Roasted Carrot Spread with North African Spices

roasted carrot spread in a bowlRoasted Carrot Spread is the answer to your appetizer dreams. Flavored with olive oil, tahini, and North African spices (fennel, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika), it is pretty much the best thing since hummus. And let’s face it, as great and variable as hummus is, we’re all a bit tired of it, right? Plus, if you use a non-dairy yogurt (or simply leave the yogurt out, adding a bit more olive oil if needed), it will make your paleo friends happy, too. In fact, it’s not only paleo but also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

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Gluten Free Banana Muffins with Peanut Butter

gluten-free banana peanut butter muffin broken in half on a plate


The search for good, gluten-free replacements for your favorite baked goods never ends, does it? I don’t post much about my gluten-free cooking experiments, but these gluten-free banana muffins with peanut butter are so delicious I would make them even if my G-F husband didn’t beg me to make treats he can eat.

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The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book Is Here!

HomemadeIceCreamRecipeBook_9781623158545_FCIf you are looking for good, old-fashioned homemade ice cream recipes for your ice cream maker, you’re in luck. My latest book, The Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book hit stores today and I couldn’t be more proud. Look at how cute it is!

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Spanish Wine and Tapas Extravaganza!


From mountainous terrain to salty shores, Spain is one of the world’s top wine producing countries, offering a wide range quality wines.  With names like Albariño, Tempranillo, and Verdejo, Spanish wine offerings include robust reds, crisp whites, refreshing rosés, sparkling cavas, and luxe sherries.

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Fuyu Persimmons with Savory Goat Cheese Pasta

fuyu persimmons pastaFuyu persimmons are almost too gorgeous to eat. Bright orange and shiny, they hang from their branches like holiday ornaments, brightening the gray fall skies. In season from mid-October through December, fuyu persimmons grow all over my neighborhood, but judging by the fact that so many of them go unharvested, no one seems to know what to do with them. This is great news for me, because I love to use these delicious specimens in both sweet and savory recipes.

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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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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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