Irish Soda Bread (Gluten-Free)

When Ed and I were first dating he talked about Irish Soda Bread. I was the one with the Irish heritage but I’d never had it before. I decided to surprise him with it on St. Patrick’s Day 25 years ago. He said he wasn’t sure it was Irish Soda Bread because it wasn’t dry and crumbly but moist and delicious – unlike any he had ever had. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Is it a muffin or a cupcake? Apparently this question is more debated than I thought. The general consensus is that a cupcake is more delicate and lighter in texture while a muffin is more dense. Or it could be what meal at which you chose to serve it. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Blueberry and Lavender Cobbler

I want to share with you the secret to making the best blueberry cobbler. But before I do… This recipe is based on another tried and true Blueberry Cobbler recipe that I have been making for many, many years. It’s stood the test of time particularly because it’s so adaptable. [Read more…]

Lemon Upside-Down Cake

I recently made a day trip to New York City to have lunch with one of my oldest friends. Stefanie M and I have known each other since we started seventh grade at Immaculate Heart School in Hollywood, California, and let’s just say that more than a few decades have passed since then. [Read more…]

Belgian Beef Stew

The beef stew of our childhood was made of beef but also contained potatoes, carrots, celery and onions (maybe wine but never beer). Neither Ed nor I prefer our beef stew that way so when I found this recipe many years ago it became the standard in our house. Largely because it’s just beef and onions, oh and with some really good Belgian beer and bacon. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Banana-Almond-Coconut Muffins

A little bit of the tropics captured in a yummy muffin. I adapted a banana bread recipe I’d made for many years to make it gluten-free. While doing so I decided to add some new ingredients including almonds and coconut. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Gingerbread

My paternal grandmother used to love to bake, especially during the holidays. I have fond memories of receiving a box of her baked goods each Christmas mailed to me from Florida. There were always brownies, Springerle cookies (I plan to attempt these at later date) and gingerbread men.  [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

It’s likely that this time of year your garden may have a plethora of zucchini. Why not make up some yummy zucchini bread – maybe even double the recipe so you can freeze some for the winter months? [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Date Nut Bread

This is a recipe that I have made for years using regular all-purpose flour. I thought that it would hold up well using gluten-free flour so I tried it with Cup4Cup gluten-free flour (created by Lena Kwak, a chef at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Restaurant in Napa, CA). [Read more…]

Wheat-Free Day 90

I did it! I have successfully been wheat-free for 90 days without so much as one slip-up. The good news is, I have never felt better.  The bad news is that the osteoarthritis in my hands does not feel any better.  [Read more…]