Eastern Mediterranean Pizza

Eastern Mediterranean Pizza We actually made this recipe for the first time a couple of weeks ago, but it was late in the day and we lacked the necessary natural light to photograph it. This recipe intrigued us, since pita bread is not easily converted to gluten free, and admittedly, we have yet to make just pita bread using this recipe. Before singling out the pita bread, we wanted to just explore this dough for the pizza itself, and if it turned out  to be successful, develop it further for really good gluten free pita bread in the future. The contributing bakers  on the original recipe were Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid and you can watch the Baking with Julia PBS segment here.  Please do check out the contributions by all the other doriestas at TWD’s link here. Sadly, we are currently without a host for this recipe, but you can find the original recipe in Baking with Julia, page 156. Continue reading

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Cinnamon-Banana-Nut Muffins

Cinnamon Banana Nut Muffins

 In general, muffins are one of the easier recipes to make, and this also applies to gluten free baking. They especially lend themselves to the novice gluten free baker. You can truly make them your own by including any number of healthy ingredients, leaving out dairy, substituting a  healthier type of sugar, and, of course, substituting your own gluten free flour preferences. We should mention that we have not made this particular recipe with a commercial gluten free flour mix, as we prefer to make up our own, largely as a result of allergies to so many of the ingredients included in many of the commercial blends. Continue reading

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Cake

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Cake - A delicious summer dessert

This is a fabulous dessert, which makes both a wonderful birthday/celebration cake as well as a delicious finish to any dinner. You only need a few basic ingredients, many of which can be substituted for whatever you have on hand. We used these ingredients because they were easily available to us at the moment.  The combination of gluten free rice crispy cereal,  chocolate chips, coconut milk ice cream and fresh fruit, invokes images of fun and childhood birthday parties. Continue reading

Shabtai Bakery Product Review

Shabtai Bakery Product Review - Shabtai Sampler Plate

Look what came in the mail last week.

A few weeks ago, the wonderful people at Shabtai Bakery approached us with the request to review their gluten free products. After checking out their website and seeing their delicious desserts, we agreed to do an independent review. Who doesn’t love dessert? What excited us about this bakery, however, is the fact that they provide not only gluten and dairy free baked goods, but all of their products are peanut, casein, lactose, corn, soy and preservative free as well. Everything is also prepared in a certified gluten free and kosher facility.

The bakery is named after Shabtai, the owner of the company, who learned the art of baking from his father, and has been honing his craft for over 30 years. His mission is to provide the finest quality baked goods that are free of most allergens, yet provide a familiar culinary experience, one that many in the gluten free community have given up on ever experiencing again.

In reviewing a product, we always look to test any gluten free products on members of the regular ‘gluten eating world’ as well, just to invite a more objective comparison against regular fare. Continue reading

A Celebration of Chocolate

A Celebration of Chocolate - Ingredients for Hot Chocolate

This month marks the one year anniversary of our blog. We decided to commemorate this momentous occasion with a story about a food that most people are extremely passionate about — chocolate!

As the weather patterns are readying themselves for winter and are becoming more erratic throughout the country, the temperatures begin to dip rather low. This is a time when many of us struggle to adapt to these changes. Warming foods and drinks are making their way back into our kitchens, beckoning us to invite family and friends to stay awhile. Continue reading