Gluten-Free Brownies

One of the things I am learning about gluten-free baking is exploring more with not using any flour, I’ll admit to feeling stuck in the idea of just using gluten-free flour substitutes but the reality is there are many more grain free options. This recipe comes from reading paleo, whole 30, gluten-free, and other trendy Read more about Gluten-Free Brownies[…]

Apple Cider Froze

This summer I had the opportunity to try a froze, a frozen blended rose that was delicious.  Living in Arizona we aren’t always ready for all the warm luscious apple cider beverages but we desire a taste of Fall…thus my Apple Cider Froze creation.  Borrowing from the trend of the frozen rose this uses apple Read more about Apple Cider Froze[…]

Gluten-Free Pizza 3 Ways- Sicilian, Deep Dish, Thin Crust

My husband has recently had to make some food changes including removing gluten and soy from his diet due to medical reasons.  I strongly believe the easiest way we can support our family in their dietary needs is to adjust with them.  I have been working over the past couple of months to learn the Read more about Gluten-Free Pizza 3 Ways- Sicilian, Deep Dish, Thin Crust[…]

“Low Calorie” White Bread” – A Mother who Baked Love into her small town Herreid South Dakota U.S.A.

The most humble people on earth die with their biographies never written.  True stories are always a good read.  I listen intently to oral history; gleaning the precious “fruit” of life stories.   

Today, “meet” Lydia and her daughter Lilly Etta… […]

Appetizers inspired by a gift from the Ukraine

I was presented with a hand carried jar of processed Ukrainian market Peppers and Tomatoes prepared and canned with love.  I stared at the delightful contents through the glass jar for weeks on my counter.  I contemplated how to best present and share this gift of “gold”.  I wondered if “Anna” would know how much this handmade gift meant to me.  After all…I had never met her in person.  Her love was felt in the hand carried gifts brought back by her friend.  I studied the foreign language on the metal lid and thought, “I have never seen a more cleverly invented seal design”.cucumber-appetizers-foodiefad-com-copyright

 The contents served several groups of house guests in a lovely Cucumber appetizer I designed.  I will remember the taste all my life and will never be able to duplicate it.  I am sharing this with you today… […]

Cranberries with Port

Stop!  Do not get out the can opener…I am about to blow your mind with the easiest, tastiest side dish.  Making Thanksgiving dinner for everyone?  Perfect this will take no time.  Tasked with bringing a dish?  Great, this will make you a star.  No matter what your fancy, enjoy this dish that is not only Read more about Cranberries with Port[…]

My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed

2016 Thanksgiving Menu Baby Kale, Swiss Chard, and Spinach Salad with Roasted Vegetables and a Dark Cherry Vinaigrette Smoked Maple Orange Bourbon Brine Turkey Breast Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast Grand Marnier Apricot Stuffing Gluten-free Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing Smashed Potato Casserole Modern Green Bean Casserole Roasted Butternut Squash Cranberries with Port Onion and Shallot Popovers Pumpkin Mascarpone Read more about My Thanksgiving Menu Revealed[…]

Purple Cauliflower: Edible “Bouquet” from Vashon Island WA

Vashon Island is a travel destination reached by a 20 minute ferry boat ride from Seattle, WA.  Notable commercial growers and small organic grower operations provide a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables  and flowers to local markets and farmer’s markets.  My sister sent me a special gift packed in my husband’s carry-on luggage.  She was a bit mysterious about it while noting, “be sure and refrigerate it”.  Indeed, (upon unwrapping) it was the most beautiful colored vegetable I had ever seen.  It was like a Purple “Bouquet” of flowers….except  […]

Compassion for Refugees: ACTION REQUIRED

Would you be willing to leave your homeland to save your life?  What would you put in your pocket to eat or sew into your hemline to save a precious item?  Does this sound like a story about the refugees in WWII?  No! This is current news.  Since I have written the first draft of this post many more souls have died at sea.  Listen to the silent cry buried in the news media and ask yourself, “would I be willing to help?”  There are many governments, organizations and church based groups who are acting by donating direct resources to refugee families.  The example set forth in this blog may be the “blueprint” you were looking for […]

Quick Dinner Idea: Charcuterie Plate

One of my hubby and I’s favorite quick dinners or light dinners is to make a characuterie plate. This is such an easy, good tasting, and fresh meal I am not willing to pay $15 to $20 for this while out at a restaurant. Grab some of your favorites…olives, fruit, marinated veggies like mushrooms or artichokes, Read more about Quick Dinner Idea: Charcuterie Plate[…]

Lobster and Manchego Sandwich…lunchtime bliss…a leftover inspiration!

One of the things I love about being a teacher and teaching summer school is that I am off in the afternoon and can make lunch at home.  I recently took some leftover lobster, chopped it in large pieces, and created a sandwich.  I took a roll, added some mayo, the lobster, and manchego, baked Read more about Lobster and Manchego Sandwich…lunchtime bliss…a leftover inspiration![…]

Simple Solutions: Baked Cookies

It seems like one of the most talked about desserts that I hear friends say they love are baked cookies.  We’ve been eating them for years, but we are still raving about them.  I’ll admit, it is absolutely delicious to place your fork in a small dish or cast iron pan and pull out a Read more about Simple Solutions: Baked Cookies[…]