Julie Hasson’s Not So Secret Love Affair

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our friend, Julie Hasson.  Not only does Julie write mad-awesome cookbooks, she also cooks mad-awesome food at Native Bowl, a food cart in Portland, OR (with tons of xgfx options).  If you’re in the market for free vegan cooking videos, she’s got them on her site  Everyday Dish TV.  Keep on eye on Julie’s projects, folks–she’s been working on a lot of xgfx recipes lately.  Thanks for your contribution to MoFo, Julie!


My love affair started like any other. I found myself thinking about him non-stop, watching him from afar, trying to picture our beautiful life together.

Eventually I gave in to temptation. I knew it was meant to be. That was a day that forever changed my life. That was the day that I brought a Nutrimill home.

In case you wondering what a Nutrimill is, I’ll tell you. It’s a fabulous machine that takes whole grains and beans and turns them into silky flour. It is an incredible boon to the gluten-free kitchen, especially if you use a lot of rice, quinoa, corn, millet, buckwheat and sorghum flours.

It’s extremely easy to use, and is well designed so that the hopper is nestled right in the center of the machine. You simply turn it on, and begin milling. Beyond the fabulous rice and grain flours, the bean and lentil flours are amazing too. I find myself making savory red lentil pancakes for breakfast, with no effort at all. You can also make black bean and split pea flours, for quick cooking soups or white bean flour to use as a healthy, high protein thickener. How cool is that? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen red lentil flour in the grocery store. And I love knowing that I can easily grind myself a batch whenever the mood strikes me.

The machine is not small, so if lack of space is an issue (and really, don’t we all have that problem?), you may want to make some room in your linen closet as I have. Hopefully you have an understanding spouse, who adores you so much that they’re happy to overlook the kitchen spill-over into the rest of the house.

I can honestly tell you that I’ve used this machine over and over and truly love it. I love having the control over the freshness of my flours, as well as the savings. I buy all of my grains and beans in bulk, so the flours are very inexpensive to make.

Do you want to know what I love best about this baby? It’s the assurance of knowing that all of the flours I grind in this mill are gluten-free, especially if you start with certified gluten-free grains from a reputable company like Bob’s Red Mill. You have total control over your flours, and that’s something you can feel good about.

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  1. Posted October 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great post, Julie! Glad you finally went public with your true love.

  2. Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    That’s very cool. Especially if you are gluten free you have to worry less about where it was ground!!
    My dad has a mill like that and he really likes it.

  3. Kerstin V Kraasch
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe it, – I bought one a couple of days ago on ebay not knowing it is Julie-approved! Now I can wait for its arrival without fear! YAY!

  4. Posted January 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    As George Takei would say: OH MY! Wow, I had no idea something like this existed. The other day I tried making chickpea flour in my Cuisinart and it didn’t go well at all. I had to wrap a quilt around the machine because the noise hurt everyone’s ears, and I’m still not sure I didn’t lose some hearing in the process. Is this machine very loud? Because if it isn’t….I will have to get one….

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