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Should We Be Making Gluten-Free New Year’s Resolutions?

chocolate fondueThis is not my first time greeting a new year with an incredibly irritating illness, and I’m guessing it won’t be my last. The interesting thing about being sick on NYE is that you’re all, “I vow to be healthier next year!” because you’re just really fucking tired of being sick. So yes, that is where I’m at and I am contemplating monthly B-12 shots along with a Whole 30 diet as much as possible, and never eating sugar again. Redonk.

A great way to start that is by serving up a chocolate fondue with dipping marshmallows and gluten-free pretzels. But you know what? There is one healthy snack on the end of those toothpicks. It’s Larabars! Cut those little suckers up and go to town on some dark chocolate so you can get your gluten-free dessert on while not feeling horribly sugar-fied and gross. Plus, remember that whole antioxidant thing? Yeah, eat this. My kids freaking love it.

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Luckily we got a used copy of “Just Dance” for our Kinect so they could work all of that chocolate sauce off. Pro tip: Spring for the “I Like to Move It” remix for optimum kid dancing hilarity.

But seriously, this time of year is for reflecting and I’m always annoyed at having to take stock re: food and stuffs that goes into my body. After all, I’m constantly watching what I eat on account of that gosh darn celiac, so WTF??? Sigh. Fine, so here’s what I should do in 2014: Continue reading

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GIMB Gift Guide: 7 + 1 Awesome Gluten-Free Gifts

gluten-free holiday gift guideSo yeah it’s basically like, “Hey! I Want This!” And I’m just thinking that if you’re a home cook, gluten-free or gluen-filled, or like sharp knives, or junk food, or being awesome you’re going to love this gift guide. The point is, sometimes us gluten-free types need specialized lists, and other times it’s just like, “Doesn’t everyone want a huge wheel of cheese for Christmas/Hanukkah/Thanksgivvikuh?”

Without further delay, here’s the Gluten Is My Bitch Holiday Gift List:

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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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And the Winner Is . . .

gluten free foodieSo you all know about G Free Foodie’s amazoids box of fun food. And you all entered the fabulous contest wherein, they send you the August box of goodies. And you all know that you specify if you’re gluten-free, or gluten-free AND dairy-free and they hook you up? Yes.

But what you don’t know, is who is the winner of this fab box! It is . . .

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What I’m Doing With G-Free Foodie Awesome Box + Giveaway!

gluten free foodieWell, lookee here! This arrived on my door and it was like Christmas in July. The good people at G-Free Foodie (hey, hey KC!) are doing this monthly service where you get crazy good gluten-free food delivered to your door and it’s ON. I didn’t even know you could buy Crave Bakery’s cupcake/cake mix in a box! What?!? That’s Snickerdoodle, son.

But G-Free Foodie didn’t stop at baked goods. This box has soul. Here’s what else is in it, and what I’m going to do with it. And how YOU can get one of your own.

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Gluten-Free Homemade Pizza with Thomas Keller

gluten-free pizza thomas keller

Complete with grease! YUM

Yes, I do like to pretend that I dine on the regular with Thomas Keller. When in fact, I just try every single one of the gluten-free flour blends that are associated with him (even though it is actually some rad lady who works in his family of restaurants that invented it). So I picked up the latest from Cup4Cup—the pizza crust! So. Damn. Easy.

So easy, in fact, I’m kind of regretting not going crazy on the toppings and instead playing it safe with the standard mozzarella and pepperoni. You can bet in the future I’ll be all arugala and proscuitto and some kind of white cheese truffle situation, because I CAN MAKE GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA, you guys. In my own home. In my own oven. In like, no time.

Yep, feeling pretty pizza-rific today. Thanks TK & Co. So here’s why it rocks so hard.

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Explaining “Gluten Is My Bitch” To Every Generation

I love these people

I love these people

Well, that was a fine howdy doody yesterday at the Celiac Disease Foundation conference. Holy moly, the gluten-haters were out in droves and I got to meet some of YOU guys. My awesome readers and fighters in the crusade against crapping your pants. You. Are. Awesome. See above for some of the awesome, but rest assured there are many more of you. Many, many, more. One of whom brought me this gluten-free churro cupcake that’s only made once a year, on May 5th in Pasadena.

gluten is my bitchWTF? Amazing. Also, I really need about 20 more of these because I’m now totally addicted. So thanks for that Stef. No, really.

There were, however, a few uncomfortable moments that naturally come when you’re out trying to hock your book called Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, & Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free. Not to be an ageist, because I’m still chuckling over the septagenarian who screamed in delight when she saw my book and promptly called me a bitch. She was awesome. But between the mom who was shielding her tween from my booth, and the gentlemen who asked me what I meant, exactly, I realized I might have some ‘splaining to do. So I’ve worked it out, by age.

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Gluten-Free Madras Lentils & Green Rice in 5 Minutes or Less

gluten-free lentils riceYou ever have one of those days when you’re like “‘eff you, and ‘eff that, and ‘eff that other thing”? Then you drive two-and-a-half hours home in horrible traffic and you’re like “I have to make ‘effing dinner? ‘Eff that too.” That’s where your Tasty Bite comes into play and saves your evening.

Normally I’m more of a make it from scratch kind of gal, but this whole commuting in LA thing has made me look much more fondly upon the packages at the store. Hence, my frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s I dressed up to make “green” and my willingness to taste test some Indian food from the Tasty Bite people who sent me a whole box of yumness.

I admit I was not familiar with the Tasty Bite, but after reading a bit it seems like they’re all for the farm fresh, no BPA in packaging, carefully marking and creating the gluten-free, treating their employees right, and general goodness. The Madras Lentils that took all of one minute to heat up was certainly delicious, and I have to say I’m really looking forward to checking out the Satay Partay package, as I’m always ready for both a satay and a partay at any given moment. So thanks TBs, for the grub! As well as the ability to eat in five minutes so I could finally catch up on Game of Thrones.

Here’s how you do that quick green rice situation:

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Gluten-Free Corn Dogs Are a Beautiful Thing

gluten-free corn dogsOh 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.

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