{diy recipe} Roasted Chickpea Flour (and Brownies!)

For my contribution this month, I figured I’d share one of my favorite go-to brownie recipes, and introduce its secret ingredient – roasted chickpea flour. Roasted chickpea flour is orders of magnitude different than plain chickpea flour as it comes from the bag. Roasting the garbanzo flour gives it a nice deep rich nutty flavor,…

{recipe} Apple Spice Whoopie Pies with Cider Frosting

Growing up in New Hampshire, I was fortunate to experience the beauty of the autumn leaves year after year. The changing colors, decorating the sky and then blanketing the ground, still amaze me with their brilliance, even all these years later.  Although I do not live in NH any longer, as I moved to New…

{weekend project} DIY Soda Syrup

As spring gets underway and summer looms closer, popsicles, cool salads and fruity cocktails are on my mind. This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, which also happens to fall on Kentucky Derby day – both cause for celebrations in my family! Because I won’t be enjoying any margaritas or cervezas this year with baby #3…

{Dairy & Gluten Free} Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and now is a good time to start thinking about what to make for the “moms” in your life. Whether this person is your own mother or grandmother, or a neighbor, friend or coworker…..there are ladies in our lives that need to be celebrated! For those with food restrictions…

{strict avoidance} Celebrating w/ Food Allergies

My daughter Abby just turned 7 years old and she’s looking forward to celebrating with her friends at a party this weekend. She has multiple food allergies, some of which are life-threatening. I’m finalizing the snack and dessert menu and I thought I would share a bit about what I’ve learned about serving food at…

{recipe} Fried Cakes

Many people have a specialty in the kitchen. For some, it’s a killer chocolate cake. Others have a meatloaf recipe that cannot be matched. For Mrs. Stiles, it was fried cakes. What are fried cakes? They are essentially the same thing as Old-Fashioned cake donuts (okay, they are the same thing). Who is Mrs. Stiles?…

{backyard-to-kitchen poultry} Rooster Nuggets

*Reader alert: The following story involves some general information on poultry processing (no gory details or photos, though). If you’d rather not hear more about how the meat my family eats came from real live animals, some of whom grew up in our backyard, stop here. If you do eat meat, however, I would encourage…

{from scratch holidays} GF & DF Roasted Pumpkin Pasta

My kids can still remember “real” mac n’ cheese, as they have only been dairy-free for a year. Every so often they beg for a pile of the cheesy good stuff they fondly remember. While I wont make them traditional macaroni and cheese anymore,  I will make this: Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Pasta Roasted pumpkin takes…

{FSC Time Machine} Fall Recipes 2010

{Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival, 2010} This blog went public in July of last year with Alexis, Amanda, Leslie & Sarah. A lot has changed since then but I don’t want those early posts to go unnoticed now that we have a larger readership. Today I am dedicating the post to fall recipes & event-recaps…

{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 3: Chocolate-Coconut Mounds Bars

I hope you’ve loved my DIY Peanut Butter Cups & Lollipop posts because I am back with more candy making! I’m finishing up a 3-part serieson DIY Halloween Candy with Chocolate Covered “Mounds Bars”. One of the things I have loved about making my own candy is that I am able to customize the ingredients…

{DIY Halloween Candy} Part 2: Lollipops

Last week I showed you how easy it is to make your own Halloween Candy, starting a three part series with the old-school favorite: the peanut butter cup.  No longer are you stuck shopping the candy aisles.   Now you can have eat peanut butter cups even if you have food allergies, food restrictions, or even…

{SALSA} making good use of fresh summer veggies

Did you know I lived in Mexico for a while? Well I did. It was a phenomenal time, and I wish I could have stayed longer. When I was there I learned a lot about real Mexican cuisine, especially specific to the region where I resided. Foods I learned and now love and crave include pozole (corn…

{pizza week} Feast for a Family, Pizza 4 Ways

Summertime seems to find us hosting family, visiting family or meeting family at some intermediate location. Our extended family is large and we are close… we are lucky! Family gatherings generally mean food, and LOTS of it. One of my favorite meals to share, whether at home or otherwise, is pizza. When it comes to…

{pizza week} Checking our Inventory

Pizza is one of my most favorite foods. It’s something that I enjoy in all its various transformations from Chicago deep dish, to New York hand tossed, to super duper thin crust. At home I often make thin crust but have sometimes made one with a slightly thicker crust that actually bakes up in my…