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Gluten-Free Bacon Mac and Cheese Pizza

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Let’s face it, kids aren’t always enthusiastic about dinner.   When it comes to a test of wills, parents can be surprised that the “eat this or starve” routine doesn’t always work in their favor.  With five kids of my own and seven very different palates sitting in human form around the table,  there is inevitably going to be at least one moan in my house.   I have learned, however with a little bit of planning, those can be few and far between.  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

Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach like you find at Boston Market or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is super simple to make homemade.

Creamed Spinach like Boston Market or Ruths Chris: it's so simple to make!

I love spinach.  You can serve it to me raw or cooked, fresh or frozen (canned is more meh, but I will eat it), fancy or unadorned.  I love it hidden or in plain sight.  And even though I grew up watching Popeye reruns after school, I liked before I knew it could make me have bulging forearms.  Actually, I am a little glad that I never ate enough to get those bulging forearms, but still, I love my spinach! Continue reading

Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake is a sweet and sour quick bread that can serve as dessert, breakfast or snack.

Lemon Loaf Cake can be dessert, snack or even breakfast

One day, a few years after I married my husband, he mentioned how much he’d like a slice of his sister’s lemon cake.  It was the first time I had heard that his sister even had a lemon cake.  What was this delectable sounding concoction of which my husband was dreaming?  I immediately wrote a letter to my sister-in-law asking for the recipe.  I am old enough and have been married long enough that snail mail was the “in” way to communicate back then.  Once I got my hot little hands on the recipe, this Lemon Loaf Cake quickly became a staple in our dessert line-up. Continue reading

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Chocolate Cutout Cookies make a fun holiday treat any time of the year.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies: great for any season of the year!

So I am just going to keep it real here and tell you up front that I am NOT good with frosting.  I have worked many, many years just to be able to frost a two layer cake without crumbs appearing all over the outside of it.  Don’t be surprised, therefore, that these little chocolate cutout cookies look less than beautiful.  I. Just. Cannot. Do. Frosting.  My daughter and I had a great time making them, though.  The whole family didn’t have any trouble eating them, either. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Pie

Picture cookie dough sandwiched between two baked cookies; that’s how this chocolate chip pie tastes.

Chocolate Chip Pie: it's like cookie dough sandwiched between two baked cookies. Can you say yum?

No one in my family is complaining that I am on a chocolate baking spree.  We had a little break in the “monotony” while we celebrated Third Son’s 16th birthday.  He asked for a strawberry cheesecake.  Now we are back to one more week of chocolate before Valentine’s Day.    I am actually making recipes that I marked, copied or saved years ago.  It feels good to make my way through the list.  It almost validates my 6 X 4 foot bookshelf crammed with cookbooks.  Continue reading