You “Still” Won’t Believe It’s Gluten Free


You STILL Won’t Believe It’s Gluten Free is Roben Ryberg’s tasty sequel on the subject of gluten-free cooking.† It’s wonderful. Although I have no medical reason to be gluten-free, a wheat allergy I had as a child seems reason enough to avoid gluten as much as possible. I’ve been reading and reviewing Gluten-Free cookbooks for… [Continue Reading]

Broken Shed Vodka: Product Review

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Itís no secret Iím always up for reviewing a new spirit brand, and since Iím a vodka fan from way back it was no hardship to test drive a new-to-me brand called Broken Shed. Interested in my first impressions and selected cocktail recipe? a great vodka with the best product recommendations from†,†Read on. With a… [Continue Reading]

Cookbook Review: Gluten Free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy


Nicole Hunn is fast becoming my gluten-free hero. I’ve referred to both her first book — Gluten Free on a Shoestring — and her website as references for incorporating more gluten-free options into my diet. It’s no small commitment, for sure. The ‘easy way’ of moving toward gluten free, e.g. just go buy it, is… [Continue Reading]

40 Fab Eggplant Recipes


If youíre new to plant-based dining or simply love unusual eggplant recipes, this articleís for you. From spicy Caribbean party spreads to an aubergine dessert from the Amalfi Coast, Iíve found 40 fab dishes to please the palette. 1. Spicy Caribbean Spread This Caribbean eggplant spread is spicy, colorful and spreads easily onto toasted bread… [Continue Reading]

50 Fun Rhubarb Recipes for Summer

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Growing up in Maine, rhubarb recipes were all the rage for summer. Stewing, baking and even freezing rhubarb for later use were common activities in many kitchens throughout our neighborhood. From Persian stew and bread pudding to rhubarb daiquiris and poultry stuffing, this giant list of ideas for enjoying rhubarb recipes represents my favorite finds… [Continue Reading]

Vegan Treats

Vegan Treats

Worried that hopping on the vegan train will leave you without anything fun to eat? This list of vegan treats will put your mind at ease. From baked goods to chocolate milk, here are my top treat picks for managing the vegan transition. Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos These really are scrumptious, and it was great… [Continue Reading]

10 Perfect Picnic Ideas

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It may be an idea you like to enjoy as often as possible during the summer months, but if you donít make any effort to mix up the menu from time to time, having a picnic can start to feel like an idea whose time is long past. Thatís when developing a list of fun… [Continue Reading]

The Big List of Tater Tot Casserole Ideas

Tater Tot Casserole

Most of us have grown up loving these little bits of golden toasty potato goodness that pair with burgers, fish sticks and whatever veggie side dish Mom decides to put on the plate. Yes, Iím talking about Tater Tots. They disappear quickly when served as party snacks and make a fun addition to a work… [Continue Reading]

Breakfast Casseroles

Breakfast Casserole

For sleepy Saturdays, special events and group get togethers, breakfast casseroles provide a reliable go-to option your guests are sure to enjoy. Here are a handful of flavorful options to add to your repertoire. Hearty hash brown breakfast casseroles are a popular choice. Prepared hash browns bring heft and staying power to breakfast casseroles. This… [Continue Reading]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Vegan Tacos and More

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Knowing that youíll be able to indulge in your favorite comfort foods is a large part of staying successful when youíre in the process of going vegan. So it wonít come as any surprise to those that know me that vegan tacos were high on my priority list when we first started exploring a plant-based… [Continue Reading]

6 Easy-to-Grow Herbs That Will Have You Saving in Style


When it comes to pinching pennies, if you can do it yourself, you should. We all know this. However, time is frequently a pretty big factor in whether or not the DIY approach is really an option. Herbs are one of those places that many folks feel it’s easier just to buy at the grocery…. [Continue Reading]

Cookbook Review: Cookielicious


For cookie enthusiasts everywhere looking for a diverse recipe resource, comes the title Cookielicious. A collection of favored cookie recipes assembled by St. Petersburg Times food editor Janet K. Keeler, this book offers a wide range of confections suitable for nearly every occasion. The recipe list includes everything from gingerbread bars and chocolate biscotti to… [Continue Reading]

How to Enjoy Savory Pancakes for Dinner

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When youíre out of time and need something quick and kid-friendly to put on the table, enjoying savory pancakes for dinner is a great way to go. Here are some of my favorite ways to put pancakes on the table with a suppertime spin. Consider Korean These kimchee pancakes from the New York Times make… [Continue Reading]

Moon Cookies

Cashew Moon Cookies

Being married to a space and science news enthusiast, Iím always on the lookout for recipes with an astronomy theme. So I was particularly excited when I came across this recipe for moon cookies in a baking cookbook called Cookielicious. The inclusion of split cashews represents the quarter-moon shape nicely and adds a bit of… [Continue Reading]

Book Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food


It’s not easy removing beloved food items from one’s menu. I had both wheat and dairy intolerances as an infant, and while I did outgrow both, I have adjusted my diet to accommodate, at least in part, the wheat intolerance part of those childhood allergies. Allergies do return as one grows older, so it seemed… [Continue Reading]