One of the interesting (yet frustrating) aspects of being GF is the seemingly infinite number of flours to choose from. With the exception of rice flour, I eliminated many possibilities when I gave up grains. I’ve tried just about all of the flours out there and quickly determined my favorites. Hazelnut is a flavor that people either love to hate, and some of that can be contributed to hazelnut overload of the last decade (before the everything vanilla phase and the current pumpkin spice craze) . Hazelnut flour is quite different. And in this recipe, it has such an interesting flavor and texture – almost elegant – and when paired with the creamy frosting you’ll eat every bite on your plate. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it is reminiscent of something from my childhood, most likely my years in New Jersey. Regardless, it is something I look forward to making around the holidays! Continue Reading
Fast and gluten free don’t always go together very well. So many people I meet complain about having to make everything from scratch, and I don’t know about you, but processed gluten free foods seem to often disappoint on flavors, textures and nutrition, not to mention my wallet. Every time I create a new recipe, I always take time and ease of preparation into account.
This tomato bisque is ready in under 30 minutes, and the dairy free option is just as good, if not better than using straight up cow’s milk. Toss some toasted croutons on top, or serve with a grilled cheese sandwich…can you say comfort food? It makes enough to serve two people a cup of soup, but let’s be honest, I finished the whole thing myself for lunch. Feeling satisfied… Continue Reading
It is officially soup season at our home. It was a dreary, rainy day and the one of the only ways to end it on a good note is to fill my belly with some warm soup. I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for the last week or so, and this seemed like the perfect occasion to use it. What I like best about this recipe? It’s savory, not sweet like other squash soups. But, more importantly, it’s easy – ready in about 45 minutes without the need to constantly mess with it. Pair it with a salad and you have a fantastically satisfying meal. Vegetarian? No problem! Omit the bacon and use a veggie bouillon cube. Like it spicier? Add more Sriracha to suit your taste. Continue Reading
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
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
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