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Gluten-Free ‘Eff Ups on Film!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGQRmpW047MHey guys!

I know the one thing you’ve been missing from GIMB is video tutorials. I mean, I decided that was the one thing you’ve been missing. Honestly, if anything was missing it was probably my lack of dairy-free information because no matter how hard I try, I cannot bring myself to consistently cook without dairy, or eat all three meals a day without dairy. Still, videos!!!

I was inspired by the Tasty series, wherein they show you really fast how to make something super delicious-but was pretty sure those videos took like 15 takes in order to turn out so damn perfect. I don’t know who has time for that. And then I thought, “Hey, April! You’re not perfect.” And that maybe it would be helpful/fun/ridiculous to watch my cooking process which, while sometimes a nightmare, does wind up being delicious and gluten-free. That, my friends, is what I’m going to be laying on you every week.

In case you missed it, here is my first one wherein I make delicious gluten-free cinnamon roll pancakes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGQRmpW047M– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZI6L2id07o

And this week’s epic takedown of gluten-free pasta and how to turn it into scrumptious mac and cheese –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGQRmpW047M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGQRmpW047M

So check back on my FB every week to see what else I can teach you through my own ‘eff ups. Hooray!!!

 

XO, GIMB

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Fortune Asian Noodle Challenge: GF Chicken Satay Rolls with Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce

IMG_1326Well, that was a mouthful of a headline, yes? You guys, I’m entering a contest!! I haven’t done this since I was showing sheep in Oklahoma. And then I found out we butchered them and ate them. And now I don’t eat lamb. ANYWAY.

Fortune Asian Noodles is having a blogger contest wherein we make delicious things and see if we can’t win some big prizes. They’ve got some noodles, some speciality noodles and wraps and rice and things and naturally I went for the gluten-free challenge with these Thai Peanut Rice Noodles.

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Yes, it IS nice to enjoy some traditional Asian dishes without the gluten. I highly recommend you do it early, and often. Fortune sent me these yums and I decided to step up a spring roll and turn it into one of my favorite things ever—chicken scratchin’ satay. It was super delicious, you guys, and totally hit that sweet (and spicy) spot.

I love this whole chill spring roll with a dash of hot peanut sauce. It’s like, “I see you summer, and I’ll raise you Sriracha.” You can even spice it up more by increasing your chili sauce quotient, but I found this to be very family friendly as well as super satisfying. And it’s not too complicated if you set up your work station first—

IMG_1319.jpgSo you can get your roll on as soon as the rice papers are soft and ready to go.

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Then you’ve got a plate full of rolls, ready for slicing into adorable little pieces.

IMG_1325.jpgVoila! Eat up, gluten-freers.

See below as to the locations where you can pick up your own Fortune Gluten Free Thai Peanut Noodles. And wish me luck. Or good fortune. See what I did there?

XO,

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What to Gluten-Free Make When It’s Hot AF

IMG_1224.JPGHoly crap balls, people. I’m shocked to still be here and not completely burned to a crisp on the side of one of the many Los Angeles freeways I’m forced to drive upon in this hellish beginning to summer, because I just freaking gave up and gave into the fire. How are you? Hot as fuck? Hot as fuck. Me, too.

While the heat can, at times, curb the ol’ appetite, a human’s still gotta’ eat. Sure you can go out for tacos, as seen above (psssst, I’ve found the holy grail of gluten-free queso!!!!), but going out to eat also means getting into your car that is probably just sitting there waiting to burn your skin off. So unless you’re a raw food type, that means you’ve gotta’ cook. But no one wants to add heat to hell, so what’s a gluten-free, sweaty, gal to do? This.

PicMonkey CollageYes, this is the first thing to do. Get a gluten-free pizza sent right to your house. But be sure you tip well because that poor dude got into his hot car and sweated his way to your house while you were inside with the shades drawn playing WiiU or whatever it is that you do when it’s hot AF.

But you know as well as I do that delivery is mostly not an option for us gluten-freers, so if you MUST prepare your own food, use as little heat as possible. I mean, do NOT turn on that oven. DO NOT.

Try these less-hot dishes instead.  Continue reading

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My Favorite Food From My New Book (7 Main Allergen Free)

IMG_0951Hey gang!

You know when you have a big project and you kind of just ignore everyone in the world so you can get it finished, and then you feel bad about the neglect and so you want to do something special? Yes?

Me, too! Which is why I’m totes sharing one of my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free (and shellfish- and fish-free but, come on) recipes, or constructions, kind of, from my upcoming book, Bake Sales Are My Bitch: Win the Food Allergy Wars with 50 Recipes to Keep Kids Safe and Parents Sane. Also, I JUST TURNED IN MY BOOK!!!!!!! WHOOO-HOOOO! Of course, as soon I got back from some spring breaking, a wicked stomach virus knocked me out because that’s just how I roll. But now I’m back and I’m going to wow you with my family’s favorite GFDF Pretzel Pups. Yes, it does seem like we eat a lot of hot dogs around here, doesn’t it? ‘Merica.

Here’s the cool thing about pretzels that I never knew, it’s super easy to make fluffy ones. Those hard ones, I’ve got no idea. But for a fluffy pretzel you basically take pizza dough, boil it with baking soda, egg wash and salt it, and bake it. Cool, right? Which means it was very easy for me to roll up some hot dogs (gf, casein-free as well) in pizza dough strips and go to town. It’s so easy, this guy even helped me out—

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Wow, do I need to get a new baking sheet.

Anyway, let your kids roll ’em up, do the egg wash and salting and they’re basically making their own damn dinner. Pretzel Pups! Continue reading

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Have a Very Autoimmune Christmas!

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image via Lifetime

Merry Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and 2016, party people! It’s time to get our eat and drink on, and I’m more than happy to celebrate every holiday that comes on down the pike.

Sure, I’m missing crescent rolls like nobodies business, and a gluten-free puff pastry has been more than challenging to find, but I’ve been able to tackle the gluten-freeness of the holidays for the past few years and everyone has seemed happy. This year, however, we’ve got a whole new challenge that is (surprisingly) not at all related to ME.

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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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Spooky Gluten-Free Halloween Treats From Last Year

My amazing helpers/sugar sneakers

My amazing helpers/sugar sneakers

Why is it that every holiday sneaks up on me like that fifth G&T by the pool? (Note: That’s not actually ever happened, only because I don’t have a pool.) This year it’s Halloween and instead of working out new and fun gluten-free treats, I’m relying on last year’s because Halloween ALSO crept up on me last year and I made these fun eats on Halloween, thus not posting them on my Internet.

I kind of suck at pre-holiday posts. Let’s just say it.

Luckily, these gluten-free spooky treats do not suck, and are super easy to make! Although, again, due to my procrastination, I don’t have an exact recipe for any of them (although most don’t need them) because I also can’t remember my inspiration/the Pinterest page/who told me to make these last year. But I’m confident I can walk you through each and every one and you will wow them on Saturday. GOOD LUCK. Continue reading

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