Foodie Corner

Gluten-Free Franks in Blankets (For the Big Game)

Super Bowl SUnday appetizers

If you’re expecting a crowd on Super Bowl Sunday, you can stave off their hunger pangs with lots and lots of these Franks in Blankets. The best thing about them, besides them being awesome?  They can be frozen in advance, and, the “blankets” are gluten-free! You can find many other delectable gluten-free recipes from Marissa Rosenberg…

Butterscotch Pudding with Caramel Sauce

butterscotch pudding Osteria Mozza

Memories of chocolate pudding in small glass dishes with scalloped rims take us right back to our childhood dinner tables. Now that we’re grown, and a little more “sophisticated,” dessert that comes from a box just won’t do. Beth Fink has taken this butterscotch pudding recipe from Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. Silky and creamy…so…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Spice Cookies

gluten-free cookie recipe

It’s always a good time for chocolate cookies, and a little spice gives these an extra Yuletide-ish flair. They’re also gluten-free, so, if Santa is watching his gluten intake, these would be perfect to leave out for him on Christmas Eve. This recipe is from Denise Costello, and for more gluten-free cookie recipes, check out her website,…

German Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie

This simple recipe for delicious Knappkuchen comes from Kim Demshki. While Kim calls the dessert “German Christmas Cookies,” it really is a classic, buttery pound cake, and it is a staple at her Christmas get-togethers.       Knappkuchen 1 cup butter, at room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1…

Holiday Eggnog Bread

Holiday eggnog Bread

We can count on having unexpected guests drop by most often during the winter holidays than during any other time of the year, so it would be great to have something on hand, in the freezer perhaps, that you could just pop out and serve on a moment’s notice. This delicious and moist Eggnog Bread…

Slow Cooker Dips for A Crowd

Cooking the Thanksgiving meal can be a marathon undertaking, so anything that simplifies any part of the meal is a blessing. These delicious dips are a tasty way to get the party started when you’ve got a crowd waiting to eat. The best part is that any of them can be made in a slow cooker.…

Butternut Squash Toast

Avocado Toast just got “autumnalized!” We thought switching out mashed butternut squash for the avocado was a “Why didn’t I think of that?” move, and adding a slick of caramelized onion jam and a carpet of creamy ricotta cheese was sheer genius. This dish comes from Food 52 and can easily be the answer to…

Barley: A Versatile Grain

Chef's Last Diet Barley Soup

Barley may not have the cachet that other, more often used grains have, but its nutty flavor and very appealing chewy, almost pasta-like texture should really push it to the top of your list. Especially when you have a hankering for an earthy, stick-to-your-ribs soup or side dish for your Autumn table. Add some crusty…

Hummus: Perfect for Low-Sugar Diets

Hummus variations

No one said that cutting back on sugar is easy, but there are some really tasty foods that contain little to no sugar just waiting for your attention. Hummus is one of them. With no added sugar (other than the natural sugars from the starch in the chickpeas), this dip can be a great addition…

Candied Lemon Sheet Cake

gluten free lemon cake

As the bounty of summer fruits dwindles down to a trickle, the focus turns back to apples, pears, and even lemons. Tom Hirschfeld’s lemon cake, from his wonderful blog, Bona Fide Farm Food Journal, has “pucker power” and is so tasty you won’t even miss those peaches and plums. As an added bonus, it’s gluten free.…

Chilled Asian Corn Soup

Chilled Asian Corn Soup

The school bells have rung, you’ve probably packed up the summer shack, and your orienting yourself to thinking about cozy sweaters and leaf peeping. But don’t go down that road quite yet. There’s still some life left of summer, especially at the market. Fresh sweet summer corn is still available and Nancy Lowell offers just…

Skinny Kitchen Philly Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches

You don’t have to be from Philly to love these terrific sandwiches, and you don’t have to break your diet to eat them. Nancy Fox and Skinny Kitchen came up with a delicious alternative to the Philly Cheesesteak using chicken and you don’t even have to fire up the grill–they’re crock pot friendly!   Nancy…

Dutch Peach Pie with Crumble Topping

Peach Strawberry Pie

There’s still time to cling to the last breath of summer. No one should be able to get away without at least one slice of pie. “But who wants to spend time preparing the pie dough, rolling it out and making that sucker look all pretty?” you ask. You’re absolutely right, and that’s why this…

Maw Maw’s German Chocolate Cake

german-choc-cake

There’s a story in every delicious bite of celebratory desserts that have been passed down through the generations. Connie McLeod’s “Maw Maw’s” cake was a perfect choice for her mom’s 86th birthday. We know her Maw Maw would be proud. My mom’s birthday party pictured below would have been on a hot August day in…

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Chef's Last Diet-cold-brewed coffee

Nancy Lowell of Chef’s Last Diet calls cold-brewed the “sun tea of coffee.” We love it because it’s a low-acid brew that has a mellower taste than traditional iced coffee. It’s perfect on a hot day…like tomorrow. (And you’ll have to wait until tomorrow because the process takes overnight.) No fancy equipment required, so, get…

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes

minimalist baker vegan cheesecakes

Did you know Oreo Cookies were vegan? Well, they are, and they form the base of these delicious cheesecakes that are not only “yes-vegan,” but “no-bake.” The recipe comes from the lovely food blog, Minimalist Baker.   Today, I turn 28. Of the many things I’ve learned I realize the bulk of those lessons have come…

Shrimp & Grits

Nancy Lowell Shrimp and Grits

If you intend on wearing a string bikini this weekend, you may want to hold off from making this dish until later on in the week. But since “Real Women EAT” is our motto this week, we are going to throw caution to the wind and make it anyway. (Especially because it sounds absolutely amazing,…

Almond Joy No-Bake Cookie Bars

Almond Joy Cookie Bars from Fancy Shanty

By the end of July, summer has definitely made itself known. Things have calmed down, you’re into kicking back and relaxing…and it is HOT. Homemade treats would be nice, but who wants to turn on the oven and raise the temps even more? These delicious Cookie Bars from Stacey Molter of Fancy Shanty are not…

21 Ways to Eat Safer this Summer

We call Nancy Lowell our “Chef-in-Residence,” but that’s really wishful thinking. If she were, we’d be eating A LOT better! Regardless, her tips here will at least keep us eating SAFER. Here are 21 ways to keep your food safer, and your friends and family healthy during the hot summer months. Think you’re prepared? Before…