How to: Make your Own – Mary’s Gluten Free Crackers

IMG_2133I love a good cracker.

And while taste is important, for me the crunch factor is key to the ultimate cracker experience.

I LOVE Mary’s Gone Crackers for this very reason.

So I went ahead and copied ‘em.

IMG_2047I can’t take credit for this brilliant copycat move, though.  That goes to Melissa from My Whole Food Life. I’ve adjusted the seasoning, bake temperature and time after making a couple of batches myself, but otherwise I haven’t changed a little old thing.

IMG_2097Also, these are healthy as hell.  Simple, whole ingredients baked up into a delicious crispy snack.  

I bought all of these ingredients at Bulk Barn and calculated you can make about 3 batches (each batch makes 4-5 dozen crackers) for the same price as one box ($4.99).

Here’s a little photo tutorial for y’all.

IMG_2069 IMG_2071 IMG_2076 IMG_2078 IMG_2083 IMG_2090 IMG_2092 IMG_2094 IMG_2106These are perfect for dipping because they are super hearty.  They’ve got great flavour on their own though, so don’t be shy to shove them directly in your face either.

Happy snacking,




Mary’s Gluten Free Crackers

Serves Makes about 4 dozen crackers
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Website Lightly adapted from My Whole Foods Life blog


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon fine salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 300F
2. Add rice and quinoa to food processor. Process until well combined; about 15 seconds.
3. Add salt, pepper and additional seeds and process until a ball forms; about 15 seconds more.
4. Split the mixture in two. Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out the mixture as thinly as possible. Remove the top sheet of parchment slowly and transfer to a cookie sheet.
5. Bake for about 40 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through cooking time (don't worry if it breaks up a bit). You want the crackers to be completely dried out with a lightly toasted colour.
6. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely and break crackers up to the desired size with your hands.


How to: Simple Homemade Cheese


Life is unpredictable, and sometimes messy, and often glorious, and occasionally insane. What it is not, is simple.

When life feels all jumbled up, it’s important for me to find a place I can feel grounded…  see the big picture and all that.

Spending time in the kitchen, cooking, does the trick for me.


You should really try it.  The results are generally quite delicious.


This is as basic a recipe as you can get.

Who knew making cheese at home could be such a cinch? 3 Ingredients!


Cheesecloth can be found at any major supermarket.  I never find it in a specific aisle though, so you may have to ask where the store’s supply is.


This recipe comes courtesy of Mark Bittman’s – How to Cook Everything Vegetarian iPhone app.  It’s a great investment if you’re looking for some new inspiration, and features hundreds of veggo recipes.


Oop, here’s a peak at my grandmother’s hand.  Slash my old ass looking hand. Damn that thing is wrinkly.


This is what I used to let my cheese rest and set.  The finished product is mildly sweet and has a slightly chewy yet crumbly texture.


I used my finished cheese in the easiest way I could think of – with Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, basil, excellent quality extra virgin olive oil and s&p.

Keep it simple, folks.


Simple Homemade Cheese

Serves 1 pound
Cook time 2 hours
From book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - Mark Bittman


  • 2l 2% or whole milk
  • 1l buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. In a heavy bottomed pot heat milk over medium high until it starts to bubble up around the edges (about 10-15 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, line a large strainer or colander with 3 layers of cheese cloth. Have a long piece of string or twine ready.
3. Once the milk starts to bubble, add buttermilk and stir constantly until the mixture separates into curds and whey. Remove from heat and add salt.
4. Slowly pour mixture through the cloth so the curds collect at the bottom and the whey drains off. Gather the corners of the cloth and twist the top and work the curds into a ball. Run the ball under cold water so you can handle it while twisting and squeezing out the whey until the budge feels firm.
5. Tie a string around the top of the bundle and the other end to a long spoon, stick or something that can be suspended over the sink to drain. Let rest undisturbed to cool and set, about 90 minutes. Remove cloth and serve immediately or wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How to: Recipe Makeover – Corn and Cheddar Chowder



I’m kind of on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

This winter is killing me and I’m down to exactly zero patience with bundling up for subzero  temps.


Thankfully, tucking in to a bowl of the this chowder has temporarily pulled me back from the brink.

It’s a little bit of summer in a bowl.


I’ve cooked up the original recipe for this chowder by Ina Garten a few times and while it’s insanely delicious, it is not insanely (or even remotely) healthy.


Here I’ve tweaked it to drastically reduce the amount of fat by cutting out the bacon (and it’s rendered fat), halving the butter and cheese and replacing the half & half with 2% evaporated milk.


I cross my heart it still tastes luxurious though.





Corn and Cheddar Chowder

Serves 5-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Website Adapted from Ina Garten's Cheddar Corn Chowder


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon tumeric
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium yellow or white potatoes (about 3 cups, diced)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 340 mL can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 cup finely grated old cheddar cheese
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley or chives for garnish


1. Heat butter and canola oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 7-8 minutes until translucent.
2. Add flour, turmeric and pepper and sauté for an additional minute.
3. Add chicken broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for about 15 minutes until potatoes are tender.
4. Add corn, evaporated milk and cheddar and cook for another 2 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
5. Season with additional s&p as needed and garnish with parsley or chives.

How to: Recipe Makeover – Creamy Mushroom Soup


I’ve been polling.

It turns out 100% of all How to Eat followers polled want to see a new soup recipe.

OK, perhaps that’s a bit misleading.


I polled one person and she wanted a soup recipe, which I thought it was a really good idea.

So I stopped polling and made soup.


A knock your socks off delicious and dare I say, healthy, cream soup.


Using loads of meaty mushrooms practically makes this soup a meal in itself.

Subbing evaporated milk for what would normally be heavy cream or half and half also gives it a much less indulgent finish without even knowing it.


It’s the small details in this recipe – the dried porcini mushrooms, the balsamic vinegar and the fresh parsley that really make it stand out as a ‘recipe makeover’ you would never realize was made over.




Creamy Mushroom Soup

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 small yellow onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 24oz crimini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 0.5oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 - 370mL can skim evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less to taste)


Dried and rehydrated porcini add a really nice richness and depth to this soup, but you can definitely get away without them if you can't find them.


1. In a small bowl, cover dried porcini mushrooms with warm water and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove mushrooms from water and slice them. Reserve the soaking liquid.
2. Heat butter and canola oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes until softened. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add crimini and porcini mushrooms and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
3. Add reserved soaking liquid and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, whisk flour into the evaporated milk until dissolved. Add the milk and flour mixture to the pot and allow to simmer for 3 - 5 until slightly thickened.
5. Add vinegar, parsley and salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve.

How To: Homemade Bread – Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Bread


Homemade bread is usually not associated with words like “easy” and “quick.” That is, unless you are this delicious fall-inspired quick bread.



This bread literally took me 7 minutes to put together. Yes, that’s right, not 5, not 10, SEVEN. How many bread recipes can say that?! The honey adds a nice sweetness, but its not too sweet that you can’t enjoy it with a bowl of warm squash soup or salad. And bonus, with half whole wheat flour, you get a little dose of fibre too.  Quick, healthy, and delicious….You’re welcome!



As I sit here munching on a slice warm, with a dab of butter (my favourite way to enjoy it), I was drawing a blank as to what to tell you about my new favourite quick bread. (No offence to our beer bread and banana bread – both also delicious). My husband, while eating his own very large slice, looked at me and said “just say it’s GOOOOOD.”


So make this bread, it is VERY good!



Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Bread

Serves 1 Loaf
Meal type Bread, Snack
Misc Freezable
Website Adapted from Eat Live Run


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


This bread is delicious warm topped with a spread of butter or cream cheese. It freezes great as a whole loaf or slice it up and freeze individual slices for easy eating!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl combine flours, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Add egg, honey, and milk and stir to combine. Mix in dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
3. Pour battre into loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes before removing.