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Restaurant Review: Yogio Food Cart

Yogio is a food cart located in NE Alberta in the “Holy Trinity”, right next to another gluten-free cart called The Dog House PDX (here’s my review of The Dog House PDX in May 2011). Both carts are run by the same folks They have a fantastic selection of dishes that are sure to please everybody. […]

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Coffee Brewing Methods, Part 3

Here’s a completely different coffee brewing method, the Toddy Coffee Maker. It’s a cold brew method that brews coffee overnight in your refrigerator. It makes enough to fill the glass decanter (shown above) with a coffee concentrate that you can keep in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The Toddy works for iced coffee, […]

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Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix

Betty Crocker, a major food brand, has joined in on the gluten-free market. Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix is here. Lucky for us! With the familiar name of Bisquick on the box, I had to try it. Besides, I had to find something to satisfy that occasional pancake craving. Rice flour is the main […]

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Walnut Red Pepper Dip

This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s super simple, quick to make, and has just a few ingredients. This dip makes a great snack with chips, crackers, or vegetables. It’s also my go-to recipe when I need to bring something to share for a party. This dip works with many special dietary needs; it’s […]

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Gluten-Filled Nostalgia

Last week I experienced a day that I truly craved a food from the past that I can no longer eat on my gluten-free diet. A pita sandwich. I was walking around downtown Portland past lunchtime and I was hungry. I had just bought chicken and rice from one of my favorite food carts downtown, […]

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Basil and Tomato Chicken

Going with the fresh basil theme from last week’s pesto recipe, here’s another option for using fresh basil: in a marinade for chicken breasts. This Italian inspired marinade is wonderful for summer with the bright flavors of fresh tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar. It’s super fast to prepare and needs only a few ingredients. Be sure […]

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Cruise In Country Diner

Ever been to Cruise In Country Diner? You’re in for a real treat. Cruise In is a great little diner in Hillsboro, Oregon. Music and memorabilia from the 50’s and 60’s fill the place, even their menu evokes the style with classic car names in the titles of every dish. You can dine inside, or […]

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Spinach Basil Pesto

This was my first attempt at homemade pesto, and I must say it won’t be the last. I have a basil plant that needed some serious harvesting, so the time to try making pesto had arrived. I was incredibly pleased with this recipe! It has a bright, fresh flavor. I was curious about how it […]

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Gluten Free Pasta

I have been asked what my favorite gluten-free pasta is. I don’t eat pasta very often, but when I do, it’s gotta be the good stuff…and that’s Tinkyada Rice Pasta. Tinkyada rice pasta is by far the best texture of any gluten-free pasta that I have ever tried. It’s just like eating regular pasta; people […]

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Infused Water Recipes, Part 1

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t care for the taste of water. It’s my ongoing battle; drinking the daily amount of water I need while trying to ignore the taste. This infusion pitcher from Crate & Barrel has become my new best friend in helping me drink enough water. I prepare the […]

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Coffee Brewing Methods, Part 2

Last week I reviewed the Aeropress coffee maker in Coffee Brewing Methods, Part 1. Now it’s on to Part 2! Another coffee brewing method I liked was the Chemex coffeemaker. This method also yielded a smooth cup of coffee; not quite as smooth as the Aeropress, but darn close. Chemex is not quite as fast […]

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The Dog House PDX

I love tater tots. They’re comfort food, they’re fun to eat, and they make you feel like a kid again when you eat them. When I went gluten-free, I thought tater tots were just one of the many foods of my past that I had to give up since they’re made with flour. Well, things […]

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Versatile Sausages and Peppers with Marinara Sauce

You’re probably wondering why I have a slow cooker recipe in the month of May. The slow cooker is for the winter, isn’t it??? Truth is, I use my slow cooker as long as I can before the weather gets too hot. Besides, not all slow cooker recipes have to cook all day long and […]

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The Dragonfly Coffee House in Portland, OR

The Dragonfly Coffee House is located in the Alphabet District on the corner of NW Thurman & 24th. It’s a terrific NW Portland neighborhood spot. It’s a small but comfortable place with vintage couches, tables, and chairs. There’s a cozy, friendly vibe here from the moment you walk in the door. I’ve been there several […]

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Coffee Brewing Methods, Part 1

I love coffee. I love the taste of coffee; I’m one of those rare people who drink it black. I enjoy the ritual of making coffee; I look forward to it every morning. I especially enjoy having the time to kick back, relax, and slowly sip that perfect cup. A few months ago, my electric […]

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