New On The Blog

The Serendipitous Cucumber Experiment

Serendipity and Gardening I’ve always loved the concept of serendipity – a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. In science, I’ve known it to mean “chance favors the prepared mind”. Many great discoveries were serendipitous – the discovery of penicillin, x-rays, Velcro and even the not so great discovery of saccharine (ya know it’s really bad for you, right?). As a scientist, I loved working in...

The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Sept 21

Hi everyone! And welcome to our new followers! I hope you find some inspiration for cooking at home. Clean Eating It’s been an interesting journey as my husband and I transitioned from eating a lot of comfort or “junk” food to much cleaner cooking where we use fresh veggies, lean proteins, healthy grains and lots of spice! Our allergies are better, my digestion is better,...

Perfect Pot Roast

The Gluten-Free Weekly Menu Aug 31

Time for the gluten-free weekly menu Aug 31, 2015. I can’t tell you how excited I am that college football starts up again this weekend!!! Woohoo!  I’m a Texas Ex Life Member and bleed burnt orange, as they say.  And I love being back in Austin for football season! I went to UT during the Mackovic years (’90s) so my expectations are never that high...

Mango Chutney Chicken Salad

Mango Salads I love when mangos come into season.   I especially love it in a salad with lots of other goodies like in my mango, black beans wild rice salad or the asparagus mango spring salad with goat cheese croutons.  So good! I found this recipe for mango chutney chicken salad from Martha Stewart and just had to convert it to a gluten-free and dairy-free...

gluten-free, dairy-free spaghetti and meatballs

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu June 1

Hello Summer! So it’s time for the casein free, gluten free weekly menu for June 1, 2015. And welcome new followers on Twitter, Pinterest and the Facebook Fan page! Take a look around the blog to find lots of clean eating but flavorful recipes. I love to use spices. The weekly menus are a great round up of recipes, too. This week I’m going to...

The Gluten Free Weekly Menu May 25

Hello Hi everyone!  Time for the casein free, gluten free weekly menu for  May 25, 2015. Hope you are having fun on this Memorial Day weekend. We are going to hit the boardwalk for a 5-mile walk if it isn’t raining. And I’m very excited to have joined the Austin Food Blogger Alliance and look forward to meeting lots of new foodies in Austin. So I...

gluten-free recipe for blueberry muffins

The Best Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

All-Purpose GF Muffin Recipe I love the fresh berries, especially blueberries! And I don’t think there is anything better than a blueberry muffin filled with fresh ripe blueberries. There are many recipes out there for delicious blueberry muffins but my challenge is to not only make them gluten-free but casein-free as well.   And then I came across a perfect recipe for all types of...

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...

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...