Tuesday To Do List — what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.
I want to try…

On my list to buy…

  • My friend Johnna is always on the lookout for fun GF items when she’s out and about and posted about these thin, crispy, gluten-free cookies from Trader Joe’s (she’s says they are like Tate’s) that would be perfect for these two ingredient ice cream sandwiches!
  • An Inspiralizer. Yes? No? Do you have one? Tell me everything.

I spy…

  • Two cases of “are you freaking kidding me?!” reported to Gluten Free Watch Dog — I sometimes feel like a crazy person the way I check, double check, and triple check on foods, even those that come in a gluten-free package, to be sure they are safe. I guess I’m not the only one. I won’t lie, I feel more nervous as a celiac eight years in than I ever have before. Shouldn’t things be getting better?

 

I almost cried (tears of JOY!) this weekend when I had fried chicken for the first time since being gluten free. (I just celebrated my EIGHT year GlutenFreeiversary recently!) AND apple fritters! When you are gluten-free in Nashville, be sure to check out AMOT. Their entire menu, minus a couple of beers on their beer menu, (where they distinguish between gluten-free and gluten removed beers, impressive!) is gluten-free! And don’t worry vegetarian friends, that black eyed pea falafel sandwich pictured below is for you! My.kind.of.place.

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We landed late Sunday night from our adventures celebrating Mr. CITC’s #bigbourbonbirthday… and now I’m leaving on a jet plane to meet my Mamasita in Tucson to visit my brother and soak up some rays! (if you have any Tucson, AZ recommendations, let me know in the comments!)

EnJOY your week.

xoxo

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NEWS FLASH: finds & photos

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Hi.

What’s new?

 

A Gluten Free Halloween

Join in on the Teal Pumpkin Project to celebrate an allergy friendly Halloween with non-food treats.

For more non-food Halloween treats from 100 Days of Real Food, click HERE.

Looking for traditional treats? HERE is the gluten free Halloween candy list.

 

Gluten Free in Milwaukee #glutenfreeinMKE

The new BelAir Cantina location is now open on Downer Avenue. (just four blocks from my office at UWM = DANGEROUS!)

Gluten-Free Mondays and Wednesdays at Transfer happen every single week: no up charge for GF pizza or apps and 2 for 1 taps of New Grist. Join us THIS Wednesday for our October GF Get Together at Transfer.

I have told you guys in the past about my love for the minestrone at Sala, (also near UWM) but I may have a new favorite — their Pumpkin Sage soup is my go-to lately.

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NEW to the collection:

Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking Irresistible classics in 10 ingredients or less! by Chrystal Carver, photos by Mary Bernsen.

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Chrystal was kind enough to send two copies of her new book to give away at our monthly GF Get Together events — the GFF (gluten free friend) who won last month was thrilled at the idea of simple recipes with ten ingredients or less. And if you’re joining us this month (RSVP here) you will have the chance to win the second copy!

I know many of you will love Chrystal’s definition of an “easy” recipe: 30 minutes or less to prepare, less than an hour to bake, and has 10 ingredients or less. Sweet and simple, yes? 😉
Any time a new baking book comes out, I head straight to the table of contents to see if there is a chocolate chip recipe. You’ll be happy to know her book does have a chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe and with just nine ingredients! We made them up north when some non-GF friends were visiting, and they gobbled them up — even before I could snap photos, shocking, I know. We also used them for ice cream sandwiches that weekend.
The other recipe I made was the apple crisp. Good news: Chrystal is sharing her apple crisp recipe with all of you!

Before I share the recipe, let me tell you a little “keeping it real” baking story from my kitchen: I forgot the flour. Yes. The entire 1/2 cup of flour that is called for in the apple crisp recipe. I had it out, measured, ready to add into the ingredients, and then I forgot it. I thought the topping seemed kind of off, but figured it was a new recipe, and who was I to judge? I realized my mistake when it was almost done baking and I pulled it out of the oven to find a pretty liquidy situation in the baking pan. Then it dawned on me — I didn’t add the flour!

I was determined to save it though, so I did at a few sprinkles of GF flour mix and kind of mashed it in with a fork, I didn’t want to mix it all together, but it did help soak up some of the extra liquid. I then just cooked it for longer than called for and the apples softened up and the topping came together just fine, it even got a crispy on top — it was delicious!

So there you have it. I mess up in the kitchen all.the.time. But I keep baking. And you should too.

Why not start with this simple recipe for apple crisp?
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APPLE CRISP
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 8

INGREDIENTS

4 medium granny smith apples, cored, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend*
1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup butter, softened

METHOD
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Position the oven rack in center of oven. Lightly spray or grease a 8x8x2-inch square pan.
Spread apple slices evenly on the bottom of the pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apples.
Bake for 30 minutes or topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. If desired, serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Store at room temperature.

*For this recipe, Chrystal uses her all-purpose gluten-free rice flour blend that has been prepared in advance. Rather than making a whole batch, you can scale it down to ¼ cup white rice flour + 2 tablespoons tapioca flour + 2 tablespoons potato starch.

SARAH’S NOTES: After realizing I had forgotten the flour, I did add some Pamela’s GF baking mix on top and mashed it down with a fork and it turned out just fine. I may just omit the flour in the future and just cook longer to absorb liquid. I am going to try it with coconut sugar next time. In her book, Chrystal uses garbanzo bean flour in one of her flour mixes, I am not a fan of the distinct bean flavor it has, so be sure to try out this flour first to see if you like it before making a whole batch of the flour mix.

This book really is sweet and simple — perfect for someone new to GF baking or for kiddos who like to help in the kitchen.

Bake on!

 

Recipes

BEVERAGES

Simple Sangria

RumChata Chocolates

4 Ingredient Margaritas

White Russians (dairy-free)

Russian Mudslides

Cinnamon Dolce Lattes

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Morning Mocha Monkey Smoothie

SNACKS & APPETIZERS

Jalapeño Poppers 

Jalawhoppers

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon

Banana Breakfast Sushi

Homemade Croutons

Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Nachos

Pizza Totchos (pizza + tater tots + nachos) 

4 Ingredient Hummus

Quinoa Cakes — Pizza Style

Easy Artichoke Dip

Gluten-Free Beer Dip

Easy-Peasy Taco Dip

Thanksgiving Chex Mix

Apple Streusel Chex Mix 

Celiac Sista’s Slow Cooker Applesauce

I Miss Almond Joy Bars

BLT Bites

Bruschetta 

Bird Seed Snack Mix

Grandma’s Cooked Rice

Scalloped Corn

Cranberry Salad

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Family Flatbread

MAIN MEALS

Italian Chili with Garlic Parmesan Biscuits

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Lasagna Style

Anything Goes Egg Cups

Mexican Lasagna

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

Overnight Oatmeal Delight

Maple Nut Zucchini French Toast

Satisfying Salads

Brandon’s Chicken Chili

Simple Shrimp Skillet with Smashed Chive Potatoes

Zucchini Planks 

Pan Toast with an Iced Cafe au Lait

Tortilla Pizzas

SOUPS

Zesty Corn Tortilla Soup

Potato Leek Soup aka Tayden’s Mashed Potato Soup

Spicy Tomato Dill Soup

BAKING & DESSERTS

Coffee Cake Muffins

Bread in the Bread Machine

Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars

Chai Banana Nut Muffins

Powdered Sugar Doughnut Muffins from Elizabeth Barbone

Grandma G’s Monster Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Banana Nut Breakfast Bites (breakfast cookies!)

Pumpkin Spice Granola 

Crazy Cake

Thumbprint Cookies

Snowflakes (aka Crinkles aka Pixies) 

“Bacon & Egg” Bites

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting

Springtime Lemon Bars

Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzels 

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Berry Good Crispy Rice Treats

Coconut Cake with Berries 

Cherry Crisp

Grandma Audrey’s Rhubarb Bars

Grandma EdithAnn’s Banana Bread

Peach “Sorbet” 

Chocolate-Banana-Peanut-Butter Mock Ice Cream

2 Ingredient Ice Cream Sandwiches

SALAD DRESSINGS

Simple Vinaigrette Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Talenti gelato and sorbetto (YES! It’s gluten free.)

The high temp is 86 degrees here in Milwaukee today.

In the morning, there is usually a cool breeze near the lake. If you have the windows open, it will cool the house for hours. But not today. When I just stepped outside, I could already feel the heat that is to come later today. Anyone have a pool I can come take a dip in today?

No pool?

No worries. There are other ways to stay cool when the temps rise this summer.

I would love to tell you that the new ice cream maker has been up and running. But it hasn’t. Not yet. Way too many things going on right now. But it will make an appearance soon.

Instead, you can grab some Talenti gelato or sorbetto from the store. It’s amazing. And almost all of their flavors are gluten free. (caramel cookie crunch is a no-go for us)

Thanks to Shelby at Talenti, I was able to try several of their flavors. That may or may not have been the period of time when my jeans stopped fitting right.

Hands down, my top pick was the Mediterranean Mint gelato.

It is rich and creamy with bits of bittersweet chocolate in each bite. Every time I opened the freezer I had to grab a bite or two. There is nothing that says you cannot enjoy this early in the morning. Or if you need a little afternoon snack. Or after dinner.

You get it. It’s that good.

A close second was the Caribbean Coconut gelato.

I’m a big fan of coconut. You remember how I raved in a post about my love for Coconut M&M’s don’t you? Come to think of it, those M&M’s would be perfect with this ice cream. (Shelby… I might need another delivery!)

Because I didn’t think of M&M’s at the time, I paired it with the Double Dark Chocolate gelato.

(the very-chocolatey flavor also goes perfect with the Tahitian Vanilla Bean gelato And the vanilla made delicious ice cream sandwiches when scooped between two Liz Lovely Triple Chocolate Mint cookies.)

You thought I was kidding about the jeans didn’t you?

Not everyone is a gelato fan. And although I find that hard to believe, it is nothing to worry about. They have sorbet too.

Like this Hill Country Peach Champagne sorbetto.

I wish I still had some of this left in the freezer. It was perfect on its own, but also went well with the Blood Orange sorbetto.

My new mission is to try the rest of the flavors this summer. It’s already 78 degrees and it’s not even 9:00.

I will probably start the mission today.

Are you a gelato or sorbet fan? What are your go-to GF treats to stay cool this summer?

Dining Out

GLUTEN FREE IN WISCONSIN and BEYOND!

Remember to ask questions and be an advocate for yourself for a safe meal! If something is fried, be sure they have a separate GF fryer. Is the kitchen knowledgeable? Stress and then stress again if you are a severely sensitive celiac like me, because GF has become so popular, there are many restaurants who say they have a GF menu, but aren’t prepared to serve those with serious, severe dietary needs. This list is a compilation of places I have personally been and places recommended by local GF friends — menus, staff, chefs all change over all the time, and as hard as I work to keep it current, ALWAYS ask questions, every single time!

Gluten Free in Milwaukee (and surrounding areas)

Bacchus

Belair Cantina – Tosa, Milwaukee, Downer Ave *ASK QUESTIONS — there seem to be inconsistent answers at times, always have them double check with the kitchen!

Cubanitas – downtown Milwaukee – Cuban food – SO good, have a “Celiac Friendly” menu

Hinterland – Third Ward – “American gastropub featuring seasonal plates”

Coquette Cafe – Third Ward – casual French bistro fare

Cafe Manna – Brookfield – vegetarian restaurant with options galore

Maxie’s – Milwaukee – “oysters, bbq, fresh fish”

Beans and Barley – east side, North Ave – don’t let the name fool you, they have all kinds of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. pesto eggs, toast & jam, burritos, cheesecake and other desserts, soups, salads, sandwiches. also have market in the restaurant with many GF choices.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries (multiple locations)

Stack’d Burger Bar – Water Street/Third Ward – burgers, fries, (make sure they use the GF fryer!) sandwiches, GF beer

Wolf Peach

Tess

Maggiano’s

P.F. Chang’s

Jose’s Blue Sombrero  – multiple locations – Mexican

Good Harvest Market 

Tony Maronni’s  – Sussex – pizza

Cafe Hollander (have had good luck at the Downer Ave location, not so much in Tosa, and others are saying they aren’t on top of GF at the new Mequon location)

Cafe Benelux

Balzaac

Crazy Water

Loaf & Jug

Whole Foods

Chancery

Chipotle

Sake Tumi – sushi

North Star American Bistro – Shorewood & Brookfield locations

Transfer Pizzeria – pizza, appetizers, GF beers and ciders

Lake Park Bistro

Sanford

Motor Bar and Restaurant @ Harley Davidson Museum

Branded at Iron Horse Hotel

Melting Pot – fondue!

bd’s Mongolian Grill @ Bayshore Town Center – make your own stir fry, have allergy station

Stir Crazy – Brookfield – stir fry

Marty’s Pizza – Delafield location – pizza, garlic cheese bread, salads, pasta

Glass Nickel – Brookfield – pizza

Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro – sushi, Asian fusion dishes

Cooper’s Hawk – Brookfield – extensive menu, warm rolls!

The Rumpus Room – downtown Milwaukee

Water Buffalo – Third Ward

Smoke Shack  – Third War – BBQ

Swig – Third Ward

Sala (across from UWM) (the best minestrone around and they now have pizza!)

City Market  – Shorewood, Whitefish Bay – salads, soups

Odd Duck – Bayview – small plates, farm fresh, interesting flavor combos, amazing!

Red Robin – Brookfield – burgers & fries

Libby Montana – Mequon – pizza and other pub goodness

Delafield BrewHaus  – Delafield – brew pub food, sandwiches, pizza, homemade potato chips

Pacific Bistro – Delafield – Asian fusion dishes, curry, sushi

Zin – Delafield

Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery – dedicated gluten-free bakery with ALL the treats!

Erbert & Gerbert’s (Multiple locations throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest — REAL subs on soft hoagie-style bun! They have specific “completely gluten-free” options where they get all new ingredients, or they can do any of the sandwiches on GF bread if you aren’t concerned with CC. They have a separate area to make sandwiches with separate utensils and the bread is sealed.)

The Cheel – Thiensville – “fresh flavor altitude and farm-to-fork attitude, from the himalayas to the rockies”  (they have a shared fryer, so the fish fry or any fried items aren’t safe for celiacs)

Blooming Lotus Bakery  – east side, near Whole Foods – healthified bakery treats

Tre Rivali  – Third Ward

Bonefish Grill – Brookfield

Urban Joe Cafe – West Allis

D.A.A. Smokehouse – Mukwonago – smoked BBQ

Fork in the Road – Mukwonago – mac ‘n cheese! (and other things too) 😉

Espresso Love Coffee – Mukwonago – coffee/cafe food

Centro Cafe  – River West

Engine Company No. 3 – Walker’s Point

Alitoa’s   – fish fry!

Onesto – Third Ward – “modern fresh Italian”

Chef Paz – West Allis

Rodizio Grill – downtown Milwaukee – Brazilian Steakhouse

Beerline Cafe – downtown Milwaukee/Hot Yoga building – “vegetarian fast-casual”

Lazy Susan – Bayview

Hello Falafel – Bayview

The Fox and Hounds – Hubertus

Zesti – Hartland

Fishbones – Delafield – cajun & creole

La Reve – Wauwatosa – French cooking with local twist and WI size portions AND macarons!

Juniper 61 – Wauwatosa – “contemporary American”

Twisted Willow – Port Washington

Jalapeño Loco – near MKE airport – Mexican

Tofte’s Table – Waukesha (old Key Westconsin)

Atlas BBQ – Grafton

Wauwatiki – Wauwatosa (entire menu is GF!)

 


RESTAURANTS THAT SOME GF FRIENDS LOVE AND OTHERS HAVE GOTTEN SICK

225 So./ Mia Famiglia – Waukesha – fresh pasta, Italian goodness, tiramisu, but also have burgers and fries

Blue’s Egg – MANY recommend this, but several people have reported getting sick here

Pizza Man – some have eaten there and loved it (they use a crust with quinoa that you can purchase at Good Harvest) but a few have gotten sick

Parkside 23 – used to be a favorite but at our recent GF Get Together, several of us were served gluten and their response was horrible

 


 

RESTAURANTS WHERE GF FRIENDS HAVE BEEN GLUTENED (or just don’t get it) 

Tom + Chee – they used to have a safer protocol, but seems they are inconsistent with using it and some have now been told they can’t even do “allergy” orders when they are busy

Cafe Perrin

Il Mito

Il Mito East

Rustico Pizzeria – you can read of our horrible experience here.  (they have closed = karma) 

Pizzeria Piccola

Grill Junkies  — this used to be one of my absolute favorites, but sadly there have been way too many mistakes made lately and friends have gotten sick! 😦

Cheesecake Factory

 

Gluten Free in Madison, WI (and nearby)

Bunky’s Cafe – sadly they closed their restaurant biz in 2016, BUT still do catering and private events!

Jacs  – “neighborhood bistro serving classic & gluten-free French fare” – separate fryer for fries and cheese curds at the dinner hour, tasty salads, sandwiches, GF beers

The Silly Yak Bakery – – separate GF kitchen

Charlie’s On Main – Oregon, WI

Bloom Bake Shop – Middleton, WI (not dedicated, but they take gluten-free safety seriously and are opening another location on Monroe St.)

Gluten Free in Wisconsin Dells

The Barn Restaurant – Baraboo (one of owners has celiac) separate fryer, most of the menu can be made GF, THREE kinds of fries, amazing! Right by Devil’s Lake.

Buffalo Phil’s

Moose Jaw

Gluten Free in La Crosse, WI

Hackberry Bistro (above the food co-op) cute bistro, perfect for breakfast or lunch, fresh made bread for toast and sandwiches, pan potatoes, pancakes.

Kate’s Amore Pizza – PIZZA!

Piggy’s  – BBQ (we eat in the pub, not the fancy dining room, where you can order from both menus)

The Freight House  – steak house

Charmant Hotel

Fayze’s – perfect for breakfast, omelets & fruit

4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas

The Waterfront

Le Chateau

Gluten Free in Wausau

The Bar – all the bar food! pizza, wings, you name it

The Mint Cafe

Wausau Mine Co. 

Gluten Free in Door County

The Cookery

Wickman House

Whitegull Inn

Get Real Cafe

Julie’s Cafe

Chef’s Hat

Chop

Grasse’s Grill

Island Orhard Cider House and Tasting Room

Wild Tomato Pizza (MANY have gotten sick there)

Gluten Free in Green Bay, WI

Graystone Ale House  – pizza and pub food

Hafenmeister Park – sandwiches, fries, pub food

Plae Bistro

S.A.L.T.

Gluten Free in Appleton

Happy Bellies Bake Shop – dedicated, delicious bakery!

Gluten Free in Chicago area

Chicago’s Pizza (deep dish pizza)

Da Luciano – River Grove, IL – separate GF kitchen, AMAZING Italian, lasagna, pasta, chicken parm, fried mozzarella, and frozen foods you can take home. Italian cookies, Nutella filled cookies, desserts.

Weber Grill – multiple locations – extensive menu, burgers, sandwiches

Do-Rite Donuts

Check out my friend Betsy’s list:  http://www.glutenfreebetsy.com/p/gf-chicago-restaurants.html?m=1

Gluten Free in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Pizzeria Lola

Brasa

Twin City Grill – in Mall of America – huge GF menu, warm rolls, many choices

Mill Valley Kitchen

Rincón 38

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Hell’s Kitchen

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe 

Spoon River 

Gluten Free in Las Vegas

Veggie House

Giada  (inside the Cromwell)

Olives (Italian)

Prime Steakhouse

Carmine’s (in Caesar’s Palace)

Gluten Free in Nashville

AMOT – A Matter of Taste – although they don’t advertise as such, their entire menu is GF (I had to triple check) apple fritters, waffles & fried chicken, falafel sandwich, nachos, so much to choose from!

Mas Tacos Por Favor – little taco shack, go early, double check what’s GF, enJOY every bite!

Peg Leg Porker – amazing BBQ, we go every time we’re in Nashville

Vegan Vee – dedicated vegan and GF bakery

Wild Cow – vegan/vegetarian

Crema – coffee break!

Acme Feed and Seed

Josephine’s

The Yellow Porch

Gluten Free in Boston

Legal Seafood – separate fryer for all things fried seafood and fries, knowledgeable staff, celiac safe protocol for handling orders and food prep

Boston Public Market – all kinds of fresh food finds and my favorite cookie of the trip was from Jennifer Lee’s Allergen Free Gourmet Bakery 

Papa Razzi – Italian – Separate menu, knowledgeable server, manager delivered food. Fried mozzarella, pasta, chicken parmesan, desserts.

Gluten Free in Washington, DC

Zaytina – small plates of BIG flavor, inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, and creative craft cocktails

La Colombe  – coffee shop – get a “black & tan” latte

Rise Bakery – had some tasty treats, some a little crumbly, but a dedicated place that is 100% gluten free and also has dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free options. They had croissants, which I wanted so badly, but they used Bob’s Red Mill oat flour and I’m avoiding any and all oat products except those grown via a purity protocol that are truly gluten-free

Olivia Macaron  – I’ll take macarons over other sweet treats ANY day. These did not disappoint. Fun shopping and atmosphere in Georgetown.

Plan B Burger Bar in DC – wow. just wow. burgers & fries. amazing!

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana – came recommended by my girl Johnna as THE best margarita she had ever had. plenty of options and one heck of a margarita.

Christmas Baking, Take 2 (this is a long one, grab your coffee)

As you now know, Up North means good food. We can’t help ourselves. Most of our time is spent in the kitchen. (allowing time to hot tub of course) This past weekend was no exception. This time I even had a plan.

My first attempt at Christmas cookies was not so successful. I tried making Spritz cookies without a cookie press, the dough was too wet to deal with. No worries though, Elizabeth Barbone’s glutenfreebaking.com newsletter just arrived featuring a recipe for Spritz Cookies. (check back soon, it’s on the agenda for tomorrow) So, for this trip, I stuffed our bags full of baking ingredients. I was on a mission. Last year was my first GF Christmas, and I didn’t do any baking really. Luckily, I was taken care of from Mark’s mom, but I wanted to do more myself this year.

It can be intimidating. Who has heard of sorghum flour? Xanthan gum? Flour blends? It’s all part of the gluten free baking process. I paged through my GF baking books and decided on Easy Gluten Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone, Jules Gluten Free Flour eCookbook, and my fave lemon bread recipe from Mark’s mom.

Before starting on holiday goodies, I wanted to see if I could pull off homemade gf bread. Just white bread. The recipe even has EASY in the title, how could I go wrong?

Easy Sandwich Bread from Elizabeth Barbone’s Easy Gluten-Free Baking

Wet Ingredients

1 ¾ cups warm water

1 packet active dry yeast

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 large eggs

Dry Ingredients

2 ½ cups brown rice flour

2/3 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk

1 tablespoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

1. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray

2. In a small bowl, combine water and yeast.

3.  In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add yeast mixture, oil, and eggs. Using an electric mixer, mix dough for 5 minutes on medium-high speed. (If using a stand mixer, use the flat paddle attachment) Your dough should be soft, thick and sticky. The dough will not form a cohesive ball. If you are using a hand mixer the dough will try to climb the beaters; use a rubber spatula to push the dough back into the bowl. If the dough seems tight or dry, add another tablespoon of water and mix for 30 seconds to fully incorporate the additional water. At the right consistency, the dough should swirl delicately around the beaters. It shouldn’t look dry, chunky, or dense; it should not be cake-batter thin, either. If the dough still looks dry, add another tablespoon of water to achieve the correct consistency. ** I had NO issues with this, just made the recipe as stated**

4. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover the loaf lightly with plastic wrap. (If you cover the loaf tightly, the dough will have trouble rising.) Allow dough to rise for 1 hour.

5. At least 15 minutes before bread has finished rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 55 minutes or until internal temp reaches 208-211 degrees. If the crust begins to get too dark before teh internal temp of the bread reaches 208, cover the loaf with a piece of foil.

7. Remove bread from oven and turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days, or slice and freeze.

Makes one 9×5 inch loaf.

It worked!!!

It came out smelling wonderful. Fresh bread. I had to have some before it was even cool enough to really cut. Perfectly cut pieces did not cross my mind. But grabbing the honey did….

We used the fresh bread later in the evening for skirt steak and cheese sandwiches. And then again Sunday morning for sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches. Homemade bread. Homemade venison/pork sausage.

Ok, back to the baking.

After the regular white bread was a success, I was feeling confident. I got brave and tried out the famous family lemon bread recipe. I just substituted Jules Gluten Free Flour for the flour in the recipe. Another success!

I waited a little longer the cut this one. But only because it was too soft to cut, if the knife had gotten through, I wouldn’t have waited.  I took my first bite and was silent. Lemon bread. Oh how I missed you. I won’t have to go without you on Christmas ever again.

I was tempted to make another loaf using a Jules/sorghum flour mix (after eating some myself and sharing with the recipe owner, she gave it approval!!) but decided to hold off. At least until next week.

I was putting off making the cut outs, from the Jules Gluten Free Flour eCookbook, because cut outs have been one of my favorites for a very long time. I wanted them to be just like they were. A little crispy on the edges, but somewhat soft in the middle. Frosted up. Perfect for any holiday. My expectations were set high.

The dough was harder to work with than I planned. It took forever to get them all cut out, but I did it. They turned out pretty well. I need to make them again and experiment with them more. My co-workers tested them out, good reviews from the “normal” people.

Instead of making a buttercream frosting, or being lazy and grabbing a tub of frosting from the store, I decided to go with more of a glaze this time. Just powdered sugar and warm water. Add a little food coloring and some sprinkles, and you’re all set.

Why stop now? On to pumpkin bread. Another delish recipe from Elizabeth’s book. This one was titled Rosie’s Perfect Pumpkin Bread. Just go buy the cookbook. She’s great. It’s worth it. I’m on a mission to make as many recipes from that book as possible. This bread is my favorite adventure of the weekend. Thank you Elizabeth.

And no holiday baking weekend would be complete without dipped pretzels. I used the sticks this year. Glutino. These are the best gf pretzels. Just trust me. My non-gf friends are fans. You will be too. They were dipped in Nestle Premier White Morsels. Melted in the microwave, dipped one by one. Sprinkled. Big fun!

Done.

And in case they aren’t all crowd pleasers, I got a few back-up’s today at Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery. (unless I eat them all tonight) I got a tour, pics, met the nicest people. Made my day. Made my Christmas! Look for a post in the near future all about my visit.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Peace.