Category Archives: Gluten Free

#FosterFarmsFresh Kung Pao Chicken Zucchini Boats

Tracking PixelThis post is sponsored by Foster Farms chicken locally grown in the Pacific Northwest, but all opinions are my own.Those of you who are long-time readers of this blog know that I love cooking with locally grown and produced foods. I also tend to adopt the flavors indigenous to the place I live. When I lived in Arizona, we ate Mexican food. When I lived in Florida, we ate Southern food and seafood. Now that I am in the Northwest, we are enjoying Asian flavors along with the plethora of fresh produce grown here. Washington by far produces more fruits and vegetables than any of the other states I’ve lived. I am in cooking heaven here! Local food tastes so much better than the stuff that has been on trucks, planes or boats for a week!Kung Pao Chicken Zucchini Boats Continue reading

Marionberry Pie

I loved Florida, but I am so happy to be in the Northwest again.  We are close to family, the weather is so much more temperate and the food is amazing!  I think I could eat berries all the time and here in Washington, with the help of my freezer, I can do just that!  We celebrated our arrival with a Marionberry Pie.  Marionberries are just domesticated blackberries.  We will probably pick wild berries next year, but this year, I opted for store bought berries.  I just couldn’t wait a whole year!!

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Southern Creamed Corn Fresh From Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in Florida has turned me into such a locavore. I get a huge kick out of seeing the little “Fresh from Florida” signs all over the produce department next to fruits and vegetables that I know the rest of the country hasn’t even started planting. These are things I rarely paid attention to even just a couple of years ago. You can imagine what it’s like to have strawberries in February or tomatoes in March. Now that it’s May, it’s corn on the cob season and that means enjoying some good ole Southern Creamed Corn made with Florida Sweet Corn.

#freshfromflorida corn on the cob: enjoy it months before the rest of the USA!

Once you have had homemade creamed corn, you will never, ever in a million years, buy it canned again. There is no comparison. In fact, on the night I made this for dinner, my son happened to notice the corn cobs in the kitchen garbage right before bedtime. He came to me and said, “I knew that had to be fresh corn tonight, it was just so delicious.”

Southern Creamed Corn made with #freshfromflorida corn on the cob.  Once you've tried this, you will never buy canned creamed corn again!

Southern Creamed Corn

Ingredients

8 ears fresh corn, husked, corn sliced from the cob

1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

1 Tbsp flour (I used gluten free all-purpose flour mix)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil

2 Tbsp butter

Method:

In a large bowl, toss the corn with the agave, flour, salt and pepper. Combine the half and half with the water and add to the corn. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat or olive oil. Add the corn mixture to the pan. Cook, covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.

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Blueberry Muffins

My favorite frozen fruit is the blueberry.  I could add those sweet little orbs to any and all baked goods or eat them straight from the freezer bag.  They don’t seem to lose anything by freezing, though, of course, they do tend to leak blue into everything.  When I needed a quick brunch snack the other day, I reached for the blueberries and made these delicious gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry muffins.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins Continue reading

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Well, I tried and I failed.  That is my story and I am sticking with it.  About a year ago, I decided to divide my blogging time with two blogs: one just for gluten free foods and this one for everything else.  I found that I wasn’t cut out for that much online time.  So, I am back to just one blog and you will find that there is a mix of gluten-free and regular food here from now on.  As a “welcome back to sanity” celebration, I am starting this week off with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (I’m using the term “sanity” lightly, of course).

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with Chocolate Chips made in a mini muffin tin (egg free) Continue reading

Reuben Dip

All of the flavor of a traditional Reuben sandwich in a warm dip!

Reuben Dip: all of the delicious sandwich taste in a creamy, warm dip

This isn’t a terribly innovative dip, I have seen similar ones around the internet before.  However, I love Reuben sandwiches so much that I had to try my hand at a warm Reuben dip, too.  Who can resist melted Swiss cheese with a creamy corned beef spread?  I know that I sure can’t.  Continue reading

Apple Pie Granola

Apple Pie Granola: pecans, dried apples and cinnamon make this granola a special way to start the day.

Apple Pie Granola: pecans, dried apples and cinnamon make this granola a special way to start the day.

In November, I cannot get enough apples.  I eat a fresh one topped with peanut butter every single day while they are in season.  I supplement that regiment with pies, crisps and cakes, but those are mostly for my family.   This year, I decided to add a little extra apple goodness to some homemade granola.  The resulting Apple Pie Granola is something I am going to enjoy all year round because it uses dried apples instead of fresh. Continue reading

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding using #SuccessRice

this post was written on behalf of Success® Rice

School. Sports. Lessons. Work. Family Time.  My day is full to the point that it can be overwhelming to think about coming up with a quick meal or dessert for the family to eat.  At times like these, especially now that Fall weather is here, I start wanting comfort food, like Apple Walnut Rice Pudding.  However, I need that comfort quick!  Thank goodness for products like Success® Rice!

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding that goes together in a snap using @successrice #glutenfree #SuccessRice #ad Continue reading

#SnacktoSchool Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins #LoveYourRaisins


It has always been really important to me that my kids love raisins.  From the time they were little, I pushed California raisins as snacks because I knew they were full of fiber, potassium and iron.  Also, I loved the portability of a super naturally-sweet snack.  We could eat raisins anywhere and the kids wouldn’t have smudges on their cheeks or stains on their clothes.  Now that they are mostly older (only one is still in elementary school, while three are in high school and one has flown the coop), they still love them.  While eating them plain is fine, it’s fun to “fancify” them into fun snacks like these Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins.

Oatmeal Raisin Clusters #loveyourraisins #snacktoschool Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Dairy Made Easy

With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through.  Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas.  For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family.Hot Fudge Sundae Pops Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

No matter how old I get, I show no signs of outgrowing my love and adoration for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  These days they are served up on toasted gluten free bread with unsweetened peanut butter and all-fruit jam.  As I was making up smoothies this week, I got to thinking that a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie would taste pretty good.  I was SO right!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie: high in protein, low in sugar Continue reading