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Easy Almond Crackers

The Recipe: Easy homemade crackers made with almond meal (also called almond flour) or a mix of almond meal and pecan meal or almond meal and flax meal plus pantry ingredients – that's right, naturally gluten-free and no hard-to-find ingredients to invest in. Using nut flours instead of wheat flours means the crackers are low-carb but contain protein too.I like to carry crisp, peppery Easy Almond Crackers and DIY Power Balls along on trips for quick, sustaining whole-food snacks. For those who follow Weight Watchers, Whole30 or paleo regimes, these are your crackers! And if you don't? No problem, they're just easy to make and taste good. And for the bakers who follow Kitchen Parade, especially those who haven't baked since the holidays, it just feels good to be back in the kitchen to bake again, albeit without sugar and flour. OUR WORLD IS SO-O-O SMALL!One of the world's great wonderments is that travel, media and the online world invite connections with real peopl…

Cast Iron Meatloaf

The Recipe: Meatloaf cooked in a cast iron skillet, tender, moist and full of flavor thanks to milk-soaked bread crumbs and a pile of chopped vegetables that texture-wise, "melt" into the meatloaf. This is my go-to recipe for meatloaf, the one I make again and again. Great for meatloaf sandwiches? You bet!The Conversation: Would you / do you / serve meatloaf for company? THANK YOU, MEATLOAF!Last fall, we invited some people to dinner. My dad's cousin and his wife were in St. Louis from out of town to organize a reunion between her aunt and her uncle, a sister-brother pair, the last of eleven children who grew up on a Missouri hard-scrabble farm.Now know this. Naomi, the aunt, is in her 80s, and Melburne, the uncle, he's 97!! Both are spry and definitely living the good life but I really struggled with what to make.It turned out that we had such a good time that night. I swear, the meatloaf had something to do with it!You see, when we sat down that night to a simple w…