Monday, November 3, 2014


You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces
- just good food from fresh ingredients.
Julia Child
Let's talk ingredients.
Before we jump into sharing ingredients, I want to share my philosophy about the foodstuffs that are included in all of the recipes that I will be sharing.
Where do I buy my ingredients?
Back in Seattle, I had access to many specialty grocery stores: Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, local Farmer's Markets, and other natural health food stores.
Here in Florida, I have very limited access: Target, Publix (a higher-end, regular grocery store), and the Commissary (the grocery store on base). I do have Amazon Prime, but really try not to use it for grocery items.
So that means: you should be able to find everything I am working with. Every ingredient will be coming from one of those three stores. If, on the off-chance, an ingredient doesn't come from an easily-accessible grocery store, I'll include the link.
What about allergen-free ingredients?
Gluten-free is becoming a very common dietary restriction, and every week it seems that there are more and more gluten-free alternatives available. BUT, they can be expensive, and tricky to work with. Although it is ALWAYS prudent to read EVERY LABEL, my goal is to provide recipes that highlight ingredients in their natural forms (with the exception of just a few things). There is a bounty of delicious ingredients available to us, and just focusing on something marketed directly for gluten-free diets may cause us to miss something wonderful! And, truthfully, allergen-free items (such as cookies, flour, and butter) don't taste the same most of the time, which leads to frustration and disappointment. Find ingredients you LOVE, and your recipes will SHINE! 

1 comment:

  1. We don't have access to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods etc either! It makes me be creative at least lol.