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Vegan Creamy Ranch Quinoa Salad Recipe

Did you have a good weekend?

Kevin and I had initially planned to go to Calaway Park, but it ended up raining all weekend so we decided to stay home and organize the house! Sounds much better than going to a theme park, right? *rolls eyes*

It’s amazing how much stuff a person can accumulate over the years, isn’t it? I was surprised to learn that we have 11 boxes of Christmas things – lights, decorations, stockings, etc. That’s more than we have boxes of books, or clothes! There’s something wrong with this picture, no?

Come Sunday afternoon, we had made two trips to the goodwill center, organized the basement, our offices and the garage, and were absolutely drop-dead starving! Kevin kept himself busy sorting through a box of old photos while I prepared a big salad for the two of us. We met in the living room just off the kitchen, sat on the floor with the dogs, and Read More »

Gluten-Free Mini Corn Dogs Recipe

Bryan loves corn dogs and for many years I would even take a bite of one of them.  It was a texture thing to me…I always thought that the corn bread batter would be soggy and mushy and I wanted nothing to do with them.  When Bryan came to visit me in California we picked up a box for him (they weren’t gluten-free), but when he left I still had half a box…they ended up in the trash. I told him at some point I will give them a try.

A few months ago I as fortunate enough to sample some of the Applegate Farms new corn dogs – they were delicious!! To my surprise the coating was crunch and not soggy at all. Ever since Bryan has been asking for me to make some…he would really love them to be full of gluten but he’s a good sport and eats what I make.  Maybe I’ll surprise him and make some regular ones for him anyway.

Yesterday I decided to make some mini corn dogs just to see how they would Read More »

Surviving Game Day Gluten Free

Many will be gathering with friends and family to see who this year’s Superbowl champion will be.  I am not a football fan, but I will most likely find  myself at a party on Sunday.  Since I am gluten free, I will need to be careful that I don’t eat anything that will make me sick.

Here are some suggestions on surviving the big game day gluten free. Some of the common causes of accidental gluten ingestion are cross contamination from crumbs or pieces of gluten food dropping into gluten free foods or on plates, serving utensils used with gluten foods used on gluten free foods, or not knowing ingredients in a dish.

If you are hosting a party:

1. Separate tables.  If possible, have separate tables for gluten and gluten free offerings.  This is the most reliable way to keep cross contamination from occurring  at a party.

2. Label serving utensils and dishes that are gluten free with the same color ribbon, so guests can tell which serving utensil goes with which dish. Read More »

Gluten-Free Asian Pot Sticker Recipe

Gluten free asian dumplings

Gluten-free Dumplings. Photo: Amy Fothergill

I just want you to know that I don’t know and don’t claim to know how to cook everything. Some things I’m not interested in and some things…well, intimidate even me. I suppose the biggest factor in trying something new is giving myself enough time to fiddle with it and being able to live if it’s not 100% successful.

I’ve come to know Jeff Larsen who also teaches gluten-free cooking classes in the SF bay area. There are some things we do which are very similar and some things we do differently. Either way, there’s a language we both speak and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. I mention him because he teaches a number of classes around Asian cooking, specifically dumplings. I have had a very good gluten-free pot sticker from Feel Good Foods but there’s nothing like Read More »

Gluten-Free Lobster Bisque Recipe

gluten free lobster bisque recipeA bisque is a rich, creamy soup made with one or more types of seafood, cream or milk and bisque is often thickened with flour. Our version of easy gluten-free lobster bisque is thickened with sweet rice flour which gives this lovely savory soup silky rich body.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced scallions Read More »

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

If you think being on a gluten free diet means never eating some of your favorite foods, think again. There has been an explosion of gluten free products over the past few years so become familiar with the brands that work for you. Bionaturae has many options for pasta like elbows, spaghetti and penne rigate.

Here are important tips to cooking good gluten free pasta:

  • Make sure there is plenty of water when boiling.
  • Add salt to the boiling water.
  • Start testing the pasta 1 minute before the recommended time. If it’s not done, test in 1 minute intervals.
  • Don’t over mix or over cook gluten free pasta; it will fall apart.

The key to a satisfying macaroni and cheese is learning to make a good cheese sauce. By making a few adjustments from a traditional recipe, you’ll soon be in business. Read More »

Warm Up with some Gluten Free Butternut Squash Soup

What better way to spend those wintry days than curled up with a delicious bowl of Gluten-free Butternut Squash Soup?

This recipe, courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, has a twist on the traditional Butternut Squash soup by adding in peanut oil and jalapeno.  While this soup may not be the lightest fare, it’s sure to warm you up and fill you up on those cool fall evenings.

The recipe below is easy to make and takes about 40 minutes. Read More »

Burger Deconstructed with Spicy Sweet Potato Hash Brown Recipe

I have shared my rice bowls many times in the past, and they are some of my favorite, quick meals.  However, the other day, I had a huge sweet potato that needed to be used, but I really wanted a burger.  I didn’t want a bun, so I decided to make a burger bowl or deconstructed burger.  I made my sweet potato into spicy sweet potato hash browns & then layered in the bowl with some mushrooms that I had sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and white wine.

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