Low Carb Cheesy Kale Biscuits

Cheesey Kale Biscuits

These make the best Bacon and Tomato sandwiches!

Low Carb Cheesy Kale Biscuits

1 cup Almond flour

1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon dry Oregano Leaves

2 Teaspoon dry Basil Leaves

2 Tablespoon minced Garlic

1/4 Cup butter, melted (1/2 Stick)

5  Large Eggs, beaten

1 packed Cup destemmed and finely Chopped Kale Leaves ( I chopped them in the food processor)

2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated

1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat Oven at 350*

In large mixing bowl Whisk together all dry ingredients. Then blend in herbs and all wet ingredients, including cheeses and kale. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to incorporate all ingredients. Using a triggered scoop (about ¼ cup) dip out each scoop and place into a buttered muffin tin or buttered biscuit pan and bake for 20 -25 minutes or until done. Let cool about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

(  I used a slider size bun pan for these. It’s slightly larger than a biscuit pan)

 

Slow Cooker Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

Squash Casserole

1 pound Ground Turkey or Pork ( browned and crumbled into small pieces, I used pork)

3 Medium Yellow Squash ( 5 Cups grated or chopped in food processor )

1/4 Cup Salted Butter ( or butter substitute)

3 Cups Freshly grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

2 Large Eggs Beaten

1 Teaspoon additive Free Season Salt

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Optional 2-3 medium Jalapeño Peppers ( deseeded and finely Chopped)

2 Cups Crushed GF Cheddar Crackers for topping ( I used Snyder’s Wholey Cheese)

Line Crockpot with foil or a crockpot liner. Grease inside of liner with butter or oil then when browned meat has cooled mix evenly with your hands all ingredients except GF crackers. Place lid on pot and set on low for 6-8 hours. Before removing from pot add crushed GF Cheddar Crackers on top, spreading evenly. Let casserole rest with lid off for about 10 minutes then serve. Enjoy!

Note: If you bake this casserole in the oven, you will need to parboil the squash before chopping to make casserole. In the crockpot the longer cooking time will let the squash soften and it is not necessary to parboil.

 

Cheesy Kale Meatloaf

My Kale is doing so good this year, so I’ve been putting Kale in everything!

Cheesy Kale Meatloaf

 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

2 large eggs

1 Cup GF Marinara Sauce

2 Cups finely chopped Kale leaves ( Remove the stem before chopping)

1 Cup GF Bread Crumbs or GF Oatmeal

1 Cup freshly grated Romano Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 1/2 Cups freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (reserve for topping)  

1 Tablespoon dried Oregano leaves

2 Teaspoons dried Basil leaves

2 Tablespoons minced Garlic

 Preheat oven to 375*

Wash stem and chop Kale leaves in food processor until finely chopped. Place into large mixing bowl along with all other ingredients, (except Parmesan Cheese). Using your hands mix well until well blended. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan patting out meat mixture evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes to let meat reabsorb liquids. Top with parmesan and serve. Enjoy!

 Note: This recipe also makes great meatballs! We like to top them with more marinara sauce. YUM!

 

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

Cheesy Garlic Herb Bread Sticks

1 Cup Almond Flour 

1/2 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking soda

 

1 Teaspoon dry Oregano

2 Teaspoon dry Basil

1 Teaspoon dry Thyme

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

 

1/2 stick Butter, melted (1/4 Cup)

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt

4 Duck Eggs ( 5 regular chicken eggs)

 

1 Cup freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350*

 

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients including herbs and garlic powder. In another bowl whisk melted butter, yogurt and eggs until well blended. Pour all liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Then fold in all of the cheese and incorporate thoroughly. This should make a stiff ball of dough. Grease large pizza pan or sheet pan with butter and roll out dough onto pan. If you are using a pizza pan with no sides only roll out to within 2 inches of the edge. As the cheese melts the dough will spread and run over the side of pan if it is too close to the edge. Bake for 20-25 min. or until bread sticks are set and turning brown. Then remove from oven slice bread sticks into 1- 2 inch widths and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until well browned on top. Serve warm. Enjoy!

 

Fried Radishes

Fried Radishes

2 Large bunches of Radishes ( enough to make 2 Cups sliced radishes)

1/4 Cup Oil enough to cover bottom of skillet (optional, add 2 Tablespoons bacon or pork chop drippings)

1 Teaspoon Salt

Wash radishes well, cutting off the greens and the root end, do not peel. Slice to about 1/8 inch thick. Add meat drippings and oil to skillet and heat until sizzling on medium high. Add sliced radishes spreading out evenly in skillet. Season with salt, cover with lid and let fry for about 3 minutes. Then turn radishes and stir spreading out evenly. Let fry covered, another 3-4 minutes until edges are starting to get crisp and centers are soft. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!

Crispy Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

Slowcooker Ham and Potatoes

Crispy Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes

 

4 medium Potatoes

2 Cups cubed GF Ham

1 Teaspoon additive free Season Salt

1 Teaspoon additive free Garlic Powder

1 Cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Line Slow Cooker with tin foil, oil sides and bottom before filling with ham and potatoes.

Wash potatoes very well, leaving the skins on, being sure to remove any bad spots. Then slice each potato into 1 inch thick rounds all the way across the potato. Place potatoes into the bottom of the lined slow cooker. Sprinkle evenly with season salt and garlic powder. Place ham on top of potatoes distributing evenly. Set slow cooker on low for 6 – 8 hours.

When potatoes are soft lift foil filled potatoes and ham from cooker. Using tongs lift each potato round to the top letting ham chunks fall to the bottom, then place foil packet under hot broiler in the oven for 1-2 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. Top with grated cheese, and place back under broiler until cheese melts for a few seconds. Remove and serve. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Duck

Maple Glazed Duck

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Wild Duck

6-8 Frozen Wild Duck Breasts ( my Crockpot will hold 8)

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Cup Pure (additive free) Maple Syrup

Line crockpot or slow cooker with parchment paper up to the rim. Place each cleaned and frozen duck breast with the skin side down into the bottom of the parchment lined crockpot, only one layer deep. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkling evenly over meat. Using only ¾ cup of maple syrup, drizzle over duck breast. Completely coating each. Cover and set cooker on low for 6-8 hours. When done, lift parchment paper, duck breasts and juices to a shallow baking pan. Cover each duck breast with remaining syrup, then place entire pan under oven broiler. Let breasts crisp for 1 ½ – 2 minutes per side. Remove from oven and ladle meat juices over each duck breast before serving. I like to let them rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Note: The frozen meat keeps it from cooking too fast and drying out.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Smoothie

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This has become my new favorite smoothie!

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Smoothie

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

1/2 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter ( I use low sugar real peanut butter)

1/4 Cup plain Greek Yogurt

6-8 small Ice Cubes ( add more if you want your smoothie thinner)

1 Tablespoon Ground Chia Seeds

Optional, 2 Tablespoons Stevia or your favorite sweetener

Add all ingredients to food processor or smoothie maker. Blend until smooth,  Pour into glass and enjoy!

Green Onion Potato Cakes

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Green Onion Potato Cakes

1 peeled and mashed Avocado

3 small baked Potatoes (About 3 cups chopped with peeling on)

2 Eggs beaten

2-3 chopped Green Onions ( about 1 cup)

2 Tablespoons Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Additive Free Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon MSG Free Seasoning Salt

Optional 1/2 Cup freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 375*F.

In medium size mixing bowl Mix all ingredients. Then spoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 25- 30 minutes or until potato cakes are brown and crispy.

You can also fry these if you prefer

Chicken Tetrazzini with Zoodles

Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini with Zoodles

Chicken Tetrazzini

3 Cups Cooked and Cubed Chicken ( about 4 medium chicken breasts)

4 Cups Raw Zoodles (I used 2 Yellow Zucchini about 10 inches long)

1/4 Cup melted butter

1 Cup plain Greek Yogurt (I used fat free)

1- 14.5oz. Can Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup or 1 ¾ Cup of home made

2 Cups Freshly Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 375*

In large mixing bowl add all ingredients except Parmesan Cheese. Mix well and pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan, spreading out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, then sprinkle grated parmesan on top. Finish baking for 15 to 20 minutes more or until browned on top. (total baking time 35-40 minutes) Remove let cool and serve.

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Hazelnut Flour or Meal

1/2 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup White Sugar ( If you want to make this Sugar Free just use the Pyure Stevia in the same amounts as both sugars)

1 Cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour ( I used Better Batter)

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 Large Eggs (Beaten)

8oz. Cream Cheese softened

1/2 Cup Salted Butter softened (1 Stick)

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla

1- 11.5 oz. package Hershey’s Gluten Free Milk Chocolate Chips ( if you want this sugar free then use 2 packages of the Sugar Free Chips)

Preheat oven to 350*F.

In large bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Using electric mixer or food processor beat together eggs, cheese, butter and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix together until well blended, then fold in chocolate chips. You may want to cover bowl and let set in fridge for about 15 minutes, or you can go ahead and spoon onto greased cookie sheet, and flatten out to about ¼ inch thick. ( I wet my fingers to do this.) Bake for 16 to 18 minutes. We like ours just until they are crispy around the edges. Be aware these are a little rich, but that’s ok for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Duck

Maple Glazed Duck

Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Wild Duck

6-8 Frozen Wild Duck Breasts ( my Crockpot will hold 8)

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Cup Pure (additive free) Maple Syrup

Line crockpot or slow cooker with parchment paper up to the rim. Place each cleaned and frozen duck breast with the skin side down into the bottom of the parchment lined crockpot, only one layer deep. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkling evenly over meat. Using only ¾ cup of maple syrup, drizzle over duck breast. Completely coating each. Cover and set cooker on low for 6-8 hours. When done, lift parchment paper, duck breasts and juices to a shallow baking pan. Cover each duck breast with remaining syrup, then place entire pan under oven broiler. Let breasts crisp for 1 ½ – 2 minutes per side. Remove from oven and ladle meat juices over each duck breast before serving. I like to let them rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Note: The frozen meat keeps it from cooking too fast and drying out.

Lasagna Soup!

Lasagna Soup

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Gluten Free Lasagna Soup

1 Large Onion Chopped (mine was about 3 1/2Cups after chopping)

5- 6 Large Cloves of Garlic minced

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef

2- 14 oz. Cans of 100% Chicken Broth

4 Cups Additive Free Tomato Sauce ( you can use Peeled and Chopped tomatoes)

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/2 of a 10 oz. Box of Gluten Free Lasagna Noodles (I used Café’ Brand no boil)

2 Teaspoons additive free Dry Oregano

2 Teaspoons additive free Dry Sweet Basil

1/4 Cup additive free Plain Greek Yogurt

½ Cup additive free Fresh Parmesan Cheese crumbled

In medium size skillet brown ground beef. When there is almost no pink left in meat, add chopped onion and garlic. If you are making this on the stove top then, cook another 5-10 minutes while covered, stirring and turning over meat and onions, until onions are soft and translucent. In large stock pot, or Crockpot add browned meat and onion mixture, along with chicken broth, tomato sauce, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Break up noodles and add to pot, along with spices.(** If you are making this in a Crockpot or slow cooker, set on low for 6-8 hours and do not add noodles, yogurt and cheese until the last 15 minutes of cooking time.**)  On stove top cook on a slow boil continuing to stir for about 10 minutes. Then stir in yogurt, and cheese. Simmer another 10-15 minutes, when noodles are soft it is ready to serve. Serve with Gluten Free garlic bread! YUM, Enjoy!!

Gluten Free Gingerbread

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Gluten Free Ginger Bread

3 Cups fine ground GF Flour ( I like Better Batter)

2 Teaspoons GF Double Action Baking Powder ( Clabber Girl)

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Nutmeg

1 Cup Sugar

4 Large Eggs

1 Tablespoon Peeled and Freshly Grated Ginger Root

2/3 Cup Water

1   Stick melted Salted Butter

½  Cup GF Oil

1 Cup Pure Additive Free Honey

In large mixing bowl whisk together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. In another bowl beat the eggs and add the freshly grated ginger and whisk together. Add water, melted butter, oil and honey, to the eggs and ginger. Stir all liquids together and pour into flour and spice mixture. Beat with mixer just until well blended. Don’t over mix, it will make the bread rubbery. Let batter set in fridge for about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

When ready to bake, pour batter into four small greased and floured ( with GF Flour) 3 ½ x 5 ½ inch loaf pans, or two large 9×4 inch loaf pans. Fill pans to about ½ inch from top of pan. I like to swirl the batter on top, so that it will split and look more like artisan bread. Or you can smooth out the dough if you prefer. Remember to place a 9×13 inch pan half full of water on bottom rack of oven. Evenly space loaf pans on top rack, over water and bake for 40 minutes. Remove water and bake loaves for another 20 – 25 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted into center loaf comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and cover with foil. Serve warm with butter. Or give to friends for Christmas!

 

Jan’s Soft Butter Cream Cookies

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I recently found this cookie baking pan and since it is different from using a regular cookie sheet, I  have adjusted the baking time in my Soft Butter Cream Cookie recipe to accommodate.  I did leave the normal dough resting and baking time at the bottom for you.

 
Jan’s Gluten Free Soft Butter Cream Cookies
 
1 1/2 Cups Fine Ground GF Flour ( I used Better Batter)
½ Cup Additive Free Powdered Sugar
Optional ( If you want them a little sweeter) add 2 Tablespoons White granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Gluten Free Baking Powder (If you use a heavier GF Flour you will need to add another Teaspoon)
½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Cup Salted Butter (1 Stick)
4 oz. Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Tablespoon Additive Free Vanilla
2 Large Eggs
Preheat oven to 300*F. ( this pan conducts heat very well)
In medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and soda. Soften butter and cream cheese in microwave. Don’t get it too hot, it will kill the baking powder. Beat eggs, and add to flour mixture, along with vanilla. Then add cheese and butter folding in all ingredients. Pour dough into food processor or mixer and blend until dough is smooth. Don’t over mix, it will make the cookies tough. You may refrigerate dough or dip out a about a 1 inch ball or smaller and place each ball into oiled cookie pan, pushing dough to edges of each design with wet fingers. Then place pan into oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. When cookies are brown around the edges remove pan from oven and let cookies set for about 5 minutes. Then remove to cookies from pan and let cool on cookie rack. When cookies are cool coat with glaze icing recipe below and decorate as desired.
If you are rolling out the cookies follow instructions below.
Preheat oven to 375* F.
Cover and Refrigerate dough for 30-40 minutes or even over night. When dough is really cold, pour onto wax paper that has been covered in powdered sugar. Make sure dough is covered on both sides with powdered sugar so that it doesn’t stick     rolling pen. Roll out dough a little thicker than ¼ inch. Using cookie cutters cut out cookies and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12- 14 minutes or until cookies start to brown. Let cool before removing from cookie sheet. You may brush with melted butter and dust with powdered sugar, or ice cookies and decorate.
Powdered Sugar Icing
2- 3 Cups Additive Free Powdered Sugar
¼ Cup cold water
Mix until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if you want it thicker.

Orange Spice Tea

Orange Spice Tea

This is one of my favorite Teas in the winter! I hope you try it!

Orange Spice Tea

1 Small Orange (washed and cut into small cubes, including the peel)

1 Teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 Gluten Free Green Tea Bag

Optional, 1-2 Teaspoon dried or fresh Lemon Thyme Leaves

Place all ingredients into coffee or tea filter of either coffee or tea maker. (I use a coffee maker) Fill with water, mine holds 12 cups and let it run the cycle. Drink warm, and use whatever sweetener you prefer. Enjoy! Oh you can also make this on the stove just in a sauce pan.

Turkey with Fruit Salad ( or Chicken and Fruit Salad)

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Turkey with Fruit Salad (or Chicken Salad)

This is a great way to use up that left over Turkey!

2 ½ Cups cooked and cubed Turkey (or about 2 large cooked chicken breast)

1/3 Cup finely chopped red onion

1 Small apple, about 1 to 1 ¼ cups chopped apple with the peeling

1 to 1 ¼ Cups quartered and sliced seedless grapes

2/3 Cup chopped pecans

2/3 Cup Gluten Free mayonnaise ( I use Hellman’s Real mayo)

In medium bowl add cooked and cubed Turkey ( or chicken). Wash and cut up fruit and onion adding this to meat, along with pecans. Then pour in mayo and mix well. Serve in lettuce wrap or on your favorite Gluten Free bread for a great tasting sandwich. Enjoy!

Our Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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This is our totally Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dinner. Turkey and Gravy, Ham with Pineapple, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Dressing (or Stuffing), Frito Salad, Spiced Pecans, 4 Dozen Sweet Rolls, Green Bean Casserole, Coleslaw, Orange Jello Salad, Stuffed Celery, the very edge of the picture, boiled eggs, ready to be deviled!   This doesn’t include the Desert Table!

Holiday Meal Prep Continued!

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I went through all of my supplies and list that I start every year before the Holidays and found I was running low and missing a few items. So my Mom and I made our last trip to the Grocery store before Thanksgiving. It was crazy, but we did get what we needed. One of the items I was running low on was my Cream of Chicken Soup. I’m down to one container in the freezer, so I got the supplies I needed to make another batch.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Meal Prep Continued!

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Since I can’t have a lot of the chemicals and gluten that is in many of the bottled salad dressings, I make my own. So today I’m working on the Salad Dressings I use on my Salads for the Holidays. If you make them now it helps the flavors to blend with the oils so much better! I use this one on my Frito Salad!

Jan’s GF Catalina Dressing

This dressing just literally bursts with FLAVOR!
½ Cup White Vinegar
3/8 Cup GF Thick Tomato Sauce
1 Cup Canola Oil
½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Additive Free Paprika
½ Teaspoon Original Williams Chili Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Additive Celery Flakes
½ Teaspoon Additive Free Dry Mustard
1 ½ Tablespoons Additive Free Onion Powder
I like to use my smoothie maker or juicer attachment on my blender to make this, it grinds up the spices really fine. Or you can use the blender. Pour all liquid ingredients in first, then add dry ingredients and blend until all dissolved. Pour into pint jar, or air tight container, put lid on, and store in refrigerator. Shake before each use. Enjoy!

 

Holiday Meal Prep Day 3

GFMixes

Working on Gluten Free Mixes today. I have my Gluten Free Flour mixes for Pie Crust, Sweet Rolls, and Gravies all ready and waiting in the freezer for Thanksgiving! All I have to do is add the wet ingredients!

Here’s the recipe for my Honey Sweet Rolls.

Gluten Free Honey Sweet Rolls

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Honey Sweet Rolls 

3 ½  Cups Gluten Free All purpose Flour ( I used Tom Sawyer and Betty Crocker mixed)

½ Teaspoon Salt

½  Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Heaping Tablespoon Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Cup Pure Egg Whites

½ Cup Gluten Free Canola Oil

1/2 Cup Pure Butter Milk

½ Cup Pure Honey

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Then add egg whites, oil, butter milk, and honey. Gently fold liquids and flour together until all dry ingredients are wet. Don’t over mix! Cover mixing bowl and store in refrigerator at least 2 hours. ( I like to mix this the day before and let it set overnight.)

When you are ready to bake rolls, remove from fridge and prepare yeast mixture below.

Yeast Mixture:

¾  Cup White Granulated Sugar

½ Cup Scalded Milk (in microwave about 1 minute)

¼  Cup Cold tap water

2 Heaping Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast

In medium glass mixing bowl, add sugar, scalded milk, & water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Temperature should not be over 110 degrees. (It will kill the yeast) Add yeast and mix with plastic whisk. Set aside and let it foam about 15 minutes. I like to set it near the stove to keep it warm.

Preheat oven to 325* Add a 9×13 inch baking pan filled half way with water, to bottom rack of oven. This will keep rolls moist while baking.

When yeast is ready, add dough and yeast mixture to food processor or mixer. Blend on highest setting until well mixed. Do not over mix, it will make rolls rubbery. I usually blend no more than 30 to 40 seconds or until all lumps are gone and dough is smooth.

Pour dough onto wax paper that has been lightly greased and floured (with GF flour). Lightly sprinkle more flour on top of dough, just enough to roll out. Roll out dough to about 1 inch thickness. Using a 2 ½ in round cookie cutter, cut rolls and place in a lightly greased nonstick pan. Or if you are using a glass baking pan you must lightly grease and flour the pan or the rolls will stick. I can get 18 rolls into a 9×13 inch pan. This will make 24 – 25 rolls depending on how big you make them. I use a smaller pan for the rest of the rolls. Try not to handle the dough any more than you have to. The more it is worked the tougher it makes the rolls.

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Melt ½ stick of salted butter and generously brush top of rolls. Let rolls rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes.  Place in top rack of oven, above water,  when rolls have risen and bake for 20 minutes then remove pan of water from oven and let rolls finish baking for another 5 to 10 minutes or until completely brown and done in the center. Insert a wooden toothpick in the center roll, if it comes back clean, then they are done.

Remove from oven and butter again while warm. Lightly cover rolls with foil that you have pierced with a fork, ( so rolls do not sweat) until you are ready to serve.

 

 

Day 2 of Holiday Prep

Gluten Free Corn Bread

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Today I’m working on the cornbread for my Stuffing. ( if your from the South, we call it Dressing) The Stuffing or Dressing recipe I use calls for 2 pans of corn bread, which equals about 12 cups of crumbled corn bread. So I double the recipe below.   I try to make my corn bread early, measure it out and put it into bags and freeze it. That way when it’s time to make my dressing for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is add it to the recipe.

Gluten Free Corn Meal Mix

1–24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Stone Ground Whole Grain Corn Meal

2- 24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Flour

Mix well with whisk, in a large mixing bowl, and pour in air tight container. Be sure and label container.

The reason I like to use the mix of corn flour and cornmeal, is because the GF corn meal is coarser than regular cornmeal. So when you add the corn flour it just evens it out. If you like the grit of the corn, then just use the cornmeal. ( I have a thing about texture. I don’t even like regular pears because of the grit!)

If you like the finer grind of the Corn Flour, just use the Corn Flour alone instead of adding the Whole Grain Corn Meal

Gluten Free Corn Bread

2 Cups GF Corn Meal/Corn Flour Mix (2 bags Bobs Red Mill Corn Flour, 1 bag Bobs Red Mill Corn Meal)

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Sugar

¾ Stick of softened Salted Butter (6 Tablespoons or 3/8 cup of oil)

1 Cup Water or Milk

2 Eggs Beaten

In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add butter, water and eggs. Mix well and pour into a greased, 9 – 10 inch skillet, or baking dish. Bake at 350* for 25 – 30 minutes, or until set and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

Prep for the Holidays, Day 1

Gluten Free Croutons

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I’m starting my prep for Holiday cooking today. I’ve been saving the ends of my Gluten Free Bread in the freezer for a while now. So today I’m going to make Croutons for Stuffing.

Gluten Free Croutons

Preheat oven to 400*

Gluten Free bread

1 Teaspoon additive free garlic powder

1 Teaspoon salt

Per 2 ½  Cups cubed bread

I use leftover Gluten Free bread if I can, and I like to save the ends for croutons also. But if you need several cups at a time, one 9×4 inch loaf will make about 4- 5 cups of baked croutons. To cut each slice into small crouton size squares, I usually stack the slices of bread, then cut so it goes faster. And spread the little squares on a cookie sheet, or baking pan one layer thick.  Sprinkle on garlic powder and salt, and bake. About 20 – 25 minutes or until crisp. Make sure to check them at about 15 minutes, they will need to be stirred. When done, let them cool, and store in an air tight container in the freezer until needed.  To use in a salad, take out what you need and microwave about ten seconds. Or save them for stuffing.

My dressing (or stuffing) recipe calls for 4 cups of croutons. My baking pans will hold 2 ½ cups of cubed bread at a time, which equals (after shrinkage) 2 cups of croutons. So after baked and cooled the 2 ½ cups will shrink to about 2 cups.

Cake Pop Eye Balls

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Gluten Free Cake Pop Eyeballs

1/2 Cup Plain GF Greek Yogurt ( or 4oz. cream cheese)

1 Cup Sugar

3 Large Eggs

1 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (I used Better Batter)

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free (Clabber Girl) Baking powder

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla

Cream yogurt, sugar & eggs. Add remaining ingredients & mix well on high speed until blended. Let dough set in fridge for about 30 min.  When ready to bake preheat oven to 350*F. Butter both sides of non-stick cake pop pan and fill bottom half of pan with batter. (without the holes). Place top on, and lock together. Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes, then turn pan over and bake another 9 minutes. (18 minutes total). Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing top.  If batter comes through holes in the top be sure and remove those little bits before cooling. After 5 minutes remove from pan and lay them out to cool on cooling rack ( It may be necessary to trim the seam side of pops) When cool dip in melted GF almond bark and decorate.

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Or use the Simi Royal Icing recipe below. You must cover cake pops with a crumb coating ( thin glaze icing) then let set before covering with royal icing.

Simi Royal Icing

6 ½ – 7 cups Powdered Sugar (or icing sugar)

1/4 Cup Pure Light Corn Syrup

1/4 Cup Milk ( plus 1-2 Tablespoons if needed)

In food processor add 6 ½ Cups powdered sugar then add remaining ingredients. Blend well until all ingredients are smooth and forming a stiff dough. If dough is too wet then add the other ½ cup of powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is stiff.   If dough is too stiff add 1 Tablespoon milk.

I would not advise adding water. It makes the icing too sticky.

Remove Icing from processor and place on wax or parchment paper covered with powdered sugar roll out icing to about 1/8 inch thick and cut a 3 inch square from icing to wrap around each cake pop. Trim bottom of eyeball and finish decorating with pipping icing any color you prefer.

Chili Lime Avocado Dip

Chili Lime Avocado Dip

Chili Lime Avocado Dip

2 Ripe Avocadoes

1/2 Cup GF Hidden Valley Simply Ranch Chili Lime Dressing

1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese

Optional 1/4 Cup Chopped Ham

Optional 1 Sliced Fresh Jalapeno

Wash, remove the pit and scoop out avocadoes and mash with fork and add to a medium bowl. Add dressing, and mix well ( and add ham if you wish). Top with cheese, jalapeno and serve. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins or Dougnuts

Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Doughnuts

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins or Doughnuts

1  3/4 Cups All Purpose G F flour, with xanthan gum already added

2 Teaspoons additive free ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Packed Pure Brown Sugar

2 Eggs beaten

1/2 Stick softened Butter (or ¼ cup gf oil)

1 Cup additive & sugar free Applesauce

1/2 Cup pure sweet Buttermilk

(optional 1 Cup chopped pecans or 1/2 Cup ground Chia Seeds)

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, and brown sugar. Add eggs, butter, applesauce, and buttermilk. Mix on high just until smooth. Don’t over mix. Let batter rest for about 15- 20 minutes. Then fold in pecans. Preheat oven to 325*F. Using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop fill each muffin cup with batter. If you don’t use the muffin papers then you must grease and flour your muffin pan. If you are making doughnuts, grease a non-stick doughnut pan and fill each doughnut place with batter almost to the top. Bake muffins for 28- 30 minutes and doughnuts for 25 minutes. This recipe will make a dozen small cupcake size muffins and 6 doughnuts.

Glaze:

2 Cups additive free Powdered Sugar

1  1/2 Teaspoon additive free ground Cinnamon

1/3 Cup warm tap water

Whisk until smooth and dip or brush muffins and doughnuts with glaze. Enjoy for breakfast or treat!

What Gluten Is To Me

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What Gluten is to Me

I’ve heard several people say lately that they are supposed to be Gluten Free by a Doctor’s order, but then I see them eating Gluten or they have offered it to me knowing that I have Celiac Disease. People PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, take this seriously! If you have an Autoimmune Disease and have been placed on a Gluten Free diet then you need to know Gluten is poison to your body!

Poison Ivy, Bee Stings, Peanut Butter, for example are poisonous to some people. Well Gluten is poison to me. You may not be able to see the damage it does to me, but I do break out in a rash; It’s in my hair and mouth. You may not be able to see the pain it causes me because I hide it very well. ( The stomach and joint pain are horrendous) The damage it does to my stomach and intestine can’t be seen except by my Dr., but it’s there, and even the tiniest bit of Gluten ( by proven studies, only 1/64th of a teaspoon) can cause intestinal damage and eventually cancer . The days and days of extreme fatigue is what gets me the most, because I can’t do what I need to do. I can’t get my work done; housework, job, and chores. It all has to just wait and I HATE that!!!  

So If you see me carrying wet wipes with me at the grocery store, or constantly washing my hands, its because, I’m wiping off Gluten that has touched something that I need to put in my cart to prevent cross contamination.  I’m trying to stay healthy. Or if I turn down a perfectly nice treat you offer me, (because it contains Gluten) please don’t be offended. I’m trying to stay healthy. If you see me standing in the isle at the store for a long time looking at a product, it’s because I’m reading the label to make sure it’s safe. (My husband even has to use Gluten Free shaving lotion so that I can kiss him on the cheek and not get glutened.) It’s because I’m trying to stay healthy

If you are one of us that has an Autoimmune Disease, please take this seriously and stay away from even the tiniest amount of Gluten and STAY HEALTHY.

 

Fresh Apple Upside Down Cake

Fresh Apple Upside down Cake

Fresh Apple Upside Down Cake

Bottom Topping:

1/2 Cup Butter ( 1 Stick )

2 cups Brown Sugar Packed

5 Medium size Apples washed peeled and sliced about ½ inch thick slices                 ( about 4 Cups )

In medium sauce pan melt butter and add sugar on medium high heat. Stirring constantly until mixture starts to bubble and sugar is dissolved. This will take about a minute to minute and a half. Remove from heat and pour into a buttered 9×13 inch baking pan. ( I use a glass baking pan, it seems to work much better). Lay sliced apples on top of sugar butter mixture, placing them very close together. The apples I used made 3 rows the full length of the pan. Set aside and let cool while you make the cake batter.

Cake Batter:

1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Gluten Free Flour with xanthan gum already added ( I used Better Batter)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1 1/2 Cups White Granulated Sugar

1/2 Cup Butter Softened ( 1 Stick)

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt

3/4 Cup Milk

4 Large Eggs Beaten

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Then fold in butter, yogurt, milk beaten eggs, and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer on high until well blended. (Note: batter will not be completely smooth, the yogurt likes to stay a little lumpy, but that is what it’s supposed to do) When mixed, pour batter over apples in pan and bake for 48-50 minutes. When almost done the sugar will smell like it is about to burn, but don’t panic. This is just the sugar caramelizing. When cake is set in the center, remove pan and let cool about 10 minuets. Then slide a knife around the edges of cake and invert onto cookie sheet or serving platter. Slowly lift cake pan up and remove, letting sugar bottom, topping fall onto apples.  Enjoy!

Please note: If you use a cake mix in this and try to bake at a higher heat with a shorter baking time, the apples will not get done.

Hamburger Gravy

Hamburger Gravy

It’s been a rough week at our house! We have been dealing with a water leak, so this is one of our go to comfort foods.

Hamburger Gravy

1 pound Lean Ground Beef

1 ½ Teaspoons Season Salt ( or season to your taste)

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (optional)

Gravy

2 Tablespoons Meat drippings ( or Oil)

2 Tablespoons All-purpose Gluten Free Flour

1/2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

2/3 Cup Warm Water

1/2 Teaspoon Salt ( or more, depending on your taste)

(optional) ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

2 Cups Milk

In small mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, pepper, baking powder and water. Let stand while browning meat.

In a 10 inch cast-iron skillet, on medium to high heat, break apart and crumble hamburger as it browns. When meat is cooked through, remove crumbled beef, but leaving the drippings in the skillet. Turn heat off and let skillet cool before pouring in flour water mixture. If you don’t have enough drippings then add 2 Tablespoons oil and slowly whisk in water, flour mixture. Turn heat back on, to  high. Slowly whisk in milk, continuing to stir until gravy starts to bubble and thicken. Turn heat to low, and stir crumbled beef back into gravy. When gravy is almost done, turn off heat. As it cools it will thicken more. Serve with Gluten Free biscuits while still warm. You may want to add more seasoning according to taste.

Slow Roasted Grilled Chicken

Slow Roasted Chicken

Slow Roasted Grill Chicken

1 Whole Chicken ( gettry to the kind with no additives)

Rub

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder

1 ½ Tablespoons Course Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Ground Pepper

Preheat Grill to 300*

( Only the burners at each end. Leave the middle burners off)

NOTE: You can do this in the oven, it may not have the flavor that it will get from the grill.

In medium size mixing bowl whisk together all rub ingredients.

Remove giblets from inside bird and wash whole chicken very well, including the inside.  Place whole chicken into a greased 9×13 inch foil pan. Using your hands dip rub from bowl and start rubbing entire chicken with the sugar and spice mixture, on top and under the skin and inside the cavity also. When you have used all of the rub, place pan on grill in the center between the outside burners. Close lid and keep grill at 300 – 350*F.  After the first hour start rotating the pan a half turn every 30 minutes. Also as juices start to fill the pan baste the chicken with those juices. Try not to open the lid unless it’s time to rotate pan. Roast a total of 3 hours or until a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the bird and internal temp. is 165* F. or 75*C.  (The last 30 minutes of cooking time, remove bird from pan and place over grate with fire under it, to crisp the skin for 15 minutes on each side.) Save drippings in pan to pour over chicken and serve! Enjoy!

 

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

The Juice of 2 Lemons ( about 1/2 Cup )

2 Cups whole Fresh Strawberries ( you can use frozen)

2 Cups Cold water

2 Cups Ice

1 Cup Organic Agave Nectar

Pour lemon juice and other ingredients into blender on crush setting and blend until all berries and ice is completely crushed and liquid. Pour into container and place in fridge (or freezer) until ready to serve. Makes almost 1/2 Gallon.

I like to place it into the freezer until slushy and serve on a HOT summer day!