Split Pea Soup with Millet

Gluten free split pea soup with millet

Super Bowl Sunday is a big food day for my family. To be honest, I approach it with the same exhurberance as I do Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think an afternoon of snacking followed by a big Sunday dinner. Yesterday that meant lots of locally made chips, salsa and guacamole; salty mixed nuts and (God bless my husband, the shopper) my absolute favorite Lay’s potato chips! Top off an afternoon of snacking with a gorgeous Pittsburg-style filet, red smashed potatoes and steamed peas, and that’s a lot of food.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! Do you feel refreshed (notice how I’m asking this question the day after the day after New Year’s Eve!)? I slept like a log last night, which if you know me and my insomnia, is a gift in itself. We had one of the funniest – laughing out loud like I haven’t in ages! – New Year’s Eves ever and some amazing food, courtesy of my friend Carla and her cassoulet, a labor of love and a love letter to meat.

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Cleaning House

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For me, the year starts when the school year starts. I love fall and all the holidays that follow, and I love thinking of summer as the end of the year, with its celebratory BBQ’s, beach picnics and road trips.

So it’s only natural that I view fall as my “spring cleaning” time, and for the next 30 days, I’m planning to sweep through my entire house. I will clean, organize, recycle and donate everything in my path.

Essentially, I’ll assess each item in my house in my attempt to find a place for everything and everything in its place.

To that end, I’m taking a break from the blog, so I can focus my energies on my spring/fall cleaning project. What would you do if you decided to dedicate 30 days to a project?


The French Pastry Cafe


Whenever I dine out with friends they always ask, “What will you be able to eat?” The answer is almost anything natural, whole or fresh. Salads, grilled meat, rice dishes – all gluten-free. And most restaurants, at least in San Diego, either have a gluten-free menu or the staff knows the in’s and out’s of what’s gluten-free on their menu.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

gluten free chocolate chip cookie bites

Living gluten-free means I’m healthier, not to mention happier, than when I ate gluten. But that doesn’t mean I don’t experience gluten-envy from time to time…like every time a post from my friend Averie’s blog, Averie Cooks, pops up on Feedly. This is a girl who can bake! And she’s no stranger to my favorite sweet combination – the perfect marriage of chocolate and peanut butter.

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