Kabocha Squash Gnocchi {paleo}


I’ve made lots of gnocchi in my day. Well I’ve made a few recipes anyway. Potato gnocchi. Semolina gnocchi. Pumpkin gnocchi. And today I made a paleo gnocchi with what I believe to be Kabocha squash. I say believe to be because I also had a jar of pumpkin puree in my freezer but I’m…

Fried Cheese Curds


On my recent trip home I got to eat one really good meal (my mom’s spaghetti) before I was felled with the flu. It was on the second day that I started to get sick. I figured I was getting sick because I started coughing randomly and couldn’t really taste food. Still we went out…

Turkey {neck & giblets} Stock


Whenever I make a turkey I do one of two things: throw away the turkey neck and giblets or freeze them. So I can throw them out later. I don’t really ever use the neck or giblets. I know you can make giblet gravy but I have to say I’m a bit afraid to try…

Kalua Pig {crockpot pulled pork}


Whenever I go to the grocery store I peruse the meat section to see what good meat happens to be on sale. I’m sure I inherit this trait from my mom. When we were growing up we had an extra large chest freezer in our basement. (My mom still has this same freezer.) It has…

Thai Roasted Turkey


I bought a large turkey on sale for $.47 a pound and stuck it in the fridge to let it thaw for a few days which gave me plenty of time to contemplate a recipe for the large bird. I like turkey but I planned on sharing the bird with my dogs, who refuse to…

Sriracha Roast Chicken


  My dogs are super spoiled. Last week I bought them a 21-pound turkey that I intended to roast this weekend. It was on sale for $.47 a pound so I found it impossible not to buy one. However, today when I went to the store to buy the ingredients needed to prepare the turkey,…

Caramel Stuffed Brownies {w/coconut pecan frosting}


I decided I wanted to make German chocolate something to bring into work one day because one of my coworkers loves German chocolate cake. So I did the obvious and browsed Pinterest for various recipes until I found one for caramel stuffed German chocolate brownies, which was caramel stuffed brownies with a coconut pecan frosting….

{crockpot} Chicken Bacon Gnocchi Soup


I flew home over Christmas break for the first time in about four or five years. I had great plans for my trip home. Lots of people to see. Lots of things to do. And most importantly, lots of food to eat. When I arrived at LAX for my flight to Chicago, I went to…

Honey Sage Roasted Pork {paleo, GF}


I’m not sure what goes on in your house but my dogs eat better than I do at times. Take, for example, Thanksgiving. I bought a 15 pound turkey and got maybe 1/4 a pound of turkey. Guess who got the rest? My dogs. So when my dad bought a 4-pound bone-in pork loin the…

Double Chocolate Banana Bread {Paleo, GF}


A few weeks ago I made a paleo chocolate banana bread recipe that turned out to be less than stellar in my opinion. It managed to be underdone but dry at the same time. How does that happen, you ask? The middle was under done but the edges were dusty dry. I blame this on…

Kabocha Squash Pancakes {paleo, GF}


I am a bit obsessed with grain free recipes these days. Only because I feel like I’ve hit the grain-free flour jackpot when using almond flour in conjunction with tapioca starch. I swear you cannot notice a difference between pancakes or dessert breads made with almond flour and tapioca starch versus all-purpose. I have tried…

Christmas Kielbasa Mac & Cheese


Every Christmas, and every Thanksgiving, too, I try a new mac and cheese recipe as a side. This Christmas Mac & Cheese was the main dish. We had a more elaborate menu planned with ribs and pumpkin praline pie, but I opted not to spend my entire day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning this…

Oreo Stuffed Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups


A few weeks ago I made this scrumptious dessert bar made of chocolate chip cookie dough and Oreos soaked in condensed milk overnight and then backed to a gooey perfection. It was about the best dessert I had ever made save for the Gooey Payday Scotcheroo bars I made last week. There’s this store near-ish…

Balsamic Pork {paleo, GF}


There’s something I love about throwing a pork roast into the crockpot, setting it and forgetting it. What’s not to love? You maybe have 20 minutes of active cooking time and then the crockpot does the rest. In order to change things up, I look for new and exciting pork recipes that can be made…

Christmas Toffee Monster Cookies


One of the cookies I usually ask my mom to make for Christmas (when I know I’ll be seeing her and enjoying her cookies) is Monster Cookies made with peanut butter and M&Ms. So when I found a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens described as a “monster” cookie I knew I needed to add these cookies…

S’mores Blossom Cookies


I love S’mores anything. Besides real S’mores. They seem like so much work and really only appropriate to make when you’re camping. I rarely go camping and haven’t gone in years. Like … twenty years. But S’mores flavored desserts or ice cream? I’m all in. I once had a seriously delicious S’mores cupcake made by…

Kabocha Squash Pita Chips {paleo, GF}


I’ve been somewhat intrigued by paleo naan and flatbread recipes I’ve seen on Pinterest recently. I was especially fond of a recipe I found for a flatbread recipe that used winter squash in it. Any time I can sneak vegetables into a recipe that wouldn’t otherwise be made of vegetables, I’m down with that. I…

Shepherds Pie {paleo}


I’m not sure why I settled on paleo a recipe for Shepherd’s pie because I generally do not care for Irish food and I’ve never made a traditional Shepherd’s pie. I’ve made what I would consider to be fun twists, like a Thanksgiving Day Shepherd’s Pie and Southwest Shepherd’s Pie but the regular variety never…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread {paleo, GF}


I was nervous about making this bread because previous attempts at paleo banana bread turned out dry and undercooked at the same time. How does that happen you ask? The middle was undercooked (but moist) while the edges were dry. Like dust. The recipe used coconut flour. I am not bowled over by coconut flour,…