Homemade Buckwheat Cheez Its (Gluten Free)

This week is an interesting one.  For one of my classes, we have to wear insulin pumps to simulate having diabetes.  This means I’ve had a device attached to my stomach for the past couple days, and I have to test my blood sugar before each and every meal and dose myself properly with “insulin” for the amount of carbs I’m eating.  I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had no discomfort, compared to a few of my friends complaining of itching and pains, but it’s definitely weird.  Working out when you think something is going to just rip out of your skin is kind of…scary.  I definitely give major props to anyone that wears one of these pumps all the time, although I have gotten used to it as time goes on!

It’s also been a pretty busy week, so I made sure to have some yummy snacks on hand.  I finally got around to testing out a gluten free version of the very popular homemade cheez its, and buckwheat flour had the best result.  It has the same texture and crunch as regular wheat flour, although the color is definitely kind of strange.  The flavor is so spot on, though! [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Strawberry Muffins (Gluten Free)

My, my.  It has been a little while since I’ve posted last, hasn’t it?  It started out with a crazy exam and figuring out where we’re living next year, and it ended with Morty spilling a full glass of water onto my laptop.  One new, beautiful iMac later (and a new townhouse beginning in June), and we’re all set to go!  I have to say, I’m loving this huge beautiful screen to edit photos with, so when it really comes down to it… thanks Morty, for pushing me into purchasing something new!

As soon as my exam was over, I got myself back into the kitchen.  I’ve had some crazy good strawberries lately (thank goodness for strawberry season looming over nearer), so I wanted to showcase some of them in a breakfast muffin.  Mostly because my freezer stash of muffins is running terribly low with having such a hectic week (the exact reason I keep a freezer stash, really). [Read more...]

Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccine

This week I’ve been in a bit of a rut in what feels like every aspect.  All I’ve wanted to do is just read, read, read.  With exams and deadlines, including trying to figure out a place to move when our lease ends this year, I really shouldn’t be relaxing and reading my days away.  But you know.. sometimes you just have to push the lists aside and breathe.  This afternoon, it’s back to business as usual, though!

It’s restaurant week here in Buffalo, so I’m not cooking as much this week – too many good deals!  I did make some shrimp scampi over the weekend, though.  After having one of the best shrimp scampis I’ve ever had when we were in Vegas, I couldn’t get it out of my head.  AND it was paired with the first chardonnay that I’ve actually liked (they’re usually too oaky for my tastes – Alex calls it buttery).  I knew I had to make it at home, especially since we had some chardonnay on the wine rack that we had yet to try. [Read more...]