Author Archives: Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten Free Caramel Corn Recipe

Whether you have kids out Trick or Treating tonight, or you are going to be cuddling up on the couch watching a scary movie, why not enjoy your Halloween evening with some seasonal caramel corn? This recipe is sure to complete your evening and is easy to make!

Homemade caramel corn is buttery, crunchy, sweet and best of all it’s naturally gluten free. And it’s so buttery fresh, a quality hard to find
in a can or bag! If you like, use organic popcorn, butter, sugar and agave syrup for an extra special treat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour Read More »

Gluten-Free School Lunch Recipes and Tips

Here are a week’s worth of gluten-free school lunch recipes that add variety, kid-friendly flavors and nutrition to school lunchboxes. High protein sandwiches, pizza, warm comfort foods including convenient leftover entrees and veggie-rich soups and salads will keep even picky eaters and those with multiple food intolerances happy and healthy all through the school day.

Be sure to read Lunchbox and Lunch Bag Safety from Kevin Weeks, our About.com Guide to Culinary Arts.

1. Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza!

Gluten-free sandwiches, wraps and pizza slices are easy to make and to pack in school lunchboxes and bags. Use your favorite gluten-free breads to make sandwiches with gluten-free deli meats, nut butters and delicious chicken and turkey salad sandwiches. It’s amazing just how many Read More »

Homemade Gluten-Free Mayonnaise Recipe – Food Processor Method

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Gluten Free Mayonnaise Image. 2013 (c) Teri Gruss

Mayonnaise is a kitchen staple that adds rich flavor and binds ingredients in dishes from tuna salad to crab cakes.

If you’ve ever tasted homemade mayonnaise, you know that the rich flavor and silky texture is nothing like what we buy at the grocery store. There are many good reasons to learn how to make homemade mayonnaise, first and foremost because it’s incredibly easy and calls for ingredients that most of us have on hand every day. Read More »

Gluten-Free Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie Recipe

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Gluten-Free Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie 2010 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

Here’s a light and delicious no-bake recipe for a refreshing summer pie. Make Gluten-Free Frozen Strawberry Pie several days in advance and keep it in the freezer — a real convenience when you’re planning a summer gathering!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 8 ounce cartons strawberry yogurt
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream Read More »

Gluten-Free New Year’s Resolution – Make More Soups and Stews (Recipe for Beef Burgundy)

I have a short New Year’s Resolution list. It’s much the same list that I wrote down last year and the year before. It involves cooking and eating more nutritious foods.

Homemade soups are the most nourishing food I can think of. Enough protein, enough fats of the right sort, lots of vegetables in healthy stocks and broths, rich in nutrients. That’s what soups and stews are made of.

Therefore, my number one New Year’s resolution is to make one big pot of homemade soup or stew each and every week of the new year. Last year I lost focus and fell short of my weekly soup/stew goal, but this first week of the new year, I’m at 100%, starting with a simple gluten-free version of “Beef Burgundy.”

On Christmas Day my son served an amazing Beef Bourguignon for the family. The flavors were rich and earthy. As I listened to him describe his list of ingredients and method of preparation I decided to start the year with an abbreviated, easier version of the classic French Beef Bourguignon recipe, beef burgundy. Here is my first gluten-free stew of the new year.

Gluten-Free Beef Burgundy Recipe

According to our About.com Guide to French Food beef burgundy, or boeuf Bourguignon, is the ultimate slow-cooked comfort food. It is!

The earthy flavors in this simple dish transform run-of-the-mill beef stew into something truly special to be enjoyed with a warm slice of gluten-free bread and a glass of wine. Read More »

Is Baking Powder Gluten-Free?

bakingpowderQuestion: Is Baking Powder Gluten-Free?

Gluten-free baking recipes frequently call for “gluten-free” baking powder and some products are labeled “gluten-free.” Why is that? Learn what’s in baking powder and even make your own fresh gluten-free baking powder at home.

Answer:

No, not all brands of baking powder are gluten-free. Baking powder is made from baking soda, cream of tartar (a bi-product of wine production) and a “moisture absorption agent” which is usually, but not always cornstarch. Other starches including potato starch (gluten-free) and wheat starch (contains gluten) can be used in baking powder products.

Therefore, not all brands of baking powder are gluten-free. According to manufacturer information, the following baking powder brands are gluten-free. Most of these products are available at large and small grocery stores in the United States. Read More »

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Pancakes

glutenfreecappuccinopancakerecipeFor you java lovers – gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt Read More »

Gluten-Free Fish Stick Recipe

terigruss_fish-sticksCold water, wild fish is a healthy, safe option when you’re shopping for fish. If you can find it at your local grocery, buy frozen, wild caught Pacific cod for this recipe. It’s usually easy to find. I have used quite a few brands of frozen cod to make this recipe and find the best quality frozen cod is available at Costco. At least that’s the case where I shop.

Be sure to thoroughly thaw the frozen cod and blot it with paper towels until the fish is dry to the touch. This recipe is a great way to prepare fish to make a batch of delicious fish tacos.

Learn more about buying fish from our Fish and Seafood site.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2   large — approximately 7 oz white fish fillets —  preferably sustainable wild caught Pacific cod
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free sweet rice flour, more if needed
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free corn flour, more if needed (cornmeal can be substituted and will make the coating crunchier)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • Frying oil – preferably organic peanut oil or your favorite high heat fry oil

 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Chill: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: Four 3-ounce servings

 

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