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…

Easy crockpot red wine glazed lamb chops


I’m a big fan of crockpot cooking, especially when the outside temperature is over 90 degrees. This recipe for red wine glazed lamb chops only requires a few ingredients and is really easy to put together.  Here is my simplified version. I do not brown the chops, or cook down the wine glaze.  This cuts time…

Easy crockpot Lo Mein


  If you are gluten free,  Chinese food is something you will have to give up.  It’s not easy to replicate either. This recipe is not exactly like the takeout Chinese food you remember, but it’s pretty tasty, and relatively healthy.  It’s easy to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.  Here’s my…

My gluten free weight loss journey week 2


  This past week was a real challenge for me.  We had company over last weekend, and I over ate.  We had pasta, one of my most challenging foods.  I took way too much.  I gained back 2 pounds. Weight loss is a journey, but it can be really discouraging when you gain weight back….

Gluten free mixed berry fruit crumble


Tell me what you think!  Would you make this?  Have you done Weight Watchers as a gluten and dairy free diet?  How did you do it?  Share your thoughts in the comments! I have been toying with the idea of joining Weight Watchers lately.  Being a food blogger, and trying out new gluten and dairy…

I’m convinced sugar is poison


  Something weird happened yesterday.   Although I have been trying to cut back on my sugar intake, I was jonesing for a chocolate cake.  I was going to make my go-to King Arthur cake pan cake recipe with maple syrup instead of white sugar, but I didn’t have enough maple syrup.   I decided…

Easy, creamy, gluten and dairy free mac and cheese


  If you have been dairy free for any length of time, like I have, you really miss all things gooey and cheesy. I have had a lot of success cooking with dairy free cheese. specifically Daiya.  I think it melts so much better than soy cheese.  But could it stand up to the mac…

Review of King Arthur Gluten free Scone mix


  If you have been following or reading my blog for any length of time, you know of my epic failures at making biscuits: Epic fail #1 Epic fail #2 I decided that making scones, especially from a mix, might have a better result.  King Arthur mixes are pretty reliable, so I ordered a box…

Of Chickpeas, chocolate and dessert


  There is no doubt chickpeas are healthy.  But I don’t really care for them as they are.  I’ve never been a big fan of beans in general, unless they are of the baked variety. I have often seen recipes using beans instead of flour in desserts.  But I never thought these recipes would work;…

Easy microwave mushroom risotto


Yes, you read that right.  You can make risotto in the microwave.  I didn’t think it would work, but it did, beautifully. If you have ever made risotto, you know how labor intensive it can be.  You have to babysit it, and constantly stir the rice, adding stock a ladle at a time.  It’s a…

Bechamel sauce and Green bean casserole


  I have mentioned green bean casserole in several posts, specifically about holiday dinners.  But you don’t have to wait for a holiday to have gluten and dairy free green bean casserole. Two obstacles to making gluten and dairy free green bean casserole are cream of mushroom soup and fried onions.  I found really great…

TBT-Lost in Translation, the foreign language of food allergens


  I originally wrote this post in June of 2015.  Since then, I have pretty much licked all of these issues.  Gluten and dairy free products were all a foreign language to me.  But now I speak fluent gluten and dairy free.   I love to cook.  When I started this journey of being gluten and…