Do You Miss Gluten?

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Found this to be a great article on why I won’t go back to gluten, even if there was a pill.

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Best GF DF Chocolate Chip Cookies Yet!

Last night I wanted chocolate chip cookies.  So my daughter and I attacked the situation.  I had lots of Bob’s Redmill All Purpose GF flour so I went to their website and found this great recipe.  (Warning, it needs to chill for 2 hours so patience is needed.)  I found this out the hard way.  Mixed it all then moved on to the next step, chill for 2 hrs.  Shit!  But I found out, totally worth it!

Ingredients:

1-2/3 cups of Bob’s All Purpose GF flour

1/2 tsp of Baking Soda

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1/4 tsp of sea salt

1/4 cup of butter (we used vegan gf butter)

3/4 cup of packed brown sugar

1/3 cup of sugar

2 tsp of Vanilla

1 large egg

1 cup of Chocolate Chips (We used Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a large cookie sheet or line with parchment paper; set aside. (We love using Pampered Chefs baking stones)

Stir together the GF baking flour, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat butter (room temperature, not melted) with granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and egg; scrape sides of bowl frequently. Beat in flour mixture on low speed, mixing thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Shape dough into flat disk, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2″ apart on baking sheet, or roll into balls if dough is hard to work with.  Bake 10-12 minutes (I had to do 15 min) on center rack of oven or until lightly browned. Cool 2-3 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

These are seriously the best cookies I have made thus far.  Your gluten friends will not know they are gluten and dairy free!

Julian Hard Cider is Gluten Free

This summer Costco had this cider and I wish I would have bought a lot more.  The price was great for a good crisp, clean cider and I thought their logo was really cool.

If you see it at Costco again buy it.  It was about $4 a bottle.

Julian Hard Cider

Sorry for not posting this in the summer.  Just came across the photos.  Better late than never.

Beets!

So did you plant beets and now you don’t know what to do with them?  If you are like me you ate beets as a kid and were not too impressed.  Well get ready to be impressed and have a taste bud party in your mouth!  (That’s right, picture the lights go down, disco ball drop and the dj starts pounding the bass and this all takes place in your mouth!)

Here is what you do!

1. Wash and peel your beets

2.  Put in a microwave safe bowl and put water in it to where it covers half of the beets.

3.  Microwave for a min or two until they are just a little bit tender.

4.  Cut them to preferred thickness, I did about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

5. Toss in bowl with Olive Oil, salt and pepper.

6.  Place on BBQ on medium heat.

7.  Cook until you get some black kisses on them.

Prepare your mouth for the party!

They are so good and the kids loved them too!

Gluten Free Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker has decided to make a line of some GF products.  I decided to give her cookies a whirl.  They are ok if you are in a pinch and don’t want to take the time to make some truly delicious GF DF chocolate chip cookies.  They had that really gritty texture like sand.  They didn’t taste like sand just gritty like when you get sand in your bathing suit.  My kids liked them but I personally wouldn’t buy them again.

Jordyn wanted to add sprinkles, and yes there are GF sprinkles!

I love using the Pampered Chef baking stones.  They seem to bake the cookies nice and evenly.

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