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Homemade Mexican Rice

Homemade Easy Baked Mexican Rice

A versatile method for cooking Mexican rice by lightly frying Basmati rice then adding tomato sauce, or salsa, or puree and then baking in the oven. Easy Mexican Rice Maybe because I’m half Persian and always have Basmati rice in the pantry, but I just love rice dishes.  All kinds of rice dishes from sweet to savory.   My mom used to make this decadent...

May is Celiac Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Symptoms – Courtesy of Gluten Dude May is celiac disease awareness month.  Did you know that 1 in 133 people have Celiac disease?  I am often asked why so many people are being diagnosed with Celiac disease or have developed an intolerance to gluten in the last few years. I really don’t know. Although there is a genetic component, leading researchers are looking at...

homemade teriyaki chicken salad

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Chicken Salad

Teriyaki Chicken Salad This teriyaki chicken salad is amazing! Well you know by now, I love a salad piled high with lots of different veggies, colors and textures (roasted, steamed, raw…).  Add a little protein (usually my husband and I will split a chicken breast between the salads) and perfection! But this is fun because we take one of favorite flavor profiles – Teriyaki chicken...

Favorite Kale Salads & Dressings

Getting Creative with Kale & Balsamic Vinegar For Christmas this year, one of our gifts was a basket full of balsamic vinegars and infused olive oils (they were all gluten-free) from Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegar (made locally in the ATX). I was so excited because I just love salads!  And we’ve had a great time experimenting with kale and pairing the various vinegars with...

PF Chang-y Lettuce Wraps

PF Chang Style Lettuce Wraps

PF Chang Style Lettuce Wraps There are a lot of recipes for PF Chang style lettuce wraps floating around the internet, but this one is gluten-free and casein-free.  Plus we make our own hoisin sauce. Most of the recipes I found require hoisin sauce, which is not going to be gluten-free. So I looked through a few homemade recipes for hoisin and came up with...

Honoring my Mother on the 22nd Anniversary of Her Death

Today is the 22nd anniversary of my mother’s death and I want to honor her memory and talk about how much she meant to me. She was wonderful, fashionable, interesting, kind and beautiful. She was my world and her death was very difficult to say the least. None of us were the same after she was gone. I was a hot mess for a very...

Quick Pickled Jalapeños

Quick Pickled Jalapeños When our jalapeño plant is producing well we like to quick pickle the peppers just to use in recipes like spicy chicken spaghetti or in a hummus or to eat with nachos.   Most store bought versions of pickled jalapeños either contain yellow dye or distilled grain vinegar. Jeff’s Naturals is a good choice for free and clear pickled jalapeños. It is...

Homemade Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

DIY Hamburger Buns There is nothing better than fresh homemade bread out of the oven! I make my own homemade hamburger buns and freeze them for when we need them.  But this bread recipe is very versatile and can make loaves as well. The hamburger buns are perfect with Asian turkey burgers, or with herbed meatballs and red sauce as meatball sandwich or when we make...

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing Spinach salad is a great way to eat lots of fresh spinach!  And even better when tossed in this delicious warm bacon dressing from Alton Brown. Bacon Bacon makes everything better, right (uncured, nitrate-, nitrite-free bacon, of course)!  For this salad the bacon fat is reserved to make the vinaigrette.   There are a couple ways to cook the bacon....

Apple Cider-Brined Pork Tenderloin

Cider-Brined Pork Tenderloin I’m not gonna lie, this cider-brined pork tenderloin with roasted apples and carrots is ridiculously delicious!  It is truly the best pork tenderloin I’ve ever had.   We all know how well apples go with pork chops, but brining this tenderloin in apple cider takes it to another level.  And leftovers are amazing the next day. Yum!    And tossing the apples and...