Kitchen Happiness

COOK BOOK REVIEW & A GIVEAWAY! WINNER ANNOUNCED

UPDATE:  ANNOUNCING THE WINNER FOR THE ITALIAN DIABETES COOK BOOK GIVE AWAY CHOSEN AT RANDOM IS:  LINDA. Please contact me through my email with your mailing address to receive your free copy of the cook book....congratulations Linda! I recently received The Italian Diabetes Cook Book Delicious And Healthful Dishes From Venice To Sicily and Beyond […]

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VACATION AND COOKING WITH KITCHEN BASICS AND MUST HAVES

We recently had a week vacation - a lovely cabin on the lake at one of our Gulf Islands.  We love the cabin with its rustic charm, a cozy big fireplace, a kitchen (most important!) and beautiful lake views. Over the years, I have learned what to bring as usually the kitchens are quite small, […]

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THE VERY VERY BEST WAY TO SEASON CAST IRON PANS

In previous posts, I have written about how to season your cast iron frying pans.  I had always used oils such as:  grape seed, olive oil, coconut oil, and even tried using rendered duck fat.  While these oils did work - they were very temporary.  It seemed the frying pan was constantly needing to be […]

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MISSING THE KITCHEN

Wow.  Have I ever been missing my kitchen.  After these past few months of working hard with my new company....I needed desperately needed to get back into the kitchen. The above photo is 14 cups of nourishing, vitamin packed, healthy Turkey broth.  Thanksgiving in Canada was Oct. 8/12. The turkey had been sitting in my […]

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CREAMY VEGETARIAN TOMATO BASIL SOUP

We do love our soup in this household.  Now that I think of it, this recipe is also Vegan - not a speck of animal protein in this soup whatsoever.  There are other tomato style soups on my blog, as well as Vegetarian, but I think this is the second Vegan soup I have ever […]

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FUN IN THE KITCHEN

I have been having fun in the kitchen with my new toy.  What a delight it has been using a good Food Processor! This post is to showcase the recipes and food we have been eating these past few weeks - some new, some not new....but also to mention, working with a food processor is […]

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GINGER LIME SESAME MARINADE

I know this is yet another chicken recipe...I still have an abundance of them, but... I just had to share... Christmas came a wee bit early in this house the other day.  I am having a lot of fun with my new toy... I have been looking at this baby for about 3 years now, […]

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KITCHEN HAPPINESS AND POKER CHIP WEDNSDAY

Every once in a while, I find a great "score" at the the local Thrift Store. Some days can be hit and miss.  Today, was definitely a hit.  Upon walking into the store, here sat two lovely enameled pots. This is a lovely saute, or braising pan - in perfect condition.  Check out the inside: […]

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BACON MUSHROOM CHEESE SCRAMBLE

This tasty breakfast is just down right fattening.  But once in a while…..I just need to indulge!  This post is not really about a recipe but more about the combo, and the way of layering this recipe that makes it stand out over regular bacon and egg breakfasts.  And I just had to share some […]

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MEATBALLS WITH CHEATER PASTA SAUCE /JAMIES FOOD REVOLUTION AND WISDOM FROM AND ELEVEN YEAR OLD

Hello?....Hello?.... run.... run for your lives!  Warning...read at your own peril. Cranky person in the kitchen today - Lord have mercy! There are three things I would like to share today. Okay, confession time. I am mad at myself, and this was my own *!#% fault!  This post is not about a recipe, but about […]

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A RUSTIC CHICKEN SAUSAGE SAGE STEW

Our Miss Lily girl is as fascinated with this French Oval Enameled Cast Iron Pot as I am.  I love it.  It is a 6 quart in size, perfect for 4-5 lb. chickens or roasts.  It is also great for braising.  This was a Christmas gift, and so far I have used this pot at […]

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MY FAVORITE SANDWICH AND FAVORITE FRYING PAN

Are you a fan of cast iron pans?  To my eyes, this pan is a thing of beauty.  I love cast iron frying pans, love love them!  Especially now, that I finally know how to care for them. My one year old cast iron frying pan is now nicely seasoned. Years ago, I was given […]

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GLUTEN FREE VANILLA PUDDING WITH MIMICCREAM

Have you ever tried MimicCream?  Check out this label.  On the side the list of ingredients are: Purified Water, Almond and Cashew Nut Blend, Natural Flavors, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Bicarbonate Soda.  An unsweetened cream to use in any recipe that calls for cream.  I made this luscious Vanilla Pudding with MimicCream, recipe to follow, […]

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WHOLE GRAIN MUFFINS - A RECIPE INSPIRATION

Holy Mama!  Am I excited?  Ohhhh Yeahhhh!  This recipe is seriously delicious. The best whole grain gluten free muffin I have ever tasted. And, this is the very first recipe I have ever made using weight by grams instead of measured cups.  This recipe belongs to Shauna, of THE GLUTEN FREE GIRL AND THE CHEF.  […]

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HOMEMADE VEGETABLE DIP AND SOME GREAT KITCHEN TOOLS

While at the grocery store the other day, I came upon some organic, local, green house grown herbs.  They will never taste quite as good as in summer, but honestly, they were wonderful in this dip with fresh vegetables. Over the holidays, I received some much coveted kitchen tools I had been eying for some […]

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FISH TACOS

This was a most delicious dinner!  DH and I have never had fish tacos before, I know, we live a sheltered life.  I just had to share the story behind this wonderful meal.  A few days ago, I was actually researching French Blue Lentils.  You are probably wondering what do Lentils have to do with […]

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WINTER, AND STOCKING THE FRIDGE

We got back to the Farmer's Market, twice in one week - to stock up.  So happy we did, as it was their last day for the season, and once again they are predicting snow overnight and tomorrow. Actually, right now it is howling wind outside and cold! (we did have a sprinkling of snow […]

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REAL FOOD

This was some of the fresh foods that came from my garden this past summer.  We did not have a great summer, so I feel lucky to have gotten what we did grow.  There was fresh herbs, Italian Flat leaf parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint.  We also had fresh Lettuces, Kale, and Swiss chard.  Plus a […]

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A DAY IN THE KITCHEN

It is cold and rainy outside - a perfect day to spend in the kitchen. I love a great day in the kitchen, although I am also trying to talk myself into cleaning the oven, something I have been putting off for far too long now.  Yikes it is a scary sight, you would not […]

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ROASTED CREAM OF TOMATO GARLIC SOUP AND BARGAIN BASEMENT FINDS

SCALE – OLD SCHOOL “KITCHEN QUEEN” Back in the day when I was about 10, we had a major Department store that had a big sign at the escalator, saying  "Bargain Basement".  This was where you could find, clothing, shoes, housewares, tools, equipment etc. at incredibly reduced prices.  Growing up in a household with 8 […]

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THE VERY LAST OF THE FARMER'S MARKET VEGGIES

I do this post in excitement, and sadness.  We say good bye to our local farmer's market for the year - and wait in eager anticipation for next year.  I was surprised, to get as much lovely produce as I did.  Check this out: So yummy.  The carrots, rutabaga, green beans,and some of the celery, […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I love this time of year.  Candles are lit, fireplace is going, and we are with family and wonderful Gluten Free food. In part, this long post is for my Daughter.  I think the first time she ever cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving, she called me 30 times.  Bless her heart! I can remember when […]

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ON THE GRILL - AND SOME QUESTIONS

With all the rain we have recently had, yesterday we finally had a day of sunshine!  I was able to get out to the garden, pick the remaining tomatoes, basil, parsley, and chives.  We decided to fire up the grill and have these tasty BBQ dry rubbed Pork Steaks: The dry rub I used was […]

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OLIVE OIL

And A  Silly Story To Share..... I meant to do this post back in May, when this was actually going on....but I had too many other posts that I was excited about...hence, this post is late!  Now here we are in September, and it has started again! We have a forest behind our neighbors house....which […]

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HIMALAYAN SEA SALT

This is a new ingredient discovery for me…..Himalayan Sea Salt.  See the lovely pink color?  It is said that Himalayan Sea Salt contains many more naturally occurring minerals, and health benefits than any other salt.  Please check out Jeena’s Kitchen for the great article she wrote about “Sole” (pronounced solay) and the many health benefits […]

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KITCHEN HAPPINESS - FINALLY, NEW DISHES

I never thought I would ever be taking pictures of dish sets.  But these are sooo gorgeous, I just had too.  It has been about 1 1/2 years of searching for a beautiful, everyday, set of dishes.  I knew I wanted Stoneware, particularly after years of using other dish sets that easily chipped or broke.  […]

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FRESH FROM THE MARKET

They are finally here...I have been waiting to see fresh Green Garlic Tops, these came from our local Market.  They are so delicious and versatile.  In a salad, they have a lovely crunch, sweet, garlic flavor, with a bit of bite to them.  They are also lovely chopped up and cooked in a pasta sauce […]

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MID JUNE AND LOCAL ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES

Ohhh how I love local, organic strawberries.  In previous years, I have always made Strawberry Freezer Jam.  Why Freezer Jam?  I like the taste better, it is fresher, more red in color, and if you use a low sugar Pectin or "light" version, less sugar, no cooking equals:  more flavor. My Ever Bearing Strawberry Plants […]

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LOVELY HONEY RICE PUDDING AND A NEW COOK BOOK

Each month, my son and his girlfriend come over to share dinner with us.  Each time I always ask “What are you guys eating for dinner, do you get enough vegetables and salad”?  Well, they always tell me the same thing….they buy pre-marinated chicken, beef, shrimp etc. at the grocery store, and pre-made salads.  Although […]

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MAKING A SALAD CONTAINER

Yeahh...we finally have sun, pray it lasts!  It is amazing how in one week, the gardens are taking off!  This is the entrance to our back garden, and in 2 days this lovely rhodo just exploded with color: We have been getting the most scrumptious organic baby carrots from our local market each week - […]

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VANILLA BEAN COCONUT ICECREAM

The second batch of Ice Cream I made - was to convert Cuisinart's Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe to Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.  This time - it was excellent! 2  400 ml. cans of Organic Coconut Milk (for some reason these cans had the most coconut cream I have ever seen) 3/4 cup fructose sugar […]

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PADERNO, I LOVE YOU!

At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, which this is not – I just wanted to share some things I love in the kitchen. There are many, many wonderful cook wear sets available today.  I love Le Crueset, Mario Batali, Lodge, but my all time favorite everyday cook wear, hands down is Paderno.  It […]

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RECIPE REVIEW AND INSPIRATION

When I saw Karen’s Post at Heal Balance Live , for Raw Lemon Pie….I headed right to the kitchen. For the original recipe, please check out Karen's recipe here. This recipe is Divine.  Especially if you love lemons, this is a recipe for you.  Now I do not have a blender or a Vita Mix, […]

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GLUTEN FREE WEB CARNIVAL

AND BLUEBERRY POMEGRANITE JELLIED SMOOTHIE Tracee, at Mrs. Ed’s Research and Recipes invited me to join the GF Web Carnival….creating desserts made with Gelatine.  Although, I have not used gelatine in years, I do remember a desert from child hood – loaded with that frozen petro chemical whip cream that we all loved as kids.  […]

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SPRING TIME VEGETABLES FROM THE MARKET

Don't you just love fresh organic vegetables and fruit?  Such gorgeous color.  These came from the market the other morning....you can not tell from the picture, but those green onions are at least 1 1/2 ft. long!  Rhubarb dessert pending. The Fresh Asparagus has been wonderful at this time of year as well.  Easiest way […]

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ICE CREAM AND A NEW ICE CREAM MAKER

Who doesn’t love ice cream?  For those of us that are lactose intolerant or casein intolerant……there are the store bought soy, rice, coconut ice cream beverages…..but I always found them too sweet, and expensive. I was gifted a CUISINART CLASSIC FROZEN YOGURT – ICE CREAM & SORBET MAKER (CIM-50C) series for a birthday present.  Ohhhhh […]

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REFLECTIONS....AND GOOD FRIENDS

DAY OF REFLECTIONS…… One day last week…..I thought of friends we had not seen in a couple of years.  Low and behold….the phone rings…..they are here!  So we were able to get together.  This lovely couple resides in Northern California….so our opportunities to visit are not as frequent as we would like…..it was so nice […]

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GLUTEN FREE FLOURS

GLUTEN FREE FLOURS IN MY KITCHEN Wow…gone are the days when all you could find in health food stores was white and brown rice flours….maybe tapioca starch, if you were really lucky.  Now a days there is so much more available!  Bless the Gluten Free Food  Gods….we need you!!! I use a variety of gluten […]

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COOK BOOKS!

I love cook books.  Cook books are so inspiring, especially when accompanied with gorgeous pictures of delicious food.  They also bring happiness to my  kitchen! Jamie Oliver: Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Jamie Oliver fan.  His food is simple, fresh, rustic, and any recipe I have tried is truly delicious.  I […]

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SAVING SPACE IN THE KITCHEN

Ohhhh how I dream of a large kitchen, with an island, and in my perfect world a 6 burner gas stove, convection oven.  I am still dreaming.  Unfortunately, my kitchen is not very big.  Although, I have pretty good cupboard space, I could use more…. especially with all the gluten free flours and pre-mixes I […]

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