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Allergy Free Cookies from Enjoy Life

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer break and surviving these heat waves. Wow, I thought Florida was hot until I watch the Weather channel. At least we can go jump in the water!

Well, to put the REST of you in a good mood, I am sharing with you a great cookie recipe from Enjoy Life Foods. We carry many of their products, as well as some ingredients for these Allergy Free Cookies. This recipe is free of all the top allergens - Dairy, Eggs, Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Peanuts and Tree Nuts…as well as being pretty healthy. Of course, you don’t need to tell your kids THAT part though..

Make up a batch of these…add more ingredients that are safe for your household…and STAY COOL!

Cinnamon Crunch “Faux” Oatmeal Cookies from Enjoy Life      

ingredients:

½ C warm water

1T ground flax or ground chia

¼ C sunflower, safflower, or grapeseed Oil

½ C light agave syrup

1 t molasses

1 t gluten-free vanilla extract

1 bag Enjoy Life Cinnamon Crunch Granola

1/3 C + 1T brown rice flour

¼ C tapioca flour

¾ t xanthan gum

1 t baking powder

¼ t salt

directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 325 F for a convection oven.

2. Combine water and flax seed, and allow to sit for five minutes.

3. In the bowl of a food processor or a stand-up mixer, combine all the wet ingredients, including the water (after 5 minutes). Mix for a few minutes.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, granola, and the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients.

5. Mix until combined, less than 30 seconds. As the dough sits, it will absorb all of the liquid.

6. With a 1 oz ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet.

7. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

8. Eat right away or store in an airtight container for up to three days. Dough can also be frozen for up to a month.

Gluten Free Dessert and My first Kitchen Disaster!

Truth in blogging here my friend…I have no problem admitting when I have a “goof up”….and boy did I! I refuse to blame it on the products…it was all Operator Error.
Here’s what went down:

In our allergy free and gluten free store, we carry some fantastic mixes for gluten free desserts, one of these is Cause You’re Special Gluten Free Golden Pound Cake Mix. This easy mix is Gluten- free, Wheat- free, Dairy- free, Lactose- free, Egg- free, Soy- free, Peanut-free and Tree Nut-free. And your baker for this day, ME, was brainless!

This is such an easy mix to make and as you will see below, I obviously did not prepare my pan to be “sticky free”. Now, with all that said and admitted to…this truely was the most moist and tasty pound cake I have ever made from a mix…no lying!

            Gluten free cake

The downside, I was in a hurry and making it for dinner at a friend’s house. Luckily, they are used to my “creative” approach to cooking and baking and remained unphased as I lifted the cake cover…Love them!

Please try this gluten free dessert mix at home, and send me a picture so I know what it SHOULD look like! Ha, Ha!

Gluten and Dairy Free Crackers from Mrs. Crimble

I don’t know…if you are asking about Mrs. Crimble that is. I am sure there must be  a Mrs. Crimble, but I have no heart-warming story to tell you. I know this company makes some great snacks though! In our Allergiesandme.com store, we carry all sorts of their gluten free and dairy free crackers, as well as cookies from this company. For this dish, I used the Mrs Crimble’s Corn Cakes which are free from many of the top allergens – Gluten- free, Wheat- free, Dairy- free,  Lactose- free, Egg- free, Soy- free, Yeast- free and last, but not least, Cholesterol- free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gluten and Dairy free crackers

Now the only place where I “zigged and should have zagged” on my quest to give you some serving ideas for the Mrs. Crimble’s Corn Cakes was using it as a “cheese cracker”. These are delicious corn cakes, but don’t really compliment cheese, as would their other crackers, such as their Original Cheese Crackers or the Mrs. Crimble’s Sundried Tomato and Pesto Cheese Crackers

It wasn’t a total flop…I enjoyed my wine and cheese…and the corn cakes by themselves were very good! So students, stick with crackers for your cheese combination and don’t push the envelope to include corn cakes as a substitute. Lesson over!

Mashed Potatoes are the Ultimate Comfort Food- Without the Gluten, Dairy or Egg

If you have read any of my past blogs, you know it’s all about the Comfort Food. It’s beautiful weather here, so no gloomy day to blame this one on. Sometimes a nice big serving of mashed potatoes can fix anything though!

One of our products from Shiloh Farms in the store is Organic Instant Potato Flakes. They, as the name suggests, come in a flake format, which means you can always have some handy in the pantry. The package is re-sealable and has a recipe for Italian Herb Bread too. Creating mashed potatoes with the Shiloh Potato Flakes is easy. Just add water, butter (or non-dairy margarine substitute) and also Milk, or if restrictions dictate, a non-dairy liquid like soy milk. Easy Breezy!  Gluten and Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Within minutes, you have a nice bowl of mashed potatoes…without any mashing (which is my LEAST favorite part!). So, keep these flakes on had, slap something on your grill and Voila, Dinner Served.

Gluten Free and Allergen Free Crispy Chicken….all in one bird!

I think we all can agree…there is way more things to do in a day than we have hours. Come on, only 24 of those suckers to work with?!!!

Here’s a product we sell in the Allergiesandme.com store that not only tastes great, it saves tons of time too.

I am talking about the Corn Crispy Crumbs from Orgran. Here’s how they describe (couldn’t say it any better myself!): “Orgran Corn Crispy Crumbs is a quality product that will allow you to achieve crispy golden crumbing of meat, fish or vegetables. Corn Crispy Crumbs provides sensational texture with the additional benefit of 25% less absorption of oil than regular bread crumbs. It is also versatile in sausages,added to sausage meats or as a stuffing base to which you may add your own herbs. Also ideal in savoury or sweet recipes such as crumb bases or as a natural thickener in soups and casseroles.”

Well, I made some “fried” chicken (baked if you didn’t understand the quotation inference) and it was really good. The chicken breasts were juicy and not dry, which happens sometimes with other coating products.     Gluten and Allergen Free Chicken

The best part – it’s Allergen Free. Here’s your list: Gluten Free,Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Cholesterol Free, Salt Free, Lactose Free,Kosher and Vegan…sheesh.

So, be creative and share your successes. Enjoy!

Enjoy Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

Yes…I am on an “Enjoy Life Love Kick”! I promise to get back in the kitchen for my next recipe post, but just had to share this last one I received from our friends over there last week. This one takes one of their wonderful cookies, Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies, and turns it into a “ramped up” dessert. All their products are Allergen Free – Dairy free, Egg free, Nut Free and also Gluten Free.

Dare you to make these and eat just one!                                                                           

Enjly Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

Enjoy Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

        

Ingredients:

1 box Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies
1 Tbsp. Agar (optional)
6 Tbsp. Raspberry Preserves
Confectioner’s sugar, made with Tapioca for dusting
Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 325ºF.
2) Take each Snickerdoodle cookie and press down for a 2″ diameter. Try to keep the round shape when pressing. Optional: use a crimped-edge pastry dough cutter to trim edges for a “scalloped” look.
3) Cut a small round hole in the center of half the cookies. Use round dough cutters, wide end of pastry tip or a bottle top for this.
4) Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. For crispier cookies, bake an additional 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool.
5) While cookies cool, combine raspberry preserves and agar (if using, will make for a firmer filling). When the cookies are cool, spread the jam on cookies without a hole and top with a cookie with a hole, making sure to push down enough to push a little jam up through the hole. Repeat with all remaining cookies.
6) Using a fine strainer or sifter, dust the top of the cookies with confectioner’s sugar.

Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 days.

Yield: 6 cookies 

Allergy Friendly Spring Recipe from Enjoy Life Foods

I am here to say, E-mails are good! I received this recipe from our friends at Enjoy Life Foods and I think they have a winner!

This is a great company and we sell tons of their stuff in our Allergiesandme.com store…with more on the way I am sure.

Try this one for your kids this weekend and Share the Love….                          

Enjoy Life Allergy Free Rice Crackers

Enjoy Life Allergy Free Rice Crackers

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Golden Flax Seeds
1/8 tsp. Cumin Seed, ground
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Hot Water
1 tsp. thyme leaves (fresh is best!)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (extra needed for garnish)
1/4 cup white or brown rice flour
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Crunchy Rice Cereal

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2) Combine Flax, Thyme, Cumin, Salt, Tomato Paste and Hot Water in a food processor bowl. Allow to sit for one minute. Run processor for about 30 seconds. Add in sunflower seeds and rice flour. Run processor again for about 20 seconds. Add in Crispy Rice cereal and process until nearly mixed into the dough.
3) Working quickly, place dough on a piece of parchment and using wet hands, push down to flatten. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8″ – 1/16″. If dough is sticky, cover with another piece of parchment and roll slowly from the center. If dough cracks, repair with more dough and use water as a glue.
4) When you achieve the desired thickness, brush entire surface with water, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and press in with rolling pin. Possible other garnishes to add include: fresh herbs, black pepper, coarse sea salt or garlic.
5) Using either a round or wheel pastry cutter, cut the cracker dough into desired shapes. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and place in center rack of the oven.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Notes:

-Alternative shapes: Roll dough into thin cylinders and bake for crunchy bread sticks.
-Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.
Yield: 20- 1.5″ square crackers 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2) Combine Flax, Thyme, Cumin, Salt, Tomato Paste and Hot Water in a food processor bowl. Allow to sit for one minute. Run processor for about 30 seconds. Add in sunflower seeds and rice flour. Run processor again for about 20 seconds. Add in Crispy Rice cereal and process until nearly mixed into the dough.
3) Working quickly, place dough on a piece of parchment and using wet hands, push down to flatten. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8″ – 1/16″. If dough is sticky, cover with another piece of parchment and roll slowly from the center. If dough cracks, repair with more dough and use water as a glue.
4) When you achieve the desired thickness, brush entire surface with water, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and press in with rolling pin. Possible other garnishes to add include: fresh herbs, black pepper, coarse sea salt or garlic.
5) Using either a round or wheel pastry cutter, cut the cracker dough into desired shapes. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and place in center rack of the oven.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Notes:

-Alternative shapes: Roll dough into thin cylinders and bake for crunchy bread sticks.
-Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.

Potato Patties…it’s not just for Southerners

As a product of a Texas ranching family,  I was raised on “rib-sticking” meals which usually meant that Meat & Potatoes were involved.  Fond memories surround these meals…not the breakfasts though. The first meal of the day was before the sun rose and then we were pushed into the cold to ride horseback for hours! Yikes, but it was character building.

When I saw this recipe from our friends at Authentic Foods, I was reminded of those wonderful patties my mom makes. These are a little different – Gluten free, Dairy free, Lactose Free, Soy Free and Yeast free.  You have an option to add more items depending on your specific limitations.  Try this one and let us know how it works for you.  Saddle Up!

Ingredients:

¼ cup Authentic Foods Potato Flour                                                                 

Gluten Free Potato Patties

Gluten Free Potato Patties

½ cup Authentic Foods Tapioca Flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 large eggs (or Egg Replacer)

¼ cup vegetable oil (preferably light olive oil)

¼ cup chopped onions (Optional)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (Optional)

4 oz shredded Monterey jack cheese (Optional)

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl: Authentic Foods Potato Flour, Authentic Foods Tapioca Flour, baking powder, Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum, salt, and garlic powder (also add onions, parsley and cheese if preferred). In another bowl, mix all liquid ingredients: eggs, oil and milk. Then add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and blend.

Grease a griddle or skillet with oil to keep the pancakes from sticking. Then preheat the griddle or skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a large tablespoon, drop batter to make 2-inch diameter pancakes. Cook first side until edges look dry. With a spatula, turn and cook until second side is golden brown.

Serve with apple sauce or sour cream.

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!

Peanut Butter Bars with NO Peanuts…America, what a Country!

Seriously, no Peanuts in a Peanut Butter Cookie Bar! Yes, readers…it can be done…and I did it!

Thanks to The Cravings Place Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and J&S Foods No Nuts Golden Peabutter, we can now give all of you out there the joy of eating “Peanut Butter” again. These are both great products that we carry in the store and I wanted to combine them on this one.

I took the  Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and did a variation (read lazy baker!) into some bar cookies. It’s quick and easy…which is also my favorite description. Using the Peabutter, that has almost the same texture and taste of real peanut butter, I combined with dark chocolate chips (for dairy restrictions, you can use Enjoy Life chips) and made an awesome dessert. I took it over to a friend’s house for a dinner party that night…to rave reviews. No one knew it was allergen free! Love it when that happens.  

Peanut Free - Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Peanut Free - Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

These were great as a bar cookie and would probably be even better as drop cookies.

Your kids will love them. Enjoy!

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

Corn Bread from 123 Gluten Free

I was a “busy beaver” over the weekend and tried several new recipes. One of them was an Italian Beef Stew and to accompany this dish, I chose to make Corn Bread with a mix we carry in the store from 1-2-3 Gluten Free. This is one of our manufacturers who started their company after having to deal with finding gluten-free foods to accomodate their Celiac Disease. 1-2-3 Gluten Free makes some other great mixes – a Devil’s Food Cake Mix and the Southern Glory Biscuit Mix. All of their mixes are Free from Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Casein, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sugar, Egg, Soy, Rice and Potatoes…whew, with all that’s missing, it’s amazing that they actually taste sooo good!

For the Southern Style Corn Bread mix I followed the package directions. Since I have no dairy restrictions, I used milk. The options are provided for using soy (milk substitute) and even making your own buttermilk ingredient alternative.  The same for the eggs that are called for…we carry an Egg Replacer from Orgran you could try as well.  Gluten and Casein Free Cornbread

These were wonderful and had good texture with a mild corn taste. If you wanted to add some “fire” ( I am from Texas you know!) you could try one of their own variations for Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread on the package directions too. This mix was quick, easy and goes really well with stews and chilis…which seems like it should be on the menu for you guys in the northeast….BBBBRRRRRR! Enjoy.

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!

Allergen Free “Love” Cake

Here is my final Valentine Dessert contribution before the big day. You guessed it…Chocolate! It’s rainy and cold here and this just seemed like the perfect choice. This was a great cake to make in a hurry. This is a  mix we carry in the store from The Cravings Place. Dutch Chocolate Cake Mix is free from Gluten, Wheat, Nuts, Eggs, Diary, Lactose,Soy, Yeast, Cholesterol and Beans…whew, that was a list!

I opted to go sans icing (have to cut calories somewhere this weekend!). I used peppermint sprinkles to form the heart. Okay, you can tell by the photo that I obviously will not be opening a high-end cake decorating shop soon, but I had fun.

So, try this on your sweetie and let me know if they realize everything it doesn’t have!                                                                                                                               

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day

Heart Cake

Will you Be My Valentine?

I am sure this phrase will be repeated several times this week. If you have or love someone with food allergies or restrictions…your choices may be more limited. For the rest of this week, I am on the hunt for some fun “Valentine-type”  things you can make at home and then send them to school or bring to your parties.  Our first installment is from Enjoy Life Foods…love these guys! They are a beloved company that we represent in our store and are a favorite of our corporate mascot, Jack, as well.  Try this one and let me know what a hit your kid makes at his school party!

Allergen Free Smores

1 package (10 oz.) Enjoy Life® Snickerdoodle cookies

3 large marshmallows

1 Enjoy Life® boom CHOCO boom chocolate bar (rice milk or dark chocolate)

Cut the marshmallows in half, so you have a total of six pieces. Set aside. Break the chocolate bar into four sections. Then break each section in half for a total of eight pieces. Set aside. Slightly flatten two Snickerdoodle cookies. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter or a knife to cut out your “sweetheart cookie”. Place one piece of chocolate in center. Slightly flatten a marshmallow piece and place it on top of the chocolate. Cover with remaining cookie. Assemble more s’mores with remaining ingredients. Place s’mores on a microwavable plate. Microwave for 10-20 seconds or until the chocolate starts to melt and the marshmallow softens.

Yield: 6 Sweetheart S’mores

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

It’s cold out…and you know that means..Chocolate!

I guess this sounds like a broken record…cold weather doesn’t REALLY mean chocolate. But doesn’t a little chocolate dessert seem to make the conditions outside a little more bearable? On this vein, we will move forward and introduce you to another yummy dish from my friends at Chebe Bread. This recipe is called “Blondie”. Now, I have been called this as well…and only my hairdresser knows if that is accurate! Enjoy this blondie and stay warm!

Blondie Bars or Cookies by Chebe Bread                                                                                                                              

Blondie Bar Dessert Recipe

Blondie Bar Dessert Recipe

                   

Ingredients
1 Package Chebe Mix (add 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar and 1 tsp. Baking Soda to Chebe Original Bread Mix)
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (or non-dairy alternative), softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs ( or use egg replacer)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cup chocolate chunks, divided

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350o F. Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan.                                                                            

Add brown sugar to softened butter and mix until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Add 1 package of Chebe All-Purpose Bread Mix and mix on low until just incorporated. Fold in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks and transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cups of chocolate chunks evenly on top of the mixture and press lightly with wax paper to set into the dough. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into 2-inch squares.  Makes 24 bars.

If you are in the mood for cookies: Mix all of the chocolate chunks into the dough and bake on a cookie sheet for 20-22 minutes at 350o. Makes 2 dozen cookies. Be creative and modify the recipe by adding your favorite chopped nuts, toffee bits, etc. in place of the chocolate – just keep the quantity to about  2 cups.

Magic Candy..Really?!!!

Well, I can’t attest to the “magic” part, but I hear they are “magical” to the taste buds! This recipe was shared through a local Food Allergy support group and Jack’s Mom did some adjustments to make it “Jack Friendly” ( this is the term I use when I make food for him at my house). The adjustment for Jack was to use candy canes and not nuts. She also shared her picture of them. Here ‘ya go… make some holiday MAGIC!

Magic Candy

I used Unsalted Fleishman’s and Enjoy Life Chips.  You can use brown sugar for a toffee.  They are out of this world and better than rolling 2 dozen cookies. 

 Ingredients:                                                                                                                                Magic Candy

Saltines

2 sticks butter (if you want you can use less butter, you just have to use trial and error)

1 cup sugar or brown sugar

12 oz  bag chocolate chips (and or peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips etc.)

¼ – ½ cup chopped-crushed pecans, chopped candy canes, chopped candy bars etc.

*Note: remember to have your nuts and candies chopped ahead of time

1- Line cookie sheet (lipped cookie sheet) with non-stick aluminum foil or rubber cookie mat

2- Place saltines in a flat layer end to end, side to side covering the bottom of the cookie sheet

3- Melt butter in pan over burner, adding sugar. Turn heat up to med/high, stirring constantly until sugar starts to bubble up.  It will start to get small bubbles, keep stirring until the entire pot boils up.

4- Use a big spoon or Pour over crackers spreading evenly.

5- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

6- Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers. Wait about 5 minutes for chips to melt and spread chocolate (using back of a spoon or a spatula) evenly over crackers, then sprinkle chopped nuts or candies over top of chocolate.

7- Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Then break apart randomly and enjoy.

Gingerbread – Two Versions

I know, you have already finished all your holiday baking…No?…I thought so! Here is a recipe from Jack’s Mom, our cute Allergiesandme.com mascot. As you may know, Jack has multiple food allergies – Egg, Dairy, Peanut and some Tree nuts. She modified this recipe from the magazine Living Without ( don’t forget to check out our ad on page 43 for a discount code!) I have the original recipe below and then her adjustments in notation.

1 2/3 c  Gluten Free  Rice Flour Mix

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¾ tsp xanthan gum

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

¾ tsp cinnamon

¾ tsp salt

1 lg egg (or egg replacer )

½ c granulated sugar

½ c molasses

½ cup canola oil

½ c boiling water

Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Adjustments per Jack’s Mom: ” I used the same amount of wheat flour and took out the xantham gum.  I used an “egg”—1 T oil, 1 T water, 1 tsp baking powder mixed together”

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8/8 square cake pan . Place flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, ginger, cinnamon and salt in large bowl and use electric mixer on low speed until combined. Then add egg, sugar and molasses and mix until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour oil and boiling water over batter and mix until smooth, 30 seconds. Pour batter in pan and bake in center of oven for 35 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool, remove from pan and sift confectioner’s sugar over cake.

Jack’s Mom doubled the recipe and used a cookie sheet and cookie cutters, check out her creations!  ginger bread cake version 1Ginger bread cake

More Chocolate…from The Cravings Place

Cold days equate to Chocolate Cravings for me…hence, making some very tasty Chocolate Muffins from The Cravings Place Double Chocolate Chunk mix this weekend. This company was founded by Juli Walton after she was diagnosed with intolerances to gluten, wheat,dairy, eggs, beans and nuts.  We carry several of their other mixes in the store – coffee cakes, breads, brownies, cookies, pancakes,waffles and cornbread.

These muffins turned out perfect. I used some holiday theme muffin liners to “jazz” it up. The chocolate chunks are huge and in my opinion, the best part of the muffin. This mix can be used for cookies or muffins and there are several other variations of cookie ideas on the package.  I loved them and I hope you will too!                                                   Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie & Muffin Mix

Feeling a little French?

Of course, I am a Texas native and “ya’ll” is my only foreign word. I took spanish in high school…but the old saying “Use or Lose it” applies! I am excited to offer this wonderful recipe from Chebe today. The president of Chebe Breads, Dick Reed, graciously shared this dish that he personally made in his kitchen. Chebe makes wonderful mixes and it’s great to see the company president trying new recipes with me as well. Let me know how you like it…and you don’t have to pronounce the name of the dish if you are unsure!!!

Filet de Boeuf en Croute  

                                         boeuf en croute

Filet of beef in crust (serves 4)

For the meat, use approximately 1.5 lbs. of filet mignon, tenderloin, or sirloin.  Trim any excess fat.  Make slits in various places in the meat.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and olive oil.  Keep refrigerated for two hours or overnight. 

To the mix add 1 tsp. of baking powder if not using Chebe Focaccia or Chebe All Purpose mixes.    If using an unseasoned Chebe mix, you may add rosemary, thyme, etc. to the mix before blending.   Prepare the dough according to the package directions, omitting cheese.

With a rolling pin, flatten to about 1/8” into a shape that will allow you to wrap the beef.  Facilitate the rolling by tossing food starch on the preparation surface and on the surface of the dough.

Place the beef in the center of the flattened dough.  Fold the dough over the top of the beef, trim the excess dough and crimp the dough edges.  Place the meat in a baking pan, turning it so that the crease in the dough is on the bottom.   With a knife, make two or three slits in the top of the dough.  Brush with olive oil and lay a sprig of rosemary over the top.

Bake uncovered in a preheated 400F oven for 30 minutes or until done.  For assurance, you may insert a meat thermometer through the dough and into the meat prior to placing in the oven.

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