Simple Shredded Beef in a Slow Cooker

 

Grilled Shrimp Over Grits and Chard

 

Blackberry Sage Martini

 

Lobster Mac and Cheese

 

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

 

Roasted Butternut Squash and Turnips

 

Mini Glazed Apple Cinnamon Donuts

 

Amazing Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Aioli

 

Glazed Sweet Potatoes

 

Gluten-Free Birthday Cupcakes

 

Mixed Greens Salad With Fresh Fruit and Candied Pecans

 

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Must-Have Monday (And a Giveaway!)

Must-Have Monday (And a Giveaway!)

Every once in a while (hmmm – every day), I find something that I think I just have to have. Sadly, thanks to the ease of Amazon Prime and the corresponding app on my iPhone, I often find that must-have item on my doorstep in less than 48 hours. Sometimes, in that 48 hours, I forget what is in the box… Clearly, did I really need it if I don’t even remember what it is?

For Lent this year, I gave up online shopping. 40 days, 40 nights. No online purchases. No overnight diapers, no book club books, no school supplies for the kids. It was cathartic. I am sure that I saved a ridiculous amount of money. By the time I got around to getting in my car and driving to a store, I usually had forgotten what it was I really needed.

Since Lent ended, I have made a huge change in my almost-daily online ordering compulsion. I started putting items in wish-lists instead of in my online shopping cart and making little “to buy” lists on my smartphone or on pads of paper in the kitchen. After I sit and reflect on the lists a bit, I realize that I don’t always need that book or snack or kitchen tool or a cute top for my daughter.

In honor of my new streamlined approach to shopping, I am starting a weekly post – Must-Have Monday. If the items are on this list, they made the cut. This week, I have three items that have qualified for my new stringent purchase guidelines… I hope you approve. 

Grady’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee – One of my favorite people on the planet sent me 4 tins of Grady’s Cold...
Crispy, Crunchy Baked Chicken Wings (Gluten Free!)

Crispy, Crunchy Baked Chicken Wings (Gluten Free!)

My girls LOVE chicken wings. While we were browsing the Hingham Farmers’ Market last weekend looking for local produce and farm fresh eggs, we found a table for Copicut Farms. The girls immediately spotted the sign for fresh chicken wings. How could I say no? I bought a roaster chicken for Sunday dinner, a dozen eggs (I should have bought 2 dozen!) and three packages of wings to prepare for dinner after a busy beach day.

Growing up, my dad would make pound upon pound of shake-and-bake chicken wings to be enjoyed watching Sunday afternoon football. It was one of my favorite Sunday meals. Now that I am grown-up and gluten-free, I need to modify the shake-and-bake approach just a bit. Instead of prepackaged seasoning, all you need to do is mix up your own coating – I like to use a little gluten-free flour, seasonings and salt (change up the seasonings as you desire!), and something crunchy like crushed cereal. Corn flakes work well but I didn’t have any on hand this week so I gave gluten-free Corn Chex a try. Total success!

Making chicken wings does not have to be an arduous process – there is a tiny bit of preparation involved but you should be ready to put your wings in the oven after about 15 minutes of work – tops. While I was visiting the Copicut Farms table, a woman beside me didn’t want to buy the chicken wings because they were being sold as the entire wing – all three pieces together – wing tip, the drumette, and the wing. She didn’t think she...

Gluten-Free French Toast

Gluten-Free French Toast

My son recently spent the night at a friend’s house and the mom served French toast for breakfast. My son, apparently, thought this was the best thing he had ever eaten in his entire life and ate so much of it I had to assure my friend that I do, in fact, feed my children regularly. What was more disconcerting was that Quinn claimed to have never eaten French toast before! Mon dieu! How is that possible? 

I immediately set out to remedy the situation. I have always loved French toast. As kids, we thought of French toast as a special treat because we didn’t really get to have it very often – not because it is difficult to make, only because we rarely had an entire loaf of bread at the ready on a Sunday morning to feed the six of us. It was much easier to make pancakes or eggs before church than to run to the store, grab bread, come home and make French toast. That’s probably the same reason French toast hasn’t made the breakfast rotation in our house, either. Until now.  

French toast is one of those easy breakfasts that is quickly converted into a gluten-free option. All you need is your favorite bread – gluten-free, of course – white, multi-grain, cinnamon raisin – any type will work, and some milk and eggs. Truly – it’s that easy. Some people use half and half instead of milk. Half and half or any type of cream is a valuable commodity in my house – reserved for mommy’s coffee. Step away. For this recipe, I stick with milk!...

Food, Wine, and Friends … Orlando 2014

One week from today marks the start of the Food and Wine Conference being held in Orlando, Florida. I am excited to attend for the first time! The Food and Wine Conference brings together food writers, bloggers, culinary students, wine and food brands to talk about what’s new in the food world.

As a brand ambassador for the Food and Wine Conference weekend, I was thrilled to learn that I would be partnered with Cabot Cheese for the event! As a New England girl, I didn’t know there was cheddar cheese other than Cabot cheddar until I was about 18. It was definitely a family fridge staple. Cabot Cheese is sponsoring an afternoon snack break for the Food and Wine Conference attendees on Saturday and I can’t wait to see what they have for us to snack on. (First peek will be on my Instagram, I assure you…)

As this week wraps down, I will leave you with a code for $50 off a Food and Wine conference pass and a couple of my favorite Cabot recipes. To get a ticket to Food and Wine 2014, go to http://foodandwineconference.com and enter code ErinB for your discount AND be sure to click the titles below to test out two recipes perfect for summer – lobster mac and cheese and a strawberry pineapple lassi! 

Lobster Mac and Cheese with Cabot Smoky Bacon Cheddar - a family favorite and not very hard to make! 

Strawberry Pineapple Lassi … Did you know Cabot makes amazing Greek yogurt? The Cabot Greek Yogurt is the secret ingredient in this refreshing...

Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons

Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons

We compulsively save everything here. Everything. When we get to the end of a loaf of gluten-free bread, I wrap it up and stick it in the fridge until we need bread for croutons. Scraps of bread make the best herbed croutons! 

Making gluten-free croutons is such an easy process and they make a great topping for your favorite soup or salad. My kids like to snatch them hot right off the cookie sheet – as do I… Making croutons for our summer salads has become one of the tasks that is easily handed off to one of the kids. And my kids seem to love making anything where they can get their hands messy!  

Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons 2014-07-10 08:45:10 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 3 to 4 pieces gluten free bread Olive oil Coarse sea salt Dried Italian herb seasoning Instructions Cut the pieces of bread into rough squares. About 9 to 12 squares per piece of bread. Put squares of bread into a medium sized bowl. Generously drizzle olive oil over the bread. Add coarse sea salt and Italian seasoning - lots of seasoning! Using your hands, combine the bread, oil, and seasoning until all the bread cubes are evenly coated. Add more olive oil if necessary. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray or use a silpat mat. Cook at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes - turning once while cooking. Cook longer if you want your croutons crunchier. Enjoy! Notes Stale bread and bread crusts work great f

Easy Corn and Seafood Chowder

My kids and I spend every summer in the beautiful little seaside town where I grew up. In my town, truly local food often means seafood. Drive by the harbor all year long and you will see fishing trawlers and lobster boats going in and out of the channel. Weather watching is a community past-time and the politics of over-fishing and imported seafood aren’t just esoteric topics you read about in the newspaper.

As a child, I didn’t appreciate this easy access to seafood. We ate fish at least once a week – always on Fridays – usually cod. Ever since I have moved away from Boston and my little fishing village, I became acutely aware of how difficult it is to get good, fresh fish. I didn’t transition well to the midwest seafood options when I moved to Cleveland. Lake fish and I never really got along. I have had a better time with seafood since moving to Charlotte – thankfully North Carolina at least touches the Atlantic Ocean – but it’s an awfully long drive to get to a small-town fish market like the ones I grew up with.

For the two months that I am home with my children in Massachusetts, we make many, many trips to our favorite seafood spots. We try new things but, just like when I was little, cod graces our plates (and bowls) very often. When I popped into the fish market this week, I knew I had corn and potatoes waiting for me at home, I just needed some seafood. I decided to stick with the tried-and-true cod – a pound and a half please – and then...

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