She Sells Sea Salt by the Sea Shore

Salted Caramel Brownies

Not gonna lie – this is one of my most favorite treats yet! I knew it was going to be good, how could it not? Brownies, caramel, salt…yesss! But I was surprised with just how much better than “good” these were! Like, we ate the whole pan, and I’m going to make more tomorrow. We were even scraping the parchment paper to get all the little bits of caramel off it. Ho-lee-cow!

This recipe is a little bit of a cheat. You start with an 8×8 pan of brownies. Homemade, box mix, whatever. I used a box mix of gluten-free brownies from Aldi’s (yay, Aldi’s!) which are really, really good – better than many of the glutinous brownie mixes I’ve had over the years! The brand name is Live G-Free, and they¬† have a number of GF products in their stores. And every single one that I have tried has been good – not just “good for a gluten-free _______,” but really tasty all on it’s own. Their bread is the shining star – I can’t even tell that it’s gluten-free, and believe me when I tell you that making tasty gluten-free bread is grabbing the brass ring! Continue reading “She Sells Sea Salt by the Sea Shore”

Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!

Chicken Paprikash

Like many areas in the U.S., we have gotten a LOT of snow in the last 24 hours. It’s cold, the wind is blowing, and the snow is piling up. It’s a great day to be inside, eating comfort foods and feeling warm and cozy while looking out the window. It’s a great day for Chicken Paprikash!

This is another of those recipes from my childhood. We didn’t have it often (not sure why, since it’s pretty simple), but when we did, it always felt like a special occasion. My mom used to serve it with dumplings, which were loved by all and were awesome just on their own (yay, leftover dumplings!), but when trying to make them with gluten-free flour, they tended to disintegrate. So we substituted the dumplings with gluten free rice noodles, and never even missed the dumplings, because the chicken was THAT GOOD. Continue reading “Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!”

All Thai’ed Up

Pad Thai

Somehow in this life, I existed for…let’s just call it “a lot of”…years without ever tasting Pad Thai. In retrospect, I feel really, really sorry for past Me. About 5 years ago, my mom took me to lunch at a little place up the street that served Thai food. I gave the classic-style Pad Thai a try, and I was hooked! The flavors all went together so well, and the sauce – sharp and sweet, but not too much of it; just enough to give it a flair. And the noodles, veggies and meats gave it an interesting variety of textures. Pad Thai became one of my favorites that day.

Unfortunately, eating at restaurants with a family of 4 gets pricey pretty quick; even getting it as take-out was a bit steep for our budget. Don’t get me wrong, for a planned night out I was all for it. But for an impulse meal, I couldn’t do it. Continue reading “All Thai’ed Up”