Never Fail Brownies – Better Than the Box!

Never Fail Brownies - Better Than the Box!

Fruits and vegetables are seasonal – they come and go.

But brownies – ahhh…

Brownies are ALWAYS in season!

Have you wanted a brownie recipe that turns out great every time and is quick to throw together?

I know, a box brownie does, right?

Don’t worry, I’m not judging! After all, I only used box brownie mixes for years. Homemade brownies always turned out dry when I made them or the recipe was so involved that it took too much time. But, not anymore!

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Fried Chicken with Kefir Batter

fried chicken with kefir batter

What says, “southern” better than fried chicken?

OK, maybe fried chicken and sweet tea.

The problem is, this southern girl doesn’t fix either!

My tea usually turns a bitter and I have always figured that if we want fried chicken, we can go out to eat!

Besides, drinking water is better for you!

So, imagine my dilemma when our soon to be 17 year old son requested, of all things, fried chicken for his birthday dinner … And watermelon.

The watermelon was NO problem!

But the fired chicken…

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Zesty Quinoa Salad

zesty quinoa salad

Before Quinoa Almond Pilaf made it to our table, quinoa really had a bum rap. But, that is all behind us now and quinoa has a changed reputation in our house!

So, how did we get off to such a rocky start with quinoa? It was all my fault. I didn’t know how to cook it. Years ago, before the GAPS diet, I did a detox diet in an effort to gain relief from my rheumatoid arthritis and this diet included, among other things, quinoa. John and the children, supportive as always, did the diet with me. I have to admit that the diet was very restrictive and offered very few seasonings or condiments so, I boiled the quinoa. And, served it plain. Have you ever tried eating quinoa plain? It does leave a lot to be desired – mainly taste!

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Farmer’s Supper

Farmer's Supper If you are like me, you love meals that keep the kitchen cool in the hot summertime. With temperatures in the high 90′s and over 100 F, I find myself using the crock pot more often.

For our family size, my good old standby Hamilton Beach crock pot is just not large enough even though it is 6 quarts. Remember, we still have 7 of our 10 children at home and 5 of them are boys – farm boys with BIG appetites! So, I found that if I triple or even quadruple recipes, I can use my Hamilton Beach 22 qt roaster! Not only do I keep the kitchen cool, I often have enough leftovers for another meal – YEAH!

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Sourdough English Muffin French Toast with Yogurt Sauce


Sourdough English Muffin French Toast with Yogurt Sauce

If you have ever made English Muffins, you know how easy they are to make. And Sourdough English Muffins are just as easy! Like most foods, once you taste the homemade version, it is hard to go back to store bought – especially when you eat them fresh and hot! While I use the Sourdough English Muffins for the following recipe, any will do.

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

easy shepherd's pie When we were first married, being the new bride and wanting to impress my husband with my culinary skills, I tried making a Shepherd’s Pie recipe from a vegetarian cookbook, Laurel’s Kitchen. It was a success – he was duly impressed! So, it was added to my arsenal of recipes.

Recipes, for me anyway, are a work in progress – ever changing. This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is now quite a bit different from that original recipe. The major difference is the introduction of ground beef. Thanks to the GAPS diet, I am now able to eat meat – and, it is delicious. If, however, you are a vegetarian, simply leave out the ground beef and you will still have a delicious meal! [Continue Reading]

Eggplant Lasagna

Easy Eggplant Lasagna

I love lasagna!

And, do you what is better than plain lasagna?

Eggplant Lasagna.

I am confidant that  the following Easy Eggplant Lasagna Recipe is sure to become your new family favorite – it is ours!

Why? Well, number one – it tastes great! And, number two, like the name says, it is easy!

Really, who doesn’t like lasagna?

Think Garfield and his great admiration for Lasagna. Plus, Easy Eggplant Lasagna is gluten free!

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

chocolate zucchini bread recipe

Knowing that our second oldest son and daughter-in-law (who is gluten-free) would be home for the holidays, I needed a gluten-free snack. After looking at various recipes, a reader came to my rescue with the Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Making it well in advance to tweak as necessary, the family members at home enjoyed eating and taste testing!

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

gluten free chocolate zucchini bread

Do you like Zucchini Bread? I know there are plenty of good recipes out there but…

This is not just a plain old zucchini bread recipe, it is a Gluten-Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe!

Having a gluten-free family member, I was searching for something to bake special for her when a reader came to my rescue. She introduced me to a product which is available from my affiliate partner, Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour – thanks Liz!

I know there are many recipes online to make your own gluten-free flour but, since I do not normally cook gluten-free, the store-bought option was the easiest. And, by the way, the Gluten Free Pantry all Purpose Flour is available with a Subscribe and Save option which makes it even more economical. If you are not familiar with Subscribe and Save, it allows you to sign up for scheduled deliveries at intervals you select at a reduced price. You may change, delay or even cancel subsequent shipments at any time (even after the first delivery).

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Salmon Mousse

salmon mousse with crackers and bread

Do you ever reach the point of needing some inspiration  in the kitchen? I do. Usually it is after a busy time of vineyard work but, not always. This is where I found myself just a few day ago – needing inspiration! This is when I begin looking through older cookbooks that I have in a closet. They are in a closet because I do not use them often but they are good and I do not want to get rid of them. While they are not necessarily REAL food cookbooks, most of the recipes can be easily adapted to a traditional diet by changing ingredients for healthier options.

One of those cookbooks is still available from my affiliate partner and is even available now in a kindle version – the Silver Palate Cookbook. I like cookbooks that do not use exotic ingredients. After all, I have a budget to consider. And, in this day and age, whether you have a large family or a small one, that is definitely something to consider!

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