Freezer Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Freezer Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
I'm in denial that fall weather has arrived here in the northwest, despite the calendar. Boo.  At some point a miracle takes place deep inside me where fall has found a place in my heart once again, and I can let go of the long lazy days of summer.  At this writing, that hasn't happened yet.  Putting food up for ... Read More

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup
Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup, dairy and gluten-free, happens to be a perfect match for these these cold dreary days of winter. Our bumper crop of tomatoes from last summers garden came in handy for this recipe.  After putting up many quarts of Garden Vegetable Soup and marinara sauce in the freezer for winter meals, we still had tomatoes galore that ... Read More

Pickling Naturally : Cucumber Dill Pickles

Cucumber Dill Pickles
After taking a minor detour to Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, we are back on track with preserving the summer's harvest.  That was quite a treat and I must say that I'm glad that pie can sit in the freezer, out of sight, until company comes so we can share it! Are your cucumbers coming on fast and in multiples?  Do ... Read More

The Best No-Cook Peanut Sauce

Having a garden means staying close to home for much of the summer, but we've been taking a few excursions here and there.  A couple of weekends ago we paid a visit to the nearby quaint towns of Winthrop and Twisp.  The Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop was our destination where we lounged in its upscale rustic setting, drank in ... Read More

Pickling Naturally : Mixed Vegetable Pickle Barrel

Mixed Vegetable Pickle Barrel
I've got a gallon jar (hence the name barrel) of assorted veggies pickling away in my pantry.  As each day passes the delicious fermenting aroma intensifies.  My store of pickles from last summers harvest is long gone, and we have been missing homemade pickles made the old-fashioned way.  Pickling Naturally : Mixed Vegetable Pickle Barrel is made with salt and ... Read More

Whole Bowl Knockoff : The Winter Lunchbox

Whole Bowl Knockoff

Eating healthier seems to be on everyone’s New Year’s resolution list.  That could be a challenge especially if you’re in the habit of brown bagging and you have a gluten and dairy intolerance.  There are great lunch options beyond meat and cheese sandwiches.  Homemade soups, salads, hummus and gluten free crackers and these meal in a bowl concoctions provide plant … Read More

Meal In A Bowl : Salmon Noodle Bowl

Salmon Noodle Bowl

This is healthy comfort food in a bowl.  And it only takes 30 minutes to prepare! In the midst of this busy season, I’m looking for healthy and quick.  If it’s all in one pot, even better. I created this for first time a year ago as a quick change up from my original dinner plan.  Son and daughter in-law … Read More

Creamy Buttercup Squash Soup with Maple- Balsamic Reduction

Creamy Buttercup Squash Soup

On Monday nights after a full work day, a few friends leave their businesses, jobs and homes and come over to hang out.   We all come to a screeching halt from our crazy busy lives for friendship, study and prayer…and sometimes food. When we do eat together we keep it simple; homemade soup, salad and bread, or what ever shows up at the table. I had time on … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Thai Salmon Chowder with Swiss Chard

Thai Salmon Chowder

One of our local grocers about this time of year brings in a load of fresh wild caught salmon at a ridiculously reasonable price.  We stock up our freezer with filets and make a big batch of this soup for the long winter ahead.   This recipe makes about 8 quarts of delicious creamy chowder, all gluten and dairy free.  I pack … Read More