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Everyday Classics | Gluten Free Cookbook | Review and Giveaway

Everyday Classics | Gluten Free Cookbook | Review and Giveaway

This is my dream cookbook…gluten, dairy, egg, soy-free and…family oriented. I am so excited to review this cookbook. I have been following Lexie’s Kitchen for some time now and am thrilled to say, I love her new cookbook. My family has already asked for the chicken and rice casserole again. I was hoping it would last for two meals and it did not (I’ll have to double the recipe next time). I decided to try the following recipes: Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken and Rice Casserole, Whipped Coconut Cream, Chocolate Pudding and, for the holidays, the Spritz Cookies. Chicken pot...

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Gluten Free | Roast Beef | Yorkshire Pudding

Gluten Free | Roast Beef | Yorkshire Pudding

¬† Many years ago when my older children (now 20 and 21 years old) were young, another parent told me their tradition of preparing and sharing a meal at least once a year that honored their family heritage. Since my children are not too familiar with their deeper roots as we are true blooded Americans (a mix of multiple ethnicities), I had to research the most common genetic thread. The one that I have found common on both sides of my children’s ancestry is English. My fifth generation grand father, Richard Pounder (later changed to Pounders), is believed to have landed in the Baltimore...

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Easy Holiday Appetizers | Gluten Free

Easy Holiday Appetizers | Gluten Free

After I became gluten and dairy-free, I dreaded having to take food to parties. I wanted to take something everyone would enjoy and not shun because it was GF. Prior to my GF lifestyle, most of my dishes I liked to share were drenched in wheat and cow’s milk. It took some thinking out of the box but I was able to throw together some tasty dishes together that were enjoyed by all. I’ve featured here some super easy to prepare appetizers. The first is one of my favorites. You can either take prepared bread slices like these below offered by Mariposa Bakery in Oakland and San...

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GF Dairy-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

GF Dairy-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

One holiday desserts I miss from my gluten and dairy consuming days is pumpkin cheesecake. It has so much dairy, I never thought I could reproduce it in a dairy-free version. I missed it so much, I decided to give it a try. I am not a big soy advocate but for now, the only decent dairy-free cream cheese and sour cream options we have on the market are by Tofutti and are soy based. Desperate for my pumpkin cheesecake fix, I decided to experiment with the soy based products. The results were stunning. I was very happy with both the taste and texture. You just can’t imagine how happy this...

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Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

I remember very vividly the terror, the sadness and the grief of facing my first Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner…gluten-free. For me it wasn’t just the gluten. I had done a full elimination diet and come to learn in the process that I’m sensitive to gluten, dairy (specifically cow’s milk), soy, sugar (and carbs in general), eggs, flaxseed and canola oil, just to name a few. I think this just about knocks everything off my holiday buffet table. Holiday dinners and other social events can be very challenging for someone with food sensitivities. For centuries so many...

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Gluten and Dairy-Free Baked Caramel Apples

Gluten and Dairy-Free Baked Caramel Apples

I have a special place in my heart for caramel apples. I remember having my first warm caramel apple (with the nuts sliding off because the caramel had not solidified yet) at a carnival in Michigan…pure heaven. I’ve been a sucker for warm caramel and nuts ever since. My cousin, Karen (also from Michigan) introduced this recipe to me years ago during my gluten and dairy consuming days. I became very excited when I realized it is a naturally gluten-free recipe. Now my challenge is to replace the dairy. The first step I took was to research a vegan caramel recipe. It didn’t...

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