Monthly Archives: July 2011


Pickled Peppers


When I was in TN a friend was trying to get rid of gave me a bag of banana peppers. (Thanks, Al) I said I’d pickle them.  My husband likes to eat pickled jalapenos so I thought this would be similar.  We’ll see.  You have to let the sit for a week, well you should, for the best flavor.  So, now the waiting begins.  I’ll see what my husband says when they are done, as I will not eat any of these peppers……I don’t do hot stuff, if I can help it.

So, if you have some extra peppers laying around……. give this recipe a shot and let me know how they turn out.

Pickled Peppers

1 pound of peppers, I used banana peppers, but you can use whatever you have, you can even mix and match.
6 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
3 Tablespoons peppercorns
4 1/2  teaspoons mustard seed
3 Tablespoons sea salt

Cut the stems from your peppers and slice into rings or you can leave them whole.  If you leave them whole you need to put a slice in each pepper to allow the brine to penetrate the peppers.

Divide the peppers between three pint jars or you can put it in one big jar if you have it available.  In each jar put:
 2 cloves of garlic , 1 Tablespoon of peppercorns, 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed, 1 Tablespoon sea salt.

In a non-reactive pan (ie: stainless steel) bring to a boil the vinegar and water.  Then divide among the three jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space.  If you don’t have enough brine for each jar you can just boil equal parts water and vinegar to top it off.

Let cool and store in fridge or you can preserve them by canning them.


Restaurant Review: Five Guys!


Pretty much 100% guaranteed non-contaminated french fries!  That’s what I’m talking about! Woo hoo!!!  I think one of the things I miss the most is eating fast food french fries, I know, I know, they are not really healthy for you, but oh, the deep fried goodness of a potato, I mean, come on, who doesn’t love that? 

We don’t eat out much here at my house.  It’s just too hard and somebody usually gets sick afterward and it doesn’t seem worth it in the end.  But, I do miss it terribly.

My friend had told me about going to Five Guys quite some time ago. There is actually one here where I live, though I’ve never been….yet. I called here and they didn’t seem quite as gluten knowledgeable here as where she had visited, but now that I’ve been there I will definitely give it a go here. 

First of all they were super friendly when you entered. Then they called out “food allergy” when we told them, and on the line they were told to change their gloves.  I was very impressed with this, the service and the food.

We ordered cheeseburgers, minus the bun and a large fry, to share, that was so big we couldn’t eat them all!

I didn’t not get sick at all.  I can’t tell you how great it was to eat a burger and fries out.  The burger was hot and fresh, juicy with great flavor, the fixings (tomato, lettuce, pickles) were all fresh too.  The only thing missing was a bun…….definitely will try the one here in town.

When I said almost 100% guarantee of no cross-contamination on the fries is because they only serve hamburgers, hot dogs and fries.  So fries are the only thing that they fry in the oil.  If you have one near you – gluten free or not – give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


Menu Plan Monday – July 25th, 2011


So much to catch up on when you’ve been away.  That’s what the last few days have entailed, since my arrival home.  It’s often hard to get back into the swing of things when you’ve been gone.  While away, I became aware of several changes I’d like to implement, one of them will be making meals as easy as possible.



Santa Fe Chicken

Pineapple Rum Chicken
Coconut Rice

Stay Abed Stew
Cornbread (maybe)

Chicken Korma (based on this recipe)

Rice Bake

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Indoor S’mores


Who doesn’t love s’mores?  I mean, hello! Chocolate, cookie and hot gooey marshmallows.  Yum!  I found these great cookies, I mentioned them in an earlier post, when I saw them I was thinking what a good graham cracker type crust they would make and how good they’d be in Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. Not even thinking about s’mores until I got the box in the mail and opened them up and saw how gianormous they are!

Vanilla Honey Graham Cookies
Chocolate – I use chocolate chips or Hershey Bar
Marshmallows – I used mini, but whatever you have should work.
Toaster Oven

  • Put a piece of foil on an oven safe pan, small enough to fit in your toaster oven, (I’m sure you could do this in the oven too), this will make for easy clean-up if you have a meltdown. 
  • Take two cookies and place them side by side on the sheet. 
  • Top one cookie with chocolate and the other with marshmallows.
  • Toast for just a minute and then shut off the toaster and let sit until the chocolate is melty and the marshmallows are soft and gooey.
  • Sandwich the cookies together, press lightly, not too much or all the yumminess will ooze out the sides.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Menu Plan Monday – July 4, 2011


Gearing up for our trip
to TN.  This week will be a busy one.  The kids and I are so looking
forward to this trip and seeing our friends.  What a blessing for us.

garden is growing well and I’ll try and do an update later this week
before I go. 

Probably won’t get to post while I’m gone – maybe, but probably not.  But, my friend is Celiac and I hope to do lots of cooking while I’m there and visit some GF Friendly restaurants in the area, and I will try to share my adventures when I return and get back into the swing of things.

Oh, I almost forgot, I just found the most wonderful cookie from Enjoy Life Foods -Vanilla Honey Graham Cookies,  they make a great S’mores!  Super stoked about this.  Also found them for a pretty good price on, free shipping if you spend $25.  Never have seen them locally.  I actually made them in the toaster oven.

Here’s the menu for the week:


Corn on the Cob
French fries (hopefully, if not chips)
Homemade Ice Cream

Beef Quesadillas

Baked Potatoes

Roast Chicken


Leave early Saturday morning for TN.

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