Mushroom Barley Soup – Simple Comfort Food

Well, technically, if you are making my version of Mushroom Barley Soup, it should actually be classified as a stew. Both my husband and I love barley, so I feel no need to use moderation when adding the pearly grain. So many recipes I see for this type of soup…

Wheat-Free Apple Cinnamon Dutch Babies

I am lucky; I get my share of fun foods to trial. But, when I spotted the giveaway on Say Yes to Salad for the most adorable handmade earrings, well, let’s just say this is something new and fun that I must do my best to win! I have officially racked…

Hearty, Healthy, Easy, and Cheap German-Style Bread

When I was in university, I was lucky enough to study abroad in Vienna, Austria.  My memories of that wonderful city are still quite strong, but what I remembered most vividly were the many bakeries (Bäckerei in German; a word I have never forgotten). On a student budget, I subsisted…

Win a Copy of Go Dairy Free on Bittersweet Blog!

Hannah is giving away two copies of my book, Go Dairy Free (pictured at right), on her blog! If you don’t already know Hannah at Bittersweet, then you are seriously missing out.  She is the author of My Sweet Vegan, and the most incredible young crafter I have the honor…

“Buttermilk” Banana Pancakes Made with Love

Oddly enough, my husband and I had our very first date on Valentine’s Day.  I know, I know, not the best day for a first date, but it worked out well I would say. Yet, because we are frugal, we never go out on the actual day of to celebrate. There are…

Homemade Hamburger Buns in a Jiffy

Ever have one of those times when a hamburger or veggie burger sounds so good (say, for example, right before watching a Super Bowl game), but you don’t happen to have any buns on hand?  Problem solved. These hamburger buns are insanely fast to whip up, because they do not require any rising time…

Mini Mushroom-Parsley Patties

Never one to pass up a good deal, I snatched up an 8-ounce package of button mushrooms that was on for half price yesterday.  It was expiring that day, but at $.86 how could I pass it up!  Though the outsides of the mushrooms were beginning to show their age,…

Sugar-Free, Guilt-Free Banana Bread

The Breakfast-Worthy Banana Bread recipe is now viewable in a new post for you to trial! With a couple of over-ripe bananas beckoning from the counter, I knew it was time to take some baking action.  Luckily, blogging buddy Ricki reminded me of the “Breakfast-Worthy Banana Bread” in Go Dairy Free. Though I…

“Gold Coins” for Good Fortune and Health

If I were to guess the one thing most people are wishing for in 2009, I would have to go with good fortune.  Tough economic times have taken hold, and while hard work perseveres, a little good luck and some well wishes never hurt!  Having read quite a bit about…

Gifts from the Kitchen: Gingerbread Granola

The baking bug hit me this weekend, so I decided to prepare some treats to give to friends this holiday season.  I was a bit torn on what to make since I would be shipping some of the items, when the weekly email from Meatout Mondays arrived suggesting holiday granola.  Brilliance! …

Comment to Win Gourmet Sweets from Divvies!

Yes, the spirit of giving is alive and well!  This week Divvies is offering a gift package to two of you!  Simply leave a comment below and tell us your favorite type of popcorn … caramel, candied, kettle, chocolate, “buttered,” cheesy, or simply salted … however you like it just share…

Cranberry Sauced Muffins

When I saw that my parents had leftover cranberry sauce after our Thanksgiving meal was complete, I snatched it up for my take-home care package immediately. I had been eyeing the Morning After Cranberry Sauce Muffin recipe that I discovered while seeking out good dairy-free leftover recipes for this post.…