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Gluten Free Penne with Pancetta and Asparagus in Vodka Sauce

You can tell spring is on the way when bright green asparagus starts appearing in the produce section of the grocery store. Asparagus is generally available year round, but spring asparagus is crisper, grown stateside and is more of a spring green than the wintertime variety. Some of my favorite spring pasta dishes use asparagus . . .  Read More »


Gluten Free Baked Beignets with Café au Lait Glaze

Beignets are delicious donuts popular in New Orleans. This recipe takes all their good qualities—sweet, tasty, tender, and great with coffee—but leaves out messy deep frying and mountains of powdered sugar. A few years back, I visited New Orleans for the first time. I went with a friend, and we made a pact– we wouldn’t waste time or money buying souvenirs. We would just spend our money on the best food we could find. Let me tell you, that was the best decision EVER made.  Read More »


Iced Raspberry Loaf Cake

This easy but impressive cake is filled with fresh raspberries, a hint of lemon and is topped with a browned-butter icing. It also contains Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. Yep, you get to have a healthy cake and eat it, too. Read More »


French Country Buckwheat Crepes with Balsamic Strawberry Filling

These crepes are made almost completely with Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Flour, which imparts a fragrant, earthy, flowery flavor and a delicate texture to these versatile crepes. They’re surprisingly easy to make, and they taste decadent wrapped around fresh sweet strawberries and creamy Greek yogurt. Read More »


Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins

Fresh strawberries are flooding the supermarkets and I couldn’t be happier. Finally, after waiting through an eternal winter, warm weather has arrived and with it red, ripe strawberries. I realize most grocery stores carry strawberries year ‘round, but it’s not until late spring that the inside of the berry is as red as the outside – something only longer daylight hours and bright sunshine can produce. In celebration of this first fruit of summer, I decided to try out a new muffin recipe: Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins. These muffins are lightly sweet, have a delicate, almost cake-like crumb and do a great job of showcasing roasted strawberries. I’ve roasted pears, apples and bananas in the past, but this was my first time roasting strawberries and I’m happy to report that they’re wonderful. Instead of roasting them at a high heat, in this recipe they’re slow roasted at a low temperature thus creating sweet, sticky, jammy berries that are lick-your-fingers good. Read More »


Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Snaps

These crisp, buttery morsels are suffused with bright, tart, lemon and spicy, floral lavender. Even more lemon and lavender are mixed together to make a smooth, lilac-colored glaze. The result is a boatload of crispy, beautiful, bite-sized gluten free cookies you’ll want to pop into your mouth, one after another. Read More »


Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon-Cheese Sauce

It’s finally springtime and our faithful root vegetables have done their job and gotten us through the tough winter months. Now, bright green vegetables are popping up all over grocery store produce aisles, with fresh asparagus being one of my all-time favorites. I love to roast it, keep it raw and shave it into salads, steam it and grill it. I even grow it in my garden just to have my own supply in the early months of the season. This Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus in Lemon-Cheese Sauce is another way that I like to incorporate asparagus in a light, good-for-you pasta dish. Read More »


Raspberry Cream Bars

Hooray! It’s Easter time! That means spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to shedding our winter coats for good. In light of this celebration, I came up with a bright, flavorful dessert made with fresh raspberries and a buttery whole wheat crust that’s perfect to share with family and friends on Easter. Let’s hear it for spring! Read More »


BLT + Avocado Pasta Salad

I do enjoy a BLT on a hot day. Crisp, salty, tender, fresh, hot and cold all at once . . . it’s a surprisingly complex combo, when you think about it. So here I present its classy relation–a BLT-inspired pasta salad where tender, springy Hodgson Mill Veggie Rotini Spirals set the stage for sweet bursts of caramelized cherry tomato, savory crispy prosciutto, and spicy arugula leaves, just barely wilted. Chunks of avocado (which in my house, we call ‘nature’s mayonnaise’) give the salad a creamy richness. Read More »


Quick Sesame Veggie Noodles with Pan-Fried Tofu

This salad starts with wholesome al dente Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spaghetti or Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Spaghetti combined with crunchy slivers of chopped cabbage and carrots, crisp chunks of snow pea pods, green onions, fresh cilantro, and sesame seeds. Toss it all up with a fresh, clean dressing made with toasty sesame oil, soy sauce, and tangy vinegar. Yum. Read More »


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