Easy French Bread Recipe – Just 5 Ingredients

Easy French Bread Recipe - This simple 5 ingredient recipe is great to accompany soup and salad, or a hearty stew or for making bread bowls for soup.

Basic French Bread is one of my “go to” bread recipes.  I use it for making bread bowls for soup, such as Wisconsin Cheese Soup, or to accompany soup and salad, or a hearty stew.  Of all the bread recipes I use, it is, not surprisingly, the best one to use for French toast.  Because it has a sturdier crust, it holds up well even when soaked with egg batter, so you don’t end up with your toast falling apart before you get it to the pan. [Read more…]

“Roadkill” Sandwich Spread

"Roadkill" Sandwich Spread - quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that's a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.Just so you know, if you’re looking for ways to cook roadkill, i.e., critters that have met their ends in traffic, this is not that kind of post.  This is about a quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that’s a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.  I grew up calling it “roadkill”; it may have different names other places.  [Read more…]

Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread or Rolls, also known as Pao de Queijo, makes a great gluten free hamburger bun or a delicious cheesy bread to accompany any meal.

I was out to lunch a few weeks ago with some homeschooling mom friends that I haven’t seen in ages, and as usual, the conversation turned to food.  Our little homeschool group has a number of members with food allergies and sensitivities, including several of us who are currently avoiding gluten.  We discussed the pros and cons of various gluten free flour blends, options for avoiding the need for flour altogether (I’ve been eating a lot more veggies recently instead), and what to do for a gluten free hamburger bun option.  “Look up Brazilian Cheese Bread”, said my friend, Robyn.  “That’s become our go to recipe for gluten free buns or bread.”  [Read more…]

Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup with homemade chicken broth, chicken, fresh veggies and homemade gnocchi.  Includes gluten free gnocchi recipe.

Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup is something my boys enjoy on the rare occasions we eat out. It didn’t seem overly complicated, so I went hunting on the internet and came up with two recipes. Neither seemed quite right to me, so I combined the two and tweaked it a little, and this is the result.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  It’s great for using up leftover chicken and mashed potatoes, too.  I’ve also added a gluten free gnocchi recipe, so the recipe can be made with or without gluten. [Read more…]

Cranberry Chestnut Bars

Cranberry Chestnut Bars Recipe made with roasted chestnuts or chestnut flour, pumpkin, cinnamon and dried cranberries.  Gluten free, grain free, dairy free.

Some of you may remember that we planted some chestnut trees last year as part of our efforts to expand the number of different food crops that we grow and create part of our permaculture landscape.  Before we planted any more of them, I figured I’d better make sure we actually like to eat them, so I went hunting for chestnut recipes and chestnuts.  Costco had some organic roasted chestnuts for sale, so that covered the nut end of things, and these Maple Pumpkin Blondies from The Healthy Gluten Free Life looked like something my family would be willing to eat, so I started from there and made a few tweaks to work with our flavor preferences and pantry contents.  I’m rechristening my version as “Cranberry Chestnut Bars”, because the texture is nothing like a proper blondie (no offense to THGFL – they are just not blondies).  These bars have a texture more like really good quickbread – moist and tender, a little bit heavier than most cakes.  The cranberries add brightness to the recipe – a little “pop” of flavor.  They’d be great without the chocolate chips, too, but of course the boys are more likely to gobble things up if there’s chocolate involved. [Read more…]