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Nominate Your Favorite Restaurants in Chicago for "Best of 2014"

Nov 18, 2014
PamelaD in Chicago Area
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Gluten free brownies - need help!

If they are nice dense brownies (vs 'cakey' brownies), I say you'll be fine. You could always add a layer of frosting!

Oct 23, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Gourmet Vegan Christmas Dinner

This is one of my go-to holiday side dishes:
Quinoa and Butternut Squash (savory) Pie
http://www.marthastewart.com/313442/q...

Oct 13, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

gluten-free recipe sites?

Sep 06, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

Yes, gas grill and gas oven... but somehow, it always tastes better when cooked outside :-)

Sep 05, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

Wow, thanks everyone for the great ideas!
I am leaning toward either the raised rack in the oven at high temp or par-cooking them and putting them on the grill to get some grill char at the end.
It will all depend on the ferocity of Mother Nature when the time comes!

Pam

Sep 05, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

What to marinade my chicken in (Mexican recipe)

How about lime juice, oil, chipolte powder and a splash of tequila?

Sep 05, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

Best way to cook large sausages if it is raining on the grill !?

So we are having some people over (not a big group... 8 including ourselves) for dinner tonight and the plan was sausages on the grill. I get these big (~6-8 oz ea) ground chicken with feta and spinach sausages freshly made at the local market. The plan, of course, was to grill them, but now it is very likely that we'll be having storms and rain! So... oven baked? broiled? stove top fried? What do you think?

Sep 05, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

gluten free cooking

Geesh Everyone is being so negative! I think there is a great show in here somewhere. How about pitching it as more of a 'how to deliciously use new and unique grain and nut flours' show? Your target audience could cover a range of people: celiacs, those who have or suspect they have gluten intolerance, maybe even a new paleo folks (when using nut flours), and cooking enthusiasts who are simply interesting in trying new flours like quinoa flour, yam flour, and even cricket flour, etc...
Good Luck!

Aug 21, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Entertaining gluten-free guest in the western suburbs or the city?

Yes, Senza is amazing and 100% gluten free. It is, however, very pricey, so we save it for special occasions.

Jul 28, 2014
PamelaD in Chicago Area

Entertaining gluten-free guest in the western suburbs or the city?

The 'Lettuce Entertain You' restaurant group is very GF friendly and most of their restaurants have gluten free menus. Here is a link to them: http://www.leye.com/gluten-free-menus
These restaurants are located all over the suburbs and city.
(Wildfire, their steakhouse, is our favorite. I believe there is one located in the Oakbrook area.
)Have Fun,
Pam

Jul 28, 2014
PamelaD in Chicago Area

Tomato Puree v. Sauce

I use tomato puree for my favorite sauce recipe. Contandina brand makes a tomato puree, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. I have tried my recipe using the crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce and it's just not the same.
As others have suggested, if you can't find them, I would puree some whole canned tomatoes as a substitute.

Jul 24, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

Gluten-free pancake mixes

Pamela's is my favorite.

Jun 27, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I have lots of rhubarb growing in my backyard and each year struggle to find something besides desserts to use it for.
I just came across this recipe for Rhubarb Ketchup:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/rh...

I should be able to 10 or 20-min-water-bath-can this, right?

Might be my homemade holiday gifts this year!

TIA for the input!
Pam

Jun 02, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

Gluten-free grains?

I would use quinoa.

May 12, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Gluten-Free in Loop or Mag Mile?

Most of the 'lettuce entertain you' restaurants have gluten free menus:
http://www.leye.com/gluten-free-menus

Our favs are Wildfire, Shaw's, Big Bowl

We went to Senza for my birthday last Oct.. amazing!

Never been, but I think The Greek Islands in Greektown has a gluten free menu...

Have Fun!

Mar 04, 2014
PamelaD in Chicago Area

What do these US measures mean in the UK

To help define a US tablespoon:
1 cup = 16 tablespoons

Feb 27, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

MEATLOAF - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for February 2014

I use a bit of dry cream of rice cereal as a binder when I make meatballs... should work with meatloaf, too.

Feb 04, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

What's in your slow cooker today

Beans and sausage:
dried pintos (soaked at room temp for a few hours and drained)
kielbasa
onion and a bit of celery
fresh thyme and a few chili flakes
some chicken broth
a can of fire roasted tomatoes
low for about 6 hours

I put this in portions in the freezer....

Jan 18, 2014
PamelaD in Home Cooking

Celeriac/Celery root - roasted, mashed - your best methods?

You might want to post this and the Home Cooking board...

We really like a 1:1 mash of potatoes and celeriac. I peel, cut up, and boil and celeriac the same as I do the potatoes (I usually start the potatoes and boil for a few min, then add the celeriac, as it takes less time to cook). The celeriac can be a bit watery, so be sure to drain well. I mash all together with a little milk and butter and salt. Yum!

Jan 18, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

crock pot chili questions

I do 'brown' the ground meat first so I can drain off the rendered fat before it goes into the pot. Otherwise I think the final product would be too greasy.
And I think the cooking time is very flexible. No real risk of overcooking. I just switch to 'warm' till ready to serve.
If I use (canned, drained) beans, I wait and add them in the last 60-90 min, though, so they don't get too mushy.
Have Fun.

Help me make this apple pie "Scotty friendly" - GF and Yolk free

I would use an egg white plus a few teaspoons of oil to replace the whole egg. Most GF flour blends that you can buy would work fine, I think.

Nov 13, 2013
PamelaD in Special Diets

Allergen free gravy

I would freeze the gravy before adding any starch. Thaw and whisk in your cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken just before serving.

Nov 13, 2013
PamelaD in Special Diets

What is this thing?

Mexican Calabasa Squash?

Oct 14, 2013
PamelaD in General Topics

Gluten Free Cornflakes

I know that Barbara's makes a gluten free cornflake cereal. It is a nationwide brand you can might be able to find at your local store or a Whole Foods.
Chex cereal is now gluten free and corn chex might be a good substitute and it's very easy to find at your local store.
It's nice of you to accommodate your friend!

Oct 09, 2013
PamelaD in Special Diets

Gluten-free deep dish...does this exist? Other GF options?

Most of the 'Lettuce Entertain You' group of restaurants have gluten free menus:
http://www.leye.com/gluten-free-menus
We really like Wildfire.
Have Fun

Oct 03, 2013
PamelaD in Chicago Area

So I had a ton of greens and made this

I made a similar soup yesterday. I used chard (just under a pound, stems removed) and some fresh parsley (about a cup) and some fresh mint (about half a cup). I used chicken broth as the liquid. Oh, and I tossed in a chopped garlic clove with the onion, too.
Very tasty

Sep 23, 2013
PamelaD in Home Cooking

What did I do wrong? Cookie dough never came together, too crumbly.. 1/2 rice flour, 1/2 regular flour no egg

You need to replace the amount of liquid that you took out of the recipe: 1 egg is about 4 tablespoons and you reduced the honey by a tablespoon, so add in 5 tablespoons of liquid... water would work.
Your egg substitute should have been 2 T of starch whisked with 4 T water.
Search for some vegan cookie recipes to help learn about the best substitutes for eggs.
Good Luck!

Aug 13, 2013
PamelaD in Home Cooking
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Favorite Gluten Free Bread / Baked Good Recipes?

I have three recomendations for you:
- Pamela's pancake mix makes great quick breads and muffins (banana bread,etc...) and pancakes, of course
http://pamelasproducts.com/products/b...
- Betty Crocker GF yellow cake mix makes great cupcakes
http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/...
- Chebe mixes for little puffy dinner rolls and frocaccia, etc...
http://www.chebe.com/Products/Dry-Mix...

good luck

Jul 25, 2013
PamelaD in Special Diets
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Newly Celiac Sister coming to visit... what to cook? Where to buy?

I also love 'brazilian cheese bread'! Here is a mix you can buy if you don't want to do them from scratch... pretty fool proof:
http://www.chebe.com/Products/Dry-Mix...

Jul 20, 2013
PamelaD in Special Diets