Archive for May, 2009

postheadericon Love and Apple Pie

Golden brown goodness

There is nothing quite like the smell of a freshly baked apple pie – it brings back wonderful childhood memories of moms and grandmothers baking. If you’ve been living gluten-free, pies can seem unattainable. However, this is an easy and wonderful pie that is allergy-friendly and delicious. Show someone you love them with an apple pie that will wow allergic folks and their non-allergic family and friends.
This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and a vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

Just one slice
  • top and bottom pie crust, from our full 6 pie crust recipe or the half recipe for 3 pie crusts

  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 3 medium Gala or Fuji apples (or another red eating apple)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 TBS quick cooking tapioca
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground if possible)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sprinkling of cinnamon sugar

Method:

Slicing the apples

Prepare top and bottom pie crust, from our full 6 pie crust recipe or the half recipe for 3 pie crusts

Peel and quarter the apples, removing the core. Slice the apples thinly across the width of the apples, and combine in a large bowl.

Resting apples

Add sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice to the bowl of apples. Stir gently but combine well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9-10″ pie pan.

Roll out bottom crust between two pieces of plastic wrap, and place in the greased pie pan. Mix apples again, then pour over the pie crust.

Pi Pie

Roll out top crust, and tent it over the apples. Use a fork to press the edges of the top crust and bottom crust together. Use a fork or knife to make a few venting holes (making the vent holes in the shape of the mathematical symbol for pi is purely optional).

Lightly sprinkle top of the pie with cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, until the crust has turned golden brown. Eat while it’s still a bit warm, or cooled for breakfast the next morning. Yummm…

postheadericon 3 Perfect Pie Crusts

Just one slice

If you don’t need to make the full 6 pie crust recipe, this version makes a top crust, bottom crust, and a spare crust to freeze for later.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, could be egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, vegetarian, and potentially vegan recipe.

Ingredients

Pi Pie
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I use Spectrum)

  • 1 cup margarine, or two sticks (I use Fleishmann’s unsalted, but you could also use an additional 1 cup shortening)
  • 3 cups gf flour mix – 2 cups flour, 1 cup starch

  • 1 TBS xanthan gum (if not GF, just use 3 cups flour and omit this)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder (optional, omit if corn-free)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg white (or egg replacer of your choice)
  • 1 TBS cider vinegar
  • ice cold water

Method

Blending together the Pie Crust

Combine flours, xanthan gum, baking powder (if using), sugar, & salt in a large bowl. Add shortening & margarine and cut in using a pastry blender or 2 knives until it begins to resemble coarse meal.

In a measuring cup with a spout, beat the egg, vinegar, and enough water to equal 1/2 cup. Gradually add the liquid to the flour, tossing with a fork, until the pastry gathers into a mass.

If the dough needs more water, add 1/4 cup iced water at a time, until sticks together.

Divide the pastry into 3 portions and form each into a patty-like disk. Each patty makes 1 crust. Put each in a small ziploc and freeze, or, if you are using now, chill for at least an hour. If you freeze, the dough must be completely thawed before rolling.

Rolling out the dough

For easier handling, roll out between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top piece of plastic wrap, position dough in greased pie pan, then remove bottom piece of plastic wrap.

This makes 3 single pie crusts, perfect for making a double-crusted pie and setting one crust aside in the freezer for a rainy pie day.

postheadericon Creamy Rice Pudding, hold the cream

I love rice pudding, it is so incredibly soothing and delicious. It’s also very creamy, and it took me some time to get a rice pudding recipe that I thought was creamy enough without using dairy. This is the recipe I’ve been making for a while, and it’s one that my oldest daughter, Mackenzie, will sometimes make on her own.

Rice pudding with cinnamon sugar on top

I’m not a fan of raisins, but some dried cranberries can be a nice addition at times. Sometimes when I use coconut milk I’ll add some flaked coconut, too. There are plenty of variations possible, depending on your mood – my middle daughter puts chocolate syrup on top when she eats it!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

Bubble Bubble rice pudding pot
  • 2 cups basmati rice (brown or white)

  • 1 plain quart milk substitute, (2 cans of coconut milk is our favorite, but 1 quart of soy, hemp, rice, almond, etc milk works well too)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup white or brown sugar
  • optional add-in ideas: 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, pecan pieces, flaked coconut, or 1 tsp cinnamon

Method
In a medium pot, combine salt, rice, and milk substitute. Stir well, and bring to a boil on high heat.

Stir well once it is boiling, bring heat down to low, then cover and set the timer for the cooking time recommended on the rice packaging.

Don’t leave the rice to simmer unattended! When using a milk substitute rather than water, the rice tends to clump, so stir it about every 5 minutes while it cooks.

When the timer goes off, test the rice for done-ness. You may need to cook it for 5-10 more minutes than usual.

Completed rice pudding

When the rice has finished cooking, take it off the heat, and add the vanilla and sugar. Use a silicone spoonula or something similar to gently but completely combine. Once the sugar and vanilla is assimilated, stir in any desired optional add-ins.

Cover again, and let the flavors meld and the rice pudding cool for about 15 minutes, then spoon into a ramekin and eat warm. Yum! What a delicious, creamy, and soothing comfort food! This is also great for kids with a “crummy tummy”, or any day when you want food that feels like a warm hug. Refrigerate any leftovers, then warm individual servings in the microwave or on the stovetop. Serve as is, or with a bit of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top, or with a bit of any of the suggested add-ins.

postheadericon Adapting your menu for allergies

(This is a portion of a longer blog post at our “A Gaggle of Girls”, blog)

Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month!
Happy Food Allergy Awareness Week!

If you are living with food allergies, Celiac disease, food intolerances, or any other dietary restrictions, you are already used to adapting your menu. But what happens when one person wants to be a vegetarian? or you move into a home where people eat dairy? or your children have opposing allergies? or you have one kid who loves peppers and another who hates them? You learn how to adapt your menus so you can make (almost) everyone happy with one meal.

Tagging the pizza

For Mother’s Day, I made a double batch of quiches, and made them in individual sizes so each person could have the ingredients she wanted. This meant that those who like soy “cheese” could have some, and those who like bacon can enjoy without upsetting the new vegetarian. Individual pizzas, quiches, mexican pizzas (tortilla, refried beans, ground meat, salsa, soy or dairy cheese), and tacos are some incredibly easy ways of letting each child eat the ingredients she loves.

One of my favorite adaptation methods is “on the side”. I loved When Harry Met Sally, and I’m afraid I may sound like Sally when I’m in a restaurant! However, at home I have embraced that concept with my daughters. We make salads with dressing on the side, of course, but also make Pad Thai with the shrimp, limes, and peanuts on the side, a risotto with meat and/or cheese on the side, a vegetable curry with meat and some veggies on the side, or make a meal of pasta or polenta with marinara or White Sauce and sausages or meatballs on the side.

2 pizzas just out of the oven

When you start to think about meals in a new way, a way where everyone can enjoy a similar meal, you can find new ways to deconstruct dinner. A buffet of choices for pizzas or ice cream sundaes becomes more fun, not just a way to accommodate food allergies and pickiness! Shifting your perspective to fun rather than a chore can help you enjoy your meals, too – not just feel like you need to get through them somehow.

postheadericon Pennsylvania Dutch Cabbage & Chicken

This recipe is inspired by a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery by Tamar Myers I read a while ago, and have since returned to the library. It’s further inspired by several recipes I found online that weren’t quite what I remembered. It’s slightly sweet and slightly tangy, and using red/purple cabbage makes it look beautiful. Yummm…

Stirring dinner

You can easily make this without the chicken, and have a lovely cabbage & apple side dish or for vegans and vegetarians.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • about 1 1/3 lb boneless/skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded or sliced very finely
  • 1 medium apple, sliced but not peeled
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS flour or starch (arrowroot or corn works well)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice plus milk substitute to make 1 cup (I like coconut milk best for this, as it’s thick and creamy – and it doesn’t taste like coconut in savory dishes)
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • a couple grinds black pepper

Method:

Chicken, Cabbage, and Quinoa

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, and sauté until they start to soften.

Add chicken to the pan, and stir. Continue to sauté until the chicken browns on all sides.

Stir the apple and cabbage into skillet, and sauté for a couple minutes, until the cabbage starts to soften.

Pour in the soured milk and vinegar, then mix in the brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Once that is well combined, sprinkle in the flour/starch, stirring until well combined.

Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with some kind of starch – we like quinoa. This has a great mix of sour & sweet and different textures, yum!

postheadericon Bacon Quiche Pie

Impossibly easy Bacon & Spinach pie

My mother started making this “impossible pie quiche” for my grandmother, and then we’ve been able to alter it to make it gluten-free and dairy-free. This tastes like quiche to me, but without needing to make a crust, and the biscuit ingredients help it stay flavorful without needing cheese. There’s no real way to make it egg-free, though, so sorry to the egg-sensitive folks!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, and shellfish free recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain milk substitute (plain soy milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, etc)
  • 1 cup gluten-free biscuit mix, or:
    • 1 cup all purpose gf flour mix (or 2/3 cup rice or sorghum flour & 1/3 cup tapioca or corn starch)

    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 16 slices cooked bacon (we prefer turkey bacon)
Bacon Quiche Pie

Method:

Preheat oven to 400º

Oil a 10-inch or deep 9-inch quiche pan.

In a large bowl, mix ingredients other than bacon until smooth. Sprinkle in bacon, and combine, and pour into the quiche pan.

Bake 25-35 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

Individual Quiches

Filling Variations:

  • Between 1/2 and 1 cup chopped cooked meat: ham, chicken, sausage, ground meat, crab meat, etc.
  • About 1 cup chopped lightly cooked, thawed frozen, or raw vegetables: asparagus, baby spinach, bell peppers, broccoli, artichoke hearts, etc
  • Sautéed onion and garlic

Cooking Variation:
Make individual quiches to handle different tastebuds! Oil a muffin tin and/or mini-loaf pans, and divide the batter evenly between them. Add a handful of desired fillings to each, and bake for 20-30 minutes. (In the picture at right, I made 50% more than this recipe, so 6 eggs, 1 1/2 cups baking mix, etc. Doubling would also work wonderfully for making individual quiches)

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