Eating Fresh and Cheap: Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve been down with the most ridiculous cold ever for the last two weeks. It’s lasting forever and will not go away, regardless of my arsenal of get-better teas, cough drops, sinus rinses, and nebulizer treatments.


So naturally, I wanted to make chicken noodle soup.  Continue reading

Recipe Review: Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Guys, I do not have words to express how much I love these biscuits. They are from Nicole over at Gluten Free on a Shoestring, and I am not exaggerating when I say I did not think I would ever eat food this good again. Especially not food that I made!

Yes, I’m a good baker, but I didn’t believe I would ever get a rise like that on something gluten free.


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Baking Makes Everything Better

2016 has been a hell of a year, friends.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – there were some problems with one of my medications at the beginning of the summer, and that sent me into the biggest autoimmune flare-up spiral I’ve traveled down in a long time. I’ve been spending a lot of time sleeping. Just going to work exhausts me, and I come home and stare at the TV in stupor, often too tired to even knit or read. My celiac flares up at the slightest provocation, meaning I’m constantly in the bathroom and struggling to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes. Continue reading

Meal Plan Ideas: Summer Lunch in the Tropics

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So school started this week! The class I’m in right now is called Meal Management. I was super excited for this class. It turned out to be a little more basic than I thought it would be – more focused on shopping, costs, timing, etc., than designing nutritional content based on outside factors.

It’s definitely still a lot of fun, though! Continue reading

Recipe Review: Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Pioneer Woman

As per usual, when I’m looking for weekend brunch recipes, the PioneerWoman  comes to the rescue!

The Pioneer Woman rocks. She is the second food blogger I ever started following like 8 years ago (the first was Smitten Kitchen, who ultimately led me to Pioneer Woman via her version of Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon roll recipe). In a world of health bloggers*, Pioneer Woman is unafraid of butter, beef, and sugar. It’s pretty great. Any time I want a recipe that will wow my guests or that is 100% comfort food, she is the first one I check.

So when I wanted to try a new recipe for weekend brunch, she was obviously my go to.

She came out with a new cookbook last year called Dinnertime. Despite the name, she has an entire section called “Breakfast for Dinner,” to which I turned in my hour of need.

The first recipe in the section is called Greek Yogurt Pancakes. Since I love Greek yogurt, and pancakes are my all-time favorite breakfast food, I decided I need look no further.

The recipe is fairly simple and is very easy to alter to be gluten free. Just use GF flour (Pillsbury All Purpose is my favorite) and GF yogurt (I like Dannon or Oikos). One thing I really like about this recipe is that you can make all kinds of flavors by changing the yogurt. I did vanilla, strawberry, and banana ones.

They’re an absolute breeze to whip up. My only concern was that they were a little difficult to flip, even in my Teflon pan. They got all squinched up like an accord is  when I tried to move them. The best trick I found was letting them cook longer than I thought they needed to. Using my most flexible spatula also helped.

The pancakes were heavier than regular ones, obviously – not as lift and fluffy. But they had the most fabulous flavor – bright and creamy and tangy and sweet. The other major benefit is that, since they have so much protein in them, they stuck with me and kept me fuller a lot longer than regular pancakes do.

Overall, these pancakes lived up to Pioneer Woman’s rep. They were insanely delicious, quick and versatile, filled me up, and were even good frozen and reheated a few days later. I’d be happy to eat them for breakfast, brunch or dinner any time!

Recipe Round-up: A Gluten Free Saint Patrick’s Day

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While I do love turning any food green and calling it a “Saint Patrick’s Day special,” this year I thought I would focus on actual, real, traditional Irish food (you know, instead of being an uncultured swine). And of course, having celiac disease as I do, all the recipes I make have to be gluten free. So, for your reading and cooking pleasure, I present the Irish recipes I want to try this week! Continue reading

Recipe Review: Butterscotch Scones

I have been craving butterscotch scones for years. And unlike most cravings, I can trace this one’s origin to a very specific moment in time.

It’s The Big Bang Theory‘s fault.

Sidenote: I have never figured out why Leonard didn’t eat the pancakes and scones BEFORE telling Sheldon the bad news. Am I right? Continue reading