Accepting the challenges in creating a gluten free household

Archive for August, 2012


Years ago I joined Facebook. It was a way to connect with family members, and friends past and present. Since we’ve moved a few times in our lives, those connections meant a lot to me. However, one of my daughters refused to join Facebook, so it took a bit of effort on my part to remember to post photos where she could also access them. She did reluctantly join Facebook recently when she discovered that a group she was a part of, posted everything on Facebook, and without it, she was out of the loop.

Then I joined Pinterest… mostly out of curiosity. The more I used it, the more it made me think of this daughter of mine, and I mentioned it to her a few times, and finally showed her the interesting pins I was seeing. She joined. She’s hooked. Pinterest is nothing like Facebook, actually, except that you have to join something online. And you do choose your community. But unlike Facebook, Pinterest is actually useful. There are links to useful creative ideas such as organization, photography, and recipes to name a few. (Or rather, to name most of what I look at…) I’ve chosen boards that I want to see regularly because they are my friends. Or because they seem to like the same things I do. Or because they collect gluten free recipes…

I will often check Pinterest for inspiration on what to make for dinner. I couldn’t count the number of recipes I have tried from there. So maybe I need to pass on a few of my favorites to you. And even mention a few that weren’t so good… but I tried them.

So if you’re interested, read on…

Sloppy Joes:
I have made Sloppy Joes for years, but this recipe jumped out at me just as I was thinking that I had too much ground beef in my freezer, and what would I do with all of it!!! As usual, I changed a few things… it doesn’t have to be kid-friendly at my house most of the time, so I added real onions and garlic rather than the powder. It was yummy. Next time I’ll try Jeanine’s gluten-free buns as well. They also look very good.

Then there is the Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up! Truly!
I cut it into 1 1/2 inch squares and took a piece with me to work every day while they lasted! Soooo very good!

I’ll post more of my pinned successes soon…


Double Chocolate Cookies

The original recipe for these cookies (from the lady who gave me the recipe) was Cow Pie Cookies.  Had to drop that name.  When she brought these ‘Cow Pie Cookies’ to work one day many, many years ago, I was afraid to try them.  The name may have been one issue.  The other was that my friend was NOT domestic.  Not at all!  I was a “Stay-at-h0me-mom-wannabe’.  She thought I was crazy.  But I had to be polite.  So I tried her cookies.  I’ve been making them ever since.  At least until we went GF.  Oh how I missed those cookies.

I took a long time to finally try to convert the recipe.  I didn’t want to make it too complicated, so I decided to try just substituting the flour with a commercial GF all-purpose flour from Bulk Barn.  It worked.  I did add a wee bit of xanthan gum according to the directions on the flour bag.  They were soooo yummy hot out of the oven. And they were still soooo yummy the next day when I took them to work to share with a friend.  We agreed that there was no way anyone could tell they were GF.  Here’s the recipe:

Double Chocolate Cookies – GF

1 cup margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup cocoa
2 large eggs
1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp xanthan gum
2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
2 cups chopped chocolate bars or chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine A ingredients.  Cream until fluffy.  Beat in B ingredients. Stir in C and mix well.  Using 1 Tbsp dough for each cookie, shape dough into balls.  Press down slightly.  Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes.  Do not overbake.  (Smaller cookies may be done quicker.)



Seriously.  They can look a little wet in the cracks.  I think that’s the secret to making these cookies ‘to die for.’