Summer Chopped Salad

I love pairing peak-of-the-season fruits and veggies together in a dish, and this salad simply screams summer. It’s bright and beautiful, perfect on it’s own, or used to top grilled chicken breasts or fish.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Tikka Masala

If you were to look at my text messages, emails or the nicknames assigned to people in GChat, you might think that half the people I know don’t have actual names. Or that I have friends who fancy themselves celebrities on a mission to have the cleverest of names. Maybe you would think I was Read more…

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No Sour Cream for Jeff.

I’ve already shared my feelings on picky eaters with all of you (plus my love for Tina Turner) and my willingness to help anyone learn to cook. So, when my friend Jeff, possibly the single pickiest eater I know, sent me a text that said he wanted to make cheesy chicken enchiladas, I knew I Read more…

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The Curious Incident of Music in the Summertime

What do you do when life hands you a whole bag of lemons? (Really, this is not some thinly veiled metaphor for bad days, horrible dates or other woes, it is truly about an excess of lemons). You bake. When it hands you the metaphorical sort, you stop, gather up some friends and look towards Read more…

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Boy Bait

Created for the Pillsbury Bake Off contest in 1954, this coffeecake, studded juicy blueberries and topped with a cinnamon-sugar crumb, is sure to please everyone who comes around…not just the boys.

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Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream

Seems like everybody is free of something these days, except food allergies. Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, fruit-free (yes, I actually just met someone who is allergic to all fruits)–you name it, and I’m sure there’s someone out there who is allergic to it. I used to think that allergies were tiresome excuses for a person to Read more…

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Individual Blueberry Crisps. What else was I gonna do?

This whole thing started with a sale on blueberries. Our local Whole Foods has a featured sale on one item every Friday. Last week was organic blueberries. $1.99 a pint? That’s crazy-talk. I bought 12 for obvious reasons. When I got home, I realized I had underestimated the amount of available refrigeration room I had Read more…

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Zesty Green Beans

If I had to pick one way to eat fresh green beans, this would be it.  The beans, still crisp and slightly charred from a quick saute in hot toasted walnut oil, are topped with meaty roasted walnuts, huge flakes of sea salt and fresh lemon juice and zest. It is, in a word, perfect.  But because Read more…

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"Sweet Cravings": Adventures In Writing My First Cookbook

This article was originally written for and is courtesy of The Tender Foodie, www.tenderfoodie.com, check out the original article here.  The Tender Foodie is a site for people with multiple allergies and sensitivities, including recipes and easy-to-understand articles about complex food and immune system-related subjects. SUSPENCE NOVEL OR COOKBOOK? I had always dreamed of one day Read more…

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12 Cool Things To Do with a Roast Chicken

So, I’ve taught Roast Chicken in my cooking classes several times, and I always suggest making two (it’s just as easy as one!) and using the leftovers for a new recipe the next day. Then I get stares. And somebody says: “Enchiladas?” Yes, enchiladas. But other stuff too. And I also want you to make Read more…

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Snack it to me: Raisinably Delicious Snack Mix

Raisins are a point of contention in my family. Well, between me and my sister they are. She, so very wrongly, believes that raisins have no place in anything. Not oatmeal cookies. Not Irish soda bread. I think she might be an alien. Or at the very least adopted. There is no way such a raisin Read more…

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