Gluten-free

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Vegan Cream Sauce

Oh, I love me a stuffed pepper!  Brings back memories from my youth. My Mom would make them with ground beef and rice stuffed into whole green peppers with a simple, but flavorful tomato sauce over them.  We loved them!  This is my modified (as always) version, to make them healthier, prettier and with that

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Appetizers

Salsas and Guacamole!

Here in Tucson, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) in true Mexican style, even though the holiday seems to be an American creation!  There are parties and restaurants have specials and basically, it is an excuse for indulging in Margaritas and Mexican food and all the fun, festive things that brings.  Bright

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Ethnic

Stuffed Turkey Breast with Wine Gravy

Ahhh, Easter!  For those that celebrate it, it tends to have all those feeling of re-birth and rejuvenation and is a highly religious holiday that celebrates not only the resurrection of Jesus, but the re-birthing of the land and all its flora and fauna.  We eat eggs and spring greens and ham and peas.  Maybe

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Beverages

Ginger Spiced Cocktail (Virgin)

I’m not usually one for virgin cocktails, mostly because I like to save my caloric drinks for the real thing (like wine), but I created this low-calorie cocktail for my cooking classes and everyone has raved about it, so I thought I would share! Plus, it makes a very enjoyable cocktail for when you may

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Ethnic

Tuscan-style Spring Soup

This light and tasty soup uses spring seasonal vegetables to make a Tuscan-inspired meal. As I settle in to a chaise lounge in my Tucson, Arizona backyard and gaze out at all the new life that has arisen in the desert, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back, I am remembering, with fondness,

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Ethnic

Mashed Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage (Colcannon)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and since I am a carbaholic and kind of steer clear of much meat, I am bringing this dish to my son and DIL’s party.  It’s simple, humble ingredients and can be made vegan (although I added a bit of ham/bacon just to keep it close to

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Gluten-free

Turkey Quinoa Patties

High protein powerhouse patties can be made ahead and used for sandwiches, wraps, or just take-away snacks for kids or parents!  They are high in protein, gluten-free, and nut and dairy-free as well. I have to admit, this recipe came about because of my almost 9-month old grandson.  I love feeding him homemade Kiki food

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Breakfast

Easy Oat and Almond Pancakes (gluten-free)

Fast, easy blender pancakes that you can make on a weekday morning and they’re gluten-free, too! Oh my gosh!  These pancakes are so fast and easy. It literally takes 5 minutes to prepare the batter and another 10 minutes to cook.  You can have amazing gluten-free pancakes on a weekday morning!  I am always looking

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Gluten-free

Vegetable Crab Chowder

A rich and decadent-feeling soup that is made even heartier with the addition of lots of vegetables and topped off with a pour of dry sherry that takes it over the top. I grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and crab was always on the menu in one form or another in the summertime. And

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Recipes

Chickpea Noodle Soup with Carmelized Chili and Ginger

Warm, comforting and flavorful vegan noodle soup comes together in just 30-40 minutes. So nourishing, and sure to make you feel better, no matter what ails you. It’s vegan and can easily be made gluten free. But also can just swap out the chickpeas for shredded chicken and use real chicken broth if you want

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