Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I was fortunate enough to be one of the test tasters for Katz (gluten free, dairy free, and nut free) Bakery. I have tried some of their products before, and while they were good, they were nothing to rave over. However, they just sent me a box of some new items and my opinion has changed. Katz Gluten free Bakery has some delicious new products on the market. Along with this review is a GIVEAWAY for ALL of their products.
A friend and I sampled their
* Vanilla Rugelach
* Chocolate Rugelech
* Chocolate covered cookies
* Chocolate frosted chocolate cupcakes
I am typically a chocolate fan all the way. My favorite among these goodies were the chocolate covered cookies. The cookies had a real light flavor, complimented by the chocolate cover.
The Chocolate cupcakes were a sweet treat for any occasion. The texture was just right, not too heavy, and great flavor. Plus, it had sprinkles and tell me one person who doesn't love a festive, sprinkle covered cupcake.
As far as the Rugelech goes, I was surprisingly won over by the Vanilla (versus the chocolate). The vanilla had a very defined vanilla and sugar flavor that sent this chocolate lover heading back for more. The chocolate rugelech was good, but nothing I'd order again. It had a very mild chocolate flavor. I've never had rugelech before, so I'm not sure what the texture was supposed to be like. These had a harder texture, but it seemed like they were supposed to. Normally, I like a soft, fresh out of the oven style cookie, but these were delicious with a little crunch.
Now for the giveaway. Go to Katz Bakery and enter to win a package of ALL 30 gluten/dairy/nut free items to spoil yourself this holiday season. Be sure to tell them My Gluten Free Kitchen @recipesbymckeeby.blogspot.com sent you!
Monday, November 1, 2010
* 1 envelope taco seasoning
* 32 oz V8 juice
* 16 oz salsa
* 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 can corn, rinsed
* 2-3 chicken breasts, sliced/cubed
Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low 4-6 hours. Serve with corn chips.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I decided to invest my $6 a little more wisely. I picked up a Betty Crocker gf cake mix and set out to make it dairy free.
A banana and 18 mins later.... O M G....Chocolate Banana Cupcakes.
* 1 banana (preferable one that is starting to brown)
* 1 Tbsp oil
* Betty crocker GF chocolate cake mix
* 1 cup water
* 3 eggs
* 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
Smash banana and mix with remaining ingredients. Grease muffin tin or use liners. Fill 2/3 of the way full and bake 18-23 mins. ENJOY! Its only 3pm and I've already eaten 3....
Friday, October 22, 2010
* Outback Gift Card Giveaway over at Gluten free taste of home. If you haven't tried Outback's GF menu, you are seriously missing out.
* Glutino Giveaway at Gluten Free Frenzy. My personal favorite is their table crackers.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
They are gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free and they rank right at the top of my favorite muffins list! I made a few changes because of a lack of certain ingredients.
* 1 cup oat flour
* 1/2 cup GF oats
* 1/2 cup rice flour
* 1/2 cup sorghum (I used 2 T teff flour and the remaining amount was sorghum)
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp xanthan gum
* 1/2 cup agave nectar
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup oil
* 3/4 cup coconut milk
* 2 cups frozen blueberries
* zest of one lemon
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add in all the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is combined. Then fold in the blueberries. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until your muffins are golden brown. Make sure to let these cool and settle just a bit before eating because then they will be less crumbly.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Today, while shopping, I came across their Chocolate Muffins and had to give it a try. Since going dairy free, I have been missing chocolate and these sure did hit the spot. For $6 for 4, it is not something I will buy often, but will definitely splurge on occassionally. They had a great texture and taste. Another great product by Udi's. Even though they are "Muffins", these are much more of a cupcake, minus the frosting (in other words, dessert).
I also, just recently heard that Jason's Deli is rolling out a gluten free menu, featuring....you guessed it...Udi's bread. Call your local Jason's deli for availability.
Interested in Udi's? Don't take my word for it. See what others in the gf community have to say...
* Triumph Dining
* Gluten Free Optimist
* Gluten Free Works
* Happily GF Free
* A Life of Sugar and Spice
* The Savvy Celiac
* Glad to be GF
* Mom Cooks GF
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Overall, the food was good, but for the price not somewhere I would go very often. However, it is nice to add another restaurant to the GF list.
NEW GF Options
* Mellow Mushroom (@ Tinseltown) now has gluten free pizza!! Check your local Mellow Mushroom for availability.
* Jason's Deli (now uses Udi's bread-call for availibility
* European Street- call ahead, but they do carry Cookie Momster's bread for sandwiches
The Usual Suspects
Bonefish- gluten free menu available
Chick-fil-a look online for their gf menu
Chili's- look online for their gf menu
Chipolte- everything but the flour tortilla
Maggiano's- no gf menu, but their chef will come to your table and help you place a safe order-I had such an amazing experience
Outback- gluten free menu available
PF Changs- gluten free menu available
Tommy's Pizza- gluten free pizza
Monday, August 30, 2010
* 3 eggs
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/4 cup cocoa
* 2 tsp vanilla
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
* 1/4 cup chopped pecans
* 1/4 cup shredded coconut
Place first 6 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan and bake 30 mins at 350 degrees.
These are best served cold. They also store well in the freezer, if you are like me, and trying to avoid eating an entire batch in one sitting :)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
First taste, was the sugar cones. They were light and reminded me of a wafer. Plain, I thought they had a bit of a gf taste,but when topped with Coconut Bliss ice cream, there was nothing gf tasting about them. I gave half the box to a friend, who opened them at work and promptly gobbled 2 down.
Today for lunch I decided to try the pasta. Now, I am a Tinkyada fan through and through so my expectations weren't set too high. However, I was very pleased...Goldbaum's pasta is every bit as good as Tinkyada.
Pasta and Sausage
* goldbaums pasta
* classico pasta sauce
* 1 onion, sauteed
* 1 package Brat Hans sundried tomato chicken sausage
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
* 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
* 2 cups chicken/vegetable broth
* 3/4 cup sofrito
* 3/4 cup salsa
* 3 Tbsp pimento stuffed olives
* 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
Cook everything in a pan until heated through. I allowed it to simmer for awhile to cook out some of the liquid. Use immersion blender to blend a small portion of the beans and serve over white rice.
Optional: I puree a bag of spinach with a small amount of soup. It doesn't change the flavor and everyone *secretly* gets a serving of greens.
Friday, July 30, 2010
* 1/2 large onion, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, chopped
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic minced
* 1 can kidney beans, drained
* 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
* 1 package Aidell's Cajun Sausage, sliced
* crushed red pepper flakes (for added heat)
* top with sliced green onions
Saute onion, pepper, celery, and garlic in olive oil. When soft add kidney beans, tomatoes, and sausage. Cook until heated through. Serve with white rice
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
* 1 package of rice noodles
* 4 cups beef broth
* 1 stalk lemongrass
* 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 1 large carrot, grated
* 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
* 1 tbsp fish sauce
* 1/2 tsp srirachi
* 1/2lb beef, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
* 1/2 cup cilantro
* 2 limes, quartered
In a medium pot, boil rice noodles according to package and divide among 4 bowls. In the same pot combine broth, lemongrass, and garlic and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the carrot, onion, fish sauce, and srirachi. Return to a boil, add the beef and cook until done. Divide the soup among 4 bowls and garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
Friday, July 23, 2010
* 1/4 cup light coconut milk
* 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
* 3 Tbsp GF Tamari
* 1 green onion, sliced
* 1 Tbsp minced ginger root
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1 tsp lime juice
* water chesnuts, sliced and chopped
* 1 cup fresh sugar snaps, chopped
* 1/2 cup shredded carrots
* 2 oz rice noodles (cook according to package)
* 12 rice wrappers (8in)
* 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
In a large skillet, combine first 9 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until chicken is cooked. Set aside. Cut fillers for the wraps and set aside.
Soak a spring roll wrapper in warm water until soft (about 15 seconds) and lay flat on a plate. Fill the wrapper with chicken, noodles, and veggies. Fold both ends over filling and roll up tightly. Serve with remaining peanut sauce and srirachi for heat :)
I made this for my mom and grandma. They both left with the leftover ingredients and a copy of the recipe to make at home. I'd say it was a hit!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
* 1 lb greens beans, trimmed
* 2 Tbsp gf soy sauce
* 1 tsp honey
* 1 tsp chili paste
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* red chili flakes, optional
Steam green beans for 3-4 minutes. Combine liquids and garlic to make a sauce. Place lightly steamed green beans in a pan with a small amount of oil and spicy sauce. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with chili flakes if additional heat is desired.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Our pediatrician informed us that she thinks our 2 month old nursing baby may have a dairy allergy, which means Mama and baby are going dairy free. Everyone was in shock by how I would survive without dairy since I've already had to give up gluten, but I have to admit we've eaten healthier, more flavorful meals this week than we have in awhile. Change inspires creativity. In the past few days we have had:
* House fried rice with spicy green beans
* Sauteed Italian chicken and veggies
* Salmon with mango salsa, cilantro rice, and lime broccoli
We even had dessert.
* Cookie MOMsters GFCF Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Milk Chocolate ice cream
Recipes to follow
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
8 ounce bag only $2.99
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
* 2 pieces, seasoned with onion powder, cayenne pepper, and salsa to use for fajitas tonight
* 2 pieces, seasoned with worcestershire (walmart bread is naturally gf), salt, and pepper-frozen
* 2 pieces, plain, frozen
* 2 pieces, stuffed italian style (recipe below)Stuffed Italian Chicken
* 2 chicken breast, flattened/butterflied
* 2 slices of salami
* sauteed onions, bell peppers, and spinach
* shredded mozzarella
* crumbled goat's cheese
* seasoning: onion powder, garlic salt, hot pepper flakes, ground pepper
* 1 can of diced tomatoes
Flatten chicken or butterfly. In the center load each piece with salami, sauteed veggies, cheeses, and seasonings. Roll up chicken and secure with toothpicks. At this point, the chicken can either be rolled in saran wrap and frozen for later or cooked right away.
When ready to cook, place chicken in a small baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and top with a can of diced tomatoes. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
Serve with a salad, roasted potatoes, pasta, or veggies of your choice.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Once I got home, I started to regret my decision to splurge $10 on 6 rolls, knowing that I'd built them up too much in my head. I was going to wait for breakfast today, but finally gave in and had one for dessert last night. Let me tell you, they were DELICIOUS and when I had them again this morning for breakfast....just as delicious. I usually add pecans and raisins to mine, which this one was missing, but the cinnamon cakey flavor was perfect. I thought the mock cream cheese icing would be a let down, as this pregnancy as turned me into a dairy fiend, but I was pleased all the way around.
This is something I would buy again. It's nice to have cinnamon rolls, in the freezer, ready to eat when I want them. Thank you Cookie MOMsters for another enjoyable, GFCF treat!
* banana, frozen
* pineapple, chopped
* half orange
* Stonyfield Vanilla yogurt
* Tbsp coconut flakes
Toss all ingredients in blender. Blend. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I made some small modifications and these were such a great treat!
3/4 cups rolled gluten free oats
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk (7oz)
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 8 x8 baking dish.
In small bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, butter; mix well. Press mixture into bottom of baking dish. The results may not seem like a crust at all, but it will come together once you cook it.
Layer remaining ingredients in order: chocolate chips, coconut, almonds, and evenly pour condensed milk over top.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Today, at the grocery store, I found Al Fresco Buffalo Style Chicken Sausage and not only were they gluten free, but they were also the same price as the generic brands and they had a $1 off coupon. They were not as spicy as I had hoped for, but they had a nice mild buffalo flavor.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
* whole foods gf sandwich bread, toasted
* chicken sausage, pan fried
* tomato, thinly sliced
* additional hot sauce
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The prices are high, but I didn't expect anything different, after all we all know how expensive gluten free baking is. The quality and convenience of their products were worth the price. The woman running the store was very nice and allowed me to sample a few things before purchasing. I picked up:
* Chex mix (chex, pretzels, and some puffed cheese thing with a soy free soy sauce)
* Half a loaf of bread (8 normal sized slices) $5 and DELICIOUS! It was considerable more than I like to spend on bread, but after getting home and making a sandwich, I would definitely eat less bread in order to be able to afford having really good bread when I want a great sandwich.
* A 6 pack of cinnamon rolls with a mock cream cheese icing $10
* Chocolate chip ice cream sandwich $2.50 (the cookies were soft and extremely tasty, however I was not a fan of the Tempt-Hemp Ice Cream. I would probably buy their cookie dough and make my own ice cream sandwiches in the future)I look forward to going back in the future to try their other cookies, muffins, and maybe even some of their pre-made entrees.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Chocolate Strawberry Scones
* 2 1/4 cups Pamela's Baking Mix
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 4 Tbsp butter
* 2/3 cup milk
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
* 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter with two knives. Combine milk and egg and mix in with a fork. Fold in strawberries and chocolate. Drop in large biscuit drops on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes. Makes about 10 scones (I made 11).
Saturday, March 6, 2010
- 2 cups Pamela's baking mix
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest (from about 3 lemons)
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped whole almonds
- 6 ounces white chocolate chips (or coarsely chopped baking bars)
- OPTIONAL: add another 12 ounces of melted white chocolate for dipping
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixture, about 3 minutes. Mix in the lemon zest and then the flour, and beat until just blended. (The dough will be sticky). Stir in the almonds and white chocolate. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 equal mounds and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Space the dough evenly apart and form into 2 (9 by-3-inch) logs. Bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into 3/4-inch-thick diagonal slices. Arrange the biscotti cut side down on the same baking sheet. Bake about 20-25 minutes additional minutes, flipping them over half way through.
OPTIONAL: Dip the end of each biscotti in melted white chocolate. Transfer the dipped biscotti to a wire rack, set over a baking sheet, or a sheet of wax paper until the chocolate has hardened. Store in an airtight container.
Enjoy plain or with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
GAINESVILLE SHOWER Lunch
* Poached Salmon
* Shrimp Cocktail
* Strawberry, Spinach Salad
* chocolate covered strawberries
* coconut macaroons
* gluten free chocolate cupcakes
* Chicken salad (chicken, mayo, pecans, grapes, and honey)-so amazing
* Antipasto skewers (salami, olives, and cheese dressed up in italian dressing)
* Veggie tray
* Fruit tray
* Chocolate fondue with fruit
* 365 brand Brownies (My new favorite box mix) with a cream cheese/fluff/whipped cream frosting
* Chocolate monkey pops
2 car loads full of stuff and 4 pounds heavier, we are happy to report that we are two very spoiled girls. Counting down the days till Baby McKeeby is here and feeling extremely appreciative of all of our friends and family:)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For those nights, here is an easy and simple solution. Serve these wraps with a salad, veggies, or fresh fruit for a full meal :)* Food For Life Rice Tortillas
* sliced Boar's head Ovengold turkey
* guacamole (or for really lazy nights, sliced avocado and tomatoes)
* slice of provolone
* cucumber slices
Fill the tortilla, wrap, and enjoy :)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
* Whole foods pizza crust
* 2 sundried tomato chicken sausages
* sauteed diced onions and zuchinni
* shredded mozzarella
* goats cheese
* kalamata olives
* roasted red peppers
Bake pizza crust for 10-15 minutes at 375 to crisp up the crust. Then layer in order, spinach, sliced sausage, onions, zuch, mozzarella, goat cheese, olives, and peppers. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and pop in the oven for about 10 mins to allow cheese to melt. Serve with a salad and italian dressing (for dipping).
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Despite the fact that it is literally freezing outside (in FL, believe it or not), I decided on a smoothie.
* frozen banana
* 4 frozen strawberries
* 1/2 cup pineapple with juice
* 3 tsp Greens Plus powder (mixed with a small amount of water first to help it dissolve)
* 1 cup Stonyfield Vanilla yogurt
* juice of 1/2 orange
Toss in blendtec, blend, and enjoy :)