Gluten Free in the Outer Banks

Earlier this summer, I spent a week in the Outer Banks with my husband’s family.  It was my second time there, and the food scene does not disappoint. Any time I am travelling, I always do lots of research to find the best gluten free places to try while I am there.  For this trip, I had a couple places from our visit two years ago that I wanted to try again, but I was also determined to find new places.  We stayed in Corolla, but ventured all the way south to Nags Head, and found places in each little town.

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Intro to Baby Led Weaning

When Charlotte was born, the last thing on my mind was how we would make the transition to solid food. I knew I wanted to make a lot of her food myself, but my thoughts ended there. So when a good friend of mine asked if we were going to do purees or baby led weaning, I was perplexed…. to start with, I had never even heard of “baby led weaning.” Thankfully, Charlotte was only a couple months old at this point, so I had plenty of time to read up on my options.

What is “Baby Led Weaning?” I started my research by reading some blog posts and reaching out to friends on Facebook to get a sense if anyone had experience with this way of introducing solids. I also borrowed the Baby Led Weaning book from a friend and my husband and I both spent time with it. After we both read up this method, we were convinced we wanted to try it with our little lady. I highly encourage getting the book (and the cookbook by the same authors), but here are some other tips and resources to get your started!  I will do most posts in the future as we continue our journey.

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Whole Pork Loin

During a recent trip to Costco, I came upon the deal of the century on whole pork loin.  I Their pork loin is usually a great deal ($1.99/lb), but on this particular day, they had an additional $8 instant rebate!  Therefore, this nearly 8 lb pork loin was just under $8. I usually just buy pork tenderloin at Trader Joes, but at this price, I figured I would give this cut a try.  I did a little research and realized I could butcher the piece of meat pretty easily to make a few meals.  I found inspiration for this here.

I decided to make two roasts and eight boneless pork chops out of the whole loin.


So far, I used the first roast to make the Carnitas from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook and they. were. delicious.  I highly recommend the recipe, but most importantly, I recommend giving the Costco pork loin a try.  If you have suggestions for the other roast or the pork chop, let me know 🙂