lobster dish
My family is CRAZY for SEAFOOD! Lately we have found some GREAT DEALS, while shopping the ads, and have come home with YUMMY LOBSTER!

I have added TWO tasty lobster recipes to my recipes, including “Grilled Lobster Tail Spinach Salad,” and “Mediterranean Lobster Tails.” Find them under Seafood in Gluten-Free Recipes.

If you like seafood like we do, be sure to check them out!

Medditteranian Lobster

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My family worked hard to give me a surprise birthday!

They kept me in the dark about my birthday dinner, my cake and my presents! Normally when I have a birthday there is no fuss, and so I wasn’t expecting any. But this time when dinner time got near, they began acting suspicious, and asking me to stay in my room. My 6-year-old grand daughter started telling me, with a funny smile on her face, “There’s no surprises!”

When it was dinner time, Joscelyn led me out of my room, and into the dining room, to my seat. I was very surprised to find that my husband had shopped at Costco for my favorite steaks and had cooked them to my liking on the grill. My daughter, Kayli had made home-style mashed potatoes, using red potatoes with the skins, with olive oil and rice milk to mash them, plus a little crushed red pepper, just the way I like them! She had also made a delicious vegetable salad, and had bought my favorite dressing – honey Dijon vinaigrette. My steak was cooked to my liking – medium rare, and topped with A-1 sauce. What a delicious birthday dinner!

Then they served my pink birthday cake! Since my birthday is in February, and falls close to Valentine’s Day, I’ve always loved having a pink cake! I enjoyed the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free cake that Kayli made me, substituting canola oil for the butter. She also used my casein-free recipe for frosting that can be found in the blog that is three down.

I was extra surprised when I was presented with my FIRST bike EVER!!!


Meatloaf wasn’t my favorite, but 4 years ago I started using this recipe. I love it because it’s both QUICK and DELICIOUS! Now I love it, and my family loves it too! I have two versions in my Gluten-Free recipes. One under “Poultry” using ground turkey is “Low-Cal Turkey Meatloaf.” Another in “Beef” uses ground beef and sausage for a spicier version and is “Spicy Salsa Meatloaf.”

Here is the basic recipe:

2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
1 onion, diced
1 pkg Knorrs Vegetable Recipe Mix
3 eggs
1 cup salsa
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup ketchup

In large bowl mix together meat, onion, Vegetable Recipe Mix, eggs, salsa and oats, using a big mixing spoon. Separate the mixture into two breadpans. Divide the ketchup over the top of the two and spread. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

The Knorrs Vegetable Mix can be found by the soups in most stores.

My family loves this served with homestyle mashed potatoes or rice.

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I have always LOVED eating Manwich! But I don’t really like gluten-free hamburger buns. Recently I purchased a case of Manwich, and am enjoying different meals with it!

A really delicious one is using Manwich, instead of soup to make what some call a “Shepherd’s Pie.” I peel and steam some potatoes (about 4 or 5) until tender, then make mashed potatoes my adding a little olive or canola oil and some rice milk. I brown a pound of ground beef, drain and add the Manwich. Then stir in one can of drained green beans. In a oven-baking dish, first put the Manwich, ground beef and green bean mixture. Top with the mashed potatoes. (If you are not eating casein-free, you can add grated cheese to the top!) Bake at 350 degrees for about 1/2 hour.

Another way I enjoy Manwich is to cook some short-grain brown rice, and have my Manwich and ground beef mixture with it. Manwich goes well with brown rice. I LOVE the chewy texture!

My family loves both of these Manwich dinners. Kids love Manwich too. Let me know if you have a Manwich recipe idea. I’d LOVE to hear from you!


apple crisp

Happy New Years!

I wanted to fix my family something extra delicious today, so I got out the turkey that I’d put in the freezer – leftovers from Christmas dinner. I cut up carrots, potatoes, celery and an onion, which I added to my pot. I put in two containers of Kitchen Basics chicken stock – it’s gluten-free, and 1/2 cup brown rice. It’s been slow cooking for a couple of hours. The house smells wonderful!

I have been promising to make my honey, Brian, some apple crisp – so today is the day! Since I recently went casein-free, I’ve updated my Apple Crisp Recipe to include a casein-free version. I’ve found that using oils, shortening, and even water, I’ve been able to make just about anything I want!

My daugher-in-law, Louise recently made me some wonderful mashed potatoes, using olive oil and rice milk. She used them to make a Shepherd’s pie (with green beans), using Manwich, and leaving off the cheese. It was SO tasty!!!

Best wished to you and your family for the coming year!!!

P.S. I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite holiday photos!

Me and my Mom

My husband with our youngest grandchild, Gavin

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My daughter’s birthday is today. I helped her 5-year-old make her a regular birthday cake and didn’t want to be left out, so bought a Betty Crocker gluten-free mix. These come in both yellow and chocolate. They mix as easy as regular mixes and are just one 8×8 pan full with the baking time about the same as a regular cake mix.

Betty Crocker’s gluten-free mix is also casein-free, if you substitute the butter for oil or shortening. For a casein-free frosting recipe I use:

2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp soy milk

Mix together until creamy and spread over cooled cake.