Monday, March 18, 2013


Today brought about a culinary odyssey. Craving pizza and wondering what to do about that. When in Rome, don't be eating Paleo, mostly. LOL.

However, at Real Foods I managed to read my way through options to consider - Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix. Several options. Picked one. Dairy free "cheeze" was another story. Soy? Globs? Some made from oatmeal? Did Goat Cheese Mozzarella count as dairy free? I could have Googled it from the smart phone, but decided to grab a Daiya "Mozzarella Style Shreds" and give it a whirl.  Their ad states you can get it to bubble atop a pizza; I wouldn't go that far, but it stood its ground.

With enough spices (garlic, onion, fresh ground pepper, fresh basil leaves) and sauteed mushrooms, this worked just fine.

My first attempt at a Gluten Free- Dairy Free Creation Formerly Known As Pizza
POST SCRIPT: March 21 

Forget what I said. I lied. "Worked just fine" is nowhere near "great".  I just discovered BOLD ORGANICS Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pizza.  I am no longer in Italian Culinary Cuisine Deficit and I will never again need to attempt a home-made GF/DF pizza. Case closed.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The new mega-stove was installed a few weeks ago, and for my birthday, I was gifted this gorgeous Wok. Last night I  christened it with a yummy chicken, bok choy, broccoli, crimini mushroom, scallion, water chestnut, red pepper stir fry.

Monday, March 4, 2013


'twas the night before a trip out of town. And how did THAT happen - so quickly? I swear it was months ago I booked this trip. And now, boom! It's here. I'm busy trying to catch up on the day, prepare for the trip, print maps, get tickets squared away, shower, straighten my hair, pack, and golly! 

I'd much rather just go tuck into bed. But that's not the right thing to do. Darn it.

Spent time today whipping up a meal of yummyness. I had ingredients and if I didn't use them tonight, they wouldn't be used. And I'd come home to the fridge and be sad they weren't.

Artichokes are a LOT of work for a little return - but they are a fun occasional treat. The curry dip is worth the effort. Probably not really what I needed "the night before".

This trip is a much needed "away" time for my daughter Emily - the college senior. Her Spring Break. Time to spend together - challenging the notions of Nursing School for the future, exploring a new city. Stepping out of the comfort zone and exploring along the way.

Time to get cracking. And get my butt in bed.

Artichokes Steaming away ... curry dip awaits

A little healthy appetizer .... blackberries, hummus, cukes,  genoa salami

Roasted cauliflower and garlic coup - onion, carrots, celery, thyme, free range chicken broth and coconut "half & half". AMAZING flavor, healthy and happy. Grilled flank steak skewers for a little iron and protein.

Saturday, March 2, 2013