Soy Free Recipes

How Fishing Changed My Perspective + Baked Halibut

By | 2016-04-24T10:42:12+00:00 April 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

As a child, I lived down the street from my three older male cousins. They were your stereotypical Texas boys who played sports, hunted, and fished; and as their younger female cousin, they felt it was important that they teach me to partake in these activities along with them. So, in first grade, I embarked on my first fishing trip and joined my extended family on a trip to the Wichita Mountains. I remember it being a hot summer day, [...]

Food Nostalgia + GF Bread Machine Recipe

By | 2016-04-19T17:03:10+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Lately I have been thinking a lot about bread. Several of my colleagues greatly enjoy quality bread, and their enthusiasm for the qualities of “the loaf” have rekindled my own passion for it. As a child, my mother would make a loaf in her bread machine each week. We bought flour by the 25-pound bag at Sam’s Club or Costco, and learned early on that the “thump thump thump” sound during the mix cycle meant the dough was too dry. [...]

San Francisco, Montreal + Megan Makes Cookies

By | 2016-04-19T13:07:39+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My sister, Caitlin, and I spent last week climbing and eating our way through the hills of San Francisco. (Full disclosure: neither of us must contend with any food intolerances, so we did not have to do any prerequisite planning around that). However, one of the perks of living in or traveling to a larger city, of course, is the increased availability of delicious food that does fit into a modified diet. Many of the menus from restaurants where we [...]

Explore the World with Your Palate + Gluten Free Tabbouleh

By | 2016-04-15T18:44:14+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Culture has always been synonymous with food for me. Being from a large city with countless inhabitants whose people originate from far away places is as exciting as it is delicious. As a child, I loved to try new foods from different countries. It told me about what was important to that culture, which is usually family. It is also a great lesson in sustainability. A quick glance at any culture’s food teaches about what is local to the region [...]

MUDDLED STRAWBERRY + ROSE SPARKLING GIN COCKTAIL

By | 2016-04-14T18:59:12+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

This post was originally on the lifestyle company, The Eternal Child.  Make sure to follow them.  I have always preferred to jump into these posts, as if we were already in mid- conversation.  Like we are old friends, who have sat across from each other over many lattes or shared one too many glasses of champagne at one too many dinner parties, but for the sake of this, I will quickly introduce myself.  My name is Valerie, I am a [...]

Birthday Reflection + Red Juice

By | 2016-04-12T14:50:09+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I turned 30. Yes, 30. Depending on your age, 30 might sound like I have the rest of my life ahead of me; like I am still very young. Or, 30 might sound mature and experienced, like I am now firmly on the side of adulthood and no longer in the fun-loving years of my 20s. Either way, 30 is a major milestone. I am no longer in a decade of life where I finish multiple major life [...]

Sustainability + Slow-Cooker Carnitas

By | 2016-04-11T17:33:28+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This month, I’ve been thinking about the word “sustainability.” Yes, sustainable means what you think it means. Merriam-Webster defines it as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” But it is also  comprised of two separate words: “sustain” and “able” –something that is able to sustain. Ok, so maybe this isn’t a massive revelation, but before you roll your eyes, let’s pursue this idea. Sustainability is a big part of my community’s vernacular, and we’ve ignored [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Discovering new flavors + Indian Dal

By | 2016-05-18T15:16:47+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , |

Making food that is not native to my culture intimidates me. I get scared that I am going to offend an entire ethnic group with my attempts at recreating one of their prized dishes--but luckily that is not the case. If I think about it, all of the meals that I prepare have originated from somewhere; they have a history. For instance the hamburger pie I would eat as a child is really Shepherd’s Pie, which is a staple menu [...]

How to Divide a Whole Chicken

By | 2016-03-30T12:02:35+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally posted on April 2014. I began buying whole chickens a few years ago when I was doing a little cost comparing while grocery shopping. Fear overcame me because I did not know how to cut a chicken! And it felt gross! But after watching this video a few times, and practicing on a few chickens, I saw how easy it actually is. After a few weeks, I realized the my ethics had shifted, and I wanted to buy whole chickens because [...]