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Why Do People Choose Gluten-Free?

It seems like you can’t turn on a cooking show these days without seeing another celebrity chef preparing a gluten-free recipe. One quick look at the aisle of any grocery store is equally likely to convince you that the entire world has gone gluten-free. Wonder why so many people are headed in this direction in terms of nutrition? The answer is more complicated than you think. What is Gluten? Before you can understand the reason so many people have moved toward a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s important to understand exactly what gluten is. It’s actually just a type of protein that can be found in some foods, including wheat, barley, and rye. It’s role in the plant, though, is storage, so it can only be found in mature versions of the plat itself. In the greener versions, it doesn’t occur at all. While barley grass juice is perfectly safe for someone on a gluten-free diet, barley Read more

Easter Egg Hunt Cake

It’s so much fun to hunt for Easter eggs. This year, why not carry the tradition inside as well by making an Easter egg hunt cake? This delectable dessert is made to look like Easter eggs are hidden amidst the frosting. There are many ways to decorate this cake, so get creative. You can do miniature cakes, mufins or cupcakes instead of a whole sheet cake too. Grab some food coloring, coconut, and jelly beans and have a ball. Be sure to involve the kids as that’s half the fun. Here are some easy recipes for you to try. Easter Egg Hunt Carrot Cake (Courtesy of This cake is delicious and beautiful whether you tint the coconut green to make an egg-studded lawn or leave it white like the Easter Bunny's tail. 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder 1 teaspoon Read more

Healthy Party Food Ideas

There’s nothing quite as fun as throwing a party. The most difficult part, though, is choosing what to serve. Many these days are choosing to include healthier party food fare to serve quests who would prefer options other than high calorie party food. Here are a few choices that can help. Remember to use reduced fat dressings and dips wherever possible. Choosing hummus, for example, over a sour cream based dip is a good choice. You can also often replace the sour cream or mayo in a dip with fat-free yogurt so you can serve your favorites without the additional calories. For dessert, you may want to go with an angel food cake instead of many other options. If you serve it with berries or sorbet, people will still love it, and you’ve offered a lower calorie option. Don’t forget to put any gravy or sauce you’re planning to serve on the side. Remember that gravies often have Read more

Pink Ribbon Dessert Ideas

Breast Cancer Awareness month hits every October, and while there are lots of different ways to show your support including runs, walks, and benefit dinners, there are some simple things you can do, too. Here are some dessert ideas to take to that Pink Ribbon party or even your church potluck to help increase awareness. Pink Lemonade Dessert Think fluffy, cool, and pink, and you have the perfect dessert during October. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. In your food processor, crush 2 cups of broken pretzels with ¼ cup of sugar. After 20 seconds, drizzle ½ cup of melted butter through the feed tube. Mix well. Press this crust mixture into an 11 x 7 pan. Bake 5 minutes. Cool 45 minutes. Beat 1 package of cream cheese and two boxes of white chocolate instant pudding mix together until they’re fluffy. Add a can of thawed frozen pink lemonade concentrate and 2 drops of red food Read more

Dogs Love Cookies Too! Dog Cookie Recipes

Making cookies for you and your family members is a great idea, but sooner or later, you may want to bake a box of cookies for someone else. Have you ever thought about making a few for Fido? Here are some recipes that can help. Best of Breed Dog Biscuits (from King Arthur Flour) Ready to give your pups an amazing treat that’s as easy to make as it is tasty? Try this! You’ll need two cups of whole wheat flour, a cup of rolled oats, a tablespoon of dried parsley, one half cup of powdered milk and one half teaspoon of salt. Stir all of those ingredients together, then add in two eggs and a cup of peanut butter. Stir again to form a crumbly mixture and add in one half cup of cold water to create a cohesive dough. Drop in walnut sized balls onto parchment paper and flatten slightly. Bake for 40 minutes at 300 degrees. Nutty Bacon Dog Treats (from Dog Hill Kitchen) There are few Read more