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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Hamantaschen for Purim!

gluten-free hamantaschenPurim is such a weird holiday. I had heard of it randomly, but the first time I learned what it was actually about was when we moved to LA and my daughter’s pre-school was celebrating. I always knew it was considered a “kid’s holiday” but wow, the story behind Purim—so not kid-friendly.

You take a story of deception, planned genocide and murder and turn it into a kid’s holiday (oh, and also one where adults get loaded). Ummm, OK. But hey, cookies! And clearly I don’t get it because, as my daughter said when we were making the delicious cookie treat that accompanies Purim, “You’re not the Jew here. I am.”

No pressure to convert there, amiright? But let me show you the difference between MY gluten-free hamantaschen and hers (aka, the girl in Jewish Day School). Mine:

gluten-free hamantaschen

Hers:

gluten-free hamantaschenYeah, eat that, girlie!

Which she did. Because, you know, it tastes exactly the same. The look, however, is supposed to resemble Haman’s (Boo!!!) hat. The evil advisor who tried to kill off all of the Jews. Again, we’re making a COOKIE that looks like this evil guy’s HAT. Not sure how that happened to become a tradition, but it sure is yummy.

The best guide in folding up the hamantaschen can be found on another I-married-into-this gal’s website, The Shiksa in the Kitchen. She made a first-timer’s try very, very easy. (Do not ignore her advice to have everything prepared and to work quickly, the dough will get too sticky fast.) And the actual cookie is a sugar cookie, so I’ve got this. I also decided to fancy up our hamantaschen by using a chocolate almond filling and a pomegranate jelly (thanks to my G-Free Foodie Box!). See here -

gluten-free dairy-free cookies

Regardless, making gluten-free hamantaschen is super easy (unless you’re an 8-year-old girl, apparently) if you follow The Shiksa’s instructions and my recipe below substituting ATK gluten-free flour. I also decided to go dairy-free because when you’re working with gluten-free dough, the butter just makes it less workable. So bonus!

One note, check the cookies after 18 minutes if you’re using the dairy-free recipe, these babies cook fast!

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Gluten-Free Tiramisu Is Kind of Blowing My Mind

gluten-free tirimasu First of all I’m going to admit that I had no idea tiramisu was a no-cook dessert. Secondly, rum? Really, I enjoyed this delight for years before being gluten-free and I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS EATING. (Admittedly, that wasn’t the only thing I ever ate that could be described the same way.) The other thing I learned during my schooling about this Italian dessert was that Schar offered gluten-free ladyfingers! So I went for it. It was goooood, you guys. Just like I remembered it. Creamy, dreamy, coffee-y and lightly chocolate-y.

I used the recipe on the package, as otherwise I would have had to have come home with more than one package because most tiramisu recipes are about twice as large. So if you’ve got a fab dinner party with lots of gluten-free boozy guests, double this recipe and go to town!  It has also occurred to me that there’s probably no other use for ladyfingers besides tiramisu. Is that right?

Since this is a no-cook, please buy great quality eggs so no one gets the salmonella. What with your propensity for diarrhea, you do NOT want salmonella on top of it all.

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Gluten-Free Product Round-Up

gluten-free productsYou guys, there is SO much amazing gluten-free stuff going on at the store. Sure we can all paleo it up and eat all whole, but sometimes we need a bar, a cookie we didn’t make ourselves, and, of course, jerky. Or all of the above at once.

Liz Lovely Cookies

The nice people at Liz Lovely contacted me awhile ago about trying their delicious cookies. Between travel, and general insanity, I wound up eating all the cookies and not doing what I wanted to do, which was make a gluten-free peanut butter chocolate ice cream sandwich. I also just saw this ice cream sandwich trick, and was excited to get it all going. Luckily I discovered Mrs. Winston’s sells Liz Lovely cookies so I picked up my fave—the previously mentioned peanut butter and chocolate—and got excited again. Then I dropped the cookies. Broke the cookies. I decided that rather than wait another six months to remember to buy a cookie, get a pint of vanilla ice cream, and do this thing, I plopped the ice cream in a bowl and sprinkled broken cookies over the top. Not as amazing looking, but just as unbelievably good. So, yeah, Liz Lovely makes some good gluten-free cookies, you guys. Soft, in many flavors, and delicious with ice cream.

brazi bites gluten-freeBrazi Bites Cheese Bread

Oh, yum. We demolished these bags of Brazi Bites in our house. The jalapeno was the fave, with bacon being a close second. My favorite thing to do with these gluten-free lumps of joy is to serve alongside a gluten-free sweet potato gnocchi, as seen above. Honestly, these Brazilian style of bread balls make every single family member drool. We’ll be adding these to our table on the regular.

gluten-free-love-pack-265Nutty Steph’s Gluten-Free Granola

First of all, this joint in Vermont has Bacon Thursday. So I was already won over before they shipped me two delicious flavors of gluten-free granola. As someone who loves granola that’s simple, not too much fruit-ness, I LOVE their nut-filled maple version. The chocolate is a super treat when you’re all, “Give me the chocolate!!!!” Which is often.

skout gluten-free barSkout Natural Bars

Did you know that every minute 1 in 50 people are eating a bar? Okay that’s not true. But I heard some number like that and now I can’t find the info to back up the claim. So my point is, a lot of people are eating bars. And there are a lot of crappy bars out there. Skout is NOT one of those bars. In fact, I just had one for breakfast (for the second time) and I’m feeling pretty good considering the Skouts are certified organic, gluten-free (duh-course), vegan and no-GMO. Also, they’re from Portland, so awesome. I’m favoring the Chocolate-Peanut butter trail bar at the moment. Can you see a food theme in my life? Mmmmm, peanut butter.

gluten-free browniesGlutino Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

I like to pimp my brownie mix, so I turned this Glutino box into my German Cream Cheese version. Uhhh, yum. I also brought it to a volunteer event and they were gone within seconds. So it’s one of those things you can bring anywhere and no one will know if it’s gluten-free or not. SCORE.

Wow, that’s a lot of yumness with zero to small amounts of work on my part. Happy gf eating!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Ginger Whoopie Pies

gluten-free pumpkin whoopie piesDamn. Udi’s sent me these soft & chewy ginger cookies and I was all, “You know what would go great with this? Something creamy and pumpkiny in the middle.” Then I did it. Because it is not yet time to say goodbye to pumpkin treats, and I’ve got all this puree up in here to use, abuse, and suck down my pumpkin hole.

Because gluten-free pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin maple bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake is simply not enough. It’s not! I also seem to be compelled to do this all in the span of 2 1/2 months, for some crazy reason (marketing, cough, marketing) so here comes another winner, winner, pumpkin dinner recipe. Luckily, this one is the easiest of the bunch and if you’ve got these cookies laying around you’re more than halfway there.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Ginger Whoopie Pies

Prep time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

Udi’s Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin puree and powdered sugar until smooth.

2. Using a spatula, small knife, or whatever floats your icing boat, spread approximately 2 Tablespoons of mixture on the flat side of the Udi’s cookie. Sandwich another on top, and go to town.

Makes: 8 cookie sandwiches

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What to Expect at the Celiac Disease Foundation Expo: Books, Cookies & Dinosaurs

celiac disease foundation expoOkay, at least one of those things. And me! Me! I’ll be up in Pasadena this weekend at the CDF Conference and big ass gluten-free expo selling my books to the FIRST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Whoo-hooo! So line up, celiacs. But don’t expect cookies or dinosaurs. That was totally false advertising to lure you in. Not unlike when you flip through the Anthropolgie catalog and you’re all, “If I bought that blouse, I could swing in a hammock overlooking a rain forest!” Just books.

Although I’m guessing you’ll get your fill of gluten-free goodies up in the expo. These gluten-free cookies? These are King Arthur’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix that my husband whipped up to provide my girl with a gluten-free cookie for a field trip. Sure they were delicious, but something is a little funny here in the court of King Arthur. You see, you have to provide your own chocolate chips. Luckily, we always have chocolate chips in my house so we were cool. It just seemed a bit, I don’t know, odd. I conveniently missed the note on the box of the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix that said, “make it special with your add-ins” and then took a second look and realized it actually said “gluten-free cookie mix.” Sorry, I was just distracted by that delicious looking chocolate chip cookie on the box. Don’t be fooled fellow gluten-freers! And bring your own add-ins.

Do you know one very special thing I AM bringing with me to the expo (besides, of course Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, & Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free)?

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars of Yum

I know it may seem like I’ve been a bit obsessed with bar-like desserts lately. It’s true. And as of right now, I don’t see a problem with whipping up brownies, cookie bars, cake bars, candy bars, bar bars, at all. Sometimes when you’re gluten-free you’ve got to go the path of least resistance and ditch trying to make a perfect pie crust and layer cake. Make a freaking bar, people, and enjoy your weekend.

I found this recipe on Heat Oven to 350, which seems like a genius name for a blog. Can you say SEO? The beautiful thin cookie bar they have pictured was rejected in favor of a fat cookie brownie type thing at my house. Because we don’t discriminate against the chubby, that’s why.

While I will say eating these gluten-free chocolate chip cheesecake bars was the best part of the process (I mean, duh), making these little cookie discs to sit atop the bar was also fun.

See? It’s like spaceships. Or poops.

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Gluten-Free Ojai: Farmer’s Market Extravaganza

Happy post-Mother’s Day! I hope it was a good one for all the moms out there and your kids buried you in gluten-free breakfasts in bed, weird drawings, and homemade knickknacks. Or a trip to the spa. Either/Or.

My husband and I left the kids at grandma’s house and took off for a night to enjoy some quality time in the very tiny town of Ojai, known mostly for a super fancy hotel and spa set-up (where we did not stay) and its unbelievable agricultural bounty. I realize that going away for the weekend without my children is perhaps a tad bit counter intuitive for Mother’s Day, but hey. It was an awesome Mother’s Day. Also, I made a few g-free discoveries while perusing the Ojai Farmer’s Market. So there.

Of course shopping at a farmer’s market is a lovely thing for the gluten-hating. There is no dodging of the entire middle part of the store or turning down samples. With the exception of those artisan bread people, you can pretty much eat anything that is being sold at a farmer’s market. In the case of this particular market, there were almond products galore  -

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Lessons in Gluten-Free Baking or Don’t Do What I Did

So I used to make these amazing chocolate chip cookies. Ever since I have been forbidden to eat the gluten, I have been dreaming of the day I could find the perfect flour blend, or perfect brand of all-purpose to make these killer cookies once again. I mean, you guys, everyone says, “Holy crap, these are some outstanding cookies.” It’s not just me that’s missing out — it’s everyone I’ve ever shared these cookies with. I know. I’m like, responsible for other people’s happiness.

Since I’ve been having a lot of success with the all-purpose blend by King Arthur, I thought this might be the time to attempt my world-famous cookie recipe (that I stole from Not Without Salt). It was all going so well, with my expert help from Supergirl, herself.

There are a few keys to making the best chocolate chip cookies in the entire universe. One, is the sprinkling of sea salt on top before baking. Two, is the three sugar mix. And finally, the thing that I never do but they implore you to do in this recipe, is to cream the butter and sugars for 5 minutes. I simply don’t have the patience, and these cookies always turn out to be completely delish regardless. Maybe they’d be even better if I creamed the butters and sugars for 5 full minutes. But really, it’s kind of like that circumcision thing. How much better is sex going to feel with that flap of skin, really? From all reports from cut menfolk, it already is kind of mind-blowing and very difficult to imagine if there were some more nerves going on down there. But I digress.

I followed the other steps in trying to make these superfly cookies g-free, but I’m just going out on a limb here and declaring that my 3 minute mix is not responsible for this – Continue reading

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