Monthly Archives: June 2014

Chili Time! Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili


My bowl of chili I am about to dig into. I love turkey chili as it is not too heavy on the stomach. My favorite way to dress it is with a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of white cheddar and green onions or chives. And for those days I want just a little crunch, I fall back on mini Nabisco crackers. They are not gluten free, but I have yet to find a cracker that does it for my chili like those do.

Feel free to make your own pot of my delicious chili. You can find the recipe on my home page. Adios!

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


Baked Italian Sausage Ziti


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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Nesting Sundays: Baked Italian Ziti and Spring mix Salad with fresh GF croutons

I love Sundays where my husband and kids can pile up in our bed, watch television, and nap. I call it “nesting.” This nest is so comfortable today that I don’t even want to venture out of it to fix dinner. We could just go grab a bite to eat at a restaurant, but that would require getting up, getting dressed, and driving. Lol! No instead, I am thinking Italian comfort food, something cheesy, saucy, filling, that I can make a big pan of and eat off of for the next couple of days. No other dish comes to mind but baked ziti. I happen to have some gluten free penne on hand that I purchased from Costco, Nature’s Earthly Choice, that is fantastic. I usually am a fan of Schar pasta, but this one quickly gained my approval as it cooks up easily, keeps it’s shape, and the texture is par on what you would expect with regular pasta. I’ll whip up some fresh marinara, brown some Italian sausage, add the pasta, throw in a couple of cheeses, and bake until brown and bubbly. Sometimes I will use smoked mozarella if I want a smoky flavor profile to the dish. Fresh basil and spinach helps to lighten up the dish. For our salad, I happen to have some gluten-free jalapeño cheddar bread that I will cut in cubes to make fresh croutons, toasted up in fresh garlic and ghee sprinkled over our salad greens with a drizzle of garlic vinaigrette dressing. Doesn’t that sound delicious?!
Well enough dreaming, it’s time to go to work in the kitchen. I’ll be returning back to my nest shortly with a big plate of this in hand to finish off the evening. Have a beautiful and delicious Sunday!

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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Soul food Chicken


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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Soul food Chicken…in the making



Today’s Sunday dinner is in honor of the birthday boy in our house, who happens to be turning 47. I show my love through cooking, so when I asked my husband if he could have any request granted for a birthday dinner, he chose what we dub “soul food chicken” in our house. This recipe can about more or less out of necessity. We had traveled to Louisiana years ago to visit friends, and the lady of the house and I were scrambling trying to put something together for dinner. She had chicken, and a couple of spices, and we married the idea of making a baked chicken with a soul flair to it. My husband fell in love with it, and after 18 years, it still is the chicken dish that stands out in his head as most memorable. It will be memorable to you as well, and I promise to include it in my cookbook I am working on. Now off to the oven this goes to braise for a couple of hours. I will show the finished dish shortly. With this, we will have smothered cabbage, carrot soufflé, macaroni and cheese, fried corn, and apple dumplings. Now that sounds like one heck of a birthday gift for a lucky man! 🙂

P.S. As a kitchen tip, before you braise any meat, first brown in a little ghee. It really as a nice golden brown crust, and in addition to flavor, sears in the juiciness as you cook.

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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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