I was sitting at the table, reviewing one of my recipes which had not been tested yet for my cookbook. Ranch dressing is one of those items you would assume would be gluten-free until you look at the label. Then you also might see all of the other ingredients that aren’t so appealing.
My kids are big fans of ranch dressing so I thought, why not try it right now? I normally don’t make everything from scratch but I was curious to see if it was worth it to make my own.
Assuming you have the ingredients in your kitchen (which I usually do), this can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. It’s always better if it sets but if you can’t wait, don’t worry, it’s still great.
When I made it, I called the kids over for a taste test. They grabbed some carrots from the fridge and dug in. My son then announced (more…)
I’ve held on to this recipe for months and am wondering why the heck I waited this long to make it. I guess there just isn’t enough time in the day to try each and every single recipe I have pinned, tweeted and Facebooked.
But there will always be enough time for brownies, always. Even if they are months in the (more…)
I’m the kind of person who usually wants something sweet after dinner, and chocolate should be involved somehow. When I don’t have a healthier alternative, I eat junk. I decided to stop buying junk earlier this year, so I make this recipe all the time.
While eating these cookies, I get ideas. Such as, what would they be like as a crust? Could I make them bigger and really thin, then shape/roll them like brandy snaps? How would they do sandwiched together with chocolate ganache or some other kind of filling? And so on.
Instead of just making more chocolate chip cookies, yesterday I decided to see if I could bake the dough as one big rectangle and make bar cookies out of it. (more…)
This gluten-free pizza crust recipe can be rolled out, just like traditional wheat dough. You can make a thin crusted New York style pizza or thick crusted Chicago style, you decide. Then load it with your favorite toppings.
I’m going to really try to not tell a super long story so you can get right to this recipe. Promise.
A friend of mine brought me one of these a few weeks ago; she had just made a batch and I was very excited to try them. I pictured it being more like a crab cake when she described it but it was closer to a griddle cake since it’s flat.
My 6 year old daughter was in the room when she arrived with the sample. I’m thinking, “Oh yeah, it’s doesn’t have sugar. My daughter won’t want this.” Wrong.
“What’s that, Mama?” she asked.
“Something with quinoa; I don’t think you’ll like it.” (It smelled so good, I really did not want to share this).
“Can I have some?”
“Sure honey” and I gave her a piece.
“Uhmm, that’s good!” she says, “Can I have more?”. At least she has good manners.
“Of course, you can. I’ll give you half.” But inside I was like, really? You want this? Woe is me. Never assume what your kids will and won’t eat. I think I said that.
So, I got the recipe from my friend. It had come from her sister who had gotten it from a magazine in Southern California so I don’t know the exact source. I did change some of the amounts and ingredients as well. If I find out where it came from, I will update the post.
I made the quinoa cakes the next week. Surprisingly, everyone (8 year old son and husband included) loved them. What a great way to get some healthy protein for us all! I hope you will give it a try. (more…)
Have I mentioned before that I love peanut butter? Well, I do. The other day I was craving the combination of peanut butter and chocolate (again!) so I decided to make peanut butter brownies. I used a recipe from Epicurious as my guide for this experiment, and I must say this dessert turned out very yummy. These brownies had the perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate goodness. The peanut butter was not overpowering. The brownies sank a little in the middle after I took them out of the oven, but I only used ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum when I made them. In the recipe below I’ve changed that amount to ½ teaspoon. This extra xanthan gum should deal with (more…)
This side dish is sort of the unique Irish twist on mashed potatoes. Though most versions of this recipe seem to call for cream, we toned it down by adding yogurt instead, and cutting down the amount of butter used. Light and creamy, with chopped green onions, and our further addition of fresh cilantro, our version of champ is a great twist on a simple dish. (more…)
Gluten-free shamrock sugar cookies are buttery good, easy to make and a charmin’ St. Patrick’s Day cookie.
You will need a small (about 3/4-inch diameter) shamrock cookie cutter to use as a stencil on your cookies. If you can’t find this type of cookie cutter you can make your own stencil by tracing and cutting a shamrock shape on a plastic kitchen mat (available at most stores in housewares.)
Did you remember to Spring forward Sunday? I can’t believe it is this time already! I am so excited about it being light later, that I really don’t care about the hour of lost sleep. Make sure to ask me how I feel about that in a couple of weeks when my schedule is all screwed up, okay?
With Spring, comes St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. I don’t quite celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way I used to, and my body thanks me for that. This St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps I’ll indulge in some green eggs & ham or Pistachio Cheesecake (just happens to be green), instead of green beer.
I have shared my rice bowls many times in the past, and they are some of my favorite, quick meals. However, the other day, I had a huge sweet potato that needed to be used, but I really wanted a burger. I didn’t want a bun, so I decided to make a burger bowl or deconstructed burger. I made my sweet potato into spicy sweet potato hash browns & then layered in the bowl with some mushrooms that I had sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and white wine.