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(member recipe) 1 Minute Hard-Cooked (Hard Boiled) Eggs
(member recipe) 1 Minute Hard-Cooked (Hard Boiled) Eggs

Confession time: I love egg salad.

Confession time part two: I rarely plan for egg salad. So for a long time, I just didn't make it. By the time I hard-cooked eggs and cooled them, the craving for egg salad usually had passed. (I tend to crave egg salad at lunch when I'm in a "FOOD NOW!" mood.)

But then! THEN! This past fall, we redid our kitchen floor. For a few days, the oven was out of the kitchen. This turned out to be less of a problem than you'd think. Thankfully it was early fall; so we ate lots of salads and I used the slow cooker a few times. One day in the midst of that, I looked up "microwave foods." I did this mostly for fun. Nothing really grabbed me until I saw hard-cooked eggs. Even though I'd seen advertisements for Eggies, I never really believed you could microwave eggs. That sounded...well, it sounded nuts to me.

Yet things that are nuts are sometimes fun to try. So I grabbed some custard cups, eggs, and headed to the microwave. OH.MY.GOD. It worked! The eggs "hard cooked." Well, mostly. Let me clarify!

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Homemade Takeout: Pork Fried Rice (member recipe)
Homemade Takeout: Pork Fried Rice (member recipe)

Traditional recipes for pork fried rice call for leftover rice. This is great if 1. you remember to make extra rice. 2. you know in advance that one night you'll crave pork fried rice. Since it's a dish I used to order from Chinese restaurants on busy nights, I tend not to crave it in advance. So I created a workaround: I prepare it the same way I do rice pilaf. It's easy. Here, I'll show. you. . . . keep reading

Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings
Elizabeth Barbone - February 04, 2014
Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings

Until recently, chicken and dumplings weren't part of my life. I was like Olaf from Frozen-- who loves the idea of summer but had never experienced it. Chicken and dumplings sounded amazing but I just never got around to making them. It was time for that to change! Thankfully this winter, full of polar vortexes, gave me the chance!

Although I'd never made (or eaten!) chicken and dumpling, I'd read about them plenty. So I knew there were two kinds of dumplings, fluffy and "slick," I wanted to make the fluffy variety simply because slick dumplings sound like noodles. As an Italian, I already eat a lot of noodles. A lot. Fluffy dumplings it had to be! . . . keep reading

Paleo/Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Free Recipe)
Elizabeth Barbone - January 21, 2014
Paleo/Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Free Recipe)

January 21, 2014

A friend asked if my "Easy Beef Roast" would work in a slow cooker. It did! And, it turns out, is a paleo-friendly recipe too! . . . keep reading

(member recipe) 30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
(member recipe) 30 Minute Pineapple Chicken with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

July 30, 2012

Chicken dishes that play with sweet and savory flavors are always popular (especially with kids!). This recipe for pineapple chicken strips is served with a peanut butter dipping sauce. If you are allergic to peanuts, either omit the dipping sauce or replace the peanut butter with a peanut-free spread or other nut butter. . . . keep reading

(member recipe) 20 Minute Mussels with Garlic, Basil, and White Wine
(member recipe) 20 Minute Mussels with Garlic, Basil, and White Wine

July 16, 2012

When it's too hot to turn on the oven, make this easy mussel dish. In the summer, I serve it with gluten-free bread and a salad. That's it! You can also serve the mussels over pasta. To do so, simply toss the pasta with a little olive oil and then add the cooked mussels. That's it!

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(Member Recipe) Farm Market to Table Frittata
(Member Recipe) Farm Market to Table Frittata

June 27, 2012


Last night when I went to the local farmers' market, I wasn't sure what to make for dinner. That problem was quickly solved. After just a few minutes I'd picked up:

  • onions
  • garlic
  • a pint of grape tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • a dozen eggs
  • a head of gorgeous lettuce
  • and cheese. (More on the cheese in another post. You need to get to know these cheese makers.)

    Before I bought the eggs, I thought about going home and making a quick pasta. Once the eggs were in my basket, however, I knew I wanted to make a frittata. And within 40 minutes of getting home, we were eating. . . . keep reading

  • (Member Recipe) 30-Minute Chicken with Spinach and Mozzarella
    (Member Recipe) 30-Minute Chicken with Spinach and Mozzarella

    June 11, 2012


    Ah, summer. The season where I try to avoid heating up the kitchen as much as possible. This recipe, which only takes about 30 minutes, cooks in just one pan. And you don't turn on the oven.

    Feel free to swap the spinach with any greens that look good to you at the market or whatever you have fresh from the garden. Of course, some greens take longer to cook than spinach. Adjust as needed. 

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    (Member Recipe) Restaurant-Style Garlic Bread Goes Gluten-Free
    (Member Recipe) Restaurant-Style Garlic Bread Goes Gluten-Free

    May 31, 2012

    Remember the warm, cheesy garlic bread that Italian restaurants serve before a meal? This recipe makes that style garlic bread. It isn't fancy bread... . . . keep reading

    (Member Recipe) Quick Pork Chops
    (Member Recipe) Quick Pork Chops

    May 10, 2012

    Don't you love meals that taste like "Sunday Supper" but take only a few minutes? This is one of those meals! It only takes 15 minutes minutes to make! That's like...someone took a 30-minute meal and cut it in half. ;-)

    Here's how to get these pork chops from the grocery store to your plate: . . . keep reading

    (Member Recipe) Carrabba's Chicken Bryan at Home
    (Member Recipe) Carrabba's Chicken Bryan at Home

    May 3, 2012

    I recently ate at Carrabba's for the first time. Have you dined there? Honestly, I was a little nervous about the experience. Thanks to cross-contact, eating out always makes me a little anxious. It's not that I don't think folks can handle serving a safe gluten-free meal, it's that I know how easy it is for a gluten-free meal to come in contact with gluten-filled food. So the idea of eating gluten-free at an Italian-style restaurant? Yikes!

    Happily, I was fine! (And not only am I gluten-free, I also need to avoid nuts and sesame.) The waitress assigned to our table understood Carrabba's gluten-free menu and, as directed on the menu, I ordered everything without "grill baste."

    My mom (who's also gluten-free) and I shared the . . . keep reading

    (Member Recipe) How to Make Sausage Bits for Pizza
    (Member Recipe) How to Make Sausage Bits for Pizza

    April 16, 2012

    Before I went gluten-free, Greg and I occasionally picked up a frozen pizza on busy nights. Unlike some folks who turn their nose up at prepackaged foods, I'm grateful for them. Sometimes life gets busy and it's nice that we have the option of letting someone else do the cooking from time-to-time. Even if that "person" is the Red Baron* or Amy!

    The pizza Greg and I got--without fail--was a supreme pizza. Now I don't think we ever ordered "supreme" pizza when we went out to eat. Somehow we got into the habit of frozen pizza=supreme pizza.

    We'd pop the pizza into the oven, change into comfy clothes and then unwind. We all need nights like that, right?

    After going gluten-free, I missed the supreme pizza ritual. So I started making it myself. Was it the same? No! But it was close.

    For a long time when I made my gluten-free version of a supreme pizza, I just put thinly sliced sausage links on the pizza. But this always felt wrong. On the pizza I was trying to imitate, the sausage wasn't sliced. Nope. It was little bits of sausage-y goodness.

    When it finally occurred to me that I could make those little sausage nuggets instead of just slicing up sausage for my pizza, I was so excited you'd think I found out that pizza was calorie-free! (Can you tell I am a texture person? While the pizza flavor was right. The texture, thanks to the sausage slices, was wrong to me.)

    So if you are like me and miss those little sausage pieces on your pizza, here's how you can make them!

    (Click for a Member Step-by-step.) . . . keep reading

    Chourico Paella
    It is fall! That means, it's time to make heartier dishes. This amazing paella takes only minutes to make and is so satisfying that . . . keep reading
    Swedish Meatballs
    Elizabeth Barbone
    Miss Ikea meatballs? Here they are! Gluten-free, of course! . . . keep reading
    Garlic Basil Chicken
    I use the barbeque a lot in August. This recipe is one I turn to again and again. By August, I have lots of fresh basil in my garden. The chicken only takes minutes to put together--leaving me time to enjoy a glass of lemonade and re-read the last Harry Potter! . . . keep reading
    Dinner Pancakes
    Pancakes for dinner? Well, not as a main course, but these delightfully light pancakes make for an unusual and tasty side dish. For some reason, I usually serve these with roasted or barbecued chicken. However, they are so good, they would really go well with anything--even a large dinner salad. . . . keep reading
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