Damn, peoples. I’ll be honest. I’ve cut out a lot of sugar in my life since that whole experiment. Even more dairy. Something happened last weekend, however, or two somethings. One, we went to a family dinner post-wedding where bread pudding was served. And two, PUMPKIN IS HAPPENING. Perhaps, you’ve heard?
I’ve decided to commit to making as much food with pumpkin in the next 45 days as possible. I’m just assuming you are too. It’s what we do in America once fall happens and we all lose our shit. Up first, gluten-free pumpkin bread pudding.
Something I actually do is buy a couple of sugar pumpkins and roast them, grab the seeds and do them up, then puree the hell out of it and make good bizness. This year, however, I’ve got less than zero time so I bought some organic pumpkin guts and went to town.
I also went to Rising Hearts and loaded up on gluten-free brioche because I wanted to do it right. Honestly, I think if you used another gluten-free white bread like Udi’s it would still turn out great, but I wanted to brioche it up. So I did! And wow, my entire family is flipping out about this recipe. It’s coming back. Soon.
Oh yes. These beauties made an appearance in my home this weekend, and I’m trying to figure out a way to justify making these on a regular basis. Homemade gluten-free corn dogs, you guys. CORN DOGS. Now, I just have to find out where I can buy those rectangular cheese bars so I can fry those up as well. Then I’ll be setting up my own Gluten-Free Hot Dog on a Stick booth in front of my house and leaving my day job behind. Because everyone will want in on this action and will drive all over LA to get them, amiright? Or maybe it’s just me.
Either way, we threw down some of this action this weekend and it was super delicious. I found a recipe on Gluten-Free Baking and then came home to realize I had gluten-free corn bread mix from Bob’s Red Mill, so I upended the recipe and it wound up looking, and tasting, yum to the yum yum. The GFB also offered some tips that were incredibly helpful no matter what recipe you’re using.
1. Dry your dogs then roll them in gluten-free flour to help everything stick correctly.
2. Use a very tall glass to hold the batter and then dip the dogs inside and swirl.
3. One tip the GFB had that did not apply to me, was to use tongs and don’t touch the sticks because they’re hot. My skewers were not hot at all. Either way, don’t test that theory by wrapping your paws around the sticks as soon as they’re out of the deep fat fryer.
4. One tip from me, be sure your deep fat fryer is well-filled so the dogs don’t hit the bottom or sides and stick.
5. Last tip: Enjoy the hell out of these gluten-free corn dogs.
Maybe you just don’t have enough pumpkins at the ready for your gluten-free Thanksgiving meal. Pick up one more and fill it with cheese. Go get it. I’ll wait.
Yep, I’m talking about cheese fondue in a pumpkin pot. Holy crikey, it’s good. Because what’s not to like about melted cheese baked in a pumpkin. And it’s actually not that hard, making me think this could be a really fun fall party staple. You basically clean out that pumpkin, and start to layer your gluten-free bread, cheese, and roux. Like this -
Don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds and roast them up with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. Then you’re all, “I used every part of this food! I rule!!!”
As for your dippin’s, I happened to have an extra steak lying around so I just went full heart disease and plunged that steak into my fondue, along with some gluten-free toasty bread, and a few vegetables. It’s especially lovely when you scrape the sides of the pumpkin and get cheesy pumpkin goodness. You know what? You can also just take a spoon to this and sit in front of your TV all day. Whatevs.
Does this gluten-free bread make me look fat?
Usually we’re all about fast forwarding the commercials after we’ve DVR’d the Housewives, but someone was slow on the draw (ahem, Aaron) and I wound up hearing something very interesting on the old telly yesterday. Have you seen this commercial? Continue reading
Also gluten-free. Also from Austin.
Of course it makes zero sense to travel to Austin, Texas in July. Yet, I just did! It was my mom’s birthday this weekend, so I braved the scorching temperatures and mosquito attacks and ate myself gluten-free silly in the Celiac Capital of the World. And thanks to ATX Gluten-Free, I made a discovery of epic proportions: My favorite sub shop can be enjoyed by the intolerant. Woooooot! (Okay, second favorite but Delaware Subs is still loving that gluten.)
While I hit the usual spots that are totally gluten-free friendly (Frank, Guero’s) and braved the very, very, very, not gluten-friendly (Chuy’s, Threadgill’s), I made a few new discoveries this trip. One, is that the Omni Hotel has a pool on the roof! Thanks, Ginger. Oh, and they also offer gluten-free toast and the like at their breakfast buffet. Two, Alamo Drafthouse has a gluten-free designation on their menu, and they serve up a gluten-free beer! Three, the new’ish Whole Foods on S. Lamar is the most amazing store in the entire world. And four, Thundercloud Subs has just satisfied my year-and-a-half longing to walk into a sub shop and order a delicious turkey and cheese sammy. Lookee. Continue reading
Yesterday was National Grilled Cheese Day, you guys! Which means all of us gluten-hating types stayed in bed with the covers over our heads. That was my plan at least, until Udi’s tipped me off to their gluten-free grilled cheese challenge. “Hey April,” they said, “how about we send you some bread and you work your magic?” “On it,” I said. Here are the breads –
And that is how I wound up in the kitchen making gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches three different ways. One of which, didn’t actually have cheese. I know! Your mind is totally blown right now, yes? All three were amazoids, but for the purpose of this challenge, I had to pick a winner. That winner is the BBQ Pork, Extra Sharp Cheddar, & Stone Ground Mustard served on Udi’s Omega Flax & Fiber gluten-free bread.
A close second was served up on Udi’s Millet-Chia gluten-free bread, where I combined the magic of brie, ham, and caramelized onions. Of course, I like to call the ham “jambon” and the grilled cheese some kind of a “monsieur” because I’m part French! And part ridiculous. Here ’tis the Frenchie.
And for the finale, I grabbed some of Udi’s classic gluten-free white and made a peanut butter and chocolate grilled sandwich. It was gone this quick –
She looks like she’s really contemplating the beauty of the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter, yes?
So if you want to grill up a mess of gluten-free sandwiches, grab some Udi’s and go to town. Like so: Continue reading
I’m totally ready to kick some ass. Some bagel ass. You see, I thought it would be super rad to have some bagels up in our house for Christmas brunch. I didn’t have a chance to get over to Culver City, where the best g-free bagels exist. And honestly, I’m so over bread that I have no problem serving up gluten-filled bagels when I have people over. You know people. People who eat gluten.
But something happened on Christmas, and now I swear on everything holy, I will never allow another bagel into my home again. Ever. Eff you bagels. EFF you. If you’re a fan of the bagel, you should really stop reading now.
Even though I said my bread machine would change my life, the reality is I just kind of stopped eating bread. So when this bag of beautiful parbaked bread came in the mail from Dr. Schär I kind of lost my mind a little bit. Instead of thinking, “We’ll have some nice rolls with dinner, that’s so lovely,” I went full-on, “I’m making gluten-free cream cheese stuffed french toast, everybody. Get outta’ my way!”
And this is why my husband is insisting we change our diet. Whatever. This toast is something wickedly good, and you’re going to want to make it too. So I grabbed the gluten-free baguette and decided on mini french toast stackers. Or at least, that’s what I call them. But they totally look like that, so it’s a brilliant idea — obviously. See?
This is a really simple recipe that my brother sort of threw together back in the 1990s before the foodie movement when we were all, “Oh my god, you’re a culinary genius!” And even though it’s possible to walk into IHOP now and get stuffed french toast (is it? I actually don’t know since I can’t go there anymore because they put pancake batter in their omelettes. Seriously, IHOP? You suck.), this recipe is still a stand-out for the egg, milk, nutmeg, vanilla combo that washes all over your bread.
I actually used my new favorite Vietnamese cinnamon instead of nutmeg. Mostly because I couldn’t find my nutmeg this morning, but also because there’s something super extra special about this cinnamon. Try it, you’ll be hooked.
So whether you cut a baguette into two-inch slices like so –
Or go traditional, stuff that toast and enjoy your weekend. Continue reading
Happy Labor Day Weekend everybody! Just in case you haven’t put away all of your white clothes, do it now. I’ll wait.
Good, now you can get all messy with a gluten-free lobster roll! I’ve been missing these things since we moved from the East Coast, and I couldn’t enjoy a hot dog bun normal-style. That’s doubly missing a lobster roll. So I decided to whip one up in my California kitchen. Much easier said than done.
Lobster isn’t so readily available in LA, and finding already cooked and shelled, lobster was impossible. So I had to go all “killing your own food” and bought a live lobster. I have to say, for someone who grew up on a farm bringing home “Fred” as my daughter named him, just so I could put him on a sandwich, was kind of disturbing. Super entertaining for the kids, though.
I’m not sure what kind of lesson we taught the kids, honestly. My daughter just couldn’t wait to see how Fred was going to die, and I kept thinking how I was a horrible person and chanted under my breath, “Someday we’re going to go vegan. Someday we’re going to go vegan.” Anyway.
Bye-bye, Fred! You are now a delicious chunk of meat. (This is where I thank my husband, who basically did all the creepy stuff. Thanks, dude! I owe you one.)
And the g-free part? Kinnikinnik gluten-free hot dog buns. Totally delish. Especially when smothered in butter. Continue reading