With my French Canadian backgound, I grew up enjoying tourtiere every year at Christmas and here is the recipe (Re-adapted to gluten-free) my mother was handed down by her mother and grandmother before her.


Steak and kidney pie

Gluten-Free Tourtiere

Gluten-free pie crust

this will make enough dough for two large pies or one pie with bottom and top crusts

3 cups of my regular flour mix (See substitutions tab on my website, or use Robin Hood’s new gluten-free flour)

pinch of salt

1 cup cold all vegetable shortening

2 eggs (Or for vegan version, use 2 tbsp. flax meal and three tbsp cold water

1 or 2 tbsp cold water (You may have to add a third tbsp water, but the less water the better)

1 tsp guar gum

Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl and mix at low to regular speed until mixture is crumbly. (2 to 3 minutes)

Divide into two balls and put in freezer for one hour. Tear off one piece of plastic cling wrap (about 10 inches long) and smooth onto your kitchen counter. Place first ball of dough on top and then place a second piece of wrap on top. Roll with pin until the dough is the right size for your pie plate. Then take off top piece of plastic wrap and place pie plate upside down on top of rolled out dough. Using the bottom layer of plastic wrap, carefully lift dough and plate all at once and turn over.

Pour filling inside and then suing the same plastic wrap technique, prepare second layer of dough and place on top of meat pie. Crimp edges.


1 ½ cups diced, peeled potatoes
½ pound ground pork
½ pound ground veal
½ pound ground beef
2 onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
¾ teaspoon fine salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed celery seed
dash allspice
dash ground cloves
1 cup apple cider
½ cup water
1 egg mixed with 2 Tbsp (25 mL) water for glazing



In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potato until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and mash; set aside.

Meanwhile, in deep skillet, brown ground meat over medium heat, mashing with fork, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Drain off fat.

Add mushrooms, celery, stock, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, savory, thyme, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until almost no liquid remains, about 25 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Mix in potatoes. Let cool.

Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp
water; brush three-quarters over top. You can use cutouts of dough to make decorations for top of pie. Arrange these on top; brush with remaining egg wash. Cut steam vents in top.

Bake in bottom third of 400 F (200 C) oven until hot and golden brown, about 50 minutes.


Raw beef and vegetables on white background

Did you know that the average American eats sixty six and a half pounds of beef a year? I don’t know about you but I was shocked to learn this statistic.

When we know how much the raising of beef contributes to the problem of global warming , how much of our agricultural resources are used for raising and feeding livestock and how many pounds of wheat it takes to produce one pound of beef, it’s a wonder anybody eats beef at all. And to make it even worse, now we also know that many types of cancer are directly linked to the consumption of beef, especially a certain type of breast cancer  that is linked to estrogen.

But, all beef is not equal.

It turns out that grass-fed beef is dramatically different from its corn-fed cousin. Grass-fed is considerably lower in fat and calories.

Even if you can’t give up beef in your diet, you can still lose an average of six pounds a year by simply changing to grass-fed beef—that’s if all else in your diet remains the same. Also, grass-fed beef is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer. So, when you look at the benefits of grass-fed versus corn-fed beef, a leaner trimmer and healthier you, all while slowing global warming,  the choice seems simple. Don’t you think?

Pass the grass-fed beef please.