Wishing for a gluten-free flour that acts like wheat flour

So I’ve been on mission to find a good, no I mean great, gluten-free flour for baking. This is one reduction in my diet that I feel has improved my overall health. For one I noticed that reducing my intake of wheat flour in general has curbed my appetite as well as given me more energy. You know that feeling that you get after you have one cookie, where you just want one more, then just one more and then you find that you’ve eaten a whole box? Or that slice of cake that you have, that immediately after eating your body is like wah, wah, wah…zzzzz. I don’t get those feelings anymore now that I’ve reduced my wheat gluten … Read more…

Grilled Artichokes with Mint, Lemon and Garlic Compound Butter

If you’ve read my post on how to steam artichokes, then you’re definitely ready to throw them on the grill. The grilling part, after steaming them, seemed so simple. But I needed something to serve with them. It appears that most people pair artichokes with aioli or some type of mayo based dip. Meh, not very exciting to me. I figured since I’ve been obsessing over compound butters for grilled meat lately, maybe a good compound butter would be just as good just dripping over the sides of an wonderfully grilled artichoke…yes? Well, I tried it anyway! GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH MINT, LEMON AND GARLIC COMPOUND BUTTER INGREDIENTS 2 steamed artichokes quartered 6 tbsp. (¾ stick) softened unsalted butter 2 large cloves … Read more…

Roasted Beet Hummus

I love, love, LOVE hummus. Don’t you? So I’ve been eyeballing all the beet hummus recipes that are floating around everywhere lately. Now that I have some extra roasted beets lying around, it was time to give it a try. Some of the recipes I’ve seen just use beets. Others use a mix of beets and chickpeas. Other than that small ingredient change, it’s your basic hummus recipe. I decided to use both beets and beans to keep the texture similar to regular hummus. And yes, this would be my first try at creating my own recipe…living on nothing but fear and hope! I also know my limitations, so I knew I needed to start small and with a fairly … Read more…

Easter dinner, it’s a tradition.

So I haven’t talked much about my inspiration for starting this blog. But, it’s all about mom. And what better way to celebrate her than her tradition for Easter dinner. Every year on Easter, without a doubt, my mother is all about making this a special time for family. Yes…we will complain at times. Oh mom, why make it all so difficult? Do we have to pull out the china (that we will be washing by hand for the rest of the second part of the day)? Why not just order something. Don’t go through the hassle. I’ve become the worst about this! Especially dealing with two small children who are less than willing to try new things, let alone … Read more…

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