Tuesday, May 26

Momma says Magnesium

Hey there were times when I didn't listen to Mom, but those teen foolish times are over and so when I told her I was aching all over and had ongoing stomach problems unrelated to my disease, she said Magnesium, so I listened!



Now I know why.  Magnesium-Deficiency1

Image from Live Healthy with Patti

This stuff is important so in the midst of my closet cleanse (remember I'm sucking down on spices in the pantry purge?)  I'm going to take the rest of the liquid Magnesium I have left.  It's the nastiest flavor and I have to Plug (the nose) and Chug, (the dose) but it's worth it.

Monday, May 25

G-F White Chicken Chili & GF Mission Tortillas

Boil the heck outta the roteisserie chicken carcass and throw in some beans and have a delicious chicken chili amidst all the water falling, running, rolling and draining across Oklahoma tonight.

Image result for tajinSaute in 1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 jalapeno minced

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning ( chili and lime seasoning--my new favorite--we'll talk more later about this marvel.)
1 tablespoon cumin

4 cups chicken broth (Use the liquid from the boiled chicken)
1/4 cup cilantro fresh chopped

2 14 oz. cans white beans
1 rotesserie chicken deboned and choppedYES!  I'm serving it with GF Tortillas that I love.  These have to be purchased in the West as they are not yet available anywhere else.  They are as close to the real thing as I can find ($4.88 Walmart Neighborhood Market) and so I had a bunch flown in (with the daughter from Utah).  They fold nicely, freeze great, heat well and are delicious.

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I thought we were ready for salad season.  With 14 inches of rain this month, I guess soup's still on for a while yet.

Photo courtesy of OkCity Channel 9 news

G-F Raspberry Pretzel Pie

I love the sweet/sour flavor of this dessert.  I used 2 cups glutino pretzels crushed and warmed in 2 tbs. butter and 1/4 cup sugar as the crust.

One 8 oz.  carton heavy cream whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla--then beaten with 8 oz. light cream cheese is the center and the topping is

10 oz package frozen  berries heated with 2 cups boiling water and a 6 oz. package of raspberry jello dissolved in.  Remove from heat and cool, then spoon over and refrigerate for a couple hours.


Hot Curry Thai Chicken Salad

The pantry needs a spring cleanse so I've created a cook-off to use it all up and today's flavors are spicy.

3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 onion chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

Product Details1/2 cup plain yogurt or mayo
1/2 cup light sour cream (I ran out of plain yogurt.)
3 tablespoons Red Curry Paste (less if you have the good stuff)  if not, the rest of the bottle of Thai Kitchen's Red Curry Paste from Walmart.

 For the record, my flavor buds have changed and I'm now moved on up to the stronger red curry paste from the Asian store.

1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced ginger
1 tsp. rice vinegar 
Salt and pepper (or Thai Kitchen Ethnic Creations Thai flavoring)  Yes, I own it all, purchased in a "Don't go to the grocery store hungry" binge.

I wanted it a lot hotter so as I served it, I sprinkled on hot curry powder and I'm one happy girl.  Everyone else liked it just as it was.

Saturday, May 23

Mom and Daughter Dynamo!

When two  g-f cooks get back together in the same vicinity we are a force with which to be reckoned!  While the daughter and granddaughter were visiting, we toiled, boiled, baked and muttered and made some magnificent concoctions!

This was a sweet chili garlic sauce with turmeric in cornmeal fish skillet fry.  The topping is a chopping of dill, cilantro, onion sauted wilt.  And the bed is a rice with cilantro, lemon pepper mix.

We didn't follow any recipe, so good luck on ya to repeat this one.

Some of the creations were actually memoralized digitally so watch out.  I think the best was the two-can channa masala that opened my tastebuds to some magnificent Indian food.  Delish!

Delightful experience and the grandbaby is already a FOODIE BOSS!

Friday, May 22

GF Carrot Cake

Party Cake!   I'm using the last of my green tomatoes to bake this for a friend's farewell party.  It is so delicious.  I'll have to attempt to make it without the green tomato puree or perhaps I will try tomatillas?

Last posted 3-31-13 and I need to post it again!  We ate this recipe this weekend at the family reunion and once again, it was a gluten eaters heaven!  They love it, I love it, it is a delicious recipe no matter when you eat it!    YUM!

It's Spring, Easter and time to make Carrot Cake again!
Here is the photograph from last year, 2012,  hopefully the result this year will be just as beautiful--but reality usually intervenes.  It still tastes delicious.  So here goes.

Last posted 8-19-2009
I once distrusted carrot cake--all those suspicious orange flecks floating around. I can take them in stir fry and in soup, but in my cake? No! Thank you.
Being GF has really forced me (the desperation factor) to broaden my food perspective. One fall morning, facing too many unripe green tomatoes, I googled green tomato recipes and discovered this treasure. For my husband's birthday, I baked him Bette Hagman's GF carrot cake recipe.

Wow! A gastric epiphany! I now freeze green tomato puree in 1 1/2 cup increments over the winter to make this delicious cake.

This week I again made the best carrot cake in the world, compliments of Bette Hagman (Praise be her name). The only alteration I make to her recipe for Prize Winning Carrot Cake is to lower the oil by two thirds and substitute plain yogurt. Bette uses her featherlight mix of rice, tapioca and cornstarch with a dash of potato for the GF flours.

This year it proved to be still too high in caloric values for the reformed mind of the health-conscious husband, so I'll have to eat it all myself!

This cake is always successful and delicious! So say the GF and non-GF testers with whom I shared it.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 TBS milk

Beat, beat, beat, til the frosting is light and fluffy. Spread over cake and refrigerate to set (and to hide it).

Friday, May 8

Short Fifth Finger Indicates Celiac Disease?

Does having a short fifth finger indicate celiac disease?

Our own personal emperical study.




Wednesday, April 22

Tuesday, April 7

Gluten Free Safe Candy Link

Twix are NOT GF! This picture is purely for the sake of the candy, not the list. Click for the link to the list! 
Thanks to glutenaway and Jennifer C the president of our Tulsa CSA group.  She rocks.

Tuesday, March 31

CHANNA MASALA --Asian Heaven

channa masala

This channa masala, though, comes from my friends from Punjab India. It's incredibly simple:

Chop half an onion and
a lot of garlic (a LOT of garlic, like 1/2 cup minced) and saute it in a good amount of oil (maybe 1/4 cup).

 Let it saute for up to 30 minutes but at least 10 (add water if it starts to burn).
Finally add a can of diced tomatoes.
5 minutes later, add 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) --that's the channa.

The most important part: spices! Don't be stingy: ginger, channa masala (that just means spice and you can buy this mixture at Asian markets), salt, about a teaspoon of cumin and a bit of pepper.

 Let the whole thing cook down until the spices don't taste raw anymore and serve on rice.

It's delicious but SPICY!!!  

Several other delicious recipes come from The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell. It's a great cookbook but you need to actually follow the recipes (I know, right??) to the letter. I've had some amazing successes and some horrible failures when I've tried substitutions.

Bibimbap and Peanut Satay Noodles
GF Spring Salad Roll

Tuesday, March 24

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.  

Saturday, March 14

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.