I have a lot of close friends and family who are on gluten-free diets. This means that I am always on the look out for yummy, gluten free snacks that are inexpensive, easy to make and, most importantly, taste great.
Like a lot of people I assumed that gluten was only found in bread products – but I was surprised to learn that trace amounts of gluten can be found in everything from pickles to coffee. Because gluten is found in SO MANY food items these days, I am always reading labels to make sure that I am not serving any gluten containing foods to the wrong people. And when I was in the cereal aisle last week I was truly excited to see that Chex are gluten free – because this meant that I could count on my favorite recipe for Muddy Buddies whenever we need a snack for our gluten free friends.
Last week I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw a carton of Carrot and Ginger soup that I knew my husband would love. The soup looked delicious, but there was no way I was going to pay over $3 for a tiny carton of soup. So, instead of buying it, I decided to try making it on my own.
I looked for recipes online and on Pinterest, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to write my own recipe. And what I came up with is absolutely delicious.
A few years ago I was walking through Sam’s Club when I spotted an incredible deal – a bright orange ice cream maker for only $14.99! It was the middle of summer, and it was so unbelievably hot, so I snatched it up and came right home to start looking for ice cream recipes.
I quickly ran into a problem – I couldn’t find any ice cream recipes that were simple enough for my (then) three-year-old to help make. All of the recipes I found either called for eggs, needed to be cooked, or both. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have found eggs to be the absolute worst kitchen mess to clean up – and my kid has a knack for dropping them on the floor. Plus, try telling a kid you’re going to make ice cream, but you need to wait five hours for the mixture to cool. See how well that one goes over…
Everyone has their own recipe for homemade chili, and everyone thinks their chili is the best. The great thing about chili is there are so many different recipes – and every recipe is delicious! Some people add secret ingredients like milk, tomato soup or flour. Some people add different vegetables like bell peppers, celery or carrots. Some people like their chili on the thick side, some people prefer chili that is more like soup. Some people love chili that is spicy, others prefer their chili on the mild side. I could go on, but I think you get the picture…
My homemade chili using dry beans is pretty basic – just ground beef, tomatoes, beans, onion, and chili powder – which makes it an easy meal for any night of the week. I use dry beans in my chili, but you can certainly use canned beans if you prefer. This chili can easily be made vegetarian by substituting two bags of veggie crumbles for the ground beef.
When my Granny was alive she loved to cook. She especially loved baking. She was known for her cakes, pies, and especially for her cookies. Every Christmas, she made a variety of cookies and gave them away as gifts. She made Russian Tea Cakes, Cherry Drop Cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies, and Molasses Cookies. But my absolute favorite were her Peanut Butter kisses – delicious peanut butter cookies topped with a Hershey’s kiss. They were unbelievably good.
These days, Peanut Butter kisses are one of my all time favorite indulgences. I don’t make them often because if I can’t keep my hands off of them. However, every time The Goose wants to make dessert, these are what we make. Not just because they’re delicious, but also because these cookies only have five ingredients (six if you count the Hershey’s Kisses). And when you’re cooking with your kids the less ingredients, the better.