Gluten Free Foodies
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The first 20 or so pages provide some helpful tips or reminders about different Gluten Free Grains and Flours, Savvy Label Reading and Gluten Free Brand Recommendations. The book has five chapters that start with Breakfast and end with Desserts!
So I tried one of the recipes yesterday morning because I just wanted something to enjoy with my coffee. It was a rainy, cool Saturday morning ... What could be better than something homemade that you would normally get at a bakery?
I must confess ... I have never made scones before so I thought this was a good challenge. The recipe that caught my eye was Cranberry-Orange Scones with Orange Glaze. I can not have Cranberries (allergic ... ugh ... love them ...) so I thought ... what do I love almost as much ... if not more than cranberries that goes really well with orange ... DARK CHOCOLATE!
Carol Fenster's - Cranberry-Orange Scones with Orange Glaze
or Dark Chocolate- Orange Scone with Orange Glaze ... as pictured.
|I love my Microplane!|
1 tablespoon of orange zest
1 large egg, room temperature
1/3 cup of granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
1/2 cup of milk of choice
1 1/2 of *Carol's Sorghum Blend (pg.4)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of xanthan gum
1 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 - 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup of powdered sugar
1. Place rack in middle of the oven. Pre-heat to 375 degrees. Grease 13x9 non stick grey baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
|Cooling on parchment paper and rack.|
|Now this I can eat! Dark Chocolate-Orange Scone with Orange Glaze.|
5. Make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir the orange juice into the powdered sugar to create a smooth thin glaze. Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze onto the warm scones. Serve immediately.
*Carol's Sorghum Flour Blend - 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour, 1 1/2 cups of potato starch or cornstarch, 1 cup of tapicoa. Wisk together until well blended and store in a tightly covered container in a dark dry place for up to 3 months. (See page 14 for more info.)
The scones were the best I have ever had. I have never really been a big fan of scones but when you are Gluten Free and it is the only thing offered in a bakery I will get them. This scone was the perfect blend of crunchy, citrus-sweet outside and surprisingly soft inside but not Gluten Free gummy! It had great nooks and crannies for the glaze to just ooze into and puddle for that perfect bite of Dark Chocolate and Fresh Sweet Orange Bread. They were even better the next day because I stored them in a air tight container after they cooled on the rack. The 3/4 cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips are the perfect amount for every bite! I think Enjoy Life has the best Dark Chocolate flavor and love the small, cute chips!
There are so many recipes I want to try from Carol's book but I wanted to get this review out as soon as possible. Just to give you an idea of some of the recipes I am going to try soon - Soft Pretzels, Corn Dogs (on a stick!), Ice Cream Cones, Pork Carnitas in a Slow Cooker, Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms ... actually I want to try them all. The pictures are great and the recipes are so simple to follow. I highly recommend this book as a 2010 holiday gift this season - Shop at Amazon.com. Your Gluten Free friend or family member will thank you! Why not put it on your wish list!
As as sidenote if you are trying to stay away from sugar, I would use local honey or palm sugar. The ratio is 1-1.
So from that moment on the entire Komarnitsky family has been learning and living Gluten Free.
It has been almost a decade that Dirk, now 12 and younger brother, Kyle now 9, have shared a bond of living Gluten Free. Alek and Wendy realized that Kyle showed similar symptoms as a baby and were able to start him on a Gluten Free meal plan immediately. The family has learned to read labels, even the boys help out when dad forgets to bring his reading glasses into the grocery store. The boys know to ask about food before they consume it. Wendy, mother and Betsy, grandmother, have learned to cook and bake without Gluten so that the boys could live a normal life in and out of school with friends and family.
Alek and his wife also dove into learning everything they could about Celiac disease when Dirk was diagnosed. They found Dr. Fasano at the University of Maryland Celiac Research Center and have been doing quite a bit of fundraising to help increase awareness and research. Alek created a website - "Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease" , which has raised over $40,000 for Celiac Research.
This story has an unfortunate turn, Alek continued to tell me that his father Oleg Komarnitsky, passed away a few days ago unexpectedly. Oleg was a resident of Bellevue, WA for over 30 years. Oleg and his wife Betsy have been supporters of the Celiac Disease Research since the diagnosis of their grandsons. They have asked that in lieu of flowers that people please donate to the University of Maryland Research Center for Celiac Disease to help find a cure for his grandkids.
Alek and his family were in Bellevue in August and had a wonderful time with Oleg and Betsy. Oleg's love to fix things will always be a lasting memory. Most recently, Oleg found a kitt-car and fixed it up so the boys could race up and down the hills in Bellevue. They all had a wonderful time and as always enjoyed Betsy's Gluten Free treats during this most recent trip. Alek wanted to share this story about his family with me because as he said, " My Dad would do anything to help find a cure for his grandkids and as you know, increasing awareness is a very good thing, since Celiac is often undiagnosed."
See a heartfelt memorial site and tribute from Oleg's family including more info about how to make a donation and offer your thoughts to the Komarnitsky family.
The picture above is from the Komarnitsky memorial site and is of Oleg, Betsy, Dirk and Kyle during a rare Bellevue snow storm.
Oleg Komarnitsky was born on September 2, 1938.
How exciting ... even the Mariners are going to celebrate a GLUTEN FREE Night on Tuesday, August 31, 2010!
Come join at least 100 of your fellow Gluten Free Mariners Baseball Fans at Safeco. I think it is a perfect way to wrap up our summer season by supporting our Mariners and creating more awareness about living Gluten Free. Safeco Field has been offering Gluten Free Food since opening day this year.
Tickets are specially priced at $11 (regularly $20) and a GLUTEN FREE seating section is reserved for GLUTEN FREE FANS! The best part is that the concession stand near SEC 347 will feature a larger selection of GLUTEN FREE FOOD -
Hot Dogs with Gluten Free Buns, Gluten Free Beer and as always in the Terrace Club by SEC 249 ... Gluten Free Fish & Chips!
Play Ball ....
P.S. THANK YOU MARINERS AND GIG!
I think together we can make a difference! I really appreciate your support!
If you are in Port Townsend check out her booth and tell her I said that you must try all of it!
If you are out of the area you can order her products online at Livin' Sunshine.
Wild Alaska Silver Salmon - oven roasted and finished with sndried tomato basil butter.
Please note that you can ask for substitutions like no butter or order the roasted garlic mash potatoes. They are happy to do what they can to make sure you have a great meal.