archive for December, 2009

Leftover Chicken Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 31, 2009

The other day, one of my favorite commenters  suggested that I post a roundup of leftover chicken recipes; actually at this point I would probably call ~M (that’s the handle she uses when commenting on my site)  a “contributor.”

I quickly took to ~M’s idea since this time of year so many of us are suffering from post holiday cooking fatigue.  If you have leftover chicken or turkey from the holidays or if you want to throw a bird in the ... read more →

Thai Chicken Wraps

Posted on December 28, 2009

These light and healthy Thai Chicken Wraps are an easy and refreshing entrée and a simple “one pot meal” to boot.  I often make them with leftover chicken, though I sometimes use leftover fish –any type of protein will do.

The other night I served this to my children with salmon and my little one loved it.  The older one?  Well, he’s another story and not all that adventurous in his eating habits of late.  He enjoys his homemade burritos and ... read more →

Vanilla Roasted Walnuts

Posted on December 24, 2009

I’m slightly addicted to these Vanilla Roasted Walnuts and so is my husband.  They have a hint of sweetness and a nice burst of vanilla goodness.  On top of that, Walnuts are a great source of Omega-3′s, have a high antioxidant count and are also beneficial for cardiovascular health.  So I’m on the walnut bandwagon.

Here’s the recipe for another gluten free, tasty, higher protein holiday snack with nuts.

Vanilla Roasted Walnutsprinter friendly
2 cups walnuts, raw
1 tablespoon olive oil
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Christmas Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 22, 2009

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Christmas recipes.  We’ve been going wild with the Star Cookies lately, pulling out all of our cookie cutters and making them in every possible shape, then frosting them with the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting.  The boys (and I) are having a blast.

I’ve been taking it easy this week and spending a lot of time reading –books that is.  I usually find myself just trying to keep up with the Boulder Daily Camera ... read more →

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on December 18, 2009

I’m so glad that everyone enjoyed my Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe!  I’ve received many reports that people are making them for Christmas morning.  Here’s the Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting to go along with buns.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

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4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp heavy cream

To make frosting combine cream cheese and honey in a medium bowl until well blended
Whip in heavy cream until frosting is nice and thick
Spread over Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Serve

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Cinnamon Bun Muffins

Posted on December 16, 2009

These gluten free muffins taste like cinnamon rolls and make the perfect breakfast treat!

One of my favorite readers Courtney recently suggested that I create a gluten free cinnamon roll recipe. She said it would be perfect for Christmas morning. Being smack in the middle of Hanukkah that wasn’t something I had thought about. Thanks Courtney!

So, here’s my little ol’ gluten free Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe. I hope you all enjoy it during the holidays.

Cinnamon Bun Muffins

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Cinnamon Topping:

2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
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Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Posted on December 14, 2009

Many apple cider recipes have sugar added to them and are overly sweet, for my taste. This recipe however goes in the other direction, I add water to it to dilute the natural sweetness of the apple juice. This also stretches the amount, making the recipe more economical.

I made this the other day during the super chilly weather and with it’s warming spices (cinnamon and cloves) it hit the spot.

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1 quart apple juice
2 cups water
5 cinnamon sticks
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Kumquat Garlic Chicken

Posted on December 11, 2009

Kumquats are in season right now. What’s a kumquat you ask? Essentially it’s a citrus fruit that closely resembles an orange, though it is much smaller. If you want to know more about kumquats there is a great article over at the Cooking Light website.

Meanwhile, here’s a cozy holiday recipe for gluten free Kumquat Garlic Chicken.  We’re having this tonight for the first night of Hanukkah, along with Squash Latkes and gluten free Matzo Ball Soup, of course.

Kumquat Garlic Chicken

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Fennel Apple Soup

Posted on December 9, 2009

It seems that Fennel Apple Soup is on everyone’s radar these days.  And what better time than now?!  It’s perfect soup weather here in Boulder –a toasty -2 outside, which begs for soup.

Gluten free Fennel Apple Soup has been popping up everywhere –on various gluten free yahoo groups and in various magazines.  Here’s my version.

Fennel Apple Soup

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion
2 (medium to large) fennel bulbs stems removed and diced
2 large apples (I used Honeycrisp), peeled, cored and diced
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Hanukkah Recipe Roundup

Posted on December 7, 2009

Hanukkah begins this Friday at sundown.  My older son is sitting next to me as I write up this post.  As I read the text out loud, he exclaimed, “Really?!”  He’s getting into the Hanukkah spirit and you can too with this yummy little gluten free, higher protein holiday menu below.

I’m looking forward to whipping up a batch of Squash Latkes and Homemade Apple Sauce this Friday and lighting our menorah.

Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes
Kale with Cranberries
Butternut Squash Latkes
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Appetizers for a Holiday Party

Posted on December 4, 2009

Big news in the gluten free world. The Denver Post has named The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook one of the best cookbooks of 2009.

The reason I find this to be somewhat amazing is that some people out there look down on gluten free; some have even told me that  gluten free food has a “stigma” attached to it. So for my little old book to be included with “regular” cookbooks, seems like a bit of a breakthrough.

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Creamy Onion Salad Dressing

Posted on December 1, 2009

This Creamy Onion Salad Dressing does have a bit of a zing to it, I admit.  I like it though, as it’s somewhat warming during the cold winter spell we’re having.  My younger son liked this gluten free dressing so much that he not only ate it on his salad last night, he drizzled it over his chicken, declaring it a winner.

The inspiration for this recipe came from Diana Rattray’s Sweet Onion Salad Dressing over at About.com’s Southern Food section.

It’s ... read more →