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Allergy Free and Gluten Free Hamburger Buns…A recipe for your Holiday Cookout.

Happy Pre-4th of July everyone!

 Hope you have lot’s of fun gatherings planned and many hours spent with family and friends. All of you out there with Food Allergies, Celiac Disease or Dietary restrictions feel the pinch when it comes to cookouts and family “food” times. Our friends at Better Batter have a wonderfully easy recipe for the “World’s Easiest Sandwich and Hamburger Buns” and I thought it was perfect timing to share it with you. Here in our allergy free store, we carry other Better Batter mixes, and this Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour is a popular product.  

Try this and let us know what a hit you are at the Barbecue! Have Fun!

Ingredients:

2 c Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 c sugar (sugar may be added to taste)

4 eggs

1.5 c milk or water

Instructions

It is very important to have a very hot oven for this recipe. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 1 or two cookie sheets or muffin top tins.

In your electric mixer, beat the flour, salt, eggs, sugar and milk or water on high speed for 7-10 minutes. This should produce a batter with the consistency of soft butter-cream icing.

Working quickly, spoon this mixture by 1/2 cup portions onto prepared cookie sheets or muffin top tins. Wet hands and gently smooth and flatten mounds to a width of 3-4 inches and a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

If you desire a soft edge to the bun (as with commercial buns) use a cookie sheet and place mounds so that they touch slightly when flattened. For a crisper crust on all surfaces of the bun, use a muffin top tin or do not allow buns to touch on cookie sheet.

If desired spray with cooking spray – this will improve the finished appearance and texture of the cooked bun.

Place in hot oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.

Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Gluten Free Granola and Yogurt – Breakfast of Champions

I know, you are saying…”Hey, this recipe only has two ingredients…how hard can THAT be?!” And you would be right!

This is for one of those mornings that you just don’t know how you found the coffee pot…and your cup! We sell several Bakery on Main Granolas in the store. They are Free from Gluten, Wheat, Soy & Cholesterol. This morning, I just dumped ( wait, let’s say I gently mixed with care!) a large handful of the Bakery on Main Apple Raisin Walnut Granola into a bowl of fat free Vanilla yogurt. That’s it…no harder than that…and you have a fantastic and healthy breakfast to get you out the door..or help you find the SECOND cup of coffee. These granolas are really good and if you want more variety, try our Bakery on Main Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola, Bakery on Main Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola or Bakery on Main Rainforest Granola.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

So, go pour yourself a bowl and enjoy!

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Invasion of all that Family for the holiday?…feed them lasagna.

The perfect make ahead meal for huge crowds…similar to the horde that may be headed towards your house right now. I love lasagna and love the ease and filling nature of this dish. I am always on the lookout for new lasagna sauce recipes and have a few in my arsenal. We carry the Orgran Rice & Corn Lasagne Mini Sheets in our store and this was the first time I tried them with one of my sauces. It performed great!

                          

Allergen Free Lasagna Noodles

Allergen Free Lasagna Noodles

I loved that it comes in smaller squares so you can really get the coverage and less gaps than other long noodle varieties offer. These noodles are free from Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Yeast, Peanuts, TreeNuts, GMO’s and also Vegan.

I guess Lasagna is not your traditional “Easter Fare”, but hey, it’s easy, it’s filling and I am sure you have other things to worry about with all that company coming. Have a Happy Easter weekend with your families!

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce – Fire up the Grill!

Warmer weather is on the way..unless you are in the NE and I am sorry for rubbing this in! That favorite American past time of charring our meats and veggies in the great outdoors is upon us here in Florida. Personally, I love shifting at least SOME of the cooking duties to my husband. But, have you ever noticed…the one that does all the planning, purchasing and prepping gets no credit from the crowds..only the one standing at the grill! Oh well, being a sous chef isn’t so bad I guess!

We have a line of sauces from Steel’s Gourmet Foods in our store. I tried the Steel’s Agave Chipolte Barbeque Sauce the other night on some grilled chicken. These barbeque sauces are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free and Cholesterol Free. The Agave Chipolte Sauce gives a little sweetness to the taste with the agave and unlike many other sauces in mainstream, there is no added sugar which is always a good thing. Believe me, you don’t miss the sugar in this one. It performs just like any other barbeque sauce and was really good.

Now get out there and start that grill…and wear a coat if you are up north!   

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce

Better Batter Pancakes – Gluten free and Yummy

It’s Friday morning…I’m hungry…and only the rib-sticking effect of pancakes will do! I have been wanting to try the Better Batter Gluten Free Pancake/Biscuit Mix we carry in the store…today was the day. The recipe on the box (for 6 pancakes) calls for 1 cup mix, 1/2 to 1 cup milk (or water) and 1 egg or 2 Tbl egg substitute – we carry the Orgran Egg Replacer as well.  Better Batter Gluten Free Pancakes

These pancakes were really good…texture was lighter/airier (if that’s a word!) than many other non-allergen free mixes I have used in the past. My husband/official tester commented that they “were great” (verified quote!) We carry the 2.5 lb box and this should keep you and your family supplied with TONS of pancakes for those “Mom I’m Hungry Days” in the future.

(Product note- mix is processed on equipment that also processes diary, eggs, soy and tree nuts)

Try some of these on a lazy Saturday morning…and look like a star! Have a great weekend everyone!

Gluten Free Pasta and my favorite Kitchen Store

I LOVE Williams Sonoma! Okay, with that out of the way, I can admit to saving many of the recipes that come in their catalogs. I try most of them and if they don’t come out just perfect, I blame it on the fact that I didn’t have that exact cooking utensil that was called for!

On this particular occasion, my pick came out perfect. For the pasta, I used the Schar Tagliatelle Pasta we sell in the store. It is Gluten, Lactose, Cholesterol and Wheat Free. It really held up to this heavy sauce and tasted great.  The  Bolognese Sauce is from Williams Sonoma and I have included it below. If you don’t receive these catalogs, sign up….It’s great reading for all us Foodies! Hope you enjoy this…

Ingredients:                                                                                                              Schar Gluten Free Pasta

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 1/4 lb. each ground beef

1 1/4 lb. ground pork

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 oz. pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 yellow onion, finely diced

2 carrots, peeled and finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup tomato paste

1 cup dry red wine

1 cup milk (or substitute)

2 cans (each 28 oz.) whole tomatoes, passed through a food mill

2 bay leaves

1 Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind (Iskipped this and didn’t miss the flavor)

1 lb. tagliatelle, cooked

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving (or cheese substitute if needed – not “mission critical” since this is such a big tasting dish!)

Directions:

In the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the ground beef, pork, salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the pancetta to the insert and cook until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the ground meats, pancetta, milk, tomatoes, bay leaves, cheese rind, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.

Place the insert on the slow-cooker base. Cover and cook on high until the sauce thickens, about 3 1/2 hours. Discard the bay leaves and cheese rind. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Toss the pasta with about 3 cups sauce (reserve the remaining sauce for another use). Serve immediately and pass the grated cheese alongside. Makes 9 cups sauce.

Pizza with Schar

That’s pizza with Schar pizza crusts…not pizza with a czar! Okay, not funny…

We carry several Schar products in the store and I used two of them (suspense on when I’ll post the second one!)  These crusts come two to a box, individually vacuum-sealed. They are gluten and wheat free, soy-free, egg-free, as well as low in fat, saturated fat…and bonus, have no cholesterol or preservatives. Of course I added the cholesterol and fat back in with my toppings! These are an easy meal because they come right out of the box – no mixing or thawing- and then right onto the oven rack with your toppings added….snap!

Schar pizza crust

I got a little crazy with my toppings and almost ran out of room on the pizza crust. I used a jarred pizza sauce and then loaded up with artichoke hearts, spicy sausage and cheese…cheese…cheese. You can tell that they were a little “top heavy” and messy looking, but tasted fantastic. You can make it much simpler (read… less napkins required) by backing up on the amount of ingredients. These would be good with just a little pesto or even plain cheese. Pizzas are a fun way to express yourself and as you can see, I had a lot of expressing to do!  Schar pizza

Wheat-Free Treats for the “Kids”

I’ve been reading alot about pet allergies…a by-product of all the research I do on food allergies. There is a growing understanding among vets that many dogs have allergic reactions to not only topical irritants, but food they eat as well. I am a dog lover..actually, every picture of me growing up had at least one four-legged friend in the shot! Allergiesandme.com featured a recipe this month from Judy at NewGrainRecipes.com for Wheat-Free/Vegetarian Dog Treats…and I was itching to try them with some of my ingredients. She did a wonderful job of shaping them into “people”, but the more I thought about it, my dogs eat everything so fast- any cute shapes would be missed by them! I made a couple changes to her recipe and it is posted below.

Ingredients:

1 medium yam, sweet potato or 3 medium carrots (note carrots take longer) I used sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup cooking liquid from yam
1 Cup Rice flour (brown or white)
1 Cup Oat flour (use gluten free oats for gluten free dog treats)
(note: you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender or food processor.)
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder

Instructions:
Cut yam, sweet potato or carrots into 1/2 inch pieces. Simmer in a small pan, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 C liquid back to the yam with the peanut butter. Mix the Baking powder together with the flour. Add to the Yam mixture mixing thoroughly.
It should all come together in a dough, pliable but not sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add more flour, if too dry, add more liquid – just a bit at a time – and work together with your hands until it is the right texture to roll out. A good texture is like slightly dry cookie dough.
Roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface. about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with a cookie cutter, (bone and people shapes are fun). I took the “easy step” and put dough in plastic wrap, rolled into log shape and refrigerated until cool and set…then just cut off roll.

Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes +/- or until medium golden brown. (The larger the cookie the longer the time.) Cookies will crisp up as they cool. Makes about 4 dozen small dog treats

Vegetarian Dog Treats

Now, don’t freak out…but I tried these myself and I liked them! Here are my official and unpaid ”taste testers”. Try making these for your Best Friend…they will thank you for it!

Thumbs up review with Lip Smack  and  Kitchen Monitor waiting for next tasting…                                                                                                

Rufus lip licking                       Kismet waiting

Gluten Free Pizza Crust from Dad’s

I continue to be amazed at the wonderful products out there that are Gluten Free. At Allergiesandme.com, we carry a pizza crust from Dad’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Company out of Idaho. This crust is free of Wheat, Gluten, Soy, Casein and Egg.

For this dish, I took the vacuum-seal packaged Gluten & Wheat-Free pizza crust and topped it with my favorite roasted tomato pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese(delete cheese or use dairy alternative if necessary). Quick to throw together and bakes in only 15 minutes. Then, for a twist, I cut it into “finger sized” pieces and served as an appetizer. It tasted fantastic with some chilled wine…very fancy!

Here is the “pizza version”  Gluten Free Pizza Crust

And then, my “appetizer version”         Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Sunday Morning Pancakes from The Cravings Place

Sunday morning means many things in my house…sleeping in (as long as the dogs allow), moving slowly with the first cup of coffee and then planning exciting events for the day. It IS the weekend still! These mornings also allow us to make breakfasts that don’t need to be rushed. Today, we tried The Cravings Place All Purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix. We have carried this in the store for a while. I had tried their other mixes, but this was the first for pancakes. Big Bonus Alert – it only requires adding water! Talk about having all your necessary ingredients handy! The process is simple and these really tasted great. My husband declared that they taste just like “non-allergen free” pancakes. The All purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix is free from gluten, wheat, nuts, egg, dairy and beans. It does contain corn.

These were easy, great tasting and left plenty of time for “event planning”. Hope you enjoy them!    Pancakes

Coffee in my Cereal?!

My world is complete now…I love easy breakfasts… and love my coffee even more. I know what you are saying, this really isn’t a recipe, although I did add the milk and the spoon! We just started carrying this organic and gluten free company in our store. Cerealvit is an Italian company that has been around for 30 years. This cereal is called Coffee Flakes and is corn flakes coated with real Italian Coffee. What a concept. If you are a coffee fanatic like me, you will definitely want to try this one. Added benefits, it is low in fat, sodium, Dairy free (if you use soymilk), Egg-free, Yeast-free, Vegan and Cholesterol free. We carry two other cereals from Cerealvit – Benevit Multi Grain Flakes and Corn Flakes. If you are really in a rush, you could even get your coffee fix and breakfast in one dish…

                                                                                                                                                                      Cerealvit Gluten and Dairy Free Cereal

Pasta…Pasta…Pasta

Developed a craving for some comfort food…and not chocolate ( I think I overdosed last weekend!). I pulled out the Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta from Rozopia and made a quick, but yummy dish. I grilled some italian herb sausages from our local meat market and then just added one of my favorite pasta sauces locally. The Wild Rice Pasta was perfect and a good backdrop for those spicy sausages. Simple, but great! I always keep some pastas in the pantry for quick meals. We carry a wonderful sauce (didn’t have any at home..darn) that is tomato free – Nomato Pasta & Pizza Sauce….next time!                                                                           Rizopia Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta

Quick side note – the First Annual Allergy Free Food Recipe Contest  has a submission deadline of February 28th…don’t miss the chance to win Fame and Food!

Gluten Free Lasagna – Comfort Food Goodness

Rainy night, cold temperatures and the need for a hot evening meal…all this came together very well with my next dish I created in my kitchen.

Mrs. Leeper’s has a mix for Gluten Free Beef Lasagna that is quick and easy…all you add is beef. It has organic corn pasta, wheat free. It does contain soy and milk ingredients. It turned out really good…I would classify it as a “blank slate” for your main meal. You can add peppers and other seasoning to taste, but it is good right out of the box too. For a quick meal when you don’t feel like having lot’s of dirty dishes (this is a one dish meal!) and need something filling, try Beef Lasagna.    

                                                           Gluten Free Beef Lasagna from Mrs. Leeper's

Chicken Breasts with Garlic & Parsley.

It’s “Hump Day”! Strange phrase, but always reminds me that the weekend is nearing! I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen yesterday and converted a recipe from one of my favorite chefs – Jacques Pepin. I have several of his cookbooks and have never had a flop…even me! This comes from his “Fast Food My Way” and I would recommend this cookbook. This recipe was easy to adjust – only changing to gluten free flour and butter substitute. Depending on your family’s restrictions, you can serve over couscous, gluten-free pasta, rice…etc. Go ahead, give Jacques a try!

Ingredients:                                                                                                 

Gluten Free Chicken Recipe

Gluten Free Chicken Recipe

3 bonless chicken breasts (1 1/2 in. cubes)                                                   

2 Tbl Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbl olive oil

1 Tbl chopped garlic

3 Tbl chopped parsley

2 Tbl unsalted butter ( or non-diary substitute)

1 lemon, quartered

Dry the chicken cubes with paper towels and toss with flour, salt & pepper. Heat oil in high heat skillet (but not smoking), add chicken and cook for approximately 3 1/1 minutes. While this is going, combine garlic & parsley then add butter and the parsley mixture to skillet. Saute with chicken for 1 minute, making sure to coat thoroughly. Serves 4, add lemon quarter to each plate.

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