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How to Roast Beets

Posted on March 2, 2010

I love beets.  They’re delicious, healthy and a “grounding” root vegetable.  I usually steam them, which is simple –other than the times that I run out of water for steaming and burn the pan.  Usually I save them in the nick of time though.

Alternatively, roasting beets, is just as easy and delicious.  Roasting adds a rich flavor to foods and also “warms” them, according to Asian medicine, making roasted veggies an idea dish for winter. Yesterday in the late afternoon, ... read more →

How to Roast Almonds

Posted on February 19, 2010

photo from familyfriendsandfood on Flickr

Roasted almonds?  Yes, one of my favorite foods and an important part of my eating plan.

What about my family’s eating plan?  Well, my husband is one of the main reasons I cook and bake as religiously as I do; he comes from a family of excellent cooks who love to eat. However, recently, he went on a diet (I had no one to critique my desserts!).  Then he sent me this email:

“Was thinking you might want ... read more →

A Holiday Gift

Posted on November 23, 2009

If you are looking for a quick and easy DIY holiday dessert gift, these gluten free candied nuts will do the trick.

The nuts are delicious and take about 20 minutes to make, maybe 3 minutes of that hands on time.  All you need is a 2 cup mason jar and some beautiful wired ribbon (I found mine at Michael’s) and you’re on your way.

Candied Nuts Holiday Gift Jar
1 mason jar
1 holiday ribbon
fill jar with: Spiced Pecans, Candied Pecans, Vanilla Roasted ... read more →

Kale-o-rama

Posted on October 15, 2009

Tis the season for kale.  Kale is one of those naturally gluten free super nutritious foods; according to my family it is delicious as well.  It is our green of choice for many a dinner as you can see from all of the gluten free kale recipes below.

Kelly over at celiacchicks.com just posted about kale chips (which I love) and inspired me to get this long awaited kale post launched.  Here goes…

How to Prepare and Store Kale
Kaleslaw
Kale Almond Pesto
Raw Kale ... read more →

How to Format Your Blog

Posted on September 27, 2009

Yesterday was the first ever Blogher Food Conference.  I spoke on a panel called, “How Blogging Best Practices Apply, No Matter Your Blogging Niche,” which was a lot of fun.

The moderator of our 75 minute panel was Alanna of kitchenparade.  Other bloggers on the panel were Kalyn from kalynskitchen.com, Michele from wine-girl.net and the adorable Lolo from veganyumyum.com.

Many topics were covered during the discussion of How Best Blogging Practices Apply; the subject I discussed was Macro and Micro Formatting of ... read more →

How to Make Chicken Stock

Posted on September 15, 2009

It’s wonderful to be back at home with my family and kitchen.  I’ve made myriad soup stocks these last few days in order to help my husband and myself recuperate from the sniffles we each seem to have picked up last week.  We’re recovering quite quickly.

To create a bit of variety, I decided to make a roasted chicken stock last night and of course consulted one of my favorite books, Joy of Cooking.  The recipe below is based upon the ... read more →

Meet the Chickens

Posted on August 12, 2009

One of my projects this year has been getting “Operation Hen House” up and running. With the completion of our house for the hens in the side yard and the screened in chicken run attached to it, we became the proud “parents” of 5 teenage chickens. They have not yet begun to lay.

All credit for Operation Hen House, goes to the amazing Patrick, who built the house and its accompanying screened in yard and helped me with a bunch of ... read more →

Getting Your Children to Cook

Posted on July 30, 2009

I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately on Facebook and Twitter talking about the various aspects of my home.  This includes tidbits ranging from chickens to children and everything in between.  I’ll start with children, and my two favorite subjects in the entire world –my sons.

Last night the boys and I had breakfast for dinner.  Each of us made our own omelet.  Eggs are a great place to start when it comes to cooking with children.

I’ve had the boys ... read more →

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Posted on April 30, 2009

This gluten free Ranch Dressing is super easy to make and dairy-free to boot.  I will be using it quite a bit this summer for salads, dips and sandwiches.  Typically the base of a Ranch Dressing is buttermilk, however, I’ve omitted that ingredient and gone a completely different route in preparing this rich and creamy condiment.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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¼ cup grapeseed oil vegenaisse or Paleo Mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 clove garlic, pressed
⅛ teaspoon minced scallion
pinch celtic sea salt

Combine all ... read more →

How to Prepare Kale

Posted on March 10, 2009

I am lucky enough to say that my boys love to eat kale. There was actually a kale incident the other night whereby I only made one bunch and some grabbing occurred at the table as the boys “fought” over it. Ok, sorry to brag, however this is what sometimes happens in my house.

Because kale is a hot commodity and because I don’t get to the grocery store on a daily basis (who does?), I try to keep kale on ... read more →

DIY Valentine’s Day Recipes

Posted on February 12, 2009

Here’s a quick Valentine’s Day recipe round up for all you procrastinating sweethearts out there (myself included).

Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Recipes

♥ Chocolate Chili Truffles ♥
Spice up your love life with these little vegan treats.

♥ Chocolate Covered Cherries ♥
Every bit as sweet and delicious as the store bought fare, sans the sugar and artificial ingredients.

♥ Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies ♥
Decadent and guilt-free cookies made with agave nectar and espresso, need I say more?

♥ German ... read more →

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Posted on February 10, 2009

Tonight I had this conversation with my little boy while I was tucking him into bed:

“How do you know I love you?” I asked him
“You tell me 2 billion times a day,” he replied.
“If I didn’t tell you, how would you know?  I asked.
“I can feel it in your hugs,” he said.

That really got me.  I try not to take things for granted in life.  Like my children.  Or hot showers.  Or glass bottles that I get to keep after ... read more →

DIY Sparkling Beverage

Posted on December 21, 2008

Although I don’t drink alcohol, I do enjoy indulging in a sparkling beverage at festive events.

This little fruit based treat below is perfect for adults and children on special occasions.  My boys love it, as do I.  Here, I use pineapple juice, though feel free to use any juice of your choice and garnish with your favorite citrus or other fruits.

DIY Sparkling Beverage

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2-3 (32 ounce) bottles sparkling water (I use Apollinaris)
1 (32oz) bottle fruit juice (I used pineapple, though anything ... read more →

How to Roast a Pumpkin

Posted on October 24, 2008

Because fresh food in general tastes better and is often cheaper than processed food, I have put together a short demo on how to roast your own pumpkin:

Clean Green: Kitchen Spray

Posted on May 30, 2008

I must confess, for more than a year, my friend Elizabeth has been asking me to do a post on homemade household cleaners. As a result of her prodding, I am proud to present part 1 of a series on non-toxic cleaners for your home. We’ll start off with a cleaning spray for my favorite room of the house –the kitchen!

So, first questions first. Why make your own cleaning products? Why go through the bother? To ... read more →

Cashew Milk

Posted on May 2, 2008

Cashew milk is my new favorite. I use it in smoothies and tea or splashed over a bowl full of granola.

Smooth, creamy and naturally sweet, this milk offers a much needed respite from the ubiquitous almond, which reigns supreme in my kitchen –unlike my almond milk recipe, this cashew milk does not require any straining. It is a cinch to make. Quick and easy, I like to have a quart of cashew milk ready in the fridge at all ... read more →

Why Glass?

Posted on January 8, 2008

Eight days into the New Year and it seems as though the post-holiday blues have hit.

We’ve had more than our usual share of cold dark weather here in Colorado, and all I want to do is go into hibernation, sleeping day and night. Of course, that’s not what’s taking place in my reality.

This time of year I find myself spending a good deal of time cleaning and sorting. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge the day we returned from ... read more →

Stocking Your Kitchen: Pots and Pans

Posted on December 9, 2007

With more time in the kitchen during the holidays, several people have asked me about cookware, specifically, pots and pans.

As you read through the list of items below, keep in mind that stocking your kitchen need not be an overnight process. You can invest slowly and build your own “dream team” set of pots and pans over the years. I received mine as wedding presents more than a decade ago and appreciate them anew every time I cook.

I use my ... read more →

Almond Milk

Posted on September 30, 2007

This homemade, gluten free Almond Milk is a natural, dairy free milk alternative.

Almond milk is one of my favorite drinks. Rich and creamy, it’s easy to make and super nourishing. While almond milk is a good alternative beverage for those on a dairy-free kick or raw food plan, I think it’s just plain delicious, whatever your dietary predilection! My children drink it by the glassful, while I drink it in my tea and blend it up in smoothies.

I used ... read more →

How to Slice a Mango

Posted on May 1, 2007

Here’s how to tango with a mango

Mango, a wonderfully rich, sweet treat, full of nutritious prebiotic dietary fiber and antioxidants, is the perfect Paleo dessert.

Here’s how to cut a mango, because as the weather warms, I follow suit and warm weather fruits make their way into my shopping cart. Today I found gorgeous yellow mangos. I bought one and when I arrived home did the mango tango –a dance of slicing this slippery fruit.

How to Slice a Mango

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