Braised Red Cabbage; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Side Dish Recipe

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Years ago when I was visiting Chicago, probably like 2 years before I moved there (and years before I changed my diet) I went to a restaurant on Michigan Ave called Bandero. The food was good, not Michelin star or anything but but higher quality than most.  Oddly, years later I would work less than a block away at the newspaper there.  Years later, when I moved to Chicago, I walked past the restaurant and remembered the delicious sweet braised red cabbage, topped with goat cheese, that I had … [Read more...]

Apple and Celery Root Puree; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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Do you like celery root? I LOVE it but oddly, I never ate it until a few years ago.  Now we eat it all the time.  This is one of my favorite side dish recipes. I started making it a few years ago when my husband decided to go primarily nightshade free (although he still eats tomatoes and peppers occassionally - apparently potatoes effect his joints the most). We were looking for a "mashed potato" substitute that was not only nightshade free, but also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut … [Read more...]

Parsnip and Celery Root Puree; gluten free, optional dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free side dish recipe

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Whenever we go to a nice restaurant around harvest time it seems like every meat is accompanied by a root vegetable puree. I love the apple and celery root puree I modified from Ina Garten’s recipe here, but it’s a bit too sweet to pair with some dishes so I decided to combine my celery root with another underused in my kitchen vegetable – parsnips! I chose the combination simply because I had them left in my refrigerator prior to leaving for vacation (we actually packed them all up and brought … [Read more...]

My Favorite Allergen Free Thanksgiving Recipes

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Eek! Only 3 more days until Thanksgiving! Yikes! I’ve been down in Florida for a wedding so it didn’t even dawn on me that it was only 3 days away! Just in case you’re still planning, here are my favorite gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free (many are also egg free) recipes for Thanksgiving.  Some are remakes of old favorites (like green bean casserole). Some are new favorites, especially great if you have some guests who are nightshade free. Allergen Free Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup

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So,  I'm down in Key West, sitting on the porch of a 95 year old hotel, hair and makeup done for a wedding I'm attending later, listening to the rain, breathing in the ocean air feeling TOTALLY relaxed while the little one is taking a nap with dad in the room. I just got word that it's snowing in Michigan - actually, the pictures look like it's been snowing for a while. This soup is the last thing from my mind right now but I figured I would post it for those of you cozying up by the fire for … [Read more...]

Using Up Groceries Before Vacation, A Random Weekly Mealplan

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Vacation time! I'm am leaving the house for 10 days to go to Florida for pleasure and a wedding.  You know what I hate about going on vacation? Having to clean out the fridge because I always have to throw a ton of stuff away. You know what though?! Somehow I've been able to come up with a meal plan to use absolutely everything that needs to be eaten in the fridge, and from the garden (crazy huh?). I know, I can't believe it either.  So here it is... On Monday I had a teensie bit left of my … [Read more...]

Beet and Butternut Squash Harvest Salad; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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I just ate this for lunch and as a side with dinner four days in a row....yes four! It's that good! Well, that and I seem to be the only one who will eat butternut squash at the moment - and butternut squash are big. I'm not sure why but my LO loves it one night and won't touch it the next.  I'm pretty sure it's common at his age. Anyways, we're heading out to Florida in a week (super excited) so I'm trying to use up what we have in the house instead of grocery shopping, think butternut squash, … [Read more...]

How to Roast Winter Squash Seeds; Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Delicata

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Halloween was last week so we did the usual pumpkin carving and making pumpkin seeds....unfortunately I left the pumpkin seeds in the oven too long (we were getting ready to head to Grandpa's to go trick-or-treating) and they ended up burnt.... I have never been so upset in my life! You see, I have an obsession with pumpkin seeds that will probably never disappear because you really only get them once per year....or do you? Well, how about a substitute? Roast winter squash seeds (or even the … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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It's the day after Halloween and my husband and I are exhausted! We spent hours yesterday chasing my little man around his grandparent's neighborhood in the pouring rain.  "Next" my LO would say, "knock, knock".  Once the door would open he would get shy, hold out his treat bag and then say, "Thanks, treat" and run back to us....."Next". It's not just Halloween that had us exhausted, honestly, it seems like we've been burning the candle at both ends lately and I really don't see an end in sight. … [Read more...]

Halloween Activity Day 10 of 10: Carving Pumpkins and BBQ Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Do you cook your pumpkin seeds? If you don't, mail them to me! I'm serious! I love them! And being gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free, pumpkin seeds end up being a great portable snack.  Too bad we only get them once a year (which makes me wonder can you freeze them?)!  We carved our pumpkins last night but I didn't roast the seeds yet because I was trying to remember how I made some delicious BBQ flavored pumpkin seeds last year (I didn't think I wrote down my recipe). In a last … [Read more...]