Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hello Everybody

I'm just popping in to post my new favorite appetizer recipe (below) and to let you all know that we are taking this dietary intervention thing a step farther - we are following the GAPS and SCD diets now, in hopes of even better health for my daughter. I think all grains may be bothering her, and possibly corn, which many people mistakenly believe is a vegetable. We are in stage 1, eating nutritious soups, and things are going well.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and/or Hanukkah and will have a lovely start to 2015. :)

Parmesan Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

Whole pitted dates
Sliced bacon, uncooked
Parmesan cheese wedge (may omit for a casein free appetizer)
Round toothpicks, heat tolerant

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Start by cutting the pointed end of the cheese wedge off into 1/2 x 1/4 inch sticks. Try to get the sticks to be 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch thick. Find the cut opening of the date and push the cheese stick into it lengthwise. Close the date around it. Wrap with 1/2 slice of uncooked bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn dates over and bake for 6 more minutes. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. May eat at room temperature within 4 hours. Uneaten portions may be refrigerated and reheated.

~ Delicious!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roasted Chicken Pieces w/ Veggies

4-5 potatoes, cubed
5-6 large carrots, sliced thin
EV Olive Oil

4 chicken legs
4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
EV Olive Oil
Lawry's Lemon Pepper
Lawry's Garlic Salt
Minced (dehydrated) onions

Put cubed potatoes and sliced carrots in a 15 x 10 glass baking dish. Drizzle with EVOO, salt and pepper. Toss. Roast uncovered in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place chicken pieces in a bowl and drizzle with EVOO. Toss to coat. Season, skin side down, with lemon pepper and garlic salt.

After 15 minutes, remove dish of potatoes and carrots from oven. Scoop vegetables aside and place chicken pieces, skin side up, onto surface of baking dish. Season chicken with lemon pepper and salt. Spread vegetables around chicken pieces. Bake for an additional 45 minutes at 425 degrees.

Turn the oven off and allow dish to remain in the oven with the door ajar for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest, uncovered for 5 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a smaller covered baking dish and toss with dehydrated onions. Place the chicken pieces, skin side down, on top of the vegetables. Allow to rest, covered, for 5 more minutes. Placing the chicken on top of the vegetables, skin-side down, gives the seasoning on the chicken more opportunity to flavor the vegetables, especially if you plan to remove the skin from the chicken before eating. Also, if you have a fat separator, drizzling the fat-free juices from the baking dish over the chicken and vegetables will also add tremendous delicious flavor to the dish.

~ This is still one of my favorite dishes of all time. I have found that it is much easier to use chicken pieces rather than a whole chicken. Live and learn. And, if I only eat one skinless thigh and one skinless leg, I don't go over my fat gram allowance for one meal. ~

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sweet Potato With Coconut Butter

1 medium to large sweet potato
2 tablespoons Ghee clarified butter
3-4 tablespoons coconut butter (recipe below)
3-4 dashes sea salt
1 packet Stevia

Bake sweet potato for 45-60 minutes at 400 degrees. When cooled, remove skin and place into a skillet. Mash the potato and add the remaining ingredients. Blend well. Heat to medium, stirring occasionally until the Ghee is melted. Allow to cool.

Coconut Butter

8 oz. organic unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet Stevia
3-4 dashes of sea salt

Put ingredients in a food processor and allow to process for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides and allow to process 10 more minutes. Scrape down the sides and allow to process for 10 more minutes. Repeat this process until the coconut looks like moist sugar cookie dough. You may continue the process until the mixture begins to liquify. (If you have a Vitamix, the entire process could take as little as 5 minutes.) Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

~ I started the Paleo diet Sunday and this is one of the first recipes I tried. It is delicious! My child has a bit of an issue with the texture, but it is so nutritious that I was committed to finding a way for her to enjoy it. My solution - mix it in with a baked sweet potato! YUM. ~

Sunday, August 25, 2013

GFCFSF Dairy Recipes

I was searching for a GFCFSF cream cheese recipe last night and found this site: Cassidy's Craveable Creations.

Cassidy has recipes for GFCFSF cream cheese, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, whipped cream, sour cream and much, much more.

This is the page where all of the above recipes are listed.

I hope you are as happy about these recipes as I am! There are so many recipes that I have not been able to prepare because of the presence of soy in grocery store substitutions for these items.

Thank you Cassidy!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Checking In

Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I posted a new recipe, or anything. I'm sorry.

Please bear with me.

I asked one of my cousins to share some of our grandmother's recipes with me. Hopefully, most likely, there will be some gems that I can convert to GFCF.

We hope you are having a fantastic summer! xoxo

Monday, December 24, 2012

No-Bake Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

3/4 cup pure cane sugar
1/2 stick gfcf margarine
3/4 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 cup cf milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup oats (processed in a gluten-free facility)
1 cup crushed GFCF pretzels

Bring sugar, margarine, cocoa and milk to a rolling boil and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Add oats and then pretzels. Stir to combine. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper. Cool completely. Makes about 15.

~ A new twist on an old-fashioned no-bake cocoa and oats recipe! If there is a peanut allergy, perhaps you could use another type of nut butter...? ~

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pumpkin Pie with Almond Crust

2 cups almond flour/meal
1 1/2 tablespoons melted GFCF margarine
1 tablespoon pure cane sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix almond flour, butter, and sugar. Pat evenly into bottom and sides of a pie or tart dish. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.

2 large eggs
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 15 oz. can cream of coconut*
2/3 cup pure cane sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat eggs with a fork. Add sugar, spices and salt. Blend well. Stir in cream of coconut and then stir in pumpkin puree. Whisk until well blended. Pour into cooled pie crust and bake for 55 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve.

~ I'm sorry I am posting this on Thanksgiving instead of a few days before, but I wanted to try this recipe first. I tweaked some of the measurements and omitted and substituted some of the ingredients, and it turned out to be delicious! ~

* You can find cream of coconut in the international aisle of your grocery store, the baking aisle, or (as in our store) the wine aisle - in the drink mixers section.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gluten Free Flours for Cakes

I was looking at referrals for this blog the other day and noticed that someone was searching for information about using GF flour mixes in cake recipes. I have used Carol Fenster's gluten-free flour mix for cakes and it works very well. Her cake recipes also call for leavening ingredients such as baking soda and baking powder as well as xantham gum and guar gum at times.

This morning I saw a link to Gluten Free Baking's Conversion Chart and thought I would share it here. I hope you find it helpful. Happy GF Baking!

New Products We Love

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 Everybody!

I wanted to let you know (if you don't already) about some new products that are on the market now. Udi's® now has pizza (not CF), more bagels, and new flavors of muffins and bread, as well as muffin tops.

Daiya now has cheddar, jack, and havarti wedges in addition to their cheddar, mozzarella and pepper jack shreds. The havarti listed on the website reads "jalapeno garlic" but our local store has plain havarti wedges in stock.

And Hail Merry Macaroons are the best I've ever tasted. (The blondies are my favorite.) Can't wait to try their strawberry and caramel sea salt macaroons next. And yes, they use organic strawberries! Yum.

We hope you are able to find some of these yummy new products in your area. xo

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Easier Meatloaf - Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
Lawry's seasoned salt
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season ground beef with seasoned salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon ketchup and the beaten egg and blend well. Roll into small meatballs and place in stainless steel muffin tins. Gently flatten meatballs. Spoon 1 teaspoon of ketchup on top of each. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove meatballs from muffin tins using tongs and cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Makes 12. Serves 4.

~ I don't think I will ever prepare traditional meatloaf again. :)

One way to measure the seasoned ground beef to ensure that you have 12 even-sized meatballs is to first divide the mixture in half and then the halves into halves, and then those quarters into thirds, until you have 12 equal portions/meatballs. ~

Easiest Delicious Summer Squash

3-4 large summer squash
GFCF margarine

Grate squash. Melt 1 tablespoon margarine in a non-stick skillet. Place half of the quash into the skillet into a smooth layer. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the squash. Cook over med.- med.high heat for 5 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the squash over, salt, and saute for another 5 minutes after placing small bits of margarine around the edges of the pan and in the center of the squash. Continue to turn squash over every 4-5 minutes until it reaches the desired level of caramelization. Cool completely. (Cooked squash holds its heat well.) Repeat process with the remaining squash. Serves 4.

~ So easy - Grating and cooking summer squash like hash browns! ~

Easier Roast Chicken and Vegetables

8-12 boneless skinless chicken breast tenders
4 medium potatoes, cut into med. size chunks
6 carrots, cut into med. sized slices
1 small onion, chopped
Safflower oil
Extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss potato and carrot pieces with oils and salt and pepper. Place in an 9 x 13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Submerge chicken tenders in salted water and refrigerate for at least 5 minutes. Then, drain tenders and toss with oils and pepper. Return to refrigerator.

When the vegetables have cooked for 30 minutes, remove baking dish from oven, add onions and toss vegetables to coat with oil. Place chicken tenders on top of the vegetables in a single later and return the dish to the oven. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Toss chicken and vegetables to coat with oils and seasonings. Serves 4.

~ This is an easier version of roasted whole chicken with vegetables. It is not as good as roasting the whole bird, but it is pretty close. ~

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Best Fried Chicken Ever

Chicken strips
1 egg, beaten
1 cup Mimiccreme, unsweetened
1-2 cups GF flour mix
garlic salt
safflower oil

Soak chicken pieces in salted water for 5-10 minutes. (You may skip this step but I recommend it.) Drain thoroughly. Add a beaten egg to 1 cup Mimiccreme and stir well. Add in a few chicken strips at a time and let soak while you mix the flour.

Put flour in a shallow dish or pasta plate and add two sprinklings of salt (I didn't measure), one sprinkling of garlic salt (this will not make the chicken garlicky; it will make you say, "Hmmmm. What is that yummy flavor?"), and one sprinkling of pepper. Mix well. Remove chicken from egg and cream mixture and coat chicken in flour on both sides and fry over medium heat until golden brown. Drop those chunks of flour and Mimiccreme that you have on your hands gently into the hot oil too. When they are golden brown and cooled, you won't be disappointed!

By the time I put the last batch of strips into the oil, they were falling apart.

~ This recipe is inspired by a TACA recipe Fried Chicken with Country Cream Gravy and Dr. King's Delicious Fried Chicken Recipe.

I did try to use Mimiccreme to make gravy after all the chicken was done (instead of CF milk or water) and it produced the richest, creamiest gravy ever. Thank you TACA! ~

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rotisserie Chicken In a Slow Cooker

3 1/2 - 4 pound whole chicken (giblets removed)
2 tablespoons GFCF margarine (we use Earth Balance soy-free)
1 lemon
Lawry's Lemon Pepper
Lawry's Garlic Salt

(This is messy. Have plenty of paper towels handy.)

Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle liberally, inside and out, with lemon pepper and garlic salt. Coat entire chicken with GFCF margarine. Sprinkle again with lemon pepper and garlic salt. Cut lemon into wedges (remove seeds) and place inside chicken cavity.

Spray slow cooker* with cooking spray. Place a small oven-proof glass (like a single serving casserole dish) lid or saucer in the bottom of the crock. Spray with cooking spray.

Place chicken into slow cooker, breast sides up. Put any remaining seasoned margarine bits into the cavity with the lemon wedges. Cover and cook on high 4 1/2 hours. When cooled, remove chicken from crock and debone. Scrape fruit out of lemon wedges and mix with chicken.

*Before I purchased our new slow cooker, I researched many slow-cooker website FAQs. Proctor Silex crocks, for example, do not contain lead or cadmium.

~ The last time I tried to cook a chicken in a slow cooker, the end result was shredded chicken, which I did not want. I have seen a few recipes for rotisserie chicken in a slow cooker; this is my modified version.

One of my favorite oven-roasted chicken recipes includes potatoes and carrots, so I may try to add those next time. There was about 1 and 1/2 cups of liquid in the crock when I removed the cooked chicken. But I am not yet sure how much of that is fat. ~

Old Fashioned Creamed Corn

2 10 ounce pkgs. frozen organic corn
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons GFCF margarine (we use Earth Balance soy free)

Bring water, corn, GFCF margarine, salt, and pepper to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Scoop 3 cups of the corn out of the saucepan and pulse in food processor for about 10-15 seconds. Add to remaining corn in saucepan. Stir. Cook for an additional 30 minutes on low heat, stirring frequently. Serves 4-6.

~ I have only recently purchased a food processor so this might be a "duh" recipe for many of you. I have missed creamed corn so much since we switched to organic (which means No GMOs) foods and beverages. I purchased organic corn on the cob several times in an attempt to make creamed corn but no matter what I tried (organic cornstarch mixture included), I could not make the corn creamy. So, about 45 minutes ago, it occurred to me: Use the food processor! I bought the food processor to shred organic squash so that I could cook it like hash browns, but it is now also my corn creamer. Love it! ~

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Roasted Chicken

I have spent the last two weeks amazed by how delicious roasted chicken recipes are. Where has this dish been all my life?

I cannot possibly do better than Ina Garten, Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, so here are a couple of her awesome roasted chicken recipes that I've tried. Be sure to use organic chicken, vegetables, and other ingredients... ;)

Garlic Roast Chicken

I cooked this recipe today. Be sure to use GFCF margarine instead of butter. I skipped the part where she says to salt the chicken and leave it in the fridge overnight...as well as the tying the legs together part. I separated, peeled, and halved the garlic cloves before putting them into the chicken with the lemon, and when the dish was done, I mashed them into the vegetables. I discarded the cooked lemon. Basically, I de-boned the cooked chicken and tossed it in with the vegetables, which were done without an additional 15 minute cook-time as I cut them a little smaller than she suggests. I cut the large potatoes into 8 pieces, instead of 6, for example. And I cut the carrots (at their thickest) into 1 inch chunks. Be sure not to cut either of them too small though as they will overcook. De-lish!

Engagement Roast Chicken

Be sure to use GFCF margarine and GF flour. Again, I didn't tie the legs together. I separated, peeled, and halved the garlic cloves before putting them into the chicken with the lemon, and when the dish was done, I mashed them into the vegetables. After tasting them, I discarded the bitter cooked lemons. (Yuck!) I used chicken broth instead of wine. Again, I de-boned the cooked chicken and tossed it in with the vegetables. De-lish!

Perfect Roast Chicken

This is the next roasted chicken recipe I plan to try, using GFCF margarine...

Thanks, Ina ! :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scrumptious 4 Minute Squash

2 medium or 1 very large squash (yellow or zucchini)
1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
8 tablespoons GFCF flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon GFCF margarine
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Grate squash into a bowl using the large grating side of a box grater. Stir in the (optional) onion and eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

Melt margarine and oil together in a large non-stick saute pan over medium to medium high heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter into the pan, reducing heat to medium if/when margarine/oil begins to smoke. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serves 6-8.

To keep them warm, remove paper towels and place them in a 300 degree oven for up to 30 minutes, on an oven-safe dish.

~ I don't think I will ever cook squash again, without grating it first. It cooks so much faster grated, which makes total sense, but I never thought about it until I tried this recipe...~

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy 2012

Hi everybody. I just wanted to say hello and take a minute to post something, so that this blog won't be deleted. I hope everyone is finding something helpful here. Do you have any requests?

I'll be back with more recipes in a few days. xo

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

1 large chicken breast, cut into strips

2 1/4 cups water
1 cup rice
2 teaspoons GF chicken base paste (or 4 GF chicken boullion cubes, crush 2 of them)
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine

6 small or 4 large baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
2 tablespoons GF constarch
1 cup CF milk

Place chicken breast strips in salted water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from heat. Do not discard broth.

Bring 2 1/4 cups water, 1 teaspoon chicken base paste (or 2 chicken boullion cubes), and margarine to a boil. Stir in rice, reduce to low, cover and simmer for 21 minutes. Remove from heat.

Saute chopped mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil and margarine over med./low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 teaspoon chicken base paste (or 2 crushed chicken boullion cubes) and cornstarch. Increase heat to med./meat high and gradually add milk. Stir frequently until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.

When rice is cooked, chop cooled and cooked chicken strips into small pieces and stir into cooked rice. Stir in mushroom sauce. Place heaping helpings of rice mixture into a bowl and ladel in warm strained chicken broth. Stir well. Add more or less broth/rice for desired thickness. Serves 2.

Buttery and Creamy Grits

2 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon Ghee clarified butter
2/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free - Polenta - Corn Grits*
salt and pepper

Bring water, Ghee, and salt and pepper (to taste) to a boil over med. high heat. Stir in 2/3 cup grits. Stir well. Reduce heat to very low (between low and off on our stove), cover, and cook gently for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and to distribute the water and Ghee. Remove from heat but leave covered for 5 additonal minutes. You may stir in additonal warm salted water to reach desired thickness. Serves 4.

~ My Grandmothers would be so proud that I finally got grits right! This method produces creamy and delicious grits that are not gritty. ~

*Bob's Red Mill uses only non-GMO corn.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


A friend recently asked me if there were any appetizers she could prepare for us for a short visit we had planned at her home. I thanked her and told her not to go to any trouble as I always have gfcf snacks for my daughter whenever we are away from home for an extended period of time.

Out of curiosity I Googled gfcf appetizers just to see what is out there, in case she had possibly done the same thing.

A few suggestions:

~ Kabobs - Meats and vegetables are gfcf. Make sure your marinade does not contain malt or maltodextrin or caramel color. Many brands list allergens on their labels. Make sure there is no "food starch" listed on the items you purchase unless it is specified that it is corn starch. Fleischmans's unsalted margarine is CF, as are other oils. Many Wishbone salad dressings do not contain gluten.

You can use pepperoni with vegetables marinated in a GFCF Italian dressing for Italian kabobs, cooked or uncooked.

~ Deviled Eggs

~ Deli Meat roll-ups: These are great. You can sprinkle garlic salt on your mayo and/or mix minced garlic and onions in it. You can use strips of red bell pepper, scallions (green onions), etc. Make sure your ingredients are very cold when you roll your wraps into cigar-like shapes (Boston/Bibb lettuce is great for this) and chill thoroughly if you are going to slice them into coin shaped servings, affixed with a toothpick.

~ BLT stacks - You can make mini single serving sized bites using lettuce, tomato, bacon and mayo, secured with a toothpick. Use a very small biscuit or cookie cutter to help with portion size if you need to.

~ Mixed nuts

~ Chex Mix using GF Chex cereals

~ Mini quiches/frittatas cooked in stainless steel mini muffin tins.

~ Mini pizzas and finger sandwiches:

There are GFCF products that can help make appetizer preparation easier, such as: GF tortilla chips, GF pizza crusts (cut into smaller sizes for mini pizzas), Daiya vegan cheese shreds are delicious and are GFCF.

Udi's GF bread can be used for finger sandwiches and mini toasts. Both chicken and ham salad recipes are traditionally GFCF.

These are just a few things off of the top of my head. As I think of more, I will add them to this blog.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hoppin' John

This is another one of those "Holiday Dishes" that we will be having throughout the year. This recipe is modified from a HJ recpie at Tasty Kitchen by MissAmy.

1 1/2 cups dried black-eyed peas
8 cups water, divided
3 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 smoked ham hock
6 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice, uncooked
chicken broth (optional)

Place peas, 6 cups water, salt and pepper, and ham hock in a large covered pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until peas are tender, 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 30 minutes before the peas are done, fry bacon until crispy, and drain on paper towels. Saute chopped onion in bacon grease until tender but do not discard the grease. When peas are done, carefully remove the ham hock. Add crumbled bacon, sauteed onions and bacon grease, rice, and 2 cups hot water. Mix well and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot. If you wish to add more liquid to your Hoppin' John serving, add a few tablespoons of chicken broth. This works especially well when re-heating left-over servings that have been refrigerated.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cheesy Peas + Casserole Idea

12 oz. frozen organic baby sweet peas
2 tablespoon GFCF margarine, divided
1/4 cup water
GFCF Cream of Cheese Soup

Bring peas, water, margarine, salt and pepper to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes. Drain. Add 1 tablespoon GFCF margarine and stir until melted. Add Cream of Cheese Soup and blend well. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-6.

~ I think this would be even better with GFCF cheddar crackers (I don't have a recipe for them) crumbled over the top and then baked in a lightly greased baking dish until crackers are lightly browned. And perhaps also doubled, with the addition of Cream of Mushroom soup instead of doubling the Cream of Cheese soup. This recipe is inspired by a very old asparagus and sweet pea casserole. ~

Cream of Cheese Soup

GFCF Cream of Cheese Soup

1/2 cup Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion powder or paste

Sprinkle cheese shreds into melted margarine. Season with salt and pepper and stir over med-med/low low heat until melted. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cream of Celery, Chicken, and Mushroom Soups

GFCF Cream of Celery Soup

1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion powder or paste

Season celery with salt and pepper and saute in margarine over low heat until tender. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

GFCF Cream of Chicken Soup

1/2 cup cooked chicken, finely chopped
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion powder or paste

Season chicken with salt and pepper and toss in melted margarine over low heat until heated through. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

GFCF Cream of Mushroom Soup

6 baby portobello muchrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
2 teaspoons exra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion powder or paste

Season mushrooms with salt and pepper and saute in margarine and extra virgin olive oil over low heat until done. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

Chicken Tetrazinni

*This dish requires a lot of prep but it is so worth it, at the very least for Thanksgiving and Christmas. :) *

2 tablespoons GFCF margarine
1 med. chopped onion
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons GFCF flour mix
1 1/2 cup GFCF milk
6 oz. GFCF spaghetti, cooked
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 1/2 cups Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds, divided
GFCF cream of mushroom soup (see recipe below)
GFCF cream of celery soup (see recipe below)
2 oz. chopped pimentos, drained
3 tablespoons Galaxy Vegan Parmesan Topping
Garlic Salt


GFCF Cream of Mushroom Soup

6 baby portabella muchrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion powder or paste

Season mushrooms with salt and pepper and saute in margarine and extra virgin olive oil over low heat until done. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

GFCF Cream of Celery Soup

1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon GFCF margarine
1/2 cup GFCF milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon GFCF chicken boullion poweder or paste

Season celery with salt and pepper and saute in margarine over low heat until tender. Add milk, cornstarch, and boullion. Increase heat to boiling, whisking constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic seasoned with salt and pepper in margarine until tender. Add GFCF flour and cook over med-low heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and cook over med-med/low heat until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Season with garlic salt. Stir in chicken, pasta, and 3/4 cup cheddar shreds. Mix well. Add GFCF cream soups, pimentos, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mix well. Pour into lightly greased 8 x 8 baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheddar shreds evenly over top. Bake for 25 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Chicken Cornbread Dressing

*This is a much improved version of the CCBD recipe posted previously.*

Cornbread Base

3/4 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix
1 small-med. onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 1/4 cup GFCF milk (add 1/4 cup more if batter is thick, like cookie dough)
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly combine ingredients and pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees, or until golden brown on top and bottom. Cool completely.


4-5 slices Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain bread (end slices work best), torn into small pieces
2 cups cooked, diced chicken breast
5-6 cups chilled chicken broth (increasing as needed until ingredients first appear soupy
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a very large bowl, crumble thoroughly cooled cornbread. Add bread pieces, chicken, broth, 1 beaten egg, and an additional 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix just enough to combine ingredients. Pour into lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake uncovered for 50 minutes at 400 degrees. Serves 10-15.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tender Juicy Baked Ham

This is my recipe for fall-off the bone, tender, juicy, smoked, baked ham.

6 pound semi-boneless smoked ham, half
Stainless steel covered roaster

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place ham, pink side down, in roaster and cover tightly. Bake for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 200 degrees and bake for 6 hours. Turn oven off, but do not open the door. Leave covered roaster in oven for 1 hour. Remove roaster from oven but do not open it. Let sit for 45 minutes. Slightly open the roaster and allow ham to rest for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!