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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers (gluten-free)

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Looking for something do to with your leftovers? Grab a bell pepper, cut it open and stuff it! Stuffed peppers are a nutritious option for those who are going gluten free, dairy free, or interested in Paleo. This recipe was created with help from the littlest Kitchen Diva in Training- she's been begging for these for weeks. Sweet bell peppers are listed as one of the 'dirty dozen' foods, so we typically wait until organic peppers go on sale. Even better, wait until summer and purchase them from your local organic farmer! Use the proportions and ingredients as suggestions to [...]
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Brownie Cookies

Brownie Cookies... Did you know that you can actually make brownie cookies? Brownie bites, but more elegant. And did you know The Adventuresome Kitchen's Chocolate Lover's TDF (to die for) Brownie Mix makes great cut-out (brownie) cookies? It does indeed! We design our mixes to be as versatile as possible- because some days you want something a little more elegant than a simple brownie...something a bit more lovey-dovey. Our Brownie Cookies recipe is also a perfect way to stretch the Adventuresome Kitchen's gluten free brownie mix to accommodate a classroom full of sugar fiends ready to let out for a [...]
Cornbread French Toast

Gluten Free French Toast

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Continuing with our breakfast theme this week, I'd like to discuss gluten free french toast. French toast is super easy to make gluten free- all you need is gluten free bread, or in this case, leftover cornbread (Thank you to fabulous photographer Rebekah West for the brilliant idea!) In this case, we actually used leftover Polenta Cake compliments of David Lebovitz. If you don't subscribe to his blog, and you love French food, I highly recommend it. I find many of his recipes easy to convert without losing the essence of what's he's working to create. Polenta cake is a [...]
gluten free ham & cheese waffles

Gluten Free Ham and Cheese Waffles

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Sometimes you just need breakfast food for dinner. Or dinner food for breakfast. These gluten free ham and cheese waffles make the case for either. Cheesy, savory, and fluffy- they make a delicious change from traditional waffles any time of day. And if you're into the whole sweet & savory contrast, be sure to slather them in some flavorful Grade B Maple Syrup. I always use Grade B because it's darker and has more imperfections- which leads to complexity of flavor. It's also a bit cheaper than the lighter sweeter stuff. When approaching waffles this way, you could make them [...]
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Cellar Rat Wine

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Why write about a wine shop on a website dedicated to food? Because good wine elevates good food, and good food makes good wine taste better. I love wine, but I love wine & food more. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Located at 17th & Baltimore in the heart of the Crossroads Art District, the staff at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants are as passionate about wine as I am about making good food. As a result, I've become a whole lot more passionate (and adventurous) about wine and wine pairings.  Because of the staff's knowledge, [...]
Bacon Broccoli

Bacon Broccoli w/ Dijon Vinaigrette

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
There's a reason to keep bacon on hand. It enlivens pretty much everything...Sundaes? Add bacon. Chocolate Chip Cookies? Add bacon. Kale, Broccoli, or any other good for you veggie? Oh yeah...definitely add the bacon. Many of you have indicated you're working towards incorporating more veggies into your diet, but that you can't get past the idea you grew up with that veggies don't taste that great. Inevitably, you reach for them last, not first, and they become the hurried afterthought, not the delicious dinner companion they could be. Broccoli is a superfood that should be a mainstay in your weekly [...]
Gluten Free Crab Bites w/ Cocktail Saucee

Game Day Snacks Part 2: Crab Bites with Easy Cocktail Sauce

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Game Day Snacks Part 2: Crab Bites w/ Easy Cocktail sauce. In homage to the Seafood culture of this year's two Superbowl cities, here's another easy recipe sure to be a game day hit. I'm lucky- I've lived in Seattle twice. Once as a kid, and again as an undergrad (go Dawgs!!) Every time I get back to the PNW there are a few musts on my list: A ferry ride across Puget Sound (this used to be preceded by a stop at Ivar's for clams and chips, but not since my celiac status), a meander through Pike Market, Oysters [...]
Cheesy Shrimp Puffs with Chimichurri

Game Day Recipes Part 1: Cheesy Shrimp Puffs with Chimichurri Sauce

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Game Day Recipes should be more than nachos and beer. Not that there's anything wrong with nachos and beer, but they're predictable and who wants to be that? This year, in homage to Boston & Seattle (two of my fave cities in the US, and whose food cultures often center around seafood) we've created some tasty finger food accompanied by sauces that will tackle your tastebuds like a defensive lineman. Today's recipe can be considered a tribute to Boston- while I would have preferred to call these Lobster Puffs- and if you have the funds, that would taste *amazing*, shrimp [...]
Kansas City Restaurant week

Kansas City Restaurant Week 2015

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Did you know what Zagat has rated Kansas City the Number 1 Bargain in dining? Pretty cool, huh? Over the last few years, Kansas City has been featured as a Top Destination by the likes of Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure, Saveur, and the Today Show. Kansas City has a lot more going for it than barbeque and baseball. We've got a world class performing arts space, an affordable cost of living, a lively arts scene, and an independent restaurant scene that is grounded in local food. Restaurant Week is a great time to check out some of the best [...]
Brussels with Cream

Creamy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Brussels are so underappreciated.  They're like the dentist of vegetables. Everybody needs them, nobody likes them, which is too bad because they're a superfood and should be a staple in the vegetable rotation. Part of the problem is that brussels are often overcooked. When this happens, they turn to mush and taste rather cabbagey.... Too bad really, because when they're properly prepared, they're soft, maybe even a little al dente, and sweet. Yes, sweet! I confess, until several years ago, I was a hater.  But Mr. Kitchen Diva convinced me otherwise one evening when we were out on a date. [...]
Duck & Quail Plate Affare

Affäre: Fabulous Food and Gluten-Free Done Right

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Recently, I wrote about getting gluten bombed at a local establishment well known for serving gluten-free items on their menu. Suffice it to say I've been pretty skittish about eating out anywhere since then. However, Mr. Kitchen Diva took me out on a date to a restaurant I've been hearing great things about and dying to try-  Affäre, located at 1911 Main Street. God bless him, he called ahead ask if they could work with a gluten issue and to make sure there would be safe items for me to eat, and when I arrived, this was waiting for me [...]
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Savory Ham and Cheese Muffins (gluten free)

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
These savory ham and cheese muffins are the perfect grab and go breakfast. They're loaded with protein, and besides, I'm not much of a sweet person. Don't get me wrong- I love a good macaron or a tiny truffle from my local chocolate shop, but I have a hard time eating bunches of sweets. However, treats that are salty, less sweet? I don't have much control..especially when it came to putting these out for a brunch we hosted recently..I didn't stop at just one...       The flavors in these savory ham and cheese muffins are reminiscent of an [...]
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Oak Street Mansion, Kansas City

Just before the holidays, Mr. Kitchen Diva and I had the opportunity to get away for a long weekend. It was much needed, and for various reasons- mostly having to do with time- we opted for a 'staycation' not far from where we live. Kansas City is routinely making top 5 and top 10 lists for food tourism, sports, arts, and livability. If you're coming from afar, or just need a romantic staycation to recharge your batteries, look no further than the Oak Street Mansion. Built in 1907, the Mansion was purchased in 2010 and lovingly restored for two years [...]
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6 Cooking Hacks to Make Your Kitchen More Fun in 2015

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
Happy New Year! As the world gets back to business this week, many will begin to work on resolutions of eating healthier, cooking more, or eating together as a family more often. If you are new to the kitchen, or just wanting to make a bit of a shift, here are 6 cooking hacks that are easy, will help you have more fun, gain a new outlook, and make being in the kitchen more enjoyable. Do you have hacks that have worked for you? Add them in the comments below! Here's to good eating in 2015! 1. Turn off the [...]
Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding – A New Year’s Tradition

Happy New Year!! Do you have traditions for welcoming the New Year? Apparently we do, and it's called Breakfast Bread Pudding. I've never been big on family traditions- mostly out of necessity, choosing the adventurous route of new activities and experiences based on our schedule and location... Somehow though, one snuck up on us. I didn't even realize it until the other day, when we were making our New Year's plans with the Kitchen Divas in Training. Suddenly my oldest, who is at the age where she lives in an adult body but is still very much a young girl, [...]
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Gluten Cross Contamination- at home & in restaurants

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
I want to talk a bit about cross-contamination. Normally I try to focus on the positive aspects of being gluten-free; helping people to be proactive in their cooking and travel, and trying in my own life to experience fully the fabulous gluten-free options that are available to us. But as I sit here reeling from the effects of serious gluten contamination Saturday evening at the hands of an inexperienced and very careless server at a restaurant we frequent often, I feel that I need to address the very serious issue of cross contamination and the ramifications of the gluten-free 'fad'. [...]
Yummy Yammy Turkey Curry Sauce

Turkey Curry with Yummy Yammy Sweet Potato Salsa

So my friend Lisa has this awesome company that sells sweet potato salsa- Yummy Yammy. Yeah- you read that right- sweet potato salsa. And it's freaking delicious!! In addition to running a boutique food company, Lisa- like me, has two amazing daughters, and divides her time between growing a company, her girls, and managing all the ins and outs of parenthood, homeownership, and spousehood. Plus she's super cool, and she makes time to mentor other folks- like me. Ingredients for a super-hero as far as I'm concerned. Yummy Yammy has been on my radar for well over a year. I [...]
Cream of Chicken Soup

Best Cream of Chicken Soup Ever- Gluten Free

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
I am a convert. I've never been much of a fan of 'cream of' soups. But then I came up with this because I was working on a recipe that called for 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup. (Yes, occasionally I do follow a recipe!) Celiacs and other Gluten-Freers know that most creamy soups are thickened with flour. That means bye-bye clam chowder, lobster bisque, cream of mushroom (the key ingredient in Green Bean Casserole) cream of chicken soup, etc... Well, after a bit of research I realized that this is not rocket science, and away we went. The [...]
Pumpkin Pear Crisp- Not Just for the Holidays!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pear Crisp

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
So I saw this cubed pumpkin in the store the other day and my imagination ran wild. Why not do a take on apple crisp but with pumpkin? Well here you are...pumpkin pear crisp! We tried this first with apples and pears- which you can do, but ultimately settled on the pumpkin-pear combination. To complete the holiday spin on this dish- although it's so good, you really should consider it anytime you can get pumpkin- we added dried cranberries and pecans. Crisps are so easy and are a perfect canvas to experiment with flavor combinations- You have apples on hand [...]
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes..ever..

by Jennifer Lee Robinson
It's National Cupcake Day!! Get yourself to the kitchen and make yourself a batch of the best gluten free chocolate cupcakes ever! The history of the cupcake goes back to at least 1913. It differentiated itself from the pound cake recipe (a lb of sugar, butter, flour, eggs) with the following formula: 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, 4 eggs, a heaping tablespoon of baking powder and a cup of milk... Cupcake vs. Poundcake...so simple, when you think about it.. Our recipe was originally conceived several years ago for the elder Kitchen Diva In Training's 9th birthday. [...]
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