• Gluten Free,  Recipes

    Falafel and Gluten Free Flat Bread

    My husband and I love ethnic food, but we live in the middle of nowhere, so we have been working on learning how to make some of our favorites at home. I found this recipe on the internet, I can’t remember where since I just copied it down on scrap paper. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures! I will try to take some next time we make falafel, but it requires a lot of hands on work (think sticky dough and chickpea covered hands) so taking pictures is not easy to do during the process. Another recipe that will fill your whole house with the smell of tasty food! Falafel Recipe…

  • Recipes,  Thrift

    Tips For Healthy Cooking and Baking

    Believe it or not, I come to my own page regularly to look at my favorite recipes and tips. So this page is a way to keep track of some healthy tips I use regularly in the kitchen. I plan to keep updating it as I find more tips and hints I want to keep track of. We love eggs, too much in fact, we always run out, but we buy chia seeds in bulk: Egg Replacer = 1 Tbs ground chia or flax seeds plus 2-3 Tbs water Grocery store baking powder often has aluminum in it, something I want to avoid so I make my own: 1 tsp…

  • Gluten Free,  Recipes

    Hearty Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

    I know I’ve said this many times, but the key to eating gluten free and sticking to it is finding gluten-free recipes you love to replace the gluten-full recipes you’ve left behind. The ultimate test of my gluten free cooking is whether my husband makes regular requests for recipes I’ve introduced. This is one of his absolute favorites. He raves about these pumpkin waffles so much he has forsaken his previous favorite waffle the oatmeal waffle. He would eat these pumpkin waffles every morning for breakfast if I had the time and pumpkin to make them. I just baked some pumpkins yesterday so I can make them next weekend. So…

  • DIY,  Recipes

    Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts

    Now that we are living in the south again I have access to green peanuts! I also have a crockpot, So the obvious question was, can I make boiled peanuts in a crockpot? Yes I can! Thank you, National Peanut Board! So now instead of staring longingly at the boiled peanut stand on the opposite side of the median on my way home, I can look forward to freshly boiled peanuts just the way I like them when I get home. This is excellent! Don’t judge me on the yellow walls, we’re renting…  So this morning, I dumped my peanuts into the crockpot. I Added as much water as would fit,…

  • Recipes

    Blue Shortbread

    3 1/2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (about 1/2 cup) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup all buckwheat flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/3 cup almond flour Combine it all at room temperature (for the sake of your food processor) to make a crumbly dough. It could be sticky depending on the cheese. Wrap the dough and put in the fridge for an hour.  Roll to 1/4-1/8″ thickness on parchment and score or cut shapes and place on parchment covered baking sheets. You might also be able to freeze and slice to make thin crackers, but I didn’t try.  Bake until crisp at 350, this…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Recipes

    Easy Tomatillo Salsa

    In my yard tomatillos literally grow themselves. So instead of leaving zucchinis in people’s cars, I leave tomatillos in their offices with a recipe for salsa verde. There are lots of tomatillo salsa verde recipes, but they are almost all simple and easy to prepare. Salsa Verde (basic ingredients)2 lbs tomatillos (~5.5 cups chopped)jalapenosgarliconionvinegar and/or lime juiceoptional spices: salt, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, pepper, etc. Start with a pound or two of tomatillos, peel the papery husk and rinse. The jalapenos can be cored or used whole. Coarsely chop onion. Garlic cloves should be peeled but can be left whole. I like to saute it all together in a deep pan with some olive oil,…

  • DIY,  Recipes

    Can’t Escape the Garlic Scape Pesto

    When we went to pick up our cheese CSA, Steve noticed a sign that said “Free Stuff” below which there was nothing. Very profound. He mantioned how profound this was to our CSA organizer, who was creating bouquets for the vegetable CSA members. I noticed her tucking a garlic scape into the bouquets. I mentioned that I had seen this recipe for garlic scape pesto and really wanted to try it. Unfortunately I have no scapes on my garlic. She had too many scapes, so we managed to score some garlic scapes, for free! My favorite type of garlic scapes. I tossed the garlic scapes (about 2 cups) a good chunk of…

  • Gluten Free,  Recipes

    Hypo-allergenic Pancakes

    As often happens, I find myself in the middle of the weekend and completely out of eggs. We wanted to make pancakes, but without eggs I needed a new recipe. I found this recipe for gluten-dairy-egg free pancakes. I had almost all of the ingredients so I thought I would try it. Here is my version of the recipe (with a few different ingredients) 1/4 cup tapioca flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon nutmeg1 tablespoon olive oil2 teaspoons baking powder2 cups water1/4 cup brown sugar1 cup white rice flour1.5 cups brown rice flour 1 tsp almond extractI mixed it all together and heated up our ceramic pan. As expected the first pancake…

  • DIY,  Recipes

    Home Grown Root Beer

    So sassafras trees grow in my lawn like weeds. That is fine with me. I found this recipe for sassafras rootbeer  and I thought I would try it out.  I pulled up some of the sassafras saplings from my backyard.  The smells gives them away, but the leaves are also very distinctive. Sassafras leaves have a distinctive shape. The directions are pretty easy to follow. The hardest part is finding sassafras saplings. I have a sassafras tree in my backyard so they are popping up everywhere. Larger roots are hard to cut up, so try to find a sapling with smaller roots. The fragrance while this is simmering is amazing! Steve…

  • DIY,  Recipes

    Farm Fresh Sangria for Me-a

    This morning I went to pick up my cheese CSA, and while I was there I picked a whole load of farm fresh strawberries for sangria! Here is my super simple recipe. Sangria Triple Sec (or another fruity liqueur) just enough to cover the fruitFruit (I used strawberries)1 bottle sweet, bubbly moscato1 bottle dry moscato or other white wine or sweet red/rose wine1 bottle ginger beerfreshly cut mint, chopped Soak the fruit in triple sec for several hours. Add chilled moscato, other wine and ginger beer. Sprinkle in fresh mint, or garnish on top. I serve mine over freshly frozen raspberries.