What’s up with that, Papa John’s?


  I recently read an article which stated that Papa John’s was finally climbing aboard the gluten free bandwagon and was going to offer a gluten free version of its pizza.  But this announcement came with a caveat that is causing quite a backlash. According to the article which is published on Fortune.com: Although the…

Review of Enjoy Life New baked chewy bar flavors


I have never met an Enjoy Life product I didn’t like.  These new flavor bars are no exception.  The folks at Enjoy Life were nice enough to send me samples to try.  Here is my unbiased review. This was the first flavor I tried.  They didn’t disappoint.  These bars are full of rich caramel flavor….

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…

My gluten free weight loss journey, week 3


  This week, my weight held steady.  I am happy that I did not gain, but I need to start focusing on portion sizes by weighing and measuring each portion. If you want to lose weight, especially on Weight Watchers™, you have to weigh and measure everything you consume. I am also going to get…

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…

Be our guest! Entertaining when you’re gluten free


  We had friends over for dinner this past weekend.  When you’re gluten free with multiple food issues, this could present a problem.  But it doesn’t have to. So what do you do when the people you are entertaining want to eat “real” food?  Here are some tips for a smooth and pleasant experience. Be…

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…

Review of This is Vegan foods artisan cheeses


This is Vegan Foods was kind enough to send me 14 samples of their vegan, soy cheese. This will in no way bias my review.  One of the things that anyone who is dairy free misses most is cheese.  It is really difficult to find good, artisan cheeses that don’t contain dairy, gluten or nuts….

Update-My grass fed dairy experiment


I am happy to report that I have been able to continue to eat grass-fed yogurt, with little to no stomach upset. The other day at our local farmer’s market, I tried a sample of grass-fed whole milk.  Unfortunately, I did not have the same result as I have had with the yogurt. It tasted amazing,…

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…

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…

May Strawberries and shortcake


  May is a great month.  Flowers are blooming, and fresh fruits and vegetables are being harvested.  The long winter is over, and we can eat delicious, fresh fruit again. We are extremely lucky to have one of our local farms, Hill Family farm, growing fresh strawberries. I have never liked supermarket strawberries.  They are…