Fried Okra

One of the things I miss about being gluten-free is the fried veggies of my southern upbringing.

Cry no more. Chick pea batter is a really great alternative.

It’s great for okra, onion rings, spinach and even peach fritters. I didn’t love it for mushrooms but whatev

Here’s the recipe.

When I use it on spinach I add curry seasoning to the batter. Amazing.


Snow Cream Dreams

What you will need:

Snow. LOL

Cream: half n half, milk, sweetened condensed milk, or heavy cream…. can combine if desired

Vanilla extract

Fruit if desired

Banana Snow Cream

In this recipe, because my Uncle Joe said, don’t forget the “Eagle Brand”, we used snow, sweetened condensed milk, a touch of half n half, vanilla extract and mashed ripe banana! OMGoodness!

Y’all, just add a little this and that to taste… —you need less than you think per bowl.

Next I am going to try making it with coconut milk and maple syrup.

My sister warned I should get bananas to add. She’s the trained pastry chef of the family so I got some! YUM!

Chicken Tortilla Soup


My wingding version that I loved.


2 stalks celery

1 large onion

2 TBS butter

1 whole chicken

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 can of Rotel tomatoes with cilantro and lime

1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp of cumin

1/2 Mexican oregano

Corn tortillas sliced into thin strips and fried in canola oil

shredded Monterey jack cheese

Chopped cilantro

Sliced avocado



Saute 1 cup chopped celery and 1 large onion in 2 TBS of butter until soft.

Add a whole Chicken and fill with water to cover chicken. Boil 1 hour.

Remove chicken and let cool before removing meat from bones. Strain broth and return broth to pot. Add all 3 cans of tomatoes and the can of black beans. Add chili powder, cumin and Mexican oregano. Add chicken back to soup and boil 45 min.

Serve soup topped with fried corn tortilla strips, cilantro, Monterey jack cheese and sliced avocado

Texas (quinoa) tabbouleh salad



My mother-in-law and Texas native replaces parsley in many recipes with cilantro. This to me seems very Texas like so, with inspiration from her I made a Texas version of tabbouleh — with quinoa ❤️
Cook 1 cup of quinoa. Once it cools mix in:

A cup of cherry tomatoes sliced (or more)

1 whole cucumber diced

A bunch of cilantro chopped

1 mashed and minced garlic bulb

Juice of a half lime

1/4 cup olive oil mixed in

Salt to taste.

Mix and eat with or without sliced avocado.  Drizzle more olive oil on top and more lime juice if needed. (for intensity and moisture)

(This is fast metabolism diet friendly)

Yee haw!

Brushetta time!

What to do with all of those home grown maters…..

Best of summer!



2 tomatoes chopped (remove seeds if you are my sister…her recipe)

2 chopped garlic cloves

1/8 extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

12 (or way more) basil leaves

Mix all–spread on bread!

1/2 loaf of french crusty bread toasted with olive oil and rubbed with a clove of garlic