with granulated sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla in a large bowl. Transfer this to the baking dish. 

    Second, create the topping by combining flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter. Then stir in the oats and chopped pecans. Spoon this mixture over the fruit. 

    The crumble smelled delicious as it baked and the topping came out crispy and browned with lovely bubbly fruit beneath.  We ate it simply as it was. Adding whipped cream or ice cream would have been heavenly! 

    Equipment used: Our Bowl Sets are currently on SALE June 2021

    Measuring spoons
    Measuring cups
    Bowls - Set of 3 Melamine Bowls or Set of 3 Stainless Steel Bowls
    7” Santoku knife
    Wire Cooling Rack
    Cutting Board
    Pastry Cutter