About Local Organic Fan

I am fairly certain I have a gluten sensitivity and cannot digest dairy. I am constantly learning new cooking techniques and love to cook and bake. My goal is to combine sustainable, ethically grown and raised food into recipes that are visually appealing, healthy and repeatable by visitors to the blog. Thanks for reading!

We’ve moved!

In light of our upcoming marriage, it seems fitting that we embody our ideals of equality and partnership in the blogosphere. Therefore, we’ve moved over all our historical content to our new blog, Gluten Free Mountain Folk. This blog, Gluten Free Mountain Man is being retired in light of this new venture. Enjoy your kitchens!


Purple Cabbage Rolls

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These cabbage rolls were made with purple cabbage from our Intervale Food Hub share. These folks support the local food system by creating a type of community supported agriculture (CSA) from a conglomeration of local, organic farms. I used a very basic recipe from About.com and modified the method for getting the cabbage off of the head. I also used arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch (kudzu would also work).

To remove the leaves, use a large chef’s knife and cut around the core at about a 45 degree angle. Remove the core. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. When boiling, place the head of cabbage in the pot. It should take about 3 minutes to soften up the outer leaf. I used chopsticks to remove the leaves one by one and set aside on a plate. The chopsticks are gentle on the leaves and avoid puncturing the leaves.


Clam Linguini with Rainbow Chard

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We utilized some fresh veggies from our garden and our Intervale Food Hub Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. This included fresh rainbow chard, oyster mushrooms, dill and parsley. The dill overpowered the rest of the flavor and so I’ll omit it the next time around.


  • 1-2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • 2 Cans Sustainably Harvested Clams & Juice
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • Optional: Fresh Veggies and Herbs
  • Tinkyada Spaghetti Noodles


  • Bring saucepan with water to a boil, and add a pinch of salt and noodles. Set aside for 20 minutes. Drain, rinse and set colander over saucepan. Meanwhile:
  • Saute onions and chard stalks until soft.
  • Add mushrooms, clam juice and wine.
  • Reduce 1/2 of the liquid.
  • Add clams, chard leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve mixture over noodles.

Marinated Kabobs

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The warm weather is here! In the interest of keeping the apartment cool, grilling is a great alternative. Getting a jump start on the marinade is the trick. A vacuum sealer can shorten the time needed for infusion of flavor. Since a fancy sealer isn’t in our bag of tricks yet, I tried and get an early start. I slightly changed the recipe by using less soy sauce, because we ran out, olive oil for veggie oil, Dijon mustard in a squeeze bottle and no meat tenderizer. I skewered the meats by type and the veggies separately to account for different cooking times, putting on the veggies on about halfway through cooking the meat.

Being limited for time, I used our little portable gas grill on medium heat. Before grilling, I prepared some white rice with a vegetable bouillon cube and a couple bay leaves. Next time, I’ll try out our charcoal grill and be sure to wipe an olive oil soaked paper towel over the grill for some nice grill marks. Happy outdoor cooking!

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Jovial Blueberry Apple Pie

Blueberry Apple Pie

Alas, no natural light was available when this one was ready to pop out of the oven. However, the taste was fantastic. I am looking forward to adding fresh thyme later this season!


I used The Food Network’s Simple Blueberry Apple Pie Recipe with the Gluten Free Mountain Man Pie Crust, which is using Carol’s Sorghum Blend with Brown Rice flour instead of sweet rice flour.