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What’s cooking for Easter?

Posted by rhondascooking on April 23, 2011

Easter holiday is a special time for many people around the world, especially for Christians; it’s a time for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Easter holiday marks the end of Lent, which is a time of fasting and praying.  Easter is celebrated in many different ways throughout the world and even within the United States, but the one common thread is FOOD!  Most people celebrate this holiday with a big feast!   I can remember growing up in Angie, Louisiana, my mom would cook a huge meal which included cornbread dressing, collard greens or cabbage, turkey, cream cheese pound cake and pecan pie or sweet potato pie!  In my home town, this was the traditional celebration feast, but it varies throughout Louisiana, because in southwest Louisiana  it was about crawfish boils and boudin!  What type of dinner do you typically cook for Easter?

As time progressed, dinners like the one I grew up eating have become a little different, as a result of my rheumatoid arthritis.  Corn, which is the main ingredient of cornbread dressing,  is on the list of potential inflammatory foods, as well as other foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs, coffee, poultry, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, egg plants, bell peppers, etc, which makes it not a good choice for those dealing with some form of arthritis.  Needless to say, I no longer cook my mom’s infamous cornbread dressing, instead I’ve created my own version—a twist on the old—that I call “Cornless Cornbread Dressing”!  This recipe is perfect for me and those who struggle with joint problems or food allergies to corn or wheat.  My recipe is not only corn free, but it also does not contain, dairy, eggs, soy or wheat!  I know what you’re thinking, and you’re wrong!  This recipe is absolutely delicious!  In fact, it is so delicious that I decided to put it in my cookbook, So, What Can I Eat Now?!, which  is available for purchase now on my website or on Amazon.com.  To prove that this is really a tasty dish, one customer who purchased the book said that she cooked this recipe for Thanksgiving and her husband and other people who came for dinner loved it!  This recipe is not lacking flavor at all and the best part about it is that it is healthy!  My mouth is watering as I write this post!  I wasn’t planning on cooking Sunday, but after this post, I think I’m heading to the store to purchase the ingredients to cook some “Cornless Cornbread Dressing” (or stuffing)!

So, my Easter dinner menu will indeed be a remix on my momma’s traditional dinner for sure!  My menu will include the following:

  • Cornless Cornbread dressing (free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs)
  • Southern style petite green beans
  • Candied butternut squash
  • Decadent Apple cinnamon cake (free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs)

If you’re celebrating Easter, I would love to know how you and your family celebrate.  Are you planning to throw down in the kitchen and prepare a huge feast or will you just go to someone’s home and enjoy their delicious dinner?    I’d love to read about it!

Happy Easter or Resurrection Day!

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Phoenix gluten-free author hosts book signing at Hue-Man Books in New York

Posted by rhondascooking on April 6, 2011

Rhonda Peters, the author of So, What Can I Eat Now?! and the CEO of Rhonda’s Cooking LLC, hosts a meet and greet and book signing this Saturday, April 9th from 2pm – 4pm at the historic Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe, located at 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY.  While there, she’ll visit the Wendy Williams Show and her new media partner Real Health Magazine.

When you know better, you eat better and Rhonda Peters knows this concept all too well.  Diagnosed with thyroid

Hue-Man Books and Cafe

disease at age 22 and a year later Rheumatoid Arthritis, it seemed a lifetime of pain and the consumption of experimental medications would be her fate.  After eleven years, a chance meeting with a naturopathic doctor prompted her to alter her diet. The adjustments included consuming low sodium, low fat meals and excluding a number of foods such as gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs from her diet.  This changed her life dramatically and caused a miraculous boost in her health and lifestyle.  Peters immediately began creating recipes reminiscent of home cooked meals she learned to prepare in her mother’s Louisiana kitchen.  Before long, a collection of delicious meals were born.  Compelled to share the recipes several years ago, Peters wrote So, What Can I Eat Now?! and has since made a lifelong commitment to help others.

“The book is a four year labor of love for people recently diagnosed with food allergies, Rheumatoid Arthritis, thyroid disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and for those who want to learn to cook healthier, delicious meals,” confides Peters.  Not a typical cookbook, her story and personal journey are chronicled throughout the pages.  She connects with her readers through commentary and personal tips for every recipe.  As a bonus, nutritional facts accompany each dish, as well as a full color photo.

Please email info@rhondascooking.com if you have any questions regarding the book signing or send a message via Twitter @RhondaPeters.

Event Details:

Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe,

2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd

New York, NY 10027

(212) 665-7400

About Rhonda Peters. Rhonda Peters resides in Phoenix, AZ where she serves is a Certified Nutritional Counselor.  She is a member of The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Celiac Disease Foundation, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association.  Peters also blogs for Real Health Magazine and writes for Examiner.com as the Phoenix Gluten-free Food Examiner.

About Rhonda’s Cooking LLC. The mission of Rhonda’s Cooking LLC is to empower and teach people how to cook healthy foods that taste delicious.  Rhonda’s Cooking, is a distributor of specialty products such as sea salt and other gluten, dairy, soy and egg free products.  In addition to its food division, Rhonda’s Cooking also has a publishing division which offers would be authors step by step management of their cookbook.

About Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe. Part of the commercial revival of Harlem, Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe is the largest and best known African American bookstore in the country.  Located in the Harlem USA Complex, the heart of Harlem’s main business district, the store features African-American interests and authors, a variety of non-ethnic titles, and an extensive children’s collection.

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