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Easy tamale pie: gluten-free and dairy-free

A few years ago, I made a version of tamale pie where I made tamale dough and put something in the middle (honest, I can’t remember; it might have been chili inside). I’m not sure why that went out of my rotation. More recently, I made a tamale pie as more of an experiment with […]

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Real Simple Delicious Soup Review

 Thank you to Real Simple Delicious for providing product samples for my review. When you’re craving a nice, comforting bowl of soup but aren’t prepared to make it from scratch, there are other options besides resorting to a can. One refreshing example is the Real Simple Delicious line of soups from Cook! These tasty, gluten […]

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Curry Cauliflower Keys to the Kitchen

Curried cauliflower with peas

A big thank you to Aida Mollenkamp (see my interview with her here) for this recipe for Curried Cauliflower with Peas from her recent book “Keys to the Kitchen.” I have made this twice, both times with much success. The children (now almost 9 and 7) loved it as well. I put my family chef […]

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Roasted Red Cabbage

This is in the category of “things you should not assume your kids won’t like”. A friend of mine (thank you Kristen!) served it at dinner a few years ago and I was amazed that my then 5 year old daughter loved it. I really was shocked! However, my then 7 year old ate it […]

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Black bean, corn and arugula salad

Summer is coming and fresh vegetables will be plentiful. Try this delicious salad as a side dish or even a main. It’s light and satisfying. Use the ingredients list as a guide. If you don’t have peppers, use what is on hand. If you don’t like cilantro, it’s fine not to use it at all; […]

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Gluten free and dairy free Caesar salad dressing recipe

  Think outside the sandwich with Caesar salad! Running out of gluten-free and dairy-free lunch ideas for your kids’ lunchboxes? This can be a particular challenge when most traditional options revolve around bread and cheese. Of course you can always use gluten-free bread to make the traditional turkey or peanut butter and jelly, but why […]

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Quinoa and corn cakes recipe

I’m going to really try to not tell a super long story so you can get right to this recipe. Promise. A friend of mine brought me one of these a few weeks ago; she had just made a batch and I was very excited to try them. I pictured it being more like a […]

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Vegetable and bean soup recipe

One thing I’m good at is looking in the fridge and seeing a meal I can create. One friend said to me once “You look at a cucumber and see 5 ways you can use it. I look at it and see a cucumber.” Well, that’s why I’m here! On this particular night, I had […]

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto This is a hearty dish perfect for late fall or winter. It’s also wonderful with any root vegetable like turnip, carrot, parsnip, rutabaga, and sweet potato. If you don’t want to bother cutting the squash many stores offer it pre-cut. For more nutrition, use the same amount of barley as rice, except […]

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Russian kale, lentils and sausage

What do you do when someone drops off a big bag of Russian kale to your house? Cook it like spinach and see what else is in the pantry. I am fortunate to have friends at The Heal Project which is where it came from. The kale was left over after they were preparing fields […]

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