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GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Good to hear. It's looking like I might have to make everything in advance right now. :) Thanks.

Mar 31, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Looks great :) Still tempted to try to sneak some ground hazelnut in and see what happens.

Mar 30, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

I think I'm sold haha. Having never made osso buco do you have a go to recipe? & on that note my attempts at polenta have always left me wanting more. Can't find a recipe that I like.

Salad or broccoli rabe would work. I was thinking of making a gf french onion & gf bread as well. Since she isn't always a fan of having people doing things for her I'm hoping to use this as an opportunity to feed her for a few days haha.

Thank you for help thus far :)

Mar 30, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Yeah the buckwheat did come across as heavy handed. There is an offhand chance I'll be making more things for her in the future so I don't mind having extra when all is said in done.

I'm almost tempted to try blending some hazelnuts & almonds up and using that in conjunction with the chocolate cake recipe above and try a hybrid.

Mar 29, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Thanks for the suggestions. With a decent sized group I'm not sure how well the coconut will go over for all of them but the chocolate one shouldn't offend too many people :) Thanks for the pointers.

Mar 29, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

=) Thanks.

I don't think there is one cuisine that she prefers more then others. At the moment it seems to go back & forth as she finds something that she can eat. The last one was curries. The best way to describe it would be food with substance. Last time I talked with her about it a few days ago it was a cheeseburger. She has some knowledge of cooking but because of her work schedule she often resorts to salads or more snack type foods. There are days where since she can't have what she wants she won't bother to eat much.

But since I'm making it ;) I'm open to anything and she will enjoy it.

Mar 29, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Thanks for the suggestions!

Mar 29, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

Any birthday esque cake. Nuts are not a problem & no preference to chocolate/non chocolate. If it tastes great and resembles a cake I'm fine with that.

I have done some previous baking for her with gf flour and it was heavier. I want to say it was buckwheat flour as that is all I had in the house at that moment. I don't have much experience with gf flours but is there any type that tends to produce a lighter end product?

I'll check out the thread, thanks!

Mar 28, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

GF Dairyfree Birthday Help Please

I have a close friend who has recently become allergic to glutton & dairy.
She's hasn't adjusted to it yet & still struggles.

Her Birthday is coming up next week & I'm going to try to make her dinner as well as maybe breakfast.

If anyone would be willing to share any pancake/breakfast recipes, dinner, or especially an amazing cake recipe or substitute that you use I would forever be indebted to you.

I think I'm going to have roughly 10-15 people for the dinner. I'm asking them to contribute but I'm guessing that they'll end up bringing a fruit or veggie platter & leave me with the brunt of it. While I don't mind spending $ I would also like to avoid an overtly expensive dinner.

Thank you!

Mar 28, 2013
dbirney in Special Diets

Brownie crust for coffee cheesecake - techniques?

Wow, that looks fantastic. Going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 17, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

What is your definition of a good chicken pot pie?

I fell in love with pot pies all over again with your description.

Oct 17, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

Help! Someone's Last Wish For Downhome Southern Fried Chicken...

Minimal experience with fried chicken so I can't help you there. However, I think what you are doing is wonderful and I'm sure it will be a memory for all those involved.

Special people & food made with love is one of the greatest combinations.

Jun 11, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

Canned Tuna?

I was considering starting a thread on Tuna earlier. Looked through the local sales ads and was happy to see that canned Tuna was on sale. One store had it at 1$ and another 88 cents. When I got to the 2nd store I picked up the can to check if thy had added anything I wasn't a fan of. There on the back label in the ingredients list were the words, "Contains Soy." I was a bit disappointed. When I buy Tuna I want Tuna.

Jun 09, 2012
dbirney in General Topics

Help! Best hamburger in DC?

I actually live in the building next to the CP one. Went there a few days after it opened and had the Santa Fe Burger. It was amazing. Been back a few times since and its been good but nothing like the first time.

May 31, 2012
dbirney in Washington DC & Baltimore

What foods live up to their reputation? What do you 'rave' about?

Peanut Butter Nutella Banana Sandwiches

May 02, 2012
dbirney in General Topics

Boxed Pasta vs. Homemade

Bookmarked. Thanks a bunch! =)

May 01, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

Boxed Pasta vs. Homemade

Bookmarked. Thanks a bunch!

May 01, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

Boxed Pasta vs. Homemade

Any recipe suggestions? Gnocchi might be doable. I'm in college so getting any sort of pasta maker is an expense that I can't justify making at this point in my life. I always just wonder what the difference would be between box/homemade whenever I'm tossing the boxed pasta in the water.

I've gotten weird looks comments whenever people see what spices or other items I have floating in my cupboard. I wonder what a pasta maker would do =) Most people only go as far as to cook Kraft Mac n Cheese here hahah.

May 01, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

Boxed Pasta vs. Homemade

As per usual I always have the odd thought or two before falling asleep.

Am I missing out on good pasta by being content to throw in store bought pasta? Or would taking the time to make my own be worth it? Any thoughts appreciated.

May 01, 2012
dbirney in Home Cooking

College Park area food?

I actually live in the apartment next to Bobby Flay's. I've eaten there 3 times. The first time it was fantastic the 2nd and 3rd time just ok. The milkshakes are amazing though. Poets and Busboys is now one of my favorite places. The food is fantastic for the price and the wait staff is on point. Although one time one of the waiters accidentally spilled a cup of water on me. I'm going to have to try out some of the other places mentioned in this thread before I finish up with school here.

Apr 26, 2012
dbirney in Washington DC & Baltimore