So, my daughter took this amazing picture of the Target Brownie she bought from an antique shop. It’s one of those dark moody pictures, with the Brownie camera sitting on a dark wood table with a black backdrop. It looks mysterious and smokey. I loved it so much I made it my computer desktop. And I was thinking, you know what would look great like that? Corn relish. Corn relish is such an incredibly boring looking food. It looks like corn in a bowl. Lets add a dash of irony and take a picture of it as artistically and mysteriously as possible. Continue reading
I think everyone who goes gluten free begins a quest. The quest for the perfect bread. The perfect bread is our Holy Grail. We buy pre-packaged gluten free frozen bread, only to have it break apart in the toaster. We make gluten free biscuits from mixes and they’re dry, salty and sandy. Our tortillas crumble. Our sandwiches disintegrate. Without the gluten in wheat, bread needs weird things like xanthan gum. And even if it does contain xanthan gum, it still doesn’t really taste or feel like bread.
Okay, so the perfect gluten free bread might not be out there. But there has to be some way to satiate that bread craving. Or at least hold our sandwich stuff together.
This week I’m going to be sharing some of my new favorite bread replacements. They’re not bread, but they really get rid of that, “I just want to eat something normal” feeling. Continue reading
I have a feeling that if we were to go back in time to the early 80’s and eat a muffin, we’d be disappointed. Are you old enough to remember disco era muffins? Let me set the stage. Picture Mom, slim, young and pretty, in her brown plaid, ruffle front shirt, and her swoopy hairdo, apron tied on, (unneeded) weight watchers book in one hand, bottle of liquid sweetener in the other, making muffins. Small, hard, low fat muffins. Raisins added in to compensate for the fact that you had to eat them with a mouthful of milk just to make them go all the way down your throat. Enough bran that even the neighbors would be regular this week. They’d usually sit on the counter for a few days and the ones that Dad didn’t drown in margarine would eventually be donated to the NHL as practice pucks. Continue reading
Every time I go to the grocery store, I get asked about my food. Partly because I live in a smaller town in the South and people just talk to you in the grocery store. Kinda nice. And partly because I buy food that most people here just don’t buy. Or I buy it in weird massive quantities. We juice, so we buy huge amounts of vegetables. We always get comments on this. And because I’m gluten free, we buy all that weird Bob’s Red Mill stuff. More comments.
But I don’t just get comments. I get questions. People want to know how I’m going to cook things. I’m often giving quick cooking lessons in the checkout aisle. (Again, small town, South, nobody really minds the holdup. We’re already waiting for someone to find her check book). Often enough that I’m thinking of buying index cards so I can pass out recipes.
Did you know you could cook chicken in a slow-cooker without water, broth or canned soup? You can, and it’s amazing! The secret is in thinking of your slow-cooker as a counter-top oven. You can cook the same things you would in an oven, many of them the same way as you do in the oven, it just takes more time. Continue reading
Breakfast can be a dilemma for a mom with a large family. Some days I just point everyone to the cereal cupboard, but most days, I want everyone to start the day with something healthy that will keep them going. (Especially on those busy days out when lunch is delayed… um… until dinner). Continue reading
Every week we buy bananas. It’s what responsible grown up people with children do. And some of the bananas get eaten. Maybe 3 of the bananas. The rest of the them sort of sit on the counter waiting to be eaten. Continue reading