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I have a friend who for years was constantly having pain and discomfort almost always after a meal. Over the years the Dr.’s were unable to identify what was wrong with her until recently. They finally diagnosed her with celiac disease. This disease prevents foods from being absorbed into the small intestines and actually damages the lining of the small intestine. It can be very painful, as it was for her. What caused this disease is an intolerance to gluten.

What is gluten? It is a protein found in wheat and other grains that gives doughs that elastic feel. It helps the dough to rise, keep its shape and makes it chewy. Folks who suffer, as my friend does, from celiac disease have to consume a special diet so that they can avoid this protein.

Here is a brief list of foods that are recommended for those suffering from this condition. The list includes beans, seeds and nuts, none of which are processed. It also includes fresh eggs, most dairy products and fresh vegetables. It is also important that any meats that they consume do not have breading, batter coated or marinated. There are gluten free “flour” alternatives to wheat, like quinoa, amaranth, corn, to name a few.

Last year you might remember I attended the Tony’s Fine Foods food show. At this event we went looking for gluten free crackers. We were doing this so that folks who came to visit the winery where I work would be able to clear their palette, enjoy the varying flavors of the wine, and not suffer from the gluten side effects.

I spoke to one of the vendors about how a single plant can make items with gluten and items without. I was told that they have to have separate facilities. This is because as wheat flour is processed gluten can float into the air and contaminate other products.

So, now you know that gluten comes from wheat. And, food manufacturers have now included the words “Gluten Free” on packaging. Now this is not a surprise on crackers, cake mixes, pastas, bread and such. I was surprised to find this labeling on bacon. Yes, I saw gluten free bacon! And, I was surprised to find it on coffee too! The two manufacturer’s do not have plants that process wheat. Here is a coffee label that indicates it is gluten free.

Gluten free coffee

Gluten free coffee

Searching the internet, I did find this one club that offers the “gluten free bacon.”

Gluten free bacon

Gluten free bacon

I understand the necessity of labeling an item as gluten free for those that suffer from celaic disease and marketing products as gluten free has now become the norm. I believe that people should educate themselves on what gluten is and what food alternatives there are.

Have a terrific Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

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I love cooking, as you know, and I love to find, or come up with new recipes! Over this last weekend I tried two recipes. One that I wanted to try for some time now is a potato recipe that I found from the site Walking on Sunshine. Her recipe: Bacon Cheese Potatoes. I thought that this would pair perfectly with another recipe that I got from my friend Conor Bofin over at One Man’s Meat. His recipe: Steak Frites. Then I added to this my simple recipe: Simple Sauteed Mushrooms!

I prepared the potatoes first as they were to be cooked in the crockpot. This simple recipe consisted of bacon, cheese and potatoes. Slice four red potatoes thinly, grate plenty of cheddar, and dice some bacon. Lois indicates that you can pre-cook the bacon, or not. I did not, but next time I make this I will because of the amount of fat. I used non-stick spray in my crock pot then layered potatoes, then bacon, then cheese. Lois likes to add salt and pepper on top of each layer. Forget the salt as the cheese and bacon add plenty! I was able to knock out three layers, dotted it with butter, and after 6 hours on low here is the finished recipe!

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Now Conor’s steak recipe was a perfect pairing with these potatoes! And, it is a simple recipe too! I purchased two rib eye steaks that were about 3/4″ thick. Taking a big bunch of fresh thyme, I stripped the leaves off the stems and chopped up the thyme and then pressed the steaks into the thyme. The recipe says to get a cast iron pan very hot and then add 1 teaspoon of salt. I forgot this step. After adding the salt you are to place the steaks in the pan. It was at this point that I added the salt. The important thing with this recipe is not to disturb the steaks. I cooked them for 5 minutes then turned them over and cooked another 4 minutes. And, they came out beautiful. Check these out!

The Steaks

The Steaks

I cooked the mushrooms while the steaks were sizzling in the pan. Another easy recipe. Add butter and garlic to a hot pan, and when the aroma of the garlic comes up add the mushrooms and saute. Here they are!

The Mushrooms

The Mushrooms

And here is the finished dinner!

One easy dinner!

One easy dinner!

The flavors of this dinner: Amazing! Worth the time and one that will make your family and friends think you spent hours in the kitchen!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping in for a bite! Be well! ^..^

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I love Chinese Barbecued Pork Spare Ribs. I thought that for today I would share a simple, easy recipe for Char Siu ribs with you! Char Siu is Cantonese and means Barbecued Marinated Pork. These take about a half hour of prep work, and four hours to marinate, and a little over three hours to cook. Here is a preview…

Preview

Preview

Are you ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients
Pork Spare Ribs (you can use baby back if you prefer but spare ribs have more meat on them)
1/2 cup of Hoisin Sauce
1/2 cup of bourbon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
2 TBS sesame oil
2 TBS Tapatio hot sauce
2 TBS powdered ginger
2 TBS onion powder
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS 5 Spice powder
1 tsp red food coloring (Optional)

The first thing that I do is take the side of spare ribs and cut them into individual pieces. Set these aside.

In a zipper bag combine the rest of the ingredients, shaking the bag well to get the powdered parts incorporated. Reserve about 2/3 of a cup of this marinade. Add the pork ribs to remaining marinade in the bag. Let the ribs marinate for four hours. Take the ribs out of the refrigerator one hour before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees (107C). Take a large baking pan with an edge and fill the pan half way with water. Then lay a rack over the pan.

The pan is ready

The pan is ready

Place the ribs on the rack fat side up.

Marinated ribs are positioned and ready for the oven!

Marinated ribs are positioned and ready for the oven!

Carefully place this in the oven and let this bake for three hours. Over the last half hour baste the ribs three times with the reserved marinade.

Baste the ribs

Baste the ribs

Now to give this a bit of a crunch set the oven to broil and baste one final time. Set just below the broiler and keep an eye on them so that they do not burn! This will cause the sugars to caramelize a bit. Remove from the oven and serve!

Ribs are ready!

Ribs are ready!

I like to have this with a good fried rice and fresh vegetables that are steamed or stir fried!

Let me know if you try this recipe! I hope you do as it is very tasty! And, they make good cold leftovers!

Thanks for stopping by and be well!

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I had every hope of having a bounty from my vegetable garden this year. There was not as much as I hoped for. Even so, here are some of the amazing home grown veges from my garden over the years!

I love acorn squash baked with maple syrup and butter!

Acorn squash

Acorn squash

There is nothing like the sweet flavors of home grown corn on the cob! These were very sweet!

Sweet, sweet corn

Sweet, sweet corn

Here is a brilliant display of some colorful tomatoes!

Pretty slices

Pretty slices

I love taking a huge zucchini, hollowing out the middle, stuffing it with tomatoes, herbs and then topping it with mozzarella! It tastes just like pizza! Here are a few of huge zucchini!

Huge zucchini picked fresh today!

Huge zucchini picked fresh today!

For some reason, fresh home grown onions seem to be stronger in flavor than store bought. So, I now grow these every year!

Just plain onions!

Just plain onions!

And I love the flavor of a fresh artichoke! How about you?

Artichoke

Artichoke

Now I am hungry for some fresh, fresh veges!

Thank you for stopping by today! May you have a terrific day! Be well! ^..^

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Well that title says it all, eh? Have you guessed what this post is about? :) There are so many different ways to cook and eat eggs. They become a component in a lot of recipes. Today I wanted to share with you some of the many different recipes that I have previously posted on eggs!

Slop is one of my favorite egg recipes. Take whatever you have leftover in the kitchen, toss it with scrambled eggs and you have slop! Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This is good too when you go camping! Check it out!

Slop is served!

Slop is served!

I love bagels. Having come from the east coast, I find that good bagels are hard to find. I discovered that our local grocery, Raley’s, has authentic bagels cooked in water. Bagels go really great with eggs as a sandwich. Here is what I created in my recipe Fried Eggs on Bagels.

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Then there is Joe’s Special! Eggs with spinach, burger and mushrooms: To die for! What do you think?

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

I grew up eating Matzo Brei. There is just something comforting about a breakfast or dinner made with matzo…Add a little jelly and you have a sweet meal!

Serve it up with jelly!

Serve it up with jelly!

Have I made you hungry? I know that I am!

Have an amazing day and thank you for taking the time to visit with me! Be well! ^..^

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I love fish! The delicate flavors are amazing as are the different textures that you can find in fish. Let’s take a moment to check out some different ways to cook fish. Ready to head into the kitchen?

When we were in Arizona, we stopped by this restaurant and had amazing fish and chips with the fish being Mahi Mahi! It was delish! So, I made this for us here at home! The recipe: Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Tilapia is a very mild fish, and I love to make Oven Fried Fish with this delicate gem. Check this out!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t this look good?

Salmon can be cooked a number of different ways. I like to oven bake it and featured this recipe, which I dubbed The Salmon Fishing Queen Cooks Salmon! This fish is flaky and tender!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

If you would like something a bit different, my friend Steve from college days, would make what I call Steve’s Baked Fish. I use tilapia in this dish, but you can also use snapper or cod! The yellow peppers kick the heat up a notch on this dish!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Yummy!

Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your day! Have fish for dinner tonight! Be well! ^..^

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Comfort food! It makes you feel warm and cozy on a cold day. The amazing flavors of comfort foods helps you to sleep at night. Cooking comfort foods can bring a family together in the kitchen when it comes to putting it all together! Let’s check out some comfort foods from past posts. See what you think!

Let’s begin with a hearty beef stew. Here is a recipe for one made with a hearty Cabernet! The wine makes this dish as done the addition of a bit of bacon! Just enough bacon to make this rich! The recipe: Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew.

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

There is something about a hearty sauce over pork that just makes my mouth water thinking about it! Check out this recipe for Sierra Foothills Chops!

Sierra Foothills Chops

Sierra Foothills Chops

I love a good soup that warms the bones. To do this I love a Cream of Broccoli with Mushroom Soup! Doesn’t this look yummy?

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Chicken Paprikash with Spaetzle is another comfort food that comes to mind. The flavors on this recipe sure does pop! Yummm…

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Please let me know if you try any of these! They are all very tasty dishes!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to check out today’s post!

Be well! ^..^

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