Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bacon Tomato Dip

At a recent family function we were told to bring "a snack to share".  To me this meant some sort of appetizer, Gluten Free of course so I knew there would be at least one thing I could eat.  I hit my favorite recipe sites and come up with BLT Dip.  The concept sounded intriguing - mostly because I LOVE bacon!  I served the dip with GF corn chips and regular ritz crackers for the Gluten eaters.  It was a huge hit!  I barely had any to take home and my mom even wanted me to leave her some.  This is a keeper!

So here is what I came up with!

What You Need:
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayo
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1 lb cooked and crumbled bacon (3/4 for the dip and 1/4 for topping)
1 tbsp GF ranch dressing
1 large diced roma tomato (3/4 for the dip and 1/4 for topping)
Onion salt

How to Make It:
Mix all ingredients together except the tomato and 1/4 of the bacon together.  Refrigerate over night.  About 30 minutes before serving mix in 3/4 of the tomatoes.  Then decorate the top with the remaining bacon and tomatoes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Looking for some advice

We are 9 weeks at MOST away from having the twins.  We have a wonderful church and group of support people who are at the ready to come help (We will have 3 kids under 3!) and bring food.  The latter part is what is worrying me.  I am looking for any and all ideas about how to best educate and prepare these wonderful people on what they can bring so I can eat it.  I want to avoid Gluten for the twins as long as possible and I certainly don't want to be Glutened in the middle of sleep depravation and nursing.

So here it is:
What can I do to make sure the food that people drop off is Gluten Free?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flourless Macaroons

I have had a sweet tooth lately and have been trying to find a fun treat to make.  I had a partial bag of Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut in the freezer and decided to make some cookies.  After some digging I found this Flourless Macaroon recipe.  I love when the recipe is already Gluten Free so you don't have to substitute anything!

What You Need:
2 egg white
Pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar (Use 1/4 cup if you are using sweetened coconut)
2 cups unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla

2 squares of bakers chocolate (2 ozs)

How To Make It:
Preheat oven to 350.  Beat the egg whites and salt together.  I used my Kitchenaid mixer at 6 for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add in sugar and vanilla.  Once the egg whites form peaks and are shiny you are done, took about 3-4 minutes.  Gently fold in the coconut.  Bake on parchment paper for 10-11 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on cooling racks.

Once cool melt chocolate.  Dip tops of cookies in chocolate!

These are so good!  They are sweet and chewy!

This recipe is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm A Celiac - 7 Links

I was super excited to see that Marlow from Gluten Hates Me passed on this fun link idea in this post!  The assignment is to highlight seven of your past posts and then pass the assignment on to seven other bloggers.   As a newbie blogger I really enjoyed scrolling through past posts.  Hope you enjoy!


Gluten Free Cake Balls
Everyone loves dessert so it wasn't surprising that my most popular post had to do with a dessert!  I have made these a couple times and really enjoyed them!  They also freeze really well so you can make them and enjoy them for weeks to come.


Working Girls Guide to Gluten Free
I know there are lots of working Celiac's out there who struggle with the daily trials of working and eating Gluten Free at business events.  This post talks about tips that I have learned along the way.


Broccoli and Quinoa Goodness
Who knew broccoli and Quinoa would be such a hit?!  These are super tasty and easy to make.  They can be made in any form you want.  They could be a side dish, lunch or snack.


My Story
I shared health issues I have had and was very honest about my struggle and journey to a Celiac diagnosis.   I appreciate the opportunity to just be honest and let you know where I've been.   The great news is I'm Gluten free, feel great, off meds, have a toddler and am pregnant with 2 more kids!  Amazing!

As a newbie I really haven't caused any controversy.  I'm sure I'm going to tick someone off soon.


Amazing Gluten Free Onion Rings

I love most anything fried and this was my first big success with Gluten Free frying.  And who doesn't love onion rings!


Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These are beautiful for two reasons!  One - they taste amazing and two - they can fool gluten eaters!  My co-workers were amazed once I told them these where Gluten Free.

Here are seven Gluten Free Bloggers who rock.  Take a minute to check them out and maybe they will take the 7 link challenge too!

Gluten Free and Loving It 

Jenny at Gluten Free Birmingham

Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl

Heather at Pass the Cayenne Pepper Please

Jennifer at My Mema's Way

Judee at Gluten Free A-Z 

Antoinette at Between the Lines 
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