cheese cone

We discovered these meat and cheese cones at the Santa Barbara Public Market (a great indoor market with excellent vendors and restaurants), at the cheese and salami “shop”, Culture Counter. They were pre-made and in a cone holder, and we immediately thought this was a great party/entertaining idea for serving cheeses and meats…especially to a […]

simple app

When I get together with friends it seems you can’t gather 3 of us without encountering at least 5 allergies (which as a gluten-freer I’m all about). And cooking can be a real challenge if you have to balance dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian… Like this alternative cocktail snack–these dishes (tomatoes // tomatoes […]

tates gf

Since I’m the only gluten-intolerant person in my office, I am used to feeling a little left out when it comes to office parties. But dear Dan in our office discovered these Tate’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and brings them in whenever we have a party. They are so good–everyone agrees there is no difference […]

cucumber snack

We are always trying to find variations on the no-carb snack or appetizer–because I’m gluten intolerant, and my husband tries to stay away from carbs. Now our friends have become quite good at figuring out ways around it–from really good GF crackers to interesting ways to treat veg. Our friend Lisa served these cucumber slices […]


Our friend Stephen came up with this brilliant snack the other day. It is a purely Parmesan “cracker”. All you do is coarsely grate Parmesan onto a hot Krups panini grill. As soon as the cheese melts, unplug the grill. After it cools off a bit lift it off carefully and place on paper towel. […]

blt bacon

This weekend my husband came up with this version of a BLT. Using the inner leaves of some romaine lettuce as his base, he added in a stripe of mayo, then a thick piece of bacon, and chopped tomatoes on top. Let’s just say they went fast.


I may be gluten intolerant, but I’m also intolerant to buying too many gluten free products, because I usualy find them to be too expensive, and not all that great. So when I do find something that is actually worth it (read: even the gluten lovers like it so nobody is compromising), I get very […]


In happy news, I just realized I completely missed Food Allergy Awareness Week. Happy because that means Amelia’s allergies have become a part of our regular routine; a far cry from those early days after her diagnosis when I’d stare forlornly at the supermarket shelves cataloguing all the things we couldn’t cook and (true story) […]

gluten free double chocolate biscotti (mf)

Biscotti and I go way back.  We met inside a rustic Italian farmhouse just outside of Pisa many years ago.  The terrible October wind was howling as only the Tuscan wind can, and I’d just finished a long, extravagant meal with new friends.  I’d arrived in Italy just two months earlier, and was young and giddy with naïveté.  So, when the […]

perfect bite

I’m always on the hunt for a gluten-free easy snack, that actually fills me up. We had some bacon leftover from breakfast, and I put a piece of it onto a slice of Kumato tomato (the only tomatoes I like in the winter that actually taste like a tomato–we get them at Trader Joe’s), and […]

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