Archives: Stories from Me

In a Twitter About Schar’s Tweet

Once upon a time, I blogged just about every day. Then, as life happens, I was overcome by events and have about 50-something (conservative estimate) posts in my queue just waiting to make it to the “published” state. Then out READ MORE

The Longevity Kitchen Cookbook!

My wonderful friend, Caroline, from My Food My Health sent me this terrific cookbook about four months ago. I have been cooking my way through it and I feel utterly compelled to rave about it. I was in love with READ MORE

Join Me for a Gluten Free St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego!

  I’m honored to be participating in the Celiac Awareness Tour as it makes its way to San Diego, California, on March 16th and 17th. What is the Celiac Awareness Tour, you ask?  The Celiac Awareness Tour promotes celiac disease READ MORE

Best Eco-Friendly Lunch Box System Ever!

They had me at “eco” and “bento” together. “Simple” sealed the deal. Let’s start with the fact that this system was created by two moms, Amy and Tammy, who wanted to make lunches healthier and eco-friendly. “Laptop Lunches® bento-ware is designed READ MORE

How to Plant an Herb Garden in Two Hours

At some point, it just seems cost preventative to keep going to the store to buy fresh herbs. As much as I cook with them, I like to have them at the ready. A friend of mine finally convinced me READ MORE

“I can’t believe it’s gluten free!” The jaw-dropping announcement.

You won’t believe your eyes when you see what is now labeled gluten free! It has taken years to get to this point, and for some a lifetime of waiting. The entire gluten free community is breathing a sigh of READ MORE

The Great Candy Conundrum Solved!

The scariest thing about Halloween might actually be the amount of sugar your young ones collect in pumpkins and pillow cases…Not to mention the frightful amount of gluten in many candies! (See below for gluten free candy list.) What’s a READ MORE

National School Lunch Week – What’s in Your Child’s Lunch?

This week, October 10-14, is “National School Lunch Week.” Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution site has a fun contest that includes a link to “Take Your Parents to Lunch Day” where parents are challenged to visit their child’s school cafeteria and READ MORE

Gluten Free “Star” Treatment at Bice Ristorante in San Diego

Lisa Theile (With Style & Grace), Chef Mario Cassineri (Bicesandieg0), Karen Fine (moi! – Fine Cooks Everything Gluten Free), Melissa Lanz (The Fresh 20) Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending BlogHer 2011′s Pathfinders Day and was fortunate enough READ MORE

Karen Fine Interview on Dallas/Ft. Worth CBS11, May 2010

In May of 2010, I was honored to be interviewed by CBS 11 Dallas/Ft. Worth television news about celiac disease and my children’s picture books on healthy eating.

Marinated Fish Tacos at WhisknLadle, La Jolla – Gluten Free Fare

The inspiration behind sustainable fisheries, farming and ranch resources finds reality, and a home, at the highly acclaimed “Whisknladle” restaurant in La Jolla, Califonrina. Sunday mornings have taken on a whole new meaning during the past several months. I have READ MORE

The Ranunculus Tecolote – An Ode to May

(Ranunculus Tecolote, Carlsbad Flower Fields, May 2011, by Karen Fine) After 16 years of living in San Diego, California, I finally made it to the Carlsbad Flower Fields. And I fell in love. Of course, I had to fall in READ MORE

Official Launch of “Fine Cooks…Everything Gluten Free”

Photo by Stephanie Meissner,  Rendering Grace, Carlsbad Flower Fields The month of May brings quite a few of my favorite things. Mother’s Day, my birthday (and a large portion of my family’s birthdays), not to mention that glorious warm weather and READ MORE

The Best Vacation I Never Wanted

I’m usually not the one being dragged kicking and screaming on vacation. Last week I had the opportunity to go to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.  There were many times I considered backing out. The excuses almost made it seem READ MORE

The Family Food Summit Starts This Week!

Starting this week, Melissa Lanz and The Fresh 20, are hosting The Family Food Summit. Register now for the live online conference with leading experts on cooking at home! Speakers: Aida Mollenkcamp – Food Crafters Catherine McCord – Weelicious Karen READ MORE

The $8 “You Have Got to be Kidding Me” Burger

You think ordering gluten free at restaurants can be challenging? The confusion is apparently not limited to “special diets.” I was on a business trip last month and a couple of my friends that were with me got to experience READ MORE

Because I hate grocery shopping…


You know how almost all of us have this long “to do” list every day/weekend of stuff that “should” get done? I have been making a concerted effort to enjoy moments as much as possible, as well as learning to READ MORE

Tomato and Parsley Quinoa


One of the best things about quinoa is how versatile it really is for meals. I know the word “quinoa” (pronounced keen-wah) is new to a lot of people. However, it’s an ancient grain full of fiber and protein; not READ MORE

Clementines – Fast Food brought to you by Mother Nature


Clementines are back for a limited engagement. Get them before they’re gone! I have never been a big connoisseur of oranges due to their innate nature of being messy and time consuming to peel apart and eat. That might sound READ MORE

Simplify Your Life with Gluten Free Meal Planning!


INTRODUCING… Not too long ago, I was at a little food convention in San Francisco known as “BlogHer Food.” I had just joined the BlogHer Publishing Network and was excited to meet fellow food writers and cooks. It was an READ MORE

A little Delicious Revolution and Gluten Free baking at Cups La Jolla!


One of the best things about doing something you love is that inevitably you find other people who share a similar passion. Last weekend I spent a wonderful day teaching others how to cook gluten free savory dishes and bake READ MORE

Cook with Mom Cooks Gluten Free at Cups in La Jolla!


Menu: Turkey Pot Pie Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting …and more!

Cook with Mom Cooks Gluten Free – Saturday, December 11th, La Jolla, California


In our ‘hood for the weekend? JOIN US SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH 2:30PM TO 4:30PM CUPS ORGANIC  LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA Register here: Facebook event page: About Cups Organic: About the event:

The Elusive Gluten Free Breakfast at a Restaurant!


I have to admit, once I discovered that I loved cooking, I began to avoid eating out at restaurants all together.  Over the years, I have become addicted to healthier, fresh food and the instant gratification of preparing a delicious meal.  READ MORE

“Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light!”


The beautiful poem by Dylan Thomas has been stuck in my head ever since we switched back to standard time. You would think after all these “years” that I would cease being surprised by the fact that the month of READ MORE

Day 2 Finale on Gluten Free Culinary Adventure in San Francisco


As day two wrapped up with an amazing evening event hosted at the California Culinary Academy, I reflected on all that was over the last 48 hours. I arrived at BlogHer Food ’10 with no expectations and not knowing one READ MORE

Breakfast on Day 2 of Gluten Free Culinary Adventures in San Francisco


I was in the beautiful city of San Francisco for a food conference over the weekend. I made a faux pa or two on the first day of this glorious event. a) waking up late  b) forgetting that I’m not READ MORE