Restaurant Review – Cibo, Calgary

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We were invited to Cibo to sample their newly-launched line of gluten free pizzas. But as we sat at the bar, well before our food arrived, deep in conversation with a very attentive, intelligent and engaged group of staff, it dawned on me that this is one of those unique places where everything – not just the dishes on the menu – is focused on making you feel like you are an extraordinary person. They don’t just want you to have a good meal – they want you to remember the whole experience with the kind of fondness that you reserve for your “best meal I’ve ever eaten” occasions. Which is why it was not a surprise to hear them say “we love to host people here”. That’s the spirit that wraps around comfortable meals at grandma’s house, or a dinner date with your true soulmate. How do you get that at a restaurant?

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Decadent (best-EVER) Flourless Brownies

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Brownies make everything better, right? At least for the few moments you take to savour the chocolatey goodness. We could all use some chocolate relief these days.

Not that I complain about desserts when I can eat them, but when I get a brownie that’s more cake than brownie, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. If I wanted a piece of fluffy cake I would have made cake. When I want a brownie, I want chewy, rich chocolate. Read More

Alright, Winter, That’s Enough Out Of You: Lentil Quinoa Burgers

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We have a problem here. I’ve got spring fever and it’s only the middle of January. This happens every year right after Christmas. I can always keep my spirits up for Christmas, even sometimes for New Year’s. But after the lights and the magic are gone I wish so much that I could just fast forward through the next couple months. I can’t stand winter. I know I’m not alone when I say it would be much easier if it weren’t so damn cold for weeks at a time. When you have a small baby, it takes a lot of effort to get outside when it’s -10C. If it’s any colder than that, you pretty much stay inside and make do with in-house activities. This is not the easiest task for someone who thrives on spending time outside. Read More

Cauliflower Side Dish

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Not every meal ideal or recipe needs to be complicated. In fact, this is a SIMPLE side dish, as so many people struggle with what sides to serve at meals. This is also one of those dishes that some people may have been hearing a lot about lately, but who aren’t sure how to incorporate it into their normal cooking routine.

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Holiday Sausage Strata

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Holiday Sausage Strata

“Holiday Sausage Strata” sounds like a complicated dish, dreamed up by some Larousse or Emeril to further complicate one’s Christmas and New Year traditions.  Who knows – some famous chef may have been responsible for this masterpiece, but the saving grace of this recipe (in this time of absorbingly complex kitchen activity) – featuring all the breakfast essentials of eggs, sausage, cheese, and bread – is that it is laughably easy and guaranteed to please the crowd – either on Christmas morning, or on New Year’s Day (when it contributes all the ingredients necessary to soak up last night’s revelry, if needed). Read More

Blue Cheese Dip

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With the festive time of year upon us, ‘tis the season for holiday parties and potlucks. This is an easy recipe that is gluten free, and will be a hit at any event you host or need to bring an appetizer to. It is so simple to make, which leaves you with plenty of time to deck the halls, shop for gifts, and to enjoy some Christmas cheer!

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Gluten Free Wings for a Crowd

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It’s the season for parties and sharing and eating more than you’re used to. And inevitably, there are the potlucks – the opportunity to make one thing for everyone, and enjoy everyone else’s one thing. And, when one has to be wary about what might be in those cookies or cheese log or charcuterie, it’s always helpful to bring along to the party something that everyone – yourself included – can enjoy to the maximum, without fear of gluten. Why not be the life of the party, bringing the jewel in the crown of party foods – Gluten Free Wings, for a Crowd.

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gluten free candy cane brownie cookies

Candy Cane Brownie Cookies: I Could Get Used To This Stay-At-Home Mom Baking Life

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“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”
― Marc Levy

Good day, GFYYC readers!

Let’s be honest, people. Season changes are no fun. I personally tend to spend these transitional periods reflecting on the times past and the times to come. I reminisce about the humid air, the longer days, and the endless green life everywhere you turn. I look ahead to the twinkling lights adorning the neighbourhood, the magic of a silent snowy night, and the warm hot chocolate paired cuddles. When we’re in these transitions, it’s so easy to let the time pass us by. Then we look back and wonder where the time went. With my new little family, I really want to stop doing this. I want to embrace every day, every moment, every smile and coo, every hug. A couple of days ago, my 5 month old laughed for the first time and sent her father and me into fits of crying laughter. That was a definite highlight of our lives. I can’t sit around and let the days pass by, because every day counts. Read More

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Uncle Bill’s Chicken Recipe

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This recipe just cannot be called anything else. Uncle Bill’s Chicken is the only thing it has been known as for my entire life. Fittingly, my Uncle Bill, a real guy, and my real great uncle, made it up, and it’s been in the family for years. It’s simple, delicious, and only requires 5 ingredients total.

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gluten free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka the Best GF Cookies I Have Ever Made)

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Hello, dear readers! I have very graciously been allowed to rant to you all about my baking adventures. If you haven’t tried it yet, allow me tell you something: gluten free baking is not easy. I have personally been gluten free for roughly 3 months now, but my fiancé has been for 3 years. He has no official diagnosis, but with his mother and one older sister having the diagnosis, it was a no brainer. Read More