New England Clam Chowder (GF)

New England Clam Chowder

A Hot Cup of Gluten-Free New England Clam Chowder

 

This absolutely delicious New England Clam Chowder is not too rich, but it’s still a marvelously smooth, creamy and filling dish… Perfect for a quick, 30-minute lunch when you’re pressed for time.

And, to make it even better, you have control over the size and number of chunks of clams that are in the chowder. So, no more bowls of soup with no or almost no clams in them… unless, of course, you prefer it that way.

And what can I possibly say about the potatoes? You can make them EXACTLY…

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7-Bean Soup For A GREAT Gluten Free Lunch!

7-Bean Soup

This is full-flavored, eye-appealing, nutrition in a bowl at its best! You can style it as either a 7-Bean Soup or a multi-bean culinary extravaganza… YOUR choice! And, it suits an autumn day perfectly!

The red, tan and brown colors of this soup match the fall leaves that will soon be dressing themselves out in their Autumnal-Best and falling into my yard… Much to the chagrin of my husband who well get to rake what we don’t mulch!

It’s an extra-special treat for yourself and your family, gluten-free or not, on a chilly fall day!

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Potato Skins with Bacon and Monterey Jack

Potato Skins With Bacon & Cheese – That My Husband & Kids Love!

Set these out for a snack or appetizer and they’ll disappear in no time!

Offer a plateful to hungry teenagers and they’ll quit asking how soon dinner will be ready… They Will Just Want More!

While watching a game or a movie, serve these with a veggie tray and you probably won’t need to be in the kitchen during the action.

In fact, I get a lot of whining when they are all gone. So, you might want to make a few more than you need!

Enjoy, I think that you, your family and friends will love them! :)

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Gluten-Free Tomato Avocado Salad

Tomato Avocado Salad for a Fresh Summer Salad

This quick and easy tomato avocado salad came together quickly for lunch recently. I had been out all morning and when I came home, I was hungry for something to eat…fast! I had an idea for something with a pile of salad greens with a fresh dressing, but happily an even better idea appeared.

I found both tomatoes and an avocado that were finally ripe…it’s so hard to wait for them sometimes.

From that point on, the rest of this lunch was easy.

A fresh summer salad recipe came together almost on its own.

The vegetables themselves provided most of the flavor, so that a little olive oil and vinegar made an ideal dressing. Lemon juice would also taste good instead of vinegar, and it would be completely grain-free and paleo.

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Gluten-Free Mushroom Onion Gravy on Pork Chops

Gluten-Free Gravy with Mushrooms and Onions

There is no doubt that a favorite at my house is gluten-free gravy with mushrooms and onion. A steaming mushroom gravy to spread over dinner can definitely step up the flavor to another level.

Gluten-free or not, meat, chicken or vegetables often taste so much better with the complement of a simple gravy. This is not an unhealthy, fat-laden indulgence, either.

It can be made with a surprisingly small amount of fat, whether from drippings, oil or butter. In fact, it tastes better if there isn’t much grease in it.

The gravy I made for these pictures had plenty of onion and mushrooms in it, as you can see. The meat I served it with was boneless pork loin chops, which cook quickly and, while they’re so lean that they do require a little added oil for pan-grilling, that makes it easy to prepare a meat-flavored gravy in the same pan.

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Gluten-Free Crepes with Syrup and Raspberry Topping

Gluten-Free Crepes

Gluten-free crepes are a favorite here in my house, but I feel the “carb rush” after eating grains, so almond flour has become one of my favorite ingredients for making them.

My husband does not care for the flavor of rice flour in baked goods, so in the past I have often cooked 2 batches of crepes – gluten-y and gluten-free – which is more complicated, of course. I was happy to find that the flavor of almond flour satisfies is good for both of us.

The liquid in this recipe can be varied to suit not just gluten-free eating but also dairy-free or paleo diets.

As you can see from the pictures, for our brunch today we topped our crepes with butter, fruit and/or syrup. I used butter and strawberry fruit topping. Al enjoyed seedless raspberry topping with butter and syrup.

A great thing about making crepes is how they can be a “pantry recipe” – when it’s past time to go shopping but we’re hungry, I can still often make a quick meal of crepes that we will enjoy. If we’d had fresh fruit today, I would have used some – strawberries or blueberries would have been a nice touch. However, the bottled versions of fruit toppings and spreads work well for crepes, and they keep in the pantry indefinitely. I choose the ones that are fruit juice-sweetened only, and Al usually wants a more traditional (over-sweetened) type. I tease him about his sweet tooth, but he does eat less sugar than he used to.

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The Ultimate Reward - Homemade Cocoa with Delicious Gluten-Free Marshmallows from my Latest Batch

How to Make Marshmallows

… and, we tell visitors who ask that question that they need to talk to the marshmallow manufacturer to find out whether their favorite brand is, in fact, gluten free.

That, of course, is a less than satisfactory answer for many people even though it is the truth.

So, what Al and I decided to do was explain how YOU can become the manufacturer by making your own marshmallows with a fairly easy marshmallow recipe that I found on the internet. That way, if you have a gluten reaction because of the marshmallows, you can fix the problem yourself.

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