Monthly Archives: February 2012

LIES!! all lies

Here’s a quote from a recent interview that I found here : “If one has celiac disease, that pretty much means no bread, pasta, cake, pie or cereal. No cookies or crackers or candy. No sauce, dressing or breading”

 W HA  T~!!!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? no. A thousand times no!!… there is no way on this planet that I am going without cookies. And there is no way on any other planet that I am raising my child without cookies. No. I refuse.

Why does this stupid line about “no bread, no cookies” get repeated endlessly. Why are they “dumbing down” the explanation for celiac?  It’s not as simple as “avoid bread”. geez.

If you are gluten intolerent, then don’t eat wheat(or products that contain gluten). Simple. But that doesn’t mean you have to go without bread or cookies!!! Far, far from it.  There are beyond adequate replacements that are completely accessible, and no, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Geez Louise.

If you feel like crap, stop eating crap. Pay attention.

And if you want a safe cookie, then bake it, or find one on the internet and order it, or just buy them off the shelf at the market down the road. They are out there, and they are delicious. You might have to (god forbid) plan ahead a little more than grabbing a pack of Oreos off the shelf at the gas station when you are feeling snackish, but come on.

:::sigh:::: Give me strength.  I may need to rant a little longer… completely ridiculous.




Company Chicken

Yeah, well the company’s going to arrive soon. Not a lot of time to run to the store, and I don’t want to feed them frozen pizza. What to make? What to make? Well, in this case it was more of a question of: “What’s in the cupboard and sort of works together?”

Things to work with for inspiration…. a bowl of potatoes, some chicken breasts, package of chicken sausage and a box of soup. Hmmm.

Add some curry powder and an onion!!! That’s it! voila. Dinner.  Bonus: it smells really good while it’s baking.

Chicken Curry with Potatoes

  • 6 chicken sausages, sliced //Amylu Brand, andouille is what I used
  • 5 chicken breasts, cut into smaller portions
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 6 potatoes, sliced
  • 1 box of Pacific Brand cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 T Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tsp curry powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Layered in the above order, in a baking pan. Covered with foil and baked for 2 hours at 350. Baked another 45 minutes uncovered to brown the potatoes, and reduce the gravy a little bit.

Very yummy.



Giant Sweet Potatoes

Egads. The sweet potatoes are taking over the planet! These things are ginormous!

I am used to shopping at the generic grocery store and purchasing sweet potatoes that are usually the size of my hand. So, when I was placing my order with the co-op veggie people this week, I thought I would try some of their sweet potatoes.

This is what I got:

One potato, two potato...

Note: those are quarters in the picture next to the potatoes.

Cubed and boiled up in the largest stockpot I have. So, in the end it was 8 cups of mashed sweet potato ready to eat, or use in a recipe. Yummy.


Pot Roast

I am a crockpot user. It’s true. Really. I love that I can add all sorts of stuff to the pan, cover and walk away. All day. I got stuff to do. Really. Not everyone is in favor of crockpot usage. I hope that changes around here. It’s delicious. Eat it. Who cares (!) how I cooked it. Eat.

Besides, it’s going to snow and we have a tradition around here of making a pot roast dinner to eat after sledding all day. It is highly unlikely that today’s snow will even accumulate… but that it not the point. Snow=pot roast around here.

The last roast that I purchase was from Whole Foods, and it was 100% better than the one I usually get from the generic grocery store down the street. So we have a trend going here.. grass fed roast beast is tastier. Today’s experiment is a roast from a co-op that I am trying out for my summer vegetable source.  They get points for also offering grass fed meats AND points for continuing to deliver over the Winter.

Crockpot Roast Beast

  • 3 lb rump roast
  • 1 onion, chunked and sliced
  • 4 pieces of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth (made today with hot water and OX brand beef broth flavor packet)
  • 1/4 C salsa
  • 2 T Honey mustard sauce  smeared on the roast (- this is an experiment you might want to ignore this part)
  • 1 T  Montreal steak seasoning

Place all in crockpot. Turn on crockpot. Walk away. Come back when it’s done. In the meantime, watch the snow fall and drink some hot chocolate in celebration of WINTER.


Chili-Cheese Dog

Oh, okay it’s like that then. Chili-Cheese Dogs for supper tonight!! Do you want your’s with ketchup?, or are you a no0ooo-ketchup kinda person?

My regular grocery store (Kroger) has finally decided to stock SKYLINE Chili. Now that’s worth a look.
Skyline Chili

and it says… (drumroll please)…yep! : “Skyline’s grocery chili (canned and frozen) is gluten free.”

YAY! We usually go with the Hormel, or the local favorite Vietti’s… but this is gonna be good. Want one? Of course you do.

Chili Cheese Dogs

  • Applegate Farms hotdogs
  • Udi’s hotdog buns
  • Vietti Chili w/beans or SKYLINE CHILI!!!
  • grated cheese
  • Ketchup (optional)





Go have a picnic

..or something. sheesh.

The “GoPicnic” people have a great product. We love several of the gluten free options. Annnnnnd if you take their current survey on FB, they give you a coupon for 40% off. yep. Here’s my opinion! and thanks for the $$ back. : )

I would have bought these this week anyway, but by using the coupon and because one of the ones I ordered was on sale as well….. I saved $35. whoa. even with the shipping this was a great deal.

I love it when that happens.


Costco Rocks!

Hey look what I found at Costco this afternoon!! and they both say GLUTEN FREE right on the front labels. Be still my heart. No searching the ingredient list to see if it looks like it MIGHT be gluten free. Oh, no- it’s right there up front. LOVE IT.

We tried the dip plain on crackers. It is yummy. Then we mixed it into some  cream cheese and dipped some that way too. Wow. So yummy!  Go get some. The Superbowl food fest just got more tasty.

Honey Mustard-Cream Cheese dip for crackers 

  • 1 part Honey Mustard gourmet dip
  • 1 part room temperature cream cheese

Mix and serve with gluten free crackers.