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
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
Getting tired of the same old gluten free cereal or eggs for breakfast? These little gems are ready in about a half hour. It makes six mini cakes (I like two per serving), so I make them one morning and have breakfast for the next three mornings. Convenience is a beautiful thing. These have very little sugar, and the banana in the batter keeps them moist (even the following days), but doesn’t have a banana flavor to them. They remind me of a store-bought, individually wrapped coffee cake from my pre-gluten free days. Continue Reading
Mmmmmm….Get ready to enjoy that sort-of-greasy-but-crispy crust that you may recall from the hut. Pizza is probably the food I miss the most as a gluten free person. That’s probably why I have several styles on this website. For whatever reason, the old school pan pizza came to mind today and I figured I’d give it a try for tonight’s dinner. I love it when something is successful the first time around! I call this a kind-of-personal pizza, because in reality, it serves two people (and half this pie pretty much falls in line with low FODMAP). Or you can keep it to yourself and enjoy two separate meals.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Perfect little controlled portions of yummy goodness. The little burst of raspberry in the center make these extra special. The SPRINKLES, which just add pure fun, also need to be vetted for their gluten free status. For the last two holidays, the brand Hobby Lobby carries in their seasonal section have had a gluten free indication on the label (as with any product, GF status can change, so don’t take my word for it). Get out the bifocals, if needed, because it’s listed pretty small on the label.
Since I just can’t get enough pumpkin, this became a new addition to my breakfast routine. Nuts, seeds, some spices, some niceness and of course pumpkin! Not in the mood for a cold breakfast? Just take a few handfuls, grind it up in a food processor and serve with hot milk to make a satisfying porridge.
When fruit gets a bit overripe in our home, I make some sort of bread or dessert out of it. This recipe came as a result of several speckled bananas that weren’t going to be eaten as is. It became a dessert, then it was even better for breakfast the next day. This super-moist cake uses two bananas and only two tablespoons of coconut sugar (the ripe bananas provide plenty of sweetness), but of course you can add a little more if you have a sweeter tooth. To give it a little crunch, add some granola. If you happen to have four ripe bananas, double the recipe and use an 8″ x 8″ pan. P.S. It freezes well too! Continue Reading