Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jam (no pectin)

The grocery pickup picker gave me two *bags* of habanero peppers instead of *two* habaneros. 😅 So with some research and what I had in the house, I settled on strawberry habanero pepper jam. Y’all it is SO DELICIOUS! It’s a perfect sweet-spicy balance. I’ve already tested it successfully on grilled cheese, and it’s going…

Habanero Pickled Onions

I love the color of these habanero pickled onions. They are super easy to make and add a fresh, crunchy blast of flavor to just about anything, from tacos to ramen, burgers to salad. 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced1 habanero pepper, finely minced1/3 cup white vinegar*1/3 cup lime juice1/2 tsp oregano (Mexican if you…

Avocado chicken salad

This is a quick prep lunch, and the base mix gives you a lot of room to experiment. Add chilies to heat it up, mango to sweet it up, or chopped nuts for a milder flavor boost. I make it with canned chicken breast for convenience, but it would definitely benefit from some leftover rotisserie…

Pork Steaks with Gorgonzola-Cashew green beans

This was a bit of an improvisation, but it went over beautifully and will be in our regular dinner rotation. It’s a one-pan meal with a 12″ cast iron skillet, and the total prep and cook time is under 20 minutes. Ingredients for 2 servings 2 small pork steaks, 1/2″ thick 2 handfuls fresh green…

Gluten Free Soft Sugar Cookies / Key Lime Cookies

Soft sugar cookies. You know the ones, in the plastic clamshell at the supermarket with questionable pink icing. They’re cakey, pillowy goodness, and that perfect comfort food. Turns out, it’s a fairly easy adaptation to make these gluten-free, and they stay soft even the next day. The secret ingredient? Cream cheese. It acts as a…

Molasses Barbecue Sauce

I’m not a fan of cloyingly-sweet barbecue sauce, but the intersection between sauce that’s a) good b) gluten-free c) not loaded with corn syrup and d) locally available is a very tiny venn diagram. The solution, as with most things, is to make your own. At its absolute simplest, a half-and-half mix of ketchup and…

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

This warm, crusty gluten-free soda bread is a great way to get your bread fix! This makes four big crusty rolls that are great smeared with a soft or cream cheese. But the leftovers don’t keep well, so halve or quarter the recipe if you don’t want enough for four!  It’s a quick bread that…

Savory Acorn Squash

After thinking I wasn’t a huge fan of squash growing up, I’ve since learned that my issue is that I’d only ever eaten it sweet: swimming in brown sugar and butter, or maple syrup. Savory squash is an entirely different side dish, and the great centerpiece of a small meal. I love roasted pumpkin seeds,…

Keep your Avocado Green

There’s a lot of advice about how to keep avocado from browning. Those pesky polyphenol oxidase enzymes that help avocado ripen are also responsible for turning the flesh brown within minutes of exposure to oxygen. The riper (i.e. more delicious) the avocado, the faster they brown. But ripe avocados are also pretty messy to extract…

Quick Eggless Cheesecake

Working from the base recipe of the egg-free key lime pie,  this cheesecake uses sour cream as a stabilizer instead of eggs, and bakes up in just 15 minutes, without the need for a water bath. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s no real substitute for the rich, eggy, long-baked texture of regular cheesecake. This…

Gluten Free Soda Bread Pizza (Yeast Free)

This is the best yeast-free, gluten-free pizza crust I’ve found.  Because it doesn’t need to rise, it’s ready in about 20 minutes. While it doesn’t have the chewy texture of traditional pizza crust, it gives you a nice crisp outside and a bready, if slightly crumbly texture inside.  I’ve found it best to bake in…

Easy Key Lime Pie (Egg-Free)

I always thought I didn’t like key lime pie.  Since I’ve moved to Florida I’ve discovered that the real problem was that there are two types of pie.  The type I’ve tried up north is very dense and eggy, with a strong flavor of sweetened condensed milk competing with the lime, and often topped with…