Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Most of the suggestions are informative, Fair Trade, Organic, will be used everyday, tasty and ... all are GLUTEN FREE!
Any one of these gifts would be great but a combination of them ... Wow!
The Triumph Dining Guides and Cards are a perfect gift for someone who is newly diagnosed or a traveler. The Grocery Guide is a great way to familiarize yourself with products that are Gluten Free in our favorite grocery stores nationwide. The Dining Guide helps you plan a day out in town or while you are traveling.
This Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11 AM - 3 PM
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and less about Turkey. I know what you are thinking ...
How could Lisa, the Gluten Free Foodie, not be talking about roasting some wonderful turkey, stuffing, potatoes etc. on a grand food holiday such as this?
Well, I am happy and really, really thankful that the power is back on! I am warm in my home, and everyone that I know is safe and sound. My body is not happy with cold temps in the single and teen temps that WA state has had the past few days. Although it is beautiful to look out the window to see the snow, I could look at a picture and get the same fuzzy feeling without all the pain.
Luckily we prepared a bit for the storm. The plan was to only shop for small food items and non-perishables, batteries, candles and Sterno. Yes, I said Sterno, for my fondue pots. They work great when the power is out and you want to heat something like rice and beans, soup or water for coffee. We also filled a cooler and put it out on the deck so that we had easy access to some food without opening our fridge while the power was off. It was so cold that most of the items in the cooler froze. Let's just say that we didn't need to put ice in the "ice chest/cooler". Yup, that cold!
Today has been more about catching up with neighbors and friends in the area to make sure they survived the first wave of La Nina 2010. Oh the stories are entertaining and yet a bit too real of people being stranded for 5 -10 hours in freezing temps along the highways. On a more positive note, it has also been fun catching up with people from all over, talking about putting the turkey in the oven and making all of the fixins' for the big Thanksgiving Day meal! Realizing that I will not have to clean up after all that cooking ... whew!
Well, there will be no turkey served in this house today. No worries. I didn't want to buy a turkey knowing the storm was coming and could spoil. I don't like to waste food. Besides even if I did buy it, I would have had to put it outside in a cooler and it would still be frozen! So today I am going to relax and celebrate the day by creating a few small snacks or meals throughout the day. Taking inspiration from the Spanish - Tapas - little bites ... with a Pacific Northwest flare ...
|Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and a Gluten Free Bagel|
|Antipasti plate with fruit, veggies, peppers, GF crackers and chevre.|
|Tomato Soup with Gluten Free White Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich|
|Making Espresso over a Sterno flame and improv coffee pot|
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie!
See picture at the beginning of this posting of the Pumpkin Pie, still warm and slightly devoured with a nice hot beverage and of course ... whipped cream and cinnamon!
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I am making Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies! (I changed my mind from an earlier posting ...)
Looking forward to seeing you at WILL BAKE FOR FOOD!
I recently had a chat with a mother that is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She told me that she likes to bake simple things but is a bit intimidated by trying to bake Gluten Free.
Her other worry was that she just really misses having a treat in the afternoon when her girls come home from school.
So I shared this little secret with her. I will share it with you too but please ... promise me you will not share it with anyone!
Pamela's Products makes an awesome Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix!
I know this is not new information to most of you but it is to those that are new to living a Gluten Free lifestyle.
The thing that I love about this mix is that you can make it so many ways and each way it turns out absolutely delicious!
The back of the package gives you recipes to make the brownies - cake like, fudgiest, egg free, dairy free, oil free, or the classic original with butter!
So the other day, as the storms started to roll in, I had a hankering for something ... and there it was front in center in my Gluten Free Pantry ... my emergency Pamela's Products Chocolate Brownie Mix.
I decided to use my baking pan that I use to make square cupcakes. It is by Calphalon Classic Bakeware and is non-stick. I thought it would be fun to have the cupcakes made separately. 18 minutes later, they were done! I let them cool for a few minutes on a rack in the pan. They came out so easily. The best part, no clean up! I love this pan and by the way ... I do not get paid for talking about any of this ...
So it took 21 or so minutes ... plus a few minutes to actually consume! How fast and easy is that?
So no worries, it is OK to use a mix. Just do it and I won't tell anyone!
P.S. If you put on some really great music and dance while you are eating the Gluten Free brownies ... you don't have to count the calories ... maybe eat the brownies then dance and most of the calories won't count! I put on some Pink Martini ... so fun!