My Secret For Juicy Grilled Pork Chops (With Chimichurri Sauce)

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I almost gave up on pork chops. I had tried many different ways to cook them, but often times they’d come out too tough, like leather. But then I discovered the tenderizing secret: brining! I tried brining first with thin sliced cutlets, and it worked o.k., but center cut on-the-bone chops turned out the best every time. I should have known this as my dad, who was a butcher, always told me meat on the bone is the juiciest cut.

Today I’m going to share with you my secret for juicy grilled pork chops with chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri sauce beautifully complements grilled meat and is naturally gluten free. Originating in Argentina, chimichurri is similar to pesto sauce. I make it with parsley, cilantro, and a little hot spiciness from red pepper flakes….

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Grilled Zucchini Roll Ups

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Nicole took me on a field trip last week. I say that because when my kids were small, I planned many of the field trips for our homeschool group. Now the kids are all grown up, and Nicole planned a trip into Manhattan with Michael and Peter to visit the Neue Galerie in New York City. She asked me if I would like to join them. Of course, I did.

The museum is currently running an exhibit called “Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold” which coincides with the recent movie, Woman In Gold. The movie is about the return of five Klimt paintings that had been seized by the Nazis during World War II. It’s a remarkable story, and The Woman in Gold oil painting created with actual gold and silver is quite beautiful to behold.

And what does this have to do with grilled zucchini roll ups?…

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Mozzarella Wrapped In Prosciutto With Basil Sauce

Mozzarella Wrapped In Prosciutto With Basil Sauce

I was going to bring you a recipe for a zucchini and sausage layered casserole today, but the pictures didn’t quite come out the way Peter and I wanted them too. And by the time we realized this, the casserole was already gobbled up by my hungry family. Oh, the joys of food blogging. Sometimes it’s just tough to keep the food from being eaten long enough to shoot good pics.

I’ll make it again this next week, which my family probably won’t mind, because it is sooo delicious.

So in the meantime, I have a very tempting appetizer for you. Sweet ground sausage and creamy mozzarella wrapped in delicate slices of prosciutto. You can double or even triple the recipe if you decide to make this for your next dinner party. I just made five of theses bundles as an appetizer tonight.

We don’t have appetizers every night, but sometimes it’s nice to add a special appetizer to make everyone feel a little bit more love. This is so simple to make and really adds an extra special touch to dinner….

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How’s Your Sleep Routine?

My husband, John, is visiting the blog today with an article about the natural healing and rejuvenating process that occurs during sleep. – Barbara

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish proverb

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I like the nighttime. I’m talking about past 12 o’clock or even 1 AM. It’s a time when everyone is asleep, and I can spend time in the quite stillness reading and writing with no interruptions. Sometimes I feel like I am in a zone. It’s me and my book or me and the words I’m typing on the computer screen.

I also know that this is not good for me to stay up that late. I know that the later I stay up, the more I will be fighting against my normal cortisol levels and diurnal sleep pattern (read my post about adrenal fatigue here). I know if I wake early after staying up late at night, I will lose some of the natural healing and rejuvenating process that occurs during sleep, and my long-term health will be affected. If I want my adrenals to heal and my health to improve, I must get adequate sleep….

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Strawberry Granita

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All I can say is, “It’s hot outside!” The mercury is rising and icy, strawberry granita is light and cold; just what I need to cool off on these hot summer days.

Earlier this month, I made a sparkling raspberry lemonade pressé with fresh lemons and raspberries. It was the perfect summer drink, and I loved that because it was homemade, I could sweeten it with stevia and choose organic berries, free of chemicals and pesticides. As the days grow more humid here, my kids have been eating more ice cream. The pressé gave me the idea to make a healthy frozen dessert for them instead with fresh berries! I decided on a strawberry granita, a dessert originally from Sicily, similar to snow cones and Italian ice. My version is made with organic strawberries and stevia for a refreshingly fun dessert without a drop of sugar….

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Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese

Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese

Today, I am revisiting one of my favorite recipes: eggplant rollatini. This time I’ve updated it with a special twist, stuffing these delicious bundles of eggplant with mozzarella cheese and and a meaty bolognese sauce.

I have found that the more research I do on celiac disease and healthy living, the more I keep revising my recipes in an effort to use the healthiest ingredients and cooking methods. After more than ten years of following a gluten free lifestyle, my family is also trying to avoid sugar, most grains, eat organic whenever we can, enjoy green drinks, and eliminate processed food. We have improved our diet, and we’re feeling terrific. In order to update my eggplant rollatini recipe to fit our current diet, I decided to leave out the breadcrumbs and broil the eggplant instead of frying. Once rolled up with the mozzarella and meat sauce, the result was absolutely perfect….

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My Try At Healthier French Fries

My Try At Healthier French Fries

French fries and healthy in the same sentence? I know what you’re thinking: french fries aren’t usually thought of as part of a healthy diet. And that’s why I’m so excited about this recipe. My kids love french fries (honestly, don’t we all!), and by using avocado oil, I don’t have to worry about them snacking on an unhealthy treat. It’s just a fun and tasty way to serve potatoes!

We generally don’t eat fries as often as the kids would like to. When eating out in restaurants, the fries are usually cooked in a shared frier or sometimes coated in a batter. Definitely not gluten free. And, of course, restaurant fries are deep fried in a huge vat of oil. Not so good for your health. So yesterday I decided to surprise my kids with fries as a side at dinner. This way I could choose the healthiest ingredients….

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