Pumpkin Creme Brulee, serve this thanksgiving

Time Saving, Stress Reducing Tricks for Thanksgiving

So next week is Thanksgiving…..have you figured out what you’re going to do? Are you going out to eat or cooking in? If you’re cooking, are you making all the food or getting some help?  As a kid we always went out to eat for most holiday meals, so I love to cook at home now.  That said, making a whole meal can be a very daunting task.  Therefore, I like to get a little help when I can.  If you have family or friends that are coming over, ask them to bring a side dish or dessert.  If that isn't an option or you want to manage all the food, I like to get some items pre-made to help me out on the day-of. Here’s a round-up of my favorite time-saving and stress reducing tricks that help me look like I can do it all on Thanksgiving, I hope it helps you figure out what to serve this Thanksgiving too: I like to order some food items for Thanksgiving, and make the rest. I will usually order a pre-made turkey that I can just reheat day-of, sometimes I’ll also order veggie sides and potatoes. My go-tos are Whole Foods catering or...Read More
Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Today I'm sharing my recipe for Shrimp Tacos.  This has been a go-to spring and summer dinner recipe in my house for over 10 years.  It's simple, easy to make and full of flavor.  You can easily pair it with black beans, my Mexican rice and my Mexican corn to complete the meal.   I like to use either the outdoor grill with a grill basket or an indoor cast iron grill.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! ??Grocery Giveaway Closed?? I’ve teamed up with Milk and Eggs on my Instagram account to give 2 lucky winners a $50 gift card towards their next grocery delivery. The giveaway will run for 4 days from 3/21 to 3/25 at 5pm PST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 3/27.  All you have to do is, go to my Instagram account and follow the 3 simple steps-> https://www.instagram.com/clairebahn/.  For more information on Milk and Eggs, just go to: https://bitly.com/clairebahn  Shrimp Tacos 2 pounds medium shrimp (peeled and deveined)2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oilthe juice of two limes½ cup chopped cilantro1 teaspoon coarse salt1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon red pepper flakes1 dozen corn tortillascrumbled cojita cheeseGuacamole -Clean and devein shrimp, if needed.-Toss the shrimp together...Read More
Spiced Mixed Nuts

Spiced Mixed Nuts- Perfect for any Party

I think these spiced mixed nuts are the perfect accompaniment to a great cocktail.  That's why I love to make them when I have company over, have a cocktail party or just to enjoy while having "cocktail hour" on the patio with my husband.  These are always a hit at every party.  The combination of sweet, savory and spicy really wows the pallet.  This recipe can easily be tweaked by using your favorite nuts rather than the ones I uses (which are my favs).  If you make this for your friends they will most certainly love it, so you should probably make a lot! Please check out my latest YouTube video to learn some additional tips and tricks on how I make the recipe.  You'll be able to check out my husband's amazing pan flipping skills too.   https://youtu.be/nUDKl-eDkwg Spiced Mixed Nuts 2 cup mixed nuts: cashews (almonds, walnuts, whatever you like)2 tablespoon brown sugar2 tablespoon butter2 teaspoons Tabasco5-6 sprigs rosemary (de-stemmed & chopped)Flaky sea salt to taste Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the nuts and give them a couple minutes to begin toasting. When you see a bit of color on the nuts and start...Read More
gluten free chili

Gluten Free Chili aka Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili

This gluten free chili also goes by the name of "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" in my house.  Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown.  We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour.  I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe.  There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder.  I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how "Claire's Cocoa Loco Chili" got it's name. Now if you're freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm down....you don't taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients.  I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn't qualify as Texas chili which doesn't have beans and I use Lysander's Original Chili...Read More
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Fabulously Decadent Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies have always been a favorite cookie of mine.  They remind me of childhood and my mother teaching me how to make the crisscross pattern with the fork.  According to Wikipedia: The peanut butter cookie originated in the United States....The early peanut butter cookies were rolled thin and cut into shapes. They were also dropped and made into balls. They did not have fork marks. The first reference to the famous criss-cross marks created with fork tines was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932.  When I started my gluten free journey in 2007, finding a good gluten free flour was very difficult.  This lead me to forgo flour all together when I could.  That's exactly what I did with this recipe for gluten free peanut butter cookies, making it more decadent take on the traditional peanut butter cookie. This is such a simple recipe, that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.  When you're preparing them, they are very thick and remind me of the consistency of fudge.  Because they don't use flour, they are more dense and concentrated, much like a flourless chocolate cake. Enjoy!   Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies This gluten-free...Read More