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Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Really yummy gluten-free carrot cake!                       The cake started to lean to the side after sitting at room temperature. If you want to do a “layer” type cake as seen here, I suggest you keep the cake refrigerated at all times.  You can also do a sheet cake or cupcakes to avoid this problem. Tofutti brand cream cheese contains soy but would yield a firmer cream cheese frosting that may be less likely to cause the layers to slide. Gluten Free | Carrot Cake   Save Print Ingredients 2 cups Better Batter Multi-Purpose Gluten-free Flour 2 cups organic granulated sugar...

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Sweets for your little Easter sweetie… One tactic I have taken with Sammy’s Easter basket is to focus on toys, books and movies more than candy.  We are very fortunate although that are now many great companies offering gluten, dairy and dye-free candy options. I have listed some below.  Most of them require online shopping so get your orders in now. Sammy’s dairy-free chocolate Easter bunny from last year. Premium Chocolatiers   I’ve bought this chocolate egg the last couple of years. It dairy and gluten-free. MooFree Original Organic Egg Here is Go Dairy...

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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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