When I was a kid, one of the best things about this time of year was getting a cool and minty shamrock shake at McDonalds. I no longer visit fast food joints for my obvious GF reasons, but still wanted a little taste of my past. These frosting-filled sandwich cookies are simple to make, the cookie dough is sweetened with only maple syrup and applesauce, and the green coloring is actually NATURAL, and made from something you likely have in your pantry. Of course you can use food coloring if you desire, but for people who are avoiding artificial coloring, this may be quite the treat! 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
In a breakfast rut? Start your day with some yummy granola – with milk or toss it on top of some fruit and yogurt. In this GRAIN FREE recipe, lemon is the star and takes this granola on a departure from your standard, almost too familiar, cinnamon-type granola. It makes for a great snack, and a topping for ice cream too! Continue Reading
Welcome to ravioli #4 in the ravioli-making series. This one can be made dairy free! And here’s a NEWS FLASH! I just changed up the prep to make it SO MUCH FASTER AND EASIER. You see, I roll dough fairly often, and in some cases it is that activity alone that becomes the dealbreaker in time and/or motivation to make a recipe like this. We all have our days when we just can’t get the desire to cook and need to break through it to have something really satisfying. Let me set the expectation for you – this really isn’t a big deal to do once you get started (just make sure you have all of the ingredients ready to go, or that frustration will just grow)! Continue Reading
Is it Entenmanns? Is it from New Jersey? No! It’s a gluten free crumb cake I made at home! As I continue down my never-ending gluten free journey, I get these little cravings of foods I used to love dearly. Growing up in Jersey, this was probably one of the best foods. Ever. I even worked at a bakery when I was in high school that made this among other gluten-filled foods that I long for every now and then. It’s been decades since I lived in the garden state, and Entenmann’s brand of crumb cake was a pretty good substitute for the real thing, but whenever my husband had to travel back to NJ, I always asked him to stop and get some crumb cake, pack it in his suitcase and bring it home…which he did! Continue Reading
Elegant and easy appetizer needed? Mushrooms, tarragon and bacon take center stage in this delicious toast that can be served warm or cold. Warm your favorite cheese on top of a crispy toast (omit if you’re dairy free – still delicious) and you’ve got something really special. Thinking of the “optional” option with the fish sauce? Unless you have an allergy, consider getting to know this stuff. Used sparingly, you won’t get a fish smell or taste, just a little umami in many different dishes! 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
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.