Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gluten-free pizza dough!!

I am in love with The Pioneer Woman!! We are talking food crush. (There I said it!) For those of you who don't know who on Earth I am referring to, go check out her blog. She is so amazing, her recipes rock, she is evening getting her own cooking show on The Food Network in August! *swoon*

Anyway. I got her cookbook a while back. It's really good!! And although she is not GF, several of her recipes naturally are. That perked my interest! Then I decided to venture off and try a few of her recipes that are NOT gluten-free and use my Better Batter flour in place of the glutenous flour the recipes call for. Here is what I have made (Don't worry, the list is not long):
  • Jalapeno Poppers (Her recipe doesn't call for stuffing them with cheese, battering them up with a flour mixture and frying them....... instead....... you stuff those yummy green jalapenos with cheese, wrap them in some bacon (*tail wagging* Did someone say bacon?!?), and bake them in the oven low and slow. So unbelievably evil and yummy!) (P.S. Wear gloves when taking those darn seeds out of the jalapenos. And if you're stubborn like I was and don't wear gloves, prepare yourself not to touch anywhere near your eyes even after washing your hands a few times... because it burns... A LOT! Just saying!)
  • Cinnamon Rolls (Turned out very tasty, but for some reason they didn't rise so I need to work on that part this year at Christmas time when I make them again!)
  • Meatloaf (HOLY COW! I adore the meatloaf recipe in this cookbook! It is so much better than what I grew up on... SORRY MOM!! I just substitute her white bread for my Udi's white bread and all is well with the world of meatloaf. I haven't even tried it with bacon (yet!!) and it is still sooooooo good!)
  • Last, but not least....
The pizza dough I made two nights ago! She has a recipe that calls for just a small handful of basic ingredients that I guarantee you have on hand right now if you cook at all. I decided to give it a go and make a batch of it. (A batch of pizza dough from her recipe makes enough dough for two good-size pizzas). The first night, I did some wacky experimenting and put beans and cheese inside some dough and folder it over like a calzone. This was my attempt of what I was calling "Mexican Calzones". My husband liked it. It reminded him of something like an empanada, but just a different crunchy outside. He said I could make those again and he would definitely eat. This is a HUGE score for me because he is super picky and rarely eats anything I make. In the future, I will try the recipe for calzones in PW's cookbook, and make "Mexican Calzones" for Stephen.

The next day I made pizza for Konnor and me. It was another HIT for us both! All in all, this successful pizza crust has made me even more of a true believer that The Pioneer Woman is amazing!

Thanks for listening! Go check out her website or buy her cookbook. I doubt you will feel bad for doing either choice or both! :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Goodbye McDonald's french fries.... I hate you!

For the past 1 1/2 years, I have been under the understanding that McDonald's french fries were one of the only things that I could eat at their establishment. Last night, when looking at their allergen list on their website, I found this statement about their fries:

French Fries:

Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid
pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to
preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK *(Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients).

Their OIL contains wheat?? Say WHAT????

I will admit that I was so upset by this statement! For some reason I found myself crying about it. It's not that I love their french fries, but it was an option for me that I used from time-to-time when I took my son for his favorite Chicken Nuggets.


Gluten Free, homemade corn dogs!!

Here is a recipe for GF homemade corn dogs that I found online and substituted my GF Bisquick (mix) cup for the original Bisquick that it called for:

- 1 package of your favorite GF hot dogs (I prefer to cut them in half to make mini corn dogs and dust with GF flour to help corn dog mixture to stick)
- 1 cup of GF Bisquick (I use the GF bisquick/shortening mix described in an earlier post)
- 2 TBS. of corn meal
- 1/4 tsp. of paprika
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- Oil for frying (I fried in my deep fryer in peanut oil- I know, I am terrible!) :)

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add in the wet ingredients. Mix with a fork until well blended. One a time using a fork inserted in one end of a hot dog, I coated it by rubbing it around in the mixture until fully covered. I then dropped the hot dog into the oil of my deep fryer, using an additional fork to push it off and into the oil. Fry until golden brown, drain on paper towels, and enjoy!!! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

GF Garlic Cheese Biscuits (Like the ones at that famous seafood restaurant)

Tonight I made some delicious garlic cheese biscuits like the ones that you can get from that famous seafood restaurant. Delicious!! They turned out so incredibly well.

Crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. :) Check out the link below for the recipe. I substituted regular Bisquick for my modifined GF bisquick mix as mentioned in the post below.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Gluten Free Bisquick Review | Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom

Check out what Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom has to say about the new GF Bisquick. See how she tweaked it a bit adding shortening to the mix. Go check it out!

Gluten Free Bisquick Review | Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jennie-O Turkey Burger.... toasted Udi's bagel. Delish!!

I call this combo a match made in heaven!! I took a Jennie-O turkey burger and a toasted Udi's bagel and married it with some mayo, grilled onions, a slice of tomato, and some romaine lettuce.

Absolutely delicious!!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Just ordered some GF pita bread....

I just ordered some GF pita bread from GFL Foods Inc. These pita breads are suppose to be kept frozen until you want to consume one. Then you just pull one out of the freezer and microwave for 45 seconds. This seems easy enough and has received some good reviews, so I figured I would fork out some money and try them for myself.

The cost for one package of six pita breads was $9 plus $10.50 shipping. If I end up liking them, I can order up to 4 packages for the same shipping price.

I'll let you know how they are after I receive them!! I am already planning ways to fill my pita bread!! :)