Leek and Cauliflower Soup

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This soup is so light and flavorful. It's great as a starter, a snack, paired with a salad for a light lunch, etc. It freezes perfectly! I freeze mine in pint sizes mason jars for single sized portions that I can reheat quickly on the stove. We've has quite the week here at our house....I'll spare you the details but will tell you, we were all pretty under the weather (I actually think this is the first time in our 10 years that my husband has had a fever).  After a week like that I'm left with … [Read more...]

Roast Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, & Honey Vinaigrette; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

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I'm constantly creating new recipes with butternut squash- The main reason, it stores for months in the pantry, so pretty much always have one or 2 on hand. The second reason, my husband doesn't like it, and I'm determined to find a recipe that he'll eat! The verdict is out on this one because he wouldn't try it - I swear he would like it though! On top of storing well, butternut squash is also really good for you, it's super high in vitamin A (1 cup has over 200% of your daily value), and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Bacon Braised Turnip Greens; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Bacon Braised Turnip Greens

One, two, three, four....turnip seed packets. Really? I don't even like turnips that much. What was I thinking ordering all of these seeds? I was delusional... mezmorized by these bacon braised turnip greens (specifically, these greens paired with maple glazed pork chops and homemade mashed potatoes). Honesty, you could probably make these with any greens AND if I wasn't so drunk on my new found turnip green love, I probably would have loaded up on beet seeds instead, because I bet the greens … [Read more...]

Allergen Free Pumpkin Pie; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Allergen Free Pumpkin Pie; Gluten Free Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I told you I was going to make pumpkin pie! Okay, I've been saying it since August - sorry! I figured it's now or wait another year so here's my second "Allergen Free Thanksgiving" post - my gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free pumpkin pie. This doesn't include the crust recipe. I'm sorry! I haven't found one that I love yet and keep resorting to store bought. If you have a great recipe feel free to post it below! I have a lot of pumpkin. This is a modification of the traditional … [Read more...]