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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Food Network "gluten free" search

Here's a link to the Food Network site for a "gluten free" search. It's got great videos and recipes.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was so excited when I was watching one of my favorite hosts, Alton Brown, on Food Network finally address the need for gluten free baking. Here's a recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Bodacious Broccoli Salad

My mom has been making this salad for years, and we have made many adaptations over the years. It is so easy to substitute to your taste or what you have in the fridge. It is great as a side and wonderful to take to pitch-ins and other functions. I know this has shown up at a lot of swim meets and family holidays!

Bodacious Broccoli Salad

What you need:
  • Broccoli, cooked and cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • Chicken, roasted/grilled and in bite size pieces (leftover is great!)
  • Onion, diced
  • Bell Pepper, diced
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled (or you can use ready made bacon bits)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled (you can use any crumbled or grated cheese)
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds OR Nuts (pine or pistachio work great!), toasted
  • Gluten free Ranch dressing
1. Cook or steam the broccoli and drain. Prepare all other ingredients.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.

3. Enjoy!

Rice Raper Rolls

I love these because they are so simple and so good. They are a great way to use up those veggies that need eating, or any leftover meat. They are versatile and you can put almost anything in them. I'm giving a few combinations I like, but go get creative with your own ideas! These are great to make with kids too.

What you need:
  • rice paper (I like the round ones for this. They are available at some grocery stores, or at your local Asian stores)
  • a plate of lukewarm water for softening the paper
  • any veggies, herbs, leftover meat, fruit slices, even cooked rice or rice noodles
  • dipping sauce of your choice (you can buy these already made or go online and find a recipe)
1. Cook rice or rice noodles if you are using it.

2. Cut or grate ingredients into bite size pieces.

3. Put lukewarm water onto plate.

4. Soften the rice paper in the lukewarm water for 10-30 seconds, or until soft and slightly sticky.

5. Move your rice paper to another plate and fill with ingredients.

6. Roll your rice paper up to make a neat package.

7. Enjoy!

Here are some combinations of ingredients I like:
  • salad greens, leftover roasted chicken, sliced green apple and pomegranate seeds
  • rice, leftover roasted chicken and mint with chili dipping sauce
  • salad greens, pork, orange slices and mint
  • rice, red pepper (raw or roasted/grilled), feta cheese and pine nuts
  • salad greens, onion, beef, sliced caramelized onion and mushrooms
  • chicken, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil
  • capers, salmon or other fish, and softened cream cheese
  • salad greens, tuna salad, cracked black pepper
Have fun with it and experiment!

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I got this recipe off of These cookies are wonderfully chewy and taste better than any other oatmeal raisin cookie I've ever had! It is my family's new favorite too! The full article is at:


Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • ½ cup Earth Balance Buttery Sticks or butter (I use unsalted stick butter)
  • ½ cup granulated cane sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All Purpose Nearly Normal Gluten-Free Flour Mix (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free oats* (I like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats)
  • ½ cup baking raisins**

Cream the sugars and butter until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and thoroughly incorporate into the batter. Stir in the vanilla last.

In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except oats), mixing well. Stir into the creamed mixture until integrated. Stir in the oats and raisins. Cover the bowl and chill until cold, at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F for static ovens or 325 F for convection.

Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place at least 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly brown. If you can wait, let them cool on a wire rack before removing.

*Note: Not all people with celiac disease can include oats in their diets. For more information on whether they are appropriate for your diet please see our Celiac Disease and Oats section.
**If you do not have baking raisins on hand, gently boil ½ cup of raisins in a saucepan with enough water to cover them. Drain, then add to your recipe.