How the Blog was Born

Hi, my name is Geri and I'm a reformed Gluten Eater. I've been Gluten Free for over 4 years now, and I'm hanging on! In fact I'm such a Gluten Free fanatic that I'm sure I irritate my friends with all my "this is why gluten is bad for you" talk! But I have had a few friends want to jump on the wagon with me, so this is for them. I decided it might be easier to have my recipes in a place where they could get them instead of waiting for me to email them!! And it gives me a venue to talk all I want about the evils of gluten, and traditional medicine, and artificial sweeteners and so on and I will never know if you tune me out!! So that is How the Blog was Born. Whether it dies or not...we shall see....well I don't think you can kill one of these things, so I guess it's here to stay. If you want some ideas and recipes on how to eat Gluten Free, and how to keep your kids and yourself out of the doctors office then feel free to join me!! And if you have things to share, please comment and I'll add it on!!

Enjoy the Journey!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

Okay, another of my favorites at the holidays is that amazing smell of Pumkin Bread!  MMMMM I can smell it now! Oh that's cuz I just made some!!  :)
I took my original gluten FULL recipe and lowered the sugar and the oil and made it gluten free and even better than before!!  It is amazing! (if I do say so myself!)

Okay, I better tell you first, this batch I make is a jumbo because that is how I have to bake for my family!  So you can 1/2 it if you want, or just make extra for your friends and neighbors!

Pumpkin Bread
1 large Can pumpkin (stick to Libby's, it really has the most flavor!)
1/2 C ground flax seed (you can get it at Costco now! also called Flax meal)
3/4 C oil
1 C applesauce
2 1/2 C sugar
5 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla (mexican vanilla is best!)
Mix that really well. Then add dry ingredients:
4 3/4 C gf flour mix.  (I usually use 1/2 brown rice mixture and 1/2 rice powder mixture, or use all brown rice mixture because the rice powder mix makes it too fine.)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbl each - ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves

This makes 3 large loaves or 6 medium. I got some disposable medium size pans at Walmart that I reuse. I also make muffins with them.

Bake @ 350 for about an hour.  The large loaves take an hour.  The smaller I start checking at 50 minutes, but remember it always takes things made with rice flour longer to cook than normal!  so don't worry!
muffins take about 15-20 minutes.  minis take about 12. ENJOY!

Holiday Baking!

It's the holidays!!  My favorite baking season!!  And let me tell you, you can make some AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS goodies for the holidays!  I've been looking for a minute or two to share some of my favorites with you!   But what to start with...hmmmm.  Well, at our house, when we went gluten free, we started in the month of April.  I was doing fine, learning to make some good treats and I really didn't miss very much.  But then, the holidays came! And with the holidays comes a tradition in our family....Dad's sugar cookies!  He makes them, bakes them, and decorates them.  Well, he lets the kids help, but he doesn't just frost them, he literally decorates them!  So not only are they delicious, but they are beautiful! And we aren't just talking at Christmas!  For the Super Bowl he makes helmets with both teams colors and names on them.  At Halloween, we get ghosts, cats, pumpkins.  At Thanksgiving we get Turkeys and Pilgrims.  And of course at Christmas we get everything Christmassy!!  Even stockings with our names on it!!  I thought I was going to die with the first batch!  So after feeling sorry for myself, I got to work!!  And now, Dad still makes his, but we also have Mom's sugar cookies!!  They may not be as beautiful (I'm not quite as patient as Scott!  That's why he decorates all the birthday cakes too!!) but they are delicious!!  So for nestagia's sake, I will start with sugar cookies! 
Here is a picture of Scott's that he just made to send to our son, Tyler, who is on a mission in Guatemala.

Mine are equally FANTASTICAL,  I believe!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
3/4 C shortening (even tho I am NOT a fan of shortening, it makes a difference if you don't use it!)
3/4 C butter softened
2 C sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla (mexican vanilla being my favorite!!)
Mix well, then add dry ingredients
5 C gf baking flour made with the RICE POWDER!  very important!!  if you don't know what that is, refer to the post about the baking flours. 
1 Tbl xanthan gum
1 Tbl baking powder
2 tsp salt
Mix together well.  Dough should be sticky.  Refrigerate 1 hour then roll out and cut!
Bake @ 400,  6-8 min

We frost them with your basic powdered sugar frosting.
A little butter (like a tablespoon maybe), a little milk,  a swig of vanilla and enough powdered sugar to make it thick!   ENJOY!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

WHITE BREAD - making it a little healthier!

White Bread - a little healthier!!

Okay, this is my latest go with my white bread. I like to try new ways to make it more healthy but make sure it still works out well. This one is great! I've only changed 2 things. I'm using honey instead of sugar, and millet flour instead of extra tapioca flour. So here is the new recipe:

Gluten Free White Bread

In mixer put:

3 C GF flour mix

1/2 C millet flour

3 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 tsp salt

Mix together quickly then add on top - DO NOT MIX IN

1 1/2 Tbs yeast

In a seperate bowl mix together

1 ¾ C warm water

¼ C oil

¼ C honey
1 tsp rice vinegar (i use white or apple cider vinegar)

Pour this mixture on top of yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes or until the yeast gets bubbly

Then add 3 eggs and mix. Scrape the sides and mix on HIGH for 5 minutes.

You can make 2 smaller loaves (for this I use my glass loaf pans) or 1 larger loaf (for this I use my stone loaf pan). I just like to make the smaller loaves. I feel like my kids don't waste so much bread that way!!
Spray your pans with pam and divide the dough among the pans. Put in a warm oven (170) for 30 minutes to rise. Then don't touch the pans, but turn your oven to 375 and bake for 40 minutes. When its done take it from the pan immediately and cool on a rack. Rub the top with butter. Let it sit atleast 15 minutes before trying to cut into it!

If your bread sinks, then you aren't mixing it enough. My bosch is really powerful so it's getting mixed well! If you have another mixer you may just want to mix it a little longer.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mexican Chicken over Rice

Oh my jeepers!  I made the BEST dinner!!  It's always a toss up when I try something new if anyone will eat it or not.  I never use a recipe, I usually just start throwing things together!  At my house I rarely venture from the mundane, everyday list of meals my family will eat!  But this day all started when my daughter wanted a can.  A can you say?  Yes, she was fixing up her locker (that we have out in the garage) for school and she needed this little can which happened to have green chilies in it.  So I told her to go ahead and open it and I would use it for dinner!!  PLUS - now this is the bonus - I have been putting zuchinni in EVERYMEAL for the last few weeks!!  No one knows and it's a great way to use it!!  I usually put it in my little food chopper and chop it up fine.  I stick it in hamburger, in my tuna noodle casserole (no joke!) and everything!! 
So this is what I did...(and EVERYONE loved it and ate every drop!!)

Start with a crock pot -
put in 4 or 5 chicken breasts (I have 9 kids at home eating plus Scott and I and that's what I use)
throw on the green chilies
chop up an onion, zuchinni, peppers (the last of the little sweet peppers I had in my bag) and throw that on top of the chicken.  Then I poured on a little salsa (homemade by my husband!!) and then put in enough water to almost cover it all.  I threw in 4 chicken bouillion cubes (gf ones I get at winco). 
I started it about 1:00 in the afternoon and it cooked all afternoon on high. 
Then right before dinner I made a roux.  I used about 1/2 a cube of butter.  But I accidentally burned it!  I was so bummed!!  But did you know that burnt butter doesn't taste burnt?  So guess what?  I actually used it!  I then put in about 1/2 cup of rice flour and stirred it for a couple of minutes.  Then you slowly add milk to make a roux as thick as you would like.  But then I added that to the sauce in the crock pot.  I took the chicken out to cut it up into little peices ( or shred it) and made the sauce then added it all together!  It was yummy!
I served it over rice with quinoa.  I put1 cup quinoa and 3 cups rice in my rice cooker.  I did just white rice.  It is so yummy with the quinoa.  cook it the same as you would regular rice!  It's great!!

It really was yummy (did I say that already?).  You can use it as the insides of chicken enchiladas too!  That was the plan but I ran out of time. 
Anyway, good stuff!  If you don't try it, atleast I now have it written down for posterity!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Monster Cookies

These cookies are the greatest gluten free cookies ever!!  Because they aren't just gluten free...they are flour free!!!  Okay, I guess I better do a disclaimer.  Now remember, oats aren't technically "gluten free".  You can buy gluten free oats tho.  So this recipe is great if oats don't bother you!  They don't bother us and we eat WAY too many of these!!!!  Maybe someday I'll add a picture!!!
Another hint - you need a powerful mixer to make these.  You will burn up a regular mixer on these.  I use my bosch with the cookie paddles. 

Just add the ingredients in order and mix as you go.  This is a HUGE batch!  If you don't have 10 kids like me, and you are just making them for the fam, then I suggest you 1/2 this recipe!


6 eggs
2 C brown sugar
2 C white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp karo syrup
4 tsp baking soda
2 cubes butter
3 C peanut butter (I sometimes use some Nutella- yum!)
9 C oatmeal
12 oz bag of M&Ms (you can use just choc chips too)

When I don't have M&M's I use choc chips, butterscotch chips and white choc chips together!!   That's my favorite!!

When it is mixed well, drop onto cookie sheets and Bake @350 for 9-11 min.   ENJOY!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Some Healthy Information!

Not exactly sure where the article came from, but this is all stuff I have known.  Hope you not only take the time to read it, but take some thought as to whether or not you feel it is worth the little changes it takes to bring about big changes in your body!!


We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think.. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?


If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so if you eat the bread.
In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....
So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!
Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyesall these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.
When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.
But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Time to Heal

I believe that the first step to true happiness in this life is Healing.  Healing our bodies, our minds, and our Hearts.  Most of us know where we need to heal, but often don't know how or where to start.  I think that's why God gave us each other.  I know I wouldn't be here today without the special people in my life that have directed my path. 

I believe that first and foremost we must heal our hearts spiritually.  Maybe that means we need to forgive someone, or let go of something we've been carrying for a long time.  Maybe we need to draw closer to our Savior through prayer and scripture study.  Maybe we need to get outside of ourselves and serve.  Or maybe we need to learn to love ourselves for who we are and find more gratitude to God for the gifts He has given us. 

The Second step in healing is helping our mental self.  Eating right is not only physical but has mental benefits.
The third step is physical.  Exercise, eating healthy, and using the things that God has given us on the earth to heal our bodies and our minds.  What a blessing it is to have Health.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chocolate Bundt Cake and Frosting

Okay, this is a chocolate cake, plain and simple, but my favorite way to bake it is as a bundt cake!! It's so pretty!!  But anyway you bake it, it is delicious!!!  Friends love it and always say, "Wow!  This is gluten free?"  I love those 4 words! 

Chocolate Cake
2 eggs  - put in mixer and start mixing eggs while you get the sour cream ready, then add:
1 C sour cream
1/2 C oil
2 tsp vanilla
Mix this well, for about a minute then add dry ing.
2 C GF flour mix (using the Asian white flour)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 C sugar
3/4 c. cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix well, scraping the side and bottom of bowl for about a minute.
Then add 1/2 C boiling water slowly while it is mixing.  Mix for one more minute. 
Spray your bundt pan (or whatever pan you want) well and add the mix and bake!
350 degrees
Bundt pan - 50 minutes
9x13 - 35-40

When it's done I flip it over and let it cool about 15-20 min (sometimes we can't wait that long!!)
Here is the frosting recipe.  I like to make it thin and pour it on.  If you want it thicker just add more powdered sugar.

Chocolate Frosting
2 Tbls butter - melt in small saucepan over med heat.   When melted add:
1/4 c granulated sugar - stir (I use a wisk) for about 30 seconds so the sugar melts. Take off the heat.  Add:
2 Tbls cocoa and mix well.  Then add:
2 Tbls milk and mix.  Then add:
1/4 powdered sugar and wisk really well until all the lumps are gone. 
Pour over your cake and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar if you like!!  or sprinkles are fun too!!  In fact if you want you can just sprinkle the powdered sugar and not add frosting!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

GF White Cake

Okay, I hate to brag....but...I made the BEST white cake in the world for my sons birthday!!!  I took a recipe that I have made that was okay, and tweeked it and everyone kept asking, "Is this really gluten free?"  My husband kept saying, "What happened?  This is great!"  I just love it when that happens!!!  So here goes!!  The worlds best Gluten Free White cake!  (okay, maybe just the best in MY world!!)

Geri's Best Little White Cake Ever (you have to know Richard Scarry to appreciate that!)
Preheat oven to 350

1 C sugar
1 cube of butter, softened - cream together and add
3 eggs
cream together for about 2 minutes (important!!)  then add:
1 C sour cream
1 tsp pure almond extract and mix thoroughly

Add: 2 C GF Baking flour mix (you have to use the mixture with the ASIAN white rice flour or it doesn't work!!)
1/2 tsp xantan gum
1 tsp bkg powder
1 tsp bkg soda
1/4 tsp salt
mix everything together, scaping bowl often.  Then while it is mixing slowly add 1/2 C boiling water and continue mixing for about 1 min.  *To make a thinner cake in a larger pan, don't add boiling water.
Mix on high for 2 minutes. 

Spray a 9x13 pan and pour batter evenly into pan.  Bake 25-30 min.  (if your oven cooks hot check after 20 but make sure it is completely done on the inside!!   Better a little more done than underdone)

I make my own frosting from just butter, milk, and powdered sugar!!  I just throw it all in and mix so I'm not really good for a recipe on that one!!  Frost with whatever you like!!  Oh so yummy!!  ENJOY!!

** I like this recipe for a raspberry (or whatever fruit) cream cheese cake.  I make it in a larger pan with sides and so it is a little thinner.  I mix a brick of cream cheese, a cup of powdered sugar and a carton of whipping cream (already mixed up) and that is the frosting.  Then I put raspberries in syrup plus fresh raspberries on top. YUM!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

These are for anybody!!  You don't have to be non gluten eater to love these!!  If you do have Celiac then make sure you use Gluten Free oats!  You will love these, guaranteed!!  My kids say, the more chocolate the better, but of course you can stay with the healthier version and add dried blueberries or other dried fruit.  Whatever you love!!  But be careful...they are addicting!!

Plain Granola Bars:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

In a jelly roll pan, toss together:
2 cups oats (I use old fashioned oats)
½ cup flax seed meal (or wheat bran)
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup coconut (I like to use 1/2 unsweetened and 1/2 regular)

Toast in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Stir every now and then and keep an eye on them so the edges don’t over brown.

Meanwhile, line an 11 X 13 inch (approximate) baking dish with parchment or wax paper that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray. Be sure the paper is long enough to fold over the top of the granola bars.

In a saucepan, bring to a simmer, stirring constantly:
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
4 Tbls. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp salt

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of dried fruit if you like. Make sure everything is well coated. Pour into the paper lined dish, fold the paper over and press hard all over the granola. You want this very compacted so the bars won’t fall apart later.
My kids love to put chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in my little food chopper and then sprinkle them over the top of the granola bars.  Okay, I like it too!!

Cool and and cut into bars.  (if they last on the counter that long!!)

For Peanut butter granola bars use 1 cup peanuts and ½ cup of peanut butter instead of butter in the recipe and leave out the sunflower seed and the coconut.
Have fun and create your families own favorite granola bars!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GF Graham Crackers

Bet you thought you'd never have cheesecake again!!  Or that your kids would never have graham crackers with frosting dripping off the sides like when we were kids!!  Or worse yet....S'MORES!!!Well, worry no more!!  Camping can be great again!  These Graham Crackers are so good!  People that have tried them that don't eat gluten free want the recipe!  They are so good!!  And easy to make!!  My kids can make them!  I have my good friend, Jennifer, to thank for these!! She helped me out a lot when I was getting started!  I couldn't have done it without her!!

3/4 C butter
1/4 C honey
1 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Beat together and add:
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 t baking powder
3 C + 2 T GF flour mix ( make sure you use the mix that has the brown rice flour in it! It doesn't work  with the really fine flour)

Mix together then SLOWLY add  about 1/2 cup of water (more or less) just until dough forms a soft ball.
Refrigerate on hour (or throw it in the freezer about 15 minutes!)

Roll out 1/2 the dough at a time between wax or parchment paper.  Flip onto jelly roll and roll out more if you need to then trim to make a rectangle.  I just roll it to the edge.  Cut into little rectangles with pizza cutter and prick with a fork.  Sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon suger. 
Bake @325, 20-30 minutes.  You really want to watch them!!  I usually turn my pans a time or two.  You want them to be a deep golden brown.  For graham crackers, the crispier the better!!

Essential oils

I think Essential Oils are an Esssential! (I just crack myself up!)  I have been using Essential oils for about 11 years now!!  That was when my beautiful, 14 year old daughter, Libby, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called MED. (multiple epiphyseal displasia)  She was 3 and had joint pain and of course the doctor said, "Give her ibuprofen every 4 hours."  And I thought "NO WAY am I giving her ibuprofen for the rest of her life!  I could just imagine her stomach by age 5!  So I set out on a journey to find something that God had put on the earth to help my daughter!  My sister, Karen, gave me the answer.  I used a pain blend.  You always put oils by the drop in a carrier oil.   I use Olive oil or coconut oil.  I would rub that on her joints and she loved it!  Every since then, after each surgery she would refuse to take the pain medication and would beg me to rub her legs with oil.  My little 6 year old, Jenica, has the same disorder. She does the same thing!

But there are many other oils too!  Essential oils are taken right from the plant leaves and roots and the pure oil is extracted.  I believe that God has given us everything we need to heal ourselves on this earth.  Now I also believe that God inspired Alexander Fleming to discover penicillan!  I'm not against doctors, just the overuse of medicines that are harming our bodies!  I have just found so many wonderful natural things that help with almost everything!!  Hopefully in future blogs I will share other things too!

I use oils for the first signs of Bronchitis.   I have 2 kids very prone to it.  One ended up in the hospital.  But now I use the Breathe blend and it never makes it into full blown bronchitis.  There is Lavendar, which helps me sleep and is great for cuts and burns.  It helps scars to heal better because it actually reproduces new cells.  I also use a blend called DigestZen to help with my digestive issues.  There is OnGuard to build the immune system.  I carry Peppermint Oil in my car for those kids that get carsick!  I will often hear, "Quick! Where's the Peppermint!"  You can google "essential oils for ..." just about any issue and get an answer.  It's great!  Don't you just love the computer!

If you've never used them before, what you do is usually use one drop of essential oil to about 10 or 15 drops of carrier oil. (olive, coconut)  Then you rub it on the bottom of your feet.  That is where all of your nerve endings are.  It travels up through your body!  You can also rub it directly on your chest or a scar or a joint that has pain. 

I now am a distributor for DoTerra oils.  I buy them all the time so I figured I might as well!  When choosing essential oils you want to make sure and pick 100% pure Therapeutic Grade.  Many oils will say 100% pure but arent.  You need to research your oils and good rule of thumb is not to buy them in a healthfood store or grocery store.  I like Doterra the best from what I've found.

You can check them out on  I give about a 10% discount from what you can get online plus I share shipping with whoever orders so shipping isn't so expensive.  If you want to order oils then just email me at

Okay, quick story!!  The other day I was rubbing my daughters foot. She just had surgery on her knee and begs for me to rub her foot all the time.  My 2 year old came and started pushing his feet toward me and grunting!  We mothers speak "grunt".  I said, "Do you want me to rub your feet too?"  He immediately got up and left the room, and came back carrying one of my essential oils!!  AAWWWW...It was so cute!! 

Enjoy the journey!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthy Gluten Free Bread

This is for you Hearty Bread Lovers!!  (Mar 23rd, I just revised it!!) This is a fabulous recipe!!  My kids love the white bread, but this is my favorite!!  It actually has some fiber and protein in it!! Gotta love that!!  I took it from a recipe book and played with it, and this is what I got!! Hope you like it as much as me!!  HOWEVER: this recipe has rolled oats in it, so if  you have celiac and you can't have oats, then either get gluten free oats or use the quinoa flakes instead.  I like it better with the oatmeal.  For those that may be confused, and just starting out, rolled oats are harvested with wheat and therefor are on the no-no list for gluten free foods.  I cut them out of our diet at the beginning and added them back slowly.  No one here seems to have a problem with them so we are okay!  So be careful!!  And remember that gluten free bread is WAY different from regular bread.  The consistency is more like a thick batter.  Don't be on!!!

2 C GF flour mix
1/2 C oatmeal (or quinoa flakes)
3/4 C teff flour
1/4 C sorghum flour
3 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp salt
Mix together in your mixer with beaters, not a bread hook.

Add 1 1/2 Tbs yeast on top of the dry ingredients

In another bowl mix together :
1 3/4 C warm water
1/4 C oil (I always use olive, grapeseed or coconut oil)
**1/4 C honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Pour this over the yeast and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes, until the yeast starts to get bubbly.
Add 3 eggs and mix.  For a nutty bread you can add 1/4 C sunflower seeds. Scrape sides and beat on high for 5 minutes.  This is really important in helping the bread to raise!
**I just revised this bread because I hadn't tried it with honey for awhile and couldn't remember if it worked!!  If you'd rather use sugar, then cut the GF flour to 1 3/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of sugar with the dry ingredients and leave out the honey! That's all!!
Spray your pans.   This makes 2 medium sized loaves.  I double it and make 3 large loaves.   Gluten Free bread does not last as long as regular bread so don't make more than you can eat in a couple of days!  You can keep it in the freezer too.  Its usually best to slice and then freeze.

Divide evenly among your pans and smooth the top.  Put in a warm oven (170 F) for about 20-25 minutes, until raised.  Don't touch the pans, just turn the oven to 375 F and set the timer for 40 minutes for a smaller loaf, and 45-50 minutes for a larger loaf.  It takes longer to cook gluten free flours for some reason!!

When they are done, cool on a rack.  Rub the top with butter (if you like -  It makes the crust softer!)  Wait till it is cool to cut into it.  (If you can keep your kids away from it for that long!!)


"LIFE TASTES GOOD AGAIN" !!  That is the name of my FAVORITE gluten free cookbook.  It is by Kirsti Kirkland & Betsy Thomas , Eating Gluten Free, LLC.  I found it at Jakes Gluten Free Store on Fairview between Eagle and Cloverdale.  I don't know if you can find it online.  but this is where my recipe is for my waffles, the best chocolate cake you've ever had, german pancakes, and more!!  This is where I got my bread recipes and tweeked them just a little!!  The waffles are great!  I haven't yet found a good way to make pancakes, because it takes longer to cook gluten free flours, and so they don't always get done in the middle!  So I use the pancake recipe but make waffles out of them!  Then they get done and they are great!!!  My 12 year old daughter that snubbs her nose at gluten free food makes them almost everyday for breakfast and loves them!!

The recipes I make my own, I will put on the blog, but if I don't change them then I didn't feel it was right to copy them and put them in here!!  So get the book!!  It's worth it!! (It was $16!!)

I also have found lots of recipes online.  It's a little more risky, but the more you experiment the better you will get!!  There are millions of recipes!  Just google "gluten free recipes" and they will never stop!!
Good luck!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

GF Pizza Dough

This is by far the best recipe I've found for Pizza dough!!  You can make it thick or thin.  I prefer thin, because I have to make lots of pizzas!!  One batch usually makes 2 large and 2 medium size pizzas.  That is with the thin crust.  Probably 2 pizzas with a little thicker crust!
Preheat your oven to 425 F

2 C brown rice flour
2 C tapioca starch flour
2/3 C powdered milk
3 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
**mix dry ingredients in mixer (I use my bosch with cookie paddles)  don't try using a dough hook!!
2 Tbs yeast - put this on top of the dry ing. and don't mix in
In a separate bowl put 1 1/2 C warm water, 1 tsp vinegar, 3 Tbs oil  - pour on top of the yeast and leave for about 3 minutes until you see the yeast get bubbly
add 2 eggs and beat until smooth! 
**I have also been in a hurry and just thrown all the ingredients in the bosch at one time and mixed!!  It seemed to turn out just the same!  Where you aren't expecting this to raise, it works great!

Spray your pizza pans with Pam.  The dough will be very sticky!!  If you have a little Pampered Chef  dough roller (or one like it), they work the best!!  You PLOP (it's really the best word I can think of!!) your dough onto your pizza pans.  Then spray the top of the dough with Pam and gently start to roll it.  It is really sticky so you have to do it carefully.  that is why the little spreader works better than a big rolling pin.  You can add a little flour to the top if you need to. I can usually get by with just the pam!

Put your dough in the heated oven for 5 minutes.  Then just take it out and add your toppings!! 
This is what I do:
Spread tomato sauce on the crust, sprinkle with pizza seasoning (from the bulk section of Winco) put on pepperoni and mozzerella cheese and cook for about 10 Min!! (or until the cheese is nice and brown!!) YUM!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Where Do I Get It???

You are probably noticing a lot more GLUTEN FREE items at your regular grocery store!! Supply and Demand!  There are people everyday realizing the health benefits of a gluten free diet!!  We'll talk about that one on another post, but for now, I know it may seem difficult to find all of these strange flours.  But it's not so hard anymore!!  I'm writing this for friends in my own City of Nampa, and Boise, so if you are far away, well then you'll have to do your own research!

The Boise Co-op has all of the different gluten free flours you will need and pastas.  However they are far away if you live by me!
Jakes Gluten Free Store in Meridian has everything gluten free, but they are a small store so I would suggest calling first to make sure they have what you want in stock before going there, unless you live next door!
Fred Meyers carries a whole line of gluten free products back in their health food section. 
Winco (who doesn't love Winco!!)  has a few things...getting more all the time.  They have white rice flour (not the asian market kind!!) - I get some of this to use in my gravies and sauces, they have Tapioca Starch in bulk, so it is a lot less expensive.  And my favorite!!  Just this week I found out that they carry Gluten Free Elbow Macaroni noodles!!!!! Yeah!!  It is WAY cheaper than anywhere!!  They have it in bulk.  I just buy it by the box!!
Several of the Albertsons carry a few things.  The one in Eagle has a lot of gluten free items!

Asian white rice flour - very important in baking, but don't use for bread!!  The Asian market I go to is in Boise by Shopko on Fairview.  I think it is called California Market.  But if you just look up Asian markets in the phone book and find one by you they will most likely have it!!

A Friend just sent me this info on another place you can find gluten free items.  She mentioned a really good premade mix for pancakes, and also lots of pasta!!  thanks Kathy!!
Cliff's Country Market
(208) 455-2460

217 Blaine St
Caldwell, ID 83605

If you know anything I don't, please comment and share!! I'll add it on here!!

Gluten Free Flour mixtures

Lets start at the very's a very good place to start.....

Oh sorry, okay, So let's start with the basics.  Most Gluten Free Recipes call for an all-purpose baking flour.   First I'll give you a list of what to buy that you MUST HAVE to bake Gluten Free.  (***Look at the bottom for a special TIP about baking goodies!!)

Brown Rice Flour
Potato Starch
Tapioca Starch
Corn Starch
Potato Flour
White Rice Flour from the Asian Market
Xanthan Gum  (this is what holds it all together, like the gluten does in regular flour!)

Featherlight Mix (used for breakfast foods, sweet breads, etc.)

1 Cup Brown Rice Flour
1 Cup Tapioca Starch
1 Cup Corn Starch
1 Tbls Potato Flour (not starch!!)

All Purpose Baking Flour:  (used mostly for bread and biscuits)

2 C Brown rice flour
2/3 C Potato Starch  (NOT potato flour)
1/3 C Tapioca Starch (sometimes called tapioca flour)   Confusing enough for you??

I keep a bucket of this mixed up.  Because I bake alot this is what I do (I'm sure you can figure it out, but here goes)

6 C Brown Rice Flour
2 C Potato Starch
1 C Tapioca Starch

Now, these are the recipes I use for bread, muffins, pancakes, and all of that sort of baking.  But I found a really great trick for baking goodies!!!   If you do this you won't be able to tell that it is gluten free!!  It makes a HUGE difference! You ready???

For my GF Flour mix for baking goodies I use WHITE RICE FLOUR FROM THE ASIAN MARKET.
It is this really fine powdery flour.  It doesn't work in breads, but for cakes and cookies it's fabulous!!!   Use the recipe for the All Purpose Baking Flour, just use the white rice instead of brown rice flour.  I keep two seperate buckets full.  I keep mine in my cupboard because I use them quickly.  But the freezer is a good place to store it too!!

Sugar Free GF Bread

I have a friend who wanted to go off sugar!  Well, my GF White bread has a 1/4 cup of sugar in it!  So I experimented today and made bread with Agave instead of sugar!  Agave and Stevia are both natural sugars (not to be confused with sugar free sweeteners that are harmful!! - you know who you are!!)   that are safe and don't raise your glycemic index.  And you can get Agave at Costco now!! Yeah!!

So to make this bread, use the GF white bread recipe with these changes
To dry ingredients add an extra 1/2 cup of gf flour mix
To wet ingredients add 2 Tbs Agave

Everything else is just the same!!

Gluten Free White Bread - My Favorite!!

Gluten Free Bread can be really tricky!!  Some things to know before you doesn't act like, look like, or work like regular bread dough!  As long as you get that in your head, you'll be fine!!  Just follow the directions and it will work!  Now, I use a bosch, so I really can't guarantee results with any other mixer, but as long as you have a pretty powerful mixer it should work!  You don't use a bread hook with gluten free bread!  I prefer to use my cookie paddles, but I've also used the cake wisks too.  So any beater you use in your mixer should be fine, just not a bread hook.  The batter is more like banana bread consistency.  You let the mixer "knead" it and you pour it in the loaf pan!

Okay, this bread is an easy "white sandwich" style bread.  Look on the link that says "sugar free" bread for a sugar free version using Agave (a natural sweetener that doesn't raise your glycemic index)

In mixer put:
3 C GF flour mix
1/2 C tapioca flour
1/4 C sugar
3 1/2 tsp.  xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp salt
Mix together quickly then add on top - DO NOT MIX IN
1 1/2 Tbs yeast

In a seperate bowl mix together
1 3/4 C warm water
1/4 c oil
1 tsp rice vinegar (i use white or apple cider vinegar)
Pour this mixture on top of yeast and let it sit for about 3 minutes or until the yeast gets bubbly
Then add 3 eggs and mix.  Scrape the sides and mix on HIGH for 5 minutes. 

You can make 2 smaller loaves (for this I use my glass loaf pans) or 1 larger loaf (for this I use my stone loaf pan).  I just like to make the smaller loaves.  I feel like my kids don't waste so much bread that way!!

Spray your pans with pam and divide the dough among the pans.  Put in a warm oven (170) for 30 minutes to rise.  Then don't touch the pans, but turn your oven to 375 and bake for 40 minutes.  When its done take it from the pan immediately and cool on a rack.  Rub the top with butter.  Let it sit atleast 15 minutes before trying to cut into it!

If your bread sinks, then you aren't mixing it enough.  My bosch is really powerful so it's getting mixed well!  If you have another mixer you may just want to mix it a little longer.