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Free Stuff – Allergy Free Recipe Cookbook is Available

I am taking a little departure from my usual post today…don’t be alarmed, my kitchen has not burned up in a horriblc cooking accident. I just wanted to give you a present today…a FREE COOKBOOK!

My friend, Alisa Fleming, of Go Dairy Free has put together a wonderful compilation of recipes from fellow health and cookbook bloggers. She is offering this e-book for free and I wanted to make sure all of you had a chance to take a peek at it.

I will be looking through it for recipes to try and then share with you as well. Maybe you can find a good dish to create with all your “football fanatics” that might be at your house this weekend.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend..be safe and Eat Well!

Easy to Make, but Hard to Say. Try this Gluten Free Dessert from Kinnikinnick

Pronouncing words with more than 3 syllables may not be a problem for you…but I seem to have difficulties sometimes. Our friends at Kinnikinnick Foods have great products, but one of the longest names I know! I am sharing one of their gluten free desserts below.

We carry a few of their products in our allergy free food store and I invite you to give them a try. Kinnikinnick Foods has a long history making Gluten free foods, they started back in 1980’s and continue to bring us great tasting gluten free products today.

Hope you enjoy their recipe contribution for this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

 Chocolate KinniTOOS Cheesecake 
For best results, prepare the night before!

Crust

1pkg. Kinnikinnick chocolate cookie crumbs or crushed Kinnikinnick Chocolate KinniTOOS

1/4 cup margarine or butter

Filling

4-8oz. pkgs. cream cheese

1/2 cup Kinnikinnick All Purpose Celiac Flour

1 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 pkg KinniToos Chocolate Sandwich Creme Cookies

1 tsp pure vanilla

Directions:

1. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter; mix until combined. Press into a 10” spring form pan and place in fridge to set.

2. In a large bowl mix cream cheese until smooth. Slowly beat in granulated sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Mix in flour slowly. Add 1 egg at a time until fully incorporated. Fold in 1/2 pkg crushed KinniToos and pour into prepared cheesecake pan.

3. Bake at 325° F for 1 1/2 hours, Remove from oven and cool in pan for 20 minutes at room temperature. Remove outer ring from pan and cool for an additional 4 hours in the fridge.

4. Top with whipping cream and the remainder of the KinniToos.     

Happy 1st Birthday to our Allergy Free Food Store!

You are lucky…I would sing a birthday song, but since I can’t carry a tune, I won’t put you through that!

Yes, we are celebrating the First Birthday of our online store…and a complete re-design of the Allergiesandme.com website. Some of the new features added are – Multiple Allergy Search, Product Category search, Catalog search, A video library, Ask the Doctor, recent Blog Posts and more (whew) have been added to our home page. We have also simplified the shopping experience and will be adding new allergens to our Multiple Allergy Search soon. One of the biggest items added for our customers, FREE SHIPPING!
It is very much like a proud mother watching her first child win a prize at school..okay, maybe that’s a little strong, but I am a a little bit of a geek about all this!

I put together this little video to tell everyone about the updates. Please stop by the store and let us know what you think!

Organic and Gluten Free Candy Review for You

Happy Friday Everyone! And what else besides reaching the end of the work week can make you smile? My answer is CANDY! And even better, candy that is lot’s healthier for you than the mainstream stuff. Our Allergy Free food store carries many types, one of the brands we represent is Candy Tree. We offer several lollipops and licorice flavors for kids…of all ages. The lollipops are Gluten free, Wheat Free, Dairy free, Lactose free, Egg Free, Soy free, yeast free, cholesterol free, salt free, Organic, Vegan and Vegetarian..whew…doesn’t that make you wonder what is left?! The licorice choices are Gluten and Wheat free, Dairy free and Egg free as well.

Here’s a video review I put together…less typing and more talking…my favorite. Also, Allergiesandme.com is celebrating our 1st Birthday this week…and…we have just launched a new redesigned website and online store. Take a “stroll” by the store and let me know what you think.

Allergy Free Cookies from Enjoy Life

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer break and surviving these heat waves. Wow, I thought Florida was hot until I watch the Weather channel. At least we can go jump in the water!

Well, to put the REST of you in a good mood, I am sharing with you a great cookie recipe from Enjoy Life Foods. We carry many of their products, as well as some ingredients for these Allergy Free Cookies. This recipe is free of all the top allergens - Dairy, Eggs, Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Peanuts and Tree Nuts…as well as being pretty healthy. Of course, you don’t need to tell your kids THAT part though..

Make up a batch of these…add more ingredients that are safe for your household…and STAY COOL!

Cinnamon Crunch “Faux” Oatmeal Cookies from Enjoy Life      

ingredients:

½ C warm water

1T ground flax or ground chia

¼ C sunflower, safflower, or grapeseed Oil

½ C light agave syrup

1 t molasses

1 t gluten-free vanilla extract

1 bag Enjoy Life Cinnamon Crunch Granola

1/3 C + 1T brown rice flour

¼ C tapioca flour

¾ t xanthan gum

1 t baking powder

¼ t salt

directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 325 F for a convection oven.

2. Combine water and flax seed, and allow to sit for five minutes.

3. In the bowl of a food processor or a stand-up mixer, combine all the wet ingredients, including the water (after 5 minutes). Mix for a few minutes.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, granola, and the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients.

5. Mix until combined, less than 30 seconds. As the dough sits, it will absorb all of the liquid.

6. With a 1 oz ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet.

7. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

8. Eat right away or store in an airtight container for up to three days. Dough can also be frozen for up to a month.

Allergy Free and Gluten Free Hamburger Buns…A recipe for your Holiday Cookout.

Happy Pre-4th of July everyone!

 Hope you have lot’s of fun gatherings planned and many hours spent with family and friends. All of you out there with Food Allergies, Celiac Disease or Dietary restrictions feel the pinch when it comes to cookouts and family “food” times. Our friends at Better Batter have a wonderfully easy recipe for the “World’s Easiest Sandwich and Hamburger Buns” and I thought it was perfect timing to share it with you. Here in our allergy free store, we carry other Better Batter mixes, and this Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour is a popular product.  

Try this and let us know what a hit you are at the Barbecue! Have Fun!

Ingredients:

2 c Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 c sugar (sugar may be added to taste)

4 eggs

1.5 c milk or water

Instructions

It is very important to have a very hot oven for this recipe. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 1 or two cookie sheets or muffin top tins.

In your electric mixer, beat the flour, salt, eggs, sugar and milk or water on high speed for 7-10 minutes. This should produce a batter with the consistency of soft butter-cream icing.

Working quickly, spoon this mixture by 1/2 cup portions onto prepared cookie sheets or muffin top tins. Wet hands and gently smooth and flatten mounds to a width of 3-4 inches and a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

If you desire a soft edge to the bun (as with commercial buns) use a cookie sheet and place mounds so that they touch slightly when flattened. For a crisper crust on all surfaces of the bun, use a muffin top tin or do not allow buns to touch on cookie sheet.

If desired spray with cooking spray – this will improve the finished appearance and texture of the cooked bun.

Place in hot oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.

Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Gluten Free Dessert and My first Kitchen Disaster!

Truth in blogging here my friend…I have no problem admitting when I have a “goof up”….and boy did I! I refuse to blame it on the products…it was all Operator Error.
Here’s what went down:

In our allergy free and gluten free store, we carry some fantastic mixes for gluten free desserts, one of these is Cause You’re Special Gluten Free Golden Pound Cake Mix. This easy mix is Gluten- free, Wheat- free, Dairy- free, Lactose- free, Egg- free, Soy- free, Peanut-free and Tree Nut-free. And your baker for this day, ME, was brainless!

This is such an easy mix to make and as you will see below, I obviously did not prepare my pan to be “sticky free”. Now, with all that said and admitted to…this truely was the most moist and tasty pound cake I have ever made from a mix…no lying!

            Gluten free cake

The downside, I was in a hurry and making it for dinner at a friend’s house. Luckily, they are used to my “creative” approach to cooking and baking and remained unphased as I lifted the cake cover…Love them!

Please try this gluten free dessert mix at home, and send me a picture so I know what it SHOULD look like! Ha, Ha!

Where do I find Gluten Free Cookies that Taste Good?

Right here I say! Here is another video product demonstration…I enjoy doing these for some strange reason…maybe I feel like someone is listening to me, or maybe I like talking more than writing! Biscottea has several wonderful cookies that we carry: Chai Tea Shortbread, Blueberry Tea Shortbread, Blueberry Tea Shortbread Grab and Go (their small 2 cookie pkg.), Chai Tea Shortbread Grab and Go, Earl Grey Tea Shortbread and the small package version, Earl Grey Shortbread Grab and Go. These cookies are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free and Kosher. The only one of these gluten free cookies that has egg and yeast is the Biscottea Chai Tea Shortbread Cookie, which is the cookie that I talk about below. I know I sell this stuff, but I have to say, honestly, I really like them. They are “light” tasting and perfect for an after dinner light dessert. And, you don’t have to mix, stir or bake! Take a peek for yourself….

Gluten and Dairy Free Crackers from Mrs. Crimble

I don’t know…if you are asking about Mrs. Crimble that is. I am sure there must be  a Mrs. Crimble, but I have no heart-warming story to tell you. I know this company makes some great snacks though! In our Allergiesandme.com store, we carry all sorts of their gluten free and dairy free crackers, as well as cookies from this company. For this dish, I used the Mrs Crimble’s Corn Cakes which are free from many of the top allergens – Gluten- free, Wheat- free, Dairy- free,  Lactose- free, Egg- free, Soy- free, Yeast- free and last, but not least, Cholesterol- free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gluten and Dairy free crackers

Now the only place where I “zigged and should have zagged” on my quest to give you some serving ideas for the Mrs. Crimble’s Corn Cakes was using it as a “cheese cracker”. These are delicious corn cakes, but don’t really compliment cheese, as would their other crackers, such as their Original Cheese Crackers or the Mrs. Crimble’s Sundried Tomato and Pesto Cheese Crackers

It wasn’t a total flop…I enjoyed my wine and cheese…and the corn cakes by themselves were very good! So students, stick with crackers for your cheese combination and don’t push the envelope to include corn cakes as a substitute. Lesson over!

Peanut Free Peanut Butter…Huh?

Yes, it has been done! I am sure if you have a “Nut-Free” house, that you have tried other peanut butter substitutes, but I really like this one.  If you have read my recipe for Peanut Free Peanut Butter Bar Cookies, you have seen this product that we carry in our allergy free food lines.  This is J  & S Food No-Nuts Golden Peabutter. It is Peanut Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Cholesterol Free, Sodium Free and  produced in a totally nut and gluten free facility. Another bonus, it has a shelf Life of  approximately 18 months.
I wanted to tell you a little more about the product, take a look and let me know what you think….

Mashed Potatoes are the Ultimate Comfort Food- Without the Gluten, Dairy or Egg

If you have read any of my past blogs, you know it’s all about the Comfort Food. It’s beautiful weather here, so no gloomy day to blame this one on. Sometimes a nice big serving of mashed potatoes can fix anything though!

One of our products from Shiloh Farms in the store is Organic Instant Potato Flakes. They, as the name suggests, come in a flake format, which means you can always have some handy in the pantry. The package is re-sealable and has a recipe for Italian Herb Bread too. Creating mashed potatoes with the Shiloh Potato Flakes is easy. Just add water, butter (or non-dairy margarine substitute) and also Milk, or if restrictions dictate, a non-dairy liquid like soy milk. Easy Breezy!  Gluten and Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Within minutes, you have a nice bowl of mashed potatoes…without any mashing (which is my LEAST favorite part!). So, keep these flakes on had, slap something on your grill and Voila, Dinner Served.

Gluten Free and Allergen Free Crispy Chicken….all in one bird!

I think we all can agree…there is way more things to do in a day than we have hours. Come on, only 24 of those suckers to work with?!!!

Here’s a product we sell in the Allergiesandme.com store that not only tastes great, it saves tons of time too.

I am talking about the Corn Crispy Crumbs from Orgran. Here’s how they describe (couldn’t say it any better myself!): “Orgran Corn Crispy Crumbs is a quality product that will allow you to achieve crispy golden crumbing of meat, fish or vegetables. Corn Crispy Crumbs provides sensational texture with the additional benefit of 25% less absorption of oil than regular bread crumbs. It is also versatile in sausages,added to sausage meats or as a stuffing base to which you may add your own herbs. Also ideal in savoury or sweet recipes such as crumb bases or as a natural thickener in soups and casseroles.”

Well, I made some “fried” chicken (baked if you didn’t understand the quotation inference) and it was really good. The chicken breasts were juicy and not dry, which happens sometimes with other coating products.     Gluten and Allergen Free Chicken

The best part – it’s Allergen Free. Here’s your list: Gluten Free,Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Cholesterol Free, Salt Free, Lactose Free,Kosher and Vegan…sheesh.

So, be creative and share your successes. Enjoy!

Enjoy Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

Yes…I am on an “Enjoy Life Love Kick”! I promise to get back in the kitchen for my next recipe post, but just had to share this last one I received from our friends over there last week. This one takes one of their wonderful cookies, Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies, and turns it into a “ramped up” dessert. All their products are Allergen Free – Dairy free, Egg free, Nut Free and also Gluten Free.

Dare you to make these and eat just one!                                                                           

Enjly Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

Enjoy Life Allergen Free Cookie Recipe

        

Ingredients:

1 box Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies
1 Tbsp. Agar (optional)
6 Tbsp. Raspberry Preserves
Confectioner’s sugar, made with Tapioca for dusting
Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 325ºF.
2) Take each Snickerdoodle cookie and press down for a 2″ diameter. Try to keep the round shape when pressing. Optional: use a crimped-edge pastry dough cutter to trim edges for a “scalloped” look.
3) Cut a small round hole in the center of half the cookies. Use round dough cutters, wide end of pastry tip or a bottle top for this.
4) Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. For crispier cookies, bake an additional 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool.
5) While cookies cool, combine raspberry preserves and agar (if using, will make for a firmer filling). When the cookies are cool, spread the jam on cookies without a hole and top with a cookie with a hole, making sure to push down enough to push a little jam up through the hole. Repeat with all remaining cookies.
6) Using a fine strainer or sifter, dust the top of the cookies with confectioner’s sugar.

Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 days.

Yield: 6 cookies 

Allergy Friendly Spring Recipe from Enjoy Life Foods

I am here to say, E-mails are good! I received this recipe from our friends at Enjoy Life Foods and I think they have a winner!

This is a great company and we sell tons of their stuff in our Allergiesandme.com store…with more on the way I am sure.

Try this one for your kids this weekend and Share the Love….                          

Enjoy Life Allergy Free Rice Crackers

Enjoy Life Allergy Free Rice Crackers

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Golden Flax Seeds
1/8 tsp. Cumin Seed, ground
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Hot Water
1 tsp. thyme leaves (fresh is best!)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (extra needed for garnish)
1/4 cup white or brown rice flour
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Crunchy Rice Cereal

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2) Combine Flax, Thyme, Cumin, Salt, Tomato Paste and Hot Water in a food processor bowl. Allow to sit for one minute. Run processor for about 30 seconds. Add in sunflower seeds and rice flour. Run processor again for about 20 seconds. Add in Crispy Rice cereal and process until nearly mixed into the dough.
3) Working quickly, place dough on a piece of parchment and using wet hands, push down to flatten. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8″ – 1/16″. If dough is sticky, cover with another piece of parchment and roll slowly from the center. If dough cracks, repair with more dough and use water as a glue.
4) When you achieve the desired thickness, brush entire surface with water, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and press in with rolling pin. Possible other garnishes to add include: fresh herbs, black pepper, coarse sea salt or garlic.
5) Using either a round or wheel pastry cutter, cut the cracker dough into desired shapes. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and place in center rack of the oven.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Notes:

-Alternative shapes: Roll dough into thin cylinders and bake for crunchy bread sticks.
-Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.
Yield: 20- 1.5″ square crackers 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2) Combine Flax, Thyme, Cumin, Salt, Tomato Paste and Hot Water in a food processor bowl. Allow to sit for one minute. Run processor for about 30 seconds. Add in sunflower seeds and rice flour. Run processor again for about 20 seconds. Add in Crispy Rice cereal and process until nearly mixed into the dough.
3) Working quickly, place dough on a piece of parchment and using wet hands, push down to flatten. Using a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8″ – 1/16″. If dough is sticky, cover with another piece of parchment and roll slowly from the center. If dough cracks, repair with more dough and use water as a glue.
4) When you achieve the desired thickness, brush entire surface with water, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and press in with rolling pin. Possible other garnishes to add include: fresh herbs, black pepper, coarse sea salt or garlic.
5) Using either a round or wheel pastry cutter, cut the cracker dough into desired shapes. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and place in center rack of the oven.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool completely before eating.

Notes:

-Alternative shapes: Roll dough into thin cylinders and bake for crunchy bread sticks.
-Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.

Gluten Free Granola and Yogurt – Breakfast of Champions

I know, you are saying…”Hey, this recipe only has two ingredients…how hard can THAT be?!” And you would be right!

This is for one of those mornings that you just don’t know how you found the coffee pot…and your cup! We sell several Bakery on Main Granolas in the store. They are Free from Gluten, Wheat, Soy & Cholesterol. This morning, I just dumped ( wait, let’s say I gently mixed with care!) a large handful of the Bakery on Main Apple Raisin Walnut Granola into a bowl of fat free Vanilla yogurt. That’s it…no harder than that…and you have a fantastic and healthy breakfast to get you out the door..or help you find the SECOND cup of coffee. These granolas are really good and if you want more variety, try our Bakery on Main Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola, Bakery on Main Extreme Fruit and Nut Granola or Bakery on Main Rainforest Granola.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

So, go pour yourself a bowl and enjoy!

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Potato Patties…it’s not just for Southerners

As a product of a Texas ranching family,  I was raised on “rib-sticking” meals which usually meant that Meat & Potatoes were involved.  Fond memories surround these meals…not the breakfasts though. The first meal of the day was before the sun rose and then we were pushed into the cold to ride horseback for hours! Yikes, but it was character building.

When I saw this recipe from our friends at Authentic Foods, I was reminded of those wonderful patties my mom makes. These are a little different – Gluten free, Dairy free, Lactose Free, Soy Free and Yeast free.  You have an option to add more items depending on your specific limitations.  Try this one and let us know how it works for you.  Saddle Up!

Ingredients:

¼ cup Authentic Foods Potato Flour                                                                 

Gluten Free Potato Patties

Gluten Free Potato Patties

½ cup Authentic Foods Tapioca Flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 large eggs (or Egg Replacer)

¼ cup vegetable oil (preferably light olive oil)

¼ cup chopped onions (Optional)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (Optional)

4 oz shredded Monterey jack cheese (Optional)

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl: Authentic Foods Potato Flour, Authentic Foods Tapioca Flour, baking powder, Authentic Foods Xanthan Gum, salt, and garlic powder (also add onions, parsley and cheese if preferred). In another bowl, mix all liquid ingredients: eggs, oil and milk. Then add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and blend.

Grease a griddle or skillet with oil to keep the pancakes from sticking. Then preheat the griddle or skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a large tablespoon, drop batter to make 2-inch diameter pancakes. Cook first side until edges look dry. With a spatula, turn and cook until second side is golden brown.

Serve with apple sauce or sour cream.

Invasion of all that Family for the holiday?…feed them lasagna.

The perfect make ahead meal for huge crowds…similar to the horde that may be headed towards your house right now. I love lasagna and love the ease and filling nature of this dish. I am always on the lookout for new lasagna sauce recipes and have a few in my arsenal. We carry the Orgran Rice & Corn Lasagne Mini Sheets in our store and this was the first time I tried them with one of my sauces. It performed great!

                          

Allergen Free Lasagna Noodles

Allergen Free Lasagna Noodles

I loved that it comes in smaller squares so you can really get the coverage and less gaps than other long noodle varieties offer. These noodles are free from Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Egg, Yeast, Peanuts, TreeNuts, GMO’s and also Vegan.

I guess Lasagna is not your traditional “Easter Fare”, but hey, it’s easy, it’s filling and I am sure you have other things to worry about with all that company coming. Have a Happy Easter weekend with your families!

I’ve got some Ice Cream…I’ve got some Ice Cream!

Remember that Eddie Murphy bit…and that leather suit?!!!! Moving on…..

For all my Gluten Intolerant friends out there, I have found a fantastic ice cream cone you could even take with you to get it filled up at your favorite shop. Goldbaum’s Sugar Cocoa Ice Cream Cones are wonderful! We put our favorite frozen yogurt in them…and I have to say, they are as good or better than any I have tasted. They are Gluten free, Kosher and Vegan. The cones are a little smaller than what you might get in a Baskin-Robbins, but hey, they are better for you and with less ice cream crammed in there, they would have less calories!

        

GoldBaum's Gluten-Free Sugar Cocoa Ice Cream Cones

GoldBaum's Gluten-Free Sugar Cocoa Ice Cream Cones

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce – Fire up the Grill!

Warmer weather is on the way..unless you are in the NE and I am sorry for rubbing this in! That favorite American past time of charring our meats and veggies in the great outdoors is upon us here in Florida. Personally, I love shifting at least SOME of the cooking duties to my husband. But, have you ever noticed…the one that does all the planning, purchasing and prepping gets no credit from the crowds..only the one standing at the grill! Oh well, being a sous chef isn’t so bad I guess!

We have a line of sauces from Steel’s Gourmet Foods in our store. I tried the Steel’s Agave Chipolte Barbeque Sauce the other night on some grilled chicken. These barbeque sauces are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free and Cholesterol Free. The Agave Chipolte Sauce gives a little sweetness to the taste with the agave and unlike many other sauces in mainstream, there is no added sugar which is always a good thing. Believe me, you don’t miss the sugar in this one. It performs just like any other barbeque sauce and was really good.

Now get out there and start that grill…and wear a coat if you are up north!   

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce

Gluten Free Barbeque Sauce

Peanut Butter Bars with NO Peanuts…America, what a Country!

Seriously, no Peanuts in a Peanut Butter Cookie Bar! Yes, readers…it can be done…and I did it!

Thanks to The Cravings Place Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and J&S Foods No Nuts Golden Peabutter, we can now give all of you out there the joy of eating “Peanut Butter” again. These are both great products that we carry in the store and I wanted to combine them on this one.

I took the  Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and did a variation (read lazy baker!) into some bar cookies. It’s quick and easy…which is also my favorite description. Using the Peabutter, that has almost the same texture and taste of real peanut butter, I combined with dark chocolate chips (for dairy restrictions, you can use Enjoy Life chips) and made an awesome dessert. I took it over to a friend’s house for a dinner party that night…to rave reviews. No one knew it was allergen free! Love it when that happens.  

Peanut Free - Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Peanut Free - Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

These were great as a bar cookie and would probably be even better as drop cookies.

Your kids will love them. Enjoy!

Better Batter Pancakes – Gluten free and Yummy

It’s Friday morning…I’m hungry…and only the rib-sticking effect of pancakes will do! I have been wanting to try the Better Batter Gluten Free Pancake/Biscuit Mix we carry in the store…today was the day. The recipe on the box (for 6 pancakes) calls for 1 cup mix, 1/2 to 1 cup milk (or water) and 1 egg or 2 Tbl egg substitute – we carry the Orgran Egg Replacer as well.  Better Batter Gluten Free Pancakes

These pancakes were really good…texture was lighter/airier (if that’s a word!) than many other non-allergen free mixes I have used in the past. My husband/official tester commented that they “were great” (verified quote!) We carry the 2.5 lb box and this should keep you and your family supplied with TONS of pancakes for those “Mom I’m Hungry Days” in the future.

(Product note- mix is processed on equipment that also processes diary, eggs, soy and tree nuts)

Try some of these on a lazy Saturday morning…and look like a star! Have a great weekend everyone!

Gluten Free Pasta and my favorite Kitchen Store

I LOVE Williams Sonoma! Okay, with that out of the way, I can admit to saving many of the recipes that come in their catalogs. I try most of them and if they don’t come out just perfect, I blame it on the fact that I didn’t have that exact cooking utensil that was called for!

On this particular occasion, my pick came out perfect. For the pasta, I used the Schar Tagliatelle Pasta we sell in the store. It is Gluten, Lactose, Cholesterol and Wheat Free. It really held up to this heavy sauce and tasted great.  The  Bolognese Sauce is from Williams Sonoma and I have included it below. If you don’t receive these catalogs, sign up….It’s great reading for all us Foodies! Hope you enjoy this…

Ingredients:                                                                                                              Schar Gluten Free Pasta

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 1/4 lb. each ground beef

1 1/4 lb. ground pork

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 oz. pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 yellow onion, finely diced

2 carrots, peeled and finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup tomato paste

1 cup dry red wine

1 cup milk (or substitute)

2 cans (each 28 oz.) whole tomatoes, passed through a food mill

2 bay leaves

1 Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind (Iskipped this and didn’t miss the flavor)

1 lb. tagliatelle, cooked

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving (or cheese substitute if needed – not “mission critical” since this is such a big tasting dish!)

Directions:

In the stovetop-safe insert of a slow cooker over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the ground beef, pork, salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the pancetta to the insert and cook until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the ground meats, pancetta, milk, tomatoes, bay leaves, cheese rind, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.

Place the insert on the slow-cooker base. Cover and cook on high until the sauce thickens, about 3 1/2 hours. Discard the bay leaves and cheese rind. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Toss the pasta with about 3 cups sauce (reserve the remaining sauce for another use). Serve immediately and pass the grated cheese alongside. Makes 9 cups sauce.

Outrageous Gluten Free Brownies

Strong title for the most awesome brownies I have ever made! Like probably many of you out there…I LOVE the Food Network. I don’t have time to watch much, but they have a fantastic recipe search option on their website. I use it alot…from times when I have a few items in the fridge I don’t know what to do with…to menu planning for the week. This recipe I adapted from a Tyler Florence show. He is great!

Okay, this recipe of Tyler’s is called “Amaretto Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts”. I took the liberty in making a couple adjustments to pull it into the realm of gluten free eaters. They came out tasting like one of the molton cakes you have in restaurants…it was truly fantastic! Depending on your dietary restrictions, I URGE you to try this at home…you won’t be sorry!  Oh, the picture looks a little funky, still trying to emerge into the professional world of food photography! Enjoy!

2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for pan

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips ( I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao chips) If you want less allergens, try Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour(I used Better Batter Gluten free All Purpose Flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten free)

Pinch salt

4 large eggs

2 cups sugar

2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur (I used a little more..or did all that go into the recipe?!)

1 1/2 cups walnuts

Powdered sugar, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 9 by 9 square baking pan with parchment paper, making sure paper hangs over the edges. Grease paper with butter so the brownies don’t stick. Melt butter and chocolate over a double-boiler and stir gently until smooth and shiny. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside. Whisk together eggs, sugar and amaretto in a mixing bowl until combined. Pour in chocolate mixture and continue to whisk until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, then add walnuts and incorporate with a wooden spoon. Transfer batter to baking pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pan. When done, invert onto a cutting board, remove paper and cut into squares. Garnish with powdered sugar and serve.

Notice that I tried to make “shamrocks” out of the powder sugar…don’t try this at home!  Gluten Free Brownies

Pizza with Schar

That’s pizza with Schar pizza crusts…not pizza with a czar! Okay, not funny…

We carry several Schar products in the store and I used two of them (suspense on when I’ll post the second one!)  These crusts come two to a box, individually vacuum-sealed. They are gluten and wheat free, soy-free, egg-free, as well as low in fat, saturated fat…and bonus, have no cholesterol or preservatives. Of course I added the cholesterol and fat back in with my toppings! These are an easy meal because they come right out of the box – no mixing or thawing- and then right onto the oven rack with your toppings added….snap!

Schar pizza crust

I got a little crazy with my toppings and almost ran out of room on the pizza crust. I used a jarred pizza sauce and then loaded up with artichoke hearts, spicy sausage and cheese…cheese…cheese. You can tell that they were a little “top heavy” and messy looking, but tasted fantastic. You can make it much simpler (read… less napkins required) by backing up on the amount of ingredients. These would be good with just a little pesto or even plain cheese. Pizzas are a fun way to express yourself and as you can see, I had a lot of expressing to do!  Schar pizza

Corn Bread from 123 Gluten Free

I was a “busy beaver” over the weekend and tried several new recipes. One of them was an Italian Beef Stew and to accompany this dish, I chose to make Corn Bread with a mix we carry in the store from 1-2-3 Gluten Free. This is one of our manufacturers who started their company after having to deal with finding gluten-free foods to accomodate their Celiac Disease. 1-2-3 Gluten Free makes some other great mixes – a Devil’s Food Cake Mix and the Southern Glory Biscuit Mix. All of their mixes are Free from Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Casein, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sugar, Egg, Soy, Rice and Potatoes…whew, with all that’s missing, it’s amazing that they actually taste sooo good!

For the Southern Style Corn Bread mix I followed the package directions. Since I have no dairy restrictions, I used milk. The options are provided for using soy (milk substitute) and even making your own buttermilk ingredient alternative.  The same for the eggs that are called for…we carry an Egg Replacer from Orgran you could try as well.  Gluten and Casein Free Cornbread

These were wonderful and had good texture with a mild corn taste. If you wanted to add some “fire” ( I am from Texas you know!) you could try one of their own variations for Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread on the package directions too. This mix was quick, easy and goes really well with stews and chilis…which seems like it should be on the menu for you guys in the northeast….BBBBRRRRRR! Enjoy.

Wheat-Free Treats for the “Kids”

I’ve been reading alot about pet allergies…a by-product of all the research I do on food allergies. There is a growing understanding among vets that many dogs have allergic reactions to not only topical irritants, but food they eat as well. I am a dog lover..actually, every picture of me growing up had at least one four-legged friend in the shot! Allergiesandme.com featured a recipe this month from Judy at NewGrainRecipes.com for Wheat-Free/Vegetarian Dog Treats…and I was itching to try them with some of my ingredients. She did a wonderful job of shaping them into “people”, but the more I thought about it, my dogs eat everything so fast- any cute shapes would be missed by them! I made a couple changes to her recipe and it is posted below.

Ingredients:

1 medium yam, sweet potato or 3 medium carrots (note carrots take longer) I used sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup cooking liquid from yam
1 Cup Rice flour (brown or white)
1 Cup Oat flour (use gluten free oats for gluten free dog treats)
(note: you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender or food processor.)
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder

Instructions:
Cut yam, sweet potato or carrots into 1/2 inch pieces. Simmer in a small pan, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 C liquid back to the yam with the peanut butter. Mix the Baking powder together with the flour. Add to the Yam mixture mixing thoroughly.
It should all come together in a dough, pliable but not sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add more flour, if too dry, add more liquid – just a bit at a time – and work together with your hands until it is the right texture to roll out. A good texture is like slightly dry cookie dough.
Roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface. about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with a cookie cutter, (bone and people shapes are fun). I took the “easy step” and put dough in plastic wrap, rolled into log shape and refrigerated until cool and set…then just cut off roll.

Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes +/- or until medium golden brown. (The larger the cookie the longer the time.) Cookies will crisp up as they cool. Makes about 4 dozen small dog treats

Vegetarian Dog Treats

Now, don’t freak out…but I tried these myself and I liked them! Here are my official and unpaid ”taste testers”. Try making these for your Best Friend…they will thank you for it!

Thumbs up review with Lip Smack  and  Kitchen Monitor waiting for next tasting…                                                                                                

Rufus lip licking                       Kismet waiting

Gluten Free Pizza Crust from Dad’s

I continue to be amazed at the wonderful products out there that are Gluten Free. At Allergiesandme.com, we carry a pizza crust from Dad’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Company out of Idaho. This crust is free of Wheat, Gluten, Soy, Casein and Egg.

For this dish, I took the vacuum-seal packaged Gluten & Wheat-Free pizza crust and topped it with my favorite roasted tomato pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese(delete cheese or use dairy alternative if necessary). Quick to throw together and bakes in only 15 minutes. Then, for a twist, I cut it into “finger sized” pieces and served as an appetizer. It tasted fantastic with some chilled wine…very fancy!

Here is the “pizza version”  Gluten Free Pizza Crust

And then, my “appetizer version”         Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Sunday Morning Pancakes from The Cravings Place

Sunday morning means many things in my house…sleeping in (as long as the dogs allow), moving slowly with the first cup of coffee and then planning exciting events for the day. It IS the weekend still! These mornings also allow us to make breakfasts that don’t need to be rushed. Today, we tried The Cravings Place All Purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix. We have carried this in the store for a while. I had tried their other mixes, but this was the first for pancakes. Big Bonus Alert – it only requires adding water! Talk about having all your necessary ingredients handy! The process is simple and these really tasted great. My husband declared that they taste just like “non-allergen free” pancakes. The All purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix is free from gluten, wheat, nuts, egg, dairy and beans. It does contain corn.

These were easy, great tasting and left plenty of time for “event planning”. Hope you enjoy them!    Pancakes

Coffee in my Cereal?!

My world is complete now…I love easy breakfasts… and love my coffee even more. I know what you are saying, this really isn’t a recipe, although I did add the milk and the spoon! We just started carrying this organic and gluten free company in our store. Cerealvit is an Italian company that has been around for 30 years. This cereal is called Coffee Flakes and is corn flakes coated with real Italian Coffee. What a concept. If you are a coffee fanatic like me, you will definitely want to try this one. Added benefits, it is low in fat, sodium, Dairy free (if you use soymilk), Egg-free, Yeast-free, Vegan and Cholesterol free. We carry two other cereals from Cerealvit – Benevit Multi Grain Flakes and Corn Flakes. If you are really in a rush, you could even get your coffee fix and breakfast in one dish…

                                                                                                                                                                      Cerealvit Gluten and Dairy Free Cereal

Pasta…Pasta…Pasta

Developed a craving for some comfort food…and not chocolate ( I think I overdosed last weekend!). I pulled out the Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta from Rozopia and made a quick, but yummy dish. I grilled some italian herb sausages from our local meat market and then just added one of my favorite pasta sauces locally. The Wild Rice Pasta was perfect and a good backdrop for those spicy sausages. Simple, but great! I always keep some pastas in the pantry for quick meals. We carry a wonderful sauce (didn’t have any at home..darn) that is tomato free – Nomato Pasta & Pizza Sauce….next time!                                                                           Rizopia Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta

Quick side note – the First Annual Allergy Free Food Recipe Contest  has a submission deadline of February 28th…don’t miss the chance to win Fame and Food!

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