Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gluten free Homemade Calzones


Homemade calzones.  That stretch cheese shot was on purpose.  We made 2 varieties; one with Italian sausage, peppers, and onions and the other with pepperoni.  I used Chebe GF pizza dough mix, added parmesan cheese to it, and rolled them out to make 4 large calzones.  First attempt, and I must say I am impressed.  Gluten free all the way, baby!

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


GF Peanut butter Chocolate cupcakes


I just finished one of these puppies and they were so good.  Now it’s time to pack up the rest and store.  I have a confession…I convince myself that these are a ”treat for the kids,” but tonight can I be 8?!  Lol!  #all mine#

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Gluten free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes


I’m turning cartwheels now!  Look at how scrumptious.  I knew they were going to be good when I whipped up the homemade icing with grassfed butter, confectioner sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and peanut butter.  This is a gluten free adaptation of Ina Garten’s recipe using GF King Arthur chocolate cake mix.  Think Reese’s cup in cupcake form.  Mmmhmm…I could use some of that in my life. 🙂

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Gluten free Beer Can Chicken


This is my first attempt at beer can chicken, aka ”drunken chicken.”  I don’t drink beer, but I love cooking with a variety of alcohol because of the unmatched flavor and tenderness it imparts, so I had to do some research on what beer to use.  I used Red bridge gluten free beer to flavor the chicken by pouring half a bottle of beer into the reservoir of my cast iron poultry roasting stand.  (Have I told you how much I love my cast iron specialty pieces?) Yep, this chicken is sitting pretty  all rubbed down with a brown sugar barbecue rub I made from scratch.  I mixed up some fresh coleslaw, boiled a couple of ears of corn on the cob, warmed some Hawaiian rolls, and we are set!  Yummy quick meal on a Monday night.  I can see this chicken being a regular…;-)

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m in the mood for . . .

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while since I have gotten a chance to blog, so I am eager to get back to my first love . . . food.   My schedule has been so crazy busy lately, and I have been in the midst of trying to organize a good time to devote to my blog, so from here on out you can look for new posts every Sunday to jumpstart us into the week.  I look forward to chatting with you!

So what are your Valentine’s Day plans?  Are you planning to spend a cozy dinner at home or opting to dine out at a favorite restaurant?   Right now I am loving Connor’s, so I think we will enjoy a nice steak dinner there.  Speaking of steak, they have a fabulous Boursin Filet steak that will knock your socks off!  We both tried that for our 20th anniversary dinner recently and it was delicious.  It was a filet mignon nicely grilled topped with boursin cheese and tobacco onion rings. . . really a feast for the eyes.  And at $26 to $29 (depending on the size of the steak) for a side and salad, not too bad on the wallet.   Finish that with a creme brulee for dessert, and I’ll be in the mood for love for sure. 🙂

For a comfy night in, I would opt for Tagliarelle pasta with black truffle butter.  Sounds fancy,but so incredibly easy.   This recipe comes courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa and is a favorite in our house.  All it calls for is Tagliarelle pasta (though I use fresh gluten free pasta), 3 oz of black truffle butter, 8 ounces of half and half, shaved parmesan cheese, and fresh chopped chives.   Just boil the noodles, melt the truffle butter and milk together, stir in the noodls, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chives, and you are set!   This would be incredible served alongside Chianti steak and steamed broccoli . . . perfection.  I will post the recipe soon.

Until Sunday, have a beautiful Valentine’s Day week.  Indulge yourself.  You deserve it!

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

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