Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Gluten?

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I posted this hilarious video to my Facebook page last month from the Jimmy Kimmel show where they asked some people in LA, who follow a gluten free diet, if they knew what gluten was and none of them had a clue! It's pretty amusing (and embarrassing). A lot of people follow a gluten free diet for medical purposes, some self-diagnose and others just want to experiment, but what ever the case it's good to learn more facts about your diet restrictions. Don't let the staff of Jimmy Kimmel catch you in the streets unprepared to answer the basics of gluten free living like these folks - make … [Read more...]


My Gluten Free Journey: Part 2

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For the last three months I have experimented eating gluten free. At first I thought it would just be a fun challenge, but as time went along I found myself really not missing much. Now it's not to say I haven't had any gluten at all, there were a few occasions when I had regular pizza crust and once when I had a few bites of pasta and one regular cookie. Overall though, day to day meals and snacks have been gluten free. I personally have never had a problem ingesting gluten and now that I have tried not eating it for a few months I don't necessarily feel any different physically. With … [Read more...]


Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Gluten Free}

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I'm so glad the guide to gluten free flours was helpful to some of you. I decided to experiment with one of my all-purpose flour mixes and make some chocolate chip cookies using leftover Easter candy. I don't know when Easter became this Holiday all about candy. I swear my kids got more on the neighborhood egg hunt than they did trick-or-treating. Crazy I tell ya! I am pretty strict with sweets during the week because a while back my kids went through a phase where they begged me for dessert all day every day. Child 1: "Mommmmm can I have a piece of candy (9:30am)?", Me: "no". Child 2: … [Read more...]


A Guide To Gluten-Free Flours

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I know when I started experimenting with gluten free cooking, I was so confused about all the different flours and was worried that I would never be able to enjoy baked goods or bread again. Since there are so many to chose from I wasn't sure which ones I should use for which recipes. After some experimenting, I have a better grasp on it and hopefully it will help someone that is new to gluten free living. What's important to remember is that typically there isn't a single substitute for wheat flour since gluten is what gives wheat it's elasticity and doughy texture. In general, a … [Read more...]


Marinated Three Bean Salad

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Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]


Gluten Free Living: Where to Begin?

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Some of my family members have expressed interest in trying a gluten free diet so I thought I'd briefly share some tips on how to get started. The majority of gluten is consumed in the form of bread, cereal, pasta and baked goods so let's start there.   Switch out your bread products. Most grocery stores carry at least one brand of gluten free bread. Experiment and see which ones you like best. The texture is slightly different than regular bread but microwaving or toasting can improve that.  Buy or make an all-purpose gluten free flour mix. This is a must because you can … [Read more...]


Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

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Hi friends! I ended up with a short blogging week last week because my mother-in-law was visiting. You would think I would get more done with family in town but I prefer to take the time off rather than hide out in my office trying to catch up. It was great having her, but now I am back to business! Hassleback potatoes, did you know that is what they're called? These accordion-like spuds were named after the Stockholm restaurant that first served them, Restaurant Hasslebacken. I have been wanting to try these for ages, I'm sure you've seen them all over the blogosphere. I have seen them in … [Read more...]


Veggie Burger Salad & Tips For Eating More Vegetables

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Hi friends. Happy Hump Day! It's a going to be a fabulous rest of the week because my mother in law is coming in for a visit. It will be great to have her company and some help with the children. Plus she likes to cook so it will be awesome to have help in the kitchen too! Sunday night meal planning had burgers on the menu so I decided to go with a veggie burger salad. It's been awhile since I've made this and I forgot how satisfying and good it is! Some veggie burgers can be full of junk so make sure to read those labels and chose ones with ingredients you know, that are real and … [Read more...]


Multigrain Gluten-Free Pancakes

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One of my favorite parts of the weekend is leisurely waking up to a big pot of coffee and cooking a nice breakfast. In fact the minute the kids roll out of bed they ask "what are you making for breakfast?" They love their weekend pancakes and  I love playing with pancake recipes. There are just SO many options when it comes to pancakes- blueberry, buttermilk, peanut butter, cinnamon raisin, oatmeal, chocolate chip, the list goes on. I always make them from scratch because they are too easy not too. I have, however, tried a pre-made gluten-free all-purpose mix, simply for test purposes … [Read more...]