Becky’s Lentil Soup




In my family, the phrase “lentil soup” reminds us all of a running joke about the horror of “bean weeks”.  When my clan ran low on cash, us nine kids were urged on to eat bowls of cheap beans with stories of “Esau selling his birthright for a pot of lentils.”  Trust me.  None of us wanted to sell our birthrights for a pot of lentils.  Esau … you crazy.

In fact, I rank lentil stew as the top #4 grossest food in the world, coming in right behind my personal ranking of 1) Corn Pudding 2) Sloppy Joes and 3) Shepherd’s Pie.  Apologies to Becky and Sarah, who make a Mean Sloppy Joe!  🙂

But BECKY’S LENTIL SOUP … ah, that is another matter entirely!  It has COMPLETELY changed my mind on lentils.  I ate this stuff as fast as I could.  Warm, filling, and the chicken was…

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Becky’s Caramel Apple Sticky Buns



(Note the missing sticky buns … this recipe didn’t last long enough for the photo — ha!)

Golden Delicious Apples are one of the only fruits in the entire world that I can still eat — and even then they have to be sweet, ripe, and peeled!  But Becky came up with a deliciously simple way for sulphite/salicylate intolerance sufferers to enjoy the flavors of fall with her amazing Caramel Apple Sticky Buns.  They are soooo yummy, and travel well as a snack when you don’t have time to heat up a meal.

The first step is to make an amazing bread dough — it takes a few hours of inactive cooking to get it going, but the result is WELL WORTH IT!  If done right, you will emerge with two preservative-free loaves of bread (that will last you for lunch all week … sandwich recipes to come in future…

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Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Steak-Tip Marinade

Last Valentine’s Day, Becky and Sarah surprised me with a seven course meal of food that I could eat WITH my husband!!!  It was one of the most romantic and precious nights of my life (and deserving of its own story).  Of course I had to work hard not to openly sob with gratitude!
The highlight of the meal was the steak they had prepared, and the marinade was so delicious that my husband Chris (a steak aficionado and grill master) begged them for the recipe.
Turns out it was a modified version of a treasured family recipe of ANOTHER great gourmet chef/foodie, Becky’s close friend Mary.  Her grandfather, Raymond “Poppy” Gamble is still grilling at age 90, and his grill secret is one you will want to make your own!
You can use it as a steak marinade, but it is DELICIOUS on grilled chicken as well.  My entire family (5 children, 2 adults) fights over this meal.  Here is Sarah and Becky’s SSF-Modified Version:
SSF Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Marinade
(Works for up to 3lbs, can easily be doubled)
3/4 C Very Hot water
2 Tbs Safflower oil
2 Tbs malt vinegar
1/3 C white sugar
1/3 C soy sauce
1/2 cup whiskey (this is optional but you can eat it and it adds great flavor.
 Mix ingredients together and cover meat with marinade at least overnight prior to cooking.
And now, for you regular folks, (drum roll, please!) here is the ORIGINAL Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Steak-Tip Marinade!  WARNING:  If you have sulphite/salicylate intolerance, this original recipe will CRUSH you.  Do NOT USE THIS RECIPE!  Everyone else, enjoy the magic!!!  🙂
(Works for up to 3lbs)
3/4 C Very Hot water
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/3 C honey
1/3 C soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and cover steak/chicken with marinade for At Least 24 hrs prior to cooking.
“I’ve tried adjusting this recipe (using real garlic, etc.) and for some reason changing the original does not make it better.  Could be that this is what I’ve grown up with so it’s the only way I’ll ever like it…but it’s kind of nice to follow such a simple recipe and know it’s the best!  Enjoy!!”
— Mary ><>

Becky’s SSF Brownie in a Mug!


Before I found out I was sulphite-salicylate intolerant, I used to back brownies every single week for my Very Small Group Bible Study (with the help of able chefs Katie and Colt). Every single week for eight years — or more!

When I found out I couldn’t eat brownies anymore, it was one of my saddest moments. I was so upset about it that I didn’t bake brownies for my family for over a year. It was just too hard. Since then, I can now bake brownies for my family without getting too depressed.

And now, thanks to Becky’s sleuthing, I don’t ever have to miss brownies ever again!!!!!

She found this awesome Brownie in a Mug recipe that you “regular” people can enjoy here:

We’ve adapted it for those who need an SSF recipe. Here it is — and it is amazingly delicious!!! (And easy and quick andandand!)

Becky’s SSF Brownie in a Mug

4 Tablespoons Flour
4 1/2 Tablespoons White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder (Note: don’t use cocoa mix or Quik, it shouldn’t have any sugar)
2 Tablepsoons Safflower Oil
4 Tablespoons milk
Dash of sea salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and Microwave on high for right around a minute. (At one minute mine was too gooey). You may have to microwave it longer or shorter, depending on your microwave, but the brownie should still be wet in the center when done.
Remove from microwave and eat immediately.

Ahh. The perfect comfort food for a cloudy fall day. Thank you, Becky!