Amy’s Chili

I don’t know why but I have always loved chili, even when I lived on the east coast. If it had meat and beans, a bit of spice and some tomato sauce, yum-yum! I like it plain, over rice, over a baked potato, with French fries, with nachos and even on top of a salad. […]

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Quick and Easy Dips

Instead of opening a jar of olive tapenade or a dip from the refrigerated section of the market, consider making your own. If you keep some key ingredients on hand and have a small food processor or blender, you are in business! The olive tapenade is so easy and so much better when made fresh. […]

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Olallieberry Crisp-Regular and Gluten-Free

Some of you might understand this; others might think it funny. Today, while I was in my exercise class, during one of the hardest parts, all I could think about was this crisp I was going to make later that day. I thought about the berries, so ripe and juicy. I thought about how I […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever

It’s Strawberry Time! How could you not want to grab one of these and just take a bite? If you happen to live in an area where strawberries are bountiful from May until September, like in Northern California, this is the norm. On this particular day, I was at the Half Moon Bay Farmer’s Market. […]

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The Best Quinoa Pilaf

I attended a veggie pot-luck dinner with some friends recently. I look forward to meeting up with this group because they are so creative with the use of grains and veggies (ahh, people after my own heart!). Ironically, the family chef brought only wine because I am currently without a kitchen (more to come on […]

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Beef Saffron Risotto

I was asked recently for my “signature dish”. That was a tough one. I have a few that I find I make over and over that would qualify. But when it came down to it, I thought about what it is I feel I represent; easy, nutritious and delicious meals that can feed the whole […]

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The New Rice Krispy

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE rice krispie treats and would eat them everyday if you gave me the opportunity. But now, as a mom, I evaluate every snack and although I do allow my children to have special treats, I try to avoid a lot of processed food and especially things made with refined […]

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The Best Gluten-Free Brownies

Do you remember some of the products like “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” or “I can’t believe it’s frozen yogurt!”? Well, get ready for “I can’t believe these brownies are gluten-free!”. I have been cooking and baking gluten-free since July 2007 when a doctor told me that one of the reason’s for my daughter’s […]

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Yummy, Yummy in my Tummy!

Yes, that is what my 4 year old said tonight of dinner. And what was it? An easy, tasty dish that was ready in less than 31 minutes (just in case Rachel has that 30 minute thing copyrighted!): Grilled Italian Sausages served on top of Lentil-Rice Pilaf with Peas. My family really likes sausages (remember, […]

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Western Chili

Are you looking for something to bring to a potluck, bbq or party that is tasty and full of protein and fiber? I used to make this dish when I lived in Boston and then sort of forgot about it. This is surprising because it’s easy and delicious. I was getting ready for a bbq […]

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