Five foods you should never cook in a crockpot


Crockpots can be a very welcome addition to your kitchen arsenal.  They can also produce mushy, unappetizing messes.  It all depends on what you put in them. Here are some foods you should never cook in a crockpot.  You can read the original article here.  Rice     Though it takes around 20 minutes to…

When swapping ingredients isn’t worth it in Weight Watchers


Today I tried to make my favorite chocolate cake recipe by swapping ingredients to take points off for Weight Watchers.  It was an utter failure. I have been making this cake for over a year now, and I am sorry I tried to swap out the oil for apple sauce and the sugar for maple…

Review of Namaste Foods gluten free Pizza Crust mix


I received a free sample from Namaste Foods in exchange for this review.  This in no way will affect my honest opinion of their product. If you have followed or read my blog for any length of time, you are familiar with my epic struggle to find a decent gluten-free pizza crust.   The closest…

Carrot cake mishap


  I’ve been wanting to make a gluten free carrot cake for some time.  I just never got around to it until today.  So with my trusty King Arthur recipe,  I got out all of my ingredients, and spread them out over my incredibly small kitchen counter. I had already measured out and mixed all…

A disappointed review of Julian Bakery Paleo protein bars


  I don’t like writing negative reviews.  But I always want to be honest in writing this blog, so I will be writing an honest review of Julian Bakery’s Paleo Protein Bars.  This review is my opinion only.  You may agree or disagree.  Here is a link to their website if you would like to…

Tips on converting favorite recipes


  Maybe you have a favorite family recipe, like your mom’s chocolate cake, that you can no longer eat because you are gluten free.  Or maybe you saw this awesome recipe online or in a magazine, but, sigh, you just skipped it because you know you can’t eat it.  Well, I can help! I have…

A lesson on the differences between gluten free and regular baking mixes


Lately, I have been posting a lot about baking gluten free biscuits worthy of a southerner.  I have fallen sadly short;  including a casserole I made last night that had biscuit topping. I would like to point out the differences between gluten free and regular baking mixes.  I have used gluten free Bisquick with very…

Sad, sad biscuits…Why gluten free dough is my nemesis


  I have come to the conclusion that gluten free dough is my nemesis.  In my fourth attempt ( is it the fourth-frankly I ‘ve lost count) to make gluten free biscuits,  I began to think that the biscuit dough really had it out for me.  Silly, I know, but is it really that difficult…

Epic fail-baking powder biscuits


  Last night I made yet another attempt to make biscuits.  Like my pancake fails, this is another food that is really hard to replicate into gluten free.  I did finally crack the pancake debacle, but I am not sure I will be able to crack biscuits. When you think of biscuits, you think of…

Flat as a pancake-again


Ah, the quest for the perfect, fluffy, gluten free pancake.  A pipe dream?  I’m beginning to think so. After my success with gfjules pizza dough, I thought I would try her pancake mix. I followed the instructions for making half the bag-the bag contains 16 oz of mix, and half is 1 2/3 cups.  Wouldn’t…

Don’t get crabby! Saving an epic fail


We all make mistakes, especially in the kitchen.  But it’s what you do with those mistakes that separates the cooks from the spectators. A couple days ago, I made a crab casserole from this recipe.  I am not faulting the recipe here, but my method. Here are the ingredients as listed in the recipe: INGREDIENTS…

Like a circle in a spiral….


  Since my husband and I have started eating healthier, I decided to invest in a spiralizer.  I have been wanting one for awhile, but now I have an excuse to use it. After reading some reviews, I decided on the Oxo good grips 3 blade model.  I liked the fact that it came with…

Southern Girl? Not quite…..


  A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was going to make southern biscuits.  Well, I finally did last night, and um…well….they didn’t turn out as I hoped. It is interesting when you experiment with recipes-you never know what you’re going to get.   I certainly got surprised, and not in a good…