Black Forest Gateau and the Irish Country Cookbook {Giveaway}

Black Forest Gateau {Irish Country Cooking} -

I have been fortunate to travel and live in other parts of the world.  Everywhere I’ve been holds a unique charm but for me there is no place quite like Ireland.  I had no preconceived notion about it before going there on my first business trip more years ago than I care to mention, but remember a defining moment as I exited the plane door onto the top of the stairs down to the tarmac; I felt like I was ‘home’. This feeling was further cemented in my encounters with everyone I met there, … CONTINUE READING

Banana-Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup {gluten-free}

Banana-Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup -

I was born in Hawaii and though I was not there long as a baby I’ve been fortunate to spend a great deal of time there over the course of my lifetime.  When I was still a child my maternal Grandparents invested in a small motel with other mainlander friends and spent a great deal of time there themselves, forging a familiarity for my childhood visits. The first trip I really recall was when I was a young teen and traveled with them to three islands, spending a week on each.  We went … CONTINUE READING

Baked Coconut-Pecan Chicken Tenders {30 minute recipes}

Baked Coconut-Pecan Chicken Tenders {30 Minute Recipes} -

When I was growing up there were no Chicken Nuggets or Chicken Tenders.  I’d venture McDonald's delivered them to the fame enjoyed with the current generation of children who could not imagine meals without them.  I’ll come clean; I cannot cook from scratch every day for every meal.  Usually based on kooky after school logistics, but sometimes from simply needing a cooking break.  I’ve grown to depend on some healthy, fast, gluten-free foods that allow feeding of my family quickly thanks to my … CONTINUE READING

Winter Citrus White Sangria

Winter Citrus White Sangria -

A few weeks back we had a four day weekend for President’s Day.  Thursday night my kids and I spontaneously decided to pop in on one of our favorite neighborhood haunts for an early bite to eat to kick off the break.  On their menu was a featured Sangria.  For those who are unfamiliar with Sangria, it is a simple wine punch of sorts infused with fruit originating in Spain.  To me it’s always refreshing and a wonderful middle ground between drinking wine straight and having a cocktail. As … CONTINUE READING

Blood Orange Ginger Margarita {fresh-style}

{fresh-style} Blood Orange Ginger Margarita -

Happy ‘National Margarita Day’!  You didn’t know today was National Margarita Day?  Maybe you were too full from having just celebrated National Muffin Day (February 20) or National Chocolate Mint Day (February 19).  Or perhaps hungover from National ‘Drink Wine’ Day on February 18?  It’s so hard to keep up. Truth be told I did not know there is a National Day for every imaginable food and drink.  But there is.  I was sad to realize I missed National Café Au Lait Day (February 17) feeling the … CONTINUE READING

Gluten-Free Birthday Cakes: 20 Recipes & Cool Tips

Gluten-Free Birthday Cakes |

It’s birthday season in our household which means I need to gear up to bake gluten-free birthday cakes galore!  Most gluten-eaters do not realize the luxury of ordering a birthday cake from a local bakeshop or grocery store.  For some who are gluten-free, there are local bakeries offering gluten-free options (though often very expensive) but usually cakes need to be baked at home. My family has been gluten-free for almost 9 years.  My son was 2 when we found out we needed to remove gluten … CONTINUE READING