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The Best Italian Chopped Quinoa Salad
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The Best Italian Chopped Quinoa Salad

I haven't always loved salads, but when I started making them like this everything changed. Why? Because they're pretty darn good. Loaded with veg, flavorful, and colorful, it's a feast for the gut, eyes, and tastebuds. The triple whammy. The trifecta.This is one of my favorites. It'll go in a book at some point, but I'm not sure which one yet. Stay tuned for that. Quinoa adds a really nice

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Easy, delicious gluten-free spanakopita recipe
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Delicious and Easy Gluten Free Spanakopita

I used to make Spanakopita on the regular, but after two of my kids were diagnosed with celiac, our household became gluten-free. Making my own filo dough was not in my plans. Neither was using homemade puff pastry. Then I discovered GeeFree gluten-free puff pastry and this delicious and dasy gluten-free Spanakopita is back in rotation. Oh, how I missed you, but welcome back!This recipe is quick and easy (not

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A photo of the best lentil soup recipe
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The BEST Lentil Soup You’ll Ever have

Lentils are so good for you and this vegan recipe is the best way to have them. I love to have it with a baked potato, and chopped spinach on top gives a little extra greens. I serve this with cornbread or crusty French bread. This is comfort food at its best. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Babka Recipe
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Gluten Free Chocolate Babka

Indulge in our irresistible gluten-free chocolate babka recipe! Learn how to make this luscious treat and satisfy your cravings today. Try it now!Yeast of Eden mostly sells traditional long-rise bread, but every once in a while, Olaya makes something sweet. In The Walking Bread, the 3rd Bread Shop Mystery, she makes Babka. Because we eat gluten-free in our household, I included the gluten-free version, which is so good!Excerpt:One by one

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Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
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Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

  One of the things I love about writing my Bread Shop Mystery series is that I get to read cookbooks, which is a favorite pastime.I also then get to adapt recipes and bake. And one of the things I love about living in North Carolina is the blueberries. We have two blueberry farms nearby. I go to pick them several times during the short summer window when they are ripe. Sometimes

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Stunning photo of a piece of blueberry strata topped with whipped cream
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The BEST Blueberry Strata Recipe

  Blueberry strata is the perfect breakfast treat. Have it with something savory or by itself. Or have it for dessert. You can't go wrong.Pippin Lane Hawthorne serves up this delectable Blueberry Strata at Sea Captain's Inn on the Outer Banks island of Devil's Cove. Making it with fresh blueberries, especially if they're freshly picked during blueberry season, takes the whole thing up a notch. It's wonderful for brekkie, dessert,

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Southern Cornbread Dressing
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My Grandmother’s Cornbread Stuffing

This recipe isn’t from one of my books (although it may end up in one someday). This is a MUST HAVE in my house for Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d share it.I didn’t realize how much of a MUST HAVE it was until, early on in my marriage to my husband, Carlos, we spent Thanksgiving at his parents’ house. His mom made a white bread stuffing with green chilis. I can’t

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A plate with gluten-free blueberry scones
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The Most Delicious Blueberry Scones (Regular or Gluten Free)

  Devil's Brew is the café on the island of Devil's Cove in the Book Magic series. Ruby Monroe is the owner and baker of all the delectable sweet treats, including this yummy blueberry scone recipe. I make them gluten free with a one-to-one flour blend…or make them using regular old wheat flour. Either way they are delicious!

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A beautiful array of goodies like cheeses,, olives, and meats arranged as a grazing table
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How to Make a Grazing Table/Charcuterie Board

  Make a grazing table with a beautiful array of goodies like cheeses, olives, and meats with this step-by-step guide for either a grazing table or a charcuterie board.My daughter is especially gifted at putting together beautiful boards (she’s on the right in the photo with one of her besties).Charcuterie is traditionally preparing and assembling cured meats. It has evolved to include meats, cheeses, breads, olives, nuts, and fruit. It’s

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Healthy and easy potato cheese soup
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Healthy Delicious Potato Cheese Soup

  Who doesn't love a healthy potato cheese soup recipe? I certainly do, and this one fits the bill. I love potatoes. I'm with Dolly Parton when she said, "I never met a spud I didn't like." Yup, that is absolutely true for me, too.Whether a spud comes in the form of Chick-fil-A fries, a baked potato with all the fixins, or mashed and served with gravy, they are a-okay👌🏼

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Two beautiful golden loaves of Sausage Bread
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Sausage Bread

  Sausage bread is something my family started making when I was a kid. It’s become a family favorite. I make it all through fall and winter to accompany soup, most often potato cheese soup.If I start my (gluten-free) bread dough around 3:30, or even 4:00 PM. I use this Gluten Free on a Shoestring French Bread recipe.  When I have time and plan ahead, I use this Let Them Eat Gluten-Free recipe.You

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a tray of beautiful tye pumpernickel rolls
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Rich Rye Pumpernickel Rolls

  Rye pumpernickel rolls are rich in flavor and a great addition to almost any meal.Olaya Solis is a master bread baker. In Death Gone a-Rye, she makes Rye Pumpernickel Rolls. A basket of them end up at Owen Culpepper’s house. Everybody loves Olaya’s bread.

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serving bowl and cups with festive Christmas Punch
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Christmas Punch

  Ivy helps at a catered party in A Murder Yule Regret, the 6th Bread Shop Mystery. She makes this delicious punch. It is so beautiful and so festive!

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Beautiful Yule Log Buche de noel, love, life, and sugar
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Yule Log (BÛCHE DE NOËL)

  Lindsay Conchar, founder of Life, Love & Sugar, graciously shared this Yule Log cake recipe with me. It's so good! Eliza Fox, one of the characters in A Murder Yule Regret, the 6th Bread Shop mystery, attempts this showpiece cake.In the olden days in France, the spirit of love drew families together on Christmas Eve. Family members surrounded the blazing “yule log” to warm themselves before walking to Midnight

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A photo of sunflowers on focaccia made with vegetables
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Van Dough Focaccia

Special Videos! Watch my interview with Teri Culetto, the Vineyard Baker Watch Mystery Writer Diane Kelly and me make our own Van Dough Focaccia! I made my version (see the video above) gluten free using Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread book. Check out the book here. Van Dough Focaccia Bread Art is bread art for the eyes and for the stomach. I first came across this beautiful bread

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A savory torta
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Traditional Mexican Tortas

  A torta is a traditional Mexican sandwich. It's filled with savory meat and served on a soft roll. Add sauce and toppings  (avocado, salsa, lettuce) to make it extra special. This recipe is for the soft roll needed to serve the torta, and a savory filling.Miguel makes tortas for himself and Ivy at Baptista’s Cantina and Grill in Crust No One, the second Bread Shop Mystery. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Babka
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Chocolate Babka

  Yeast of Eden mostly sells traditional long-rise bread, but every once in a while, Olaya makes something sweet. In The Walking Bread, the 3rd Bread Shop Mystery, she makes Babka. Because we eat gluten-free in our household, I included the gluten-free version, which is so good!Excerpt:One by one I pulled the loaf pans filled with Babka dough from the walk-in refrigerator. We’d spent the entire day before making the

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Three conchas stacked together
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Tasty Mexican Conchas

  Tasty Mexican Conchas are a staple in Mexican markets and special gatherings, and these are so good.Choosing recipes to include in each book is one of my favorite parts of writing the Bread Shop Mysteries. In Kneaded to Death, I knew I wanted to include a traditional Mexican treat in honor of Olaya Solis and her bread-making heritage. These conchas fit the bill.Excerpt:We spent the next hour measuring and

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