Monday, May 25, 2009

oven pancake

My mom found this recipe from Be Free for Me which is an awesome resource I found a couple months ago. They offer daily emails with recipes and articles.

Gluten Free Fried Dough

4 Tbs butter or margarine
1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour (we used Bob Red Mills)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
(we added these for a sweeter taste)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Place the butter in a glass pie plate, and put in the oven until melted. Do not burn.
While butter is melting whisk the rest of the ingredients together
Remove the pan from the oven , and make sure the melted butter is evenly distributed across the bottom. Pour the batter in pan
Bake for about20 minutes until the edges are crispy and brown.
Remove from oven and dust with powder sugar.

I had my doubts about this recipe but mom made it for my son and they both fell in love with buttery flavor of this light pancake. It reminds me of a buttery funnel cake that I use to eat at the mall. My mind is already racing with fillings and toppings for this dish. It was awesome as a breakfast but I am thinking dessert is it's true calling.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pizza with a rice crust (super easy and yummy)

OK this recipe belongs to Raquel over at Cafe Nilson and it looked so good i could not resist trying it. It is a pizza made with a rice crust that she submitted for the Royal Food Joust.

Rice Crust

2 cups cooked rice
1 egg
1 cup shredded cheese

Mix press into pizza shape top and bake at 350 15-20 min. What could be easier?

OK so I made mine into mini pizzas for movie night and they were a big hit. My son ate as many as he could get his hands on. It was the first gluten free type pizza I have made that he begged me to make again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

quesadilla pockets

I have been working on a Mexican type pocket similar to an empanada or quesadilla but I am struggling to get it just right. Tonight I made a small batch served with fried plantains. Anyway they still need some work but tonight's batch was pretty good so I thought I would share them.

I make this according to the directions for tortillas on the package. The dough is super easy to make and work with. I roll and press the balls out as thin as I can and still be able to handle. Tonight i chose to fill them with just seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese. Fold the discs into a half moon and seal edges then fry them.

You can see my new fascination with these pockets. They work up so quick and the fillings are endless. Also if you have never tried fried plantains you don't know what you are missing. You just buy the brown ones that looked like old bananas and peel, slice, and fry.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

bacon and rice croquettes

I created these for the royal food joust. The theme ingredients were bacon, tomatoes, and rice which are 3 of my favorite foods.

The bacon and rice croquettes were pan fried in canola oil until crispy. I served them with a warm tomato coulis and a parsley pesto

I personally ate them all. They were so good I didn't wait for anyone else to try them.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

gluten in drywall

I have been living in my house of renovations now for several months and have not been able to figure out why my symptoms have been steadily returning to the point that I am miserable. Well while searching gf blogs I ran across one that mentioned be glutened from drywall mud and decided to research that. I found bits and piece but not much more on drywall containing gluten. It was enough to make me believe that living in this constant state of dust is the source of my problems. So my warning is if you are working with drywall or joint compound take care.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

DR Lucy's Cookies

Dr Lucy's Cookies, yet another great product given out at the DC Cooking Spree. The cookies are crunchy and sweet so whats not to love. Well right now my stomach is telling another story because although that were delicious and i would buy them again in a heart beat I didn't read the ingredients. These yummy sweet cookies are made with oats and i can't tolerate even gf oats. So even though these are off my list if you can tolerate oats you must try these. As for me this will be my last new product test for 2 weeks but i still have a few I already ate so stay tuned for those.

buckwheat groats

OK so I cooked buckwheat for the first time ever tonight. I made them simple just cooked them and mixed with some crumbled ground beef shredded cheese and pico de gallo. I have to say I liked them a lot good flavor but not to strong. I am still waiting on the boys verdict to see if it will become a new staple in our diet. It seems to have alot of potential for a variety of dishes.

Well he just came back for seconds so I guess it was good. i am so excited to have a new grain to experiment with, so watch for recipes to come containing buckwheat groats.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Starbucks Valencia Orange Cake

OK my first product blog from the dc cooking spree is the Starbucks Valencia Orange cake. It will debut tomorrow May 5 2009 nationwide, but we got to sample them and I have to say the were delicious. My mom and son also thought so. They gluten free and dairy free but contain almonds. The cake was very moist and flavorful. Also they are individually wrapped so no cross contamination issues and you can buy extras to eat later.

picture courtesy of Starbucks and