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Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-free)

  Jim Aylesworth is one of my family’s favorite children’s authors – our very favorite is his version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Last Christmas, my kids were gifted his version of the story The Gingerbread Man.  The rollicking tale was a huge hit, and the kids didn’t even seem to get too upset when the poor Gingerbread Man lost his life. “Riddle riddle ran, Fiddle fiddle fan,...

“Better Than Alton Brown’s” Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m going live with my new blog redesign, and to celebrate, I’m sharing a crowd-pleaser.  It’s taken me almost 3 YEARS (gulp!) to formulate a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe that was just as good than my old gluten recipe.  This is it! Now, starting out as a newbie gluten-free baker, I turned immediately to my old buddies at the Food Network for recipes.  It took me a while to realize why...

Roasted Beets with Orange Vinaigrette

I have come to love all the vegetables that come in our weekly CSA vegetable box; however, I admit to feeling a little grumpy towards the beets. #1: My family hates beets.  I like beets, but with three other mouths to feed, it just happens that the poor beets get pushed aside in lieu of more crowd-pleasing fare.#2: Beets tend to take more prep than other vegetables to get them to an edible state.  I am...

Nightshade-Free Curry (Paleo/Primal/GAPS)

I’ve had to give up a lot of different foods over the last year or so – gluten, dairy, caffeine, almonds, pork, alcohol, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, and nightshades.  Surprisingly, the hardest food type for me to do without, by far, has been the nightshades. What is a nightshade, you ask?  It is a type of plant that grows a little cap on the top of the fruit, and includes tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and...

Grain-Free Pancake Round-Up

Ever since I had kids, I have been making pancakes at least weekly.  Before our big diet change, I had perfected the classic buttermilk, diner-style pancakes and even had the recipe memorized from repeated use. Because of some food intolerances, we’ve baby-stepped our way into the alternative pancake world.  First I tried many gluten free pancake recipes.  Piece ‘o cake.  I think we finally decided...

Quick Broccoli Greens Soup (Paleo – Dairy, Grain & Gluten Free)

Growing up, my dad made delicious broccoli cheese soup, and I cherished the recipe even after I left the house for college and the real world. Fast forward to now – I’m committed to a real food diet, one that includes as many nourishing foods and as few processed foods as possible.  His recipe includes chicken bouillon cubes and Velveeta cheese, which are definitely not on the approved list.  On top of...

Fermented Cranberry “LOVE” Sauce

I’d like to introduce another contender in the “best dessert for an autoimmune healing diet” category – it’s what I call Cranberry “LOVE” Sauce.  It is a powerhouse of nutrition – first, because it’s made with fresh cranberries, which have some pretty awesome healing properties on their own.  In fact, I’m holding out hope that this report on...
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