Dinner in Istanbul + Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By | 2016-07-01T18:47:36+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Fish Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the roof of a 6-story building, the hostess led me to my table. As I sat down, I took in the sights and sounds around me: the other diners, the kitchen, the bar, and beyond that, the sprawling city of Istanbul. It was dinner time in late May, so the sun was low in the sky, casting an enchanting orange glow on hundreds of minarets as far as I could see. I knew with a setting like this, dinner [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry + Greens Salad with Apple and Pecan

By | 2016-04-27T20:26:45+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below is a basic pantry guide [...]

Chicken Sausage Dolmas

By | 2016-03-10T14:47:21+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my husband and I live with another couple and their baby (it helps when you live in Southern California). The other husband is part Syrian and has made something that he calls "yebret" (Mediterranean Grape Leaf Rolls). He recently made some, but had leftover grape leaves...so I decided to make dolmas. We found a local Greek grocery store that carries grape leaves that are gluten and corn free.   I began by placing [...]

Beginning of Spring Vegetables + Megan’s Review of GF Artichoke Dip

By | 2016-03-08T19:08:33+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  I took an unofficial poll amongst my friends (‘tis the season) and confirmed what I thought all along: I am in the small minority of people who prefer cold weather and the seasons that come with it. More than likely, this stems from a classic case of wanting what I can’t have. Growing up in Texas, while I certainly experienced cold weather (and even a little snow each year), I mostly experienced the heat. My tastes, however, are more [...]

Patio Gardening + Mom’s Spring Omelet

By | 2016-03-02T18:55:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the small patio behind my Los Angeles apartment, I have a garden. Well...actually, I like to think of it more as an urban farm. Whatever it is, it’s a fun, informative, and delicious hobby. Recently, I’ve been spending time at the ‘ol patio farm watching last season’s plants reach the end of their lives as I get ready to plant for this season. Sitting off to the side of the patio, I have a dwarf lime tree. In the [...]

Gluten-Free Fresh Artichoke & Spinach Dip

By | 2017-01-27T14:39:54+00:00 March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Corn Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , |

  Artichokes are such a funny vegetable!   They are prickly, hard, stiff, and can be very painful to work with.   It takes time to love these vegetables, but hopefully the recipe below will create a love for artichokes so grand that they will become a staple in your fridge. This was sup super tasty that my husband jokingly asked me to make this for him everyday!  I love to serve with GF crackers, bread, or EVEN the outer [...]

Leftovers. Feeling the Downward Slope

By | 2017-01-27T14:32:07+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Categories: Corn Free, Gluten Free, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

January is a strange month for me.  I have enjoyed the holiday season and then it just ends. There are no longer Christmas decorations up, and if they are up, then those folks get a strange look from others.  This month is when kids go back to school after a nice winter break and gear up for Spring Break.  Maybe, I feel like it is never really the holiday season because I live in Southern California, and I enjoyed an [...]