Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Must Have Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers 2013 that are sure to please everyone!
There is nothing better than taking a mid-day break with a hot cup of coffee and my favorite Gluten-Free, Nut-Free – Chocolate Sun Cups made with sunflower seeds. Even better, this lovely little treat is Non-GMO and Soy-Free as well! All of Sun Cups products are made in a gluten, nut, tree nut free and certified Kosher facility!
This chocolate cup is all grown up with a fresh new hipper recipe that is safer for everyone to enjoy. I have been a fan of Sun Cups since I found them in 2009. Sun Cups has mastered the chocolate candy cup making by creating deliciousness like I remember but without the gluten and nuts! Such a treat with four combinations. Dark Chocolate Sunflower butter, Dark Chocolate Mint, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Sunflower butter.
Don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I love them all. I know, I love dark chocolate with everything, especially sunflower butter because the creamy flavor pairs nicely with the semi-sweetness of the dark chocolate. Oh don’t even get me started on my forever love …. Dark Chocolate Mint! Sun Cups makes their cups with perfectly real fresh peppermint oil.
I will say that I usually stay away from milk chocolate because it is usually too sweet but both of the Sun Cups made with Milk Chocolate cups are just enough sweetness to soften your sweet tooth without sending you into orbit!
I say we all enjoy the new hipper and safer chocolate cup for everyone! Buy a case and take them with you while you travel safely on airplanes, share them with friends and remind Santa to add them to stocking stuffers! Give yourself, your family and friends permission to take a deliciousness break and discover your favorite Sun Cup today. You can find Sun Cups at a variety of stores near you by using the store locator on the Sun Cups site. Additionally you can buy direct from Sun Cups online.
Thanks to Sun Cups for sending me some samples. I was a fan in the beginning and will always be your biggest fan regardless of the freebies.
Luckily for me it is time for my Sun Cups break now …
Oh wait before you go …
Check out this video from Sun Cups, featuring the founder, David Lurie and fans. Help them raise money for the Sun Cup fundraising campaign. They are trying to raise money so that they can provide free Sun Cups to various events and non-profit organizations. #SunCupArmy
My newest addition to my gift list, Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013. Who knew that having Celiac Disease and living a Gluten-Free lifestyle meant we had to make sure our makeup is Gluten-Free? Well I learned the hard way in the very beginning almost 10 years ago. I am one of those people that habitually applies tinted moisturizer to my lips. Well, let’s just say that we definitely digest what we put on our lips. But beyond just our lips, anything we put on our skin is absorbed and I believe in only using products that are Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty Free. I have been searching for years trying to find a full makeup line that I can use, believe in and trust.
Introducing my new favorite,
Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013
I love Au Naturale for their simplicity, passion, generosity and social responsibility products. Au Naturale is Organic, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Bismuth Oxycholride-Free, Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Sulfate-Free, Non-Nano, Professional and made it the USA.
Friends Ashley and Alexandra, owners of Au Naturale, created their makeup with a goal to assist women in finding a makeup that embodies their values, without sacrificing their health. All of their products are made fresh and then shipped. They believe in their mantra so much that every package is marked with the 3 words – healthy. pure. glowing.
In a recent chat with Ashely Prange, I asked her about the company philosophy. Ashley said, “Au Natuale’s vision is to empower women, girls and the global community to flourish in a positive, healthy and productive world.” Au Naturale is based in Washington, D.C., and produces “meaningful makeup” which means with every purchase, 10% of sales is donated to support education in a partnership with Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS). Ashley worked closely with ZOCS while attending college and recognized the need for assistance in fundraising to educate the Zambian children.
I was telling Ashley, when I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was play “makeup”. I remember going over to my friend’s house and playing with her mom’s makeup case that had all sorts of colors in small containers that I thought were so beautiful. I used to try every color for my eyes, cheeks and lips. I never worried about foundation or mascara because I was too young to realize how it really worked. (Now I totally get it!) We would dress up, putting on outfits, high heels, hats, costume jewelry and then the grand finale … a fashion show! Oh what fun! Looking back, I haven’t had that much fun with makeup since then.
I also remember 10 years ago, when I was very sick, from an auto accident. My health was declining rapidly and I had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I remember one particular day, looking in the mirror and crying because I looked and felt so horrific! I was so sick that I didn’t care how horrible I looked. Wearing makeup was the farthest thing from my mind but I knew I had hit rock bottom. I vowed to get my health and glow back as I picked myself off of the cold bathroom floor.
Well, I can tell you that I am having fun with my makeup once again! When I found Au Naturale this year they were so wonderful when I contacted them. I was so excited that I found a company that had the same standards and philosophy as I did. I couldn’t believe how many different products they had. The beautiful colors for lip gloss and lipsticks! I love love love the eye shadow cremes, blushes, bronzers, powders, foundations and more! My inner giddy girl couldn’t wait to play!
Au Naturale sent me a generous sample makeup package. I absolutely love all of the makeup. I will be honest with you. When I look at the colors that they sent to me, I hesitated. This was not my habitual, comfort zone color palette. I opened the lip gloss first, it was coral?! Wow, I had never seen a prettier, more natural color. I loved it. I am typically a red lip lady. So when I saw this on me I was very surprised and grateful. I realized that by just putting on a new lip color it gave me pep! I continued to try the rest of the makeup on and I have to say I am a new woman! It opened my eyes to new colors that looked really nice and natural on me. Even though I don’t feel great every day because of my Chronic Pain, when I put on a little makeup I feel pretty. It does a world of good for my mind, body and spirit that just lifts and reminds me that I do care about myself. You can see some of the products that were sent to me in the photographic gallery that I created above.
All I can say is that you need to play too. Lucky for us Au Naturale is extending a special Gluten-Free Foodies, holiday discount of 20% on all orders placed until January 1, 2014.
Please use the code = GFF20
in the promo code box at check out.
Additionally, Au Natuale has a couple of Red Cross products – Red Cross Red Lip Gloss and Red Cross Red lipstick, made with Certified Organic Ingredients and will donate 20% of the sales of these products to the Red Cross.
That is a great incentive to continue my signature red lips!
Thank you Au Naturale for making a makeup that we can play with, feel beautiful wearing and not sacrifice our health. When I wear your makeup I feel healthy, pure and glowing!
Please don’t wait another minute, place your order today so that you have time to take advantage of the -Gluten-Free Foodies discount code GFF20 to save 20% on your order until January 1, 2014. I know you will be as happy as I am with Au Naturale.
A reader contacted me today asking for an Easy Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies recipe that his kids could make. He wanted to bring some Gluten-Free cookies to his office for a holiday party for a few people that are Gluten-Free. The reader is not Gluten-Free but lucky for me he still likes to follow my blog. I suggested that they buy one of my favorite cookie mixes so that they didn’t have to buy any extra Gluten-Free ingredients than needed. I love using Pamela’s Products when I need a recipe to be fast and easy. Pamela’s mixes are also great for introducing Gluten-Free baking to new bakers or people that are newly diagnosed to the Gluten-Free lifestyle. Pamela’s Products are found at most major grocery stores across the USA.
I suggested that they make my…
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and place the rack in the middle of the oven.
8 Tbs butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Using a standing or hand mixer, blend the contents of the cookie mix in a bowl with the butter, egg, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Take the dough out and use a spring scoop or two spoons to make balls with the dough. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Use the back of the spring scoop or spoon to gently press the ball down leaving an indentation. *This will hopefully bake with a small indentation that will be the perfect place for the melted chocolate to puddle and sit … Oh my! If the indentation does not stay, use the back of a spoon to gently push the cookie down while they are cooling.
Bake 9-11 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler while stirring. If you do not have double boiler use a small slow cooker or the microwave. Melting times will vary.
Once the chocolate is all melted use a spoon to scoop the chocolate onto the cookies. Sprinkle the tops with crushed peppermint candies. Let cool before storing in a tight sealing container.
I suggest enjoying these cookies within 1-2 days so they are fresh. I am sure once you start baking them it will not be that hard.
TIP – if you have a candy cane shape cookie cutter or a favorite shape, you could rollout the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and cut the cookies out. Bake, cool and top with the melted chocolate and peppermint pieces.
Merry Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Christmas!
Come a little closer and I will tell you my favorite beauty secret …
What is the one thing that your mother always told you to do when you were younger?
Take care of your skin, after all it is the largest organ of your body.
I recently met with Karen Ries, owner and creator of HANA Organic Skincare, which started in 2010. It turns out that Karen found her passion while studying to be an herbalist. She originally wanted to make medicines for her family. During the course, the students were required to make skincare products. So by chance she started to make the products and use them on her skin. She used to get eczema every few months so she tried her products on her rashes and they made it go away. Of course she was thrilled with the results but in the process she discovered her passion of making a truly natural skincare product. Karen shared her class project products with her family and friends. Once their products were gone they began to ask her to please make more! She realized that she loved making products and that this could really be a business. Karen realized that it was the process of creating and making wonderfully nourishing products to nurture our bodies. It was fitting that when Karen thought about a name for the company she wanted something to represent that nurturing spirit and decided to call the business – HANA, her daughter’s name.
“We do care what you put on your body and what goes into your skin. Your skin is just as important to me as mine. We make small batches. I test everything on myself.” Karen is so dedicated that she is thinking about buying a farm to grow as many of her own ingredients that she can. Currently she only buys the best Organic ingredients to meet her shared high quality standards. Karen makes small batches of her products because they are meant to be used within a timely manner and not sit around. If a product sits on a shelf, it needs preservatives and chemicals and that is what she avoids.
We talked more about skin conditions and I explained to her that during the diagnosing process, people with Celiac Disease can have skin irritation symptoms or Celiac of the Skin called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). DH is extremely itchy, chronic conditions that requires medication and a strict Gluten-Free diet. DH often looks like eczema. I asked her if she had anything that would help quell symptoms of DH or other irritations. Karen says that her Lavender Grains are very gentle and nourishing. In fact this product contains certified Gluten-Free oats. Karen says the combination of the lavender and oats is one of the best things to help quell skin irritations.
HANA Organic Skincare makes six products - Lavender Grains, Gentle Cleanser, Gentle Toner, Renew, Luxe Serum and Eye Oil. She wants to focus her full attention on these products because they are the most popular. Karen assures me that when she is ready there will be other products added in the future. (Trust me I put in many requests for various products to be created. When you find something you love you just want more! Right?!! )
I am absolutely in love with all of the products but a must for me is Renew and Eye Oil to keep people guessing my real generation. I have been told that my skin has a healthy glow and that makes me feel really good. I care about the ingredients – I eat foods that nourish my body internally so why not my skin? I like to make my skin incredibly happy. All of the products are 100% toxin and cruelty free, no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or perfumes. I actually think the natural fragrances from the lavender, rose, frankincense and others give me the added aroma therapy benefit as well. I can’t wait to wash my face or to use the toner so that I can take a few long deep breaths and feel refreshed.
All of the products are Gluten-Free (certified GF Oats) and Non-GMO Project. Please go to the HANA Organic Skincare site for more information. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter as well to receive updates for new products and special announcements. Karen is happy to ship to you, if you are not local to the island or Seattle.
As a special bonus to my readers,
Karen is extending a
holiday discount for Gluten-Free Foodies readers.
Shop now and use the special code
GFF15 to save – 15%
at check out in the special code section.
HANA Organic Skincare accepts returns please see her site for the return policy. Karen says that the best place to spot check a new skincare product is the crook of the arm, or décolletage.
“Think of our products as food for your skin. This is precious, we make small quantities of our products with natural preservatives to be used daily and be replenished frequently.” - Karen Ries
Karen’s sister makes the beautifully lined make-up bag, shown in the picture, by hand. The bag will hopefully be available to purchase soon.
So let’s just keep this as our beauty secret … okay? When I see that extra glow on your face, I will know where it came from.
I absolutely love to fill my house with family and friends and entertain, especially during the holidays. I look forward to making my home beautiful with my homemade Gluten-Free food and displaying it on the most lovely entertaining accessories. I have found the absolute Must Have Entertaining Accessories of 2013 and I can’t wait to share them with you.
The trick to entertaining is having the perfect platters, cake stands and serving pieces to showcase your meal and party food. I always say you can never have enough serving pieces! You never know if someone is going to walk in with a surprise treat to share, so you always need extra stands and platters. Every serving piece should be looked at as a frame that makes your food the center of attention. I love having various heights or layers on my buffet display all sorts of foods and make the best use of small spaces. Everything looks so pretty on a porcelain or glass plate or platter. Don’t you agree?! I like to keep with traditional neutral colors white, black and glass for my main serving pieces to show off my sweet and savory treats best. I also love using special holiday mugs and dishes that are not my everyday collection. I think it is fun to mix patterns with the same color tones.
Okay … enough chit chat … please take a look at my – Must Have Holiday Entertaining Accessories for 2013
One of my absolutely favorite sites is Layla Grayce, that features Rosanna, my favorite handcrafted entertaining accessories. The Rosanna style is traditional with a modern twist. The table top pieces and trinkets offer so many wonderful treasures including cake stands in black, white, pastels and textures. You can make a 2 or 3 high tier display by carefully stacking the graduated sizes on top of each other. Imagine your homemade Gluten-Free cupcakes, truffles or tea sandwiches on them! Please note that you will need to purchase the various sizes of the cake stands separately to create the configuration shown in the picture.
I love seeing a special cake under a glass dome. I think because it reflects the light , it just adds that professional touch and puts a spotlight on it. It speaks to me and says … pick me! Luckily Rosanna thought of the glass domes in various shapes and sizes, which are must haves!
Want to know the real bonus? Right now if you spend $75 or more you will get free shipping, excluding sale items. When I found this amazing site this year I fell head over heels in love with everything that they offer.
I absolutely love Layla Grayce, so much that I have added them to my site as an affiliate link. You know me if I love something I write about and share it first hand. Please use my affiliate link ads so that I can enjoy a little holiday treat as well. Thank you in advance.
Make sure to place your order as soon as possible so that you get what you want while quantities are available. Have fun looking at the site. You can find some wonderful clothing and accessories as well! So go ahead, pour yourself a big cup of coffee and enjoy your holiday shopping from the warmth and comfort of your home. Baby it’s cold outside!
To good health and fun shopping!
Yay! Way to go HAWKS! Did you see the Seahawks game last night?! 34 – 7 win over the New Orleans Saints. Now the Seahawks are 11-1 and going to the playoffs! The extra big bonus for us is today is Tuesday and you know what that means?!
SEAHAWKS RED ROBIN FREE TAVERN DOUBLE TUESDAY
Enjoy a FREE Tavern Double Burger served with Bottomless Steak Fries, with a purchase of a burger, sandwich, entrée or entrée salad and 2 beverages! Including their Gluten-Free Tavern Double with a Gluten-Free bun. Ask your server for more details or check out the details here.
So grab your favorite Seahawks fan friend and get a free burger and fries! Including their Gluten-Free burger bun at participating locations! I suggest calling the location nearest you to make sure they have Gluten-Free buns on hand.
For more information about the menu at Red Robin, please go to their website to see the interactive allergen menu guide.
Be sure to post your favorite pics at the game in your Seahawks gear and from the restaurant on their Facebook page and on Twitter with the #RedRobinFan #GoHawks
Woot! Go Hawks!
When you think of Amaranth you might think of an ingredient in your Gluten-Free flours. Not so fast, Amaranth is an Ancient seed! Yes, a SEED not a grain! So if you are on a grain-free diet you can enjoy this naturally Gluten-Free seed. The bonus is you will get all the benefits of this seed because it is a complete protein with high amino acids including lysine. We need lysine, which is not produced in our body, to help our collagen formation, skin, bones and connective tissue. The only way for us to get lysine is via our food.
Amaranth Seed has a grassy, earthy flavor to it. I discovered it years ago and find that my body does not react to it like other seeds and grains that are Gluten-Free. (I react to quinoa and certified oats, even if they are certified Gluten-Free.) I decided to make my Slow Cooked Savory Herbed Amaranth in my slow cooker the other day and it worked out beautifully. It is the perfect Gluten-Free dish to go with everything or by itself. I think this is my new favorite warm meal or side dish for cold mornings and nights. I think Amaranth is equally a sweet or savory treat.
This is the basic recipe – if you want it more **versatile or as a vegan dish, I suggest using vegetable broth. Otherwise if you are making it as a savory or side dish feel free to use your favorite chicken, turkey or beef broth.
Slow Cooked Savory Herbed Amaranth
1 tsp smoked sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp smoked pimento
Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and mix well. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6-8. As the Amaranth cooks it will become gelatinous. Remove from heat and let cool. Serve with your favorite meal or as a side dish and top with fresh or dried herbs.
**You could also make a roasted vegetable casserole - add Brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, celery and make a casserole with the Amaranth on top. Put it in a casserole pan and into a prey-heated 350 degree oven. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes. The amaranth will act as a lid and create moisture for the vegetables to cook. Top with fresh parsley before serving.
**If you want it as a sweet warm bowl for breakfast to replace oatmeal- add maple syrup, dried or fresh fruit and your favorite nuts. I absolutely love it because I can’t eat oats and it is nice to cozy up to a warm bowl for breakfast on a cold morning.
Wow! I am loving all the new products this year! My friends at Bob’s Red Mill have created a wonderfully delicious and easy Gluten-Free Pie Crust mix. Since it is “Gluten-Free Pie Season” (ok … everyday is Gluten-Free Pie day to me) let’s get to it!
The great thing about this mix is that you just need a few simple ingredients – butter, shortening and ice cold water. If you can’t do dairy then you can replace the butter and use a total of 20 tablespoons of shortening. I use coconut palm plant shortening. Read the easy directions on the bag or on the Bob’s Red Mill site to see fun pie filling recipes. Go to the - Easy as Gluten-Free Pie page.
One of the many things I love about this Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix is that one bag, approximately $4.39 sold online and in stores, makes enough for 2 – 9 inch pie crusts. It is up to you if you want to make a pie with 2 layers or 2 pies! Great deal!
As I mentioned earlier, my sweet friends at Bob’s Red Mill sent me some sample bags of their new Gluten-Free pie crust mix. This by no means has influenced my decision to write about their new mix. I have been a fan of Bob’s Red Mill products for years and would be writing about this new product because I truly love the flavor and ease to make it.
So I made 2 pies – one that was dairy-free and one with butter. I really like them both and don’t really notice a difference between them. I used all palm shortening to make the dairy-free crust.
***I added 1 Tb of Pernigotti cocoa powder and one less tablespoon of butter or shortening to the mix to make a chocolate crust. Good low processed Cocoa powder naturally has a fat content of 20-22%. Taking away one less tablespoon of butter or shortening is replaced with the cocoa powders naturally good fat and it will even out the fat ratio.
So I made my
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie – Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
1/3 cup corn starch
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp Gluten-Free Nielsen-Massey vanilla
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Gluten-Free Chocolate chips, chunks or morsels - Non-Dairy
***1/2 cup chopped TruSweets Natural Non-GMO, Gluten-Free candy canes
Add everything except the chocolate to a large sauce pan and mix using a whisk. Heat on medium-high and continue to whisk until the mixture begins to bubble or slight boil.
Reduce the heat to low and add the chocolate. Stir with a silicone or wooden spoon while the chocolate slowly melts.
Once the chocolate has fully melted, begin to raise the heat to medium. Use a whisk for 3-5 minutes to add air and thicken the mixture to a pudding consistency.
Turn off heat and place the sauce pan on a cooling rack. Stir occasionally while cooling to incorporate any slight skin that might form. Let the mixture cool at least 20 minutes. Pour it into a glass or ceramic container with a tight sealing lid. Put it into the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to continue to cool.
Remove from fridge and pour it into the chocolate pie crust. Cover with foil or pie dish lid and place it back into the refrigerator for at least 8 – 10 hours.
This is the perfect pie to make a day ahead of serving time. Actually it will chill and hold up for at least 2 days but that is without telling anyone it is in your fridge, wink wink.
***Just before serving top with crushed up peppermint candy pieces.
I had so much fun making my Double Chocolate Peppermint Cream Pie – Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free. I truly loved using Bob’s Red Mill new mix because it really is an easy Gluten-Free Pie crust! I used all of my favorite Gluten-Free products and feel like all of my friends were with me. I hope you enjoy my new holiday favorite, from my Gluten-Free kitchen to yours.
P.S. Bob’s Red Mill is having a “Easy As Pie” Pin to Win sweepstakes! Enter now and you could win all sorts of goodies from Bob’s Red Mill.
Gluten-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips will help you know how to host guests on a Gluten-Free diet during the holidays. No time to waste! It is time to get busy shopping and planning your Gluten-Free Holiday menus 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 throughout the holidays?
No worries … here are a few Gluten-Free entertaining tips to enjoy the holidays!
Be sure to bookmark this post so that you can easily click it on your smartphone and see the tips while you are shopping at your favorite local grocery store.
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, Casein Free Foods available to purchase.
1- Plan your meal including appetizers, main course and dessert.
2- Check off ingredients used for each part of the meal and learn more about Gluten Free ingredients or hidden gluten found in foods.
3- Keep it natural – most foods that are not in a package are Gluten-Free.
4- Carefully read all labels.
5- Invite your Gluten-Free guest to give you a list of their favorite Gluten-Free foods.
6- Ask your guest to make a special Gluten-Free recipe to share with other guests.
7- Suggest that your guest bring their favorite Gluten-Free crackers or bread to the meal.
8- 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.
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. Gluten-Free regular, chocolate or yogurt pretzels – from Gratify Foods are a great snacking sweet and salty treat.
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.
Pumpkin Seeds – from CB’s Nuts with Sea Salt naturally GF
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 with warm water to make a slurry for 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, a few tablespoons of wine or cider, a few pinches of 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 Gluten-Free 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!
•Check out the Northwest Cider Association for some amazing Ciders made in WA and OR. Finn River Farms – Hard Apple Cider and Black Currant wine is Gluten-Free
•Gluten-Free beer – Greens, Redbridge, Bards and New Grist.
•WA State Wine and Oregon State wine is also a lovely local option to serve with the meal.
Dry Soda, made in Seattle – 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 or Food Allergy guest/s 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.
Trust me when I say this, you will melt into this creamy pillow of Fall flavors and you will not believe that this Pumpkin Maple Custard recipe is Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free. The fun secret is that only you and I will know it took all of 5-10 minutes of real measuring, whisking and pouring effort in the kitchen. You will look like a “Kitchen-Rock-Star” when your guests take their first bite.
I decided to make this because I wanted something a little different to offer my guests that was flavorful, decadent and super easy this holiday season. I also wanted a dessert that I could easily make ahead and store it in the refrigerator. This is great because I prefer my custard chilled to help meld and set it. I like to take it out 10 minutes prior to serving to let the custard warm up to room temperature. It is up to you and your guest as to the desired preference chilled or not. I just love the creaminess of my custard and your home will be filled with the aroma of Fall while it bakes!
Pumpkin Maple Custard
makes 6 small or 4 large ramekins
3/4 Organic canned pumpkin
3 large eggs
2 Tablespoon Real Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Neilsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract – Certified Gluten-Free
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
1/8 teaspoon dried ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons *corn starch or potato starch
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl with a pouring spout, mix all of the ingredients using a whisk.
Pour the mixture evenly into the ramekins.
Heat approximately 3 cups of water in a tea kettle.
Place the ramekins in a 13×9 cake or roasting pan with handles.
Place the ramekins into the pan. Carefully pour the water in the pan, approximately half way up the sides of the ramekins.
Using padded-oven gloves, carefully, place the pan into the oven. Please note that the pan will be HOT as soon as you pour the HOT water into it. This process is called Bain Marie – or a water bath.
Bake approximately 40-50 minutes until the custard is thick and jelled. Carefully open the oven, keeping your face away because there will be steam from the water bath.
Carefully take the pan out of the oven. There are two ways to know if the custard is done. First, jiggle the ramekin and if the custard is jelled and it sticks together – done. Secondly, you can also use a knife to pierce the custard in the center and if it comes out clean, it is done.
Carefully take the ramekins out of the Bain Marie pan, dry them and let them cool on a rack at least 30 minutes. Place them in a container with a tight sealing lid and put them into the refrigerator. You can also cover each individual ramekin with tight sealing plastic wrap or foil.
*I used corn starch for this recipe to make the custard a bit more firm. If you are Paleo you can omit the cornstarch and the custard will be less firm and more pudding-like.
Think of this custard as Pumpkin Pie without the crust. Serve the Pumpkin Maple Custard with your favorite holiday cinnamon spiced tea, coffee or apple cider. I like to place my ramekins on a small round plate with a pretty little silver spoon.
I hope you enjoy this super easy dessert. It is always great to have a can of Organic pumpkin on-hand and my favorite non-dairy SoDelicious Coconut Milk. My custard recipe would be wonderful with Nog and Maple too! This is the second in a series of recipes that I am creating and having fun making after my surprise complimentary gift from SoDelicious non-dairy. I will say it again, I was a fan of theirs from the very beginning and am not influenced by their generous gift.