Gluten-Free Cooking

Using appliances to make cooking easier

Just as you don't need separate cookware, you won't need separate appliances for cooking your gluten-free foods with one exception. I absolutely recommend that you have two toasters, or better yet, two toaster ovens. I know I've mentioned this before, but I really can't say it enough crumbs literally fly off of bread. No matter how carefully you clean, your toaster will always be home to crumbs that can contaminate your gluten-free foods. I recommend toaster ovens over toasters because thanks...

Defining Gluten in Laymans Terms

There are a couple of ways to define gluten, and interestingly, the definitions actually contradict each other a little bit. One way to define it is the scientific definition, and it involves life-of-the-party terminology like gliadin, secalin, hordein, and prolamins. This scientific definition further explains that gluten is found in all grains yep, you heard right. All grains. Rice. Corn. All of 'em. Yet we only eliminate wheat, rye, and barley on the gluten-free diet. Well, that's why...

Baking Decent Bread without Wheat Flour Its No Joke

If you're living the gluten-free life, you certainly know that you can't go to the store, buy a bag of wheat flour, bring it home, dip your measuring cup into the bag, and begin baking. The properties in wheat are difficult to duplicate, so you need a variety of alternative flours to attain the results you would get from wheat flour. Even then, you're dealing with gluten-free flours that have no, well, no gluten. Gluten gives bread its light, spongy consistency and cakes their airy lift. In a...

Midday Munchables Gluten Free Style

A human being can only consume so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before the body screams for something new for lunch. The primary issue for celiacs is that the bread needed to make sandwiches is often ahem less than adequate in the taste department. (That was as tactful as I could be, considering many gluten-free breads resemble crumbly cardboard.) Lucky for you, this book contains recipes for excellent breads (see Chapters 8 and 9). Gluten-free lunches seem to be a challenge for many...

T Perky Popcorn

There are a lot of recipes for caramel corn, but they won't measure up to this one. Although kids of all ages love this, fair warning If you have dentures or bridgework, you may find chewing this to be denturally challenging. 2'A quarts ('0 cups) popped popcorn 3A cup pecan pieces Nonstick cooking spray ' cup brown sugar ' cup butter 'A teaspoon salt ' cup light corn syrup ' teaspoon baking soda 1 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. 2 Combine the popcorn and pecans in a large roasting pan that has...

T Southofthe Border Cheese Ball

Most cheese balls are rolled in nuts. Nuts to that This one has a covering in keeping with the flavoring of the cheese ball. You can make this quick-to-assemble appetizer a couple of days before company is expected and keep it wrapped in the refrigerator. Serve it with Homemade Tortilla Chips (you can find the recipe later in this chapter). 8 ounces cream cheese, softened A cup crushed baked tortilla chips 2 tablespoons salsa Homemade Tortilla Chips (see recipe later in A cup shredded Monterey...

Moving beyond rice corn and potatoes

When adopting a gluten-free lifestyle, people tend to turn to starchy, fill-me-up standbys like rice, corn, and potatoes. People seek these out partly because they are starchy foods, a replacement of sorts for the bread, pasta, and bagels we're accustomed to eating when we eat gluten. So what's the problem with substituting these standbys They're gluten-free, so they should be fine, right Well, they're fine from a gluten-free standpoint. But they're pretty much void of nutrients, at least...

Avoiding These Definite NoNos

Here are the grains you need to avoid on a gluten-free diet i Wheat and almost anything with the word wheat in its name. Okay, we know you're thinking, She gets her name on a book to tell me I can't eat wheat Okay, smarty pants, I realize that staying away from this grain may seem obvious. But it's not that straightforward. Sure, it may be obvious that you'll also need to avoid hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat starch, wheat germ, and so on, but you may not realize...

Reuben Quesadillas

These quesadillas are great eaten fresh off the griddle, but you can also make them ahead and pack them in a bag for lunchtime. Ideally, you fill the tortilla, and then fold it in half, but the gluten-free tortillas don't always cooperate. To avoid having the tortilla break apart, just cut it in half from the start. Three 10-inch tortillas, cut in half 8-ounce can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed 1A teaspoons hot mustard 6 slices low-fat Swiss cheese 8 ounces deli corned beef, sliced thin 1...

Hearty Chicken Broth

There was a time when you could make this broth and then freeze it in ice cube trays to have handy to perk up rice, gravy, and so on. But alas, the ice cube tray is fast becoming a relic. However, you can still freeze small portions of this broth in some of the small plastic containers available. Leave the skin on some of the vegetables for added flavor and to add a bit of color to the clear broth. 1'Apounds chicken wings (about 6 wings) 4 thin-skinned potatoes, unpeeled, cut in quarters 1...

Protecting jars from crosscontamination

Jars are some of the most easily contaminated items in the kitchen. Say you're making a slice of toast with jelly. You dip a knife into your gluten-free jelly, then spread it on your gluten-containing toast. Then you dip the knife back into the jar for more jelly, contaminating the whole jar with those pesky crumbs. Next time you go to make gluten-free toast, those glutenous crumbs are just waiting for you. People frequently ask, Can I put the knife back into the jar if I used it to spread...

T Cream of Mushroom Soup

Everyone on a gluten-free diet seems to be in search of a suitable substitute for condensed cream of mushroom soup to use in casseroles. To convert this recipe to a condensed version, add an additional 34 teaspoon cornstarch and use only 1 can of vegetable broth. Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Yield 4 servings 8-ounce can mushroom stems and pieces (reserve liquid) 1'A tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese teaspoon pepper 1A cups half-and-half 1 In a...

Asian Chop Suey

Chop suey is a dish that traditionally consists primarily of vegetables, but may also include meat, poultry, or seafood. Here, it's served with sticky rice, which is actually a type of rice, not necessarily the method of cooking. Sticky rice is short-grain rice that is glutinous and sticky when cooked. (Glutinous doesn't refer to the gluten found in wheat, rye, or barley and, when derived from rice, is permissible on a gluten-free diet.) Preparation time 30 minutes, plus 2 hours (or overnight)...

Contacting manufacturers

Hello, does your product contain gluten Don't feel awkward asking that question. Food manufacturers hear it all the time these days. Many manufacturers often voluntarily identify the ingredients in their products in very clear terms. For example, instead of saying modified food starch, they're listing the specific type of starch as modified corn starch. The same is true with vegetable oils. Instead of hydrolyzed vegetable oil, the packaging now shows the specific type of oil, such as...

Wheat is a proinflammatory agent

Recently, lots of books and articles have been written on the subject of pro-inflammatory foods. These foods are rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body's insulin levels (read more about this in number nine on my top-ten list), causing a burst of inflammation at the cellular level. Almost everyone knows that blood sugar rises from eating sweets (cakes, cookies, and candy). But lots of foods not considered sweets have pro-inflammatory effects foods that have wheat in them, like...

Going glutenfree without testing

You may be tempted to skip the testing and jump right into a gluten-free diet. If, for instance, you highly suspect you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it makes sense going gluten-free will help you start healing the minute you start the diet. Most people begin feeling better right away, some take months to improve, but in the long-run, you can look forward to improved health sometimes dramatically improved. But and I'm waving a great big caution flag here if you plan to be tested,...

Adding some pounds if youre underweight

If you've been underweight, you're likely to find that the gluten-free diet helps you gain enough to be at a healthy weight. I know, it sounds like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth how can it help some people lose weight, and help others gain it People who are underweight are often that way because they have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, and therefore are not absorbing important nutrients, including calories. That is, until they go gluten-free. Then their guts heal, and they...

Relating a glutenfree diet to the glycemic index

Gluten-containing foods like bread, bagels, pizza, pasta, cookies, cakes, and pretzels are super-high on the glycemic index. When you cut those things out of your diet, you're eliminating high GI foods that offer little in the way of nutritional value. Now keep in mind that if you replace those things with their gluten-free counterparts like gluten-free bread, bagels, pizza . . . you get the picture then you're back in the high glycemic ballpark. But if you choose to eat wholesome foods like...

Liqueur Cups with Mocha Raspberries

In case the title of the recipe didn't give it away, this piece of work is impressive. Instead of making your own chocolate cups, you can pick up a package of one of several excellent commercial gluten-free chocolate cups on the market. Tools Double boiler, new 'A-inch pastry brush, '6 small fluted paper or foil baking cups 16 chocolate-covered espresso beans cup whole milk 16 fresh raspberries 3 tablespoons amaretto 1 teaspoon corn oil 3 tablespoons cr me de cacao 1 cup semisweet chocolate...

Potato Nests with Shrimp

Obviously, when we're hungry, taste is key. However, the sense of sight also plays a role. If food is presented in an appealing, enticing manner, we begin to anticipate how absolutely wonderful it will taste. These potato nests are the perfect presentation for this shrimp dish. A cup whole milk 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes A teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons chopped pimento ' pound small cooked shrimp ' cup dry white wine 1 Preheat the oven to...