Gluten Free Pizza in a Cast Iron Skillet

farinata on platePrepare to have your mind blown. The best gluten free pizza comes from a classic Italian recipe. It’s a traditional recipe, called farinata (it’s called socca in france), that uses chickpea flour. Cook it in your cast-iron skillet and you’ll never make gluten free pizza any other way again.

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Dutch Oven Obsession–Recipe and Cookbook Giveaway!

dutch oven chicken braised with fennel and onionDutch Oven Obsession is the name of my latest cookbook, and it hits bookstore shelves next week (it’s available for preorder on Amazon now!). Here’s a sneak peek from the book, a recipe for Chicken Braised with Caramelized Onions and Fennel, and a chance to win a free copy!

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Cast Iron Skillet Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream

fish tacos cookeed in a cast iron skilletToday, I bring you another recipe from my latest book, Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals. This time I’m sharing my recipe for Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cream. The best part is that you can watch a video of  my friend and fellow food blogger Stephanie Weaver of Recipe Renovator  cooking the recipe live on Facebook! And you even get to hear my commentary through the magic of technology.

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Candied Ginger Peach Scones Cooked in Cast Iron

ginger peach sconesAs a consumer of cookbooks, there is nothing that irks me more than cookbook recipes that don’t work. As a cookbook author, there is nothing more mortifying than discovering that a cookbook you wrote has a recipe with errors in it. Shortly after my latest book Home Skillet was released, I started getting emails mentioning errors in one recipe: tCandied Ginger Peach Scones. Apparently, this is the first recipe that everyone wanted to make from the book and it contained not one, but two errors.

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Back to School with a2 Milk®

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Getting ready for back-to-school with a2 Milk®

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I can’t believe the summer is already more than half over, but in less than 4 weeks, my son starts third grade. After an amazing summer of swimming in pools and rivers, running through woods and along beaches, hiking and camping, visiting grandparents and cousins, staying up late and sleeping in, picking blackberries and making homemade jam, and a whole lot of other warm-weather shenanigans, I don’t doubt that both he and I will be ready to get back to a normal routine. And part of that means saying goodbye to the indulgences of summer and getting back to healthy eating—from wholesome breakfasts to satisfying snacks. And since we’re a “dairy sensitive” household, we’ll be relying on a2 Milk® to deliver nutrition in every meal.

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Cast Iron Skillet Chicken — and a Giveaway!

Crispy chicken Thighs in Honey-Sriracha Glaze with Cabbage Slaw, from Home Skillet

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken from my new book, Home Skillet

My latest book, Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals landed on my doorstep, and on bookstore shelves, yesterday and I broke in my personal copy by making a batch of my favorite cast iron skillet chicken:  Crispy Chicken Thighs with Honey-Sriracha Glaze. (enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win your own free copy of the book!)

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Try a2 Milk for Free! It Just Might Change Your Life.

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

a2 milk carton with glass of milkHave you sworn off milk because of digestive issues? Me, too, and man is it a bummer. I mean, come on. Cookies and soy milk just isn’t the same. But you and I are far from alone. Even though only 5 to 7 percent of Americans have been clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance, research has found that 1 in 4 Americans experience digestive discomfort after drinking milk.

I was so excited earlier this year to discover a new kind of milk that could change everything for those of us with this unfortunate problem. It’s not a milk substitute. It’s real milk, from real cows, but it there is something special about it that makes it easier for many people to digest than regular milk. It’s called a2 Milk®, and it comes only from specially selected cows that produce milk that has only the A2 protein. Their milk doesn’t contain the A1 protein, which research suggests is what may be responsible for the “post-dairy digestive distress” many people experience after drinking milk.

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Palak Paneer (Indian Cheese in Spinach Curry)

cooked palak paneer in a bowl with steamed rice

Palak paneer features creamy Indian cheese in a spicy curried spinach sauce.

Palak paneer (Indian cheese simmered in curried spinach sauce) has always been one of those dishes that I want to love. I mean,  I love cheese. I love curry. And spinach. But all the restaurant paneer I had ever had was bland and slightly rubbery. But a few weeks ago, I began experimenting with homemade paneer and it changed my life. Well, okay, mayyyybe I’m exaggerating, but it definitely changed how I feel about paneer. Easy to make, homemade paneer is rich and creamy, with a hint of lemony and salty flavor. Cooked into a bright green curried spinach sauce, it becomes tender and, although it seems impossible, even more creamy.

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New Favorites: a2 Milk® + Easy Homemade Paneer

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All opinions stated are my own.

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a2 Milk® is delicious on breaksfast cereal or in your morning coffee.

I have a love/hate relationship with milk. I love it; my stomach hates it. But even though milk gives me a tummy ache, sometimes I just can’t resist a bowl of my favorite cereal doused in real, creamy, sweet milk. Or a glass of rich, steamy hot chocolate made with real milk? Come on. And yes, I put milk—real cow’s milk—in my morning coffee (apologies to the almond/rice/soy milk people, but that stuff just isn’t the same). And my stomach pays the price. That’s why I was so excited to discover a2 Milk®, and doubly excited to have been selected as an a2 Milk® Ambassador.

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Chicken Quinoa Salad + Apple Vinaigrette

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foster Farms. I received free samples of the product mentioned and was compensated for my time. All opinions stated are my own.

quinoa salad with grilled chicken, kale, cabbage, raisins, radishes, and apple vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad in Apple-Cumin Vinaigrette. Photo by Robin Donovan.

To make this hearty chicken and quinoa salad, I picked up some Foster Farms California-raised Organic Fresh Chicken from my local Safeway store. I love that this chicken is grown right here in California, is raised free-range on organic, certified non-GMO feed, and is certified by the American Humane Association. But let’s face it, it also has to taste good. Happily, the Foster Farms boneless, skinless Organic Fresh Chicken breast fillets I used fit the bill.

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