Do you ever walk by an item in the grocery store that brings back a flood of memories – one that you thought you could no longer enjoy ever again? That happened to me the other day when numerous displays of these awesome snowball cakes (in a Halloween orange) were right by the register, just begging for a compulsive purchase. Being the gluten free maven I am, it was easy to pass by, however, I couldn’t resist the inspiration to make it at home…without any gluten, gums, grains or dairy!
Say goodbye to boring gluten free snacks. This one tastes JUST LIKE PEPPERONI PIZZA – without that strange aftertaste of your average, processed and packaged GF snack. Snack mixes are the perfect way to use up day-old gluten free bread that is just a bit to dry to enjoy as a sandwich. Don’t have any bread but still want to make this pretty quick? Make the Fast Focaccia (yeast free) or Hamburger Buns (dairy free), cut it in cubes and you’re ready to go! The seasoning is dairy, egg and nut free, so if you need to follow any additional protocols, choose your favorite GF bread for that need and make this a tasty addition to your snacks. Continue Reading
As the zucchini continues to be harvested from my garden, so do the ideas for ways to use them up. The inspiration for this recipe came from Food & Wine magazine – they used a 9″ round pan and had an Italian-flavored gratin all whirled up so pretty and all in there. I prefer cooking in smaller batches, so I chose to use three ramekins and created an Asian-style flavor, only because I’m currently tapped out in the Italian-style zucchini arena. This is really a simple dish to make. I’m sure the one in Food & Wine tastes as awesome as it looks. I’ll be trying that when I get a craving for tomato and cheese. Continue Reading
It’s that time of the year…Bags of zucchini mysteriously show up on your front porch; Your zucchini plants in the garden are producing faster than you can eat them; Zucchini are on sale at the grocery store at a price you can’t pass up. We never want to waste zucchini and this year is no exception. For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to pick the zucchini from my garden before they become ginormous (and too nasty to eat). So far it’s been a great garden year, almost too good in the zucchini department! So, the “noodle” in this recipe is really roasted zucchini planks – technically that makes this a grain free and nut free lasagna too. But, if you like a noodle in your lasagna, take a look at my recipe for Gluten Free Sausage & Pepper Lasagna! Continue Reading
Not so long ago, two family members decided to go vegetarian – for no other reason than they said they didn’t care for the taste and texture of meat anymore. For some meat, I can’t totally disagree with them. For me, the more different we get with our particular protocols and preferences, the more we have to cook (separate meals), the less we get to eat together (because preparation gets out of sync), or both. So, to dine together, I’ve been playing around with some different stuff that satisfies my gluten free needs and others’ vegetarian needs. Mushrooms do a great job of absorbing flavors and have a great texture, so this just seemed like a good project to work on. Continue Reading
Another versatile onion blossom. It makes a fantastic side dish for your summer grilling favorites and can take on many personalities. We ate a lot of onion blossoms on a recent camping trip, and in addition to the Buffalo Blue Cheese Blossom, here is another flavor combination that compliments just about any grilled meat. Depending on your preferences, you can sprinkle with cheese, bacon bits, or anything other BBQ-worthy item. If you have 30 minutes, consider making some Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce – Fast & Fresh. When my BBQ sauce-loving son tells me this is the best BBQ sauce ever, I kinda have to believe him. Not only does it taste awesome, but it is quick and easy to make and may have you skipping the BBQ sauce aisle at the grocery store! Continue Reading
I used to love those blooming onion petals, deep fried and breaded, ready for dipping into some delicious sauce. Years ago, we found a recipe for slow cooking an onion on the grill – cutting it into petals, seasoning it with just salt, pepper and a splash of wine, then wrapping it in foil and letting it cook on the grill – alas, gluten free and definitely healthier than the deep fried version.We are always looking for fun summer foods for camping and picnics. On a recent camping trip, we wanted something a little more interesting, and came up with this flavor combo. It’s easy to make, and cooks while you get all your other stuff prepared. And, in my case, I get to avoid potential cross contamination from the campsite-provided grill, since we all know gluten doesn’t burn off any grill..
These biscuits are special. Why? Not only do you NOT need to chase it with a glass of water after eating it (yes, they are moist and buttery), but they just had the honor of competing in the Special Biscuit category of the Biscuit Baking Contest at the International Biscuit Festival. Every May, adorable Knoxville, Tennessee celebrates all things biscuits. A third place finish was perfectly fine considering the gluten-filled competition: a chef and a multi-time contest winner. For me, it’s the closest thing I’ll ever experience to being on “Chopped,” one of my favorite cooking shows, except a really chill version of it. For Biscuitfest, entries have to be crazy-special. My entry was accompanied by Beurre-acha Shrimp, Avocado Crema and Crispy Shallots.
If you’ve ever eaten at a Brazilian steakhouse, you know what I’m talking about. Those beautiful, delicious balls of cheesy bread they keep bringing to you throughout your meal. And because they are gluten free, they can end up being the highlight of any meal. If you search the internet for Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pan de Queijo, you’ll find dozens of recipes on how to make these – with milk and cheese. I was working on one of my own versions, and got sidetracked when I was curious if they can be made dairy free as well. For dairy free, these exceeded my expectations. The recipe doesn’t make a whole bunch of them…only 6, but that gives you a chance to try them and if you like them, you may need to double or triple the recipe if you have others to feed. Continue Reading
Snacks. When you’re gluten free, snacking can sometimes feels pretty mundane, eating the same old snack, day in, day out. I get into ruts when snacking so I play around in the kitchen, especially when I have some GF bread that’s gone stale. Too expensive to throw away. Too dry to eat. So recipes like this happens when I find myself in that situation. This recipe uses tomato paste, a bunch of seasonings, and has some sweet and smoky flavors to it. It also uses jerky – you can use any flavor jerky in this mix – or omit the jerky all together if jerky is not your thing. Just make sure to cut it up into small pieces. Continue Reading