Category Archives: Gluten-Free

Bone Stock

Good morning January and a very happy 2018 to you all!  Ah January, a new beginning, a rebirth, a chance to take stock, a chance to be deliberate, and a chance to pull that thermal underwear and parka out of the closet.  This morning’s thermometer reads a bone-chilling -8°F and I can think of nothing more appealing than a steaming cup of soup, the most appealing of which are built upon a full-flavored broth foundation.

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Calico Beans

After the mention that I had been cooking for my office in my last post, my sister suggested that I should make that the focus of a few posts.  You see, for about two months I was responsible for feeding 40+ people three times per week on a budget of about $130/meal.  That makes my catering options pizza, party subs, or nachos and after three weeks of rotating those two options, I never wanted to see another slice of pizza again.  So, I turned to my army of crock pots and a lone electric skillet and started cooking.  You see, I’m an executive assistant who works in a warehouse that doesn’t have a stove top much less a commercial kitchen. Continue reading Calico Beans

Cucumber & Sausage Stacks

Those that know me well know that I am pretty mindful of what and how much I eat. This isn’t a statement about strict clean eating, but rather an approach that was summed up beautifully by my oldest daughter’s kindergarten teacher when they were learning about healthy foods and “sometimes” foods. I love food, I always have; I also love that I weigh less now than I did in high school and that since graduating from high school my weight has fluctuated by less than 15 pounds. I attribute this phenomenon to eating healthfully, but not denying myself those “sometimes” foods sometimes. Unfortunately after an overindulgent spring followed by a vacationing summer, I’m finding myself at the high end of that 15 and I need to snap things back into control. Continue reading Cucumber & Sausage Stacks

Caramel Coffee Creamer

Caramel Coffee CreamerMy husband is a lover of coffee and along with this love comes a love of coffee creamer.  I was never thrilled about buying coffee creamer since it would probably be better for him to just melt down a straw, but I hadn’t really thought much about an alternative until three years ago when I began making him flavored syrups.  It worked out well, but I knew it was simply the poor man’s creamer.  Then a few months ago I found a recipe on Pinterest for French vanilla coffee creamer.  I tried it and it was good – not fantastic, just good – but it did get my mind percolating.  I started making cinnamon amaretto creamer, vanilla creamer, hazelnut creamer, and even cardamom creamer.  I fear no spice. Continue reading Caramel Coffee Creamer

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Good morning everyone.  Today’s topic is enchiladas.  The type I’m going to share with you is a cross between enchiladas verdes and enchiladas suizas.  They’re the only ones I regularly make at home and are, by far, my favorite!  Because of my affinity for green chiles and tomatillos, I am generally disappointed with most restaurant enchiladas.  This saddens me, not because I feel the restaurant is doing anything wrong, but because I never developed the passion for the mole and red sauces dominating the category.  I may just have to dig in my heels and test test test some red sauce recipes until I come up with something I can truly enjoy.  So, I guess, stay tuned for that one.  But for now, let’s proceed to discuss, I believe, the reason my husband married me. Continue reading Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Greek Ceviche Shrimp Salad

This next recipe evolved out of a childhood favorite “salad” that had more refined carbohydrates and mayo than anything to be found in a garden. Aside from the white rice and mayo called for in the original recipe, it also wanted a can of tiny shrimp! As a kid I didn’t know any better and thought this salad was the absolute best. Then I made it a few years ago…and couldn’t even finish a single serving. I’m sure it had something to do with the big smell that came from the little can of tiny shrimp. – Please don’t do “can of tiny shrimp” to yourself or anyone you care about; they may never speak to you again. Continue reading Greek Ceviche Shrimp Salad

7(ish)-Layer Salad

I am a big salad lover, which may come as a surprise to most, because I almost never make salads. My problem is that I never feel like making salad, but when it’s my turn to pick the place for a working lunch, I usually opt for Panera or Wildflower Bread Company and always get a fully loaded salad.  My other problem with making salads is that I never feel as if I have enough stuff to make a proper salad.  The reason, I believe is twofold:  1)  The salad I’m about to share with you is my first memory of salad and it’s a loaded one, and 2)  I’m not a big fan of salad dressings and unless I have the ingredients to make a salad stand on its own without dressing, I probably won’t even try.   This salad, however, plays so nicely with all my salad-related faults that I can’t help but make it when I find myself with all the ingredients. Continue reading 7(ish)-Layer Salad

Cashew Chicken

Happy Thursday everyone! As suggested last week, today’s culinary treat is cashew chicken. I have a story about cashew chicken and I just know you’re dying to hear it. It all started many, many years ago, preceded by many, many years of disappointing homemade Chinese food. Then in 2005ish, my dear friend Kristi returned from her year in China and kindly accepted an invitation to cook me dinner.  My Chinese cooking had always been underwhelming and I figured after spending a year with the locals, she’d have been blessed with some of their secrets, by osmosis if nothing else. Luckily for me, and you, she did! Continue reading Cashew Chicken