This last week we dusted off the BBQ, swept off the patio bricks, and set up all the seating with nice comfy cushions. We were all ready and eager for our first outdoor dining experience, of what we hope will be a long and warm season. However, today it is a balmy 43 degrees with a slight drizzle – welcome spring!
With dinner looming and no desire to attend to the grill in the rain, it was time to re-consider dinner. I had planned a version of this grilled eggplant with feta salad along with some boneless chicken thighs, though the weather did not permit. So, being the resourceful gal I am, dinner became Eggplant Tagine with Chick Peas.
Go figure, a dish prepared in a weather related huff would turn out to be fabulous. It was so yummy that it just be our new go-to recipe when it is not grilling weather.
For the last few years I have defaulted to three super easy desserts to serve at dinner parties. If you entertain you know it’s more than enough work to come up with a menu, shop, cook a fabulous meal, and set a beautiful table. Last year it was pears that I popped into the oven… Continue reading
On any given day if I ask my Husband what he wants for dinner most of the time the response will be “Chicken? Maybe fish? Or we haven’t had a steak in a long time”. Never does he lead with “how about eggplant? or broccoli?”. Therefore I sometimes have to be sneaky when it comes… Continue reading
Last week one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen, shared a vegan coconut cake. Made with just 6 ingredients; one bowl, baked in a round cake pan for just 30 minutes. Could it really be that simple? I admit, I was skeptical since I’ve had so many epic fails trying to conjure up baked… Continue reading
Today, I would like to give some credence to escarole. It’s a New Year and I wanted to try something new, not just fall back on spinach or kale, my go-to’s in most recipes with leafy greens. In the same category as endive and frisee; not really a lettuce, as it appears at first glance,… Continue reading
Growing up, I remember every year at the Holidays there were certain treats that we never saw any other time of the year. One such treat was a red tin of shortbread cookies, the one with the little paper cups separating the different cookies – although I always felt that they all tasted the same… Continue reading
If there is one thing I can tell you about gluten free baking, it’s that if it works, keep doing it. A mantra I have stood by through and through, and the reason why I have posted 8 slightly different variations of cheesecakes – so far. Baking gluten free is not always as simple as… Continue reading
With a ton of blogs out there suggesting what you can recreate with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. I thought I would veer hard in the other direction and suggest a soup. Winter Minestrone, Gluten Free of course, and not a bit turkey in it. Think about it, wouldn’t you better appreciate something light, yet… Continue reading
Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about Shirataki Noodles. If you haven’t heard they are: gluten free, vegan, paleo, keto, and contain negligible calories. No wonder all the talk huh? I made the spaghetti/noodle variety last week for lunch with a spicy tomato sauce and olives. It was great for a quick lunch, so… Continue reading
I think I just hit on the Holy Grail of dinner recipes. This Shrimp Scampi with Peas and White Beans is super fast to pull together, perfect for any weeknight when you haven’t put much (or any) thought into what is landing on your table at 6pm. However, if you had unexpected company, it’s so… Continue reading
A few years ago, I made my first attempt at baking scones and came up with this Blueberry Scone Cake, while really good, and everyone gobbled it up without any question as to its provenance, I felt I hadn’t nailed a traditional scone. That’s the thing with gluten free baking, sometimes it’s an epic fail,… Continue reading
With this hot summer weather, I think everyone wishes they were on the French Riviera eating moules frites while sipping rosé, am I right? Not the usual mis en scène here, though. I often find myself caught in an endless cycle of summer salads, which I rotate depending on mood. However, I am really proud that I… Continue reading
Every year around this time, I get the urge to bake. It seems like ages since I last turned the oven on. Lately, it has been too hot to even contemplate any form of baked good; that is until this week. Yippee! This endeavor dovetailed nicely with the banner crop we have of zucchini this… Continue reading
Most summers I tend to obsess over one specific salad. A salad that circulates through pot-lucks, bbq’s or just dinner at home. Last summer I made this Quinoa Lentil Salad many, many times. The previous summer, my garden was bursting with vegetables, which inspired this Summer Squash Salad with Feta and Herbs. This year a… Continue reading
Last month I enthusiastically shared my interest in Skinny Pasta, now one of my new go-to’s for a quick lunch. As I previously told you; these noodles are virtually calorie free, carb free, no sodium, grain free, gluten free, vegan, full of fiber, oh and they come in different shapes too! A lot of hype… Continue reading
Last week, while perusing Instagram, my daughter asked if I had ever made carrot cake. Well, sure a long time ago B.C. (before Celiac’s) I did. Back then I could bake just about anything with success, regular flour is… predictable. Gluten free, well not so much. I love carrot cake, it’s a great way to… Continue reading
As you can imagine, I am perpetually on the hunt for new food trends. Anything that can be adaptable here in my gluten free/vegan/sometimes vegetarian/meat lovers kitchen is a win. However, it was my daughter who introduced me to Shirataki Noodles by Skinny Pasta- chip off the old block perhaps? Shirataki or Konjac noodles are… Continue reading
I wonder how many people eat eggplant on a regular basis? It doesn’t seem to fall into our weekly dinner rotation as, say, broccoli or green beans. We like it, we do! It’s not even that exotic or hard to find, we just forget about it perhaps. And then you cook some and remark “why… Continue reading
Back when my husband and I were first married, I found a no-knead overnight artisanal bread recipe in our local paper. What a way to wow your family, or even better dinner guests! The smell of freshly baked bread has a swoon-worthy effect every time. I forgot about the recipe throughout the years; having kids, moving… Continue reading
Lately, I have noticed a lot of chatter in the food blogs about the Instant Pot – it’s kind of a modern day old time pressure cooker, meets slow cooker, or crock pot AND doubles as a rice cooker. I must admit I am curious, but haven’t jumped on that bandwagon… yet. It got me thinking… Continue reading
This week, I have been experimenting in the kitchen with a grain free-gluten free-dairy free-nut free muffin. So far, this darn muffin troubles me. Sure, I have come across a few recipes online with fabulous pictures of such muffins, which makes me wonder why mine won’t work? They look good, but the middle of the… Continue reading