Crumbs Bakery opens an entirely gluten free shop

Crumbs GlutenFreeCrumbs bakery has opened an entirely gluten free shop in NYC! So, basically… I have to move to NYC now.

They’ve been open for less than a week, and the bakery offers  “the same cupcakes, cookies, brownies and pastries that the brand is known for in gluten-free versions. This new assortment is baked at a completely gluten and peanut-free bakery and delivered fresh daily to the store. In addition to the cupcakes and pastries for which Crumbs Bake shop is famous, Crumbs Gluten Free will also offer gluten-free breads, quiches, pies, tarts and more“.

If you’ve never heard of crumbs, their cupcakes are supposed to be amazing… although I have never been able to try one myself. Looking forward to changing that soon.

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STRUGGLES OF BEING GLUTEN FREE – BuzzFeed

HAH. Thank you BuzzFeed for creating a gluten-free post: Every day Struggles of Living Life Gluten Free.  Author, Erin Chack, has to be gluten-free ?  Or she is consulting with a resident Celiac, because this is on point.

These really hit home for me… Check out the full post here.

– Answering the question, “Then what can you eat?”

Everyday Struggles Of Living Gluten-Free

Air. We eat air.

– Always having to bring your own drink to parties.

Permanent beer pong cheerleader.

– Feeling strangely attracted to potatoes.

Your only friend in the world.

– Swallowing rage when people help themselves to your gluten-free snacks.

Thank you, I wasn’t aware gluten-free brownies tasted like chalk. Why don’t you go eat some bread to mask the taste.

Gluten Free Communion Bread

gluten free communion bread

Ugh. Just when I thought I had it all figured out…I went to church.

I waited in line for communion – accepted the body of christ- said amen, and then OhMyGod I almost put bread in my mouth. Had to awkwardly pretend eat it in front of the priest and then made my sister eat it for me at the pew… clearly I am a bad catholic and I don’t go to church very often so this predicament didn’t occur to me in advance – but, for those of you who attend church regularly, call ahead!

Most parishes will provide a gluten free alternative for you, and they might already have one. You can purchase communion wafers online here.

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The wafers are about 10X more expensive than normal wafers, so your church might want to try baking their own. Here’s a recipe courtesy of communionbread.org

Ingredients:

(7 loaves)

– 2 cups hot water
– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– 2 Tbsp honey
– 1 Tbsp molasses
– 1 Tbsp salt
– 5-6 cups of Jules Gluten Free Flour

Directions:

– Mix all of the ingredients minus the flour in a mixer (I use a Bosch mixer with dough hook).
– Slowly add flour until the dough wipes clean off of the sides of the bowl. Mix for 5 – 7 minutes.
– Divide recipe into six to seven equal balls.
– One at a time, take the dough ball and pat into a 1/4 inch thick circle. Take a fork and pierce the dough with stripes and a cross. (Don’t skip the piercing step or the bread will ruin.)
– Bake at 400 degrees for 14 – 20 minutes. Cool on a rack.
– Wrap well and freeze until needed.

Bread will be slightly chewy. If you desire crispy communion bread, roll out very thin and bake longer. The benefit of chewy bread is that it doesn’t crumble and make a mess as people break off their piece.

Some congregations desire bread to be pre-cut. I use Pampered Chef’s crinkle cutter/ julienne cutter – to cut the pieces. It makes a nice, wavy cut.

Cauliflower Rice

cauliflower rice
Hello my GF friends! I’ve finally jumped on the cauliflower rice phenomenon… I would have done so earlier if I realized how EASY and AWESOME it is… Seriously, 3 quick steps and you don’t even need to boil water.

Step 1: Chop cauliflower into small chunks (average broccoli size is fine)

Step 2: Put in food processor/blender (my nutribullet works)

Step 3: Treat it like fully cooked/cold rice. (Saute with other ingredients, microwave to heat it up plain, etc.)

Sushi Burger

sushi burger
I’ve been drooling over all the Instagram entries for FamFitFood’s #BurgerChallenge, and decided to come up with an extreme burger of my own. Tuesday’s challenge is “all about the bun”… very fitting for a gluten free recipe, don’t you think? I give you, my sushi inspired “bun-less” burger. It’s a salmon burger topped with spicy mayo, asian slaw, avocado, pickled ginger, and tamari soy sauce. I finished it up by wrapping it all together in two rice paper wraps.

sushi burger

Not going to lie, I completely made this up and did not know if I would be able to post it… but it came out AWESOME!  And now I wish I took more pictures…

sushi burger

Ingredients:

(makes 2 burgers)

– 1 filet of salmon, minced (I used wild sockeye salmon from whole foods – its much better for you than the farmed salmon!)
– 10 scallions (1/2 a bundle)
– 1 small cucumber, julienned
– 1 large carrot, julienned
– 2 tbs rice vinegar
– 2 egg yolks
SECRET INGREDIENT: 1/4 cup potato buds
– 1/4  red onion,  minced
– Rice wraps (2 per burger.. You can buy this in most asian markets and Whole Foods, its the same stuff that spring rolls are wrapped with)
– 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– Pickled ginger and tamari/gluten free soy sauce (however much you want, on the side)

Directions:

Burger:
Mix Salmon, potato buds, scallions, 2 egg yolks and half of your minced red onion together. Form into patties.
Use cooking spray or butter on a hot frying pan to sautee your burger… about 6 minutes on each side with a lid on.

Slaw:
Mix carrots, cucumbers, red onion, scallions and sesame seeds with rice vinegar, let sit for a few minutes while you do the other things.

Spicy Mayo:
I mix mayo with Sriracha… so easy! For those with soy allergies – I like canola mayonnaise by Spectrum.

Rice Wrap: 
Fill a large dish or pan with warm water. Keeping two wraps together, submerge them in the water and let sit for 30 seconds or until the wrap no longer feels stiff. Remove from the water immediately and let excess water drip off before placing on your dish.

Assembly:
Place cooked burger on rice wrap, top with spicy mayo, slaw, and  sliced avocado. To wrap it all up pull one side of you wrap up across the burger, take the newly formed corner and pull that across the top of your burger, repeat until you’re finished.

Gluten Free Pizza Alternative

gluten free pizza
Man, This is amazing. I must first thank my little sister for inventing this awesome pizza creation. Thank you Meri!

It’s basically a potato slash quiche sash pizza. And definitely suffices the comfort food needs of a celiac. Oh, and its super easy!

Ingredients:

– 2 Idaho potatoes
– 2 cups shredded cheese
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp of gf flour (try Cup4Cup, Bobs Red Mill GF Flours or Gluten Free Pantry’s Flour)
– 1 cup of red sauce
– you’re favorite pizza toppings
– olive oil/butter for cooking
– circular pan or glass dish

Directions:

– preheat oven to 475
– grease your glass dish or pan with butter (if you are in a non-gf household, think about lining your pan with tinfoil)
– slice raw potato into thin slices (1cm or less)
– sauté potatoes in frying pan for 3-5 minute until the edges start to turn light brown
– in the meantime, mix your eggs and your GF flour and which together
– layer potatoes into the bottom of your glass dish so they overlap slightly on the edges
– pour in your egg mixture
– top with a little shredded cheese (1/5 cup at most)
– layer with sauce, cheese, and toppings
– bake at 475, or so, for about 10 minutes
– resist the urge to eat the entire thing , let it cool off (it will hold together better when it cools a bit) – and enjoy!

Some other pizza/comfort food ideas – Pizza, potato skins, pasta

 

Amy’s Gluten Free Chili

Gluten Free Chili

 

Amy’s Gluten Free Chili – it’s good and it comes in Medium and Spicy!

To dress it up a bit I melt cheese (usually cheddar) on top and add some chopped avocado, salt and pepper.

I keep corn tortillas in my fridge at all times – but sometimes I get sick of them and end up with half a bag of stale tortillas. To use them up before they go bad I’ve started making them into chips! Just slice the tortillas with a knife or pizza cutter and line on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven on high (450) for a few quick minutes. Sprinkle with salt, and you’re good to go. You could even use your toaster oven if you’re only making a few.

Other tortilla meals:

Prosciutto, Havarti and Basil

Traditional Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Cold Care

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Umcka Cold Care. It’s the same idea as Airborne or those Vitamin C packs, but this one says gluten free right on the website, and only has 6 ingredients. It comes with a medicine dropper to easily measure out a dose, and you can drink it like cough medicine or mix it in water and drink it down. According to their website, Umcka “Shortens the duration and reduces the severity of throat, nasal and bronchial irritations”. Its main ingredient is Pelargonium Sidoides Root which originates from traditional South African Medicine. So far I’ve used it a couple of times. Honestly, I don’t reallllly know if it’s helping, but it at least makes me feel proactive in my recovery…

Also.. I have the alcohol-free version, which is suitable for children. You can find this at Whole Foods, or at retailers like Vitamin Shoppe and Vitamin Express. See where it’s sold near you.

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Paleo and glutenfree – cabbage roll ups

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Chop and sautee red onions, scallions, celery, boneless chicken breast and half a can of stewed tomatoes. Once chicken is fully cooked, set aside. Cut cabbage off at the base so you get the largest scoop shape possible. Put cabbage “face down” in the frying pan with a quarter inch of water in the pan. Turn heat on high so the water starts to boil, which will steam your cabbage scoops. Sautee until they begin to soften, this will only take a few minutes. Fill your scoops up, and enjoy! P.S. add a little Franks Red Hot to spice it up