The Raclette Grill

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

Muffin Mess

I can make great muffins...


Muffins should not do that when you drop them.


Suits against Restaurants for Charging Celiacs more?

A great question.  Why is GF food so expensive?  242 times more expensive.  This article says so!

  This article is very good with regards to this issue.

Is it illegal?


GF Angel Food Cake

G-F Desserts that are light and delicious for the new year and your healthier food outlook!

I stopped again at a g-f fast food delight in Heber City, Utah, just south of home and within minutes of Park City.   It is Dairy Keen--the winner of the Best Gluten Free Burgers in The State of Utah and I would add, perhaps anywhere!  I met Jan--our fellow celiac-- for the first time and had a nice conversation.  She recommended her recipe for angel's food cake and I remembered baking the following great recipe years ago.    I anticipate that my butt and gut will take some detoxing this month, but by the 31st, I'll be baking again and this recipe will be first on the agenda.

Meanwhile, for some serious eye candy I'm feasting on the sight and memories of the best GF burgers, fries, shakes on the planet.  Thanks to Jan and Dairy Keen in Heber City, Utah  

Still delicious, although last posted 4-21-10

Recipe Blast from the Past 

Recipe Check!!! The daughter is coming home from college tonight! We're so excited. The boys are cleaning and I am baking. Enchiladas, black beans, spanish rice, a loaf of millet bread, two batches of muffins, (one without and one with the pumpkin remembered) and crackers.

But the piece d resistance? Her favorite cake, angel food. I love Bette Hagman's recipe. YUM!

Look at the size of this!!!!! This cake would be overflowing the pan if I hadn't taken some of the batter out before hand. My gut told me that a full cake pan-prior to baking was a disaster waiting to happen.

Other than making way too big of a cake for my pan, this cake is turning out well.

The smaller cake, (3 x 4 pan) baked in 25 minutes and was delicious. Yes, I already tore it apart and ate it piece by piece while I cleaned the kitchen!

12 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup corn starch

Room temperature egg whites, never, ever, any yokes, even a dab. Grease free mixing bowl and whisk attachment. Beat first three ingredients until blended. On high, blend in the sugar a little at a time until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in flour mix 1/4 at a time just until flour disappears.

Spoon batter into 10" tube pan and cut through to release bubbles. Bake at preheated 375 degree oven 45-50 minutes. Until brown and dry on top. Invert on a bottle to cool upside down.

Delicious! No one can tell the difference between G-filled and the real thing--GF!!


G-F Cookie Exchange 2014

This year the G-F cookie exchange was impressive.   LOOK!  Don't you think?

This was not a G-F event, but thanks to my dear friend Cheryl, who is the most avid non-G-F, gluten-free advocate I know, I enjoy a most beautiful and delicious party.  She goes out of her way to serve safe food and make delightful GF cookies for me.

This year she served two soups that were delicious, crockpot peanut clusters, and my favorite, Millionaire Chex Bars.

G-F Millionaire's Chex Bars

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10.5 oz) mini marshmallows
  • 7 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 bags (15 oz.) caramel cubes or bits (I used Kraft Caramel squares)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (dairy or almond)
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 bag (10oz) dark chocolate chips ( I used melting wafers, melt and spread nicely)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Line 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray.  (I just sprayed the pan)  Set aside.

In a 4 quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until marshmallows are fully melted.  Reduce heat to low; stir in cereal until evenly coated.  Remove from heat;  pour into baking dish.  Use greased rubber spatula or greased hands to press mixture firmly and evenly in dish.  Refrigerate 15 minutes.

In 2 quart saucepan, cook caramels, milk and salt over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted.  Pour mixture over bars, and spread evenly.  Refrigerate 10 minutes.

In double boiler over medium heat or in microwaveable bowl in microwave, melt chocolate.  If using microwave, microwave uncovered on high in 15 to 30 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.  Pour melted chocolate over caramel; spread evenly.  Sprinkle with pecans.  Refrigerate until set. 30 minutes to an 1 hour.  Then cut and serve.

When someone cooks for you, it is truly love.  So passing the love on from our happy home to yours, Happy Baking for the Holidays!

I botched a few cookies just testing recipes until I hit on this one for the exchange.  It turned out delicious.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS.    G-F TWIX Cookies    Photo is there in the center, below the chocolate chip cookie.

GF Twix Cookies

Shortbread Cookies
  • ½ cups butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup cup g-f flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Caramel Layer
  • 15 oz of caramels (like Kraft)  I melted six of my caramels I make for Christmas.
  • 2 Tablespoons evaporated milk

Chocolate layer
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Mix up cookie dough adding flour until just not sticky, form balls, place on cookie sheet atop parchment paper.  It does work well to keep them from sticking after baking.  Bake at 350, 10-12 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned.  

Cool cookies swirl melted caramel atop and cool again.  Melt chocolate chips with shortening in microwave stirring often.  Swirl over cooled cookies.

WOW really tasted authentic.  I ate more than I should have.



Final Hurdle for Celiac PILL?

Here's the latest news on the G-F pill.  Sounds like it will be available soon.



Celiac Disease and Gluten-free Faddists: They're just trying to Feel Better!

This article nails it. Don't let the fadism keep you from a lasting cure!

"It’s possible that the entire gluten-free craze might have been avoided if celiac disease hadn’t been ignored for so long in our country. For most of the latter half of the 20thcentury, American physicians rarely researched or diagnosed celiac, unlike their European counterparts, and they considered the disease extremely rare. Even now that celiac is known to be one of the country’s most common autoimmune maladies, more than a million Americans are still walking around with undiagnosed celiac. They may suffer from unexplained symptoms; they’re at increased risk for a slew of diseases including thyroid disease, diabetes, and cancer; and the Mayo Clinic says they’re four times as likely to die prematurely as someone without celiac. Celiac afflicts 1 percent of our population, but the vast majority—as much as 83 percent—of that 1 percent are undiagnosed."



G-F Pecan Tassies

A g-f Cookie Exchange.  Happiness on a platter.  Here are the recipes in advance this year.

A chewy and crusty Christmas favorite made gluten free and grain-free!

The gluten-free cookie exchange was delightful with beautiful music, people and food.  It was delicious and I'm posting the delightful recipes that I grabbed.  Thanks Cheryl for the party.  We loved it so much, and I'll be eating for a week... or maybe a day.
Clockwise from left:  Triple Chocolate Cookies,  Mounds Candy,,   Salted Caramel Macaroons,    Caramels, Pecan Turtles, Coconut Caramel bars,  Pecan Tassies, (see recipe below), Pretzel Peanutbutter Buckeyes and Coconut Macaroons.

Cheryl's Pecan Tassies


1/2 cup butter
1 cup almond flour
3 oz. cream cheese

Mix together, form into one inch  dough balls and place each into a mini muffin pan.  Press to the edges of the pan with your fingers to form a crusty bowl in each tin cup.


3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon melted butter
1 egg

1/2 cup pecans chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix filling and add a scoop into each dough cup.

Bake at 350 15 minutes and then turn down the oven to 250 and bake 10 more minutes.
Cheryl says she didn't bother to turn down the oven, she just baked them for 20-25 minutes until set.  (That's easier!)

Cool and Try Not To Eat All THESE before you serve them!


Green Smoothie Muffins

Thumbs Up!  Ultra healthy, veggie filled breakfast muffin that tastes like a red velvet cupcake!   This recipe passed the taste testers, my Shakespeare homeschool class.  There is one student who always asks dubiously "Is It Gluten-free."  

"Yes," I reply.  "It always is, has been, will be."  "That's what you are here for, my test subjects."

The rest of the youth just say, "ShuT Up and Eat fast.  Sometimes we Get TwO!

This week was yum.    

This is just my standard muffin recipe,  I mix the dry, add the wet, dump in greased mini-muffin pans, bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.  Gobble up.  Always gone by nightfall.

1 1/2 cup g-f flour (I always use my healthier grain mix)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon spices (cinnamon today)
dash of salt
1/2 cup  chocolate chips (today, white chocolate--optional)

Mix wet ingredients in a 2 cup measure:

2-3 tablespoons oil (coconut, or vegetable, It's a glug.)
1 egg
1/2 cup fruit sauce(apple sauce, prune sauce, pumpkin, today it was Fruit SMOOTHIE)
1/3 cup honey
Milk up to the two cup mark (almond, rice, soy-- whatever milk)

It's really easy and makes 24 mini muffins.

Celiac to increase to more than 8 million?

I thought the rates of diagnosis was supposed to level out?  What is with this?



Thanksgiving - Vegetarian meal loaf GF Nut Roast

last posted 12-2-10 - I'm revisiting and planning my Thanksgiving plans and recipes.  
The Cake Wreck that I posted last week (Cherpumple) is just one sample of the diversity of food.

I thought I'd stick with tradition this Thanksgiving and fix something this year that has been a staple in my food memory from the time I was a child. It wasn't Thanksgiving or Christmas without this delectable dish. My nearest and dearest friends will all remember the nut roast at Sunday dinner.

My grandmother got the recipe from Cookie--yes, for real, Cookie, a camp chef that traveled with the men who worked in the lumber camps up the Mirror Lake Highway. My gramma cooked for the men and slept with her new husband in a log cabin and there were nights when he would jump up and shoot dead the mice that were bothering her.

The biggest challenge she discovered with being a brand-new sixteen year-old bride (like cooking and cleaning for a herd of men wasn't hard enough,) was that her husband was a slaughter-house vegetarian. He couldn't even eat food prepared with lard and would only eat eggs if they were fried in butter. So, this dish was truly a godsend to her budding recipe file.

My father was also a vegetarian and so this dish prospered in our house, but the recipe evolved with just one generation. My cousins make and eat it, but they call it nutloaf and I won't make it with the tomato sauce topping. (I have an aversion to ketchup--I'm sure it's somehow slaughter-house related.)

So this Thanksgiving, I'm making it, mostly for nostalgia, but also because the other tradition of Nut Roast is that it a qualifier for new potential family members, and the boy-friend is coming for Thanksgiving. If he doesn't like Nut Roast... well then. That's all I'm saying.

Two large potatoes, one large carrot, one large onion, and a big handful of walnuts, ground together in a meat grinder (What other use would a vegetarian have for a meat grinder, but I'm sure a food processor would work.) G-f crackers, oatmeal or corn flakes are added and a couple of eggs, salt and pepper are used for binders and the whole thing is pressed into a casserole dish and refrigerated for a day. It is baked for a couple of hours the day of and in the last hour, ketchup or tomato sauce is slathered over the top to bake.

It's obvious to me that I'm going to have to call Mom for the details as it's been too long. Don't forget the salt. Salt is essential and for all that I made, a generous two teaspoons wasn't quite enough, but people salt after anyway right?

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity DOESN'T Exist!

Isn't that a relief?  So for those of you who suffer from it?   STOP IT!

I hope that these researchers are really onto something and that they can figure out what really is the problem.  


FODMAPS    Could digestive distress be exascerbated by easily fermentable short-chain carbohydrate foods?   http://chriskresser.com/fodmaps-could-common-foods-be-harming-your-digestive-health

So read up on these types of carbohydrates and see if you can lessen your problems with gluten if you minimize fodmaps in your diet.  

Best Wishes!