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Loaded Klondike Baked Potato Salad That is, Of Course, Gluten-Free

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Let’s get ready to weekend!!! I don’t know about you, but my weekend isn’t complete without potatoes and cheese and bacon.  That’s a universal thing, right? So I was excited to receive some food swag from the potato geniuses at Klondike/Potandon with their super cute Klondike Royale potatoes that have little purple “kisses” around the white ‘tater. I do love potatoes and of course, they’re gluten-free, so I went a little nuts when I got a whole bag of these beauties.

You guys, there was poutine (recipe forthcoming), mashed, french fries just for the heck of it, and then this masterpiece. No, I’m not exaggerating. This is a masterpiece of loaded baked potato in salad form. It also makes a TON of goodness than you can reheat, so you’ll be happy for days. It’s got all of the perfect elements of a loaded baked potato which includes the cheese, the bacon, and the sour cream all over the potatoes.  And I call it salad because there are two other vegetables present: corn and green onions. Yes, I am from Oklahoma, why do you ask?

Here’s how you have your own Klondike Royale fun:

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Gluten-Free Mexican Corn Off the Cob

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I’m going to a summer potluck, you guys! I love a good potluck, and since I’m always the one bringing in the gluten-free, I couldn’t have been more surprised when I was actually invited. Great girls, here, great girls. Gina from So Let’s Hang Out and Emily from The Pig & Quill (rad blog names, yes?) have organized this virtual shindig with the most amazing hashtag #SoLetsPigOut and it’s going live this Friday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on both of their awesome sites.

soletspigoutIt’s going to be a plethora of amazing summer potluck recipes and I’m super excited to share one of my all-time favorite summer dishes. Oh, who am I kidding? I live in LA now, it’s a year-round treat, THANK GOD.

I love this creamy corn street food, but I’ve embarrassed myself more than once with corn char teeth. And while I will again, oh I will again, I figure in the privacy of my own home, though, I can at least use a fork and not wonder what’s on my nose/chin/forehead.

Mexican corn is naturally gluten-free but I’ve just gotten into the habit of labeling everything gluten-free that, well, there it is. Enjoy with a gluten-free cervaza, my friends!

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Gluten-Free Crock Pot Lemon Chicken

gluten-free crock pot recipeIt may be springtime, but I’ve been rocking the crock pot all week, you guys. You see, yet again my old oven is broken, and that is not so rad for someone in the middle of developing recipes. Luckily I still have my stove top, my grill, and oh yes, a lovely crock pot.

Another awesome thing that happened is my co-worker brought me a shitton of lemons from her aunt’s tree.

gluten-free lemon chickenSO MANY LEMONS!!!!

While I was tempted to make cakes, pies, bars, cookies, and more sweets like that, instead I had to go no-bake. This is one reason for the lemon chicken, and also the reason in my new book you’ll see a recipe for gluten-free Limoncello. I’m also doing some lime experimentation, which I highly recommend. It’s like Sprite, but it will get you drunk. I’m assuming.

I do have to say this is a great family recipe. Which is to say, not a “I’m trying to impress my date,” recipe. It’s great, it’s solid. It’s just sometimes I have a hard time getting excited about chicken breasts. In fact, I’ve been known to turn up my nose and abandon a chicken breast dinner. Clearly, the ’80s taught me nothing.

But honestly, this was a crowd pleaser, super easy and a freaking fantastic use of lemons.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free (Well, Except for One Thing) Crispy Cauliflower Pizza

gluten-free dairy-free pizzaSo there was a shout-out on my FB page about a serious need for gluten- and dairy-free pizza. Some might say that taking the gluten and dairy out of a pizza = not a pizza. I am not one of those people. Although, admittedly, I couldn’t quite leave the cheese off the top when I was done. But you can! You, who know the evils of dairy.

I’ve heard of making a pizza crust with cauliflower so much I’m pretty sure everyone is doing it. I decided to try The Lucky Penny’s version of a cauliflower crust because she says it’s the best. I’m not going to stand for just the second best. So that’s what I tried. Of course, her best, best version calls for dairy in the form of Parmesan and mozzarella in the crust. YUMMMMMM. But I know that’s not what you asked for people, so luckily she also has a version that is dairy-free where she subs nutritional yeast and allows the crust to cook longer. So I did that! Now, hold your nose and let’s get started. This is what you start with, and wow does it stink! Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Kryptonite Kake for The Khildren

gluten-free superman cakeSo this super hero phase. It’s just unavoidable for a certain type of boy, and I’m pretty sure that not only do I have that type of little boy, but I like that kind of kid who leans towards the comics. So when I received The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook, I could not wait for my tiny dude to check it out.

Yeah, OK, I’ve made more recipe promises than I’ll probably keep.  But I did decide that the Fortress of Solitude Crystal Cake would be one I had to gluten-free sooner rather than later. I mean, do you see this face?

gluten-free superman cakeOMG you guys, it was sooooo much more labor intensive than it had to be. While the cookbook advised that you buy a white cake mix and make the rock candy at home, you’ve gotta’ reverse that. You see, there are some foods that you just do not need to make in your own house. Not only did it take over two weeks to even get a small amount of rock candy done, you need things like pencils, and paper clips and string to make this damn candy. This was it at two full weeks into the science experiment -

gluten-free rock candyI was growing things in my dining room, which is cool and all, but it doesn’t come out of there all that easily at the end of the growing period. Next time, I’m making a gluten-free white cake from scratch and buying the freaking blue and white rock candy. But just in case you’re curious, here’s how to make that candy. If you’ve got a much more patient 4-year-old than I have, it should be no problem.

OH, and you just sprinkle it atop a white cake with buttercream icing and get yourself a Superman toy/cardboard cutout/whatnot.

Rock Candy

adapted from The Official DC Comics Superhero Cookbook

Ingredients + Tools

6 cups of sugar
2 cups water
Blue food coloring

2 tall, clean glass jars (I used milk jars)
2 lengths of cotton string, each 2/3rds as long as the jar’s height (Ed note: That instruction should have stopped me in my tracks)
2 pencils or sticks
2 weights to hang on the string (paper clip, washer, something clean)

1. Pour 3 cups of sugar and 1 cup water into two saucepans (for a total of 6 cups sugar, 2 cups water)

2. Heat both mixtures to a boil, constantly stirring. Allow mixture to boil, but for a short time. Stir the sugar until it has completely dissolved. Add a few drops of food coloring to one saucepan.

3. Remove sugar mixture from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

4. Set up your glass jars and pencils by tying the string pieces around the two pencils. Attach a weight to the bottom of the string.

5. Pour cooled clear sugar mixture into one jar, and the blue sugar mixture into the other. Drop the weight first into the center of each jar and rest the pencil across the mouth the of the jar.

6. Wait 7-14 days for sugar crystals to form. Remove string from jar, and chip rock candy off the string.

7. Realize what a huge waste of your time this was given the inexpensiveness of already formed rock candy that is ready as soon as you knock it off the stick.

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It’s GOT to Be Time for a Gluten-Free Cocktail

holiday cocktailI just got back from Whole Foods. On Christmas Eve. The shocking part was the traffic was not bad, the parking lot was well-attended and there was zero drama. There was even minimal jockeying for position at the ham counter! Even with this smooth Christmas Eve shopping experience, I, however, managed to spill coffee all over myself and the produce department, and spill a box of gluten-free pasta all over the aisle, walk over it, spill more coffee on it, and run away leaving the aisle a crunchy (but gluten-free!) mess behind me.

I need a drink.

Of course, it’s the most festive time of the year so you don’t just want to slug back a shot of vodka and call it a holiday (or maybe you do, hey, I won’t judge) so I decided to use this box of Cuties I was sent to create a fun cocktail.

These California clementines are hugely popular in my house, and in my kid’s school, practically everywhere. Which is why my dream of making an entire punch quickly disappeared after my daughter busted into them. This was all that was left -

cutieboxThe kid loves those Cuties. So instead I created a Cutie Old-Fashioned, minus the cherry because we were fresh out. Which is my husband’s favorite part, but he seemed to get over after a few of these Cutie-infused cocktails. Try it! And happy, happy, happiest of holidays everyone! Keep it g-free.

XO, A

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Gluten-Free Twinkies Because We Need This

gluten-free twinkieJeez, what a weekend you guys. It was the kind of weekend where you really needed to eat your feelings. You know, if that was a healthy thing to do. Still, I thought it might be a good idea to do just that. So I did! And in the process discovered a way to fashion some  gluten-free Twinkies!

You see, I was on my way home from a Cornhole Tournament (true story) and I saw this ginormous sign above the Times Square of Hollywood, aka, Hollywood & Highland. All that was written was a date. Today’s date, in fact, and a 20 story-Twinkie porn shot. I’m guessing this means Twinkies are back after a brief exit from the snack food spotlight, as Hostess realized that shit just won’t fly. I got excited for a second until I remembered I can’t eat Twinkies. ‘Effing Hostess.

Which is exactly the moment I decided to make my own damn gluten-free Twinkies. And I did.

I looked at some recipes on the Internet (and was surprised by how many recipes for Twinkies were actually on the Internet), but had a serious issue with a few instructions. One was to not use butter at all (srsly?) and another was to make mini-Twinkies instead of full-sized. Screw that noise. Full-sized was the way to go. But I won’t lie. Making Twinkie boats out of aluminum foil is not an easy task. Especially not for a gal like me. So I read a couple of instructions on how to do that then experimented a bit. Finally, I wound up taking a piece of aluminum foil from the standard sized roll, and rolled it out for about 10 inches. then I folded it in three’s, and placed a spice jar in the center. I folded the edges around to make a Twinkie boat. Like so.

gluten-free twinkieEven though that was challenging, it was even more challenging to get these gluten-free Twinkies golden brown. I wound up with brown on the edges and creamy white. That’s okay, because the cream filling was actually super easy, and what with my new pastry bag and a bendy straw, I could fill those suckers right up! That was fun. See?

gluten-free twinkieBut what is the final result, you ask?

Like so many other attempts at light and fluffy gluten-free pastry (ahem, donuts, ahem) the gluten-free Twinkie was not so light. It was much more cake-like with a cream filling that could stop a heart. So halfway like the original, halfway not. Of course, my gluten-free Twinks would never last for 30 years, unlike the original. So that’s a good thing, right? Right????

DO it.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins by the GF Kid

gluten-free chocolate chip muffinSo here’s an unexpected bonus from that whole celiac thing running in families. My daughter has decided she’s going to be a master gluten-free baker/bakstress. So we had a rollicking weekend filled with experimental gluten-free baking, mixing, and general “adding pink food coloring to milkshakes” in hope of finding her signature baked good.

These gluten-free chocolate chip muffins are not it.

They are, however, super easy to make and she learned the importance of reading through a recipe.

gluten-free chocolate chip muffinsYep, that’s a Thomas Train tattoo. She’s a lil’ bad ass.

Still, these muffins were great right out of the oven, but they suffered that gluten-free fate that so many gf baked goods do: a day later they’re bleh. These banana chocolate chip muffins had a much longer shelf life. As did this gluten-free mix of chocolate chocolate chip muffins.

So if you need a quick muffin fix, you can take this recipe and add in the fruits, nuts, and sweets of your choice. Or if you need a basic recipe to practice on if you’re a 7-year-old celiac, this is your go-to.

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Gluten-Free Gefilte Fish for Passover . . . Yeah

gluten-free gefilte fishThere are many foods out there that cause you to wonder, “Who in the hell decided to eat this?” Like say, the pomegranate. Who opened that up and instead of planting it in the beds of their enemies, said, “Let’s eat!” Same goes for a goat. On a much more minor scale, who thought, “Hey, do you know what would be great on celery? Peanut butter.” Sure it’s a tasty treat, but it’s just not intuitive. Gefilte fish is, for me, is the king of those foods.

Granted, I married into the tribe rather than being raised on Manischewitz and whitefish. Since every other family member I have LOVES this bizarro Passover tradition, and one of you super readers even asked me how to make gluten-free gefilte fish, clearly I just don’t get it. But in preparation for a Passover seder tonight, as well as in service to my chosen readers, I just spent a huge amount of time making something that I won’t even eat. And then scrubbing down my kitchen and opening up all of the windows so I did not have that “gefilte fish” smell in my home. You’re excited about this recipe aren’t you?

This is also one of the first (and hopefully only) times I’ve made something that I’ve never eaten before. Oh, except for that gluten-free deep fried Kool-Aid, but I had an idea of what that should taste like. Doesn’t everyone?

I didn’t even understand that gefilte fish even had gluten in it, then learned about the matzo meal. So I bought my Yehuda gluten-free matzo, and ground it all up real fine in the blender. That worked out well, then came the fish stock. Which I couldn’t find and was unwilling to make. Did I mention I wasn’t even going to be eating this? I substituted gluten-free vegetable stock, even though no one suggests you should do this. No one. Also, apparently some recipes for gefilte fish include sugar, which I can’t even.You guys, I didn’t even know what it was supposed to look like. But I did enjoy this presentation before putting the whole mess into the oven.

gluten-free passoverThe recipe I used had you boil a cabbage (because whitefish does not give enough of an odor, apparently) and use the cabbage leaves to wrap up your gefilte fish. Then you slice and dice your leeks and carrots on top. My husband informed me that “leeks are the rich man’s onion” so, okay. I think this looks fun. I’m still not going to eat it, but my husband tried one and he proclaimed it, “Better than normal gefilte fish.” I don’t even know what that means, but I do know it does not look like the stuff in the jar. Although my husband did admit to missing that gelatinous feel. GAH.

Here’s the thing. When I roll in with this gluten-free gefilte fish everyone at the seder is going to know that 1) I’m the gluten-free weirdo, and 2) I’m the shiksa.

Get your Passover on, people.

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Lessons in Gluten-Free Meringues

gluten free meringueWell, hello cookie! Which is what I said to these meringues after they hung out in my oven for 6 hours. That’s a long time, guys. And why I now respect people who make these naturally gluten-free sugar and egg white delights. Because even though these are light, fluffy, delicious, and decorated appropriately for St. Patrick’s Day, or Easter if you want to throw in some other pastels, there are a few tricks here to make your gluten-free meringues much better.

1. Use super fine sugar, white sugar. I’m more of an ‘organic chunky’ kind of sugar haver, so that’s why my meringues do not look nearly as smooth as the ones you find in those French pâtisseries.

2. Be patient. Not my strong suit, especially when I was ready to bake a potato for dinner. Your oven has to warm up then stay closed for at least six hours. Plan accordingly.

3. Have fun. I did the green color in honor of the day I made them, but you can also add in chocolate chips, nuts, or a variety of colors.

Here’s how to whip up this sugary gf cookie like you’re a Frenchie. Except those found in the Paris are like, as big as your head. See, like this.

gluten free cookiesCrazy, huh?

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