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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Living


Blackberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Submitted by Jen on

So I got my husband an ice cream maker for christmas.  He loves ice cream and I was sick and tired of spending 6 dollars for 2 bites of a not-so-great product. 

Best. Idea. Ever.

Seriously, this thing is magic.  We got one of those cuisinart ice cream makers that can produce creamy deliciousness in less than 20 min with no ice needed.  They are perfect for making dairy free ice creams.


Submitted by Jen on

Yup.  Jambalaya.  Also in quotes.

I have had the real deal and I can't do it.  It is too spicy for me.  So I wanted a dumbed down verision - because really - rice, sausage, chicken, shrimp (sometimes) - so kid friendly (and me friendly) if you just take away the super spice factor.

So I did.  And I went against everything I believed in and used instant rice because I needed something on the table in less than 20 min. 

Easy Jambalaya (Kid Friendly!!)

Crock-Pot Chicken "mole"

Submitted by Jen on

I've never had it.

Nope never.

I really wish that five years ago before I was diagnosed with celiac disease someone had taken me to a good mexican restaraunt and sat me down and said, "you have to try this...NOW."  But they didn't.  So I didn't.  Many moles have a slice of bread in them (why??) and so I've never risked trying one. And that is why "mole" is in quotation marks.

Has it been a month already?

Submitted by Jen on

I'm a bad bad blogger.

I say I'm gonna blog.

And then I don't.  For like a month, or six months, or a year.

And then I feel guilty and I blog again for a little while.

But really, the reason you haven't been seeing posts is because I haven't been cooking.  I've been sick.  And arranging about a thousand duets for a duet recital for my piano studio.  I've been busy.

And starving.

And eating things like boxed mac and cheese and hotdogs (Yup...hotdogs folks.)

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Submitted by Jen on

I'm a casserole girl.  I love how with a casserole you can prep for 20 min, let it sit in the fridge all day, and then, when you're ready, put it in the oven and like magic you have a warm, satisfying meal.  Casseroles and winter seem to go hand in hand.  Everything outside is quiet and cold and inside it should be like one of those Campbell's soup commercials where everyone is passing around a big dish of something good with smiles on their faces. 

Fish tacos with Mango Salsa

Submitted by Jen on

Summer is slowly coming to a close.  I don't mind too much.  I'm already looking forward to making pumpkin pie and cooking with sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  Right now is the best time to enjoy the last few tastes of summer.  We got some large, very sweet mangoes in our last produce basket.  Yesterday when I was trying to come up with dinner I saw some tilapia in the freezer and a mango on the counter.  Immediately I thought of fish with fruit salsa.  I made some very simple fish tacos that incorporated all of the tastes of summer.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Submitted by Jen on

One of my favorite stories is Peter Pan.  I've always been drawn to the idea of this glorious land where things are magical and just a little bit dangerous.  Best of all no one ever grows up.  There is something about the conept of the eternal child that is strangely appealing to me.  I think it is to many of us.  There are days when all you want to do is escape for all of the adult worries that we carry and head to neverland.

And We're Back!

Submitted by Jen on

It has been two months since I last posted and I really have a very good reason for that.  My website got hacked and it destroyed my login information.  I thought that I had just forgotten my password and didn't mention the fact that the website was blocking me to my husband until last week.  He went off on a mad bot hacking defense spree and here I am again, happy in my blogisphere. 


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