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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...

Orange Marmalade Oatmeal Cookies

These orange marmalade oatmeal cookies are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free (ghee and coconut oil) and egg-free.  They are highly addictive and super easy to make from scratch. Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Orange Marmalade Cookies It’s not something we make often, but I wanted to make a gluten-free Chicken L’Orange recipe as a special treat for Christmas dinner.   So I found gluten-free marmalade (Bonne Maman) and the...

Mini-Prep No-Cheese Kale Pesto

Kale pesto is such an easy thing to whip up in the blender.  Usually it is made with fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon and olive oil.   But I wanted to try it with everyone’s favorite superfood – kale. And we took out the Parmesan to make it casein/dairy-free.  It turned out wonderful.   Toss is with some gluten-free pasta and you have...

ingredients for making ghormeh sabzi (persian herb stew)

Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian Herb Stew) & Basmati Rice

Ghormeh Sabzi is a traditional Persian Herb Stew made with various herbs and veggies, beans, stew beef, and dried sour limes. It is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. For the Love of Persian Food My mother was Persian and growing up it was a huge treat when she would cook a traditional Iranian dish because she was pretty westernized and preferred not spending too much time...