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)

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Jalapeno and Pimento Cheese Ball

The new year has arrived, and it is time for us to get cooking again!  While it would have been more helpful, perhaps, to post this cheese ball recipe BEFORE all the holiday parties, I’ll go with the “better late than never” philosophy.  Of course, you don’t have to wait for a party to have… Continue reading Jalapeno and Pimento Cheese Ball

Sausage Cheese Balls (gluten-free)

One of my favorite holiday food memories is from spending the night at my cousin LuAnn’s house every year.  Her mother, Norma, always had plenty of delicious, homemade treats in the house around Christmas, and we thought we were so clever sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night to gorge on fudge,… Continue reading Sausage Cheese Balls (gluten-free)

Beef Chili Rellenos

Stuffed poblano peppers are a great way to make a pot of chili more interesting, whether you’re having guests or just using up some leftovers.  This is not a quick recipe because there is a lot of preparation, but your hard work will pay off! The chili in this recipe is mildly spicy.  If you’d… Continue reading Beef Chili Rellenos

Smoked Turkey Enchiladas with Cranberry Salsa

Leftover turkey.  I love it for the first couple of days, then…what to do with it?  This recipe for turkey enchiladas is my new favorite way to transform that leftover turkey into something that doesn’t seem like a leftover! Our turkey happened to be smoked, but you could use any cooked turkey or chicken for… Continue reading Smoked Turkey Enchiladas with Cranberry Salsa

Baked Cheese Grits with Sausage

If it seems like we’re getting a little corny around here, it’s because we’re out here in the Southwest and corn is hard to avoid.  Corn tortillas, polenta, corn in the salsa, grilled corn – – all yummy, but more carbohydrates than we intended to consume.  Well, heck, we can abstain when we get back… Continue reading Baked Cheese Grits with Sausage

3-Cheese Crackers (grain-free)

Who doesn’t love snacking on cheesy crackers?  It’s hard to stop eating these!  I used a combination of cheddar, jack, and Parmesan cheeses, but I think you could substitute other cheeses as well for a different taste.  Adding a little cayenne pepper gives them a little kick, and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt on… Continue reading 3-Cheese Crackers (grain-free)

Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This soup is really “Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Cheddar and Jack Cheese”, but that title isn’t very catchy.  Whatever you call it, it is hearty and delicious, and will warm up your belly on a chilly day. There’s no flour thickener in this soup!  Hand-blending the roasted vegetables in the pan thickened the soup,… Continue reading Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ok, I had my doubts about posting this recipe because of this photo – let’s just say it reminds me of those photos of jack-o-lanterns spewing their insides out.  However, the kind Facebook followers of our blog thought it looked yummy, and who am I to argue with reason?  It was very yummy!  (Thanks in… Continue reading Bacon-wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu

Lime in the Coconut Cheesecake

Gluten-free, baked cheesecake… Modified from A Meandering Mango’s Baked Citrus Cheesecake It’s been a while since we’ve indulged in a decadent dessert –  we unanimously voted for cheesecake!  It is rich and satisfying, and goes well with the fresh fruit that is available in abundance this time of year.  However, we didn’t want to derail… Continue reading Lime in the Coconut Cheesecake

Bacon and Cheese Mini-Quiche Muffins

Sometimes you have a memory of a certain food, or a snippet of a song, or catch a familiar aroma passing by – something that you’d like to grab hold of and re-experience.  That sounds a little lofty as a lead-up to mini-quiche muffins, but when you are standing in 15 degree weather waiting for… Continue reading Bacon and Cheese Mini-Quiche Muffins

Cauli’ & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, done right, is one of the best comfort foods in the world.  Some days you just gotta have a little extra comfort, so it has been hard giving up this dish.  After a difficult day worrying over a sick kitty, going back and forth to the vet, and dealing with too much… Continue reading Cauli’ & Cheese

Chile Cheese Muffins

Adapted from Santa Fe Kitchens (The Museum of New Mexico Foundation) I made this recipe a few weeks ago as a casserole for a breakfast gathering, but thought it would also make good muffins.  I was right!    Each little muffin was a buttery, cheesy mouthful…not too egg-y…and the crust around the edges gives it more… Continue reading Chile Cheese Muffins