Monthly Archives: September 2012

Here Are Some Awesome Gluten-Free Recipes for YOU

Okay, so what rhymes with triticale?

Hi GIMBers! So I’m turning in my book on Monday, which means I’m a total ball of stress and ridiculousness. It also means instead of cooking and trying to be clever, I’m going to let other rad bloggers fill you in today. Sit back, and enjoy some of the best gluten-free recipes, thoughts, and ranting on the web! And if you get a chance, please send Xanax.


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Sorry About This Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Cake

Start your apology engines, folks because we’re upon the highest holiday of the Jewish new year. Or something. All I know is I’ve got to say I’m sorry about a few things, and I’ll start with this gluten-free cinnamon roll cake. You see, I saw this beautiful picture on Pinterest, the temptress, and decided I had to g-free this bad boy. Sure it’s a lot like my honeybun cake. The fact is, I love taking a delicious pastry and making it into an entire cake. Who doesn’t?

Only last night when I was pulling it together I was crazy distracted and wound up putting in two tablespoons of vanilla instead of two teaspoons, then I tried to add some more gf flour, and well, it’s now a doughy mess. I also used all of the vanilla in my over-pour so my icing was lame as well. So instead of presenting you with an amazing recipe, all I’ve got today is a “Well, you should try this because I don’t have time to do it two more times because I’ve got a book to write, dammit!”

I’m sorry.

While I’m at it I’m going to go ahead and apologize to my sister-in-law and her brand new husband for dinner tonight as I also spaced on buying a few ingredients, so it’s substitution time! I’m sorry about what you’ll be eating this evening.

And to you dear readers, I realize I owe you a few apologies as well.

I’m sorry I tried to pass off a salad as a meal.

I’m sorry I couldn’t figure out how to make a decent gluten-free challah.

I’m sorry if I encouraged anyone to drink Corona.

I’m sorry I suggested you take dairy and sugar out of your diet.

I’m also sorry about the gluten-free deep fried Kool-Aid. That’s totally not okay.

So glad I got that off my chest. Now, let’s see if you can make a delicious cake, because as of right now, I totally cannot.

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Making Gluten-Free Awesome Out of Guten-Free Meh

Why yes, those bars are gluten-free peanut butter rice krispie treat-like with chocolate chips on top! Which is what I had to do to camouflage some puffed rice cereal that was just not cutting it. I’ll save the “Why do normal Rice Krispies have to be made with barley malt?” discussion for another day, as there are tons of gluten-free puffed rice options out there. It’s just that none of them are very good.

So I’m wondering why I brought these all the way back from Paris –

when I knew they also were barely so-so. I think it was that bug making the crazy eyes at me.

But this is why god made rice krispie treats and had the good sense to add a peanut butter option, people. To dress up the boring! Which is exactly what I did in like five minutes last night. Five minutes at night = a weekend worth of deliciousness. That’s what I call max efficiency. And ohmylord, the smell of peanut butter and marshmallow is intoxicating. Or I just need to get out more. And no, I was not satisfied with only the peanut butter and instead threw some chocolate atop. That’s how flavorless those Riz things were.

You can do it too!

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‘They Say It’s Your Birthday’ Cupcake Is In Me

In case Facebook forgot to tell you, it’s totally my birthday today. While I closed my eyes, blew out none-of-your-business-how-many candles, of course I wished that someday I could eat gluten again. That, and for world peace. My birthday luck, however, had already been in full swing at this point since the amazing ladies of Whisk Gluten-Free Bakery had dropped off a box of this —

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Gluten-Free Jewish Holidays: Kugel, Pious Chicken, Roasted Vegetables & Atonement

Someone needs to turn on the lights

Happy 5773, everybody!  Or rather, the Jewish of us. Rosh Hoshanah is ON, and Yom Kippur is coming up next week. And you know what? You gotta’ eat. At least that’s my understanding as someone who married in, rather than was raised in, the Jewish tradition. Also, I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be atoning all the time. It can’t hurt, right?

So while you’re righting the wrongs of the previous year, why not enjoy some delicious coconut oil roasted chicken? Perhaps with a side of roasted vegetables, butternut squash salad, and kugel? Why not, indeed.

Since I’m all up in a book deadline right now, I decided to mine my own damn blog for some delicious gluten-free holiday options so the only new recipe I have to offer is a roasted chicken. I know! I’m so lame. However, if you click around you can rediscover the lovely butternut squash salad I made for Thanksgiving last year, and the sweet kugel for Hanukkah. Also, do this thing with the apple where you core it 3/4 of the way down, but not all the way, and fill it up with honey. That’s gonna’ give you a sweet new year, peoples.

I feel I’m roasting vegetables and a chicken every week, but I decided to use coconut oil rather than a butter rub this time and I got a super crispy chicken skin, while staying moist on the inside. Also it’s kind of Paleo, which is on my mind, if not totally on my plate. So here’s how to do that.

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Gluten-Free French Onion Soup For Fall. Hey, Wait a Minute . . .

Or rather, if we had fall in Los Angeles. Which I wish we did, but it’s kind of redonkulous to complain about the weather here seeing as how it’s freaking perfect. But you know what? It’s not perfect when all you want to do is sit in front of a fireplace, look out the window at the leaves changing color, and eat a bowl of French onion soup.  So, see? In this one very specific instance, the weather in LA sucks the big one.

What totally does not suck, is this French onion soup which I whipped up using a gluten-free soup mix because I’m lazy, as well as full-on in the fall spirit. Add some gluten-free bread from this company I’ve been digging, Against the Grain and cover it all up in Gruyère slices like so Continue reading


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This Is Why I Can’t Come To Your House

Step 1: Don’t Invite a Celiac

The holidays are coming right up, people, and you know what that means:  Eating and drinking until you can do nothing but moan and roll around on the floor.  In the case of us gluten-free types, however, it means avoiding delicious gluten that is served up at every event, dinner party, and office ho-down we attend.  It’s why I carry gluten-free crackers, muffins, and beef, in my handbag.

Still, this season I thought I’d try something new.  I spoke with Living Without Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Alicia Woodward this week who is simply filled with fantastic advice for the gluten-free and allergic who have to leave the house. Which was fascinating because Woodward and I have very different approaches to being gluten-free in the world. While she advocates the taking control of your situation, I’m more of a crying-in-the-car-on-the-way-home kind of gal. Luckily she’s also a psychotherapist, and I feel much better now.

So, Alicia Woodward, EIC, how do I navigate this holiday season when I don’t want to irritate the hell out of everyone who extends an invite to my gluten-free self*?

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