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Friday, April 25, 2014

Gnocchi and Cheese with Veggies

I love mac and cheese, how about you? But, I'm not always interested in eating pasta. In exchange for noodles of some sort I substitute gnocchi. It's just so darn delicious and a nice change from traditional mac and cheese.

Oh, I also add a ridiculous amount of veggies. It just jazzes it up and gets a couple of servings of veggies without having an extra dish to make.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gluten Free Flour Blend

In my quest to reduce gluten in our diets I have come across some amazing websites and blogs. One of my absolute favorites is Gluten Free on a Shoestring. She (Nicole) has at least three cookbooks, I own two! She makes everything seem so easy and gives the best instructions and her own opinion on products that are on the shelves. One wonderful resource is the flour blends. Some are more complicated and require a lot of special flours, but this one is quick and makes about 10 cups.

One thing to know, before beginning your baking with gluten free flours, always weigh your flours, instead of measuring them. There are some flours that are a bit dense and make it a challenge to get the proper quantity. I bought this scale on Amazon and really like it.

This blend can be used for many of your gluten free baking needs. It does not include xanthan gum, which is really important in baking gluten free products, it's the one ingredient you must have to help the dough or batter bind. It's fairly expensive, but you only use a teaspoon per cup or two of flour, so it lasts a long time.

Have a wonderful day! I'm off to create something fabulous with this flour blend! Watch for it soon right here!!!

Basic Xanthan-Free Flour Blend
(from Gluten Free on a Shoestring)

924 grams white rice flour
308 grams potato starch
168 grams tapioca starch/flour

Blend all flours together and store in an airtight container. Makes about 10 cups.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gluten Free French Bread

How's everyone doing today? I'm doing okay. I'm having a bit of writers block, probably because I have a million things going through my head and I can't pick one to focus on. Why do we do this? Wouldn't it be easier to just let go and not worry about things?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays - Bigger and Better Than Ever!!!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Cocoa Rubbed Cod with Strawberry Salsa

I'm truly back this morning! No more wondering where I am on social media! As much as I love traveling there is nothing that makes me happier than coming home and cooking again.

Where did we go you ask? We started our trip traveling from San Jose, CA to Carmel and ending in Paso Robles. It was a great trip. We centered it around visits to wineries we love. Plus, who can beat the scenery in Carmel?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Country Ham Flapjacks

Winner, winner we're having flapjacks for Brinner!!!

You know you've got a hit on your hands when your husband, who does not like breakfast, says "I think I like breakfast for dinner more than breakfast." Woohoo! Makes this girl super happy since I could eat breakfast food all day long.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Savory Roasted Chickpeas

How's your Tuesday? I suppose it may be a bit early, but I hope it's shaping up to be a nice day!

I have a great snack for you today. I made these to take with us on the plane for snacking. Don't you find most of the options at the airport are not too terribly healthy? Or, if it is healthy it looks a little questionable. You know those veggies in plastic? Hmm, I'm not sure. I don't even buy baby carrots at the grocery store because that slimy stuff creeps me out!!! So I try to pack healthy snacks to snack on. Plus, we take our own water bottles and fill them up after we go through security which saves money and is better for the environment!

What do you do to stay healthy while traveling?