New Cooking Challenges + Pumpkin Simple Syrup

By | 2016-10-03T10:56:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooking is hard in my house lately. On doctor’s orders, we are doing two months of dietary restrictions, and it has thrown all of our eating habits into an uproar. Confession, I didn’t think it would be this hard. I mean, my husband was already intolerant of gluten, meaning that we have gluten free meals all of the time, essentially. Not to mention that I am part of a blog and business that deals with food allergies and making allergy-friendly [...]

Date Paste Sweetener

By | 2017-05-03T13:13:45+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Condiments + Basics, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  One of my favorite ingredient substitutions is dates in place of sweeteners. They still are high in sugar but they have other great benefits, like reduce blood pressure and a good source of fiber. I like making date paste. It's easy and can keep in the freezer for 3 months! If you are looking for other great substitutions, head over to our education section, and check out my top 8 corn substitutions... having good substitutions on hand makes cooking and baking easier, and prevents [...]

Vacation Manifesto + Back-burner Tomato Sauce

By | 2016-09-07T12:35:41+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Shellfish Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For many of us, summer is ending: school has started again, the weather is getting cooler, and our minds are turning to pumpkins, apples, and the Halloween decorations lining the stores. And although I am ready to leave behind some parts of summer, I’m not ready to  leave behind a topic many think of as only belonging to summer: vacations. For one thing, why do we normally think of vacations as belonging to summer? As adults, we can take them [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Luv Cooks + Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars

By | 2016-04-04T10:34:55+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luv Cooks is sharing with us again with these wonderfully delicious Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars! Make sure to follow her on her blog  and instagram  I will be the first to tell you that I luv a Mounds bar. Sweet coconut dipped in rich dark chocolate- sign me up for that. But ever since I have been in on what I like to call a “cleaner” eating plan, the truth is that I am constantly on a quest to find chocolate options [...]

And We’re out like a Lamb + Banana Coconut Pudding

By | 2016-04-03T22:51:39+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Does anyone else feel like the days are speeding past? Maybe it's the time of year, but it seems like I blink and another day is finished or another week is about to wrap up. In the midst of the mind-numbing speed with which the days and weeks are passing, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the month that is ending. This month has had the lion's share (like what I did there?) of challenging days, tempered [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

By | 2016-03-19T21:50:05+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Food Education, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I face is owning a business. [...]