Apple Fritters {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Celebrate Fat Tuesday the way my family does: with freshly fried apple fritters!

Celebrate Fat Tuesday the way my family does: with freshly fried apple fritters!

Happy Apple Fritter Day, everyone!  Yes, apple fritter day.  Now, I know most people will argue with me.  “Today is pancake day,” they’ll say.  But those people are wrong.  For my whole life…and my mom’s whole life…and my Grandma’s whole life…and I think for the lives of the women in my family for generations, Mardi Gras has been a day when we fry up apple fritters.  My mom tells the story of when she was a kid, and her grandmother would get her after school and make these for an after school snack, and then again when the rest of the family came over after dinner.  Of course, my great grandmother didn’t have a recipe for them; she would just throw the ingredients together and fry them up.  My mom took the time to to watch her make these, taking notes, and finally put the recipe together.  And I’m here to share it with you.

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Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Plain old banana bread gets kicked up a notch with peanut butter and a chocolate swirl

Plain old banana bread gets kicked up a notch with peanut butter and a chocolate swirl

When I made double chocolate banana muffins a few weeks ago, I mentioned that my husband was already asking me to bake more of them.  So when I mentioned last week that I was planning on making them again, I was surprised when he asked, “Can you make them in loaf form?  With peanut butter?”  Dude, I was going to make muffins…with a recipe I already have…now you want bread…with peanut butter?  I love him, but man he can be a pain 🙂

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Italian Herb Popcorn {Gluten Free & Vegan}

This Italian Herb Popcorn is a nice twist on your traditional butter topping and just as addictive

This Italian Herb Popcorn is a nice twist on your traditional butter topping and just as addictive

The countdown is officially on for Sunday.  Our menu is set, our shopping list is written up, and we’re ready to gorge ourselves while watching commercials and Katy Perry cheer on the Patriots.  It took a while to get to this point, though.  You see, when I was going over the menu the other day, I realized we had nothing munchy.  You know, something crunchy that you can eat by the handful.  Sure potato chips or pretzels would have sufficed, but I’m into something a little bit more elegant than that (yes, even for a football game).  Thus, we’ll be having this Italian Herb Popcorn.

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Guest Post – Buffalo Chicken Dip: Gluten Free

Brendan's Buffalo Chicken Dip: Easy to Make, Easier to Eat

Brendan’s Buffalo Chicken Dip: Easy to Make, Easier to Eat

Ever since my sister wrote a guest post for me, my husband has been wanting to write as well.  I told him that was fine, but there was one caveat: he had to cook something first.  Now, to be fair, he makes a mean pancake and his paninis are unrivaled.  But, generally speaking, I’m the one who does the cooking, while he’s the one who does the dishes.  So unless he wanted to write a post about dish soap, he’d need to get his hands dirty in the kitchen.  And that he did!  He’s made this dip a few times now, and it’s become a go-to for lazy Sunday afternoons watching football.  Without any further ado, I’ll turn it over to Brendan and his buffalo chicken dip!

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Homemade Yogurt: Gluten Free & Vegetarian

Homemade yogurt is deceptively simple and fantastically cost effective

Homemade yogurt is deceptively simple and fantastically cost effective

I absolutely adore yogurt.  It’s almost always gluten free, and thus a safe choice for an on the go snack.  Those pre-packaged yogurts can get expensive, though.  Sure they’re convenient, but at a dollar a container it can add up quickly for somebody on a budget.  The solution?  Make my own!

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Soft Pretzels: Gluten Free & Vegan

Gluten Free and Vegan Soft Pretzels

Gluten Free and Vegan Soft Pretzels

When I was younger, I had a pretzel addiction.  I loved those Super Pretzels from the giant boxes you could buy at BJs for an after school snack.  Trips the the mall were always more complete after a trip to Auntie Anne’s.  I always bought the pretzels from the concession stand at high school football games while my friends relied on plates of nachos with that orange cheese facsimile.  And when I was stressed, nothing beat a chocolate covered pretzel.  Then, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, my go-to snack was pretty much eliminated.  Every once in a while I would find a package of GF pretzels in the freezer section, but it became a far less frequent indulgence.

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