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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Season with America’s Test Kitchen!

gluten-free-holiday-baking-americas-test-kitchenIt’s the most wonderful time of the year for eating tons of delicious baked goods and not giving a damn what your crossfit instructor would have to say about that! Of course, for us celiac and intolerant types we still have omit that tasty gluten when we bake up a batch of goodness to share with our family, and/or eat ourselves while watching Lifetime holiday movies. No judgement here.

Which makes it the absolutely PERFECT time to grab the newest from America’s Test Kitchen, The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook: Volume 2! It’s chock full of delicious recipes, you guys. So many my 6-year-old and I folded down almost all the corners and I vowed to bake that kid everything from to apple pie to bagels. And I will. Oh, I will.

The thing I love most about America’s Test Kitchen recipes is simply the amount of research and testing that goes into every single project. The description of how they came up with their gluten-free whole grain flour blend alone made my head spin, in the best possible way. And every recipe in this book explains why it works and the testing process, as well as what might happen if you used another all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. These are fool-proof recipes which helps all of us who are struggling to make “real” cookies for a larger audience. Because we are trying to convert EVERYONE to be gluten-free, right? Right???!!! (Pssst, don’t tell the norms.)

The ATK folks have also included dairy-free substitutions (also rigorously tested) as well as a primer on gluten-free grains for those of us who want more options around our table.

I decided to first try the Pecan Bars since I was on bake sale duty at my kid’s school. I don’t want to make something for people who eat gluten that tastes wildly different when you remove that element, and these pecan bars totes did the trick. Here they are on their way to the bake sale—

gluten-free-holiday-bakingMy kids were super upset when they left the house and were only calmed when I brought home some other mom’s treats in their place. And my husband is demanding I make these for Thanksgiving, which I totally will.

The ATK people provided me with a scale, which I’ve never used before in baking but totally loved. I realize this is the wonkiest thing to say EVER, but weighing my brown sugar vs. wondering if I packed it properly kind of changed my life.

I know. I should really get out more. Luckily they provide both weights and measures so you are not required to have that kitchen scale, but I heart mine.

I also love knowing something is going to turn out great just by following a recipe, which is what ATK is all about. These bars were the yummest and I can’t wait to get up in those gluten-free bagels.

My suggestion to you is to buy this book for yourself, and make a batch of basically anything in here to give out to everyone on your holiday gift list. Win/win/win/win/win. Continue reading


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Gluten-Free Party Time: Canapés & Pigs In a Blanket

gluten-free-appetizersBreak out the canapés, bitches, it’s time to get your gluten-free apps on.

When’s the last time you heard the word “canapé” much less eaten/made one? I’m now fully obsessed with making every single canapé in the old school Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book from 1950. It’s become my “thing.” By “thing” I mean, I’m cutting gluten-free bread into designs and stocking my kitchen with toast beds. Yes, I DO know how to have a good time.

It’s not only the canapés in the Betty Crocker book I’m honing in on, it’s actually all of these classic appetizers. I mean, look at these!

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Gluten-Free Caramel & Sea Salt Popcorn Balls

Happy Gluten-Free Halloween, ya’ll! I’ve seen about a million sites that tell us what candy is and is not gluten-free for the big day, so I’ll leave that one to the very diligent candy police. Instead, I’m going to go on and on about these gluten-free caramel and sea salt popcorn balls I made to celebrate the holiday. Also, to take a break from my dairy-free, sugar-free diet. WORTH IT.

When I was a kid people used to give out popcorn balls where I trick or treated, until everyone started freaking out about homemade goods on Halloween. What a bummer, seeing as how popcorn balls were my favorite treat and some lady always managed to make up a sugary sweet batch in our neighborhood. Karo syrup is kind of a kitchen staple where I grew up, so any excuse to bust it out was a good one as far as we were all concerned. So I’m carrying on my childhood tradition by bringing out the Whirleypop –

. . . and the Karo, and creating my very own gluten-free caramel.

Yes, one could melt a bunch of caramel candies and have a similar end result, but caramel color is known to be one of those sneaky gluten things, so to be safe you should melt up your own. As long as you have a candy thermometer, you’re in business.

And just to go all foodie on the old timey tradition, I sprinkled fine sea salt over the popcorn prior to coating it with the delicious caramel goodness. Because who doesn’t love salty-sweet? Parents who are afraid of the new people who moved in and are suddenly giving out homemade treats, that’s who. Wusses.

Happy Halloween everybody! Make up your own sweet treats for trick or treaters this way: Continue reading

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Have a Very Gluten-Free Easter

Are you ready to gorge yourself on some chocolate-y Easter goodness? Not so fast, celiac, as apparently the Easter Bunny adds gluten in some of those springtime treats. Phhpt, on you rabbit. Lucky for you, I’ve done some exhaustive research on what Easter candies are gf, and what ones will send you straight to the loo. You’re welcome.

The best of the gluten-free Easter treats* await your perusal: Continue reading


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Gluten-Free Passover Makes Elijah Happy

Or at least that’s what I assume, since he never says otherwise.

Happy Passover, chosen people! Living in a mixed religious home means we get to celebrate, basically everything. And while I’m still searching for some gluten-free challah, there are some pretty awesome gf options for your seder plate tonight.

Read on to prepare a fab gf seder for the celiacs in your clan.

First, big thank you Yehuda for making gluten-free matzo! From this, you may build your seder table, gf style. But you’ll want to eat more than an egg, some unleaven bread, herbs and a shank bone after you’ve gone through the whole slavery, misery, and fleeing talk. Continue reading

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