• Mixed Fruit Cobbler
    Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    Mixed Fruit Cobbler

    This is a perfect desert when you have fruit that is just past its prime. I found organic blackberries, strawberries, nectarines, and blueberries that were marked down at the grocery store. $1.00 for the lot! I came home with my find, washed the fruit, and made this cobbler for our Father’s Day desert. Be creative, cobblers are very forgiving. Add your favorite fruits, or simply use one fruit to make your cobbler. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Blueberries 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Blackberries 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries (cut into pieces) 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup 1 Tablespoon Tapioca Flour 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves…

  • Coconut Flour Banana Muffins
    Breads, Crackers and Muffins,  Breakfast,  Recipes

    Coconut Flour Banana Muffins

    One slightly over ripened banana in the fruit bowl, what to do?  I decided to make muffins and incorporate the lonely banana for our Sunday morning breakfast. Ingredients: 1 Medium Sized Overly Ripe Banana 1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour 1/4 Cup Cassava Flour (you can substitute Tapioca or Arrowroot Starch) 1/4 Cup Pecans finely chopped, (these can be omitted if you have nut allergies) 1/4 Cup melted Pastured Butter or Coconut Oil 3 Pastured Eggs (room temperature) 3 Tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup 1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Organic Ground Ginger 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt OPTIONAL:  Milk of…

  • Coconut and Plantain Porridge
    Breakfast,  Recipes

    Coconut and Plantain Porridge

    I had started to make a smoothie, and had 1 cup of coconut milk in the blender along with a green plantain, ground cinnamon and ground ginger.  A quick look at the thermometer (which read 1 degree Fahrenheit) and I had a change of heart.  I added a few more spices and whipped up the ingredients in my blender.  I brought out my saucepan and turned the smoothie into a nutrient dense warming porridge.  This recipe was made on the fly, but hubby and the D-Man enjoyed this breakfast porridge so I’m sharing it with you.  The amount of milk you use will vary depending on the consistency you prefer…

  • Sage and Lemon Pesto
    Condiments,  Recipes

    Sage and Lemon Pesto

    We know that fresh herbs add a bounty of flavor and complexity to the foods that we create, but many people are unaware that the culinary world places herbs in categories.  Fine herbs are those which are delicate and can be eaten raw such as parsley, chervil, basil, and tarragon. Resinous herbs are stronger, more robust, the type of herb that when handled leaves your hands a bit sticky…these oily herbs are best enjoyed after cooking. The resinous herb family includes sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and savoury.   Sage is one of my favorite herbs, not only does it add flavor to your foods, but it has a nutrient density…

  • Grain Free Biscotti
    Healthy Snacks,  Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    Grain Free Biscotti

    Sometimes you just need a little crunch in your gluten free life. This recipe for Grain Free Biscotti will satisfy that craving. Free from grains, refined sugar and casein; these biscotti can be served plain or dipped in chocolate. Be creative with your add in’s…chocolate chips, diced fruit, nuts/seeds. These biscotti freeze beautifully so make a batch and save some for later. Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger Dash of Organic Ground Cloves 1/2 Cup of Optional Ingredients:  slivered almonds, chopped pistachios, currants, or chocolate chips. 2 Large Eggs…

  • Natural Product Expo
    Health,  Healthy Snacks,  Household Products,  Personal Care,  Sweets and Treats

    Natural Product Expo

    Recently I attended the Natural Products Expo, an industry event which highlights trends in food, beverage, supplements and personal care products. 4 levels of the convention center filled with 1,450 vendors and attended by 28,000 people can be overwhelming; having only one day to see these products was impossible. My goal was to talk with as many vendors as possible, focusing on product offerings for the Celiac/Gluten Sensitive Community. I have put a list together of some of the products that I felt would be “Celiac Kid Friendly”. Many of these products are available through Amazon, but others will need to be purchased through the company, or retailers such as…

  • Cooler weather drives me to cook, especially comfort foods. Last Friday was no exception, it was foggy and a cold rain was falling; it felt more like late November than early October on the mountain. Grandpa was coming to visit and would be joining us for dinner, I wanted to create something special, and I decided on Chicken Marsala. The D-Man suggested that since Chicken Marsala was an Italian dish we serve it on a bed of Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free Fettuccine, and so we did.
    Main Courses,  Recipes

    Grain Free Chicken Marsala

    Cooler weather drives me to cook, especially comfort foods. Last Friday was no exception, it was foggy and a cold rain was falling; it felt more like late November than early October on the mountain. Grandpa was coming to visit and would be joining us for dinner, I wanted to create something special, and I decided on Chicken Marsala. The D-Man suggested that since Chicken Marsala was an Italian dish we serve it on a bed of Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free Fettuccine, and so we did. Ingredients: 1 3/4 Cups Chicken Bone Broth or Organic Broth 2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Organic Shallot 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Pastured Butter 10 oz…

  • Grain Free Lemon Poundcake
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    Grain Free Lemon Poundcake

    I was asked by a friend if I could make a grain free version of Starbucks Lemon Poundcake.   Since I am always up for a challenge, and love anything lemon, I decided to give it a try.  So this recipe goes out to all of you who love lemon, or those looking for a healthier version of Starbucks Lemon Poundcake.  I will warn you, this cake contains organic sugar, but you can substitute with another granulated sweetener if you like.  Coconut/palm sugar can be used, however it will make the cake darker in color.  I have also substituted Maple Sugar and Granulated Honey successfully,  just providing options if you…

  • Ginger Digestive Cookies
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    Ginger Digestive Cookies

    I know you’re probably thinking that’s an odd name for cookies, but let me explain. Ginger is an herb that has a traditionally been used to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.  In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as a carminative (a substance which eliminates intestinal bloating/gas) and an anti-spasmodic (relaxing and soothing the intestinal tract).  A potent anti-inflammatory, ginger has been used for pain relief from arthritis, muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Studies have also found that ginger powder is effective in treating common migraine symptoms. These cookies are full of nutrients; fiber from the chia and coconut flour,  Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) from…

  • Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad
    Health,  Main Courses,  Recipes

    Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad

    As the weather heats up I look for ways to provide nutrient dense meals for my family without turning on the oven. This chicken salad is refreshing and contains of good dose of the anti-inflammatory spice Turmeric which has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for hundreds of years. The yellow/orange pigment of turmeric, called Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in this beautiful spice. Studies have shown the benefits of Turmeric as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This amazing spice has been shown to reduce the symptoms of those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Turmeric has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), improve…