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gluten-free carrot cake

This is my husband’s and my favorite cake. So much so that we had it for our wedding cake. If you want to go right to the recipe, then skip down a bit. If you want to hear a funny … more




sparkling holiday punch

This couldn’t be easier! This is the perfect holiday punch because it’s served alcohol free, yet when you mix it 1:1 with white wine, it makes a delicious holiday sangria. Great for kids and adults for brunch or any party or … more




thanksgiving countdown – cranberry relish

Whether you’re preparing for an intimate meal or are expecting a house full, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, there are plenty of things you can do ahead of time. In fact, there are a few items that taste better … more




butternut squash pumpkin soup

I love soup and stew season. One pot dishes make life a bit easier. This is a beautiful soup that can be made with cream for a richer product, or without for a cleaner, earthier flavor. Usually, I roast butternut … more




tasty gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a huge carb fest. In addition to the requisite Sweet Potato Casserole and Dressing (bread-based dish baked outside the bird), load your menu full of veggies and interesting salads. Here’s a few standards that are … more




applesauce cranberry muffins

This is a twist on my staple muffin. I had some leftover applesauce and wanted to make good use of it. Adding cranberries with a layer of orange flavor adds another lovely dimension. Soft and moist with a streusel topping, these freeze great … more




oven applesauce

My son and I have a habit of watching the cooking channel together. He salivates and tells me what he likes to eat and I take notes. A few nights ago, we watched The Barefoot Contessa, otherwise known as Ina … more




nightshade free yellow mustard

Based on the well-guarded French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, below is a version adapted for us lovers of mustard, only gluten-free and nightshade-free. In a world where we’re busier than ever, mustard is the last thing any of us really want … more




new item – gluten-free organic pasta

As I was perusing the “New Items” shelf at my local Trader Joe’s, I came across this pasta – gluten-free and organic to boot. It contains only a handful of ingredients, which I love: organic brown rice flour, organic quinoa, … more




guacamole

When my husband’s family came from Germany this summer, one of the foods they ate in abundance was Mexican, smothered in everyone’s favorite condiment – guacamole. Whether you like it smooth or chunky, hot or mild, guacamole is that quintessentially … more




indian summer iced tea

I spoke with my sister in Boise yesterday who was experiencing flash floods and storms – quite a contrast from the 97 degree weather we are dealing with here in San Diego. It’s technically still summer, but I have a feeling … more




orange studded breakfast fruit

I love the look of orange sections sliced into a fruit salad – all succulent orange and none of the pith. It’s easier than it looks so long as you have a really sharp, fairly large knife. Make sure you … more




zucchini cakes

I happen to love zucchini, a fondness my family does not share. I’ve been torturing them for years, offering new recipes in the hope they will grow to love this delicately flavored vegetable. Mission accomplished (except for the 10 year … more




gluten-free brownie parfait

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to make food stretch at my house. At any given time, I have between two (the ones I’ve got), and eight kids at my house. An easy dessert is … more




lemon slushes

One of my most profound food memories from my childhood is lemon slushes. We had a prolific lemon tree in the backyard that produced plump, juicy, thick skinned Eureka lemons. With them, we made lemon squares (gluten-free recipe to follow shortly), … more




gluten-free citrus rice salad

Wild rice is typically something you would serve in the fall, but I love it year round. You can find it in the bulk section of your health food store. Take a big whiff – it spells exactly like black … more




nightshade-free black bean guacamole

Having to give up one of my favorite cuisines, Mexican food, has been ridiculously difficult. I love moles and salsa, chili relleno and grilled peppers, but they don’t love me. Turns out, they don’t love my daughter either. So, I … more




mexican bowls

This is a perfect lunch or dinner with leftover pot roast. In fact, I make a pot roast just for this purpose. Inspired from my favorite “fast” food restaurant, Chipotle, this was my once a week treat. Now that nightshades … more




udi’s pizza crusts

A nice addition to their array of gluten-free products, Udi’s pizza crusts offer a quick dinner option for those nights you really don’t feel like cooking. They are two to a package at about $5.00, so $2.50 per unit. A family … more




happy v-day

A few goodies to make for your favorite Valentines on this day of splurging. Valentine Bonbons Chocolate Almond Bark Strawberry Banana Cake Melissa’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups     




gluten-free green beans gremolata

I personally could eat green beans every day. Steamed, roasted, blanched and sauteed with olive oil… My husband finally asked for a new presentation. When I saw Ina Garten‘s vacation to Napa show on the Food Network, I knew I’d … more




kid margarita

An oldie, but a goodie! This is a reprint because of a computer quirk. This is a refreshing version of lemon-limeade and a nice option for anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. Active time: 1 minute Yield: 1 8oz serving 6 … more




greens and butternut squash salad

I just had this salad at Waters, our wonderful local cafe, where we celebrated my sister-in-law Randy’s birthday. I am duplicating it here because it was delicious! This recipe calls for goat cheese – omit if you are dairy intolerant. … more




Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a very simple dressing to put together, with a nice acidic balance. I use a mini processor, in which case, I need to thin the dressing with a teaspoon or two of water. If you simply shake it … more




gluten-free pumpkin ginger scones

I know…more pumpkin. But I’ve devotee, so I eat a lot of it in the fall. Here’s my offering for a delicious pumpkin scone with tons of ginger. If you like less ginger, simply cut back. The flavor here is … more




gluten-free pumpkin spice cookies

I love fall – everything about it. On the west coast, we have a fairly narrow corridor of color compared to the rest of the country, but as a native, I can always find a fall day in lengthening shadows … more




gluten-free vegan almond spread

Good for the brain and good for the heart, almonds are also a great way to regulate cholesterol. When I want something fluffy and creamy to dip my veggies or rice crackers in, this is a great option, and a … more




new product – best gf pasta to date!

We’ve tried lots of brands of gluten-free pasta, but bionaturae’s line of organic, gluten-free pasta is the one most highly favored by the two gluten addicts in my home. Made in Italy, their gf pasta comes in four forms: spaghetti, elbow, … more




Omission – hands down the best gluten-free beer

When I first found out I had gluten issues, I resolved to have a stiff upper lip. I could give up sourdough bread and my favorite pasta. I could even give up pie and real chocolate chip cookies, but when … more




mango strawberry sunrise

I use my little magic bullet for this, which gives me a perfect single serving. This doubles easily to provide four little servings for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Having frozen fruit in the freezer makes this a snap! On … more




dandelion greens

I’ve always had a curiosity about the greens I watched my father eat his whole life. My mother steamed or sautéd them with butter, salt and pepper and I would watch him eat a plateful, grateful that I was not … more




all fruit breakfast smoothie

Containing all acid and sub-acid fruits, this smoothie is a great way to cleanse your body first thing in the morning.  A complete food with a perfect balance of protein and starches which are already broken down into amino acids … more




gluten-free raspberry bon bons

Chocolate and raspberries…what’s not to love? This is a fun project to do with kids. Candy molds are an inexpensive purchase (I got mine at Michaels), and with the bon bon molds, you can fill them with anything you like. … more




sweet potato casserole

There is no other meal I can think of, where we hold tighter to our sacrosanct traditions than Thanksgiving. For every person who partakes, I find there are one or two dishes that must be on the table for the … more




lisa’s greens and quinoa salad

My niece, Lisa came up with this wonderful salad. Brightened with pistachios and cranberries, the quinoa provides a nice punch of protein that would accent a holiday table. This a wonderful side for a Frittata brunch or alongside a nourishing … more




gluten-free pumpkin bon bons

I love anything pumpkin…bread, pancakes…watch for pumpkin soup later this month. So naturally, I figured it would pair well with chocolate. This is a fun project to do with kids. Candy molds are an inexpensive purchase (I got mine at … more




butternut squash soup

I know fall is here when I find butternut squash at my local stores. I always marvel at how simple this recipe is. Every once in a while, I try to monkey around with it by adding green apple, or … more




cilantro vinaigrette

Cilantro. An herb people are rarely ambivalent about. I happen to love it. Being a Californian, I suppose I have a natural predilection for it. This is an adaptation of the sauce for Fish Tacos. Prep time: 5 minutes Total … more




simple syrup

This is a wonderful base for any drink that requires sweetness, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Wonderful for Summer Lemonade as well as White Sangria, it comes together quickly, and the ratios are always the same. Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: … more




floating ice ring

I love using these when I do a punch because it’s beautiful in it’s own right, and it keeps the punch crisp and cool. Prep time: 5-10 minutes Total time: 8 hours Yield: 1 ice ring Special equipment: 1-piece bundt … more




summer lemonade

The best lemonade always start with a simple syrup. It takes longer, but it’s smooth, without the grittiness of undissolved sugar. When we received two laundry baskets full of lemons from a friend, we juiced them all and froze the … more




blueberry smoothie

Using a Magic Bullet makes this one serving smoothie a snap. If you want to double it, use the blender. Full of antioxidants, this smoothie can get you going first thing in the morning or provide a pick-me-up for a … more




perfect corn

There’s few things better than a fresh ear of corn in summer. But how many times have we suffered through an over-cooked ear with wilted kernels? Here’s a fool-proof way to make corn that pops as you bite into it. … more




melissa’s chocolate peanut butter cups

A busy mother of three, Melissa devised this finger licking treat which marries two of life’s perfect flavors: chocolate and peanut butter. Gluten and dairy free, but chemical and preservative free as well, your kids will love these. Adults too, … more




maiah’s chocolate zucchini cake

Maiah submitted this as an adaptation from a family recipe. Those of you who have a vegetable garden can testify that there is just so much zucchini you can eat or give to your neighbors! I love that this cake … more