Stagg chili is gluten free

Another company puts gluten free on the label. Thank you Stagg.

I’m still here. Sorta. :) Since I’m gluten free for life, you won’t get rid of me that easy! I’m blogging more often at JessieGunderson.com and busy with my five Thinglets, five acres and being a home school junkie. Haha! Anyhow, if you subscribe you won’t miss it when I post. I’ll just stick to the best of the best. Thanks for being patient.

 

October 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm 2 comments

Nut, Cereal & Peanut Butter Snack Bar – Gluten Free

Gluten free, kid friendly, on the go, protein is HARD to come by so my husband came up with these:

ENJOY!

Slightly Messy but Tasty and Cheaper Than Storebought Energy Bars

  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts (the ones I found were not salted but they could be)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • ½ cup (or slightly more) flavored craisins- I found them in orange, raspberry, and blueberry at WinCo
  • 4 cups Gluten Free Rice Chex (works better if you do not crush them)
  • ½ cup Natural Creamy Peanut butter (be sure to mix the oils in beforehand)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 t vanilla

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a big bowl and set aside. Heat peanut butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Combine ingredients until more or less evenly mixed with a scraper. Scoop mix into lightly greased 8×8 pan.  Press into pan firmly with a metal or non stick flipper.  Don’t be afraid to use some hutspa so that it will stick together.  Let sit for 1 hour.  Cut into desired size (10 bars in an 8×8 pan seems to work well).  It may be necessary to form up bars with hands when removing from the pan (so this is not for those of you who are grossed out by a little stickiness).  I cut them up and put them in snack bags to take camping with my kids.

July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm 4 comments

Gluten Free Cranberry Rice Bran Muffins

Great for when you are on the go. These muffins fluff up good and have a slightly sweet flavor. They are not a “bran muffin” in the dense and hearty way but just happen to benefit from the rice bran instead of simply using flour. Not to mention they freeze really well. I have been making large batches, freezing them in packs of two and pulling them out the night before we have appointments in town etc. The kids think appointment day is such a treat now!

Gluten Free Cranberry Rice Bran Muffins: Yield 12 muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 C. rice bran
  • 1/2 C. tapioca starch
  • 1/4 C. sorghum flour
  • 1/4 C. sweet rice flour
  • 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 C. soaked craisins (set aside until last)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/3 C. butter or shortning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C. cold water

Combine DRY ingredients excluding brown sugar.

Cream together:

  • 1/3 C. butter or shortning
  • 1/4 C. packed brown sugar

Add 2 eggs and beat approx 2 minutes to combine.

Add dry mixture and stir. The dough will be dry.

Add 1/2 C. cold water and mix, adding up to 1/4 cup more as needed to make a custard-like dough. It should be able to be scooped with a spoon but not too thick. Most gluten free doughs are much thinner than their wheat counterpart. This is the only way you will not get a hocky puck for a muffin! Spoon into prepared muffin tins.

Bake at 375% for 15 minutes covered with tin foil or an upside down foil roasting pan.

Bake another 4-5 minutes uncovered until a toothpick comes out clean.

ENJOY

 

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February 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm 12 comments

Chime in-Gluten Free and/or Caseine Free Meals that Freeze Well

Did ya miss me? Huh, huh, did ya?

Just in case you’ve been dying to know where I’ve gone… here I am in all my baby glory.

It’s no wonder I haven’t had time for two blogs. To keep up with the most recent events visit Blog Schmog.

As most of you know cooking is not my favorite thing to do but since the majority of our large family has to eat gluten free, some need dairy free and one needs several other dietary considerations, I don’t get out of it often. EXCEPT when my Hubby and favorite chef gets into the kitchen. I’m so blessed!

So, I posted the following question on a gluten free group I am a part of and got a ton of feedback. Would you like to add your two cents? We can keep this list going over the years and hopefully it will be a good resource for others as well.

Okay everyone, desperate times call for desperate measures.

The baby should be coming in less than five weeks and we’ve eaten up all the freezer meals I made in advance.

That’s what happens with six people in the house already!

Needless to say I’m tired of the same ol’ same ol’.

So, your mission is to post or link your all time favorite freezer meals.

Here are some of the ideas we have already come up with.

  • seasoned taco meat (not pre packaged seasoning/most has gluten)
  • broth for soups (noodle soup with easy homemade GF noodles, veggie soup, egg drop, chicken and rice, onion soup, beef stew with rice or potatoes)
  • cooked chicken
  • freeze rice for meals or breakfast (with cinnamon/brown sugar)
  • pot roast
  • season meat while fresh and freeze to put into a crock pot with carrots and potatoes
  • meat balls
  • lasagna or no-noodle lasagna (one of my most popular recipes)
  • muffins (recipe linked below)
  • pancakes
  • mushroom soup to add to casseroles. If you like it creamy make a roux and add the soup with the liquid.

EDITED TO ADD:

The Nourishing Gourmet had a similar post and tons of great ideas too.

January 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm 3 comments

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 169 posts. There were 17 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 16mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 137 views. The most popular post that day was Food for Goofs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were glutenfreehomemaker.com, networkedblogs.com, fireandsalt.blogspot.com, blogschmogme.wordpress.com, and thewholegang.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gluten free white sauce, gluten free breakfast casserole, slime, rose, and gluten free noodles.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Food for Goofs February 2009
11 comments

2

Xanthan Gum vs. Guar Gum April 2009
24 comments

3

No Noodle Lasagna Recipe January 2009
14 comments

4

Borrowed Breakfast Idea – Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole February 2010
6 comments

5

Green smoothie pants and still smiling. April 2009
16 comments

January 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

More Christmas Cookies

Big Batch Gluten Free Christmas Sugar Cookies
adapted from Special Diets for Special Kids 2
by Only Sometimes Clever

Here is a family favorite. My kids love all the different variations we can make with this recipe for gluten free sugar cookies. I found this posting at Karen’s blog, Only Sometimes Clever. I have added some of my own preferences to the original recipe from her blog. Karen has a page with over 40 gluten free recipies. Many of those are health conscious and multiple alergen conscious but oh so good!

Flour Mix: I like to mix this ahead of time in a galon ziploc bag

  • 4 Cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Cup sweet rice flour
  • 2 Cup tapioca or potato starch
  • 1 Cup amaranth flour
  • 2 Tablespoons xanthan gum
  • 3 Tablespoons baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Cups shortening
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 Cup vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon salt

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F. These cookies do not spread

MIX flours, starches, xanthan gum and baking powder with a whisk OR combine well in a galon ziploc bag.  Set aside.

Using your largest bowl, CREAM sugars, shortening, eggs, vanilla and salt.

ADD flour mixture a little at a time stirring with a wooden spoon. Once the flour mixture is mostly incoporated, KNEAD the dough in the bowl or between sheets of wax paper. The mixture will have the consistency of play-doh, but not too soft. If it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it will gather into a ball. Resist adding water if at all possible. The dough works best if it is not very moist. Unless a crispy cookie is desired, BAKE at 325 degrees F until the edges are just golden on insulated pans. I bake mine on stones and get a lighter fluffier cookie. It’s all a matter of preference.

I split the dough in four and work from there. This recipe makes FOUR complete batches of cookies. That’s a LOAD of cookies folks. The recipe halves fine too, although I prefer to make the whole thing, wrap in plastic, put in ziploc bags and refrigerate up to 2wks. Karen says it also freezes well though we can never keep it that long. :)

Variations:

The cookies at the top are made by mixing cocoa powder into some of the dough and rolling that out into a thin rectangle. Then using a plain dough, roll that into another rectangle, placing it on top of the first chocolate rectangle then making the whole thing into a long log. Refrigerate or freeze until firm and slice for cookies.

Below is another favorite. Roll and use various cookie cutters to create holiday shapes. Frost and add delightful toppings. Check out Karen’s post for more ideas both from her and her readers!

December 16, 2010 at 5:57 am 2 comments

Time for Christmas Cookies!

Chocolate Mint Layer Cookies
my grandma’s recipe

Hands down, my favorite Christmas cookies of all time! Can you believe I’m going to share it with you? MERRY CHRISTMAS from me! Everyone needs to eat these cookies. :)

This recipe is adapted from my grandmother’s wheat flour version (I’ll include the original for those of you who don’t have to eat gluten free).

Chocolate Mint Layer Cookies:

Cookie Layer -

  • 2 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup brown rice flour (ORIGINAL recipe:  3/4 c sifted flour instead of the two rice flours) BTW the cookie layer is so thin on these, you could probably use any gluten free flours that float your boat. Also if you want to you could include a slight amount of xanthan gum (1/2 teaspoon). I didn’t find that it needed it but could improve the texture I suppose.
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Mix flours and sugar. Add to chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla. Pour into greased 9x9x2 in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 min. I might try covering them with tin foil for part of the time next time I make these. Cool.

Mint Creme Filling:

  • 1 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream or evaporated milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint flavor
  • green food coloring

Combine ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread over cookie layer. Chill until firm.

Would you believe I got a little “help” from Peewee? She did such a great job with daddy’s wrench. “Mum mum!”

German Chocolate Glaze:

  • 3 oz german sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1inch piece of parafin wax (this is how the original recipe reads. I use probably 1/2 and inch piece from a cube of parafin wax that is approx 1 in square and keeps forever so I have no idea the length it started out to be.

Melt ingredients together. Spread over cookies (quickly it sets fast).

Cut cookies in 1 inch squares. Makes 6 dozen.

I dare you to save them for Christmas day. :)

December 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm 2 comments

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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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