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Gluten Free Chocolate Delight

Gluten Free Chocolate Delight

This recipe is a spin off of my Cherry Cordial Bars. It was created for my daughter and friends who are gluten intolerant and have Celiac Disease. It is best served with a spoon rather than cut into bars.

Cake Ingredients

12 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Truvia for Baking
3/4 cup Pure Cane Sugar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 T Pure Vanilla
6 Large Eggs
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Filling Ingredients

8 oz Softened Cream Cheese
1 Large Egg
1/4 cup Pure Cane Sugar
21 oz can of Pie Filling (Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry, or Raspberry)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips and butter on half power for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until completely smooth. Return to microwave for 30-60 seconds on half power if there are still chucks of chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Chocolate and Butter

Stir in sugars, salt, and vanilla.

Whisk together the eggs. Add beaten eggs and cocoa powder and mix util well combined.Chocolate Delight

In a separate bowl combine the following filling ingredients: egg, sugar, and cream cheese. Stir until well combined.Cream Cheese Filling Spoon half the cake batter into the bottom of a greased pan. (9×9 for thicker or 9×13 for thinner) Gently pour cheese mixture over cake. Gently spoon pie filling over cream cheese filling. Cover with remaining cake batter. Assembling Chocolate Delight

Bake for 25-35 minutes until top is completely cooked. It can be eaten warm or cold. Refrigerate once cool if you are not going to eat warm.

Red Alfredo Chicken & Shrimp

Red Alfredo Chicken and Shrimp

We love playing with flavors at our house. This sauce is a family creation for our Father’s Day Dinner.


2 T Olive Oil
1 T Garlic
1 1/2 lbs of Raw Peeled & Tailed Shrimp
12 oz Diced Chicken Thighs
1 T Olive Oil
1 cup Chopped Onions
1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
Red Alfredo Sauce
2 cups Green Beans (cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup Zucchini



Dice chicken thighs. Cut vegetables. In a large saute pan on medium heat add olive oil, garlic and shrimp. Cook until shrimp is pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
Shrimp & GarlicAdd diced chicken to pan and cook completely. Remove and set aside with shrimp.

ChickenSaute onions and mushrooms in 1 T olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside.

Onions & Mushrooms

Make Red Alfredo Sauce in pan.

Red Alfredo Sauce

Add Shrimp, Chicken, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Beans, and Zucchini. Simmer for 10 -15 minutes for vegetables to cook.

Coming together - Red Alfredo Chicken & Shrimp

Serve in a bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.



Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

This sauce was created for Grilled Chicken Gorgonzola Gnocchi. It is also good as a pizza sauce and over vegetables.


3 T Butter
3 T Flour
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Pinch of Salt
2 Cups Half & Half
1 1/2 cup Gorgonzola Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  1. Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in flour until smooth.
  3. Wisk in half & half and cook until it coats the wisk and begins to thinken.
  4. Wisk in gorgonzola cheese until smooth.
  5. Wisk in parmesan cheese until smooth.



Red Alfredo Sauce

Red Alfredo Sauce

We love playing with flavors at our house. This sauce is a family creation. Use with pasta, as pizza sauce and more.


1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Arrowroot
1/4 tsp Salt
3 cups Half & Half
1 1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese Shreds
2 tsp Fresh Basil Chopped
2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/3 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes Chopped


In a sauce pan combined butter, arrowroot, and salt . Stir in half & half shimmer for 2 minutes. Add in Parmesan cheese.  Add in basil, red pepper and tomatoes.

Red Alfredo Sauce Process

Greek Chicken Lettuce Boats

Greek Chicken Lettuce Boats

We love Greek Gyros! About 3 years ago we started making Chicken Gyros. Joseph did an upgrade to lettuce boats to support our healthy lifestyle. We are not listing measurements for this recipe.


Caesar Cardini’s Light Greek Vinaigrette
Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Goat Cheese
Tzatziki Sauce
Romaine Lettuce


Marinade chicken in Caesar Cardini’s Light Greek Vinaigrette for 8 hours. Grill Chicken. Fry tomatoes in case iron pan. Saute Onions. Saute mushrooms. Chop up chicken. Assemble all ingredients in a romaine lettuce leaf.

Greek Chicken Fixings

Ruth's Diner

Ruth’s Diner

Ruth’s Diner is a Utah landmark as the second oldest restaurant in Utah founded in 1930. It began as Ruth’s Hamburgers in downtown Salt Lake City in the Meredith Building at 120 East Second South. After many years the building she was in was sold and demolished. So she bought a Salt Lake Trolley car and moved it up Emigration Canyon where she reopened in 1949. In 1977 Ruth sold the Diner to Curtis Oberhansly who operated in until 2001. Ruth’s Legacy is now carried on by owners Tracy and Erik Nelson who have been associated with the Diner for many years.

Our family has celebrated special occasions at Ruth’s Diner for as long as I can remember. We just celebrate our oldest’s High School Graduation there. It was as fantastic as ever. We love the Biscuits so much they where gone before we could get a picture of them.

You can check more pictures on their website.

There is nothing we have had over the years that we did not enjoy. Their Breakfast menu is our favorite.

Ruth’s Diner Restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives season 5 episode Places You Sent Me

Gluten Free Toad in the Whole

Gluten Free Toad in the Whole

We love Yorshire Pudding and Toad in the Whole, but one of our children has developed a gluten allergy, so we are trying alternatives to wheat flour at our house. Our first attempt was close, but not quit the right balance. This recipe can be done with breakfast sausage served on its own or with syrup or with Irish Sausage severed with pork gravy. You can also make it into individual servings by transferring the meat into muffin tins.


1 lb Sausage
5 Eggs
3/4 cup Whole Milk
3/4 cup Arrowroot
pinch of Sea Salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 14-16 inch cast iron skillet brown the sausage. Place pan with sausage in the preheated oven for 3 minutes.In the blender combined eggs, milk, arrowroot, and salt. Blend until well combined approximately 2 minutes. Pour mixture over the sausage and cook for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pan and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 slices.

Gluten Free Toad in the WholeToad in the WholeSliced Toad in the Whole

Nutrition Information

Servings 8
Calories 281
Carbs 15.9 g
Fat 19.7g
Protein 12.7g