Caramelized Spiced Yams

Whenever I think of sweetened yams, I always think of the typical marshmallowy Thanksgiving dish. My family usually loves putting lots of marshmallows on top, which is always delicious. There were a couple of years there where every few minutes someone new would come traipsing through the kitchen and add a handful or two more marshmallows to the top of the casserole. There would always end up being more marshmallows than sweet potatoes once it made it to the table. ...more

My Cobb Salad with Egg and Dairy Free Ranch

I'm not the biggest fan of ranch, but sometimes I get a craving for it that just won't go away. Like my cravings for buffalo wings. Sheesh! Don't get me started on those. A ranch craving popped up about a week ago, and ever since I've been dairy and egg free, I have not for the life of me been able to find a decent ranch dressing! I also haven't been able to find a dairy free ranch seasoning, until last week....more

Super Fudgey Triple Chocolate Brownies (Egg and Dairy Free)

I love brownies. Cakey, fudgey, you name it. I can't eat the boxed kind because of the milk by-products that are present in many of them, so I usually make my own. I have used many recipes over the years, but this one has got to be my favorite. It's fudgey and super chocolatey, while not being overly sweet. I love using Baker's unsweetened chocolate for the base because it is dairy-free. I also use dairy-free chocolate syrup (such as Torani's) and dark chocolate chips to make it extra chocolately....more

Talking about Food Allergies

It seems lately I've been having a lot of conversations with various people about my food allergies, mainly because of my cookbook....more

Strawberry and Steak Salad

Its strawberry season here in the Pacific Northwest! Farms left and right have set up berry stands everywhere, especially in the Puyallup/Sumner/Orting area. The other day I stopped by the Spooner Farms stand on Main St. and bought some of these beauties! I saved some for cooking, some for snacking and the rest were turned into jam. Yum yum!...more

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Artichoke and Lima Bean Stew with Chicken

The inspiration for this dish came from a fava bean and chicken stew I saw in one of my Mediterranean cookbooks. I really wanted to make the stew, but didn't have any so I substituted lima beans. I thought it needed some more veggies, so I added in a few marinated artichoke hearts and a can of diced tomatoes, both things I just happened to have on hand. The stew came out really well and it has now become one of my favorite, easy, go-to meals when I want something hearty with as little prep as possible. ...more

Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Sandwich with Pesto

These sandwiches came almost out of necessity. I offered to bring sandwiches for our ski day, and asked my dad and brother what they liked. I couldn't get a straight answer out of them, so I fudged with whatever sounded good. As I was wandering around the store, I spotted some sliced roast beef with slices of Havarti next to each other in the deli case. I quickly picked some up, then made my way to the lettuce section to pick out some greens. A container of red pepper pesto caught my eye and stealthily made its way into my shopping basket. Same thing happened with a round of goat cheese....more

Pot Stickers with My Favorite Dipping Sauce

I love pot stickers. They are one of my favorite comfort foods and I love spending time making them on a weekend. I remember during my teens, me and my mom would be in the kitchen for hours making a ton of pot stickers to freeze and reheat for a snack or meal. ...more

Steak with Cilantro Lime Sauce

I have been craving steak for a while. A nice, thick juicy steak. And so I had one. The problem was, I wanted a new sauce. Ok, I love my Vidalia Onion and Fig Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen, but I eat it every single time with steak. I wanted something new. (Someone asked what is new? And what did you tell them? I told them I would ask!... Sorry, Ratatouille moment!) ...more