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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

When I think back to the cookies of my childhood, there are several cookies that come to mind, but there is one cookie that I had the most fun eating while making them: chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t had chocolate chip cookies or chocolate in a decade, so when I found Dark Chocolate Dream 100% …

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Salted Caramel Cake

When I tell a person that I’m allergic to milk/dairy, I can almost always guarantee the reaction. They usually get this blank look of,  “Oooookaaayyy” and they are having not very nice thoughts of dairy free food on the inside.  It is automatically assumed that if you can’t have milk, butter, cheese, etc. that you …

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Dairy Free Pizza

–> Pizza has become a staple meal in the American home, but that isn’t possibly when you are allergic to milk products. Even if you can get the restaurant to leave off the cheese, there is always the problem of cross contamination.  For the longest time, I did without. It was frustrating. No matter what …

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Living Without Dairy: Part I

Regardless of how you’ve come to live a dairy free life, the change can be overwhelming.  Everywhere you look there is milk, butter, cheese, cream, etc….  You might think that it’s easy to spot the dairy culprit, but too often it’s a sneaky little bugger.  This is one of the reasons why I make as …

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Shrimp Étouffée

I love creole and Cajun food. One of my favorites is Shrimp Étouffée (or crawfish if I could get my hands on some).  Borrowed from the French verb étouffer meaning to smother, the shrimp in Shrimp Étouffée is smothered in a wonderfully fragrant and spicy sauce. I find it addictive and I have a hard …

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Asheville Part II

Day 2 begins with brunch at Café Ello. They were more than happy to accommodate my milk allergy. It was a great treat for me because I haven’t had breakfast in a restaurant in what seems like forever.  I enjoyed a simple meal of scrambled eggs, country potatoes, and hickory smoked bacon. Becky had 2 …

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Asheville Part I

Last weekend was quite the whirlwind. My birthday was this week and my wonderful husband organized and surprised me with a girls’ weekend for my birthday.  He originally told me last Wednesday that he was taking me out of town for the weekend without our daughter and NOT to ask any questions because he was …

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