Lemon Basil Salsa with Fresh Tortilla Chips

Is salsa really salsa without cilantro?  Well, since the word salsa just means “sauce,” the classic tomato-onion-cilantro-lime-pepper combination is just one of many possible salsa fresca options. To get creative with your salsa, think in terms of what the building blocks in the classic pico de gallo salsa: Tomato:  The main ingredient provides “meaty” substantial…

Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

I’m a big fan of the classic brown sugar, butter, and pecan flavors for acorn squash.  But my partner isn’t a fan of sweet vegetables, so when I saw these pretty little guys in the discount bin, I wanted to come up with a savory flavor that would satisfy us both.  I would also think…

Beef and Peppers with Cilantro Salsa

This is a great winter meal, as it’s nice and hearty/filling, but with some really bright, fresh flavors to lighten the gloom. In other good news, my smoke detector definitely works 🙂 Changes from the dish as pictured: I originally added roasted potatoes, but the flavor and texture didn’t work nearly as well as I…

Beef Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

It is inevitable that when I’m sick, I want sausage gravy and biscuits.  It’s my go-to comfort food, and reminiscent to weekend mornings when my dad had the leisure to make a hot family breakfast.  It’s also inevitable that when I want sausage gravy and biscuits, I don’t have any ground pork or breakfast sausage…

Gluten-Free Meatballs

This recipe uses oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs for an easy, inexpensive slow-cooker staple.

Quick Potato Soup

Potato soup is a perfect comfort food meal for a cold winter day, but I don’t usually have time to make it the long way, with a long-simmered ham bone and a homemade roux.  So this version whips up in about half an hour after you’ve made it the first time, making it workable for…

Tomatillo Chicken and Salsa Verde

It’s tomatillo time!  This distant green relative of the tomato with the papery husk has a sweet and sour citrusy flavor that really pops fresh, and mellows on cooking.  That’s why this recipe uses both cooked tomatillo sauce and fresh salsa verde to round out the flavor profile. We served these with good corn chips to…

Chicken Waldorf Salad

This is a classic summer mix you can stuff into sandwiches, serve on crackers or potato chips, or toss on a mixed-green salad.  My favorite gluten-free delivery system is barbecue or cheddar flavored potato chips, which makes this picnic-perfect.  It is also a great way to use up leftover roasted chicken.  I also prefer pecans…

Chicken Pot Pizza

For the crust, use the pizza and flatbread dough recipe HERE.  I list one version using rice flour and one using sorghum; either will work for this recipe. Toppings: 2 cups chicken pot pie vegetables (I used carrots, broccoli, garlic and corn, but use up whatever leftovers you have)  cut into small pieces.  These can…

Sugar Cookies

This is adapted from my Grandma Harris’s recipe, which was a staple in our household every Christmas.  The kids would get to decorate the shapes any way we liked and we always burned a batch for dad (who still insists that he likes them better that way). Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups superfine white rice flour…

Baked Rice Pudding

This is a rich, custard-style pudding as opposed to the lighter kheer or payasam.  It’s a perfect way to use up leftover rice, and makes a warm and filling winter dessert. This is my mom’s recipe to feed a gathering.  You can absolutely halve it, but it makes really good leftovers. Ingredients: 4 cups milk…

Meringue Cookies

These are gluten-free, very cheap to make, and are great if you need something to keep fresh for a long while before the potluck. You will need an electric mixer. Whipping egg whites by hand is a test of endurance. Even one of the $20 hand-held mixers from Wal-mart will work, even if it takes…