Apple Cider Chicken from a new Cookbook: The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection

Reading cookbooks that spark my creativity is one of my guilty pleasures.

Often, late in the evening I can be found with a stack of gorgeous picture-filled books by my side, a composition book in hand and my favorite pencil, sketching plating ideas, or variations of friends recipe to make them appropriate for our gluten-free life.

Apple Cider Chicken from The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection by Robyn Webb

Sometimes, I don't even have to vary the recipe, it is perfect as is.

It is a joy to see people I've known for a while succeed, to publish their work for others to enjoy.
Today's recipe is one of these perfect as is recipes. Robyn Webb, is one of my favorite references for newly diagnosed diabetic patients.

Her new book,

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection: 9 Essential Recipes You Need To Create 90 Amazing Complete Meals

The Perfect Diabetes Comfort Food Collection: 9 Essential Recipes You Need To Create 90 Amazing Complete Meals makes the transition to a diabetic appropriate diet even easier.

I was sent an advance copy and added it quickly to my Amazon pre-order list for addition to my clinic library.

This recipe for Apple Cider Chicken is naturally gluten-free and so tempting for these cooler nights.

I love the ease of preparation and have added this to my rotation for Meal Trains for friends and new moms. By including the sour cream and parsley to stir in after reheating, I can leave it out for my dairy free friends.
The chicken freezes and reheats perfectly, moist and tender and redolent of savory herbs.

Gluten-Free Idaho Potato Gnocchi

The nice folks at Idaho© Potatoes sponsored my creation of this recipe.
Gnocchi, tender potato and flour puffs, made a frequent appearance on my dinner table before we went gluten-free, but alas, once we went gluten-free, finding any to purchase was difficult. They are so quick to get on the plate. It isn't truly hard to make, a combination of potatoes and flour, kneaded together to form a dough just a bit softer than pie dough. Now with Bob's Red Mill cup for cup replacement flour, making a batch is almost as easy as purchasing.
I do take the time to make two batches at once, then chill the second batch for a truly quick dinner later in the week.
The herb cream sauce with pimentos stirs together in minutes.

Idaho© Potato Gnocchi in Pimento Herb Cream Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Jean Layton from
Servings 4

Herb cream sauce

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons minced herbs- parsley, rosemary, thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced pimentos or fresh red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. Stir together in a sauce pot, bring to a simmer and hold for the gnocchi to be cooked.  

  • 2 lb.Idaho©  russet potatoes (about 4 medium), scrubbed
  • 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill© Cup for Cup flour, more for kneading and rolling
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons salt for adding to the cooking water

Directions: Click on through to the Idaho Potato Commission site for the directions. As a proud Idaho Potatoes Food Blogger, I was compensated to develop this recipe.

Mashed Idaho© Potato Cinnamon Ring with Cinnamon Drizzle-Gluten-Free

Ever since childhood, potatoes have been my favorite food.
Makes sense, my Irish roots are truly showing.
I love potatoes in all forms, but especially in quirky spots like inside the filling and dough of cake that is perfect with a dark cup of coffee.

I know the recipe looks a bit daunting, with three different components to make and combine.

It's not. 

Use a leftover boiled potato to create the fragrant sweet filling or take the 15 minutes to boil one fresh.  A quick mash through a sieve and stir in the rest.  The filling is done in 15 minutes. Mashed Idaho Potato Cinnamon Ring by Dr. Jean Layton

The dough comes together just as quickly.
Best of all, once the combination is rolled together, it can be frozen in slices for super simple creation in the future.

This is one of my favorite ways to have a warm pastry on a weekend.  I just pull out the number of slices I want to use the night before and let them thaw and rise overnight in the fridge.

Idahoan© Potato Crackers Gluten Free

Sometimes the simplest foods are the most missed when you go gluten-free.

Although there are quite a few crackers available in the markets, the flavors of most are quite bland and their cost is typically double other crackers.
Crackers are almost a food group in my house. With twin teen athletes balancing busy schedules, these crispy flavorful bites are almost inhaled as soon as they are cooled.   The buttery flavored potato flakes work wonderfully sandwiched with peanut butter and jelly for a quick snack. My daughters adore the four cheese flavor topped with a bit of tomato sauce as mini pizzas. The Roasted garlic flavor is their favorite hummus dipper.Enjoy making all the flavors, I bring a batch to most potlucks since they stir together so quickly.
Idahoan© Potato Crackers
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Jean Layton from
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  • 1 packet Idahoan© Instant Potato Flake packet. (Any Flavor)
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill© Cup for Cup
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter- grated or cut into tiny cubes
  • 8 tablespoons water

Click through to Idaho© Potatoes for the entire recipe I was compensated for this recipe creation.

Coconut Scalloped Tri Color Potatoes.

Simplicity itself, this recipe has two ingredients. Well, as long as you don’t count salt and pepper, and I never count those.
I created this for a dairy allergic friend who had a big birthday event. This makes any meal truly special.
The coconut milk combines with the natural starch from the potatoes to create a creamy sauce without any work on your part. So if you are the one making sure that the red, white and blue theme is perfection, you’ll have plenty of time to get everything else done.

Coconut Scalloped Idaho© Potatoes
Servings 6

2 pounds of red, yellow and blue Idaho© potatoes. (Southwind Farms is my favorite supplier) approximately one bag of small potatoes or 6 medium
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon each pepper, to taste


Click on over to Idaho Potatoes for the method and serving ideas. 

Tip: If you need to feed more people, you can easily double this recipe, using a 9x12 pan, 4 pounds of potatoes and two cans of coconut milk.

Tool Tip: A Mandoline is a simple hand tool with a very sharp blade, and a measured gap to create uniformly thin slices.
I love my Oxo handheld simply because it slips into a kitchen drawer with ease.

As a proud Idaho© Potatoes Featured Blogger, I was compensated for writing this post.