Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gluten Free Pizza...Yum!

When I went gluten free,  I  just gave up pizza.  There are lots of from scratch GF crust recipes out there, but I had not given any of them a try. So  I was thrilled to pieces when I found Udi's GF pizza crust.  I've made pizza with this crust a number of times, always with turkey pepperoni.  But last night I made it with GF Italian bulk sausage, and it was sooooo delicious! Here are the simple ingredients I used, but you can add whatever GF toppings you like!

1 Udi's GF pizza crust
Classico Traditional Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce in the jar (or whatever GF sauce you like)
1 lb GF Italian Bulk Sausage, cooked and drained(I used Ingles Market brand...says GF right on the label :))
Mozzarella Cheese Block grated (as much as you like)

Sit out crust to thaw.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place crust on baking sheet
Cover crust with some of the pasta sauce
Sprinkle cooked sausage evenly over pizza
Grate cheese over top

Place in oven and bake according to Udi's crust directions, about 7 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted on top.  I bake mine on a Pampered Chef stone pan, and cook it about 10 minutes, just watch it closely.

Let cool, slice, and enjoy!!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gluten Free Cheesy Tomato Pasta

Here is a recipe from Southern Living that I used to make before going gluten free. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it GF and it turned out creamy and yummy!  Super simple and simply good!

1 8 oz box GF pasta (I used penne)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup whipping cream (I used Organic Valley Heavy Whipping  Cream)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, diced or grated
2 cans diced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar/basil/olive oil.  I use Hunt's brand and they were out of this variety, so I used the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano and the dish still turned out yummy!

Cook pasta, drain and set aside.
Melt butter in skillet over low heat. Add cream and stir till warm. Add cheese and stir constantly until cheese is melted and mixture blended.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
Increase heat to med-low and add tomatoes, stir well to blend.
Add GF pasta and stir to combine.
Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly reduced and heated through.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Check out these GREAT gluten free blogs!

I started my gluten free journey eight months ago after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  As I've said before, I had no idea where to start learning to eat and live gluten free.  Thank goodness for gluten free bloggers!  They were and still are my lifesavers for great recipes, info and tips on staying gluten free!  I thought I'd  list some of my favorites here.  Take a second and check them out if you haven't!

Laura's Gluten Free Pantry
(Laura features Allergy Free Wednesdays where folks share their recipes~good stuff and the gluten free recipes are usually marked GF!)

Gluten Free Homemaker
(Linda features Gluten Free Wednesdays, another great blog hop with gluten free recipes~good stuff!)

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom

Gluten Free Easily

Gluten Free Goddess

Celiacs in the House

These are just a few of the great GF blogs....What are some of your favorites??

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookies....YUM!

Last weekend we took a trip to Blowing Rock, NC. I wanted to make some goodies to take along on the trip, and these peanut butter cookies from Against the Grain looked simple and wonderful.  Wow....they turned out so delicious.  I managed to make them last through the weekend, but then devoured the rest on the trip home. Can't wait to make another batch soon!  I wanted to share the recipe....Here's the link!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eating Gluten Free in Blowing Rock, NC

My hubby and I made a trip up to Blowing Rock, NC this past weekend.  This was my first trip since going gluten free, and I have to say with a little meal planning and restaurant research, eating gluten free was totally doable!  Before we left on Friday, I made a batch of peanut butter cookies and a pot of chili beans to take with us.  I also packed GF tortilla chips & salsa, GF peanut butter & jelly, and Udi's bread to take along.  We also stopped by a grocery store and picked up fruit and yogurt to have on hand too :)

We knew there was an Outback right down from our cabin, so that's where we headed on Friday night.  Outback has a separate GF menu and has become one of my go-to restaurants.  This, however, was the best GF dining experience I've had since going GF!  To start, we had an awesome waiter who was very knowledgeable about the gluten free menu and meal preparation.  I asked about the chance of cross contamination on the grill and he suggested that they could cook the chicken on foil for added safety! YEAH!  When he brought the food out, he made a point to tell me that the chef who prepared the dish has a wife with Celiac Disease!  So of course, he would know the importance of keeping everything GF!  Such a great Outback experience!

Saturday morning we ate in for breakfast....I've decided that a kitchen is a must-have for a Celiac on vacation!  What a life saver!  We stopped in at a local restaurant for hubby to grab a bite to eat, then made the short walk back to our cabin for my lunch...some of the chili beans I had prepared beforehand!  Then I had a peanut butter cookie for dessert. YUM!

For dinner I had called a few places and asked if they had GF items and how they accommodated GF needs.  I called three restaurants and we decided to try one that said they were very careful about cross contamination for those with Celiac Disease.  When we got there however, the waiter was not sure what items were GF, and even after checking with the chef, seemed uncertain.  The GF choices were extremely limited.  So...we politely said we'd have to go somewhere else.  I think this was my first time leaving a restaurant since going GF, but I'm glad we did because we ended up at a wonderful place and had a fabulous dinner!

It's another restaurant I had called beforehand, The Best Cellar.  Our waitress was rather new, so I asked if there was a manager or someone who knew the menu well who could tell me about GF options. A waitress came out who was very familiar with the GF options, and hubby and I both decided on the filet.  It was covered with peppercorn...delicious! I ordered mine without the cream sauce.  I also asked if they cleaned their grill for GF items, she checked and said they could do that too!  For sides I had the mashed potatoes and the asparagus without hollandaise.  The meal was fabulous!!

Never be afraid to speak up for yourself and ask questions when you have Celiac Disease. It's a must, and in my experience, servers are very willing to do whatever they can to create a good experience...just always make sure you speak up politely :).

We ate in for breakfast again on Sunday.  For lunch, we wanted to try a popular place off the main street, The Village Cafe.  We previewed the menu, and I was certain I could find something gluten free.  When I asked the hostess if they had a table available, I also asked if they had gluten free items.  She said they could certainly accommodate me.  She even checked with the chef to see what soups were GF.  Once we were seated at our perfect little table on the patio, she came and said that the Black Bean and Smoked Chicken Chili was gluten free.  Since she was there, I asked her what else on the menu was safe.  Among other  items, she listed the Caesar Salad.  That made my decision easy....Soup and salad, please...without croutons, of course! :)  She even told me next time we come, to call a couple of days ahead and the chef would be sure he had some GF soups on hand!  WOW :)

What an awesome trip!  If you've never been to Blowing Rock, NC, you should definitely make the trip if you're not too far away!  Such a wonderful little town with great shops and some great gluten free options too!

I managed to make my peanut butter cookies last all weekend, snacking on them for a great dessert....but I finished them off on the trip home....I must make more!!!...Will share the recipe I found at Against the Grain soon :)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bacon & Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

I found this recipe for mashed potatoes with bacon and cheddar on Pinterest.  It looked so yummy I couldn't wait to try it!  The potatoes are so creamy, and with the addition of the bacon, cheddar and scallions...oh my goodness!  There are quite a few steps in this recipe, but they're super simple.  Will definitely make these potatoes again!

Here's the link!

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A Simply Good Laundry Tip...

This post has absolutely nothing to do with gluten free's just a good household tip that I stumbled upon and I thought I'd share :)

I was watching the Nate Berkus show a while back and a lady was talking about how to better manage your if there is one chore I HATE, it's I'll take any advice I can get! She had a great tip for keeping pairs of socks together in the wash... safety pin them together! ....It works wonderfully!!! I just pin the socks together before putting them in the wash, and then when the load is ready to fold, there's no more hunting matches for socks, they are already paired up!!