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Chris Loves Julia Potato Salad

I’m not really a traditional potato salad guy. They can be kind of gummy and flavorless with very little texture other than a little bit of celery. But I do love potatoes (I’m from Idaho after all), and I wanted to give this side a chance to redeem itself by creating a potato salad that […]

Chris Loves Julia - Italian Summer Pasta Salad

This recipe is a mixture of several pasta salads I grew up eating. It has an Italian flavor profile with lots of basil, tomatoes, Italian sausage and figs, but I add more texture and color with plenty of vegetables, some grilled, some raw. They’re all chopped up to make a fresh salad that’s an amazing […]

This is a great mash-up of two of my favorite things: burgers and tacos. It’s also one of my favorite ways to serve burgers in my house, since Jules has food restrictions, and I’m just not a fan of gluten-free buns (convince me otherwise!). So that’s why if I’m serving burgers to my family, this […]

Roasted Cauliflower with Homemade Dairy Free Caesar Dressing

I’m so proud of cauliflower. 20 years ago, I mean who would have thought, right? You can get it tempura-fried, roasted in romesco sauce, served as a steak – endless options! Here’s another for you, featuring a homemade dairy free Caesar dressing that is just as good — if not better — than the original […]

The Best Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

I’ve shared a recipe for tasty mashed potatoes, we’ve talked perfecting the baked potato, and I’ve reached food nirvana with the cheese-less potato casserole. But this recipe today is extra special. There’s something that just says “you made a lot of effort” about homemade scalloped potatoes, but that béchamel is a no-no for the dairy-free […]


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