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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Bumbalooza Gluten-Free Cake With Amazing Chocolate Ganache (Review and a giveaway!)

Bumbalooza Gluten-Free Cake With Amazing Chocolate Ganache (Review and a giveawa...

A few weeks ago, the Gluten Free Allergen Free Wellness Expo came to Charlotte. This is a great event and one of my favorite parts this year was meeting a new LOCAL bakery whose products are now hitting shelves nationwide. Woohoo! When I saw a box of Gluten-Free Cookies and Cream Cake Mix from Bumbalooza in my swag bag, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. This year, the day of the GFAF Expo was very the same day as my twins’ 9th birthday. Coincidentally, as of the morning of the expo and their birthday, I hadn’t actually made them a birthday cake yet… Oops. 

Kiddos, how about a Cookies and Cream Birthday Cake? My daughter just about fell over – “Gluten free??” She was stunned. Yes, ma’am. Gluten free. The twins were an easy sell. Cookies and Cream Birthday Cake – coming right up.

And, for you, lovely readers, the great ladies at Bumbalooza are offering up a starter pack of two boxes of Bumbalooza mix to one winner from the entries below… Yay! 

When I looked at the directions on the box, I noticed that one box only makes a dozen cupcakes or one 9 inch circular cake so I decided to stop by one of my favorite local stores here in Charlotte – Reid’s Fine Foods – and pick up a second box just to be on the safe side. After all was said and done, we would have been fine with just the one box of mix but I can’t say I was sad to have leftover birthday cake to enjoy with my coffee for the next couple...

Pork and Veggie Stir Fry in a Ginger Honey Sauce

Pork and Veggie Stir Fry in a Ginger Honey Sauce

We are masters of leftovers in this house. Waste not, want not. I had about 9 ounces of a gorgeous pork tenderloin left over from dinner the other night and two tennis practices, one golf lesson, and one baseball game laughing at me from our big family calendar on the wall. No time for dilly-dallying. That pork was going to be dinner. Again.

A couple of years ago, my friend convinced me to buy a rice cooker. I am not a passionate rice cooker afficianado but on nights like these, a rice cooker is my best friend. I knew I could clean out the ragtag assortment of veggies in our crisper, add the leftover pork, toss it in a delectable sauce, serve it over a plain white rice and dinner would be done in a heartbeat. And that, my friends, is basically how it went down… 

There are entire cookbooks devoted to stir fry recipes because there are simply a million ways to make a stir fry. If you can teach your children to make a stir fry before they leave your house, they will never starve. Of course, you can go out and buy meat to use in your stir fry, if you insist, but where’s the challenge in that?

Scour your fridge, throw some rice on to cook and I promise you that you can have dinner ready and passed out in bowls before one peep of “I’m sooo hungry!” ever leaves your little ones (or big ones…) lips. Truth be told, this dinner was actually eaten in the car, en route to the baseball game after tennis practice. One of those days… But I can tell you that the ride to...

Avocado Spring Rolls with a Sweet Peanut Dipping Sauce

Avocado Spring Rolls with a Sweet Peanut Dipping Sauce

My daughters and I are absolutely obsessed with spring rolls. Every time we find ourselves anywhere that serves Asian food, we quickly scan the menu looking for them. Spring rolls are basically the egg roll’s chewier, healthier, gluten-free cousin. They are made with rice paper instead of a wonton wrapper and they are delicious as-is. No frying required. A few years ago, I saw a local chef demonstrate how to make a spring roll and it looked SO EASY. But still, I hesitated. When I saw the hard, circular rice paper, it was difficult to visualize how that could quickly get soft and pliable and easy to roll.

I have to confess that I have had a package of rice paper wrappers in my pantry for well over a month now. I finally pulled them out yesterday and committed to giving homemade spring rolls a try. It was even easier than I was promised. I found my rice paper at my local health food store but it was not at my local grocery store so be warned that you might have to look around a bit before you find it. But it’s worth it, I promise …

Spring rolls are like a super simple salad wrapped up in a neat, edible package. Instead of dressing, you have dipping sauces. Seriously fun. This is family friendly but would be equally delicious at a ladies lunch. We filled ours with a variety of veggies – some from our garden, some from the grocery store. I’m not a tofu person but I wanted something a little bit filling in the middle so we sliced up an avocado! Perfect. You can fill your spring...

Garlicky Lemon Chard

Garlicky Lemon Chard

We are smack in the middle of leafy greens season here in North Carolina. With this cold, rainy weather, these leafy greens might keep growing and growing for quite awhile… Our farmers had a tough time getting their spring crops planted last year around this time due to muddy fields and cold temps and, sadly, it is looking like we are heading for a repeat of those conditions.

National Agriculture Day was this past Tuesday and it’s a good reminder for all of us to think about where our food comes from … where it REALLY comes from – not the grocery store shelves. The supermarket creates a false sense of plenty. When we wander through the aisles and see box upon box of packaged and preserved foods and peruse the brightly lit produce section with fruits and veggies waxed and polished and intermittently sprayed with misters to keep them looking fresh, it’s easy to forget about droughts and the unexpected freezing temps and the farmers who are at the mercy of Mother Nature every day.

Over the past few years, my family has made a conscious effort to buy produce all year long from local farmers. When you buy your fruits and vegetables from local farms you gain an insight into what it means to eat seasonally. Not only do your food dollars do more to support your community when you buy from local farmers but your food dollars go further when you buy produce in season.  At this time of year, I can’t get enough rainbow swiss chard and ruby red swiss chard and malabar spinach and...

Sunday Funday … Gluten-free Buttermilk Pancakes

Sunday Funday … Gluten-free Buttermilk Pancakes

When I was growing up, pancakes were reserved for Sunday morning breakfasts. If we didn’t get pancakes and bacon, there was a good chance that there would be a Dunkin Donuts German Chocolate donut on the other side of a well-behaved hour at church. Either way, Sunday mornings were a treat. I’m not sure exactly when the tide turned, I lost all sense of reason, and my kiddos started thinking that pancakes could be an any-day-of-the-week request.

Pancakes are one of those treats that I was worried about missing out on when I had to start eating gluten-free. Thankfully, if you have good gluten-free flour, you can substitute it into just about any of your favorite pancake recipes and notice very little change. It’s almost too easy to make gluten-free pancakes – which is probably why my kids seem to think every day of the week is potentially a pancake day.

If you’re smart, make extra and freeze them and then pop them into your toaster or microwave for a super-quick breakfast on rushed mornings. (For us, every morning seems to be a rushed morning… O, summer vacation, where are you??) 

This recipe is super simple and very delicious. I try to order buttermilk from our milkman at least once a month. I think buttermilk is the secret ingredient in everything good. Buttermilk has a nice, slightly acidic tang to it as well as a creamy richness that does double-duty when added to homemade favorites like biscuits or pancakes. The acidity works with the baking soda to help the...

GFAF Wellness Event Coming To Charlotte! (Win Tix and Oatmeal…)

GFAF Wellness Event Coming To Charlotte! (Win Tix and Oatmeal…)

Hey friends! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am so excited to be a part of the Gluten-Free/Allergen-Free Expo coming to Charlotte at the end of the month. This will be my third year attending this great event here in the Queen City. Every year this event just gets better and better … more great foods to try, more local and national vendors, and, of course, meeting new people living the same GF/AF life! I ALWAYS make a new friend (or five…). 

For this event coming up on MARCH 29th, I am giving away a 4-pack of tickets to the Expo as well as a prize pack of gluten-free oatmeal from one of the event sponsors – Bakery on Main. If you have never tried their delicious food, you need to enter this contest and test it out. They are based out of New England but their food is now found all over the county. My kids love their granola. Delicious. 

Save the date, mark your calendars, and plan to come out to the GFAF Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 29th from 10am to 4pm. Hope to see you there! Be sure to enter the giveaway below … What a great way to start the week! Luck of the Irish to you all! 

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