Anyone who has suffered with food allergies or sensitivities understands how difficult it can be to receive a definitive diagnosis and then move towards wellness – one step forward, two steps back; when it’s your child in the mix, the ante is upped big time. And that’s exactly the place Heather Christo found herself when one of her daughters became ill enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room; when all tests came back inconclusive, Heather was convinced the issues were food related and she began a journey that would shift the focus of her career.

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GLUTEN-FREE FRESH CORN CAKES WITH GUACAMOLE

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These little corn cakes are quite tasty – we’ve made them during the winter months with frozen corn but I have to say, made with fresh, just-picked, milky sweet corn, a little splash of kefir for a bit of tang, a little heat from green chilies and topped with a guacamole veggie fusion – these […]

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GLUTEN-FREE RHUBARB SNACK CAKE

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy . . . isn’t that what they say? The Professor and I have certainly enjoyed this gardening season – digging, yanking, pulling, mulching and planting these past several weeks. And we have bats!!! (Save the commentary; I’m aware I left myself wide open . . .) We hung a […]

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TRAVEL – MARTHA’S VINEYARD WINE FESTIVAL

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How fitting that a festival welcoming wine lovers from all over the nation is held every year on an island believed to be named for its proliferation of wild grapes when it was first discovered. Today, Martha’s Vineyard is not only known for its beautiful beaches, cliffs, lighthouses, farms and fishing villages, but also for […]

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GLUTEN-FREE SUMMER PEACH GALETTE

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The Professor and I bought 40 pounds of Georgia peaches last summer and at the time, it seemed like a lot of peaches . . . it was a lot of peaches and we wondered if we’d finish them all over the fall and winter months before this season rolled around.

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5-INGREDIENT ASIAN-INSPIRED BBQ SAUCE (AND IT’S GLUTEN-FREE!)

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We managed to make it through The Professor’s first year of teaching at a new university – but wow, this year has sped by super fast!! He’ll continue to teach this summer but with a lighter student load and shorter days which means we’ll have more time for the garden and it also means we […]

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LEMON TWIST HUMMUS WITH SPRING PEA PESTO & GREMOLATA

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We made it through winter and as I look out my dining room window, my tulip are blooming, the iris stalks stand high, the peony stems stand straight and tall like soldiers – buds will soon follow! The rose bushes are awake, full with brand new green-red stalks and buds; the hydrangeas have been pruned […]

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH MAPLE GLAZE

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I celebrated a birthday last month and The Professor really hit it out of the park this year; we were supposed to make a trip to the East Coast but sometimes life just doesn’t cooperate like we think it should. My guy still made the entire weekend really special with tickets to the theater, a […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CARA CARA ORANGE POUND CAKE

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Who doesn’t love sweet winter oranges, especially when said oranges are zested and the tequila-sunrise-colored juice is hand-squeezed into a glass measuring cup – a few splashes of orange oil ripple towards the edge like ink dots. Fresh-from-the-farm eggs whipped with sugar become light and airy; flour is added in alternating batches with the juice and batter […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CREAMED MUSHROOM & FRESH THYME PIZZA

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It’s February, it’s Valentine’s Day week, it’s cold outside and there’s snow on the ground – pretty typical here in the Midwest. What’s not typical here in the Midwest, at least in this house, is that The Professor and I began a new exercise program in January and . . . I can’t believe I’m […]

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GLUTEN-FREE JAPANESE-STYLE CRAB CAKE BITES

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These crab cakes are a spin on sushi – probably my favorite Japanese food. Gluten-free bread crumbs, snap peas, scallions and tamari replace traditional crab cake ingredients, the guacamole-wasabi and pickled ginger garnish give these crab cake bites a fresh twist.

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