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

Cranberry Sauce (1)

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...]

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

Roasting squash seeds

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...]

Crock Pot Rootbeer BBQ Pulled Chicken; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Crock Pot Rootbeer BBQ Pulled Chicken

As usual I'm playing catch up and I'm still trying to finish up all of the posts surrounding my son's second birthday party.  I cooked everything from scratch (with help from my mom and step mom) and happily, everyone complimented me on both the party itself and all of the food (which was really awesome because although I planned the meal, I was winging the recipes - some I had made before but didn't write down, like this one, and some I completely made up)! We eat gluten free, dairy free, soy … [Read more...]

Convection Roast Whole Chicken; The BEST Tasting Chicken Ever!

Convection Roast Chicken; Gluten Free Recioe

Whew.....We have been busy! My little one's second birthday party was last weekend and we've been going ever since. He was such a little party animal - he partied too hard and then got sick! Nothing too serious, just a cold but I'm afraid to say that now, 3 days later I've developed it.  Luckily, I knew this would happen so 2 days ago I convection roasted 2 whole organic chickens and made 3 batches of my homemade bone broth (I make it in the crock pot, directions here) so we've already been … [Read more...]

Organic Canning; Black Raspberry Preserves

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Have you ever had black raspberries? Apparently they are native to North America. They're a wild raspberry and they have a more rich taste, some call it "wine-y".  I personally like the tartness of red raspberries but I'm pretty sure my little guy likes these better and I know my husband does. So, what are Black raspberry preserves? Preserves in general are very similar to jam, they are fruit and sugar, cooked to form a thicker spread.  Same ingredients, the only difference is that the fruit is … [Read more...]

Summer Canning Series; Preserving the Harvest, Week by Week

Summer Canning Series

It's the middle of peak canning season and I have NO time to do it :( On top of all of the things that normally keep you busy during the summer in Michigan (fun things like vacations up North, boating, etc) my family has been crazy doing other stuff.  I got my real estate license, my son has had to start patching his eye for 6 hours a day (long story and I'm not going to go into it), my Etsy business has been doing pretty well (Wedding season, you know?) AND my husband and I started a business. … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Corn Chowder; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Dairy Free Corn Chowder

One of the best things about holiday cooking are not only the traditional holiday meals, but also the traditional after holiday meals. This one may surprise you but it's become a staple in my house both after Easter and after Christmas with leftover ham. My husband doesn't eat ham and bean soup that my family always made growing up to use the ham bone and leftover ham (I personally love it and have a ham bone in the freezer waiting) so for years I was left questioning "what can I make with … [Read more...]

Easter Egg Fruit Tray; An Easy Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Easter Dish

Easter egg fruit trays

So, in usual style (which is late), Easter was yesterday.  I made a few different spring themed dishes for our Easter brunch, including gf mini chocolate coconut donut bird's nests, a bouquet of flower cupcakes (for my grandma's 86th Birthday which she recently celebrated) AND a few Easter egg fruit trays. I was up early yesterday dunking donuts in chocolate, crafting mini eggs out of coconut and naturally dying icing to make my cupcake flowers when I remembered I had also told my mom I would … [Read more...]