3.24.2015

Pineapple Freeze



Freeze canned pineapple, juice and all in a flat container.  Put it into your blendtec and add 1/4 cup milk as it blends and a squirt of agave necter.

It's not as hard as they make out at Disney Dole Plantation.  It's cheap, delicious and I could realistically pretend that I am in Hawaii every day.  

3.14.2015

G-F PI Day

In honor of Pi Day.  We feast!  Cream cheese, whipped cream, powdered sugar vanilla and left over oreo cookies. Ten minutes and we're eating PI
My son's quote, "Teach the Son to Pi and he will eat forever."  

7-Layer Mediterranean Dip

Delectible dip with a distinctive Mediterranean slant.  Serve with chips, flax multigrain crackers, or with my favorite g-f foccacia bread recipe.  



  • 1 cup prepared hummus  (Made with a scoop of red pepper pesto for zing.)
  • 1 cup shredded mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onions
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives



Last made 11-30-11 thanks to Erin.  This is so delicious I couldn't resist eating it between shakes of the dice.  Ah great memories of the year of Bunco girl party!

G-F pita chips can be made by slicing Udi's bagels, laying slices onto a cookie sheet and spraying with veg. oil and sprinkling with garlic salt. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until lightly browned.




3.13.2015

Olivada Tapenade Dip G-F

Need an easy, fast G-F hor dourve?    This recipe is delicious. 

This version is delicious on a crusty bread.

 2 cans chopped black olives 
1/4 cup  red onions
1  can chopped green chilis 
1 cup chopped tomatoes 
1 clove garlic to taste 
 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil 
 1-2 tbsp. of vinegar 

 salt to taste 


Throwback Thursday, 8-26-10,  summer in Montana is chilly, particularly for a girl accustomed to 95 degree low at night, but I layered up and set off to family in Montana. We visited the gold mining ghost town--Bannack, a mining museum in Butte and spent a day touring Helena. 


Then we ate at Helena's Mediterranean Grill restaurant and sampled tapenade, and hummus. The place was very amenable to gluten-free options. It was delicious, but I should have brought my own focacciawrap bread or crackers.

Yum, tapenade! I've just discovered a delicious new taste sensation for those of us trying to up our fat and sodium levels. Are there none of you out there? Perhaps you have been scrimping on salt and butter just for this occasion, and are looking forward to take a sodium/fat hit for a wonderful taste sensation?


Easy Olivada/Tapenade

I chopped a couple of 10 oz. cans of black olives, drained.
I added about 1/4 cup chopped red onion,
1/2 tsp. minced garlic and about
a tablespoon of olive oil

and chopped the whole mass a little bit more. I threw in five pitted kalamata olives (but be careful, this can quickly overwhelm the flavor).

I served it on homemade crackers and with the spinach/artichoke hummus, it was an appetizer hit at the "welcome-home-for-a-week" party for the college kids (who jaunted back between semesters.)

We also ate baba ghanoush for the first time, and I have just one thing to say about baba ghanoush, but I want to say it ten times because it's so much fun on the tongue.

Baba ghanoush tastes wonderful!!!

Maybe I'll try to make that sometime. Hmmm, eggplant...

Incredible Hulk Soup

Easy In-A-Minute G-F Split Pea Soup    Happy St. Patricks Day!

I love split pea soup, but I want it NOW!  Delayed gratification works with food too and I want soup fast and easy.  Grinding grains in my flour mill or in my fav. Blendtec makes split pea soup quick.

reposted from 3-17-08

Okay, so it's green!!! Really Green!!!! 







Ha! I Got It! The boys (who until lately, were of the opinion that green food should only be photographed, never eaten) loved it! They slurped it up first on Halloween, when I was hoping for something, at least one thing substantial in their bellies before the T or T and I had to whip up more.

Fortunately, that only took two minutes! TWO MINUTE SOUP that they love and isn't prefab? WOW!

2 cups water or chicken broth
3 Tbs. Green Split Pea powder (made by blending or grinding up split peas into a fine flour)
1 T. onion flakes
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoning salt (or some such brand)
1/4 cup Hormel's bacon (already cooked and flaked, I keep it in the freezer to toss in stuff)
1/4 cup heavy cream (or nondairy creamer)

Mix all dry ingredients (except split pea powder) with water and bring to a boil. Whisk in powder and allow to simmer for two minutes--add cream and serve.

DELICIOUS I'm not kidding!

Tips:  Make sure you have ground the peas thoroughly.

YUM!

3.12.2015

St Patty's Day and GF Sweet Mung Bean Soup

GF Chinese Sweet Mung Bean Dessert Soup
reposted from 3-29-11
Our St. Patty's party in 2011 was wonderful. It's an annual event and this year the food-belle-of-the-Irish-ball was my brother-in-law's cabbage and corn beef. The man is an O'Driscoll and he concocts the authentic Irish dish.
Although I'm paternally Irish through the Campbell's and Prescott's, I have become asian minded (due to the daughter visiting there) and so I found the food spotlight was equally shared by the green dessert from China.










The potential son-in-law came to the party, braving the outlaw in-laws and bringing a pot of mung bean soup. Chinese mung bean soup--Yes, it's a dessert there, sweetened with sugar and served cold.

In China, mung beans are considered to be Yin and purported to remove heat from the body in the summer, and when it is 101 degrees and 90% humidity here, I will eat anything that removes heat from the body!

The family was divided, those for and those against, but I ate it as leftovers the rest of the week, and even found myself making it twice since. I added grated fresh ginger and a hint of lemon and it is a good connection for a Mom who is missing her China girl.

3.10.2015

G-F THERAPIES - Promises, Promises

I have wondered often about whether or not I would go back if there was a pill to fix my problem.  
Sometimes the true beauty of the world is revealed through the eyes of the blind.   

http://news.yahoo.com/promising-celiac-disease-therapies-horizon-183321546.html

If I didn't have a "gluten problem" I would have missed so much.  I may never have become a food adventurer and definitely not spent the time and anguish to become a baker extraordinaire.  I would have missed out on chia, quinoa, sorghum, millet, indian food and mint chutney. I may have never become so involved in the challenge of practicing general FOOD HEALTH.

I wouldn't give that up for every pill on the planet.  But, that's due, IN Part, to G-F Girl Scout Cookie Recipes.  

So here is the link to the annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipes.  Eat and Enjoy!

3.03.2015

GF Cereal Homemade Recipe

Name one food more prized by the college guy than cereal? Okay,  GF Ramen, but as we've already tackled and conquered the ramen problem we're moving on the cereal issue. And with the adrenaline from that victory still coursing through the veins, I'm up to solving the breakfast cereal issue.

reposted from 2010

At today's GF prices, college guy will spend all his weekly food allowance on six (small) boxes of cereal and still be forced to starve one day, so today, we did it!

He and I attempted to make cereal and By jove, we've done it!!!

Step One: Read the ingredients on the Mesa Sunrise Cereal by Nature's Path
Step Two: Found that they are like my GF 8 flour mix. (minus the bean flour.)
Step Three: Went online and found a wheat cereal recipe and substituted!

Success in three easy steps.

2 cups gf flour (the more diversified in whole grains the better.) (Do not use a GF mix--no leavenings are necessary.)
2 cups water
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute
1/2 tsp salt

I mixed this up in my blender on low, but it could be whisked together.

I poured 2/3 cup at a time onto greased (!!!!) don't forget to grease--I "Pammed,")
the jelly roll pan first. Tilted the pan to swirl it to the edges and baked at 350 for about 10-15 minutes, until browned. Break apart after cooling and store in airtight container--for however long college guy lets it last.

It is delicious!



I baked it in a hurry, two pans deep in my oven, shoulda done one at a time. The centers were put back in to brown more--which then, of course, burned. Ah, but the unburned portions were delicious!

This is time intensive for one box, so I'll be making it and sending it in care packages. "Your mom sends cereal?" I guess it's a labor of love. Another plus? It will add to the long list of reasons to go out to visit.

3.01.2015

G-F Caramel Turtle Pie

 In honor of Pi Month of the Century on Saturday   3.14.15  at 9:26.53 am and pm.  Eat it twice!  


PI month   3.14    It's Pie Month All Month, not just one day!   Celebrate and Eat Pie!  

reposted from 11-2011

Thanksgiving Pie! I'm headed to another party--this one with new neighbors who think celebrating with pie on Thanksgiving is not gratitude enough. My kind of people!

Baked a g-f crust, layered in chocolate ganache, filled it with Grandma's vanilla pie filling and then topped it all with whipped cream, toasted pecans, caramel and more chocolate.

I hope it tastes as delicious as it looks. If so, I promise to find time tomorrow to post the recipe.



It was the belle of the pie ball. And I had to sneak a piece home for the photograph.

Reality Bite: I've got to remember to take my camera to these events--not for the people, but for the desserts! (Gonna be Awkward.)

I lined it with 1/2 cup of this ganache recipe and then cooled it in the fridge for a half hour. When the chocolate lining was solid, I filled it with the cream pie filling.

Then I topped it with real whip cream prepared as follows, inside a ziplock with the corner cut out.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar (the cream of tarter in powdered sugar helps keep the volume)
1/2 tsp. vanilla.

I used another 1/4 cup of the ganache inside a ziplock with the corner cut out to make the squiggles. If it gets too stiff, nuke it for another second or two in the microwave.

I used some leftover caramel icecream topping, but it was too thin for the topping and I was afraid it would melt into the pie. So, I put it in a microwave bowl, splashed in 2 tbs. heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of butter. I nuked this for about 1 minute until a drop of it candy tested (dropped into ice water) at about soft ball.

I cooled this and then drizzled it over the top of 1/2 cup toasted pecans.

2.20.2015

2.19.2015

The Raclette Grill

Melted Cheese + whatever, you've gotta look this up.

Muffin Mess

I can make great muffins...


usually.

Muffins should not do that when you drop them.

2.07.2015

G-F Girl Scout Cookies -- Tagalongs

FINALLY Gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies for sale - YAY, BUT Not Tag-a-Longs!  When we want more selections, we still must make our own.  Here is the repost of a batch of YUM!  
First posted 2-4-11
We're still socked in and haven't much else to do but bake, so today's endeavor is finishing the Girl Scout Tag-a-Longs. The guys ate the last batch half finished and frozen solid,

That's called Do-Si-Do's.  

So I baked more and snuck another plate into the freezer and hid it behind a fresh batch of snow ice cream. 

We've never had enough snow in Oklahoma to ever make ice cream, but we're rapidly becoming connoisseurs. 
This week we've sampled ice-cream in varied flavors, vanilla, chocolate and every jello flavor. 

The cookies are better than the ice cream.

Start by baking a batch of shortbread cookies recipefrom Living Without, then slather the tops with peanut butter.  I put them in the freezer for a moment to solidify the pb and then dip in melted chocolate.

If you need GF Thin Mints as desperately as I do, check out this recipe.

How about Girl Scout G-F Samoas?  Yup, YUM!