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Gluten-free flours

Wow that bread looks just great! I am a fan of almond meal, as well. Too bad it's so expensive.

I make my own all-purpose GF flour mix.
It is approximately:
2 parts rice (or brown rice) flour
1 part sweet rice flour
2 parts starch (tapioca or potato or a mix of both)
1 part other such as teff or quinoa, or amaranth

Yesterday I made a successful pie crust (strawberry rhubarb filling).

A friend of mine uses the KAF GF flour mix, but it is also expensive. As dfrostnh mentions, KAF has done a lot of research into creating tasty GF baked goods.

I am a fan of Pamela's Pancake mix. It makes a great base for quick breads and muffins.

Keep up the GF baking!
Pam

May 31, 2015
PamelaD in Special Diets

Gluten free and Pescetarian?

Many of the 'Lettuce Entertain You' restaurants have gluten free menus and have policy accommodating most restrictions:
http://www.leye.com/gluten-free-menus

Have Fun!

Mar 05, 2015
PamelaD in Chicago Area

Grain-free desserts

- Flan
- crustless (or use an almond meal crust) Cheeseckae
- crustless (or use an almond meal crust) Cream pie
- Flourless chocolate cake

Feb 02, 2015
PamelaD in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #5

That flank sounds delish.
A few days ago we seared flank steak, sliced it thin and had it on top of a lightly dressed (sherry vinegar/olive oil) spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, roasted yellow pepper slices, black olives, and feta cheese.

Jan 14, 2015
PamelaD in Special Diets
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Thickener for GF, NOT

I use dry cream of rice cereal in my meatballs as a binder... essentially what you were going for, I think.

Jan 13, 2015
PamelaD in Special Diets

Fire Cider

Wow that sounds amazing! I must try it.

Jan 07, 2015
PamelaD in Special Diets

One lunch in Chicago

Most of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants in the Chicago area have gluten free menus:
http://www.leye.com/gluten-free-menus
As a Celiac myself, I would feel much more comfortable at a place that has the GF thing figured out. If you check out the list you'll see there are options in downtown Chicago (via I-90/94), as well as various suburbs (via I-294 - Oakbrook, Schaumburg, Lincolnshire).
Having said that, all the higher end places / trendy that others have recommended downtown will most likely have no problem with a gluten free request, but you might want to call ahead.
Have a good trip!

oops just saw your update... sorry your plans didn't allow your Chicago lunch!

P

Jan 03, 2015
PamelaD in Chicago Area

Amazing and fairly easy appetizer to bring to xmas eve?

I like the fruit idea.
How about these: Grinch Kabobs!
http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/grinc...

GF product subst. for vanilla wafer crumbs in Bourbon Balls?

Thanks! Might have to try these this year.... :-)

Dec 14, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

GF product subst. for vanilla wafer crumbs in Bourbon Balls?

MiDel makes wafer cookies:
http://www.midelcookies.com/products/...
They are fairly easy to find in stores. These are very plain, so I would add some vanilla extract if subbing for vanilla wafers.

I would love the recipe, btw!

Good Luck

Dec 14, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

[UPDATE]- Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants in Chicago for "Best of 2014"

Yes, I saw that announcement, also. Sad.

Dec 12, 2014
PamelaD in Chicago Area

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

My favorite is Crunchmaster in plain sea salt
https://www.crunchmaster.com/products...

Another idea would be to toast some GF bread (Udi's?) and make toast points.

Have fun!

Dec 05, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets
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Favorite gluten-free bread cookbook?

Yes, that one looks perfect!

Nov 26, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

Favorite gluten-free bread cookbook?

I just got the new Gluten Free cookbook from America's Test Kitchen. It is mostly baked goods. I haven't had a chance to make anything from it yet and I am not sure about how egg/soy it is...
I have seen many positive reviews.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-h...

Nov 25, 2014
PamelaD in Special Diets

[UPDATE]- Vote for 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