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a gluten-free dinner? yes!

fresh scratch, gluten free, asian short ribs

fresh scratch, gluten-free, dinner, asian ribs

We have dear, dear friends who can’t have gluten, so I am always on the look out for a really good {and I mean really good as in it shatters the misconception that g-f means grody and blah} gluten-free recipe to turn into a dinner for them the next time we have them over {which is never often enough!}.

Since Matt gives music lessons in our living room every Wednesday until just about dinner time, the crock pot has become my best friend on Wednesdays. I’m busy, he’s busy, and the crock pot allows me the option of taking the girls and getting the heck out of my house until dinner time. I mean, have you ever heard the same chords played week in and week out? Remember when Journey said lovin’ a music man ain’t always what it’s supposed to be?

They had no idea how right they were.

I have an entire Pinterest board related to crock pot things, and I’ve been slowly working my way through it, one week at a time. I’m not even going to try to say I’ve adapted this recipe for Asian Short Ribs by 100 Days of Real Food, because it’s practically perfect in every way. The Chinese 5-spice powder is becoming one of my pantry staples – don’t skip it in the recipe! Also, the prep before you turn the crock pot on is incredibly minimal.

fresh scratch, gluten free, asian short ribs

About 45 minutes before dinner time, I rinse some rice (brown or white), using my trusty-stove-top method to cook it. It makes a perfect bed for the ribs. I also set a pot of water to boil and steam some broccoli. Other firm veggies would be nice, or even a batch of fried rice.  

The secret to what makes this amazing is the soy sauce glaze. Soy sauce can be purchased g-f, so holla’! Double the batch. Trust me. You will want to bathe your broccoli in this, too.

Whip up a cocktail, throw it all on the table, and wow your guests. Let them think it was a lot harder than it was ;).

You’re welcome!

PS: Need some more crock pot ideas? Here’s a post where I rounded up some of my favorites.



my grammy’s no-bake cookies.

Fresh Scratch, No-Bake Cookies

Fresh Scratch, Grammy

Today would’ve been my Grammy’s 92nd birthday. Since her passing a little over a year ago, I have found myself flipping open the lid to her little tin recipe box whenever I miss her, inhaling the smell of her house and then closing it really fast so the magic doesn’t run out.

Her greatest hits were the baked goods, not the dinners. Spaghetti with huge pieces of leftover KFC tucked into the sauce comes to mind…

Nope, it was the berry pies, the banana bread, the cobblers, the cookies. For my grandpa’s birthday {he’s the Dewey mentioned in the card above} this month, all he wants is her apple pie, and so I will do my best. It won’t be the same, but he’ll pretend that it is.

Fresh Scratch, No-Bake Cookies

My favorite little gem in that recipe box is for these no-bake cookies, which I honestly do not recall her making. This is something the girls and I can whip up a batch of in no time, something that can happen after our days at school and before my energy level slides to less than zero.

Grammy's No-Bake Cookies


  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2/3 c. peanut butter
  • 3 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1 T vanilla


  1. Melt butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk together. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  2. Remove pan from heat and add peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
  3. Stir.
  4. Let thicken and cool a few minutes.
  5. Drop by the teaspoon full onto wax paper.
  6. Eat when cool.


Grammy originally used margarine - I don't. She also called for less oatmeal than is listed here - I found them to be a bit runny. I line cookie sheets with was paper and then chill them after dropping the cookies on them, just to hurry up the process. These keep just fine covered at room temperature for a few days. If they last...

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