My Gluten-free All-purpose Flour Blend and Lemony Pound Cake

Gluten-free baking is a real challenge, so much that there are shelves full of cookbooks devoted to turning out baked goods that, hopefully, aren’t dry, crumbly, dense, starchy, greasy, gummy or tasting of cardboard.  The truth is, gluten-free flours just don’t act like wheat flour – it’s not in their chemistry.  In most circumstances, you… Continue reading My Gluten-free All-purpose Flour Blend and Lemony Pound Cake

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Beyond Bacon: A Cookbook Review

SYNOPSIS: Man, woman, and beautiful children meet happy, healthy pig and fall in love. This is the story of their journey together and a glowing tribute to the pig’s ultimate sacrifice. SPOILER ALERT: The pig is delicious! I thought myself pretty well-versed in “pig”; after all, I have spent many a day preparing and smoking… Continue reading Beyond Bacon: A Cookbook Review

Shrimp Pasta with Kale and Garlic (gluten-free)

Outside it was still raining.  Still. Raining.  When I see the sunshine again, I am going to kiss it – it has been away far too long!  In the meantime, dinner is limited to what I can find in the recesses of the freezer.  Shrimp looks good!  What else do we have – lots and… Continue reading Shrimp Pasta with Kale and Garlic (gluten-free)

Seared Tuna Steaks with Spicy No-Carb “Miracle” Noodles

Last week a wise reader alerted me to a zero carb, low-calorie noodle called “Shirataki de Konjac” – well, that’s what they are called in France.  (Thanks, Donna!)  I did a little research and found that shirataki are are thin, translucent, gelatinous noodles made from the konjac yam (also known as elephant yam or devil’s… Continue reading Seared Tuna Steaks with Spicy No-Carb “Miracle” Noodles

Ground Pork with Spicy Thai Noodles

I love noodles, and I love peanut sauce.  However trying to stick with a quasi-Paleo diet means eating no gluten and avoiding legumes, which knocks out a lot of noodle possibilities and also peanuts (which are legumes, not nuts).  I’m not going to discuss why these common foods could be bad for you – there… Continue reading Ground Pork with Spicy Thai Noodles

Sunny Summer Squash Casserole

Summer is finally starting to wind down, and thank goodness for that! I have to apologize for neglecting the blog for so long. For the most part, cooking this summer has been mostly repeats of favorites, coupled with a lack of enthusiasm for standing in a hot kitchen. Even grilling has gone by the wayside,… Continue reading Sunny Summer Squash Casserole

Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork (Thit Kho To)

I fell in love with a Vietnamese restaurant, and with Clay Pot Pork.  Chateau Saigon is a gem of a restaurant in the mecca of multi-ethnic eateries that line Buford Highway.  Restaurants in this area of Atlanta are mostly in shopping centers and strip malls, alongside pawn shops, thrift stores, and car dealerships.  In other… Continue reading Vietnamese Clay Pot Pork (Thit Kho To)

BBQ Chicken, Bacon, and Pineapple Pizza (gluten free)

Santa brought me several bags of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free, Dairy Free Pizza Crust mix this past Christmas.  Evidently Santa not only knows when you’ve been bad or good, but he also is aware when you have been suffering a serious craving for pizza!  Since I haven’t experimented with making my own gluten-free crust from… Continue reading BBQ Chicken, Bacon, and Pineapple Pizza (gluten free)

Oven Barbequed Chicken

…and a product review for Bone Suckin’ Sauce! I love bbq chicken on the grill – especially the bits of crispy skin with sauce, blackened with caramelized sugar from the flames.  However some days grilling outdoors just isn’t going to happen, for instance when the cold winter wind is blowing rain.  Brrr!  Thankfully,  pretty-fine barbeque… Continue reading Oven Barbequed Chicken

Zucchini Noodles

I have a new kitchen gadget and I’m not afraid to use it!  It looks pretty dangerous too.  Indeed, right there on the package it says “the blade is very sharp, peel away from your hands.”  So noted! It the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler, which makes perfect tiny strips of vegetables with just a swipe… Continue reading Zucchini Noodles

Product Review: Bilinski’s All Natural Chicken Sausages

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, these sausages could be just what you need!  I found these at Whole Food and picked them up to have on hand for one of those days you just don’t feel like cooking from scratch.  Whether it is a long day at work, you forget… Continue reading Product Review: Bilinski’s All Natural Chicken Sausages

“Pine Mouth” – A Personal Account

The title of this post might sound like what might happen if you brush your teeth with pine needles, but it’s about a little known, mysterious ailment that occurs after eating some types of pine nuts.  It has happened to me, twice now, and it is exceedingly unpleasant!  Since I recently posted a recipe containing… Continue reading “Pine Mouth” – A Personal Account

Red Grouper with Chili Lime Glaze

This is more of a product review, perhaps, than a recipe.  When I was shopping for fish, I noticed that Whole Foods had grouper that was already covered in a marinade of some type…and it looked pretty tasty.  Since I wasn’t buying to cook on the same day, I asked what they used for the… Continue reading Red Grouper with Chili Lime Glaze