Gluten-Free Chicken Parm for Two

I made this a couple weeks ago while husband and I were settling into our new apartment. It was so tasty I didn’t want it to end! The trickiest part to this recipe is getting the pasta right, since brown rice spaghetti can get messed up pretty quickly.

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Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, no more than about 1 1/2 inches thick

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal And Fruit Cookies

I’m so proud of myself… I think my baking may be improving! I think part of it is that I’m finally understanding things like the difference between and importance of baking powder and baking soda. And I’m learning that, while it’s okay to tweak baking recipes somewhat, there are basic cornerstones to the recipe (and its directions) that you can’t mess with.

I made these the other day and they are YUM! I don’t like to use a ton of white sugar and butter so I replaced those with alternative ingredients, and I also used Eggbeaters instead of real egg to cut down on the cholesterol… but that’s up to you.

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Gluten-Free Red Velvet Jaws Cake

Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life! 

August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.

I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.

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So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)

Chomp Chomp,

-Beretta

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Bunny Cake

In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.

Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.

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My Favorite Things

Happy Holidays! - By ShotgunPinups.com

Happy Holidays! – By ShotgunPinups.com

My blogging year of 2012 is ending, and I’m glancing over my site stats. It’s been an awesome year, with my social network audience tripling over the past 12 months! My top searches for the blog were tiki, theme parties, pinup, and gluten-free, and I hope I provided some useful content for those in need. If you have anything you’d like me to write about, please write berettafleur@gmail.com.

Here are my 20 favorite Search Terms from my stats this year. Some can be found by clicking the links, others I may tackle in 2013 (Duct Tape Cake, anyone?)

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Christmas Menus

It’s the Holiday season, and life has been pretty hectic with a cross-country move into a somewhat nomadic lifestyle of freelance and contract work for me and Husband. Currently, we’re stationed in Atlanta in my parents’ winter home, which they generously loaned us through the season.

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Gluten-Free Latkes

During the Holidays, my family and circle of friends celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and The Russian New Year. Add in dietary restrictions, and there’s a lot of room for experimenting with traditional recipes! I made these gluten-free latkes for my husband and sister the other day for an intimate brunch. It was my first time making them and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

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Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan

Husband and I have been spending November traveling and seeing family. One recent chilly afternoon here in Georgia, I decided to try my hand at eggplant parm for my parents and sister.

It’s my first time making it, and it came out well! Here’s the recipe.

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Hosting With Style the book comes out 10/15!

Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking will be officially released October 15, 2012 and will be available for purchase here!

$27 Paperback   $47 Hardcover

It will feature the same sort of wonderful pearls of wisdom you get from me here, only with more in-depth and exclusive content. You’ll also get tons of recipes (from me and my contributors) for the fully carnivorous to the gluten-free herbivore. PLUS some lovely  pinup and vintage style photos and illustrations!

Stay tuned by liking my Facebook page or just check back here!

If you have a website, blog, or Facebook page with moderate to heavy traffic and would like a digital sample copy to review,  please contact me.

xo

Beretta