Pumpkin Coconut Pie

We’ve got a snowy day here in the DC area, and I figured it was a perfect day to share a sweet recipe that is a collaboration (well 20% us) with my mom.  We made this pie for Thanksgiving, and I have to say that it was a blast.  In all honesty, I found this better than your standard pumpkin pie that you can pick up from the store.

This pie we let sit for almost 2 days before finally serving, and it was still fantastic.  I was shocked at how the crust pulled away from the pan like a traditional pie, and the crust is really delicious.  Not too sweet, a little crumbly, and not too dry (which sometimes happens with these gluten free crust/bread/sweets recipes).  We hope you’ll try it and let us know how it comes out!

Simple Cinnamon Applesauce

Applesauce was something that I grew up enjoying, but only out of small, plastic containers.  As I grew older, I stopped enjoying the treat, and assumed I didn’t like it anymore.  Heather encouraged me for almost a year to try her homemade applesauce, but I always turned it down saying I wasn’t “an applesauce person.”  That was stupid on my part.

Thankfully, last autumn, she made it anyway.  This applesauce is delicious, and I look forward to the times when she cooks it up at home.  Better yet, it’s really easy.  I hope you’ll take the time to make it as well; it’s a delicious homemade treat that’s way better than the stuff that’s pre-packaged in plastic.

The Best Stuffing

Last Thanksgiving, we were brave and hosted both of our families in our little house.  It was a fabulous time, albeit pretty cramped.  We made everything within our food choices, and even brewed some homemade cider for the occasion.  You can read a little more about it here.

One of the creations from that holiday was this stuffing.  It’s made with my corn-less corn bread, and US Wellness Meats sugar free pork breakfast sausage.  I’m sure you could buy some ground pork and season it and come up with a decent stuffing, but I’m fairly confident that this is the secret ingredient.  I was a bit baffled by the response to this stuffing (it’s good, but I totally made it up), but after returning to the recipe a year later, it still holds up.  Sometimes you just get lucky.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Pumpkin “Cornbread”

Growing up, corn was a regular part of my diet. Corn was my favorite vegetable; little did I know it was actually a grain. We ate it all sorts of ways–grilled corn on the cob,  frozen corn microwaved and seasoned with salt and butter, creamed corn over mashed potatoes, cornbread, etc. My absolute favorite was cornbread. Those dense, slightly sweet squares of golden goodness never lasted long.

Paleo Doggie Delights

We really have enjoyed the benefits of a paleo diet for our own health and wellness, and we felt it was only fair to share the love with our dog, Mason, as well.  He does eat a real-food, gluten-free dog food, but we have had mixed success with dog treats.

Leave it to my Mom to come up with a cool, paleo-friendly dog treat recipe.  She also hit a home run with her mushroom soup.  Another fun fact is that she loves crafting, and makes a lot of the napkins and place settings for our photo shoots.  You can check out her stuff on her Etsy site.

Haddock Fish Sticks

paleo breaded fish sticks

One of my guilty pleasures growing up was always fish sticks and those breaded fish patties.  They’d occasionally have them at school lunches, and my dad has always been a fan of the frozen fish from our local freezer section.  I haven’t purchased anything of the sort in quite a long time, and shudder to think how (and from what) they’re produced, but they sure were tasty.

Greek Pork Loin Roulade

greek pork loin roulade

We really love cooking with pork.  It’s not uncommon for us to have a good supply of bacon in the house, and we even did a crown roast for Easter this past year.  One of the things I’d always been interested in is doing a roulade.  We’ve done it before with chicken thighs, but the result was small individual pieces rather than one larger piece to serve from.