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Noodly-Noodles For Real

 

 

 

gfnoodlesWhen I switched to gluten free noodles, there were lots of trial and error meals with noodles that were all substandard. I bought rice noodles all over town, any store that had anything that was safe to cook, we tried. More often than not, we wondered why we thought we needed noodles back in our diets. We finally settled on the Tinkyada brand for anything “noodle”, and they are okay. They cook up well and hold their shapes and do whatever job a noodle needs to do… and frankly I am happy to have the option. It’s beginning to look a lot like mac and cheese season, and we need noodles!! But, they are still different enough that the gluten eaters in the house (that I still have to cook for) won’t touch the rice noodles. Well, they will eat them, they just aren’t real happy about the experience. Whatever.

Enter the Barilla brand gluten free pasta box into the noodle challenge.

Done. These are great noodles. They cook and look and taste just like “real” pasta. AND!!! The resident gluten eater said that if I hadn’t told him they were GF, that he wouldn’t have been able to tell.

Done. We have a new pasta brand!!! In. The. House. yay

 

 

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What to do with BBEEAANNSZ

I was recently given some dried beans by an elderly neighbor. She only reheats her prepackaged food these days, and thought I might want a freakishly large package of dried mixed beans for something, …”since you cook”.

I have been in the habit of buying canned beans, but there is no way that I *CAN’T* process my own beans… I just don’t, or more precisely, haven’t lately.

Oh fine. So I cooked the beans. Stop the presses! Alert the media! Cooking your own beans is cheaper, to be sure. And not difficult by any stretch of the imagination. And they are certainly gluten free… so I cooked them.

So…how do you cook beans from scratch? – Answer? Slowly. Yes, it takes hours. And yes, buying them already cooked in a can that I only have to open and dump into a recipe is easier. I hate to admit it, but these tasted better.

  • 4 Cups of dried beans in 16 cups of water (I used filtered water) in a large enameled cast iron dutch oven. Heavy duty.
  • Let them boil for 2 minutes and then take off the heat- cover and let sit one hour.
  • DRAIN THE WATER.
  • Refill the water and simmer the beans for 2 hours, or until tender. Don’t over think this part. They are done when they are done.  This 4 cups of dried beans resulted in 12 Cups of cooked and ready to use beans for my recipes. Awesome. Thifty. Delicious.

After they had cooled off, I packaged them in 2 cup containers with a little bit of the cooking water. Some in the fridge to use right away in a delicious recipe, and some in the freezer to use later.

So far, we have had “COWBOY BEANS” and chili. mmmm …winter food.

COWBOY BEANS

Cook:

  • 1/2 lb of Jimmy Dean sausage, crumbled and cooked
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped and cooked with the sausage

Add:

  • 4 Cups of pre-cooked beans (drained)
  • 1 can of Bush’s baked beans (Do not drain)

Mix togther and pour over the top:

  • 1/4 Cup warm water
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 2 T thai chili sauce
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard powder

Bake at 300 for 1 hour covered, then another 45 minutes to an hour uncovered.

Serve as a main dish, a side dish, or as a nacho topping with corn chips. These were also good as part of enchiladas. And going by the lack of any leftovers… everyone liked it.  Useful dish to be sure.

 

 

Play Practice Chicken

We are currently involved in a play production…and we are busy every night for weeks. Who isn’t busy? So, having dinner cooked for me when I get home tonight will be a real treat. THANK YOU, CROCKPOT!!!! I rarely use this contraption because I would rather cook in other ways, but when it’s useful? oh yeah.

Most of the time I set it on “high”, and get whatever it is cooked and done in 3 or 4 hours.. but today, we are taking the slow “low” temp approach and it will be slowly stewing itself all afternoon and be done when I get home late tonight.

I decided to make “something” in the crockpot for tonight, but really had to use up some things from the fridge… creative economy and “Whatchagot stew”. I found some chicken and carrots and potatoes… mmmmm maybe over noodles? The sauce that it’s cooking in should make a nice gravy if I thicken it just a little bit at the end of the cooking time.

YAY dinner!

Crockpot Chicken For Busy Days

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders, slightly defrosted and cubed.
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups of baby carrots (leftovers from the back of the  fridge-because no one will eat them otherwise…drat.)
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • one clove of garlic – peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth (more or less what was left in the fridge from something else I cooked last week) ymmv
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 Cup gluten-free tamari sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Worchestershire sauce

Layer it all into a large crockpot. Set it to “low” and go do your thing. Come back in 6-8 hours. Make some noodles and thicken the gravy. Should be delicious.

I  use the Tinkyada brand noodles. Can’t decide if the penne or the spiral noodles will be better for this. hmmmm. Whichever, it’s still easy dinner.

 

 

Alright, Alright! Cinnamon Rolls…

cin5The season is changing from summer to autumn… and with all the leaves falling in the yard, I am longing for savory breads and toasty things from the oven.

Today I experimented with sourdough-cinnamon rolls. Okay.. yes please! am I right? Seriously. Yum.

I have never had a cinnamon roll made with sourdough before… seems like I would remember that. And I have never seen a recipe for them either, and I read a LOT of cookbooks… so I modified my favorite recipe to use the sourdough sauce on my counter. Yep, it’s still going strong after weeks of experiments. I wonder how long I can keep it going? Some of the “tips and tricks about sourdough” that I have read, suggested that you can keep in the refrigerator. Eh. The short answer is yes, yes you can. But mine works better if it lives on the kitchen counter, where it can be a constant temperature.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 Cup sourdough batter
  • 1/2 C rice syrup (which I used in place of honey)
  • 2 “eggs” (I used “flax eggs”)
  • 1/4 coconut/hemp/rice milk
  • 1/2 Cups oil
  • 1/2 Cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup tapioca flour
  • 1 3/4 Cups potato starch
  • 1 Tblspoon dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tblspoon pixie dust xanthan gum

Mixed in the Kitchenaid mixer for about two minutes until well mixed.

Spoon out onto a well dusted waxed paper rectangle.

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Then, spread with melted butter (about 3 Tablespoons) an

d sprinkle with

  • 2/3 Cups brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon cin2

Using the waxed paper to help pick up and roll the dough, roll into a log. Cut 1 1/2 inch rolls and place cut side up spiralscin3in well greased 9×13 pan. Let rise 30-45 minutes.

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Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutescin6

Drizzle with vanilla glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tblspoon butter
  • 2 Tblspoon coconut/hemp/rice milk

 

Sourdough Experiments

I started some sourdough the other day and while I was waiting for it to percolate and do it’s thing for 3 days… I started looking for recipes to turn it into something “real”. I am thinking maybe some pancakes, or bread , or something.

If you have been gluten-free for more than about 2 hours, then you know the bread problem. Sure, there are some store bought options, but the real truth of it is that many of those options are just gross. Or they have too much sugar, or weird flour blends that I can’t have. What I want, is what I used to have: home baked, fresh sourdough bread. Really, is that too much to ask? Yeah, for gluten-free, it probably is.

Having to toss out a decades old sourdough starter when I realized it was full of poison (gluten) ..was like saying goodbye to a family member. So sad. It took me years to restart a new tub of sourdough. The first attempt was gross, and I moved on by just making other kinds of bread, buying some from the store freezer,  and mostly doing without. But last week, I decided to try once more and I am so glad I did. I know what I did wrong last time.. and this attempt seems successful so far.

Real Bread. It’s yummy. bread

 

Mini-Donuts!

The State Fair is less than a month away…. and the usual dread of hearing the refrain of “no donuts for you” is G-O-N-E.  gone gone gone.

Now, I can make my own!!!!

Oh, how I have missed you, Tiny Donuts! Welcome back.

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Mini Donuts

Mix together:

  • 2 flax “eggs”
  • 2 cups of coconut milk + 2 tsps vinegar
  • 1/4 C softened/melty butter

Blend together in another bowl:

  • 5 C gluten free flour mixture blend
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons magic pixie dust xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients by hand- and let it rest for 15 minutes. Pat the dough to just less than 1/2 inch thick and cut out circles to make the tiny donuts, just poke your finger through the middle to make the hole. Easy Peasy.  Even easier- just roll small balls of this dough to make donut holes. Munchkins? oh yes.

Fry in hot oil, roll in cinnamon sugar.

Take a bag of your own mini-donuts to the fair!

Freezer Chicken Soup

Sometimes, I go through the freezer and find a package of this and a package of that and it all sounds like it might go together in some sort of fashion. Sometimes it’s about trying to make something tasty, and sometimes it’s about not having to go to the store for dinner. Eating-down the pantry is an art. What good is storing food if you never eat it? Srsly.

This current concoction of soup, an actual vat of chickeny goodness – will last me until Christmas. And it’s pretty tasty.

Here’s news: I hate canned soup. Oh sure, it’s really handy and easy to obtain at the store, also good for emergency situations (hello? Hurricanes?) … but I really hate canned soup. I used to *LOVE* (repeat love)  a can of BeanofBacon soup from Campbell’s … but checking the list of Campbell’s gluten free products here, shows me that there are no BeanofBacon lunches in my immediate future. In fact, there are no soups on that list at all…. READ the labels on each can before you buy anything from Campbell’s. Not worth the disaster of being fed silent gluten because “soup should be safe”. Leave no stone unturned when detecting safe food. It’s worth the extra half of a minute to read lables.

There is a list of other companies and their GF soup lists here in case you do want to look for some hints about what canned soup options that are safe to eat.

Here’s what I cobbled together today from the freezer, it’s real delicious.

Freezer Chicken Soup

  • 1/2 a bag of frozen Broccoli -*the other 1/2 I left in the freezer for later.
  • 1/2 a can of corn -* left the other 1/2 with the broccoli in the freezer for more soup, later
  • 1/2  a bag of frozen peas -*again, left the other 1/2 for later
  • 1/2 C cooked rice (that I found in the freezer)
  • 2 C cooked beans mix: dark red, light red, cranberry beans,  navy, pinto, and lentils (left over from the beans I cooked this week for a pot of chili)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 carrots -peeled and chopped
  • 1 package of chicken tenders, cubed and baked
  • 1 package of spicy chicken sausage- sliced
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 2 vegetable soup boullion cubes
  • 1 box of chicken stock
  • handful of fresh cilantro- chopped

It’s real tasty.

 

Just Peachy

Pie. I need pie.

Usually I make little individual pies in these amazingly cute small quiche pans. I like cute food, and I find small pans really adorable. Adorable food is usually more appetizing too.

But, once in awhile I need “regular” food.

The peaches are arriving at the farmer’s market and they are delicious. Easy to peel and really juicy. Time for pie.

Peach Pie

Filling:
  • 5 C peeled and sliced peaches
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 1/3 C gluten free flour blend ***see note***
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Crust:
  • 2 1/2 C gluten free flour blend ***see note***
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (or replace with 1/2 C palm shortening)
  • 1/2 + C cold water

Blend the crust mix in a stand mixer until it makes a nice ball. Let it rest for 20 minutes and roll it out. I baked it at 350 for about 45 minutes, it might take longer in your oven to make it golden brown and bubbly. When it’s done, it’s done. Don’t rush. This list of ingredients makes both the top and the bottom crusts for this pie with plenty leftover for “pie crust cookies”-

*Pie Crust Cookies*

My mom’s favorite thing on the planet! – roll out leftover pie crust dough, cut into triangles, prick with a fork and sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over the top. Bake. Delish.

***NOTE*** ==This is the gluten free flour blend that I use for this recipe. I mix up a giant batch of this and just keep it in a big Tupperware bin in my pantry, and use it in place of “regular flour” in some recipes. Easy Peasy. Feel free to use whatever works for you. Buy it off the shelf at the market, or mix it up in your own kitchen. I am a big fan of whatever works. This works.

  • 2 cups Potato Starch
  • 1/2 C Potato FLOUR (not! the same as potato starch)
  • 1/2 C xanthan gum (this seems like a lot, it isn’t)
  • 1/4 C unflavored gelatin (Knox is the brand I use, I just open little packets until it measures what I need)
  • 8 C brown rice flour
  • 2 C tapioca starch

GarChikToes

Yeah, it’s a slow news day. Sorry.

Garlic, chicken and potatoes. Cubed. In a pan. Baked.

GARCHIKTOES

  • 4 garlic pieces, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced and diced
  • 6 potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 5 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 box of Pacific Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 C hemp or coconut milk, whatever is on the shelf
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

Slice and dice and cube. Layer all the chunky stuff in a pan. Mix the soup and the milk and the seasonings and pour all of that over the top of the chunks and bits.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, covered and another 30 minutes, uncovered. This makes a total of one hour baking time if you are playing along with our home game.

 

 

Chili-Cheese Dog

Oh, okay it’s like that then. Chili-Cheese Dogs for supper tonight!! Do you want your’s with ketchup?, or are you a no0ooo-ketchup kinda person?

My regular grocery store (Kroger) has finally decided to stock SKYLINE Chili. Now that’s worth a look.
Skyline Chili

http://skylinechili.com/pdfs/Gluten_Free_Products.pdf

and it says… (drumroll please)…yep! : “Skyline’s grocery chili (canned and frozen) is gluten free.”

YAY! We usually go with the Hormel, or the local favorite Vietti’s… but this is gonna be good. Want one? Of course you do.

Chili Cheese Dogs

  • Applegate Farms hotdogs
  • Udi’s hotdog buns
  • Vietti Chili w/beans or SKYLINE CHILI!!!
  • grated cheese
  • Ketchup (optional)