Gluten Free Foodies

Celebrate the foods that you can eat!


December 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I love almonds and hope you will too!

So easy to make and the perfect treat to enjoy as a Gluten Free snack any time of the day. 
Make them as a gift or bring them to a party to serve with drinks!

The honey is from the native organically managed mesquite forest of Northern Peru. Its slightly smoky flavor gives the almonds a perfectly sweet bite. The sea salt ... just a little goes a long way to enhance the blend of flavors and accentuate the caramel creation from the roasting.

This recipe will serve a small gathering for 4-6 people.
Double ... or double double if making this for gifts! 

2 cups Organic raw almonds
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs Zócalo Gourmet - Organic Mesquite Honey

fry pan
spatula or tongs
parchment paper
baking sheet
cooling rack
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place the butter in a fry pan and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the butter begins to melt add the almonds.  Toss the almonds so that they are all covered in the butter and let them cook for 3-4 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the honey.  Toss the almonds to make sure they are evenly coated.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Turn off heat. 

Place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking pan.  Pour the butter and honey coated almonds on to the baking pan.  Spread the almonds out in a layer, allowing the almonds to touch to create clusters. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. The aroma is absolutely amazing! Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.  Add the sprinkles of Flor de Sal or Sea Salt. Let cool at least 1hour before serving. 

If you are making these for a festive gathering and there are any left over
 Organic Mesquite Honey Almonds with Flor de Sal ...
not likely ...
wrap them in the parchment paper and then in a self sealing bag or glass container, in a cool place, away from heat. Depending on the weather, humidity, they may get a little stickier ... is that such a bad thing?

Felices Fiestas! Bocadillos Sin Gluten Feliz!
Happy Holidays! Happy Gluten Free Snacking! 


Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Kitchen Tools

December 11th, 2011 at 10:55 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I know one of the reasons why I love baking and cooking - it's the KITCHEN TOOLS!
It's that time of year to share my favorite finds of the year and I can't wait for you to get them too!

Sous Vide Supreme
All I can say is that if you love to entertain or you cook for a large family or just like to slow cook then the Sous Vide Supreme is for you!  Sous Vide aka soo-veed is a French term for "under vacuum".  The food is cooked at a precise temperature while it is immersed in a water bath.  You will not overcook the food so it is perfect for those in your family that are chronically late.  This method allows you to cook the other food for your meal while the main course is staying perfectly cooked - moist and warm. It is just like having a Sous Chef in your kitchen!

I was so lucky to spend some time with a demo unit from Sous Vide Supreme and I have to say it was so easy to use, just a little prep time, in it goes and off you go to enjoy your day.  A few hours later and you have the most amazing steak, pork, chicken or fish - tender, moist and flavorful.  You can make all sorts of things with the Sous Vide Supreme - drinks, desserts, soups, side dishes and more. There are several books to guide you to this new, simple and healthy cooking method. The Sous Vide comes in several colors and sizes.  This is one appliance that will look great on your counter top and you will not want to put it away.  You will use it all the time.

I spent my time making meat. Great to make extra to have leftovers for lunch the next day. You can even keep the food sealed and put the extras in the freezer. The meat was perfectly moist and tender every time! I enjoyed every minute of it because it was so easy and I had fun creating some flavor combinations to try - Apple Brown Sugar Pork, Curry Coconut Pork and Aji Lime Chicken were some of my favorites.  My absolute ... by far most surprising was steak! Don't tell anyone but I do not like to cook steak.  The Sous Vide Supreme made me look like a Top Chef because it in just a short time my steak was cooked to perfection and then I seared it on a cast iron grill pan.  Now I love to cook steak ... the Sous Vide Supreme way!

Santa are you listening???
The Sous Vide Supreme is on my wish list this year! 

I love the look of shiny chrome and black in my kitchen appliances. There is just something about having fun waking up in the morning and looking forward to making a good cup of coffee that is worth getting out of bed. So, I recently took a turn back in time and bought an "Old School" Percolator Coffee Pot by West Bend .  It reminds me so much of my grandparents. I have to laugh because the minute I got it, I had to make coffee ... even though it was 9 PM at night!
The sound percolating ... the aroma and the clear, crystal-like tip allows you to see that beautiful, rich brown coffee swishing through brewing just waiting to be poured into a cup of coffee! If you like your coffee really really hot, this is for you! No filters and easy to use! Love it!

So of course I had to continue my chrome theme after getting tired of turning on my gas stove - $$$ - just to heat up some water for tea or a hot drink. It is fast and really hot, too! Love it!
Electric Cordless Hot Water Kettle by Aroma
I found both for around $30 on Amazon.

Chef'n Tongo 9" Tongs - I use them for everything - removing waffles from my non-stick iron, tossing a salad, roasting vegetables, removing just about anything that I need to grab and move.  The Tongo Tongs are ergonomic and have a one-handed release, nothing fancy, just easy.  They have a big silicone head which makes grabbing anything big or small simple to move safely from one place to another. They come in a variety of colors but I just love my fun red ones! I would have to say they are my most used tool in the kitchen since I received them as a gift.

Sistema Large Square Storage Containers from Storables for Gluten Free Flour mixes.  It is so hard to get into a bag of flour and it is so precious that you don't want to spill the slightest bit.  Storing them in these containers helps to keep the flours fresh, organized in your GF pantry and easy to get in to measure. The variety of sizes can hold my 1 lb - 5lb bags of GF flour perfectly.  I usually cut the information from the Gluten Free Flour mix so that I know what the ingredients are and I tape them to the top of the lid.  I make a printed label for the front of the bin so I can see which of the bins contains the GF flour that I am looking for when they are stacked in my pantry.

They also have a variety of other containers to take your Gluten Free lunch from home and go! The sandwich or picnic keeper is my favorite because I can store a small portion of chips, carrots, cucumbers or other favorite veggies and then the sandwich is in a section in the container, sealed off to stay super fresh.  The divider on the other side keeps the extra goodies separate so that if one is slightly wet like carrots, they don't touch and your chips will stay nice and crispy.

TIP - I suggest getting a gift certificate from Storables for your favorite Gluten Free friend or family member.  They can shop online or in the store. Every January, Storables has a big organizing sale and this is a great time to save money and get these wonderful storage boxes.  Also, it is so much easier for someone to pick out what they need when it comes to organizing.  I would  share this posting and tips with them, so that they know about the products and sale. I love Storables and their awesome staff! 

I have mentioned the Weck Jars in previous postings but ... I love them!
It is worth mentioning again.  In the Seattle area you can find them at Crate & Barrel but you can also find store locations in your area by going to the Weck Jar website. I use them for everything! They just look so nice and when you put homemade treats in them ... they are a great gift!

Happy Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping!

Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookies

December 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is an old favorite spiced cookie with a bit of a taste makeover! I recently discovered that I am a big fan of cardamom when I had a bad headache.  Ironically, I drank some Chai that had Cardamom in it and the headache disappeared.  I don't know if the Cardamom fixed it but the flavor was just what I needed to warm me up - I am a fan! I also love making treats that are good for you too.  Sweet Potato adds fiber, iron, calcium and has a low glycemic level to stabilize blood sugars. The Sweet Potato flour does double duty - it makes the cookies a beautiful - golden burnt orange hue and gives the cookie a soft moist bite.

These cookies are inspired by happy headache free days, 
taking breaks with your feet up and enjoying with a favorite hot drink! 
Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cookies with Cardamom 
are easy to make and can be made non-dairy too!

Dry Ingredients

2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp clove, ground
1/4 tsp ginger, ground
1/4 tsp cardamom, ground
Wet Ingredients
8 tsp butter, room temp - to make non-dairy use Earth Balance 
1 egg
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar

* 1/2 cup raw sugar or decorating sugar for the tops of the cookies
* 1 additional egg for making the cookies shinny, optional

baking sheet
parchment paper
self sealing freezer bag
cookie cutters
rolling pin
small spatula
standing mixer
silicone or flat baking spatula
small bowl for decorating sugar
silicone baking brush

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk to break up any clumps.  Set the bowl aside.
In a standing mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl and make sure all ingredients are incorporated.  Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Form the dough into a roll or log for slice and bake cookies.  For cut out cookies form the dough into an oval flat disc shape.  Wrap the dough in the parchment paper and put it into a freezer bag.  Chill for at least 2 hours.  The longer you chill the dough, the more time the flavors have to meld.  Overnight is best and will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 
To bake, take the dough out of the refrigerator and unwrap and leave on parchment paper.  Let the dough warm up just a tad, and place a piece of parchment paper over the dough to roll it out in a rectangular shape, 1/4 inch thick.

TIP - these cookies are perfect thick or crispy thin! You decide or make both! 

Use your favorite cookie cutter, using all the dough to cut out the cookies.  I like the like the scalloped edge cookie cutter in 3 sizes. I also make thick and thin for a variety of desires.  Place the cutout cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, add the raw or decorating sugar.  I like to add one of the spices from the cookie to the sugar - cinnamon or cardamom are favorites.  I also like to keep some of the naturally spiced flavored sugar in a container ready to use. The longer it sits, the flavor has time to absorb into the sugar. I actually have a small box made out of cinnamon tree bark that I keep my raw sugar in and it absorbs the cinnamon flavor from the bark!

Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash to make them shiny, optional. Then sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the sugar. If you don't use the egg wash, the sugar will still bake in and stick, with a matte cookie finish. Bake for 12-13 minutes, turning the pan half way at 6 or 7 minutes. 

Let cool on a baking rack before serving.
Make your favorite hot drink, call your best friend to come over and put your feet up in front of the fire.

If there are some leftover cookies ... store in a tight sealing jar.
Makes great homemade gifts too! 

It's Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookie time!

Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Cookbooks

December 2nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This season I am going to give you my suggestions of gifts that I love.  When ever I need inspiration, a new flavor, treats or just want to play in the kitchen these are all of my favorites this holiday season. 
The countdown begins today ...


I recently attended a private book party for the Fabulous Beekman Boys.  You know the ones on the Planet Green TV. I just love them - Brent and Josh, their goats and Farmer John! Such cutie pies! 
Well they have a fabulous new book out called The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.  It is such a lovely cookbook.  So much thought and detail ... some might think it not necessary but the details in creating this book are all intentional, thanks to Brent's perfection syndrome.  The paper, the frosted paper dividers, the placket, the photographs and the best and most unique thing ... the pages with the pockets! The pockets are there so that you can put your hand written recipes into the book to add to the traditions.  Oh wait! there's more ... there is a space to the side of each recipe in the book to write your own notes ... a perfect place to make Gluten Free conversions! The recipes are all favorites from their own recipe box - how they live today and heirlooms from their family and friends.  This cook book is a gift in every sense and is meant to be left out on the counter and used like a scrapbook. I treasure my book!

 by Kelli and Peter Bronski
So easy to follow their recipes, great ideas and will always love cupcakes! 
I can't wait to make Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread and Cannoli Cupcakes for the holidays!

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
I love this book! Pizza and Flatbread! It has my name all over it! All of Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois cook books are awesome because they include Gluten Free variations to their recipes using their preferred Gluten Free flour blend. This book is particularly good because it includes all of those recipes that you really want and probably miss - Injera, Stovetop Pizza and Breakfast Pizza, Naan and Pitas caught my eye! 
I checked this book out from the library and it is on my wish list for the holidays too! 

Owner of The Meadow, James Beard Award winning Expert and Author - Mark Bitterman 
 explains in great detail everything you ever wanted to know about SALT!
Over 50 recipes using Salt and a detailed reference guide on over 150 salts from around the world.
So much to learn about salt ... who knew? 
Mark Bitterman does and it is a great learning adventure to read his book as big as a bible! 

609 pages of traditional Spanish food including tapas, drinks and sauces.  
I love Spanish food and this book has a huge space in my heart and my kitchen. 
Most of the recipes are naturally Gluten Free, using no flour, with simple authentic ingredients. 
I would suggest substituting the new 
for the recipes that call for all purpose flour.

by Sharon Tyler Herbst
Ron Herbst
Want to know more about cheese, tea, kitchen tools, techniques or quince ?
This is the book that will have all of the foodie info to learn more or at least impress your friends during the Jeopardy - Foodie knowledge round ...
Over 6700 entries with beautiful line drawn illustrations.
I think it is just a fun book to have on hand and I actually use it quite often.

This past weekend I saw a double show of Baking with Julia on my local Seattle PBS station - her guest was Martha Stewart and it was just lovely to watch them make an Almond Wedding cake.  
Unfortunately, this show isn't on this DVD set but you can watch Alice Medrich, 
Nancy Silverton, Gale Gand, Leslie Mackie and so many more ...

Additional books not pictured - not necessarily just Gluten Free but good reading and great inspirations to convert to Gluten Free.
Quick Fix Gluten Free by Robert Landolphi
Food Lover's Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown
At the Kitchen Table by Greg Atkinson
Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard and Heather Shouse

I hope you enjoy my Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011- Cook Books - 1st on the list and more ideas on the way! The selections above have been chosen as my favorites and I do not receive monetary incentives for suggesting anything on this list.
I truly love them!

Happy Shopping ...

Happy Birthday To The Berry Patch on Bainbridge Island – 40 years!

December 1st, 2011 at 11:58 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hey Gluten Free Foodies 
I know you love kitchen tools, gadgets and supplies as much as I do!
Today is a special day!
I can't believe it has been 40 years ...
 today December 1, 2011 is the birthday for 
Bainbridge Island, WA 

Wish them a 
Happy 40th Birthday 
and they will give you
40% off! 

Shop local and help a small business thrive this holiday season! 


Shop Big … by Shopping Small and Local!

November 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes, it is actually a tradition with me. Once again this year I'm indulging in "Shopping Small and Local". I really enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest. We have such talented artists in our area and I love finding unique gifts for my friends and family. I like to find more personal gifts when I go out. I enjoy the hunting and thinking about the person instead of just finding something in a pile of millions of the same thing.

I live on Bainbridge Island and really love visiting the people who work in the shops along Winslow Way. I love finding pretty handmade scarves and mittens, jewelry and artistic glass plates, sculptures, wall sconces and home furnishings at my friend's store - Danger. I buy gift certificates in the coffee shops and restaurants, iconic island T-shirts from Bay Hay and Feed in Rolling Bay and gift certificates for spa services from Bay Massage and Skin Care in Lynwood Center on the south end of the island.
I just love the process of going in and seeing the people chatting and engaging in real conversation. Hitchcock just opened their new Delicatessen and Charcuterie next to their restaurant. You have to go see the stunning Italian made Espresso machine. Enjoy a really good cup of espresso and buy a gift certificate. Food and drinks are always a great gift!
I also plan on swinging by the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market – Winter location at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church parking lot, corner of Winslow Way and Madison. Eagle Harbor Books is a great place to find your favorite books, some from authors that live in the area. If you love to knit! Churchmouse is the best place to find a gorgeous selection of yarns and teas. Next store is Fork and Spoon Cafe for a quick lunch and great coffee.  I must say if you have a wine lover on your list Winslow Way is THE place to find a variety of wine shops.  Check out the downtown association for more info and directions.

I also love going into Seattle and have started a tradition with my friend Gail and my mom. We go over on the ferry with coffee in hand ready to plan our day, mapping out the most strategic store locations with Gluten Free eating nearby – La Isla always wins the vote for the best Puerto Rican Pernil and Tembleque in Ballard. We also strategically plan the neighborhoods with shops and getting coffee several times throughout the day. Fonte Coffee in downtown and Espresso Vivace  in Capital Hill.  One don't miss place in the upper Queen Anne neighborhood Chocolopolis a boutique of chocolate! Yes! it is pure heaven! The chocolate aroma swirling about the minute you walk in the door is a treat.  Now I have an excuse to go in and find chocolate wonderfulness … holiday gifts! Ah! the sacrifices I make! They sell chocolates from around the world and locally made chocolates. They also sell gift baskets, baking and drinking chocolate too!
Just down the street is El Diablo Coffee Co. stop in for a Mexican Chocolate Mocha.
Yes … we really need all of that coffee to stay warm and keep our mojo going!
My favorite shop in Fremont is Bitters Co. I have talked about this store before but I love love love it! I find the most amazing wonderful gifts that are made from artisans from around the world. There is always something new that catches my eye ... I can't wait to find it this year!

I also love going to see the holiday decorations and shopping the other small towns in the area – Port Townsend  , Whidbey Island  and Mount Vernon.  All of these towns have great little shops to find kitchen gadgets, handmade ornaments and local collectibles.

If there is time in my schedule before the holidays and good weather, I try to get down to Portland, Oregon. I love getting some real Gluten Free Fish and Chips at the Corbett Fish House to fuel me or one of their many Gluten Free bakeriesI love shopping in the Pearl District as well! If you need a Gluten Free snack or supplies there is a great Whole Foods Market there as well. If I really want to treat myself I go to Andina Restaurant the most amazing and beautiful Peruvian food! I highly recommend making a reservation online. You can always get a gift certificate for a gift too!

Join me this holiday season in avoiding the big crowds and keeping the small businesses thriving! By shopping small and local you will be helping many people in a big way! Don’t forget to give the gift of experiences or services that everyone needs or uses – hair cuts, gym fee or yoga classes, auto repair and detailing, child care, house cleaning, cooking or art classes. It will be so much more memorable! A gift certificate from Whole Foods Market or make up a Gluten Free gift basket is always a great idea too! 


Thank you!

Thank you!

November 24th, 2011 at 6:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Just a quick note to say ...

I hope you are having a wonderful 
Gluten Free Thanksgiving 
with your family and friends! 

I just wanted to take a minute to say 
many, many thanks for 
reading and chatting with me over the years.
I really appreciate your support and look forward
 to sharing more great times with you soon.

Take care
 and may there not be too much cleaning up to do ... 
or at least some helpers to make it go away! 

Now go get a piece of that 
Gluten Free Pumpkin Rum Pie 
and put your feet up! 

Herbed Kañiwa Dressing – Gluten Free and Vegan

November 21st, 2011 at 8:40 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Serves 6-8 people. Less than 1 hour prep and cooking time.

When you think of Thanksgiving what do you think of?
The traditional meal - turkey, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, gravy and stuffing or dressing.

What if you are Gluten Free and Vegan? 
Well then you can make and serve all your favorites - garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with dates, Brussels Sprouts, roasted squash, broccoli, kale, cold crisp salads and
 Kañiwa a Gluten Free grain! 
Not sure how to make Kañiwa? No worries ... 

Add all of your favorite flavors of Thanksgiving ...
Herbed Kañiwa Dressing 
  celery, carrots, thyme, dill and onion! 

Kañiwa is a protein powerhouse like its cousin Quinoa but is a smaller, beautiful red grain with an earthy flavor – great texture.

1 cup Zócalo Gourmet Kañiwa Grain – Andean Heritage Grain
2 cups vegetable broth, Pacific Natural Foods Organic and Gluten Free
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup  baby carrots, chopped
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
½ tsp Italian seasoning, dried
¼ tsp dill
1/8 tsp celery seed
¼ tsp thyme
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Matiz Mediterraneo Sea Salt with herbs
1-2 Tbs Spanish Olive Oil

Optional ingredients for more flavor and texture.
raisins, apricots, cranberries, cherries or dates - dried and chopped
mushrooms – optional, chopped
fennel – optional, chopped
nuts or seeds – Marcona almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil.  Add the Kañiwa, stir and cover.  Let it boil 30-40 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Do not uncover or stir while cooking.

Chop the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and herbs, place into a medium size dish. Remove the Kañiwa from heat and let it cool slightly, for 2-3 minutes, once it is cooked.  Add the Kañiwa to the chopped ingredients and seasoning.  Mix well.

Tip – the heat from the cooked Kañiwa will release the flavors of the ingredients.  Let it cool on a rack, on the counter for 20 minutes.   

Serve warm or cold, but with the chilly weather it is really nice warm! 

If you are going to make this ahead of time to bring it to a potluck dinner, chill in the refrigerator and let the flavors meld.  A few minutes prior to serving, reheat just slightly, for 1-2 minutes on medium, in the microwave, mix well. Otherwise, allow approximately 45-50 minutes to prepare prior to your Thanksgiving meal and serve warm just off the stove.  Add the optional ingredients if desired.

Happy Healthy Gluten Free and Vegan Thanksgiving! 

Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

November 17th, 2011 at 3:33 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Tips on how to host Gluten Free guests at Thanksgiving –
It’s the holidays and time to get busy shopping and planning your Thanksgiving menu and guest list.  Oh no! You just found out that your cousin Chloe was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and she always comes to your house for Thanksgiving?! What are you going to make for her and how do you plan your meal around Gluten Free guests at Thanksgiving and the holidays? No worries … here are a few Gluten Free entertaining tips to enjoy the holidays! •Shop at your favorite Whole Foods Market and ask the customer service area for a printout of the Gluten Free foods.  An eco-friendly option with your iPhone or smartphone - use the free Wifi while shopping at Whole Foods Market to look up the store’s list of Gluten Free, Gluten Free and Casein Free Foods available to purchase. •Plan your meal including appetizers, main course and dessert. •Check off ingredients used for each part of the meal and learn more about Gluten Free ingredients or hidden gluten found in foods. •Keep it natural – most foods that are not in a package are Gluten Free. •Carefully read labels. •Ask the staff at the Whole Foods Market for help if you are not sure if something is Gluten Free. •Invite your Gluten Free guest to give you a list of their favorite Gluten Free foods. •Ask your guest to make a special Gluten Free recipe to share with other guests. •Suggest that your guest bring their favorite Gluten Free crackers or bread to the meal. •Keep the packaging of all ingredients you use, if you can, just to make sure that your guest can see that it is Gluten Free. Gluten Free Food – Thanksgiving food ideas •Appetizers – Gluten Free crackers and look for Gluten Free cheese, most are but beware that shredded cheese can contain gluten, to help the pieces not stick and clump.  Please look at the label for ingredients. Pumpkin Seeds – CB’s Nuts with Sea Salt GF, GF pretzels – Snyder’s and Glutino both great snacking options.  Beware of dips unless homemade and you know the ingredients. Try these new Martin’s Marvelous Crisps - Gluten Free Nut Free Crackers in a variety of flavors.
  • A bowl of Pumpkin Seeds from CB’s Nuts are always a great treat for everyone!
•Turkeys that are Gluten Free – ask the meat department to assist you. •Potatoes – make from scratch with Yukon Gold or instant Betty Crocker Potato Buds are GF. •Sweet Potatoes naturally GF. •Vegetables naturally GF just make sure that anything you add to them such as broth or soup is GF. Pacific Foods and Imagine offer Gluten Free products broth products. Just be sure to read the label. •Stuffing or dressing … call it what you will but here is an easy recipe – Gluten Free Stuffing with Fennel and Rosemary Sausage Try Pamela's Products - Gluten Free Cornbread Mix - the best! I love love love this mix! So easy and so tasty! •Gravy – Use cornstarch slurry to make the gravy instead of regular flour and no worries for anyone.  Make sure to add the cornstarch to warm or hot water first, then to the turkey drippings, add some sea salt, black pepper, thyme and tarragon.  Just make sure the guest that is GF pours the gravy first to make sure that the gravy doesn’t touch other gluten foods. •Salad – make a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing with pomegranate seeds and spices.  Look for salad dressings that are certified GF – Fosse Farms Cranberry dressing perfect for the holidays!
•Bread and rolls – easy to make Maninis Gluten Free – Rustic Multigrain Bread Mix. •Desserts – look for easy Gluten Free dessert ideas online – Gluten Free Pumpkin Rum Pie with Gluten Free crust! Use Maninis Multiuso  - Multipurpose Gluten Free flour to make the crust.  It really is so easy This is a good easy recipe for your Gluten Free guest to make and bring to the meal.   •Apple Cider – non alcoholic - Organic Cider from Skagit Fresh farms in WA, served hot! •Finn River Farms – Hard Apple Cider and Black Currant wine is Gluten Free •Gluten Free beer – Greens, Redbridge, Bards and New Grist.
•Wine is also a lovely option to serve with the meal. •Dry Soda – Blood Orange, Vanilla, Juniper Berry and so many more flavors. Rediscover clear soda that is made with four natural ingredients including a little cane sugar – less than 19 grams of sugar and 45 – 70 calories per serving. No coloring! I love love love these sodas!  Tips on preventing cross contamination - •Set up a table with Gluten Free appetizers and food for the meal. •Make a sign to designate the area Gluten Free so that other guests know that it is Gluten Free food. •Make a menu that includes the ingredients of the meal. This is a great way to let all the guests know what you are serving and to showcase all the hard work and love you have put into the meal. •Only use utensils designated for Gluten Free foods for serving appetizers and the meal. Use disposable items like toothpicks to pick up hard cheese. •Allow the Gluten Free guest to be served first for the main meal and desserts to avoid cross contamination from other utensils dipping into dishes of food. I hope these Gluten Free entertaining suggestions help you and your guest enjoy the holidays. The holidays can be a stressful time of the year.  All you need is some communication and planning with your Gluten Free guest and everyone will be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The most important thing is to make all the guests feel welcome.  I also recommend shopping at off peak times prior to the holiday.  Make a list, check it twice and save yourself the extra trips! I’ve included a few of my favorite product pictures for you to look for while shopping.   Happy Thanksgiving!  Lisa 

Gluten Free Rustic Dinner Rolls and Bread

November 14th, 2011 at 8:12 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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There is one thing that I love to eat with a really good meal ...
a good, hearty roll! Well, I finally made one the other day just in time for the holidays.
Come in close so I can tell you a secret ... promise not to tell anyone?! Ok ... well I used a Gluten Free flour mix ... from a bag!  It was the easiest recipe and only takes a few minutes to mix.  It takes about an hour to rise then another 30-40 minutes to bake the rolls.  Approximately 2 hours and you have fresh, homemade rolls or bread that looks like it came from an Italian bakery!

Trust me on this one it will surprise all of your guests at your next meal or for Thanksgiving! It makes great sandwiches as well.  The bread is hearty with great texture while still soft and airy.  The best part is that it will last for several days in a self sealing bag out on your counter top ... never in the refrigerator.

So here we go ... are you ready?

I used Maninis Papa's Pane Multigrain Bread recipe on the bag - but I made it into rolls.  I talked about Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes and pasta last week.  I will be talking about all of the great things that you can make with these flours in the days and weeks to come.  For now ... let's bake some awesome Gluten Free rolls or bread!
7/8 warm water - I used water between 105 - 110 degrees
2 tsp active dry yeast
3 Tbsp oil - I use Grapeseed oil
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 large eggs + 1 egg for egg wash
2 cups Maninis Papa's Pane Gluten Free Bread Mix

Pour the heated water into a measuring cup and stir in the yeast.
Let it stand and foam until creamy for 10 minutes.
Add the oil, apple cider vinegar and eggs.

Place the 2 cups of GF Papa's Pane mix into a standing mixer bowl.
Use the paddle attachment on low speed while slowly adding the wet ingredients.
Increase the speed to medium low and mix for 3 minutes.

If you are making rolls, put a little oil in a spring scoop making sure to get all areas inside the scoop.  This is a great trick to help the dough drop right out and not stick.  Cut and place a sheet of parchment paper to the size of a baking sheet pan.  Use the spring scoop to scoop the dough and drop them on the pan making approximately 16 small rolls.  Place the balls of dough close together but not touching so that it all fits on one sheet. Put some cling wrap on top of the pan and gently wrap on the sides of the pan. Do not push down on the dough.  Put it in a proofing oven or in a warm area that with the temperature at least 70 degrees. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Beat an egg with a few drops of water or milk. Brush the egg wash on top of the rolls, be careful to not push down on the roll.  You can sprinkle some dried herbs, sea salt or dried onion on top or just leave plain.  The egg wash will give the roll a shinny finish.

If you are going to make a loaf of bread, use the oil or spray making sure to get it all over the inside of the pan 8 1/2x4 1/2. Place the dough in the greased bread pan.  Use a wet silicone spatula to spread the dough on the top evenly.  Cover the loaf pan with some cling wrap on top of the pan and gently wrap on the sides of the pan. Do not push down on the dough.  Put it in a proofing oven or in a warm area that with the temperature at least 70 degrees. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven.
Rolls - bake 30 - 40 minutes
Bread - bake 55 minutes

Remove from the oven and test with a baking tester stick.
Let the rolls cool on a baking rack.

Let the bread cool just slightly for 2-3 minutes.  Use a knife to gently loosen the bread from the edges of the pan.  Use a baking rack or plate, put it on top of the loaf pan.  Use a hot pad to carefully hold the warm pan and turn it over on to the plate to release the bread loaf.  Remove the pan and turn the bread over on to a baking rack to cool.  Let the bread cool completely before serving.

Save any leftover rolls or bread and put it into a self sealing bag.  Leave in a cool area of the kitchen.  It should keep fresh at least 2-3 days. Do not put this in the refrigerator it will destroy the bread.
You can also slice the bread and freeze it in a freezer bag.  Once the bread is frozen it will be a bit easier to pull out a slice at a time to toast.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest - WA, OR or B.C. Canada - you can find Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes at Whole Foods Markets.  Otherwise you can also find an updated list on their blog site - store locator. Contact the Maninis for more information and let them know you saw it on the Gluten Free Foodies blog! The bags are 5 lbs.  I love these flours because they are Gluten Free - NO dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and soy.  They are made without beans and rice in a dedicated Gluten Free facility in Seattle, WA. Yay! Seattle! 

Yay! Really awesome Gluten Free rolls and bread! 

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