Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings and a Soy Sesame Dipping Sauce

One of my kid's favorite foods are Chinese dumplings. Growing up, my mom would roll out her own dumpling dough using a hand crank pasta machine; we would form an assembly line of cutting the dough into circles using an empty juice can, and then hand wrap all the dumplings. We would make a hundred dumplings at a time. My husband's grandmother also would make homemade dumplings, but she made the dumpling dough the old fashioned way, hand rolling each wrapper. I would sit with her and wrap dumplings just as I did growing up....more

Gluten-Free Hot Soft Pretzels

One of the treats that my 8-year old son has been craving lately is a hot soft pretzel. Now that he's on a gluten-free diet, I've been learning to bake quick breads and snacks (e.g., pumpkin muffins, almond scones, banana bread, granola bars), but I hadn't tried baking yeasted breads yet. I haven't made any yeasted breads or pretzels for that matter in a really long time....more

Quinoa scones

Nut-free granola bars

My wee tot isn't excited about eating anything. She likes cheese and grapes. And then she doesn't like cheese or grapes and only eats pasta. Then she turns her nose up at pasta and only wants oranges. This makes packing a little lunch challenging when we hit the preschool. Add to that the kiddy-school being nut-free (and meat-free) and I've got a challenge figuring out what to make for the babe....more

Adventure into Gluten-Free Baking {Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free Cinnamon Spiced Scones}

Although I've been baking since I was a child, I'm new to gluten-free baking....more

"Get Better Soon" Carrot and Ginger Muffins

When two of my children, my DH and all my daycare "friends" came down with scarlet fever this winter, I made a dedicated effort to include foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into their diets.  I came up with this great comfort food style recipe full of natural healing foods, like honey, cinnamon, ginger and carrots.  I make them mini muffin size for my wee ones, and they gobble them up.  With all whole wheat flour and no refined sugar, I don't care how many they eat while they're on the mend....more

Including Pumpkin In Your Family's Diet

Pumpkin is truly a superfood in terms of nutrition.  It's rich in all kinds of nutrients, including calcium, zinc, vitamin A and fibre.  It's also a good source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Pumpkin is also quite inexpensive when in season, and readily available canned out of season....more