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Bitter Cold in PA!

It’s beyond cold outside and all I can think about is being warm.  My mindset is to make and eat anything that is hot.  In the mornings I’m making Bob’s Mighty tasty Gluten-Free Hot Cereal (and it gives a nice fiber punch!) with tea, and you bet I’m eating soup or stews for lunch and dinner.  Last night after a great run I made a hearty split pea soup, which warmed me up nicely after my body started to cool down from the run.

Split Pea Soup - Dinner!

Split Pea Soup – Dinner!

I decided to make this since I had leftover ham steaks that were on sale.  This dish won’t be ready in an instant as the split peas require some cooking time.


  • 1 lb green split peas (rinsed)
  • 2 T oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 3 large carrots diced
  • 2 ham steaks (or a ham bone if you have one)
  • 8 cups water (you may need more depending on the amount of veggies you include)
  • 1 Herb-ox gluten free chicken bouillon cube (optional)
  • Pepper to taste


  1. In large pot heat oil and saute garlic and onions until translucent
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil
  3. Once boiling reduce heat, cover and simmer stirring occasionally
  4. Cook for about 2 hours


Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

When I want to make something but can’t seem to find the right moment I leave the ingredients on the counter.  It’s my way of constantly reminding myself to make time for something that I actually want.  Well, for about a month I’ve been staring at the box of Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Pizza Crust mix.  What derailed me for so long was that I wanted to use my bread machine to mix the dough and let it rise, instead of following the box recommendation and mixing it myself.  Rushing home from work to wait roughly 2 hours to eat didn’t sound appealing nor did making the dough the night before.  I wanted to experience what every person out there does when they make a pizza at home or order take out.  Fresh dough, cooked on the spot, and eaten as soon as it’s pulled out of the oven.  So finally, on my day off, I built time in to make my homemade pizza. My way worked pretty good too as you can see….

Straight from the oven 🙂

It tasted as good as it looks.  The dough was a pain to work with, so don’t get frustrated by the extreme stickiness.  No amount of oil could prevent the dough from clinging to my fingers, and it was quite difficult to make it 1/8 of an inch thick.  I went with it, and decided I meant to make a Sicilian style gluten-free pizza.  Topped with pepperoni and fresh basil this pizza was a home run in my world.  Of course I doctored up the pizza mix too by adding a few spices and herbs mentioned below.  Next on the list?  Stromboli perhaps, but if not I think I could suffer through another 1 or 4 slices of pizza.

Look at how thick the crust is!

Pizza Crust

*Yields 2 personal size pizzas with plenty for leftovers

  • 1 box Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Pizza Crust mix
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 yeast pack (included)
  • 3 eggs
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  1. Mix dough according to box directions
  2. Once mixed, add in my top Italian spices:  garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley
  3. Put forth your best effort to tackle the sticky dough, and shape into two 8 in pizzas (it’s worth it!!!!!)
  4. Cook for about 15 minutes until crust is brown (I recommend brushing extra olive oil on top once cooked for about 10 minutes)
  5. Finish cooking for about another 5 minutes, then add your favorite pizza toppings
  6. Remove from oven when cheese is melted
  7. Enjoy and smile if you burn the roof of your mouth – I did 🙂

Pizza Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Pepperoni

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Beef Stew

A wise person once told me ‘You can’t mess up a classic’.  So while going through the Italian version and the Asian version of stews, I decided on a slow cooker beef stew from All Recipes, and altered it to be gluten-free.  I love cooking big meals on a lazy Sunday afternoon so that you have leftovers for the week, and they always taste better the next day!

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Beef Stew

*This recipe is for 12 servings


  1. To sear in the flavor I coated each cube of beef with flour (this is in addition to your 1/2 cup flour) and pan fried it for 30 seconds
  2. Once beef has been seared put into crock pot
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and pepper and mix with meat
  4. Next, chop up your onions, potatoes, carrots and celery and add to crock pot
  5. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well
  6. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on HIGH
  7. Serve with bread (I used Schar Ciabatta rolls)
  8. YUM!!

Caprese Salad

How is your tomato garden shaping up?  Have a few tomatoes on-the-vine just waiting to be picked and eaten?  This week you should incorporate your flavorful fruit into your dinner line-up or if you are attending a BBQ this weekend change-up the potato salad routine.  Use your home-grown tomatoes, or you locally grown tomato, to make a naturally gluten-free dish.  Pair with fresh mozzarella and basil to have an easy, yet tasteful, appetizer.  With three main ingredients and no cooking requirements this is simply perfect:

Caprese Salad:

  • 2-3 large tomatoes
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ~ 20 leaves of fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Cut tomatoes and mozzarella to roughly 1/4 inch thick
  2. Layer a slice of tomato, mozzarella and basil life
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper
  4. Mangia!

Crock Pot Recipe – Pulled Pork

With the weather getting warmer and no grill, how can you make delicious meals without turning on the oven?  I find the crock pot to be the perfect substitute.  A grilled burger or hot dog will not an option, but you will get slow-cooked meats that fall apart when you come home from work starving.

One dinner that is sure to be a crowd pleaser is pulled pork.  Some like to have it as a sandwich, and others may serve it with a side of mashed potatoes.  Here is my take on this recipe, and don’t worry it doesn’t include creating your own seasoning mix – I thank McCormick for that!  When able I use prepared mixes, and McCormick offers various gluten-free seasonings.  Below you will find the recipe per McCormick’s pulled pork seasoning packet:


Trim the pork and place in the crock pot.  Mix the ingredients in a bowl, and pour over the meat.  I had to cook this on low for 10 hours, so I added another 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of water to the mix to make sure there was enough liquid for the additional 2 hours.

Now that I copied my meat recipe, I do have some personalized side dishes.  Please note it is difficult for me to give specific measurements.  I like to use what I have on hand, and measuring usually includes ‘some of this…’.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 medium-sized Russet baking potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Parmesan cheese – enough to taste
  • Salt – enough to taste
  • Pepper – enough to taste

The trick with the garlic is to put the whole clove in the pot and let it cook with the potatoes.  Once the potatoes are soft, drain and add in the butter.  Mash the potatoes, garlic and butter. Then add in the sour cream and milk.  If you would like thinner potatoes add in more milk to your desired taste.  Lastly, mix in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Steamed Broccoli

No meal is complete without this wonderful vegetable.  Steam fresh or frozen broccoli and if you prefer you can toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.