My new years minestrone is made with a mix of all the vegetables I have in my fridge minus the black radish and watermelon radish I am keeping to eat with my hummus. I do not use a recipe to make minestrone. Minestrone is traditionally made with a combination of veggies, legumes, roots, tubers… The main ingredient to my minestrone is celery root. Celery root gives the depth of flavor I look for in minestrone. I cook minestrone in my slow cooker for about 6 hours or until the vegetables are soft and there is enough liquid left to cream it with my  hand held immersion blender like this one . I love the thick texture and the creaminess it creates.

Chop the vegetables and lightly sauté in a little evo.

1 small celery root

2 carrots

1/2 onion

1 large zucchini

1/2 c lentils

1/2 stalk celery

  • Add sautéed veggies to the slow cooker.
  • Add 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or 1 can drained and rinsed)
  • Add 4 cups filtered water to the slow cooker, approximately 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

You can use whichever vegetables you choose, this is what I had on hand.  I use equal parts of veggies to water. More or less water depending on how many starchy veggies I am using.

Adding fresh herbs and or garlic adds flavor.

In photo, a sprinkle of parmigiano , salt pepper and a few drops of evo.

I love plantain chips and the crunch they give in soup, a gluten free alternative to toasted bread.

Buon Appetito!


toasted bread for him, plantain chips for me 🙂





I love Cappuccino.

I live in Dallas. My expectations go past the limit when it comes to the culinary world so when I moved back to the Western World after 30 years in Italy, searching for a good cappuccino was difficult.

I found it 🙂 At South Side Lamar’s Opening Bell Coffee. To me, Dallas’ best cappuccino and they sell the best gluten free Cinnamon Rolls in Dallas made by Hannah’s Gluten Free Bakery.  OBC works with a number of local vendors and their menu has quite a few delicious options!

The location is great and the lofts are beautiful South Side on Lamar  .



Hello on a different note, not like the Hello Adele sings, the melancholy of that song…aint nobody got time for that!

A happy hello, a hello like a bright shiny sun that shines back at me while contemplating my new year…..



The Dallas Farmer’s Market is my 1st stop grocery store. Its that special place I buy quality, organic, real foods, that dictate my menu’ of the week and to grab a bite of something new! If you haven’t been you need to, there are so many things going on down there, wine tastings, walk about’s with the chef, cooking lessons are just a few and some cool new shops and eateries! Its my way of getting out of my weekly routine, seeing new faces, making a bit of conversation with some vendors that believe in what they do and have passion for what they sell. IMG_2426

The roof top of South Side on Lamar Lofts is beautiful. The view, the whole downtown, it helped me with perspective. Putting it all together, what I like to do, what I want to do, breathtaking, both the rooftop view and rereading everything on my “what makes me happy to do” list, lol. IMG_2597.jpg

Discovering Opening Bell Coffee, a cozy coffee shop downtown that makes an awesome almond mylk cappuccino and sells the most delicious gluten free cinnamon rolls in the world! makes all the difference in life!


Joanna Bondy, Stocks & Bondy , shared her story at the walk about with the chef this month. She said “…at 52 years of age I decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.” Pure inspiration, I needed that. I needed that sunny day downtown, I needed that perspective from the rooftop and I needed and enjoyed a special, longed for treat with a good friend.


I am doing just that.

Judi XO





Carrot Cake & Blueberry Crisp Tart

If you are gluten free and or a clean eater you will love these recipes!

I tried the recipe for Grain free Carrot Cake for our Easter dessert.

Carrot Cake for Easter dessert

I was so happy with the recipe I made it to take as a treat to my

office to celebrate my 2nd year work Anniversary.

Carrot Cake Ready to go to the office!

Using a square pan I cut the cake into small squares and frosted them using a pastry poche.

Blueberry Crumble assembly

Oh, and the  Blueberry Crisp Tart, WOW!

Both recipes are delicious, simple and easy to make. I highly recommend them both!

Right out of the oven!

The house smells divine!

Grade B Maple syrup is used as a sweetener in both the Carrot Cake,

Cream Cheese Frosting & the Blueberry Crisp Tart.

Blueberry Crumble bites ready to go to the office!

I used a round biscuit or cookie cutter to make bite-size Blueberry Crisp Tarts.

Ready to go~Happy 2nd Year Anniversary to me!

Buon Appetito!

Spelt flour Pancakes


These were delicious and as simple as the receipe names them Simple Spelt Pancakes. I used my leftover bacon fat to season my cast iron skillet, just enough to wet the pan.
We enjoyed them with real butter and Grade B Maple syrup and Joe toasted the leftover pancakes and enjoyed them with almond butter and strawberry
preserves. We will defiantly keep this recipe on file!
Buon Appetito!