Cherry tomatoes are probably the easiest, most abundant tomato to grow at home. Our plants have been producing hoards of them this year, both red and golden varieties. Because I don’t like letting anything go to waste, we’ve been roasting them because I’m just not ready to do any canning. It takes about 15 minutes to prep them, then 45 minutes in the oven. Continue Reading
Mmmm, potato salad! One of my favorite side dishes in the summer is my mom’s potato salad – the typical egg-based potato salad with lots of crunchy vegetables – which we make several times during the summer.
For this one, we did things a little different. As a celiac, I’ve been known to overdo certain recipes to the point I just can’t bring myself to eat it anymore – you know, you find something tasty and safe and just keep making and eating the same stuff for days. So, instead of overdoing my mom’s recipe, this salad came about.
In 30 minutes, you can create a little something different to make gluten free life a bit more exciting and satisfying! If sweet, savory, smoky and a little kick are your thing, then read on. Versatile? You bet. It is an outstanding burger topping, a yummy appetizer when topped on a toasted GF baguette slice that’s been slathered with a little mascarpone or cream cheese. But, one of our favorite uses of this jam is on a pizza – spread it on your favorite GF pizza crust and place in the oven to heat it through. Sprinkle with (GF labeled) gorgonzola/blue cheese and wait for an overwhelming “Yum!” from your recipients!
Have you ever had a kohlrabi? If you participate in a farm’s CSA box program, you likely have received one of these in your box. They are also showing up at farmer’s markets this time of year (but some grocery stores carry them too). Also known as the “German Turnip,” it’s in the brassica family (think cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower) and not a turnip at all. It tastes similar to a broccoli stem..so it’s pretty mild. Continue Reading
Add some kick and crunch to your burgers (or even a salad) with these super-simple fried jalapeño rings. The inspiration came from strolling the aisles of a grocery store in Nevada recently, and right next to the French fried onions in a can were some French fried jalapeños, so naturally, I had to make them GF. Frying takes a little bit of the fiery bite out of these, so if you prefer a little milder level of heat when it comes to peppers, these might be a good option for burgers and such. Continue Reading
You learn the most interesting stuff at Gluten Free Expos. I was honored to do some food demos at an expo in Columbus, Ohio recently, and met several people who asked me if I had a good pierogi recipe. That’s what I adore about meeting up with people at expos – especially the regional flare that comes with it. So, you can thank the folks in Ohio for the inspiration for this recipe. And of course, these are not only super-easy to make, but they also have a DAIRY FREE option too! As I post this recipe, I’m also posting my “recap” of the Columbus expo you can read here. I try to make it a point to keep up with the direction of our gluten free population, and in turn, create the stuff we all miss the most! Continue Reading
This recipe tastes a whole lot like the frozen ravioli I used to eat as a kid, which is exactly what I was going for. Many people who have issues with gluten also have issues with certain types of dairy. Personally, I tolerate greek yogurt, mozzarella (it’s low FODMAP) and parmesan cheese, which was the basis for the filling in these ravioli. One of my favorite things about my gluten free ravioli recipes is the sheer convenience of it all. It takes about 30 minutes or so to make a dozen ravioli (even faster with a Tortilla Press) then you just toss them in the freezer. With 3 or 4 ravioli in a serving (these guys are pretty filling), you’ll get 3 or 4 individual meals out of it. Just perfect for those days when you just don’t want to put a lot of effort into something – which is common in my household – not bad for under an hour’s worth of work! For more flavors, check out other ravioli flavors in the recipe index.
I lost sleep over this one, for no other reason than I couldn’t wait to get started to see if what my little old brain was thinking would actually have some reality attached to it. Living GF for so long, I really have learned to keep my expectations low when it comes to sandwiches and anything that has to do with bread. Now that the weather is getting warmer, the thought of wraps appealed to me, but I didn’t want one that was dry or full of ingredients to keep it shelf stable. And the ones I would be interested in buying are so dang expensive. Continue Reading
Do you grow tired or reading labels on seemingly simple products? So many food I look at don’t say GF on them, but don’t have any gluten ingredients listed. It’s that “natural flavor” or “spices” that make me put something back. Pizza sauce is one such product, so I’ll take 20 minutes out of my day make my own, store it in a squeeze bottle and put it in the fridge. Continue Reading
When was the last time you enjoyed a soft, warm breadstick from Olive Garden? That’s what I thought. When a friend asked my daughter on a scale from 1 to 10 where these rated, my daughter rated it a 9. When asked why not a 10, she exclaimed, “Because they are not unlimited!” The “hardest” part (and it’s really not very difficult at all) of making these are learning how to set up the form for the pan (easy to follow instructions are below), but do it once, and it won’t be a big deal anymore. Continue Reading