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Is brown rice syrup really gluten-free?

August 9th, 2010 by Liz Schau


Brown rice syrup is the go-to for many gluten-free bakers.  Gluten-free recipes everywhere call for the stuff and indeed, it lends a perfectly sweet flavor to cakes, cookies, muffins, and scones.  But the syrup is controversial in the world of gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease because in some cases, it contains gluten.

Some, though not all, brown rice syrup is actually fermented in a process that employs barley.   (more…)


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John Libonati

10 Quick Gluten-Free Baking Tips

July 30th, 2010 by John Libonati

 

  1. Maintain a gluten-free pantry to avoid cross-contamination if you have gluten-containing products in your kitchen.
  2. Avoid flopping in cakes when using egg whites. In making cakes that use egg whites for structure, be careful when whipping whites. If over-whipped, they will deflate as the cake cools. (more…)
Connie Sarros

Penny Pinching on The Gluten-free Diet

February 9th, 2010 by Connie Sarros

Current economic conditions have challenged many people to look for ways to cut expenses. This problem is compounded when you’re a celiac because gluten-free foods can be expensive. Still, there are ways to trim the budget without sacrificing the foods you need and love.

1. Making a weekly menu plan reduces trips to the grocery store, saving both fuel and impulse spending. Check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what foods you can use that you already have on hand (cutting food cost for the week). (more…)

Jen Cafferty

Gluten-free Valentine Candy to Make at Home

February 8th, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

For many people the highlight of Valentine's Day is eating chocolate. Making chocolate Valentine's Day candy at home is both fun, easy and can be gluten-free. This is a great activity for both adults and children and a wonderful gift giving idea.

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Jennifer Harris

Recipe: Gluten-Free Valentines Sugar Cookie Cutouts

February 3rd, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

It is almost time for Valentine's Day, so for those of you looking to try out a new recipe, Jeanne Basye, The Gluten Free Cookie Lady, has shared one of her recipes for Sugar Cookies below. Baking cookies from scratch is quite easy and one of the tasks this Examiner still loves to do. To me, the cookies just taste better when made from scratch and then they can be decorated and personalized for fabulous, edible gifts. (more…)

Top 3 gluten-free myths, debunked

February 3rd, 2010 by Liz Schau

If you're looking to start a gluten-free diet, or to simply experiment with gluten-free eating for the new year, make sure you aren't distracted or discouraged by the common myths surrounding GF lifestyles. These myths can be deterrents to better health and make you question your commitment.

The top three myths are easily debunked because they don't take the reality of naturally gluten-free foods that everyone already eats and enjoys into consideration. With so many people already eating gluten-free and experiencing thriving health, don't let a few misconceptions stand in your way. (more…)

Aura Lee Honkanen

5 easy kitchen tips for gluten-free living

January 26th, 2010 by Aura Lee Honkanen

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Is your kitchen a gathering place?

glutenfreeThe kitchen is a natural place for people of all ages and backgrounds to share stories and flavors. When transitioning to eating gluten-free, cooking and meeting in the kitchen will probably change. It means double checking each addition to a dish or scrambling to make sure there is no cross-contamination. (more…)

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It is New Years and the season for top ten lists. Here is a list of the top ten gluten-free items that every gluten intolerant person needs in their pantry.

1. A good general gluten-free flour blend. Highly recommended: Better Batter Flour, Meister's Flour, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend.

2. Xanthan gum or guar gum for your baked recipes.

3. Quality flavored olive oils and vinegars. Make sure these are gluten-free and you can whip up a marinade or salad dressing in no time.

4. Quinoa. Buy pre-rinsed quinoa from a company such as Ancient Harvest and save yourself a few minutes in the kitchen.

5. Great gluten-free bread such as Udi's or Katz's. Keep it in the freezer for those times when you need to make a sandwich on something that tastes like the "real" thing. (more…)

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For many people, the thought of cooking and baking with bean flours can seem strange. After all, when trying to replicate your favorite cakes, cookies, muffins, and other sweets in order to make them gluten-free and food allergy-friendly, bean flours don't exactly elicit the same mouth-watering cravings as traditional white and wheat flour. While bean flours may seem too savory to be added to your favorite baked goods, they actually can be a healthy and cost-effective replacement for gluten-filled ingredients.

bean_floursBeans and legumes, of course, are high in protein and fiber, among other nutrients. Bean flour varieties include green split peas or lentils, garbanzos, soy, navy and black beans, fava, red kidneys, and many others. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

How to make gluten free halloween sugar cookies

October 12th, 2009 by Jen Cafferty

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Don't let dried out gluten-free sugar cookie dough ruin your Halloween. Here is a easy and delicious recipe for rolled sugar cookies. You don't even need to refrigerate the dough and the cookies freeze very well.

Ingredients:halloween_cookies_indiatree_com

1 cup rice flour 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 cup potato starch 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup cane or beet sugar 1 cup shortening 1 egg 2 teaspoons GF vanilla extract potato starch, for kneading

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add all dry ingredients and combine until the dough forms a ball. (more…)