Thursday, September 29, 2016

Gluten Free Minestrone Soup

Gluten Free Minestrone Soup

  Original Recipe by :Ellie Krieger


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 large carrot, diced

1/3 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 28 -ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes (optional- I left this out  due to my husband doesn't like diced tomatoes in soup)                                                                              

1 14 -ounce can crushed tomatoes

6 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth

1 15 -ounce can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup elbow pasta(I am using Ggluten free Barilla)

Optional: I'm keeping this recipe dairy free however you can use  up to

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of soup


Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano and basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.

Add the diced and crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans and pasta and cook until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.




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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gluten free 🍷 Wine Tasting

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Gluten free 🍷 Wine Tasting
A couple weeks ago I attended a Gluten free Wine Tasting 
and I was in charge of pairing the Food to the Wines.

Fruit & Cheese trays are always a great way to start. 
Then I also added some gluten free crackers
 to pair along with the cheeses. 

 Rosemary Olive Oil Crackers

Then you also need something sweet !!! 
Glutino Crispy cookies thins are a perfect pairing .
 Wine + Chocolate+Cookies = Happiness
a.k.a. everything pairs well with chocolate!
ChocChip Crispy Cookie Thins 
Crispy edges, chocolatey morsels, and rich butteriness! 
 If you need a wine to pair with chocolate chip cookies,
One of the best pairings for chocolate
 you could try a Cabernet Sauvignon(the King of Reds)

notes: Rich,smooth red with black cherry ,black currant, vanilla & caramel.
DblChoc Crispy Cookie Thins

Chocolatey morsels, and extra rich cocoa flavor! 
If you need a wine to pair with a decadent double chocolatey cookies,
  you could try a Banyuls(Dessert wine)
Zinfandel ( another best pairings for chocolate)
notes:black berry, black cherry, raspberry, & cocoa.

CranOrange Crispy Cookie Thins 
Crispy edges, cranberry bites, and sweet orange flavor!
If you need a wine to pair with a sugar cookie with fruit & nuts, 
you could try a Riesling(medium dry),Prosecco(Italian champagne), Chardonnay (oak,dry)Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio
notes: buttery,creamy-vanilla,citrus,floral
Cheers to a great Gluten free Wine Tasting  !!! 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

❧Happy Fall Y'all ❧

Happy Fall Y'all

My favorite time of year! 

Let The Fall
 Festivities Begin !!!
Yummy !!!
 Chocolate Fall Cupcakes 
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It's all about PUMPKIN SPICE!!! 

Pumpkin Apple Butter 
Recipe to follow !
Pumpkin Beer 
served in a chilled pumpkin spice
 sugared rimmed pilsner
Pumpkin Protein shake 
  Pumpkin Ice -coffee 
(Dairy -free)
Yummy !!!
Dunkin Donuts now serves almond milk!!! Perfect in my Pumpkin Spice Ice-coffee
☕️Pumpkin Spice Latte☕️
  with coconut milk
served alongside Vermont Maple oatmeal 
 Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Simple Pumpkin Bars Recipe

 ΡΌ Yum ΡΌ


Fill your home with the Fall scent with this 
Slow Cooker Apple Cider recipe!

A video posted by Pati Clark (@pati_clark) on
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gluten-free Mini Chocolate Zucchini Cakes

 Gluten-free  Mini Chocolate Zucchini Cakes


1 box of Gluten free Chocolate cake mix (I'm using Goldbaum's)

1 tsp of pure vanilla 

1 tsp of coffee extract(or 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or 2 tablespoons strong cooled coffee) enriches the flavor of the chocolate 

1-5.3oz dairy free unsweetened So Delicious coconut milk yogurt

2 cups unpeeled grated zucchini,  about 1-2 medium zucchini (drained-squeeze out water in a paper towel)

3 eggs (according to the box of chocolate cake mix )

1/2 cup avocado oil (according to the box of chocolate cake mix )

1/2 cup of Guittard Extra Dark chocolate chips  

Powder Sugar for dusting  

 Note : You will need a mini loaf pan

Yield: 8 mini loafs



  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a mini loaf pan.(8 mini loafs) with non-stick spray then dust with cocoa powder mixed in with a couple tablespoon of Gluten free all purpose flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix together oil, vanilla, & coffee extract.
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. Slowly add the chocolate cake mix while mixing. (1/2 cup at at time until well combined) 
  5. Add yogurt mixing until smooth.
  6. Fold in the grated zucchini(drained) and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake the mini cakes for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top springs back lightly when touched, and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a rack.
  9. Once cooled remove mini cakes from pan then dust the with powder sugar.  
  10. Enjoy! 


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•Happy 31st Birthday Rick•*¨*•.¸¸♥

♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•Happy 31st  Birthday Rick•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫

Today is  my son's Birthday 

This photo of him  is on my 


Where does the time go ....????

Make a Wish !!!!

No matter how grown the kids are they will always be your precious babies in your eyes.

Wish I was there in Germany on his Birthday ... 

well he sure is SPECIAL to me & also ... his girlfriend,

We just adore her too !!!!


 she  made him a Birthday cake in a shape 

of a

 Game Boy video game player ..

Too cute !!!

my son loves his video games !!!!


Here they are in Germany at a Video Game Show...


I'm glad he enjoyed his Birthday to the fullest !!!

Melina also took him to dinner ...

Of course it was Mexican ...

His favorite thing to eat !!!








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♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•Happy 31st  Birthday Rick•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫

We love & miss you !!!

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