There was an amazing coincidence this past holiday visit to the family homestead in NJ. One day before leaving I received a box of Katz gluten free-dairy free-nut free goodies to try out. That same day on a family forum, a discussion formed around my nephew’s girlfriend who as it happens has Celiac disease. My mom was providing alternatives for her for the dinner, hoping it would work out. I threw all of the desserts in a sack and took it with us. I figured I could judge the taste just fine, but this was an opportunity to share it and maybe make a holiday meal a little more fun. My mom was making jello for her dessert, but I decided to wait and surprise the girlfriend and see what her opinion was. Well, she was not only surprised but thrilled at eating some treats that she hasn’t enjoyed in years.
I want to say, for my part of the tasting that everything tasted exactly the way it would if you weren’t gluten free. That was amazing to me. Most of my experience with gluten free is that the foods come out doughy, or a little different …Diana
Kohlrabi, kohlrabi, kohlrabi, kohlrabi, kohlrabi, kohlrabi, kohlrabi. There’s a joke that goes – If you say the name of something 7 times it’s yours for life, and then some girl says – John, john, etc. It doesn’t matter how many times I say kohlrabi, my mental picture doesn’t match up with that name and I go blank trying to remember. Kohlrabi is a nice crunchy vegetable, similar to a turnip, but tastes more like a cross between cabbage and turnips to me with a little bit of sweetness. My sister in law adds it to salads, or just peels and slices it up for people to chew raw. My dish was baked, bringing out another level of flavor.
I peeled off the leaves, scraped off the skin and julienned the kohlrabi along with some carrots. I used my frozen ginger in this dish, which smells so wonderful when grating. I did all the mixing right in the baking dish, so it’s truly a one pot dish. Even though this would have served more , with my …Diana
Fresh sweet corn is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer. Hot on the cob with salt and butter is a really delicious treat. Not everyone enjoys picking the corn out of their teeth though. One way to handle this would be to cook your corn and then slice it off the cob, or slice it off the cob, then cook it. I wanted to do something fun with it, so I made corncakes. Bob’s Red Mill has a gluten free corn meal that they sent for me to try out. I wanted the whole recipe to be gluten free, though you can use wheat flour as a substitute for the rice flour that I used.
This wasn’t my son’s favorite recipe, since he doesn’t like anything that has a bite to it. My husband, my daughter and I all loved them. I am trying to decide if I want to come up with a sauce for it or just keep eating it the way it is. My husband liked it with butter on top, and also with salsa on top. My daughter reheated the leftovers and ate them with her fingers and no utensils. …Diana
I had Yams I wanted to use before they went bad, and Chard out in the garden starting to take over and go to seed. So I put together a dish using both. My lovely daughter took one look and said – “What are we frikken vegans? Where’s the meat?” Sorry guys, this is a meatless meal, but it turned out very delicious. I like maple syrup, but didn’t want it overly sweet, so I used Maple Syrup wine instead. My daughter even admitted it was good, and didn’t bother getting herself a meat sandwich. Lots of great vitamins and nutrition in this meal.
- 3 yams peeled and cubed
- 2 big handfuls of chard
- Olive Oil
- 2 shallots
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/8 tsp dried ginger
- couple of splashes of Maple Syrup Wine
Rinse and …Diana
I had the opportunity to bring Kettle Cuisine Soups to my work for lunch recently, and they are very tasty soups. The 10 oz. microwaveable bowl is the perfect size portion for your meal, although I usually brought along some fruit or vegetable sticks to have along with it. Kettle Cuisine’s gluten free soups were inspired by founder Jerry Shafir’s experience with his daughter’s need for a gluten free diet. A gluten free diet is required by those diagnosed with Celiac Disease and other conditions where foods containing gluten are not tolerated. Not all their soups are gluten free, but they now have nine soups that are gluten free.
- Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles (dairy free & low fat)
- Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans (dairy free)
- New England Clam Chowder
- Chicken Chili with White Beans
- Grilled Chicken & Corn Chowder
For Christmas, I gave my mother in law 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes , and she gave me a gluten free brownie mix. To me, the hardest part to remember is that the texture is a little different in gluten free things, but it’s not bad, just different from what I am used to. So, when I get past the texture and go for the taste, I can be a better judge of gluten free baked goods. Other things are gluten free naturally – like peanut butter, so you can use them the same in any recipe. Then there are items we substitute for something else in our recipes, these things will help out the gluten free way of living without having to discard those meals you love. Here are some gluten free suggestions for this week.
Nana’s gluten free cookies (also vegan) – These cookies are more cakelike than other cookies, but have a decent taste. My husband and kids tasted and thought they were delicious also. Nana’s Cookie Company prides itself on Nana’s No’s – a …Diana
I love this delicious great tasting dish. It doesn’t take a long time to make, and the garlic, potatoes and cauliflower all blend together quite well. I used Grana Padano Cheese, a cheese that is similar to Parmesan Reggiano. It’s a hard cheese that adds a really nice flavor to this dish. PR – may be substituted.
6-8 small red potatoes
1/2 head of cauliflower
3 -4 cloves of garlic
Herbs du Provence
Grana Padano Cheese
Quarter potatoes and cut cauliflower florets into similar size pieces. Boil water in a large pot, add potatoes and cauliflower. When fork tender, drain off as much water as possible. In a high sided skillet, saute garlic in about 4 tbs of Olive Oil on a low heat until cooked really well in order to infuse the oil with a garlic taste. Take garlic out and throw into compost. After Potatoes and Cauliflower has drained, put back into pot and smash with potato masher, or …Diana
Last weekend, College Girl and her friends stopped by for breakfast. It was really a fun, loud, easy going, young person’s time at our home. My husband, son and I enjoyed having everyone there and I made a bunch of different things to fill them up. I also like to have a variety because not everyone enjoys the same things. My husband and son helped out with all of the preparations, so it went pretty smoothly. Most of what I made I stuck in the oven, even the bacon (although I did burn a batch and had to start over). One of my favorite great food dishes to make is cinnamon apples, and it’s simple too. This would make a great Thanksgiving side dish or dessert.
- Peel and Core Apples (I used about 8 )
- Slice Apples into thin to medium slices
- Put apples into a glass bottom dish or pan
- Pour apple cider over top of the apples – enough to cover the bottom of the pan(probably 1 – 1 1/2 cups).
- Sprinkle cinnamon over top of …
Bob’s Red Mill is great for gluten free grains, and mixes for baking. How do you find it? Online is one way to find Gluten Free Resources. Go straight to the company website – Bob’s Red Mill . Another way is to figure out what stores carry gluten free products and figure out where they’re stashed. Usually the customer service can look it up for you, or even the store’s website can tell you what products they have and where they are kept. Kroger’s keeps their gluten free products in the Nature’s Market area, close to the organic foods section. I searched for gluten free mixes the other day and found them right where the website said they would be. I couldn’t find gluten free at Walmart or on their website. It’s probably there somewhere, but just wasn’t an easy find – and I didn’t try customer service because I was in a rush.
Another resource is the Gluten Free Mall. It’s an online order place, and even has gluten free pastas. Glutenfreeda.com has a whole website devoted to gluten free living, including great recipes. Glutenfreeda has a weekly newsletter and cooking lessons. It has a small section devoted to celiac news and even product reviews. They will soon have frozen gluten free cookie dough coming to stores. Celiac.com also has a good website for online ordering of gluten free foods.
Right now is probably an easier time to go gluten free since you can use fresh vegetables and meat without opening a jar or can. In the winter it’s more difficult and you have to rely on reading those labels. Good luck in your gluten free quest.Diana
There are many ways of buying local. Fruits and vegetables from the Saturday street farm market is one way. Buying products made at local companies is another. When Dei Fratelli Pasta Sauce and Salsas were offered up for review, I was thrilled to find out that they were a local company. Well, semi local, it’s in Ohio. Hirzel Canning grows its own tomatoes in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Also they supply the 30 family run farms that they’ve contracted to grow tomatoes for them with seedlings, and are certified GMO free.
Dei Fratelli pasta sauces were delicious. We eat pasta sauces and salsas all year long, some I make, some I buy. It’s nice to know this sauce isn’t flying in from another continent when the main ingredients can be easily grown in the area. It’s the tree hugger in me that is concerned with those things. The only issue is that distribution currently is limited to primarily the Midwest, Central and Southeastern states.