Baked goods, Cheesy, Comfort food, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Italian, Low-carb

Gluten-free cheese bread

Who doesn't love cheesy bread? I tend to deprive myself, since it’s not exactly, well, healthy. Make no mistake, I’m not over here reinventing the [cheese] wheel (I apologize for that pun); this is not a low-cal or fat-free dish by any stretch of the imagination. But for those watching their gluten intake, this is… Continue reading Gluten-free cheese bread

Comfort food, Grain-free, Like Mom used to make, Main course, Potato, Soup, Uncategorized

New England Clam Chowder

  Ok, so living in Florida doesn’t exactly provide the extreme seasonal weather changes that our Northbound friends get to experience, but we make up for it by going all out in regards to fall and winter decor, food, drink and parties. We enjoy hot cocoa, bonfires and a good, hot bowl of comforting soup… Continue reading New England Clam Chowder

Chinese, Gluten-free, Side dish

“Fried Rice” Red Quinoa

As my fellow Sarasotans know, we got our very own PF Chang's a couple of years ago. Weeelllll, I just went to try it out for the very first time a couple of weeks ago and I must say that I am impressed. The food is pretty darn good and so are the prices. The… Continue reading “Fried Rice” Red Quinoa

Cheesy, Comfort food, Peruvian, Potato, Sauces

Salsa a la Huancaína

I have yet to visit Peru - but never say never! I look forward to making the trip someday, but in the meantime, I do enjoy learning to put together traditional Peruvian dishes as well as putting my own twist on them. One of my favorites is salsa a la Huancaína, which is a Peruvian… Continue reading Salsa a la Huancaína

Cheesy, Classic, Comfort food, Main course, Mexican

Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

A precooked rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, even canned chicken, if you're into that sort of thing. Either will give you the head start you need for weeknight dinner prep.  Now that you're drooling - oh, wait, that's me - anyway, here it is: What you'll need: A whole roasted chicken (or the equivalent - about… Continue reading Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas

Baked goods, Caramel, Chocolate, Comfort food, Cookies, Dessert, Grain-free

Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Squares

Who doesn’t love chocolate and caramel? If someone like that exists, I don’t know him or her. I, for one, live for chocolate and caramel – it’s such a rare treat that I savor every last bite when I allow myself to have it. Today was that day. Today’s story: a craving for sweets meets… Continue reading Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Squares

Breakfast, Chocolate, Comfort food, Dessert, Energy, Protein

Chocolatey Peanut Butter Energy Oatmeal

Remember no-bake cookies? Those chocolate peanut-butter cookies that were pretty much the only way the oatmeal got used up? My mom used to make huge batches of them around Christmas time and they were so addictive! What’s my point, you say? Well, I’m glad you asked. Because I have discovered a way to have that… Continue reading Chocolatey Peanut Butter Energy Oatmeal

Classic, Comfort food, Italian, Sauces

Simple Fresh Marinara Sauce

Have you ever wondered what’s in the jars of pasta sauce you can buy at the grocery store? Chances are, it’s a bunch of stuff you can’t pronounce, much less actually know what the ingredients are. Not to mention all the added salt and sugar. Some companies are trying to market “all natural” products, but… Continue reading Simple Fresh Marinara Sauce

Cheesy, Classic, Comfort food, Like Mom used to make, Main course, Potato, Side dish

Mom’s Cheesy Baked Scalloped Potatoes

  Let’s face it – as well as we try to treat our bodies, and as healthily as we nourish ourselves on a daily basis, sometimes we just need a healthy dose of fatty, nostalgic comfort food. Such was the case a few days ago, when I had a craving for my mom’s scalloped potatoes.… Continue reading Mom’s Cheesy Baked Scalloped Potatoes