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May 012017
Breakfast Cookies with Casein Protein, Almonds, Raisins, & Cherries

Ironically, I have been on a casein free diet these days to reduce inflammation and joint pain. I figured, since I had a dairy allergy as a kid, maybe it was contributing to issues as an adult. So, right now is not really an optimal time to be doing experimental baking with dairy protein. However, it is almost that time of year, when my husband starts planning out his guy ….

Mar 292017
Garlic Lime Whole Roasted Duck

No matter what style of cooking you prefer, you have to admit, buying a whole item, whether a whole turkey or whole head of cabbage, is just about always cheaper than buying it already yanked apart for you. Obviously, some of us are quite busy and don’t always have time for the whole ordeal of processing foo from scratch. However, you can really stretch your budget once you get into ….

Feb 272017
A Root Vegetable Beef Stew with White Beans & Ginger

In a few weeks you may be wondering what else to make with that potato and carrot harvest. Or maybe not. I assume anyone who grows vegetable and tubers is always a big creative cooking genius. My husband has gotten really into growing celery lately, and really, you don’t need to be creative to use celery. It is a staple in pretty much everything. As of late, I am really ….

Feb 132017
Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

It seems like we are constantly prepping for a party, or brainstorming our next party these days. Between four kids’ worth of birthday bashes, then holidays, summer barbecues, and get-togethors just because, there is always something I need to cater. I started experimenting with coming up with easy party food because really, not that many people appreciate the fancy stuff anyway. Don’t waste the energy! Go simple! Plus, the kids ….

Nov 282016
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies

These unassuming cookies make it count on the inside! This is the perfect cookie to make in advance for Christmas. They freeze well and they can help use up that leftover Halloween candy! This is how I keep myself from eating all of the candy. Of course, I then need to keep myself from eating the cookies, which is why I put them in the deep freeze with the holiday ….

Oct 222016
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Now that I’m recovered from the surgery, it is time to get back into the power lifting groove. I am a big fan of the protein smoothie. I am always strapped for time when it comes to a real meal and I find I enter into over-trained territory very easily due to lack of eating. I will forever be a fan of whey. Since it is October and everyone is ….

Sep 012016
Gluten Free Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

We are busy, busy, busy getting ready for fall, school, and acclimating to being a bigger family, but we still need to make sometime for the yummy stuff! Glazed Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten Free, Egg Free) 1/4 packed brown sugar 4 tablespoons cinnamon 1 stick melted salted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons gelatin powder 3 cups gluten free flour mix 1 1/4 cup milk 3 oz cream cheese 2 ….

Jul 152016
Chow Mein Stir Fry with Pea Pods, Carrots & Shirataki 'Rice'

When I was a little giril, my mother went to this dingey take out joint for chop suey chow main on occasion. I’m sure it was about as authentic as chow mein in Saint Paul in 1982 could be.  Although, it was nothing like what I see in take out places now. My mother even actuually came up with what she called chow mein hotdish, because you know, Minnesota.  It ….

Jun 172016
Spinach Pepper Salad with Grilled Chicken

*Sponsored by Mezzetta Are you tired of Summer cooking yet? Of course not! The June rain storms are just clearing up! Right now, the only thing really thriving in our garden is spinach , so we have had an awful lot of salads. Since salads are one of my favorite meals, no problem. At least we can still take advantage of summer grilling and outdoor dining. We are a spicy ….