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Onion Goggles
Hey, I'm not afraid to look like a dweeb. See! Know what these adorable little suckers are? They're my new favorite Christmas present, that's what! Onion Goggles.  I saw these in a store recently and realized that this was a product that I suddenly desperately needed.  For years, I wore contacts, which magically prevented me from any sort of onion-induced eye irritation. I couldn't understand what all the fuss and tears were about.  Then I had corrective-vision eye surgery about 2...
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (with coconut oil)
   My husband's been having a powerful craving for some Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, so I decided that this was the perfect weekend for some hot chocolate and cookies! I've been wondering about baking cookies with coconut oil, and the reviews I've seen online indicate that it works almost, if not just as well, as butter.  Well, here I am to report that the rumors are true! My cookies baked up beautifully with coconut oil, and although I can tell a small difference in taste (...
Spicy Molasses Cookies
  These spicy molasses cookies are crunchy and chewy and perfect for fall.  And yes, they have sugar in them, but sometimes we eat a little sugar!! :)  So easy to make and your mouth won't regret this decision one bit.     Here's our cast of characters: organic unsalted butter (Simple Truth brand from Kroger), molasses (I really should have used organic blackstrap molasses here, but at least it is from pure cane sugar), organic brown sugar, organic egg, organi...
Maple-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Carrots
  So, having trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables?  Not this way, you won't! Not if you wrap those veggies up in candied-maple-glazed BACON!!! Oh my gosh, these are really delicious and I can't decide whether they qualify as a "side" or as a "dessert".  Or an entree, for that matter!! Who cares.  Just make them, and eat them.    I modified this recipe from one that I found on Republic of Bacon.    Here's our super-easy cast of characters:...
Creamy Tarragon Chicken Pie (with spelt crust)
I first saw this recipe on a Bobby Flay showdown on the Food Network a few years back. He was pitted against the Casserole Queens from Texas in a chicken pot pie showdown.  If I recall correctly, their pie won the contest and it looked so delicious that I had to try it.  Oh my goodness, this is SO GOOD!! I absolutely love creamy dishes, and the way the tarragon complements the cream and chicken in this recipe is just divine.  I have to tell you; this is so much more time consuming...
Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Feta & Apple Butter (Gluten-free)
Here's what I have to say about this grilled cheese sandwich:  ........  Yeah, that's me. Speechless. Mmmmm, scarfing down every bit of cheesy bacon-y goodness; ignoring everybody in the room; get outta-my way and just let me eat this thing; yumm!!!!  O.K, seriously. I had some ingredients hanging out in my fridge, and I thought I should throw together an unconventional grilled cheese sandwich. Plus, we have this gluten-free bread that we're trying out, and to be honest, it's a...
Cocktail Sauce
  This is one of those recipes that I'll be making over and over again.  Homemade cocktail sauce with just the right amount of zip and full of flavor... Mmmmm, so good! My hubby and I thought it was far better than a bottled sauce, and since it's so quick to throw together, we can whip up a batch anytime we want.  Plus we don't have to worry about artificial ingredients, preservatives, GMO's, etc.     Here's the cast of characters: minced garlic, worcestershire sauc...
Spelt Biscuits
  You may remember that I'm trying to limit the wheat in our diet. No? Well, that's o.k; I can barely keep up with my own dietary preferences, much less anyone else's! :)   So, why am I using spelt in this recipe instead of wheat? Well, for one thing, although my hubby isn't technically allergic to wheat or gluten, sometimes it gives him a headache. Obviously, we want to avoid that, and maybe by using a different type of flour, he won't experience the same side effects.  Wheat d...
Sausage Pepper Pizza with Spelt Crust
So: spelt.  What is it?  According to Wikipedia, it looks like it is "an ancient species of wheat from the fifth millennium BC."  It's gaining popularity as an alternative to wheat and is sold in health food stores, and some grocery stores. I was able to find it in the organic food section of Kroger.  Spelt does have gluten, but it differs from the gluten in wheat, so some people who are sensitive to wheat find that they can digest spelt.  It also has good nutritional va...
Quinoa with Cucumber, Peach & Feta
I be honest: this is my first time to try quinoa.  I don't know why I haven't tried before. I guess I've just been stuck on jasmine rice or couscous and didn't see the need for it.  But, it seems like such a healthy choice that I know I've got to find recipes to incorporate into our diet.  And, I think I've come up with a winner! I'll admit that I'm a sucker for the combo of fruit/nut/cheese, so of course I had to figure out good add-ins for this basic quinoa dish.   I d...
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