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Double Chocolate Chip Cocoa Cookies

A family I babysat for in high school frequently requested that we make these rich, decadent cookies.  We’ve been buying a great version at the store, but homemade tastes so much better (and is way more fun!).  The recipe was easy to make gluten and dairy free. Ingredients 1 c. butter (very low lactose) 1 1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 2 c. GF baking flour 2/3 c. cocoa 3/4...

Zucchini Fritters

I remember a friend of mine making vegetable fritters for a thanksgiving meal in college. Recently, Francisco saw this zucchini fritter recipe on Facebook, and we couldn’t resist experimenting with a variation of our own.  It made a great side dish to incorporate our daily vegetables and gluten free grains alongside our protein, a teriyaki marinated salmon. Ingredients 2 regular sized zucchinis, grated 1 tsp salt 1 large egg 1/2 cup GF...

Applesauce Brownies – aka Harvest Cake

I’ve been eating Applesauce Brownies for as long as I can remember, though their formal name is Harvest Cake.  My mom can tell you where the recipe came from.  I recently surprised my husband by making, as he called it, this “special cake.”  And it really is special.  It’s moist and dense and it has a crunchy, chocolaty top.  I simply swapped out the wheat-flour for gluten-free (and bean-free!) flour...

Chicken ‘n ‘Chokes

This is adapted from a paleo cookbook loaned to me by a friend when we first tried the paleo diet. This dish is simple and easy to serve alone or, try it non-paleo and add it to gluten-free pasta, bread or rice. Ingredients 1/2 c. olive oil 3 tbsp. butter (or earth balance spread) 4 garlic cloves, minced lemon zest 2 lbs (or less!) chicken breast, cut into 1 inch squares...

Paddle Boarding on the Palouse

Aside from updating our yard and growing a vegetable garden and herb garden, Francisco and I have been paddling fools!  We tried Paddle boarding for the first time while spending Mother’s Day weekend on Hat Island with my mom. We fell in love almost immediately and have been hooked ever since! We invested in our own pair of portable Red Paddle Boards.  Francisco picked out our boards so that we...

Growing a Vegetable Garden

I’ve always wanted a vegetable garden, and this year, we made it happen!  It all started when our friends posted an offer on Facebook for free river rock.  They were kind enough to scoop it out of their back yard for us. Over a number of weeks, Francisco and I hauled the rock from Pullman, shovel-full by shovel-full, truckload by truckload, to our house in Colfax.  The updates to our...