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…

Broccoli Bacon Apple Salad (No added sugar)

The classic broccoli bacon salad includes sugar in the dressing, but when you add raisins and fresh apples and let it marinate overnight, the added sugar becomes redundant. I don’t believe in food having moral value though, so by all means add it if you’d like! I recommend waiting at least a few hours to…

Fattoush Salad

When I was a kid, a salad meant iceberg lettuce, cheap bottled dressing, and dusty shreds of colby-jack. If that’s what you’re used to, this burst of fresh herbs and complex flavor layers will be a revelation. What makes it a fattoush, of course, is the leftover fried or toasted pita. For a gluten free…

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…