Pepperoni and Cream Cheese Pizza Rolls – Gluten Free

Super easy and tasty little gluten free appetizers! This recipe makes about 50! Continue reading

Easy Gluten Free, Grain Free Pizza Crust!! from

Easy Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Tuesday night is pizza night for the kids at our house. We’ll often pick up takeout for the gluten-eaters, but almost everyone prefers this easy homemade gluten free pizza crust. Continue reading

Gluten Free Paper Bag Popcorn

Almost everyone in my house is over 5’5″. Almost. Five of the six of us are. My four year old daughter is not. She’s not even over four feet tall. She’s also very observant of the fact that she’s the very smallest of our family. In fact, she’s started telling strangers “I’m the only child in my family,” which confuses strangers who then try to figure out who all the teens are and what our relationship to them might be.

It’s hard being so small in such a big family. Big people can do a little more, play a little harder, push themselves a little longer. A tiny person has to expend twice as much energy just to keep up on a walk. So it’s no wonder that after our month of fun on the road, our smallest member was a little bit tired. But because she’s four, there’s no way she would actually rest. Rests are for babies.  Continue reading

gluten free, grain free pizza bites from

Gluten Free Pizza Bites made with Tapioca Flour

We have a slight pizza addiction in our house. We’ll sometimes buy gluten free pizza crusts from Truly Free, our local gluten free restaurant and make homemade pizza, but often I just whip up these easy little variations on my  olive and feta appetizer puffs. Continue reading

Gluten Free After School Snacks Guest Post

Gluten Free/Peanut Free After School Snacks

Today I’m guest posting at Julie’s blog Natural and Free sharing the after school snacks we serve to fuel our kids and their friends! If you’re looking for some really easy and gluten free ideas for when your little (or not so little!) ones are hungry, Continue reading

Gluten Free Black Olive and Feta Appetizer Puffs from

Gluten Free Black Olive and Feta Appetizer Puffs

I love it when I find gluten free recipes that are quick, easy and inexpensive and still make me look like an absolute kitchen genius. In fact, I almost don’t want to share this appetizer recipe, because these little puffs are so fancy and incredible that I really don’t want anyone to know how little effort goes into making them. Continue reading
Helen's Amazing Gluten Free Layer Dip from

Helen’s Amazing Gluten Free Layer Dip

This weekend we went to the most amazing 4th of July party ever. Friends had us over for dinner, and after we ate, we set off fireworks! All of us! Continue reading
Gluten Free Bread Alternative Brazilian Cheese Buns

Gluten Free Bread Alternative – Brazilian Cheese Buns

I think everyone who goes gluten free begins a quest. The quest for the perfect bread. The perfect bread is our Holy Grail. We buy pre-packaged gluten free frozen bread, only to have it break apart in the toaster. We make gluten free biscuits from mixes and they’re dry, salty and sandy. Our tortillas crumble. Our sandwiches disintegrate. Without the gluten in wheat, bread needs weird things like xanthan gum. And even if it does contain xanthan gum, it still doesn’t really taste or feel like bread.

Okay, so the perfect gluten free bread might not be out there. But there has to be some way to satiate that bread craving. Or at least hold our sandwich stuff together.

This week I’m going to be sharing some of my new favorite bread replacements. They’re not bread, but they really get rid of that, “I just want to eat something normal” feeling. Continue reading

Gluten Free Vegan Football Fritters

It's official. After an amazing 11 months in Thailand, we're moving back to the States. Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about this. It's been three years (2 in Canada and one here in Thailand) since life has been “normal”. I miss normal. On the other hand, a community like Verge @ 50 is a very rare one, and I can't imagine finding a situation that would allow me to “do life” with others in such a real way. I'll miss the great friends that have surrounded us here.

There is one thing I don't have mixed feelings about. Football. You can't get all the games in Canada, and we haven't been able to get any games here in Thailand. And I miss football. I miss the family time. I miss the excitement. I miss shouting at the TV. And I really miss the snacks.

I made these little chickpea fritters the other day and the first thing I though was: these would taste so much better with football. They're so easy to make, they just take a bit of preparation. You need to throw everything together ahead of time and let the chickpeas soak. They taste very much like falafels. And they'd be excellent dipped in ranch or a sweet chili sauce. These are best if you eat them soon after they're made. If you're expecting company, double the recipe.


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Gluten Free Vegan Football Fritters




  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • Broth


  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 T ground corriander seed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 T dehydrated garlic
  • 2 T oil
  • 3 cups water.


  1. Sautée vegetables in oil until tender.
  2. Add spices and stir lightly over heat until vegetables are combined.
  3. Add water and salt to taste. (you want this to have the same saltiness of soup you yourself would eat. )
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat, let cool slightly and pour warm broth over chickpeas.
  6. Let sit 8 hours or until chickpeas have about doubled in size.

After Soaking

  1. Drain chickpeas, reserving broth.
  2. Add chickpeas (and the celery and onion stuck all over them) and 1 cup broth to the blender.
  3. Blend on high, adding broth by the Tablespoon until chickpeas move loosely throught the blender. Blend until smooth. (it will still look sortof chunky no matter how much you blend it. If it's not really moving through the blender, you can add more broth a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Heat 2″ of oil in a frying pan until smoking lightly.
  5. Drop by half tablespoons into the oil.
  6. Fry until tops are firm and full of bubbles and bottoms are brown. Flip and brown other side. You may need to add more oil as you go if the fritters soak it up.


Enjoy hot with football.

Go Pack.


Gluten Free Mung Bean Pancakes

On Monday I invented mung bean pancakes. I had ground mung beans to try out in my continuing grain free waffle experiment, but the flour was so soft and beautiful I decided to make pancakes instead. They weren’t quite what I was hoping for. Fantastic texture, but the taste just wasn’t pancakey enough. Too savory. So I turned to Google. Surely someone else has had the idea of making mung bean pancakes and did it better than I did.

I was right. Someone else had beat me to it. A whole country of someone elses. The Koreans. The next day I found out that I’d been outdone by an entire continent. They’re called Chillas in India and a similar recpipe made from black lentils is called Dosa in Sri Lanka. These savory, crispy, amazing pancakes are brought to you by the ingenuity of Asia. Continue reading