Homemade Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips

Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipSince my kids have been out of school I have been trying to make lunch time fun and not so monotonous! Today I decided I was gonna try my hand at making warm panini style pb&j sandwiches with a side of copycat style Cool Ranch Doritos©.

The seasoning mix is quite easy to throw together once you have your tortillas cut and fried.

And with this recipe you can control the use ingredients by using natural ingredients that don’t contain chemicals or have MSG in them.

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Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips

Fried Tortilla Chip

I love making homemade tortilla chips — it reminds me of the authentic Mexican Restaurants I love to frequent. And they are really simple and quick to make. They go wonderfully with Guacamole or salsa or just to be eaten plain all by themselves.

Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips


  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 10 fresh corn tortillas
  • Salt, to taste


Heat 1-inch of oil in a large frying pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. If your oil is smoking you have the heat up too high.

Arrange the tortillas in a stack and cut into 4 equal wedges. Fry a batch of chips at a time, not to crowd pan, turning occasionally with tongs, until crisp and lightly browned, about 1 minute or less. Drain chips on a paper towel-lined plate; sprinkle lightly with salt and store in an airtight container.

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies


I always have issues with making chocolate chip cookies because of the altitude. Now the challenge is gluten free. But I think I hit on a winning combination that is to please all.

2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
2 eggs
2-3/4 cups Gluten Free Flour
3 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 ounce bag of Hersey’s Halloween Chocolate Chips


1. Heat oven to 375°F.

Cookies62. In a bowl – Stir together flour, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt – set aside. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork.


3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This is a super-moist quick bread packed with flavor especially with mini chocolate chips added.

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (or one 15-ounce can) pumpkin
  • 3-1/3 cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, optional


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two loaf pans

2) In a large bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and water.

3) Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, nutmeg, chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring to combine.

4) Spoon the batter into the prepared pans. Sprinklethe tops of the loaves with coarse sparkling sugar, if desired.

5) Bake the bread for 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean; and that same tester inserted about 1/2″ into the top of the loaf doesn’t encounter any totally unbaked batter.

6) Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack.

Yield: 2 loaves.

adapted from http://www.kingarthurflour.com

Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps

Originally written on September 9, 2014


So tonight I cracked open a bag of Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps to add to my Taco Salad because I didn’t have any tortilla chips. Now I was skeptical, like I always am about new chips and always hope for the best.

Well, tonight I can tell you these were D-LISH! They were crispy nice sized chips with a great cheese flavor and a kick of jalapeño to go with! And not too spicy to where the kids liked them as well!

The crisps are full of nutritious amaranth, quinoa, flax, sesame, millet, & black seeds which makes it healthier than most fried chips on the market. Definitely worth a purchase.

If you need more information on where to get a bag for yourself check out Udi’s site: http://udisglutenfree.com/products/jalapeno-cheddar-ancient-grain-crisps/

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Udi’s. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”