• Vanilla Chia Pudding
    Recipes,  Sweets and Treats

    Vanilla Chia Pudding

    Grain Free Chia Pudding My best friend sent me a subscription to Martha Stewart Living as a Christmas gift, and the first issue arrived the other day.  I spent a few moments flipping through the pages and a recipe for Vanilla Chia Pudding caught my eye; it was free of grains, refined sugars, eggs, and casein.  The photograph was not the most beautiful in the magazine, but let’s be honest a pudding made with Chia Seeds is going to be a bit on the gray side.  Many of you may be thinking Cha Cha Cha Cha Chia….yes, these are the same little seeds made famous by the Chia Pet Commercial.  Chia Seeds…

  • Grain Free Lemon Fettuccine with Asparagus and Salmon
    Main Courses,  Real Food Musings,  Recipes

    Grain Free Lemon Fettuccine with Asparagus and Salmon

    I don’t often write reviews about commercially available food products, as most are less than healthy.  My focus since going truly gluten free (i.e., removing all grains and pseudo-grains from our diet) has been to use the highest quality ingredients to prepare nutrient dense meals and treats for my family, and of course to share those recipes with all of you.  While the gluten free section of the grocery store is filled with options for those who follow a gluten free diet, there are very few products for those of us who are grain free.  Reading the labels you will find that the vast majority of these gluten free items…

  • Mixed Fruit Cobbler

    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 Topping for Cobbler: 1/2 Cup…

  • Gluten Free Sunscreens, 2019
    Health,  Personal Care

    Gluten Free Sunscreens, 2019

    I first blogged about Gluten Free Sunscreens in 2010, and so much has changed.  The good news; more and more companies are producing gluten free sunscreens! Companies have also realized that we are looking for safer, less toxic products, you will find that many of the sunscreens on the list are Mineral Based.  While the list below provides you with options, it does not contain EVERY brand of sunscreen, nor does it contain every gluten free product that the company produces.   There are also some companies that produce gluten free sunscreens that I did not include on the list.  Some of these brands did not fare well in independent…

  • Home Made Corn Free/Grain Free Baking Powder
    Baking Ingredients

    Home Made Corn Free/Grain Free Baking Powder

    Yesterday I was involved in an exchange on-line that made me realize that many people are not aware that most store bought Baking Powder contains cornstarch.  While not a problem for many, baking powder can be dangerous for those with Corn Allergies, or problematic for those who adhere to a Grain Free Diet. When we went grain free I started making my own Baking Powder.  To date nobody has noticed a difference in my baked goods.  I mention this because as a rule, commercially available baking powder is “double-acting”, meaning the leavening gasses (carbon dioxide) are released on contact with moisture and again during baking.  Single-acting baking powder (a.k.a. Tartrate) releases the…