Looking for something special to make for your family and friends for the holidays? Check out my collection of edible homemade gifts over at The Balanced Platter! There’s something for everyone – from my Habanero Hot Sauce to Caramel Rosemary Popcorn and everything in between.
It’s been years since I’ve made chicken and dumplings. Early on in our relationship, my husband did more gourmet cooking than I did. Somewhere along the way, the tables turned, but he has always made his famous Turkey Gumbo. Usually, I’d save the excess broth, full of cayenne and turkey goodness, and use it to make spicy chicken and dumplings. Of course, at the time, my dumplings were biscuits from a can. But still, the dish was a once-a-year specialty, and we adored it.
This time around, I…continue reading.
I was enjoying a hot chocolate the other night, and felt it was missing something. Sure, it was delicious and rich, but still, it needed a little more. Seeing as how it’s December and time for all things candy cane, I decided I would whip up some marshmallows. Candy cane marshmallows, that is.
These are easy to make. If…continue reading.
Early in the spring, I planted several pepper plants – one bell pepper, one jalapeno, and one habanero. Unfortunately, cucumber-pocalypse happened, and the cucumbers dwarfed these plants. You couldn’t even see them. I thought my pepper season was a flop. But when the cucumbers gave up the ghost, and I pulled up the vines, the plants…continue reading.
You see, typically the Thanksgiving holiday is a whirlwind for me. I’m often working at the ol’ day job up until the Wednesday before,…continue reading.
If your Thanksgiving menu is anything like mine, it’s filled with the traditional fare: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, rolls, casseroles, pies, and more. All of these dishes are iconic, and I wouldn’t leave any of them out for anything. But honestly, it’s all so heavy. So when I’m brainstorming for vegetable or additional side dish…continue reading.
Until this past week, when we had below-freezing temperatures, my eggplant was still producing. It was a late-bloomer, as I didn’t even get my first eggplant until September. But each one I grew was gorgeous. I know I’m tooting my own horn, but seriously, take a look:
I’m pretty proud of that.…continue reading.
Eating gluten-free does not always equal “healthy”. It definitely does not equal “weight loss”. For those without celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, gluten-free is not a magic cure-all, promising a happily ever after. (For those with celiac disease and intolerances, however, I can imagine that once you removed gluten, you likely felt like it WAS magic – you felt so much…continue reading.
Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to prepare all you need to prepare for Thanksgiving Day. Or even if there were, you know good and well that if you truly tried to do it all in one day, you’d be dead on your feet come meal time.
I know this truth. In my first few years hosting…continue reading.
School has been in session for a few months now. Chances are, the kids are tiring of the same ol’ stuff that is being packed in their lunchboxes. Sure, those bags of gluten-free crackers and applesauce cups were exciting in August, but now that it’s November, they’re old hat. You’re in need of something new. Something reasonably healthy. And…continue reading.
Yes. I realize the way that sounds. Head cheese. I can picture many of your facial expressions now, because I saw similar ones in the few people I told about this project face-to-face. But hear me out.
I’m a big proponent of nose-to-tail eating. After all, if we must eat a living thing – and everything we eat was once…continue reading.