Cherry tomatoes are probably the easiest, most abundant tomato to grow at home. Our plants have been producing hoards of them this year, both red and golden varieties. Because I don’t like letting anything go to waste, we’ve been roasting them because I’m just not ready to do any canning. It takes about 15 minutes to prep them, then 45 minutes in the oven. Continue Reading
I’ve got to admit, I get a little motivated when I see cooking shows do stuff that is a challenge for gluten free. One of those recent things is grilled pizza. Have you ever seen where the chef takes some uncooked dough (with gluten) and tosses is on the grill and proceeds to make a yummy looking, bubbly dough pizza? The gluten free doughs I’ve made are more sticky than their gluten counterparts, so tossing it on the grill is basically a no-go. Continue Reading
Mmmm, potato salad! One of my favorite side dishes in the summer is my mom’s potato salad – the typical egg-based potato salad with lots of crunchy vegetables – which we make several times during the summer.
For this one, we did things a little different. As a celiac, I’ve been known to overdo certain recipes to the point I just can’t bring myself to eat it anymore – you know, you find something tasty and safe and just keep making and eating the same stuff for days. So, instead of overdoing my mom’s recipe, this salad came about.
You learn the most interesting stuff at Gluten Free Expos. I was honored to do some food demos at an expo in Columbus, Ohio recently, and met several people who asked me if I had a good pierogi recipe. That’s what I adore about meeting up with people at expos – especially the regional flare that comes with it. So, you can thank the folks in Ohio for the inspiration for this recipe. And of course, these are not only super-easy to make, but they also have a DAIRY FREE option too! As I post this recipe, I’m also posting my “recap” of the Columbus expo you can read here. I try to make it a point to keep up with the direction of our gluten free population, and in turn, create the stuff we all miss the most! Continue Reading
Remember these? It’s basically a Twinkie basking in the glory of raspberry and coconut (you can omit the raspberry and coconut and just make it a GF Twinkie). It made my family soooo happy, one sent a me text when I was traveling the other day to tell me how enjoyable dessert time had been. The iconic shape comes from a Twinkie Pan – yes, they do exist and of course you can buy it online, but you can also make them in the form of a cupcake, if you can’t wait of the delivery of the pan. Please note: these do not have the average 45 day shelf life of a regular Twinkie. In our house, we are lucky they last 45 minutes! Continue Reading
In a breakfast rut? Start your day with some yummy granola – with milk or toss it on top of some fruit and yogurt. In this GRAIN FREE recipe, lemon is the star and takes this granola on a departure from your standard, almost too familiar, cinnamon-type granola. It makes for a great snack, and a topping for ice cream too! Continue Reading
Welcome to ravioli #4 in the ravioli-making series. This one can be made dairy free! And here’s a NEWS FLASH! I just changed up the prep to make it SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER. You see, I roll dough fairly often, and in some cases it is that activity alone that becomes the dealbreaker in time and/or motivation to make a recipe like this. We all have our days when we just can’t get the desire to cook and need to break through it to have something really satisfying. Let me set the expectation for you – this really isn’t a big deal to do once you get started (just make sure you have all of the ingredients ready to go, or that frustration will just grow)! Continue Reading
You know how the story goes…if someone had told me 10 years ago that rutabagas would be one of my favorite vegetables…. Fact is, I never ate a rutabaga until just a few years ago, when I was looking for more variety in my tiny, limited gluten free world. Perhaps that’s one of the plusses to being GF: Getting the nerve up to expand to foods I never knew much about. They have a texture similar to a potato and are sweeter and milder than it’s cousin, the turnip. With a quick comparison to potatoes, they appear to be better for you! Rutabega vs. Potato – 1 cup serving: ( calories 51 vs. 136) and carbohydrates (11.6 grams vs. 31.4 grams) so if calories and carbs are on your watch list, these may be a great substitute! Considering they have potassium and vitamin C too, you may want to put them on your shopping list. Continue Reading
Brussel sprouts have come a long way in the last few years, from an obscure vegetable that wrinkled faces at the dinner table to a much welcomed side dish. I remember as a kid, the only way they were ever prepared was boiled, and if you were lucky, it had some butter on it to make it more palatable. If only my mom knew about roasting vegetables! What is so great about roasted veggies is the convenience of just tossing some veggies with oil, salt and pepper and letting them do their thing in the oven while you muss and fuss with the other parts of the meal. Bacon (of course) amps this up, but the addition of a few crumbles of blue cheese and a drizzle of honey can make this the favorite item on your plate. The other night, we tossed a few scoops of this onto our salads and made a meal out of it. Welcome back, Brussel sprouts! Continue Reading
It is officially soup season at our home. It was a dreary, rainy day and the one of the only ways to end it on a good note is to fill my belly with some warm soup. I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for the last week or so, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to use it. What I like best about this recipe? It’s savory, not sweet like other squash soups. But, more importantly, it’s easy – ready in about 45 minutes without the need to constantly mess with it. Pair it with a salad and you have a fantastically satisfying meal. Vegetarian? No problem! Omit the bacon and use a veggie bouillon cube. Like it spicier? Add more Sriracha to suit your taste. Continue Reading