vegan

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 oz. … 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: 10 … 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 ring 1 … 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