Category Archives: Appetizers

How to Make Finger Gelatin (a/k/a finger jello)

100,000! That’s a number worth celebrating! 200. That’s pretty big too! Say what? What does this have to do with finger gelatin? Nothing really. Not Irish and not Catholic, not prone to drinking and partying…I’m still celebrating St. Patty’s Day……with some green food. After all, St. Patrick (born A.D. 373) was one of the most prolific evangelists of all time with planting over 200 churches and baptizing 100,000 people. Prior to those achievements, he was kidnapped by pirates at age 16 and taken as a slave to Ireland. He later escaped only to return to his captors at age 30 … Continue reading

Mix It Up Party Mix

Party Mix! Does it grace your cupboards and counters at this time of year? Or maybe it’s a year-round snack for your household. No matter what….try this new version for your New Year’s Party or low-key movie night. Original Party Mix is oil, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic and seasoning salt. This NEW version is slightly different, but just as tasty…maybe even more so! The great thing about this snack mix is that it is pretty interchangeable to suit dietary needs. I used generic gluten free rice squares (like Chex) and gluten free pretzels from Aldi. If you can tolerate corn, … Continue reading

Cocktail Meatballs

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of potlucks. I never really was….you do not really know who made the food, if their kitchen is clean, do they wash hands frequently etc. etc. Then, when food issues came into play, I had to be careful about what I could pick up and eat. In a way, that was nice because I’d have good excuse to not eat something at a potluck if I didn’t really feel like eating it. So, if I go to a potluck, I often bring more than one thing. And I like … Continue reading

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds – A Photo Tutorial

We carved a pumpkin yesterday.  It was a project that drew neighbor kids.  Everyone enjoyed it. We saved the seeds. Time to roast them.  First, you need to get all that stringy goop off of the seeds. Place them in a bowl of coldish water and let set for awhile. After 5 minutes or so, use your hands to scoop up seeds and use your hand as a strainer.  Do this over and over.  Then let set for a few more minutes. After resting a bit, scoop up seeds and let the water and stringy stuff fall off into the … Continue reading

Garlic Lover’s Hummus

I love garlic. I use it in a lot of dishes. Today I made a Garlic Lover’s Hummus. Garlic is an herb with endless health properties. It’s good for the heart, blood pressure, keeping cholesterol in check, is an anti-fungal, may reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s and much, much more. Better yet, it makes food DELICIOUS! If you do not care for lots of garlic, then you may be interested in this hummus recipe. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday. Real Food Wednesday. Garlic Lover’s Hummus From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and … Continue reading

“Cheese” Like Dip/Sauce

I do not miss dairy products. Oh, I did at first, but after four years of dairy free living, I do not miss it one bit. That is saying a lot from someone who used to consume milk, cheese and/or yogurt multiple times a day! That being said, I did try and make a cheese-like sauce. Not because I was craving cheese or a similar substitute, but rather I wanted something other than hummus to dip raw vegetables in. This recipe is one I found several years ago and never got around to trying until now. My version came out … Continue reading

Hummus and Trader Joe’s Lentil Chips

Do you need a great dip for New Year’s Eve?  Try hummus!  I know, it’s a “weird” food to some people.  But don’t be scared off.  After I fiddled with several different recipes I came up with a great one.  And I only put recipes on this blog that work and taste great!   Hummus goes well with raw veggies such as broccoli and carrots.  It’s also a great dip for chips.  The chips pictured here are Trader Joe’s Lentil Chips.   These chips are crazy spicy!  You actually need the hummus to tone down the spice.  Alone, I can’t … Continue reading

Fabulous Roasted Pearl Onions

If you have not tried pearl onions you are missing out.  These little delectable onions are fabulous!  They are SWEET!  Seriously, even the biggest onion hater would like these.   Roasted pearl onions would make a great side dish for Christmas dinner or even an appetizer.  Well, any meal any time of the year for that matter!  Let’s not limit this to holidays!  (I even ate some for a snack last night). This dish is easy, fast, and naturally gluten free and allergy friendly.  What’s not to like? Also shared at Wellness Wednesday . Whole Foods Friday . Healthy Vegan … Continue reading

Grilled Pineapple – A How To Photo Tutorial

Have you ever eaten at a Brazilian barbeque restaurant?  We went to one a few weeks back for our wedding anniversary.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Okay, if you are a vegan or vegetarian this is NOT the place for you.  But meat lovers…this is the place to go!  (By the way, I don’t consider myself a meat lover.  I eat meat, but it’s not my first food love).  However, we LOVED this place from everything to the atmosphere, to the staff, to the meat!  Servers walk around in festive clothing serving any and all kinds of meat off of huge skewers … Continue reading

Berry Patriotic Parfaits

I like to have something “fun” to eat for days like Memorial Day, July 4 etc.  Something red, white and blue to help commemorate the day.  But I also do not always have time to make something complicated.  But these little parfaits are just the quickest, easiest and cutest thing to make!   I used little plastic shot glasses for these parfaits.  Making them “mini” is great for a picnic or gathering where there will be lots of different foods to choose from.  (Just remember to  put them on ice if they will be out for a while).  And if … Continue reading

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