Looking for a decadent, gluten/grain/dairy free dessert? Look no further! Lots of molten and lava cake recipes have been popping up all over the place lately, so I can’t take credit for the concept, but I did create my own version only because I was in a chocolate mood, and a handful of chocolate chips just wasn’t cutting it.
These cakes are so easy to make – just a few minutes of prep time, pop them in the refrigerator while you eat dinner, then bake them for about 10 minutes at the most and voila! You’ll have an elegant dessert! Store a few unbaked ones in the freezer in the event you want a fantastic chocolate fix some night but don’t want to put in all the effort to make them from scratch (just be sure to thaw prior to baking). And, you can make them in different sizes, just be sure to adjust the baking time (the smaller the cake, the shorter the time). Continue Reading
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
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.
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
With just ONE ingredient, I don’t consider this a recipe as much as a money-saving tip. The first time I heard of Ghee, I had no idea what it was. It was merely mentioned in a few recipes on some Paleo websites. So what is it exactly? Ghee is a common ingredient in Indian cooking – it’s just butter that has the dairy solids removed. It also goes by drawn butter, clarified butter (think lobster), or in our home, affectionally called “butter juice.” For many dairy-free folks, it is a potentially good and tasty option. I say potentially because if you’re really dairy-sensitive, trace amounts of proteins, like casein, could remain. Many Paleo folks use it and apparently have no issues. It’s just really nice to have a sub for coconut oil. The first time I used ghee it was in the form of a store-bought jar (rather expensive), so I dug around on the internet and found some make-your-own recipes which are super simple, and are a fraction of the cost of the store bought stuff. Continue Reading
After posting Creating Your Own Gluten Free Spice Blends, I put the awesome chart to task and made some snack mixes. For this one, I used coconut oil to give it an even better Thai profile. Super easy to make and with all my snack mixes, a great way to use up gluten free bread that may have gotten a little dry (as most of them tend to do quickly!). Don’t have any bread? Try my Hamburger Bun recipe – and just spread the batter onto a sheet without the forms, let it cool, then cut it into cubes. If a little dairy is OK with you, try My Fast Focaccia recipe (the bread I used in the picture), which can be ready in 30 minutes and will give you plenty of bread cubes – that is, if the bread isn’t eaten fresh out of the oven first! Continue Reading