Monday, September 12, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie, yum

Don't know what to do with your leftover chicken? Lucky for you and your belly, my mum made some most delicious homemade chicken pot pie and is delighted to share her recipe. It's pretty quick and easy. Also this would be a great dish to make with turkey in a couple months.

- Bisquik gluten free mix (Use the recipe for the biscuit)
- a large chicken breast
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 1 stalk of celery
- can of corn
- can of green beans
- half of a large onion
- 3 potatoes, chopped in cubes

Cook everything in a pot until the vegetables are done. Once finished, make the biscuit mix, use about 3/4-1/2 the mix & line the casserole dish with the mix. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Tip: check about half way to be sure the biscuit didn't fall, if it does, use a spoon to put it back to keep it lined around the side of the dish. Next add the chicken and vegetables and top with the rest of the biscuit mix. The mix will be gooey so it will be easier if you use your fingers to spread it on top. Bake until the top is golden brown, remove and eat!! Enjoy.

Note: if you have chicken juice, add it to the mix. The biscuit flour soak up all the liquids and this might help keep it from being dry.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Simple & yummy strawberry cake

In a bind and need to make a great gluten free dessert quickly? Hands down, this is a great dessert that takes little to no preparation. Enjoy!


Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake
1 package of fresh strawberries
Strawberry frosting


Prepare the cake like the box explains and pour into a bundt cake pan. Bake and let it cool. Cut it in half and add frosting on the bottom half of the cake. Add strawberries around the ring. Add the second half on top and add more frosting. Arrange the strawberries to your liking and serve!!

Gettin figgy with it!

Last week my mum fell upon some fresh figs and decided the best thing to do would be to attempt making gluten free fig newtons. Seriously happy that she took on this task. These treats are to die for and stays fresh for over a week. Kudos mum! As I'm writing this post, we are cooking them to a jam like state.... It's been almost 2 hours!! The recipe does not tell you that, so we will. Also you must make sure to prepare the crust and let it sit for at least an hour. Other than that, this is a simple recipe that yields wonderful results. Enjoy!


1 lb. Dry or 1/2 c. fresh figs
2c. Sugar
1c. Water for dry/ 1/2c. Fresh (if using fresh figs, use 1/4c of water-this is in hopes that the cooking time is less, the figs are juicy when fresh & produce way too much liquid)
1 large egg
1tbsp. Milk/cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 3/4c flour- we used Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix


Cook 1c of sugar and figs on medium until jam consistency.
Beat sugar, butter, egg, milk, and vanilla until well blended
Add dry ingredients
Mix well, refrigerate 1 hour
Place 1/2 on well floured dough cloth, knead about 6 times
Rollout to /4 inch thick, line 13x9 dish and cover with figs
Roll remaining dough, cover figs. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Let cool and cut into squares


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Tiny Wings for iPhone and iPad

How cool is this?! My 10yo nephew would be perfect for coding, he is already immersed into computers. Plus he needs a hobby.

Review: Tiny Wings for iPhone and iPad

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shrimp cocktail

Dinner was a long process the other night and so appetizers were in order. We just bought a good amount of wild caught shrimp from the grocery and knew that this would be the winner. The cocktail sauce was homemade since most commercial made sauce has gluten in them and a million ingredients that we can barely pronounce. Needless to say, the sauce was simply amazing and the horseradish was perfect and the spice was just right. We hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: Mum measured it all to taste. I am trying to get her to start measuring to make it easier for our readers!

-ketchup (make sure it is gluten free)
-Apple cider vinegar (Start w a little so you don't end up w an overwhelming amount of sauce)
-dry mustard
- lemon juice
- wasabiko powdered horseradish

Mix all the ingredients together. Allow the cocktail sauce to marinate for a little bit, so all the flavors blend together.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Gluten Free pizza, oh my!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Your taste buds are salivating I am sure and with out a doubt. Mum made these the other night (w meat for them & veggies for me) and let me tell you, they're delicious. You can't even tell that the bread isn't made with normal flour. We used Udi's already made pizza dough pies and just added toppings and cheese. Also, the marinara was homemade by my stepdad. The recipe will be added soon. Its good to say that anything purchased from the Udi's brand will be a great selection. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gluten Free Maple Butter Cookies

By golly these are quite excellent. It is as if you are eating the tastiest sugar cookies ever. There is so much love for your tastebuds in each one of the mostly circular creation. The raw sugar definitely adds to it. Only a couple downfalls I found with these cookies, but they can be fixed for the next time. I overcooked both batches, but the second more than the first causing two batches of crunchy cookies (this simply comes from tending to the burning charcoals outside; see photo, they were my personal fireworks). Also next time I will put less sugar in the raw on them. I really liked them, but just a little bit on tops seems perfect and the other tastes will have an even bigger chance to shine. Plus it is always nice to cut down on calories! After buying the ingredients, I realized that this is a slightly more expensive recipe if you do not have them in your kitchen. Luckily for me, I was able to raid mum's pantries for the items needed (ie xanthan gum ($16 a bag), & the other dry ingredients). The maple butter was found at Ellwood Thompson's (insert website) for $9.92 for a 9oz. jar (insert photo). No where else had it in stock. Kroger had almond maple butter, though it's delicious, it is not as creamy or heavenly as the maple butter itself. Other purchases included sugar in the raw, and rice based flour. So, while I will be able to use the ingredients at least one more time (minus the maple butter), the initial cost caught me by surprise. Perhaps I will have my sister, the coupon queen, to find me some coupons.... Also, many thanks to (insert blog) for the delicious recipe.


We look forward to seeing and hearing your gluten free baking and cooking stories, so send away!

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Rice Krispy Treats

My brother decided to join Mum & my baking team and surprised us with a great afternoon snack. These are so simple and quick to make.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

yummy soup, don't mind if i do!

Baby Lima with Ham Soup

Want soup? Unsure what to make? This soup is simple to make and has little to no ingredients and therefore it's cheap! We love cheap, healthy, gluten-free eats! This soup is not for me since I am a pescetarian, however it's perfect for mum and Mikey! They love all kinds of meat, all the time! This post  is dedicated to those who want some Southern comfort food. Enjoy! xo

1 bag baby lima beans
ham hock or ham butt, sliced
salt & pepper, as desired

Combine all ingredients and cook on the stovetop. Bring to a boil, then simmer until done. This will take several hours, keep adding water as needed. Serve.

Option: serve with homemade cornbread.

Crabs & Mushrooms, oh my!

Heaven. This delicious concoction comes from the lovely Paula Deen ( after Mikey decided that this was what was for dinner.  What a delight for sure! I brought  over some salmon and fresh spinach, vegetables, and fruit for a delicious salad. My mum & Mikey also had steak. This was definitely an amazing dinner! Enjoy. xo

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms


1 c. Crabmeat
1/2 c. Cream cheese
1/2 c. Fresh parsley leaves, chopped
4 tablespoons parmesan
House seasoning, recipe follows
2 portobello mushroom caps, or 10 white mushroom caps
Butter or nonstick cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the crabmeat, cream cheese, parsley, green onions, and parmesan. Season with house seasoning, to taste. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture. Spray the tops with nonstick spray to help them brown. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melted.

House Seasoning

1 c. Salt
1/4 c. Black pepper
1/4 c. Garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

steak & crab-stuffed portobello

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sauteed Carrots!

Mum & Me were decorating my condo the other night (pictures will be posted, once I finish the curtain adventure!) and hunger got the best of us, so we made a delicious dinner and tried something new. We put some EVOO in a pan, added some carrots, and 6-10 minutes later we had ourselves a tasty treat. Mum added some salt and I added some cinnamon and we had a delicious and healthy snack!


sliced carrots- I had the crinkle cut carrot slices
extra virgin olive oil - add enough in the pan that the carrots are mostly covered in oil
salt, season as desire
cinnamon, season as desire

Sauteed carrots are the jam and I encourage this snack as often as possible!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Betty Crocker has come out with a great line of gluten free dessert packages. Well, I only know of the cookie mix and a cake mix, but both of these mixes are delicious. The cookies are great by themselves, but this time around I wanted to add coconut. I didn't measure, I just put in what I felt was enough.

This is the perfect snack in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, they take 8-11 minutes to bake and super delicious to eat.


Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cookie Mix (you will need 1 stick of butter, 1 tsp of gluten-free vanilla, 1 egg)
add a handful or 2 of coconut
Follow the box directions

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Walnut Chocolate Chip Brownie explosion!

This is the second time that I have tried Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix and I must say, I am not thoroughly satisfied. The first time I made these, I followed the most basic recipe (fudgiest brownie recipe) consisting of oil, water, and the brownie mix. My friends all liked them, but I truly think that they were just being nice. This time around I followed the butter recipe which called for more ingredients. I also added chopped walnuts and extra chocolate chips. I am not disappointed in this recipe with the additional ingredients, but there are so many more options that taste heavenly. However, if you are craving brownies, this is one of the easiest solutions. Enjoy!


Pamela's Chocolate Brownie Mix
add a handful or 2 of walnuts & chocolate chips
follow directions

ps the turtle and fish are aged and come from my grandma. Once I had the opportunity to get these, I couldn't turn them down. Love, love, love!

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When there's nothing to bake, bake dirt.

This week I baked dirt. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Really? Baking dirt?" It is true. I have been fighting gnats in a couple of my pots over the past month and nothing has seemed to work. So, I decided to change the dirt and start fresh. However, I had so much dirt and I did not want to just throw it away and I live on the bay so putting it in a grass patch is highly unlikely. After talking with my friend, @FarmerRussell, I had a solution. RECYCLE my DIRT! He told me to bake it at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Easily enough, I had 3 metal baking pans and I filled them up, put aluminum foil on top and baked it. This is simple, clean (relatively), and painless. Be sure to turn on the fan and to open a window, the dirt smell can become overwhelming otherwise.

I am attaching another blog that has photos and more information on dirt baking. 

Enjoy! and happy baking. xo Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.7