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Corn and Crab Chowder

January 7th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Corn and Crab Chowder
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Seafood
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Serves: 8
Tasty surprisingly creamy crab and corn chowder, made gluten-free, and adapted from <a href="">Tracey's Culinary Adventures</a>
  • 4 Slices Bacon, cut into ½ to 1-inch pieces
  • 2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 (16oz) package frozen white corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 pint of half-and-half, divided ¾ to ¼
  • 16oz red-skinned potatoes, washed and cut into ½ to 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Cup-4-Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 16 oz lump crab meat
  1. Set a large saucepan over medium heat and add the bacon.
  2. Cook until crisp, stirring occasionally, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Drain until all but 1 tbsp of the bacon fat from the pot.
  4. Add the jalapeno, onion, salt, pepper and sugar to the bacon fat in the pan.
  5. Cook for about 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Stir in the corn kernels and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  7. Transfer ¾ cup of the corn mixture from the pan to your food processor and add ¾ pint of the half-and-half as well.
  8. Pulse until smooth then set aside.
  9. Add the potatoes to the pan and cook for 3 minutes then mix in the chicken broth.
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the potatoes are nearly fork tender.
  11. Whisk the remaining ¼ pint of half-and-half and the Cup-4-Cup flour together in a small bowl until well combined.
  12. Add to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute or until the chowder thickens slightly.
  13. Return the pureed corn mixture to the pan along with the crab meat.
  14. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes, or until everything is tender.
  15. Serve bowls of the chowder garnished with the bacon.


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Red Velvet Gluten Free Brownies

January 1st, 2014 · Recipies

Red Velvet Gluten-Free Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 16
These are so good, and have been described by those who have eaten them as "Heaven" and "Full of Deliciousness"
  • 1 4oz bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 1oz bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Small-Batch Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line bottom and sides of a 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides.
  3. Lightly grease foil.
  4. Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1½ to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals.
  5. Whisk in sugar.
  6. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition.
  7. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients.
  8. Pour Mixture into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 350 for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours)
  11. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles.
  12. Gently remove foil.
  13. Spread Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies
  14. Cut into 16 squares.


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Big Easy BBQ Shrimp – Southern Living

December 31st, 2013 · Uncategorized

Big Easy BBQ Shrimp - Southern Living
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Creole
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Serves: 6
Created in 1954 at Pascal's Manale Italian restaurant in New Orleans, BBQ Shrimp soon became a spiral-bound classic. The seasonings may vary, but it's always served with a crusty loaf of French bread for soaking up the buttery sauce. This recipe, from Elizabeth Ross of Dallas, first ran to rave reviews in the September 2006 Southern Living.
  • 3 lb unpeeled, large raw shrimp
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 (16-oz.) French bread baguette, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place shrimp in a shallow aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
  3. Stir together butter and next 8 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts
  4. Pour butter mixture over shrimp.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, stirring and turning shrimp after 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with French bread.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8oz Shrimp Calories: 380 Fat: 23.5 Saturated fat: 7.4 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 8.5 Sodium: 2883 Fiber: .3 Protein: 30 Cholesterol: 325.8


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Favorite Things

November 3rd, 2012 · Gifts/Products

Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

My husband and I have been focusing on getting fit. I decided that I needed to know the length, intensity, and calorie burn of my workouts.  I tried a couple different Heart Rate Monitors and decided the Garmin FR70 worked best for me.   At the moment, I am going to a gym, but in the spring I plan to start swimming and jogging. This monitor can also be used in water and to track running.

Carmel Nut Brownie Luna Bars

I am watching what I eat, but at times I really crave something chewy and chocolate. I decided to try the Luna bars in an effort to eat more protein. I discovered these at my local Giant grocery store, but found I could buy them much cheaper on Amazon.  I use these after workouts or for an evening snack. They are not a brownie, but they are as close as I am going to get to one anytime soon!

A Discovery of Witches

I haven’t been reading much since Charlotte was born. I wanted to get back into a good story and my friend Nicole recommended this book.  I read this book and the second in the series in four days!  I love  witches, vampires, and history.  I won’t share more but I will guarantee you won’t regret opening this book!


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Stutgart American High School – Reflections ’92

March 6th, 2012 · life


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A Sad Farewell

February 22nd, 2012 · life

I took this picture last September understanding that we would be saying goodbye to my mother in law in the near future. We discovered three weeks after Charlotte was born that my mother in law had a terminal form of cancer. The doctors gave her six months.  She held on for five and a half months.  On January 25th she passed away.

She adored Charlotte and could spend hours just looking at her.  I thought that me and my husband were the only ones who would do that.  I always knew that Anne would be an amazing grandmother and she was. In her last months, Anne recorded children’s books so that Charlotte could listen to her grandmother read to her as she grew up. Anne loved reading to her kids and she made me promise that we would make sure that Charlotte was a reader.  We have her copy of Charlotte’s Web from when she was a child.  Anne talked to me about cooking because, “Pete is not a good cook. You are going to have to teach Charlotte to make our family’s recipes.”  She made sure I had all of her recipes, that I knew the secrets and the best ingredients to use.  When she thought we weren’t looking or even when we were looking she would sneak a taste of whatever treat she was having to Charlotte. I took home jars of canned jelly, relishes, and chutney that she had made.  Anne was a classically trained cellist and had the voice of an angel.  Charlotte has her grandmother’s cello, violin, and bows waiting to see if she has a calling to musical instruments.  One of my favorite memories is of Anne singing Ave Maria at our wedding. She made me cry.  She loved to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to Charlotte and made me promise to watch “The Sound of Music” until Charlotte  knows all the songs.  Anne never met a stranger. Our child met so many of Anne’s friends, extended family, nurses, and Hospice staff that she now looks around and wonders where her adoring public has gone now that we are home.  We know separation anxiety when we are away from our child but she looks at all people and sees a new adventure.

In the few short months that Anne had with Charlotte, she managed to share what she felt were the best things in life: books, food, music, and people.

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Favorite Things

January 6th, 2012 · Gifts/Products


Itzbeen has to be by far the most useful gift we received upon Charlotte’s arrival.  You keep track of when you last fed and changed you baby. It also keeps track of when they last slept and has a nifty fourth button that we used to keep track of when we last gave her medicine.  Itzbeen has a nigh light feature so that you can locate it and the screen has a back light making it easy to read.  It is  a lot easier to hit a button than to try to recall at 3am when you last gave your baby medicine.

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment

A few years ago, I started using Fresh’s Sugar Lip Balm.  It is expensive but I had tried just about everything to treat my chapped lips. I hate feeling like my lips are coated in vaseline or as though I dipped my lips in wax which is pretty much how every lip balm felt.  This Christmas, my husband gave me a tube of Fresh’s Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment. I love it! I still use my old Sugar Lip Balm, especially when I am just kicking around the house, but when I am going out, this is a great alternative to lipstick. It has a hint of color and moisturizes my chapped lips at the same time.

A Game of Thrones

These books were recommended by everyone and I never added them to my reading list because they are long and I wasn’t sure about reading another series.  I noticed that a TV series was being made and I decided I should read the books before watching the show.  My best friend lent me her copies a few weeks before the end of my pregnancy. I just finished the fourth book.  They are amazing books!  There is intrigue, war, love, and a cast of characters that you find yourself loving and hating. I highly recommend these books!

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Charlotte Grace

October 3rd, 2011 · Uncategorized


One Month

Two Month

I can’t believe that Charlotte will be 3 months old next week!  She is simply the best thing  that has ever happened to Pete and me.  She arrived on July 13, 2011 at 6:33pm.  I am amazed that a year ago, we had just put a contract on our house and Pete had started his new job. I remember feeling so sad about our fertility treatment not working  but I was determined to create a happy life for us in Virginia.  We didn’t realize that we were already pregnant.   This year we face new struggles with our family but we find that we get through each day because we have each other and our Charlotte. She is a happy and engaging baby!

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Etsy Purchases

June 23rd, 2011 · Baby, Gifts/Products

I have had some fun on Etsy. I bought a lovely baby book from Ruby Love Designs and these three adorable headbands from Monday’s Child.

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The Nursery

June 23rd, 2011 · Baby

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